If you want to get a job as a graphic artist, you need to learn Adobe Illustrator. In this course, you’ll see how Adobe Illustrator CS6 can give you the power to design, draw, and color images quickly and easily.
From drawing objects with the shape tools to mastering the all-important Pen tool to working with shape gradients, you’ll gain the techniques you need to produce stunning vector graphics. You’ll learn to apply and work with color, create shading effects and painterly brushstrokes, and add special effects such as 3D to your drawings that will set your work apart. The course is designed to let you work at your own level, whether you’re just getting started with Illustrator or looking to refresh your Illustrator skills. Come experience the fun of Adobe Illustrator!
Spend some time touring Adobe Illustrator CS6’s work area, toolbox, and panels before you jump right into some of Illustrator’s fun features by auto-tracing a drawing, turning parts of it into a Live Paint Object (think of a digital coloring book), and recoloring it. Then discover Illustrator’s shape tools as you get ready to draw shapes and combine them to form illustrations.
Discover how to create your own colors, save them, and apply them. You’ll also learn about the fabulous Recolor Artwork command and see how you can create and save color harmonies. Afterward you’ll learn to alter the anchor points on geometric objects and previously created shapes, so you can mold the results into something new.
The Pen tool is the basic instrument for creating vector art, and you’ll learn to master it in this lesson. You learn how to trace multiple objects using the Pen tool in one image and manage the Layers panel as you lock and unlock layers. You’ll also learn a suggested workflow for tracing and simplifying photographic content in Illustrator.
Learn to create strokes that look hand-drawn or have varying widths—even when you’re using a mouse. Then learn to create your own gradients so you can add realism to any image.
Create realistic blends, use a gradient mesh, and use gradients on strokes rather than on objects to create some amazing effects. You’ll also create stroke gradient curls, which will show you how turning an object into a symbol can speed up Illustrator’s performance. Then use symbols to decorate 3-D objects.
Patterns are everywhere, and Illustrator makes it easy to create complex patterns without detailed knowledge of pattern design. You’ll use the patterns as the basis for pattern brushes. Finally, you’ll explore the basics of typography while you learn to use the Type tool. You’ll also discover how to fill a shape with text and how to flow text along paths and around shapes.
Prerequisites / Requirements
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
- This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac device.
- PC: Windows XP or later.
- Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
- Browser: The latest version of Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, or Safari (We recommend Firefox or Chrome).
- Adobe Illustrator CS6 (Adobe Illustrator CC will be supported in the Discussion Areas).
- Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
- Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
- Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
- Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins
Instructional material requirements:
- The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.
WHEN CAN I GET STARTED?
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO COMPLETE EACH LESSON?
The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
WHAT IF I NEED AN EXTENSION?
The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.