Adobe Illustrator: a detailed introduction

Course Dates: 14/06/25 - 28/06/25
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: Keeley Street
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Adobe Illustrator is a vector-based graphic design and drawing application that is the industry standard for digital illustration and graphic design professionals. Illustrator can be used to create infographics, logos, icons, posters and digital artwork.
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Adobe Illustrator: a detailed introduction
  • Course Code: CID36
  • Dates: 14/06/25 - 28/06/25
  • Time: 10:30 - 16:30
  • Taught: Sat, Daytime
  • Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)
  • Location: Keeley Street
  • Tutor: George Stickney

Course Code: CID36

Sat, day, 14 Jun - 28 Jun '25

Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)

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What is the course about?

This beginners course will introduce you to Adobe Illustrator and the tools and techniques you need to create vector graphics. Through practical exercises you will learn to create basic shapes and combine them to make more complex artwork. You will learn to manipulate text, manage colour and draw and trace artwork from scratch.

What will we cover?

• The Illustrator interface
• Creating new documents
• Creating, manipulating and transforming basic shapes
• Grouping and aligning artwork
• Using colour, strokes and fill
• Creating complex shapes using the Pathfinder
• Using the Pencil and eraser tools
• Tracing artwork automatically
• Creating and modifying paths with the pen tool
• Introduction to the Type tool
• Manipulating type
• Working with Layers
• Managing colours using swatches
• Saving work.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

• The Illustrator interface
• Creating new documents
• Creating, manipulating and transforming basic shapes
• Grouping and aligning artwork
• Using colour, strokes and fill
• Creating complex shapes using the Pathfinder
• Using the Pencil and eraser tools
• Tracing artwork automatically
• Creating and modifying paths with the pen tool
• Introduction to the Type tool
• Manipulating type
• Working with Layers
• Managing colours using swatches
• Saving work.

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 on Computer. Each student has access to a computer for practical work. 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?

No costs. Should you wish to practice outside class time, you will need to have access to your own licensed Adobe® Creative Cloud software.

Pen and notepad for note taking. 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 will be provided electronically and 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.

As a City Lit student, you may be entitled to student discount on Adobe Creative Cloud applications. Please visit the Adobe website Creative Cloud for education webpage for full details.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Please click here to view our courses in the Adobe Creative Cloud.

George Stickney

George graduated with a degree in Art,Design and Media and soon after became interested in the burgeoning web design industry. He started learning HTML and associated web design skills and later worked for design agencies and as a freelance designer on a variety of projects ranging from large corporations to small businesses. After dipping his toe into the teaching pool, George found he really enjoyed sharing his skills with others and helping them to achieve their goals and has been teaching for Visual Arts at City Lit since 2012. The thing he enjoys most about teaching at City Lit is the wide range of interesting people he meets at work.

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.