Adobe Illustrator CS3: Introduction

2 Day Course
Hands On
Official Adobe Curriculum
Code MT058

This course has been retired in favour of the CS4 and CS5 versions.

Modules

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WELCOME TO ILLUSTRATOR (2 topics)

  • About vectors and bitmaps
  • When to use Adobe Illustrator

GETTING STARTED IN ILLUSTRATOR (8 topics)

  • The Welcome screen
  • Opening illustrations
  • Using templates
  • Creating new illustrations
  • Using document profiles
  • Exploring panels and workspaces
  • Navigating your illustrations
  • Saving illustrations

ILLUSTRATOR ARTWORK COMPONENTS (7 topics)

  • Outline vs. Preview mode
  • Rulers, guides and grids
  • Introducing Smart Guides
  • Paths, point and handles
  • Grouping objects
  • Group isolation mode
  • Introduction to layers

CREATING SHAPES (4 topics)

  • Creating primitive shapes
  • Creating polygons, stars and spirals
  • Drawing lines, grids and arcs
  • Snapping and aligning shapes

WORKING WITH COLOUR (9 topics)

  • Colour models
  • Applying colour to objects
  • Spot vs. process colour
  • Process and global process colours
  • Managing swatches
  • Creating colour groups
  • Introduction to gradients
  • Loading swatch libraries
  • Sharing colour swatches across applications

DRAWING IN ILLUSTRATOR (8 topics)

  • Working with paths, points and direction handles
  • Drawing freehand paths
  • Creating simple bezier shapes
  • Tips for drawing curves
  • Editing, manipulating and modifying paths
  • Using the cutting tools
  • Using the Average and Join commands
  • Using the Eraser tool

INTRODUCING LIVETRACE (3 topics)

  • Automatically tracing artwork
  • Adjusting LiveTrace results
  • Converting LiveTrace objects

PAINTING IN ILLUSTRATOR (6 topics)

  • Manipulating stroke options
  • Painting with the Paintbrush
  • Introducing blends
  • Introducing the Gradient mesh
  • Creating multiple fills and strokes on a single object
  • Introducing symbols

INTRODUCING LIVEPAINT (4 topics)

  • Creating LivePaint groups
  • Painting LivePaint objects
  • Detecting gaps
  • Path editing with LivePaint

ORGANISING YOUR ARTWORK (7 topics)

  • Editing the artboard size
  • Using guides and smart guides
  • Creating custom guides
  • Positioning elements
  • Using the Align palette
  • Using layers
  • Creating template layers

TRANSFORMING OBJECTS (5 topics)

  • Using the Transform tools
  • The Reshape tool
  • Using the Transform panel
  • Introducing the Liquify tools
  • Basic Envelope distortions

PLACING IMPORTED GRAPHICS (1 topic)

  • Photoshop import options

INTRODUCING COMPLEX SHAPES (3 topics)

  • Creating compound shapes
  • Creating compound paths
  • Expanding compound shapes

WORKING WITH TYPE (5 topics)

  • The type tools
  • Using the Character panel
  • Using the Paragraph panel
  • Creating outlines from text
  • Type on a path

SAVING AND EXPORTING (3 topics)

  • Saving Illustrator files
  • Creating Adobe PDF files
  • Exporting files from Illustrator

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