Introduction to Illustrator CS6
In this course, you will learn to apply color, create shading effects and painterly brushstrokes, and add special effects such as 3D to your drawings. You can also easily move designs back and forth between Photoshop and Illustrator to take advantage of the strengths of both programs.
Each lesson contains an assignment that challenges both your creativity and your growing skill. The course is designed to let you work at your own level, whether you're just getting started or looking to refresh your Illustrator skills.
What you will learn
- Learn to apply and work with color
- Gain the techniques you need to produce stunning vector graphics
- Create shading effects and painterly brushstrokes, and add special effects such as 3D to your drawings
- Learn to use the pattern tool to create complex patterns with ease
- Master the ability to create your own font
How you will benefit
- Open the door to new job opportunities as a graphic artist
- Gain confidence in your ability to create stunning graphics
- Work at your own skill level and get the most out of the course material
How the course is taught
- Instructor-led or self-paced online course
- 6 Weeks or 3 Months access
- 24 course hours
Even if you're a beginner, you will feel right at home after you take a tour of Adobe Illustrator CS6's work area, toolbox, and panels. This lesson introduces some of Illustrator's fun features like auto-tracing, Live Paint Object, and recoloring.
This lesson introduces Illustrator's shape tools, which are the first step on your gentle journey toward using the all-important Pen tool. Get ready to draw shapes and combine them to form illustrations.
Now that you have learned to create shapes, it's time to start playing with color. In this lesson, you will discover how to create your own colors, save them, and apply them. You will also learn about the fabulous Recolor Artwork command and see how you can create and save color harmonies.
Illustrator's magic comes from the anchor points that control all the shapes in an image. In this lesson, you will learn to alter the anchor points on geometric objects and previously created shapes, so you can mold the results into something new.
The Pen tool is the basic instrument for creating vector art, and this lesson will teach you how to use it. You already know what corner points and smooth points are and how to edit them. Now, this lesson will show you how to create the different points with the Pen tool as you trace over a template.
Now that you know how to trace and flip symmetrical objects, it's time to try your new skills with more challenging images. Not all images consist of only one object, nor are they all symmetrical. This lesson focuses on tracing multiple objects in one image and managing the Layers panel.
The Appearance panel is your central monitoring station for making changes to fills, strokes, and effects. In this lesson, you'll learn to create strokes that look hand-drawn or have varying widths—even when you're using a mouse. You'll apply multiple strokes and fills to objects and create Illustrator effects that you can change at any time.
Gradients are Illustrator's version of an airbrush that can lay down smooth blends of color. You can use gradients on objects (shapes) for backgrounds or for shading. Once you know how to create your own gradients, you can add realism to any image.
One of the key problems for Illustrator users is getting realistic shading into vector objects. The Gradient tool helps, but it has limitations. In the lesson, you will create realistic blends, use a gradient mesh, and use gradients on strokes rather than on objects to create some amazing effects.
Did you know that you can change any set of objects (even an embedded raster image) into a symbol? In this lesson, you will create stroke gradient curls to finish the work from earlier. You will also learn about how turning the object into a symbol can speed up Illustrator's performance.
Patterns are everywhere you look. Illustrator makes it easy to create complex patterns without detailed knowledge of pattern design. You will also practice using the patterns as the basis for pattern brushes.
Did you know that you create fonts for specific images? This lesson explores the basics of typography while you learn to use the Type tool. You will discover how to fill a shape with text and how to flow text along paths and around shapes.
Doug Sahlin is an experienced author, photographer, and website designer who has written several bestselling books about photography and applications such as Adobe Flash, Adobe Acrobat, and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. Doug is President of Superb Images Inc. and a photography instructor for Wyzant. He uses his extensive Photoshop experience to edit images he has created for clients and his fine art images. He also uses Photoshop and Illustrator when designing websites for clients.
- This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.
- PC: Windows 8 or newer.
- Mac: macOS 10.6 or later.
- Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
- Adobe Illustrator CS6 (Adobe Illustrator CC will be supported in the Discussion Areas of the instructor-led learning method only) (not included in enrollment).
- Adobe Acrobat Reader.
- Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.
- Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
Instructional Material Requirements:
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.
Instructor-Led: A new session of each course begins each month. Please refer to the session start dates for scheduling.
Self-Paced: You can start this course at any time your schedule permits.
Instructor-Led: Once a course session starts, two lessons will be released each week for the 6 week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
Self-Paced: You have 3 month access to the course. After enrolling, you can learn and complete the course at your own pace, within the allotted access period.
Instructor-Led: The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes two weeks after each lesson is released, so you're encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
Self-Paced: There is no time limit to complete each lesson, other than completing all lessons within the allotted access period.
Instructor-Led: The final exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the final exam has been released, you will have two weeks plus 10 days (24 days total) to complete the final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.
Self-Paced: Because this course is self-paced, no extensions will be granted after the start of your enrollment.