Online instructor-led training

Illustrator Intro

Mar 3-17,


About the event

Course Details


Learn to produce better designs by mastering the most powerful tool for vector design in the graphic arts industry. This course focuses on the fundamentals of using Illustrator’s diverse tools so that you’ll be able to create logos, professional type effects, icons and infographic elements.


This class is appropriate for novice to intermediate level users. We also recommend that you have the software installed before starting the class. You can purchase the software or obtain a trial version of it from the Adobe web site at




  • Introducing Adobe Illustrator
  • Starting Illustrator and Opening a File
  • Exploring the Workspace
  • Getting to Know the Tools Panel
  • Working with The Properties Panel
  • Working with Panels
  • Docking Panels
  • Switching Workspaces
  • Saving a Workspace
  • Using Panel and Context Menus
  • Changing the View of Artwork
  • Using View Commands
  • Using the Zoom Tool
  • Scrolling Through a Document
  • Viewing Artwork
  • Navigating Artboards
  • Using the Artboards Panel
  • Arranging Multiple Documents
  • Finding Resources for Using Illustrator
  • Selecting Objects
  • Aligning Objects
  • Working with Groups
  • Exploring Object Arrangement
  • Creating a New Document
  • Working with Basic Shapes
  • Working with The Shaper Tool
  • Using Image Trace
  • Working with Drawing Modes
  • Editing Paths and Shapes
  • Using the Eraser Tool
  • Combining Shapes
  • Using the Width Tool
  • Working with Artboards
  • Working with Rulers and Guides
  • Transforming Content
  • An Intro to Drawing with The Pen Tool
  • Creating Artwork with The Pen Tool
  • Drawing with The Curvature Tool
  • Editing Curves
  • Creating a Dashed Line
  • Adding Arrowheads to a Path
  • Working with The Pencil Tool
  • Joining with The Join Tool
  • Exploring Color Modes
  • Working with Color
  • Working with Live Paint
  • Adding Type to The Poster
  • Formatting Type
  • Fixing Missing Fonts
  • Resizing and Reshaping Type Objects
  • Creating and Applying Text Styles
  • Wrapping Text
  • Warping Text
  • Working with Type on a Path
  • Creating Text Outlines
  • Creating Layers and Sublayers
  • Editing Layers and Objects
  • Duplicating Layer Content
  • Creating a Clipping Mask
  • Working with Gradients
  • Working with Blended Objects
  • Painting with Patterns
  • Working with Brushes
  • Using Calligraphic Brushes
  • Removing a Brush Stroke
  • Using Art Brushes
  • Using Bristle Brushes
  • Using Pattern Brushes
  • Working with The Blob Brush Tool
  • Using the Appearance Panel
  • Using Live Effects
  • Applying a Photoshop Effect
  • Using Graphic Styles
  • Applying a Graphic Style to a Layer
  • Working with Symbols
  • Working with Creative Cloud Libraries
  • Combining Artwork
  • Placing Image Files
  • Masking Images
  • Working with Image Links
  • Packaging a File
  • Creating a PDF
  • Creating Pixel-Perfect Drawings
  • Exporting Artboards and Assets
  • Creating CSS From Your Design

All Classes Taught by Industry Pros


Christine Marsh

With over two decades of experience as a producer, director, editor, animator, marketing consultant, designer, and digital media trainer, Christine is a creative professional who has worked with clients such as Johns Hopkins University, Voice of America, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. She has taught a wide range of classes and custom training sessions for colleges, professional development centers, and private clients on topics such as graphic design, web design and development, 508 compliance, marketing, interactive media, video editing, animation, motion graphics, 3D modeling & animation, virtual/augmented reality, pre-production skills, and video production techniques, i.e. cinematography, directing and producing.