Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to:
1. Identify the uses of Illustrator graphics.
2. Differentiate between raster and vector graphics.
3. Contrast the color models RGB (Red-Green-Blue) and CMYK (Cyan-Magenta-Yellow-blacK) using color theory.
4. Design graphic documents using basic vector shapes and text.
5. Utilize stroke and fill enhancements, including the use of color and gradients.
6. Analyze, create and edit Bezier curves using the pen and direct selection tools.
7. Transform vector objects using appropriate tools.
8. Utilize Pathfinder options and clipping masks with vector objects.
9. Design a document with multiple layers.
10. Evaluate and apply advanced type formatting techniques.
11. Produce various effects and apply to vector objects.
12. Create and apply custom patterns and brush strokes.
13. Analyze file type formats when saving or exporting Illustrator documents.
14. Create graphic styles and symbols for repetitive formatting.
15. Repeating students will master new features of Illustrator.
1. Uses of Illustrator graphics
2. Illustrator basics
a. Vector graphics vs raster images
b. Color theory: RGB vs CMYK
c. Paths, segments and anchor points
d. Manipulating panels
e. Using the toolbox
f. Viewing the document
3. Creating an Illustrator document
a. Reverting to default Illustrator settings
b. Setting rulers, guides and grids
c. Saving and printing Illustrator files
d. Creating a PDF [Portable Document Format] file
e. Opening a template
f. Utilizing multiple art boards
4. Illustrator tools
a. Shapes including rectangle, ellipse, polygon, spiral, star, arc, straight line, and grid
b. Freehand drawing using the pencil, paintbrush, and blob brush
c. Creating straight and curved paths with the pen tool
d. Selection and direct-selection tool
e. Editing paths with the reshape, erase, smooth, knife, scissors, and pencil tools
5. Transforming objects
a. Moving, scaling, shearing, reflecting and rotating objects
b. Using the align panel
c. Stacking multiple objects
d. Grouping objects
e. Free transform tool
g. Twirling objects
h. Splitting, splicing, and joining objects
i. Object path menu
k. Compound paths
l. Envelope distort menu
a. Shape modes
b. Pathfinder tools
7. Formatting techniques
a. Applying stroke and fill formatting
b. Creating and applying gradients
c. Introduction to effects
d. Eyedropper and paint bucket tools
e. Applying color
f. Using styles
g. Using transparency
8. Introduction to layers as an organizational tool
9. Creating and editing type
a. Point type
b. Path type
c. Area type
d. Vertical type
e. Converting type into vector shapes
f. Character formatting
g. Paragraph formatting
h. Open type formatting
10. Importing and exporting
a. Exporting Illustrator files to EPS, PDF and raster file formats
b. Converting vector objects to raster
c. Importing text and graphic documents into Illustrator
11. Desktop publishing techniques
a. Managing linked graphics
b. Creating multiple columns of linked area type
c. Manipulating and formatting area type
d. Creating a text wrap
12. Advanced fill and stroke formatting
a. Gradient mesh tool
b. Creating custom fill patterns
c. Creating custom brushes
d. Creating live blends
13. Repeating students will be assigned more advanced projects.
Instructor prepared materials