City Lit Pro: Adobe Illustrator intensive
Time: 10:00 - 16:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
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Course Code: VK539
Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)
What is the course about?
In this course, you will learn to use the essential tools in Illustrator using up-to-date software.
Through creative demonstrations and practical exercises, you will learn Illustrator’s fundamental tools and panels. Starting with the pen tool to understand and design vector graphics from scratch, you will quickly learn how design with simple shapes and manipulate them to create graphics, designs and illustrations. You will learn how to design with type and how to save graphics effectively. You will create patterns and symbols to use in your illustrations and save your graphics for different formats.
This course will enable students to design with Illustrator for the Web and print, whether you’re working as a company employee, freelance or to produce your personal projects.
What will we cover?
• Managing the Illustrator work environment
• The Layers panel
• Rulers and measurements
• Vector Graphics
• Pen tool- drawing with Paths
• Stroke, Fill and gradients
• Drawing with Shapes
• Editing and transforming Shapes
• Creating complex graphics
• Designing with Type
• Creating patterns
• Creating and Spraying Symbols
• Tracing Bitmaps
• File Formats for print and Web.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Choose colour space effectively
• Create multi-layered images
• Create and manipulate vector graphics
• Draw using the Pen Tool
• Draw using the Shape Tool
• Apply colour to fills and strokes
• Build complex shapes
• Create illustrations with type
• Create symbols and patterns
• Trace a vector from a bitmap image
• Save and export in various file formats – both for print and web.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
No prior knowledge of Illustrator is required,However, students should be confident and competent computer users on a Mac or Windows PC and be proficient with a mouse and keyboard in either a creative software, Microsoft Word, PowerPoint or equivalent and should be able to download, upload, save, open and retrieve files. Some awareness of design for print or any other art/design practice would be useful.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion. 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 on Computer. Computers are provided for each student with all the necessary software installed. Student preparation and homework outside class times is strongly encouraged. Notes will be provided.
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.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
A pen and paper to take notes. You may also find that having a couple of sheets of A4 paper and a ruler to hand would also be useful. Handouts for this course are best viewed in Adobe Acrobat Reader (or, if you have full Creative Cloud, Acrobat DC) so may want to have Acrobat on your computer.
Unfortunately, due to the range of hardware and software used by students at home, the College is unable to provide advice on installation issues.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You can develop your skills further in Adobe Illustrator: stage 2. City Lit offer a range of courses in Graphic Design, Illustration, Animation, Photoshop, Illustrator and Indesign to enhance your design practice.
Andrea is a skilled and qualified educator, currently teaching various areas of Design and Marketing, emphasizing real world practice and the latest trends. She studied graphic design at the Royal College of Art and Education at Westminster University. She has over 14 years’ commercial experience working as an art director for high profile advertising agencies on local, pan European and global accounts in Sao Paulo, Rio, London and Amsterdam. She has also freelanced for small agencies and in-house marketing and design studios in London. She now splits her time between teaching, her own practice and her young family.
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.