Adobe Illustrator CS4: Advanced

2 Day Course
Hands On
Official Adobe Curriculum
Code MT125

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Classroom Virtual Classroom Private Group - Virtual Self-Paced Online


Designed for those already familiar with Adobe Illustrator, this two-day Adobe authorised course is designed for those who need to get the most from the power and creativity of Adobe Illustrator CS4.

This course covers Illustrator's advanced features including creative text effects, advanced drawing and path editing, using Live Colour, layering and masking techniques, transparency and painterly effects and advanced use of symbols.

This practical, hands-on course explores the most efficient ways of producing professional artwork for both print and the web and has been designed to enable you to realise your creative and productive potential.

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Advanced drawing and path editing (14 topics)

  • The Expressive Blub brush
  • Creating template layers
  • Drawing complex bezier shapes
  • Setting anchor point and handle display preferences
  • Using the Control panel to edit paths
  • Adding and deleting anchor points
  • Manipulating paths, points and direction handles
  • Converting anchor points
  • Simplifying paths
  • Cleaning up errant paths
  • Outlining strokes
  • Controlling eraser tool options
  • Tips for drawing better curves
  • Advanced LiveTrace options

Advanced use of colour (8 topics)

  • Editing colours using menu commands
  • Extracting colours from artwork
  • Replacing and merging swatches
  • Using the Colour Guide panel
  • Using Live Colour
  • Using transparency in gradients
  • Modifying colour in artwork
  • Finding colours with Kuler

Filters and effects (5 topics)

  • Filters vs effects
  • Document Raster Effect settings
  • Illustrator and Photoshop filters
  • Using the Scribble effect
  • Using the Transform effect to create complex transformations

Understanding appearances (7 topics)

  • Using the Appearance panel
  • Targeting object attributes
  • Adding multiple attributes
  • Manipulating the stacking order
  • Applying Live Effects
  • Editing Live Effects
  • Expanding appearances

Saving time with styles (2 topics)

  • Applying styles
  • Creating and modifying styles

Creating patterns (3 topics)

  • Creating symmetrical patterns
  • Creating complex patterns
  • Saving pattern swatches

Creating transparent art (7 topics)

  • Displaying transparency
  • Applying transparency to simple objects, groups and layers
  • Applying transparency to individual object attributes
  • Working with opacity masks
  • Enhanced clipping masks in Illustrator CS4
  • Flattening transparency artwork
  • Guidelines for successful output

Using clipping masks (2 topics)

  • Working with clipping masks
  • Modifying clipping masks

Advanced use of symbols (4 topics)

  • Creating symbols
  • Managing symbols
  • Creating symbol libraries
  • Symbols and Flash

Compound shapes and paths (3 topics)

  • Understanding Compound shapes and paths
  • Controlling transparency
  • Editing compound paths

Working in 3D (4 topics)

  • Creating custom 3D shapes
  • Creating 3D type
  • Using lighting effects
  • Wrapping artwork onto 3D art

Working with imported images (4 topics)

  • Placing vs embedding images
  • Displaying layer comps
  • Using the Links panel
  • Applying spots to greyscales

Trimming artwork (2 topics)

  • Creating crop and trim marks
  • Using the Crop Area tool

Creating high resolution PDFs (2 topics)

  • Creating PDFs
  • Global PDF export options

Preparing for print (2 topics)

  • Cleaning up your files
  • Advanced printing concerns

Additional Learning

The courses below may help you meet the knowledge level required to take this course.

  • Adobe Illustrator CS4: Introduction

    The Adobe Illustrator CS4: Introduction training course teaches new users how to produce professional graphics, logos, maps and illustrations

    2 Day Course Hands On Training Official Curriculum Course Code MT152
    Classroom Virtual Classroom Private Group - Virtual Self-Paced Online

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