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Illustrator 401: Adobe Certified Expert



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

An Adobe certified Academy Class instructor will help you prepare for your Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) in Illustrator CC and provide you with the best exam preparation available. The course strongly focuses on the requirements of the ACE exam. During the course you will work through example test questions and find out where your strengths and weaknesses lie. You will get used to the types of questions asked during the exam and learn lots of best-practices.

The Illustrator CC ACE course will give you confidence in taking the exam, which you can do at the end of the class or at a later date (exam fee not included). Passing the exam can be a big step to your successful design career. This exam is the highest official certification you can get and it can help you get recognized in the creative industry. It is the best way to tell the world about your expertise and communicate your proficiency in leading products from Adobe. The ACE certification will help to expand your job opportunities, help you to stand out from your competitors in the job market, gain recognition from your employer and may increase your earnings potential.


The Illustrator CC ACE exam course is for individuals who have a minimum of three years as a graphic designer or illustrator, with experience in conceptual design and creation of final artwork for print and interactive output.


You must have an advanced knowledge of Adobe Illustrator and be able to efficiently create 2D illustrations, text treatments, and precise vector layouts. You should also be familiar with tablet input devices, Adobe Photoshop and InDesign.


We will work through example test questions and find out where your strengths and weaknesses lie. The exam can be taken at the end of the class or at a later date (exam fee not included).

We will work through example test questions on possible exam topics which may include:

Building Illustrator Documents

  • Customize the workspace
  • Create artboards
  • View artwork
  • Save and export documents
  • Behance Integration


  • Draw basic shapes
  • Edit paths
  • Combine objects
  • Draw in perspective
  • Work with symbols

Managing and Transforming Objects

  • Use rulers, grids, and guides
  • Group objects and paths
  • Create and use layers
  • Use isolation mode
  • Position multiple objects precisely


  • Apply fills and strokes
  • Work with Live Paint groups
  • Work with brushes
  • Work with transparency and blending modes
  • Create and use gradients
  • Create and use meshes
  • Create and use patterns

Working with Color

  • Apply colors and swatches
  • Work with Color Groups
  • Adjust Color
  • Set Fill and Stroke Overprint

Working with Type

  • Add text and type
  • Set text on a path
  • Transform characters and type blocks
  • Work with fonts and special characters
  • Format type
  • Create and apply character and paragraph styles

Applying Object Effects

  • Mask objects
  • Create and use appearance attributes
  • Document Raster Effect Settings
  • Create and apply drop shadows, glows, and feathering
  • Copy formatting between objects

Working with Placed Graphics

  • Place Graphics from other applications
  • Links Panel
  • Trace artwork with Image Trace
  • Use Path, Corner, and Noise reduction options
  • Sample colors from placed images
  • Package Files

Working with Web GraphicsDraw pixel?aligned paths for Web workflows

  • Draw pixel?aligned paths for Web workflowsCreate Web graphics
  • Create Web graphicsUse SVG
  • Use SVGExtract CSS Properties
  • Extract CSS Properties


  • Set up documents for printing
  • Print color separations
  • Print gradients, meshes, and color bleeds
  • Print and save transparent artwork


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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.



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.

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