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Illustrator: Ultimate Mastery

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The most intense and in-depth Illustrator training course of its kind in the UK!
Immerse yourself in Adobe Illustrator. Learn Illustrator from beginners to an advanced level.

The Adobe Illustrator Creative License training package includes the entire curriculum for total immersion into Adobe Illustrator. This training program features a combination of 3 Adobe Illustrator courses for a discounted price. The package does not have a schedule of its own. Each class is scheduled separately and can be taken over a year’s period so you can take the classes as quickly or as slowly as you desire. For you to have a better sense of schedule we enlisted the dates of Illustrator 101.

Training package includes:

  • Illustrator 101: Yellow Belt – 2 Days
  • Illustrator 201: Green Belt – 3 Days
  • Adobe Certified Associate Exam
  • Illustrator 301: Black Belt – 2 Days

 

Who is this course for?

This course is intended for graphic designers, small business owners, creative professionals, print professionals, publishers, prepress professionals, and marketing communications professionals. It’s focused on those creating layouts for print. Also ideal for students who want to break into the industry.

 

Assumed Knowledge

Before taking this course, you should have a basic understanding of your computers operating system. For example, you should know how to launch an application, create and save files, and copy files from CD and other media.

 

What you will learn

You’ll learn everything about Illustrator from start to finish. So if you have little or no knowledge of Adobe Illustrator right now then we can guarantee by the end of the Creative Licence in Illustrator training package that you will have more knowledge than most Illustrator users in the industry!

 

Illustrator 101: Yellow Belt

In this introductory course, even those with no formal training in illustration will be guided towards creating their own professional graphic project using Adobe Illustrator. Using both the classic features and the new and improved tools in the latest version of Illustrator, everyone in the class will leave with the ability to create and incorporate vector graphics for different projects. No matter which form of design or development participants are already involved in, the ability to create vector graphics is a lucrative skill.
This introductory course, even those with no formal training in illustration will be guided towards creating their own professional graphic project using Adobe Illustrator. Using both the classic features and the new and improved tools in the latest version of Illustrator, everyone in the class will leave with the ability to create and incorporate vector graphics for different projects. No matter which form of design or development participants are already involved in, the ability to create vector graphics is a lucrative skill.

 

Illustrator 201: Green Belt

If you want it to, Illustrator can truly revolutionise the way you work. On the Illustrator 201: Green Belt course, you’ll learn how to create complex vector graphics using advanced features such as filters and effects, explore in-depth typographical adjustments, and consider the printing process of your layouts. With the solid knowledge of Illustrator that the Hotshot course provides, anyone can create truly spectacular graphics for design and web development.

Adobe Certified Associate Exam

After the Photoshop 201: Green Belt course you will be able to take the ACAExam.

 

Illustrator 301: Black Belt

If you’d like to reach the top of your field in digital illustration, you’ll need to become a master of the medium. On the Illustrator 301: Black Belt course, you’ll learn not just the most advanced features of the program, but also the time-saving tips and tricks that can have you creating superb work in half the time.

Illustrator 101: Yellow Belt

Setting up Illustrator projects

  • Identify project requirements
  • Establish target audience and needs
  • Define media format and publishing requirements

User interface

  • Identify user interface elements
  • Create and select Workspaces
  • Navigate and zoom documents

Creating artwork

  • Understanding difference between vector and bitmap formats
  • Apply design principles to create artwork
  • Using pen and shape tools to create basic geometry
  • Selecting and Grouping objects
  • Transform and modify elements
  • Create and manipulate text
  • Organise artwork using layers
  • Create symbols

Colours

  • Selecting and applying colours
  • Creating colour swatches
  • Applying and modifying gradients
  • Working with spot colours

Effects and transparency

  • Apply transparency to objects
  • Blend elements using blend effects
  • Working with bitmaps
  • Placing raster images
  • Using the links panel to relink and update images
  • Tracing images using live trace presets

Publish artwork

  • Identifying common file formats
  • Choose appropriate settings to optimise graphics on the screen, print and video
  • Creating JPEG, PDF, PNG, SVG

 

Illustrator 201: Green Belt

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

Artboards

  • 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

 

Illustrator 301: Black Belt

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

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

Actions

  • 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

3D

  • 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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1 review for Illustrator: Ultimate Mastery

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    The location of the venue was Central London, easy to get to via Tube and rail links. The correspondence I received before hand made it very easy to get everything organised. Course Syllabus was all provided and everything was laid out in a professional manner. Lunch was catered for, which was also a welcomed addition! The tutors (I met Two) were absolutely fantastic. They obviously have done this for some time as their structure was effortless and flowed from one topic into another seamlessly. Their knowledge of the programs, was great and what really helped was their understanding of the business world, and how what we were learning could be applied in real life. They helped us through the course, checking our understanding as we went, but also were kind enough to help us with any issues we had encountered that was of the beaten path of the course. They were very approachable and friendly and we happy to offer us tips and tricks to help us get ahead. The facilities were perfect for the course, with ample machines both PC and MAC based, air con and well lit. I would highly recommend using the Academy Class, and i look to taking on more courses in the future. A Must for those who wish to increase their skills.

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