Adobe Illustrator Advanced Training Course Outline

This course is designed for anyone who wants to become a proficient graphics professional and create illustrations for both print and the Web. This course can apply to any or all of the following people: graphic designers creating original or composite artwork; production artists designing layouts for documents; and illustrators creating and previewing line artwork. Students will get the most out of this course if their goal is to become proficient in using Adobe Illustrator to transform objects, adjust typography, convert raster images to vector art, print composite proofs and color separations, and output artwork for the Web.
In this course, students will learn more advanced techniques for working with paths, masks, fills, and strokes. Students will also learn how to use transformation tools, envelopes, filters, effects, and graphic styles. In addition, students will learn how to convert raster images to vector art and how to manage color settings, color separations, and print specifications. Finally, students will learn how to work with slices and how to optimize and export images for the Web.
Prerequisites: Windows XP or later, Adobe Illustrator, Basic Training Courses or equivalent experience
Adobe Illustrator CS5 Advanced course topics:
Unit 1: Manipulating paths
Topic A: Path commands
Topic B: Masks

Unit 2: Enhancing fills and strokes
Topic A: Multiple fills and strokes
Topic B: Colors
Topic C: Patterns
Topic D: Brushes
Topic E: Symbols

Unit 3: Transforming shapes
Topic A: Using transformation tools
Topic B: Using envelopes
Topic C: Liquifying shapes
Topic D: Applying 3D effects

Unit 4: Effects and graphic styles
Topic A: Effects
Topic B: Graphic styles
Topic C: Perspective drawing

Unit 5: Converting raster images to vector art
Topic A: Tracing raster images
Topic B: Using Live Paint

Unit 6: Printing illustrations
Topic A: Color management
Topic B: Print specifications
Topic C: Color separations

Unit 7: Web files and graphs
Topic A: Slices
Topic B: Web graphics
Topic C: Graphs

Course objectives

After completing this course, students will know how to:
Cut holes in shapes; outline strokes; offset paths; use Pathfinder commands; use the Eraser tool; align and distribute path points; and create clipping and opacity masks.
Create multiple fills and strokes by using the Appearance panel; apply color to grayscale images; create a gradient mesh; use Live Color; create and transform patterns; create and use brushes; and manipulate symbols.
Transform shapes by using the transformation tools; create and edit envelopes; use the Liquify tools; and create 3D effects.
Apply filters to vector and raster images; apply and edit effects; and apply and edit graphic styles.
Use Live Trace to convert color raster images and line art to vector artwork; and use Live Paint to add color to vector artwork.
Set up color management; change settings for raster effects; minimize printing problems that can arise from gradients and transparency; print a composite proof of an illustration and create a print preset; set up color separations; and generate a PostScript file for a commercial printer.
View artwork in Pixel Preview; create and manipulate slices and create hyperlinks; optimize images for the Web; export an illustration as a Web page and preview a Web page in a browser; output content for Flash; and create a graph.