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Course content

Introduction
  • Interface – window/palettes/menus
  • Bitmap vs vector graphics
  • Resolution/print theory
  • Locating help
Drawing basics
  • New documents – document setup
  • Basic shapes – rectangles/ellipses
  • Viewing – preview/outline
  • Object Stacking order
  • Selecting and modifying shapes
  • Colour – fills and strokes
Selections
  • Selection and Direct select tools
  • Magic Wand and Lasso selections
Simple drawing
  • Shaper tool – ‘predictive’ drawing
  • Pencil tool – freehand drawing
  • Paintbrush and Blob brush tools
  • Eraser/Scissors/Knife
  • Curvature tool – simple, smooth, more accurate shapes
Drawing – pen tool
  • Drawing with the pen tool
  • Modify shapes – cut, join, align
  • Alignment/smart guides
  • Drawing using guides
  • Drawing over a template
Transformations
  • Free transform tool
  • Cutting/joining paths
Fills and textures
  • Colour theory – RGB/CMYK
  • Colours – creating, editing, sharing Spot colours – Pantone™
  • Creating Patterns Creating Gradients
  • Libraries – sharing/accessing various elements throughout Illustrator and CC
Transformations
  • Free Transform tool
  • Scale, rotate, reflect and shear tools
  • Repeating transformations
Editing
  • Grouping/Locking/Visibility
  • Isolation mode
  • Edit colours – edit colours throughout a graphic
Symbols
  • Symbols – updateable graphics Modifying symbols
Layers
  • Introduction to layers
  • Controlling layers – viewing/locking/printing
  • Exporting layers – to InDesign, Acrobat and Photoshop
Saving and file formats
  • Saving – file types – ai, eps, pdf…
  • Exporting – file types
  • Share on behance – online showcase
Preferences
  • Configuring preferences – units, increments, grids/guides, interface…
New artboards
  • Artboard tool – rotating/moving/resizing
Styling
  • Brushes – art/scatter/calligraphic/bristle/ pattern
  • Effects – Applying editable effects as bitmap or vector
Type
  • Type characteristics – size/leading/tracking…
  • Point and area type tools
  • Importing type
  • Threading text boxes
  • Text wrap
  • Outlining type – pros and cons
  • Touch type tool – adjust individual letters
Clipping masks
  • Masking objects – draw inside and Clipping Masks
Tracing
  • Live Trace – vectorising bitmap images
  • Live Paint – quicker painting for areas
Combining shapes
  • Compound paths Shapebuilder tool
  • Pathfinder – combine several shapes
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