Certificate course in Illustrator

Illustrator is the industry standard and a professional software which is commonly used in graphic design. The diversified features can help designers create their design works with many special graphic effects. Designers can make use of the toolbars to draw lines & shapes, and to select the font style & size and colours to create graphic illustrations. Further, it is compatible with word processing, layers and other special features to enrich your productions. Hence, Illustrator is the pioneer software tool to produce poster, company logo, leaflet and all printing designs, product design, and the graphic illustration of advertising and multimedia web. Apart from the design functions, Adobe Illustrator is also compatible of various file formats and output of different softwares. It is the software which designers and those who want to step-in the design field must learn.

What you’ll learn

Work area basics

  • Workspace overview
  • About screen modes
  • Using the status bar
  • Enter values in panels and dialog boxes
  • Control panel overview

Viewing and managing artwork

  • Change the size of the artboard
  • About page tiling
  • Zoom in or out
  • Navigator panel overview
  • View artwork as outlines
  • Use multiple windows and views

Rulers, grids, and guides

  • Use rulers
  • Change the unit of measurement
  • Use the grid
  • Use guides
  • About Smart Guides
  • Measure the distance between objects
  • Info panel overview

Drawing basics

  • About vector graphics
  • About paths
  • About direction lines and direction points
  • Specify direction line and direction point appearance

Drawing lines and shapes

  • Draw straight lines with the Line Segment tool
  • Draw rectangles and squares
  • Change the corner radius of a rounded rectangle
  • Draw ellipses , polygons, stars, arcs

Drawing with the Pen tool

  • Draw straight line segments with the Pen tool
  • Draw curves with the Pen tool
  • Draw straight lines followed by curves
  • Draw curves followed by straight lines
  • Draw two curved segments connected by a corner
  • Reposition anchor points as you draw
  • Finish drawing a path

Editing paths

  • Select paths, segments, and anchor points
  • Adjust path segments
  • Adding and deleting anchor points
  • Convert between smooth points and corner points
  • Erase artwork
  • Split a path

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Logo Drawing / Tracing

  • Trace artwork
  • Change the display of a tracing object
  • Adjust the results of a tracing
  • Specify the colours used for tracing

About colour

  • Understanding differernt colour models
  • Change the colour mode of a document
  • Colour spaces and gamuts
  • About spot and process colours
  • Select colours using the Colour Picker or Colour Panel
  • Colour panel overview

Creating and using swatches

  • About swatches and swatch libraries
  • Swatches panel overview
  • Add colours from artwork to Swatches panel
  • Share swatches between applications
  • Create a process-colour swatch
  • Change the tint of a colour
  • Create gradient swatches
  • Duplicate swatches
  • Import swatches from another document
  • Create swatch libraries

Fills and strokes

  • Painting methods
  • About fills and strokes
  • Fill and Stroke controls
  • Apply a fill colour to an object
  • Stroke an object
  • Convert strokes to compound paths
  • Add arrowheads to lines
  • Remove the fill or stroke from an object
  • Select objects with the same fill and stroke
  • Create multiple fills and strokes

Transparency effect

  • About transparency
  • Transparency panel overview
  • View transparency in artwork

Gradients and colour blends

  • About gradients
  • Gradient panel overview
  • Create or modify gradients
  • Apply an existing gradient to an object
  • Change gradient direction or apply across multiple objects

Selecting objects

  • Options for selecting objects
  • Isolate groups and sublayers
  • Select objects using the Layers panel
  • Select objects with the Selection tool
  • Select objects with the Lasso tool
  • Select filled objects
  • Select groups and objects in a group
  • Select the next object in the stacking order

Grouping and expanding objects

  • Group or ungroup objects
  • Expand objects

Moving, aligning, and distributing objects

  • Move objects
  • Paste an object relative to other objects
  • Pasting objects between layers
  • Align and distribute objects

Rotating and reflecting objects

  • Rotate objects
  • Rotate the x and y axes of a document
  • Reflect objects

Using layers

  • About layers
  • Layers panel overview
  • Create a new layer
  • Move an object to a different layer
  • Release items to separate layers
  • Consolidate layers and groups
  • Locate an item in the Layers panel

Managing Objects

  • Locking, hiding, and deleting objects
  • Change the stacking order using the Layers panel
  • Change the stacking order using commands
  • Duplicate objects by dragging
  • Duplicate objects by using the Layers panel
  • Duplicate selections using drag and drop
  • Offset duplicate objects

Transforming objects

  • Transform panel overview
  • Transform using the bounding box
  • Scaling, shearing, and distorting objects

Combining, cutting and dividing objects

  • Work with compound shapes
  • Cut a hole in an object using a compound path
  • Apply fill rules to compound paths
  • Return a compound path to its original components
  • Cut objects with the Knife tool
  • Divide an object into a grid

Clipping masks and Compound Path

  • About clipping masks
  • Hide parts of objects with a clipping mask
  • Create a clipping mask for a group or layer
  • Edit a clipping mask
  • Add or remove an object from masked artwork
  • Release objects from a clipping mask

Blending objects

  • About blended objects
  • Create blends
  • Blend options
  • Change the spine of a blended object
  • Reverse the stacking order in a blended object
  • Release or expand a blended object

Importing files

  • About linked and embedded artwork
  • Place (import) files
  • Update modified links
  • Set placement options for linked artwork
  • Embed and unembed a linked file
  • Relink an embedded file
  • Importing artwork from Photoshop

Saving and exporting artwork

  • Save in AI, EPS format
  • JPEG export options

Working with area type

  • Resize a text area
  • Change the margin around a text area
  • Raise or lower the first baseline in a text area
  • Wrap text around an object

Working with type on a path

  • Move or flip text along a path
  • Apply path type effects
  • Adjust the vertical alignment of type on a path

Advanced Illustrator 

  • Options available for importing artwork by using the Open command and the Place command
  • Transforming shapes by using the Transform tools and/or the Transform palette
  • Transforming shapes by using the Distortion tools, such as Warp, Twirl, Bloat, Scallop, Crystallize, Wrinkle, Liquify
  • Create, use, and customize brushes
  • Modify overlapping objects by using the Transparency palette
  • Change the appearance of objects by using the Styles palette and Effects menu
  • Change the appearance of objects by using the Appearance palette
  • Create graphs by using the graph tools
  • Create, use, and edit symbols by using the Symbols palette and Symbols tools
  • Create and modify compound shapes by using Pathfinder palette
  • Transform shapes by using Warp effects
  • More about selection techniques
  • Assign variables to objects


    • Change the look of type by using the Envelope command
    • More about text
    • Creating columns of text
    • Making text wrap around graphics
    • Flowing text inside object
    • Setting tabs to create table
    • Change the look of type by using the Envelope command


    • Ways of making 3d objects :- Extrude, Bevel and Revolve
    • Fine tunning an 3d objects by setting different light sources, surface shading and mapping
    • Perspective settings


    • How layers can be used to help create and manage objects in a document
    • Change the attributes of objects in a layer by using the Layers palette
    • Importing and exporting Adobe Photoshop layers
    • Export objects for a Flash (SWF) by using the Release to Layers command


    • Options and considerations associated with preparing graphics that will be used on the Web
    • Export Illustrator images that are optimized for publication on the Web
    • Resolution and rasterization settings in the Document Setup dialog box
    • Create slices for objects and layers by using the Slice tools