Illustrator CS5

CTC Academy

Updated on 08 November, 2015

Course details

Module One:

Lesson 1 – Getting to Know the Work Area

  • Working with the Tools Panel
  • Working with Panels
  • Resetting and saving Your Workspace
  • Using panel menus
  • Using the zoom tool
  • Using the Navigator Panel
  • Understanding rulers
  • Searching for a topic in the Search of Help box

Lesson 2 – Working with basic shapes A

  • Accessing the basic shape tools
  • Creating rectangles
  • Creating rounded rectangles
  • Creating ellipses
  • Creating Polygons
  • Creating Stars
  • Creating Lines, Arc and Spiral
  • Understanding drawing modes
  • Outlining strokes
  • Creating a dashed line
  • Changing stroke width and alignment
  • Using the Width tool

Lesson 3 – Color and painting A

  • Color Modes
  • Creating color
  • Building and saving a custom color
  • Using Illustrator swatch libraries
  • Working with the Color Guide panel

Lesson 4 – Selecting and Aligning

  • Using the Selection Tool
  • Using the Direct Selection Tool
  • Creating selections with the Magic Wand tool
  • Selecting similar objects
  • Aligning objects to each other
  • Distributing objects
  • Aligning to the artboard
  • Working with groups
  • Working in isolation mode
  • Arrange objects
  • Selecting objects behind
  • Applying Selection Techniques

Module Two:

Lesson 5 – Transforming – Objects A

  • Transforming content
  • Scaling objects
  • Reflecting objects
  • Rotating objects
  • Shearing objects

Lesson 6 – Working with basic shapes B

  • Combining and editing shapes
  • Working with Pathfinder effects
  • Using Eraser tool
  • Scissors Tool
  • Knife Tool
  • Joining paths
  • Working with line segments

Lesson 7 – Color and painting B 

  • Working with the color panel
  • Using the Color Picker
  • Copying attributes
  • Creating & Editing color groups
  • Assigning colors to your artwork
  • Working with Live Paint
  • Editing Live Paint
  • Module Three:

Lesson 8 – Working with basic shapes C

  • Working with shape modes
  • Working with the Shape Builder tool
  • Using Live Trace to Create Shapes
  • Draw Inside mode
  • Positioning objects precisely
  • Distorting objects
  • Blending objects

Lesson 9- Blending Colors and Shapes

  • Working with gradients
  • Creating and applying a linear gradient
  • Adjusting the direction and angle of gradient blend
  • Creating a radial gradient
  • Changing colors and adjusting the gradient
  • Applying gradient to multiple objects
  • Adding transparency to gradients
  • Working with blended objects
  • Creating a blend with specified steps
  • Modifying the blend
  • Creating smooth color blends

Lesson 10 – Applying Appearance Attributes and Graphic Styles

  • Using appearance attributes
  • Editing and adding appearance attributes
  • Reordering appearance attributes
  • Adding an additional stroke and fill
  • Using graphic styles
  • Creating and saving a graphic style
  • Applying a graphic style to an object
  • Copying, applying, and removing graphic styles

Module Four:

Lesson 11 – Drawing with the Pen Tool

  • Creating Straight Lines
  • Creating Curved Paths
  • Splitting a path
  • Adding arrowheads
  • Deleting and adding anchor points
  • Convert between smooth points and corner points
  • Drawing & Editing with the Pencil tool
  • Assembling the parts
  • Painting the artwork

Lesson 12 – Working with symbols

  • Using existing Illustrator symbol libraries
  • Creating symbols
  • Editing a symbol
  • Breaking a link to a symbol
  • Replacing symbols
  • Renaming symbols
  • Working with the Symbolism tools
  • Copy and edit symbol sets
  • Storing and retrieving artwork in the
  • Symbols panel
  • Mapping a symbol to 3D artwork
  • Symbols and Flash integration

Lesson 13 – Working with Type

  • Importing a Plain Text File
  • Understanding Text Flow
  • Resizing type objects
  • Formatting type
  • Changing the Font Color
  • Changing additional text attributes
  • Changing paragraph attributes
  • Saving and using styles
  • Creating and using a paragraph style
  • Creating and using a character style
  • Reshaping text with an envelope wrap
  • Using the Free Distort effect
  • Wrapping text around an object
  • Creating text on open or closed paths
  • Creating text on paths
  • Creating Text Outlines

Module Five:

Lesson 14 – Working with pictures

  • Place picture
  • Working With Live Trace
  • Photoshop Effects (Filters)

Lesson 15 – Working with Adobe Bridge

  • Combining artwork
  • Vector versus bitmap graphic
  • Placing Adobe Photoshop files
  • Placing Photoshop files
  • Duplicating and editing a placed image
  • Embed a Photoshop image with Layer comp
  • Applying color edits to a placed image
  • Masking an image
  • Applying a clipping mask to an image
  • Editing a mask
  • Masking and object with multiple shapes
  • Release a mask
  • Creating an opacity mask
  • Sampling colors in placed images
  • Replacing a placed, linked image
  • Exporting a layered file to Photoshop

Lesson 16 -Applying Effects

  • Applying an effect
  • Editing an effect
  • Styling text with effects
  • Editing shapes with a Pathfinder effect
  • Offsetting paths
  • Applying a Photoshop effect
  • Working with a 3D effect
  • Creating a revolved object
  • Changing the lighting of a 3D object
  • Mapping a symbol to the 3D artwork

Module Six:

Lesson 17 – Transforming Artboard- Part 2

  • Working with artboards
  • Adding artboards to the document
  • Editing artboards & Renaming Artboards
  • Working with rulers and guides
  • Multiple Transformations

Lesson 18 – Working with Layers

  • Creating Layers
  • Moving Objects and Layers
  • Locking Layers
  • Viewing Layers
  • Merging Layers
  • Isolating Layers

Lesson 19 – Working with Brushes

  • Using Calligraphic brushes
  • Editing a brush
  • Using a fill color with brushes
  • Remove a brush stroke
  • Using Art brushes
  • Drawing with the Paintbrush tool
  • Create an Art brush
  • Drawing with the Blob Brush tool

Lesson 20 – Working with Perspective Drawing

  • Understanding Perspective
  • Understanding the Perspective Grid
  • Using a preset grid
  • Drawing objects in perspective
  • Selecting and transforming objects in perspective
  • Attaching objects to perspective
  • Editing planes and objects together
  • Adding and editing text in perspective
  • Adding Symbols to the Perspective Grid
  • Release content from perspective
  • Changing perspective

Module Seven:

Lesson 21 – Putting It All Together

  • Designing A logo
  • Designing A business card
  • Designing A Letter head

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