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Whether you are a designer or a technical illustrator producing artwork for print publishing, an artist producing multimedia graphics, this course will teach you the tools you need to get professional quality results using Adobe Illustrator CS4.

Course Outline

Adobe® Illustrator® CS4 software is a comprehensive vector graphics environment with new transparency in gradients and multiple artboards that invite you to explore more efficient ways to design. Whether you are a designer or a technical illustrator producing artwork for print publishing, an artist producing multimedia graphics, ora a creator of web pages or online content, this course will teach you the tools you need to get professional quality results using Adobe Illustrator CS4.

Outline Lesson 1 – Getting to know the Work Area

Getting started
Understanding the workspace
Working with Tools panel
The Control panel and working with panels
Using panel menus
Resetting and saving your workspace
Changing the view of artwork and viewing artwork
Using the View commands and the Zoom tool
Scrolling through a document
Navigating multiple artboards
Arranging documents and document groups
Using the Navigator panel
Finding Resources for using Illustrator
Searching for a topic in Help
Checking for updates
Exploring on your own

Lesson 2 – Selecting and Aligning

Getting started
Using the Selection tool and the Direct Selection tool
Creating selections with a marquee
Creating selections with the Magic Wand tool
Grouping items and adding to a group
Working with isolation mode
Selecting similar objects
Applying the selection techniques
Advanced selection techniques
Aligning objects and alligning to a key object
Aligning points and distributing objects
Aligning to the artboard
Exploring on your own

Lesson 3 – Creating and Editing Shapes

Getting started
Creating document with multiple artboards
Working with basic shapes
Accessing the basic shape tools
Creating with shapes
Outlining strokes
Working with line segments
Joining paths
Using the Eraser tool
Combining objects
Working with Pathfinder effects
Working with shape modes
Using Live Trace to create shapes
Exploring on your own

Lesson 4 – Transforming Objects

Getting started
Working with artboards
Adding artboards to the document
Editing artboards
Transforming content
Working with rulers and guides
Scaling objects and reflecting objects
Rotating objects
Distorting objects
Shearing objects
Positioning objects precisely
Changing the perspective
Using the Free Distort effect
Making multiple transformations
Exploring on your own

Lesson 5 – Drawing with the Pen and Pencil Tools

Getting started
Creating straight lines and curved paths
Building a curve
Converting curved points to corner points
Creating the apple illustration
Creating the arrow
Splitting a path
Adding arrowheads
Drawing and selecting curves
Drawing the leaf
Drawing different kinds of curves
Convert between smooth points and corner points
Drawing the apple shape
Editing curves
Deleting and adding anchor points
Drawing and editing with the Pencil tool
Finishing the apple illustration
Assembling the parts
Painting the artwork
Exploring on your own

Lesson 6 – Color and Painting

Getting started
Understanding color and color modes
Understanding the color controls
Creating color
Building and saving a custom color
Editing a swatch and using Illustrator swatch libraries
Creating a spot color
Using the Color Picker
Creating and saving a tint of a color
Copying attributes
Creating color groups
Working with the Color Guide panel
Editing a color group and colors in artwork
Working with the Kuler pattern
Assigning colors to your artwork
Adjusting colors
Painting with gradients and patterns
Using patterns and creating your own pattern
Applying and editing a pattern
Working with Live Paint and editing Live Paint regions
Exploring on your own

Lesson 7 – Working with type

Getting started
Working with type
Creating point type and area type
Importing a plain text file
Creating columns of text
Understanding text flow
Working with overflow text and text reflow
Threading text
Resizing type objects
Formatting type
Changing font size and font color
Changing additional text attributes and paragraph attributes
Saving and using styles
Creating and using a paragraph style and character styles
Sampling text and reshaping text with an envelope warp
Wrapping text around an object
Creating text on paths and shapes
Creating text outlines
Exploring on your own

Lesson 8 – Working with layers

Getting started
Creating layers
Moving objects and layers
Locking, viewing and pasting layers
Creating clipping masks
Merging layers
Applying appearance attributes to layers
Isolating layers
Exploring on your own

Lesson 9 – Blending Shapes and Colors

Getting started
Creating a gradients
Creating and applying a linear gradient
Adjusting the direction of a gradient blend
Creating a radial gradient
Changing colors and adjusting the gradient
Applying gradients to multiple objects
Adding transparency to gradients
Working with blended objects
Creating a blend with specified steps
Modifying the blend and creating smooth color blends
Exploring on your own

