Online instructor-led training

Illustrator Intro

May 12-20,

Tuesday, Wednesday

About the event

Course Details


Learn to produce better designs by mastering the pen tool and learning how to use the most powerful tool for vector design in the graphic arts industry. This course focuses on the fundamentals of using Illustrator’s diverse tools and creating complex shapes from simple ones. You’ll be able to create logos, professional type effects, and impressive designs that unlock the artistic potential within you.


This class is appropriate for novice to intermediate level users. Bringing samples of the kinds of projects that you’d like to be able to do is helpful but not required. 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
  • Working with basic shapes
  • Understanding drawing modes
  • Changing stroke width and alignment
  • Joining paths
  • Using the Width tool
  • Working with the Shape Builder tool
  • Working with Pathfinder effects
  • Working with shape modes
  • Using Image Trace to create shapes
  • Working with artboards
  • Transforming content
  • Working with rulers and guides
  • Distorting objects with effects
  • Transforming with the Free Transform tool
  • Applying multiple transformations
  • Exploring the Pen tool
  • Introducing curved paths
  • Cutting with the Scissors tool
  • Creating a dashed line
  • Cutting with the Knife tool
  • Drawing with the Pencil tool
  • Creating and saving a custom color as a swatch
  • Using Illustrator swatch libraries
  • Creating a spot color
  • Creating a color group
  • Painting with patterns
  • Working with Live Paint
  • Working with overflow text and text reflow
  • Formatting type
  • Creating and applying text styles
  • Warping text
  • Working with type on a path
  • Wrapping text around an object
  • Creating text outlines
  • Understanding layers
  • Selecting and moving objects and layers
  • Duplicating layer content
  • Creating a clipping mask
  • Merging layers
  • Applying appearance attributes to layers
  • Using a preset grid
  • Adjusting the perspective grid
  • Drawing objects in perspective
  • Transforming objects in perspective
  • Moving planes and objects together
  • Bringing content into perspective
  • Drawing with no active grid
  • Adding and editing text in perspective
  • Working with gradients
  • Applying a gradient to a stroke
  • Applying gradients to multiple objects
  • Adding transparency to gradients
  • Working with blended objects
  • Using Calligraphic brushes
  • Editing a brush
  • Using Art brushes
  • Using Bristle brushes
  • Using Pattern brushes
  • Working with the Blob Brush tool
  • Using live effects
  • Styling text with effects
  • Applying an effect to convert a shape
  • Applying Photoshop effects
  • Working with 3D effects
  • Applying an Extrude & Bevel effect
  • Applying a Revolve effect
  • Using the Appearance pane
  • Using graphic styles
  • Saving content for the web
  • Slicing content
  • Working with the Symbolism tools
  • Spraying symbol instances
  • Editing symbols with the Symbolism tools
  • Mapping a symbol to 3D artwork
  • Working with Adobe Bridge CC
  • Placing image files
  • Masking an image
  • Packaging a file

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.