Adobe Illustrator: stage 1
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: CID03
Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)
What is the course about?
This practical course stage offers a rounded introduction to Adobe be it for design or illustration. Best known as the vector application for creating logos and icons Illustrator is widely used in the graphic design, illustration, fashion, packaging, marketing and branding industries for print and web.
Should you wish to practice homework you will need to have access to your own Adobe® Creative Cloud licence for Illustrator, which is what will be used to teach this course.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
• Introduction to the Illustrator environment:
• Terminology, workspace and artboards
• Grids and guides
• Paths, strokes and fill
• Working with colour for print and screen
• Creating, manipulating and transforming basic shapes
• Working with features for logos and icons:
• Setting up a tracing template
• Plotting and amending paths with Bezier pen tools
• Using the Pencil, cutting and join tools
• Introduction to the Type tools
• Manipulating type and type on a curved path
• Simplifying artwork and information
• Uses for Blends and gradients
• Introduction to the Paintbrush and Blob Brush tools
• Working with Layers
• Using the transformation tools to transform artwork
• Saving work.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Navigate the Adobe Illustrator interface
• Use drawing tools to create basic shapes and designs
• Use the Pen tool to create and manipulate curves
• Place and trace over a tracing template
• Format and manipulate type
• Create an icon or a logo
• Create a simple info graphic
• Use transformation tools to transform artwork.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an introduction to Illustrator. Students should have good computing skills with some knowledge of Mac or Windows systems and be confident in using the keyboard and mouse either in using the Microsoft Word processing program or with text based creative software.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instruction. You should be able to use numbers and be able to do simple measurements and calculations.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught using a range of techniques including workshops, short lectures, demonstrations, and by completing practical exercises. Student preparation and homework outside class times is strongly encouraged. Notes will be provided.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
To participate on this course you will need access to the latest version of Adobe Creative Cloud. As a City Lit student, you may be entitled to student discount on Adobe Creative Cloud applications. Please visit the Adobe website for full details.
You will need to create an Adobe account using your City Lit email address which includes your student number. (This is in the format firstname.lastname@example.org). You can access your City Lit email through your supplied Office 365 account.
Please check the suitability of your computer system here: Adobe system requirements Adobe Creative Cloud for Students - system requirements
*Please note that your Adobe account is not accessible to City Lit and no technical support can be provided. At renewal, you will need to create another Adobe account using your personal email.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Please click here to view our flowchart which outlines all courses in the Adobe area and their progression courses.
Gita’s practice as a graphic designer and illustrator spans many years and disciplines within the field. She has worked in print and screen-based media across major broadcast, corporate, NGO, publishing and state sectors. Gita went digital in 1991. She brings her experience and knowledge to teaching Adobe Creative Cloud apps for design and Illustration in different departments within Visual Arts at City Lit. She started teaching evening and weekend courses at City Lit in 2006, having previously provided bespoke workplace-training for companies and organisations. Her classes are regarded as fun, friendly and challenging, with extensive resources for both in-and-after course study.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.