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Illustrator 301: Black Belt



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This is delivered as a Live Online “Virtual Class” – What is a Virtual Class? More info here

Our most advanced Illustrator class – not for the faint hearted! Take your Illustrator skills to the MAX.



This class is for advanced users of Illustrator with firm understanding of all the general concepts of using the application. On this course, we learn the most advanced techniques and lots of best practices. This course is very intense, so for those with doubts in their knowledge we recommend the Illustrator Yellow Belt and Green Belt courses first or to consult our sales team and the instructors.



To able of fluently following the course you need a strong understanding of working with layers, typography, masking, tracing pixel images, working in isolation mode, using the Appearance panel for applying and managing Live Effects and arranging your artwork’s elements into groups for easier editing.



This advanced Illustrator course will teach you the techniques needed to improve further your artwork. We will be teaching you the tips and tricks professionals use to created designs that are not only impressive but also ready to be published in multiple formats.

By the end of the course you should be able to:

  • Optimise artwork for print and web
  • Create and customise graphs
  • Work with blends to create stunning effects
  • Create 3D artwork using Illustrators 3D engine!
  • Improve workflow within Adobe applications

Advanced Illustrator projects

  • Create challenging projects
  • Use multiple techniques and tools
  • Learn to solve problems through deconstruction
  • Create infographics
  • Advance effects using the Appearance panel

Graph Tools

  • Create and modifying graphs
  • Create and apply graph designs


  • Blend objects shapes and colours
  • Adjust blend options
  • Update blends


  • Create and edit actions
  • Batch process files

Document and Illustrator Setup

  • Setting up and assigning colour profiles
  • Colour Management techniques

Shading, lighting and texture

  • Learn lighting and shading techniques
  • Add texture to your artwork
  • Work with blend modes and filters

Optimising artwork for print

  • Preview artwork with the Flattener panel
  • Work with spot and global colours
  • Create overprint effects using the attributes panel
  • Use the Separations Preview panel
  • Use the Asset Export panel

Create artwork for the web

  • Document setup essentials
  • Use the Slice tool
  • Adjust slices with the Slice Selection tool
  • Discover the slice options
  • Use automated slicing methods
  • Export using the save for web option
  • Illustrator for SVG output
  • Use the Asset Export panel


  • Create revolve, extrude and bevel, rotate
  • Map artwork using symbols

Workflows – Illustrator to:

  • InDesign
  • Photoshop
  • Animate

Public Scheduled Classes

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

Virtual Student

Attend a real-time class without leaving home.

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Private Training

We can organise training for you. We can do it for only one person or a group. Give us a call an we can make arrangements for your course.

Live Online Training

With our online toolbox let your global team learn together. Give us a call and we can make arrangements for your course.

Academy In A Case

If you can’t come to us we can come to you. Give us a call and we can make arrangements for your course.

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.



Save With Academy Class Vouchers

Academy Class Vouchers are a flexible, cost-effective solution for training multiple individuals within a team or across an organisation and allow any member within your organisation to book a training course anytime over a 12 month period.

Multiple users can make dramatic savings, booking 10 to 30 day training blocks from the Academy Class schedule. It’s up to you how many Academy Class Vouchers you purchase.

All you need to remember is that, the more you buy, the more you save.


7 reviews for Illustrator 301: Black Belt

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Tim’s knowledge and enthusiasm really made this training course worth while. I have learnt an incredible amount over the past two days. AT the beginning of the course Tim asked us what we’d like to learn and he covered all that and a whole lot extra. Cheers for a fantastic two days Tim!

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    A bit fast but it is an advanced course and the teacher has an incredible amount of knowledge and taught some very useful things.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Very happy with the training I received from Academy Class (InDesign CS5, Photoshop CS5 and Illustrator CS5). The course material was well-conceived, accessible and equally challenging. Trainers were skilled and personable. Great location right across from Waterloo station. My only recommendation is that they invest in a proper coffee machine! I will be going back to Academy Class for further training again for sure.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    I went on two courses, Photoshop and Illustrator, and enjoyed them both. The teachers were enthusiastic and patient, which I found most reassuring. The recording of the class you attend is a brilliant idea. The course was easy to access thanks to the way it is taught and backup training is also available. They do impart a lot of information but are happy to repeat anything you miss. I would happily train there again.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    I took the Photoshop 301 and Illustrator 301 courses which taught the more advanced features of the applications, and also helped with starting to prepare for taking the Adobe Certified Expert Exam. The staff were clear in the way they taught, and demonstrated the features using practical examples which were easy to follow. Highly recommended.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    It was 1-1 training as I was the only person on the Illustrator 301 course by Academy Class, therefore I was able to get answers to specific things I wanted to know.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    I recently completed an Indesign Course with Academy class and was extremely impressed with the professional standard of training and learnt so many new quick techniques which will help meet the most out of the software. A great experience with helpful tutors always willing to thoroughly explain everything. Would definitely recommend to anyone! . Keep it up 🙂 Hayley

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