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Illustrator 201: Green Belt



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During this course, you will learn about advanced vector drawing concepts and techniques, enabling you to create more complex illustrations. You will have the opportunity to apply techniques demonstrated including the most commonly used effects and transformations to modify and improve your designs. In addition, we will be looking at how to define custom brushes, patterns, and graphic styles. You will learn how to use layers and masks to create sophisticated illustrations while helping you to manage complex artwork more easily. Furthermore, we will explore techniques to create realistic shading using effects and shape blending options. Artwork created will be optimised and prepared for print, screen and video. In conjunction with our Illustrator 101 course this trining will prepare you for the Adobe ACA exam, an industry recognised certification. At the of the course, you will have the opportunity to take the exam. Get recognised for the new skills you’ve just gained- get Certified! (exam included in price of course)



Graphic designers or people switching to a design job or taking on design responsibilities. They will have some previous experience with Adobe Illustrator.



Have already taken the Adobe Illustrator 101 training course or knowledge of topics covered in that workshop.


  • Further adjust Bezier curves by creating Compound paths
  • Create Custom Brushes and various Graphic Style
  • Work with Transparency and other raster effects like drop shadows
  • Accurately adjust type in an artwork
  • Prepare documents for composite and commercial printing
  • Enhance the workflow
  • Integration of Illustrator with the rest of Creative Suite

You will also be prepared for and take the Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) exam at the end of this course

So you won’t just know Adobe Illustrator, you can prove it!

Live Colour and Live Trace

  • Use Live Color to create colours
  • Generate a colour group
  • Recolour artwork
  • Live trace bitmap images
  • Improve the trace result

Effects and transparency techniques

  • Adjusting and applying effects such as drop shadow and 3D
  • Using Photoshop effects
  • Use the Appearance panel
  • Create transparency and opacity masks
  • 3D shading with the gradient mesh tool

Type features

  • Create character and paragraph styles
  • Leading, Kerning and Tracking
  • Horizontal and vertical scaling
  • Add text to a vector path

Create custom brushes

  • Calligraphic brush
  • Scatter brush
  • Pattern brush
  • Art brush
  • Bristle brush

Drawing techniques

  • Use the Pen tool
  • Work with compound paths
  • Use the expand appearance command
  • Use the outline strokes command
  • Create, use and update graphic styles
  • Use envelope distort
  • Blend tool
  • Create clipping masks
  • Use the Width tool
  • Use the Pathfinder panel
  • Use the perspective grid tool
  • Create and manipulate patterns
  • Work with layers and sub layers


  • Create and manage multiple artboards
  • Export artboards

Setup for Print

  • Print terminology explained
  • Optimise the effect quality by adjusting raster effect settings
  • Create trim marks and crop marks
  • Preview artwork using CMYK soft proof
  • Package option

ACA Exam Preparation

  • Using copyrighted material
  • Identify design project requirements and deliverable
  • Establish the purpose and needs for your target audience
  • Mock exam
  • Exams

Public Scheduled Classes

Come into one of our centrally located training facilities. Small class sizes, industry experienced instructors, and many classes lead towards certification.

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Spreading the cost of your training

You know that in the long term it pays to be skilled up in the latest software. But you’ll also know that, in the short term, investing in yourself can feel painful on your pocket. So we’ve got a solution that will help you learn the skills you need, at a monthly price that you can afford.

Introducing Academy Class Payments.

Because we’re committed to your success, we’re offering you the opportunity to pay for your training monthly, rather than the whole cost upfront. We want to remove every barrier we can to your success, and if having the flexibility to spread the cost of your training helps you, as it helps thousands of others, then let’s do it.



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16 reviews for Illustrator 201: Green Belt

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ian has been fantastic. He has a very good manor about him and is very good at his job.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    I was a complete beginner at the start of the week, Ian was patient and supported me well.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Perhaps a bit unsympathetic to questions (perhaps only when he thought we were not paying attention – which in my case was actually when taking notes), but otherwise excellent

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Very good way to learn, enjoyable, informative and interactive, and Chakib was happy to spend time answering specific questions not necessarily on the syllabus.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Compared to my first Adobe Illustrator course with Academy Class, this refresher was much better and I learned a lot of new things which hadn’t been taught before. Chakib Labidi is an excellent tutor – knowledgeable, empathetic, patient, creative and inspiring!

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Chakib is an excellent trainer

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Very informative, the instructors made the classes accessible without being too stuffy and studious. Highly reccommended.

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    Nigel was very knowledgable and, importantly, easy to get on with.

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    Deborah was thorough with her teaching and demonstrated an excellent command of Adobe Illustrator. The course was incredibly beneficial and I would highly recommend it.

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    I have attended Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign courses at the Manchester branch of Academy Class, and really cannot fault it. The quality of the teaching, the course material, and the support you get even after you leave is all exceptional. The facilities are extremely modern, clean and tidy, and the computers can be set up for either PC or Mac users which is really useful. I would recommend Academy class to my friends and colleagues alike, and will definitely be returning too!

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    My experience at Academy Class was awesome. I’m currently in the process of changing careers and I was looking for a course that would cover the skills I need. I enrolled on the Creative License course which covers the programs of InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop. The course was pitched perfectly and the tutors were second to none. I learnt somuch more than I thought I would and it was worth every penny. I was probably one of the few people their that was self funding my course as most people were in jobs that were paying for their development. This means I was particularly conscious of it needing to be money well spent and it really was. I now haveall the tools I need to complete my portfolio and hopefully get my foot in the door at a design agency. There are so many other courses that I now want to do with Academy Class and everyone I spoke to would recommend going. I’m really looking forward to the next one whatever and whenever that may be!

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    I took the Illustrator 201 course recently. Despite using Illustrator every day in my job, I was incredibly pleased to come away with so much information I did not previously know. The trainer Matyas was great, really helpful, patient, and prepared me for the ACA Exam – which I passed. I’m now looking forward to applying my new skills in my next project. Great course.

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    Severino was really nice, just needs to slow down slightly when going through work and maybe give a few examples of where tools etc can be used. He’s really flexible and tried to help where possible. I would like to know what I am covering in the day at the beginning of the class.

  14. Rated 5 out of 5

    very good

  15. Rated 5 out of 5

    He did well considering some difficult people

  16. Rated 5 out of 5

    From initial contact Academy Class were extremely supportive and patient. Roberto was very helpful and eventually I opted for the Adobe Illustrator course in Glasgow and was not disappointed. The trainer, David Smith, certainly knew what he was talking about and guided us through different scenarios, exploring the design tools, and finally really getting a handle on creating designs. Only thing that could have been improved – it would have been nice to have taken away some kind of quick step-by-step guide for the things we had done so that we can try them again in our own time. Highly recommended.

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