Upon completion of this course, the student is expected to be able to:
1. Evaluate and apply advanced type formatting techniques.
2. Use the Gradient Mesh tool to create a 3-dimensional effect.
3. Create and apply custom patterns and brush strokes.
4. Create compound paths and masks.
5. Apply advanced vector transformations.
6. Analyze file type formats when exporting Illustrator documents.
7. Analyze the difference between using the Filters and Effects menus.
8. Create a style for repetitive formatting.
9. Refine Pen tool skills.
1. Review of Pen tool skills
2. 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
d. Applying raster filters
e. Tracing with layers vs. auto tracing
3. 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
4. Advanced object formatting
a. Shape Modes and Pathfinder features: Divide, Trim, Outline, Merge,
Minus Back and Crop
b. Using the Gradient Mesh tool
c. Understanding transparency
5. More transformations
a. Free Transform tool
b. Twirling objects
c. Creating live blends
d. Splitting, slicing and joining objects
e. Object Path menu
f. Understanding compound paths and shape theory
g. Intro to clipping masks
h. Using the Envelope Distort menu
6. Working with type
a. Character formatting: fonts, leading, kerning, baseline adjustment
and Open Type fonts and tracking
b. Paragraph formatting: justify, indents, tabs
7. Advanced fill and stroke formatting
a. Gradient mesh tool
b. Creating custom fill patterns
c. Creating custom brushes
8. Live shapes
a. Modifying with the Appearance palette
b. Introduction to the Effects menu
c. Creating styles
1. Read approximately 20 pages per week from the textbook
2. Complete 5-10 assignments using Illustrator that demonstrate the
outcomes and objectives previously stated
3. Create printed documents and PDF (Portable Document Format) files to
complete Illustrator projects
4. Take 2-4 objective and problem solving examinations
5. Exams and Lab Projects, etc.
|Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.||Writing
0 - 0%
|This is a degree applicable course but assessment tools based on writing are not included because problem solving assessments and skill demonstrations are more appropriate for this course.
|Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.||Problem Solving
25 - 60%
|Homework problems, Lab reports, Exams||
|Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.||Skill Demonstrations
15 - 50%
|Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.||Exams
25 - 60%
|Multiple choice, True/false, Matching items||
|Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.||Other Category
0 - 0%
"Illustrator CS for Windows and MacIntosh: Visual Quickstart Guide" by
Peachpit Press 2004. "Illustrator CS Bible" by Ted Alspach and Jennifer
Alspach, John Wiley and Sons, 2003