Lesson 10 – Working with Brushes

Getting started
Working and drawing with the Blob Brush tool
Editing with the Blob Brush and Eraser tools
Merge paths with the Blob Brush tool
Working with brushes and using Art brushes
Drawing with the Paintbrush tool
Editing paths with the Paintbrush tool
Using Scatter brushes and changing brush options
Applying a Scatter brush to paths
Changing the color attributes of brushes
Changing brush color using Hue Shift colorization
Changing brush color using Tints colorization
Using a fill color with brushes
Using Calligraphic brushes and Pattern brushes
Creating brushes
Creating swatches for a Pattern brush
Creating a Pattern brush from swatches
Painting with the Pattern brush
Applying the Scribble Effect
Exploring on your own
The Blob Brush tool
Applying brushes
Creating brushes

Lesson 11 – Applying Effects

Getting started
Using live effects
Applying an effect
Editing an effect
Creating a banner logo with the Warp effect
Creating the logotype
Stylizing the banner and logotype
Creating the CD cylinder
Using the 3D Extrude & Bevel effect
Applying a symbol as mapped artwork
Creating a revolved object
Changing the lighting
Mapping a Photoshop image
Adjusting the lighting
Exploring on your own

Lesson 12 – Applying Appearance Attributes and Graphic Styles

Getting started
Using appearance attributes
Editing and adding appearance attributes
Reordering appearance attributes
Adding an additional stroke and fill
Using graphic styles
Creating and saving a graphic style
Applying a graphic style to an object
Applying a graphic style to a layer
Applying existing graphic styles
Adding to an existing graphic style
Applying an appearance to a layer
Copying, applying, and removing graphic styles
Exploring on your own

Lesson 13 – Working with Symbols

Getting started
Working with symbols
Using Illustrator symbol libraries
Creating Symbols
Spraying symbol instances
Editing symbols sets using the symbolism tools
Editing symbols and updating a symbol
Breaking a link to a symbol and replacing symbols
Storing and retrieving artwork in the Symbols panel
Mapping a symbol to 3D artwork
Symbols and Flash integration
Exploring on your own

Lesson 14 – Combining Illustrator CS4 Graphics with other Adobe Applications

Getting started
Working with Adobe Bridge
Combining artwork
Vector versus bitmap graphics
Editing the artboard
Placing an Adobe Photoshop file About layer comps
Editing and duplicating a placed image
Applying color edits to a placed image
Masking an image and applying a clipping mask to an image
Creating compound paths and opacity masks
Editing an imported mask
Sampling colors in placed images
Replacing a placed image
Exporting a layered file to Adobe Photoshop
Placing Illustrator files in Adobe InDesign
Integrating Illustrator and Adobe Flash
Creating Illustrator files for Adobe Flex
Exploring on your own

Lesson 15 – Output

Getting started
Understanding the printing process
Understanding printing devices
Halftone screens
Screen frequency
Output device resolution
About color
RGB color model
CMYK color model
Spot colors
What is color management?
Setting up color management in Adobe Illustrator
Soft-proofing colors
Color separations
Previewing color separations
Printing color separations
Specifying the bleed area
Separating colors
Specifying the screen frequency
Working with two-color illustrations
Separating spot colors
Understanding trapping
Overprinting objects
Saving and exporting artwork
Using the Document Info panel
Saving a file with transparency
Saving in the EPS format
Printing transparent artwork
Saving as Adobe PDF


Prerequisites & Certificates

Because of the amount of material we cover in class, we do require students to be comfortable using a mouse, opening and saving files, and the general operations of computers. While we will make every reasonable effort to help, students with insufficient skills may be required to observe the class lessons or do their best to keep up without slowing down the rest of the class

Certificates offered

Certificate of completion

Cancellation Policy
Our cancellation/reschedule policy requires notification at least 10 business days before the class start date for a full refund. Please note that you are responsible for notifying NTG of your inability to attend class or you will be invoiced for the full payment.

Should you need to cancel in less than 10 business days before the start of the class, you will be given a 100% credit towards a future class that must be taken within 6 months of the start of the original class. If you are not able to reschedule to a future class, you will be charged 50% of the upfront registration fee.

Classes are subject to cancellation by NTG up to two weeks prior to the class date. It is important to keep this in mind before you purchase a non-refundable airline ticket.

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I liked the pace and the "teach then try" style that was used. It was engaging, we weren't listening to long sets of info then trying to remember it and it made the day fly by. I also retained more as I was instantly engaged with trying the skills myself.
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Todd McCall is a passionate, well-informed and thoughtful instructor. His course exceeded my training needs and his commitment to experiential learning is superb! I will definitely take another class if he is the instructor.
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Andrew was a great instructor!
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Good course, absolutely satisfied
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This was a good course to learn the essentials of Captivate as a software program.
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The instructor was great and followed the curriculum as per Adobe's book but Dreamweaver is a beast of a software with a high learning curve. I found that this course just scratched the surface and taught me the basics and that I would need more practice and learning to create a simple website with ease. This is not a criticism of the course really but I felt I would personally benefit from a slightly slower pace and an extra day. I didn't know that at the time as I seemed to follow the instructor's instructions well and it seemed to make sense in the classroom but once I got home I felt a little stuck!
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