Illustrator is the industry leading drawing/vector program, and this course is designed to take beginning participants from knowing very little to creating quality artwork. Experienced Illustrator users will also benefit from the course, with opportunities to hone skills and acquire information, techniques, and valuable practice and guidance.
Online Module 1: Introduction and Overview
Online Module 2: Illustrator Tools
- Introduction to Illustrator
- Interface overview
- Creating and modifying basic shapes
- Introduction to color, fill and stroke
- Introduction to type, character and paragraph options
- Saving documents
Online Module 3: Creativity with Tools and Content
- The type tool and differences between object type and type frames
- Character and paragraph options
- The pen tool and drawing vector shapes
- Modifying paths with the pen tool
- The brush and pencil tools
- New Illustrator CC features including live corners and the updated pencil tool
- Type on a path
Online Module 4: Executing Your Ideas
- Using the pathfinder tool to create complicated shapes from simple objects
- Creativity with the appearance and styles panels
- Multiple strokes with type
- The gradient panel and gradient tool
- Placing images into Illustrator
- Using the links panel to manage placed content
- creating custom borders and frames with the clipping mask function
- Moving from bitmap image to vector art with image/live trace
- Applying fill and stroke color quickly with live paint
- Using the width tool to create unique strokes and save time on drawing
- Fast simple drawing with the blob brush tool
- Multiple-page documents with multiple artboards
- Making different file formats for different workflows with save as and export
- Printing your artwork
Extended Studies graphics courses are offered fully online in four weekly modules to be completed during the week they are offered. Each course lasts four weeks and students will spend approximately four hours per week engaged in the course. Videos and class assignments that synthesize course content will be the primary learning tools. The structure of the program enables students to receive personal feedback on their work from the instructor and allows students to interact with the instructor and other students via online discussions.
Each weekly course module begins on Tuesday. Previous work can be accessed and viewed anytime, but assignments must be submitted for the week prior to the beginning of the next weekly course module. While course material will be available for continued reference up to four weeks after the class ends, assignments must be turned in by the scheduled course end date in order to meet the requirements for earning a certificate of completion.
Participation in the course requires high-speed Internet access, the application installed on your computer, an email address, and headphones or speakers and a web camera if you wish to participate in any optional scheduled web meetings. Courses are taught using the latest version of Adobe’s software, currently version CC, but older version “work-arounds” are also demonstrated for those not using the latest versions.
Certificates of completion will be awarded at the conclusion of the course to participants who participate in all course modules and complete all required assignments by the course end date. Advanced courses require a working knowledge of software applications prior to enrollment.
See the Graphics Professional Series overview for links to more courses of interest to beginning and experienced graphic artists, web designers, photographers and students.