What is the course about?
Infographics are a powerful way to create visually appealing contents to present complex information. You will learn to use Adobe Illustrator software to design icons, graphics, type, graphs and charts to represent real data. We will also look at Infographics’ structure and how to simplify information to make it attractive, easy to understand and deliver maximum impact.
Infographics can be used to express data, statistics, timelines, processes, relationships and stories. Infographics can be applied in websites, blogs, social media, brochures, presentations, reports, adverts, posters, teaching, comic subjects, magazines, awareness campaigns, and even resumes.
Students will work using up-to-date software in one of our well-equipped and fully accessible studios at our Covent Garden site.
What will we cover?
• Creating, opening and saving files in illustrator
• Customizing Illustrator interface
• Working with Vector graphics
• Working with Paths, Lines and Shapes
• Add colour using the Colour Picker, Fill and Stroke
• Creating simple and complex Shapes
• Converting graphics into Symbols
• Creating Graphic Styles
• Telling a story with image: content, message, design and format.
• Bringing in data from Microsoft Excel
• Creating live charts and graphs with data
• Columns, Data Markers and Pie Charts
• Working with the value axis and category axis
• Applying design to express live data
• Adding and editing numeric values
• Working with text
• Saving and exporting your infographic in appropriate formats for Print and Web.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Create and manipulate Vector graphics in Illustrator
• Optimize graphics to use in Infographics
• Simplify complex information
• Create a professional and engaging Infographics structure
• Present information through visually appealing elements
• Create graphs, charts and pie charts in Illustrator using real/live data
• Add graphics to represent and express data inside graphs and charts
• Work with type in Illustrator
• Prepare work for print and web.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
No prior knowledge of Adobe Software is required but you should have good computer skills and understanding of how to launch, create, copy and save files in a computer.
You will learn in a relaxed environment with a small group people.You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, you will be invited to take part in group discussion. You should be able to use numbers and be able to carry out simple measurements and calculations.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught by presentations, demonstrations, discussions and exercises. One-to-one guidance and support will be given throughout. Notes will be provided.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
No costs. Bring a pen and a pad to take notes and a USB stick / portable data storage so you can take your work home. Use of Adobe Illustrator outside the class will be beneficial – you can download a free 7 day trial from Adobe.com, afterwards you can extend useHttps://creative.adobe.com/plans.
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.