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Adobe Illustrator Level 1

Adobe Illustrator is a software application for creating drawings, illustrations, and artwork which is widely used by graphic designers, web designers, visual artists, and professional illustrators throughout the world to create high quality artwork. Illustrator includes many sophisticated drawing tools that can reduce the time need to create illustrations. This course covers the fundamentals of using Illustrator to create and manipulate vector graphics. Students will learn how to navigate the Illustrator environment, create and transform basic shapes, edit drawn paths, apply color and gradients, work with text, and use layers. 

Prerequisites: The course requires that you are familiar with using personal computers and should be comfortable in the Windows environment and be able to use Windows to manage information on your computer. 


Getting to Know the Work Area 

  • Using tools 
  • Moving around in a document 
  • Setting up the interface 
  • Using Artboards 

Selecting Artwork 

  • Selection options 
  • Align and distribute 
  • Grouping objects 

Using Shapes to Create Artwork 

  • Creating basic shapes 
  • Adding strokes 
  • Using the Shaper tool 
  • Tracing an image 
  • Drawing modes 

Editing Shapes and Paths 

  • Splitting and joining paths 
  • Combining shapes 

Transforming Artwork 

  • Working with artboards 
  • Rulers and guides 
  • Scale, Reflect, Rotate and Shear 

Using Drawing Tools 

  • Straight lines and curves with the Pen tool 
  • Editing paths and points 
  • Freeform paths 

Using Color 

  • Using existing colors 
  • Creating custom colors 
  • Global swatches 
  • Spot colors 

Adding Type 

  • Area type and Point type 
  • Font character options 
  • Reshaping type characters 
  • Preset Envelope warped type 
  • Type on a path 

Working with Layers 

  • Adding and ordering layers 
  • Move content between layers 


Scheduling: This class is currently not on our public schedule, but we would be happy to discuss holding a dedicated training class or putting you on a waitlist should we hold it again. Please email Learning@LetsCatapult.org.