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Adobe Illustrator is powerful, flexible and easily the most popular vector based program amongst graphic design professionals. Listed here are outlines of two example courses at different skill levels.

Adobe Illustrator Getting Started (One day course).
This course covers many aspects of the program incorporating a combination of demonstrations, step by step ‘hands on’ exercises and examples. It will introduce the Illustrator environment and its toolbox, palettes, menus and Bézier techniques.

Prerequisites: This course is ideal for those new to Illustrator but some experience of other design applications is desirable (though not essential). An ideal course companion to Photoshop and InDesign. Basic computer skills required; (familiarity with a computer running either Windows or Macintosh operating systems).

Please note: Courses are delivered using Illustrator CC, or if required earlier versions of the application. Each version has differences, and these together with some relevant new features and improvements to workflow will be included (specific to the particular software version being taught).

You can download or view this Illustrator Getting Started outline below (opens in new window/tab). Viewing the PDF within a browser requires that the Adobe PDF plug-in is enabled.

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Adobe Illustrator Creative Techniques (Two day course).
This course will cover features and creative techniques at intermediate level. Prerequisite knowledge needed is familiarity with the program or completion of the ‘Illustrator Getting Started’ course as described above.

Features covered include live distortion tools, re-useable symbols, production issues, effective use of filters, effects, blends and preparation of artwork ready for export to other applications.

You can download or view the Creative Techniques outline below (opens in new window/tab).

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