Course length

1 day

Why come on this course?

This introductory course covers some of the basic and more commonly used features of Adobe Illustrator, so that delegates can navigate the software and use Illustrator's tools to create and work with vector graphics.

Who is it for?

This course is suitable for anyone using Illustrator Creative Cloud. 


  • No experience of using Adobe Illustrator is required.
  • Basic computer skills e.g. launch applications, navigate computer.

Learning outcomes

  • Create vector artwork using Illustrator
  • Format paths using fills and colour
  • Understand and use the Pen Tool
  • Add type to designs
  • Manage artwork using layers
  • Output graphics in different file formats

Course contents

Introducing Adobe Illustrator

  • The Illustrator interface
  • Zooming and navigating

Illustrator basics

  • Vector and raster graphics
  • Creating documents
  • Working with artboards

 Basic shapes

  • Understanding Illustrator terminology
  • Drawing and modifying simple lines, shapes and paths

Formatting paths

  • Working with colour
  • Applying fills and strokes

 The Pen Tool

  • Creating simple line paths
  • Creating curved paths
  • Combining straight and curved paths
  • Modifying paths

Working with text

  • The Type tools
  • Formatting type

 Using layers

  • Working with layers
  • Managing layers

 Outputting from Illustrator

  • Outputting from Illustrator
  • Adobe Swatch Exchange
  • Exporting artwork from Illustrator
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