Illustrator CS5: Level 2 - Creating Complex Illustrations

COURSE OUTLINE:

Description You will create complex illustrations, manage color across a range of devices, work with graphs and variables, control how illustrations appear on print and the web, and preview them on mobile devices.

Audience
This course is intended for designers, publishers, prepress professionals, marketing communications professionals, or people switching to a design job or taking on design responsibilities, who need to use Illustrator to create illustrations, logos, advertisements, or other graphic documents. They will have some previous experience with Illustrator.

Prerequisites
Completion of Illustrator CS5: Level 1 - Creating Graphic Designs or equivalent knowledge recommended.

Learning Objectives
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Create complex illustrations.
  • Enhance complex illustrations.
  • Create a vector version of a raster graphic.
  • Create special effects.
  • Work with graphs.
  • Work with variables.
  • Prepare documents for composite and commercial printing.
  • Export graphics for the web and mobile devices.
  • Course Content


    LESSON 1: CREATING COMPLEX ILLUSTRATIONS

    Topic 1A: Create a Custom Shape Using Simple Shapes
    Topic 1B: Create Perspective Drawings
    Topic 1C: Create Compound Paths
    Topic 1D: Offset Paths
    Topic 1E: Erase Shapes

    LESSON 2: ENHANCING COMPLEX ILLUSTRATIONS

    Topic 2A: Organize Objects with Layers
    Topic 2B: Create Symbols
    Topic 2C: Create a Pattern Swatch
    Topic 2D: Create a Mesh
    Topic 2E: Create Custom Brushes
    Topic 2F: Apply Color Using Live Paint
    Topic 2G: Recolor Artwork

    LESSON 3: CREATING A VECTOR VERSION OF A RASTER GRAPHIC

    Topic 3A: Trace Artwork
    Topic 3B: Adjust the Results of Tracing
    Topic 3C: Create a Custom Preset
    Topic 3D: Convert a Traced Object to Paths

    LESSON 4: CREATING SPECIAL EFFECTS

    Topic 4A: Apply Effects
    Topic 4B: Create Masks
    Topic 4C: Simplify Paths
    Topic 4D: Create Blends
    Topic 4E: Share Graphic Styles
    Topic 4F: Create 3D Effects

    LESSON 5: WORKING WITH GRAPHS

    Topic 5A: Create a Graph
    Topic 5B: Format a Graph

    LESSON 6: WORKING WITH VARIABLES

    Topic 6A: Create Variables
    Topic 6B: Create Data Sets

    LESSON 7: OUTPUTTING DOCUMENTS

    Topic 7A: Set Up Color Management
    Topic 7B: Preview an Overprint
    Topic 7C: Apply Spot Colors
    Topic 7D: Print a Composite Proof
    Topic 7E: Create Color Separations
    Topic 7F: Create an Adobe PDF File

    LESSON 8: EXPORTING GRAPHICS FOR THE WEB AND MOBILE DEVICES

    Topic 8A: Convert Colors to Web-Safe Colors
    Topic 8B: Work with Actions
    Topic 8C: Export a File as an SWF File
    Topic 8D: Create Slices
    Topic 8E: Add Interactivity to an SVG File
    Topic 8F: Preview an Illustration for Mobile Devices