INAIL - Adobe Illustrator CC: Creating Basic & Complex Illustrations

To meet the demands of individuals and organizations for flexible, reusable, and easily modified visual content, Adobe Systems has created a cadre of applications that collectively provide a scalable, end-to-end solution for nearly every type of visual design project one can contemplate. Called Creative Cloud™ (CC), the collection of applications perform specialized design tasks while interoperating among each other to deliver superlative content.

This course focuses on Adobe® Illustrator® CC, the component within CC used to create “drawn” graphics, while enabling its users to integrate content from other domains (such as photo-oriented graphics and animation, which belong to Adobe® Photoshop® and Flash®). With Illustrator's many, easily used tools, you will discover that not only can you unlock the same creative impulses you've always had as you've picked up a pencil to sketch out an idea, but also capture those multiple ideas and “what ifs” during the creative process in ways that you never imagined. And for those of you who are just embarking on building your creative skills, you will be surprised at “how good” your work will appear, even at the outset of your exploration of the world of graphic design.

This course covers the Graphic Design & Illustration Using Adobe Illustrator CC objectives to help students prepare for the Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) exam. This course is also designed to cover the Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) exam objectives.

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To ensure your success in this course, you should be familiar with the basic functions of your computer’s operating system, such as creating folders, launching programs, and working with windows. You should also have basic Windows application skills, such as copying and pasting objects, formatting text, saving files, and so on.
Familiarity with basic design terminology, such as palettes, color modes, shapes, text, and paths, is highly recommended.

Detailed Class Syllabus

Lesson 1: Introducing Illustrator CC

Topic A: Apply Design Principles, Elements, and Graphics Composition
Topic B: Evaluate Graphics Scalability
Topic C: Navigate the User Interface
Topic D: Customize the User Interface

Lesson 2: Creating Documents Containing Basic Shapes

Topic A: Create Documents
Topic B: Save Documents
Topic C: Draw Basic Shapes

Lesson 3: Creating Documents Containing Customized Paths

Topic A: Draw Paths
Topic B: Modify Paths

Lesson 4: Creating Graphics Containing Customized Text

Topic A: Insert Text
Topic B: Apply Flow Text Along a Path
Topic C: Insert Bounded and Threaded Text
Topic D: Apply Text Styles
Topic E: Insert Typographical Characters

Lesson 5: Customizing Objects

Topic A: Import, Place, and Link Graphics
Topic B: Alter the Appearance of Objects

Lesson 6: Customizing Basic Shapes

Topic A: Apply Strokes and Brushes
Topic B: Fill Shapes
Topic C: Apply Graphics Styles
Topic D: Distort Text with Text Envelopes

Lesson 7: Preparing Documents for Deployment

Topic A: Update Text
Topic B: Wrap Text
Topic C: Hyphenate Text
Topic D: Optimize Content for Print
Topic E: Optimize Content for the Web
Topic F: Optimize Content for PDF Documents

Lesson 8: Drawing Complex Illustrations

Topic A: Apply the Grid, Guides, and Info Panel
Topic B: Combine Objects to Create Complex Illustrations
Topic C: Organize Artwork with Layers
Topic D: Create a Perspective Drawing
Topic E: Trace Artwork

Lesson 9: Enhancing Artwork Using Painting Tools

Topic A: Paint Objects Using Fills and Strokes
Topic B: Paint Objects Using Live Paint Groups
Topic C: Paint with Custom Brushes
Topic D: Add Transparency and Blending Modes
Topic E: Apply Meshes to Objects
Topic F: Apply Patterns

Lesson 10: Customizing Colors and Swatches

Topic A: Manage Colors
Topic B: Customize Swatches
Topic C: Manage Color Groups
Topic D: Adjust Color

Lesson 11: Formatting Type

Topic A: Set Character Formats
Topic B: Apply Advanced Formatting Options to Type

Lesson 12: Enhancing the Appearance of Artwork

Topic A: Apply Effects to an Object
Topic B: Create Graphic Styles
Topic C: Apply a Mask to an Object
Topic D: Apply Symbols and Symbol Sets

Lesson 13: Preparing Content for Deployment

Topic A: Prepare Artwork for Printing
Topic B: Prepare Transparency and Colors for Printing
Topic C: Create Slices and Image Maps
Topic D: Save Graphics for the Web
Topic E: Prepare Documents for Video
Topic F: Prepare Files for Other Applications

Lesson 14: Setting Project Requirements

Topic A: Identify the Purpose, Audience, and Audience Needs
Topic B: Determine and Evaluate Standard Copyright Rules for Artwork, Graphics, and Graphics Use
Topic C: Determine and Evaluate Project Management Tasks and Responsibilities