2 Day(s)


This course is recommended as a follow up to the two-day Fundamentals of Illustrator course or the two-day Intermediate course, depending on existing levels of knowledge. It is also suitable for those with equivalent experience through self-learning. The course includes topics such as special effects, filters, advanced techniques with the Illustrator drawing tools, layers work and advice concerning suitable settings for high-end output


Existing competence in Illustrator or at least to the level of the Illustrator Fundamentals course

Course Specifics

Course Outline

File Management With Adobe Bridge

  • Working more efficiently using Bridge to find, sort and manage files
  • Understanding the interface
  • Previewing files in different modes
  • Rating and labelling
  • Assigning Keywords
  • Batch Rename
  • Synchronising Adobe's Colour Workspace


  • Getting full control of the pen tool
  • Amending, splitting, joining and manipulating paths
  • Using Shape Builder to combine, edit and fill shapes
  • Using templates, pencil and smooth

Brush effects

  • Creating Calligraphic, Art, Pattern, and Scatter Brushes
  • Modifying the brush options
  • Editing existing and creating new brushes

Working with patterns

  • Creating simple patterns
  • Defining artwork as a pattern

Modifications and special effects

  • Transformations including blending shapes and the Gradient Mesh tool to create realistic artwork
  • Pathfinder panel and compound paths including the live compound tool
  • Using the appearance panel for live editing
  • Clipping Masks - viewing only the clipped area of your objects during editing.
  • Using Isolation Mode, and Edit Clipping Path for more control


  • Applying Warp and Mash Envelopes
  • Expanding and releasing
  • Edit Envelope contents
  • Creating custom Envelope shapes


  • Flare tool
  • Distort tool including the warp and liquify tools
  • Using effects and graphic styles
  • Working with masks and transparency
  • Grids including the polar and arc grids
  • Other selection tools


  • Creating and applying Masks
  • Modifying and updating mask content

Working With Colour

  • Understanding Illustrators Swatches
  • Creating Gradient and Pattern Swatches
  • Working with colour Guide
  • Creating Live Paint Objects
  • Loading Pantone Libraries
  • Saving and exporting Swatches
  • Working with Gradient Mashes

Graphic Styles

  • Understanding Illustrator's Graphic Styles
  • Creating and applying Graphic Styles
  • Loading and saving Graphic Style Presets

Effects and Filters

  • Understanding Illustrator's Filter and Effects menu
  • Distort and Transform
  • Stylise
  • Effect Gallery

Drawing in perspective

  • Choosing a Perspective Grid preset
  • The Perspective Grid tool
  • The Perspective Selection tool
  • Setting Perspective Grid options
  • Setting plane options
  • Adjusting the perspective grid
  • Drawing new objects in perspective
  • Attaching art to a perspective plane
  • Mapping a perspective grid to a photo or drawing
  • Using the Plane Switching widget
  • Defining and editing grid presets
  • Using keyboard shortcuts to speed up drawing

Working With Layers

  • Creating and understanding Layers
  • Selecting and arranging Layers
  • Duplicating Layer content
  • Applying Layer Options
  • Releasing and flattening Layers

Text In Illustrator

  • Creating and threading multiple text containers
  • Modifying threaded text
  • Modifying Area Type Options
  • Type flow into a shape
  • Text on a Path Options
  • Using Text Wrap and options
  • Using Character and Paragraph Styles
  • Special characters with the Glyph Palette
  • Setting up Hyphenations and Justifications
  • Customising Tabs


  • Converting logos to symbols for reuse
  • Using the symbol spray to instance symbols around page
  • Manipulating and updating symbols

Web work

  • Slicing to create entire web pages
  • Exporting to SWF with Flash symbol support

Print work

  • Setting up for professional printing
  • Understanding transparency flattening
  • Creating Crop Marks
  • Page Tiling
  • Exporting Multiple Page PDF
  • Using the Area Crop Tool to export pre-defined areas
  • Setting up the Document Raster Effect Setting

Image Output

  • Saving, exporting and printing artboards independently or together
  • Separations Preview - identifying unexpected spot colours, overprinting issues, and CMYK blacks in text and placed files

Automating Tasks

  • Creating and recording Actions
  • Using Custom actions for automation and Batching
  • Running a Batch
  • Loading and saving Action Sets

Keyboard Shortcuts

Thinking about Onsite?

If you need training for 3 or more people, you should ask us about onsite training. Putting aside the obvious location benefit, content can be customised to better meet your business objectives and more can be covered than in a public classroom. It's a cost effective option.

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Upcoming Dates

Course Location Days Cost Date
2 445 £445 2018-08-10
2 445 £445 2017-11-13
2 445 £445 2017-10-24
2 445 £445 2017-10-11
2 445 £445 2017-09-20
2 445 £445 2017-09-19
2 445 £445 2017-08-30