Adobe Illustrator Basic Training Course Outline

This course covers the fundamentals of Illustrator CS5, which is used primarily to work with vector-based graphics. After getting familiar with the Illustrator CS5 environment, students will learn how to create a simple illustration by creating and manipulating shapes and by drawing and editing paths. Students will also learn how to apply color, gradients, and transparency. They will then learn how to work with text and layers.
Prerequisites: Windows XP or later: Basic or equivalent experience
Adobe Illustrator Basic course topics:
Unit 1: Getting started
The Illustrator environment
Adobe Help

Unit 2: Creating a simple illustration
Creating a document
Creating basic shapes
Manipulating shapes
Exporting an illustration

Unit 3: Applying basic color
Applying color
Stroke options
The Eyedropper tool

Unit 4: Drawing paths
Raster images
Basic drawing
Selecting and editing paths

Unit 5: Working with text
Adding text
Altering text

Unit 6: Using layers
Creating layers
Manipulating layers

Unit 7: Working with fills and colors
Swatch libraries

Unit 8: Adjusting typography
Flowing type
Formatting text
Editing text

After completing this course, students will know how to:
Start Illustrator and explore the Illustrator environment, magnify and navigate a document, and use Adobe Help.
Create and save a document, draw basic shapes, manipulate basic shapes to make complex shapes, and export an illustration.
Set fill and stroke colors for shapes, set basic stroke options, and use the Eyedropper tool to sample colors.
Embed raster images in an Illustrator document for the purpose of tracing them, draw shapes and paths with the Pencil and Pen tools, and select and edit paths.
Use text tools to insert text into illustrations, manipulate text, and convert type to outlined shapes.
Create layers and organize them in the Layers panel, assign objects to layers, rename layers, duplicate layers, and delete layers.
Open, import, and export swatch libraries, create and adjust gradients, and adjust transparency for items.
Flow type through linked type containers, wrap text around items, set tabs, insert special characters, use character and paragraph styles, check spelling, find and replace text in a document, and replace fonts in a document.