Adobe Illustrator  Short Courses

Course Information

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Thursday 18 January 2018 18:30 - 20:30 10 weekly classes £395.00 CS1545 Apply Now
Thursday 3 May 2018 18:30 - 20:30 10 weekly classes £395.00 CS1545 Apply Now

Course Content

Working with Illustrator CC, this hands-on course provides a thorough introduction to this highly versatile industry-standard design package. Students will create their own unique illustrations, clipart and logos using the key functions of Adobe Illustrator while learning the fundamental principles of design.

Tutor Info

Helen Pummell began artworking in 1996 at the very start of the desk top publishing revolution, working with each new development of design industry software, from the first version of QuarkXpress through to today's powerful Adobe Creative Suite.

She has taught an ever evolving range of creative software at City, University of London and with private students since 1999.

Her design experience spans advertising, retail, marketing, education and recruitment and she has worked for some of the country's leading advertising and marketing agencies. Her clients include many national brand leaders, household names and high street favourites, for whom she produces artwork and promotional solutions for both web and print.

Helen currently teaches and freelances using a combination of Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign.


Working knowledge of the Windows or Macintosh interface.

English Requirements

Applicants must be proficient in written and spoken English.

What will I learn?

  • A comprehensive basic knowledge of the field of computerised design using the industry's most flexible and exciting vector-based packages. Whether you're a novice or an illustration expert, Illustrator offers a range of tools to help you produce professional quality computer graphics. We will create unique clip-art, Illustrations and logos, prepare graphics for the web and discover how Illustrator can be used in conjunction with other industry standard packages such as Photoshop and Quark Express/In Design.
  • Basic concepts, bitmap images, vector graphics. Setting up a page. Using basic tools, pen, pencil, paintbrush.
  • Selecting and grouping objects with magic wand, selection and direct selection tools. Working with objects, anchor points, lines and bezier curves. Geometric objects both manual and with numeric input. Additional tools, smooth, erase, scissor, knife.
  • Joining and averaging endpoints. Working with palettes. Groups of objects and layers. Applying appearances and graphic styles to groups and layers.
  • Bounding boxes and free transformations. Moving objects. Transformation palette and individual transformation tools. Reshaping and shearing.
  • Saving work, for print, archiving and for the web. Image formats and their strengths and weaknesses.
  • Graphs and charts, building, customizing, transforming Illustrator views, preview and outlines. Illustrator windows and window controls. Zoom functions, context sensitive menus and navigator palette. Show and hide choices, rulers, guides, smart guides, grids and edges. Colour in Illustrator, RGB, CMYK colour systems and libraries.
  • Generating ideas on the use of Illustrations in a design process.
  • Articulating the messages behind existing illustrations and how that message may be manipulated.
  • Creating basic illustrations with the student's own simple message.
  • How Illustrator can be used with Photoshop, InDesign, Quark XPress and other programs.

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Understand what vector based design packages are best suited to producing, and how the work with leading design packages such as Photoshop, InDesign and QuarkXPress.
  • Be familiar with a range of simple editing techniques  in vector-based graphic programs.
  • Gain an appreciation of the use of digital Illustrations in conveying visually striking messages.
  • Undertake basic preparation of artwork for the web.

Recommended Reading

The tutor will provide materials in class.

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