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Illustrator Bootcamp

Master the art of Adobe Illustrator in just 5 days with this comprehensive course offered by Training Connection. From interface navigation to complex illustrations, you'll learn all the tips, tricks, techniques, and shortcuts professional designers use in the real world. Ideal for designers, marketers, and aspiring graphic designers.

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  • 14 and older
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Class Description


What you'll learn in this illustrator class:

This is our most comprehensive Illustrator course, taking you from beginner to master in 5 days. Our trainer will take you step-by-step through a series of Real World projects and show you how the best professional designers use Adobe Illustrator in the Real World. You will learn hundred of tips, tricks, techniques and shortcuts so that you master this program. By the end of the week, you'll be designing complex illustrations.

Who Should Attend
This course is ideal for designers, marketers and anyone who is pursuing a career in graphic design. No prior experience of Illustrator is needed. Training available on both Mac and PC.

Course Outline

Introduction: Interface & Navigation

In this lesson, you will explore the interface and navigation of Adobe Illustrator - the World's no. 1 vector editing program.

  • Create a New Document
  • Navigate the Illustrator Interface
  • Get familiar with Panels and Working with Objects

Icon Design

In this lesson, you will create basic icon shapes to begin to master some of the key fundamental features and tools in Illustrator.

  • Work with Various Shapes & Lines
  • Transform Shapes
  • Combine and Manipulate Shapes

The Pen Tool: Tracing & Coloring Artwork

In this lesson, you will use the ultimate precision path creation tool in Illustrator, the Pen Tool.

  • Learn about Vector Paths
  • Learn to use the Pen Tool
  • Other Path Manipulation Tools

Type Basics

In this lesson, you will learn the fundamentals of working with text and text formatting in Adobe Illustrator.

  • Learning about the Type of Text for any Design
  • Working with Fonts
  • Using the Character Panel to Format Text

Rock 'n' Roll Vector Poster Design

In this lesson, you will take what you have learned so far as well as a few new features, to create an event poster.

  • Practice Creating and Arranging Text
  • Work with and Modify Vector Graphics
  • Learn One Way how to Distort Text Creatively

Exporting for the Web

In this lesson, we will be exploring the best way to finish your artwork and export it for websites, social media and beyond.

  • Prepping your Artwork for Export
  • Exporting Ad & Export for Screens
  • Learn about Save for Web Legacy

Compounding Shapes

In this lesson, you will learn how to combine shapes into a single shape known as compound shape.

  • Learn what Compound Shapes really are
  • Create Compound Shapes
  • Use Compound Shapes to Create Complex Art

Complex Shapes

In this lesson, you will use the powerful Pathfinder Tool to create compound and other types of unique custom shapes.

  • Access and Use the Pathfinder Panel
  • Shape Modes vs Pathfinders
  • Use the Pathfinder to Create Compound Shapes

The Pathfinder in Practice

In this lesson, you will harness the power of the Pathfinder Panel and some new techniques to create some logos.

  • Outlining Text
  • Use Graphics to Create Texture for Artwork
  • Learn to Layout your Logo before Combining Elements

Use & Create Symbols

In this lesson, you will learn about Symbols in Illustrator. This will allow you to save your art and then distribute it in various ways.

  • What are Symbols?
  • Create Symbols
  • Use Symbols in your Artwork


Time to delve deeper into the world of typography and explore more panels and text path effects to expand your artistic abilities.

  • Character & Paragraph Panel Properties
  • Add Text to Paths
  • Manipulate Text on Paths

The Gate: Feature Film

Use what you have learned in previous lessons in some new ways to create a title for a feature film and brand called THE GATE.

  • Working with Text to Format a Feature Title
  • Add Texture to a Title in Illustrator
  • Manipulate Text using the Knife Tool

Color like a Pro

Jump into Illustrator Swatches panel to manage and create color. We will also explore setting up a more convenient color workflow for projects.

  • Learn about the Swatches Panel
  • Create new Colors and Groups
  • Learn more efficient Color Workflows

Social Media: Design & Workflow

Use your skills in Illustrator and the power of multiple artboards to create several social posts tailored for the most popular networks.

  • Working across Multiple Artboards
  • Working with Standard Social Media Sizes for Artwork
  • Batch Export your Social Media Posts efficiently

Dance for Me: Puppet Warp Project

In this lesson, we will explore one of the newer features known as the Puppet Warp Tool. This tool allows you to articulate vector images in a fluid way.

  • Learn about the Puppet Wrap Tool
  • What Type of Art is best for the Puppet Wrap Tool
  • Apply and Use the Puppet Wrap Tool

Tool Exploration

In this lesson, you will use Illustrator's weird WARP tools to enhance text elements. You have used them before, but now it's time to go further.

  • Learn about all the Warp Tools
  • Explore some of the Warp Tool Options
  • Use Warp Tools to creatively Warp text

Cross-Application Roundtripping

In this lesson, we are going to take art created in the previous lesson and move it to Photoshop to add texture and more.

  • Moving Vector Content to Photoshop
  • Enhancing Vectors in Photoshop
  • Sending Information from Photoshop to Illustrator

Zombie Party! Multi-page Brochure

In this lesson, you will harness all that you've learned as well as learn a few more tricks to create a Zombie Party brochure for print.

  • Setting up a Project for Print
  • Create and Use Multiple Graphic Elements
  • Finish and Save your File for Print

Faux 3D Buttons - Advanced Design Techniques

In this lesson, you will use the powerful Appearance panel to create a simulated 3D button - a skill that can be used to crate amazing art in Illustrator.

  • Learn how to Work with the Appearance Panel
  • Use the Gradients Panel to Create Paux-ganic Texture
  • Manage Layers and Groups of Layers for Better Design

Infographic Design

In this lesson, you will harness Illustrator graphing tools and other features to create infographics.

  • Working with the Graphing Tools
  • Get Creative with Gradients to Create Shadow Effects
  • Work 3D to Enhance Graphs

Typography-Based Design Work

In this lesson, you will use several tools and techniques to create a Typography-based poster.

  • Work with Warping Text
  • Use the Appearance Panel to Create Multiple Strokes
  • Use Tools and Techniques to Change Visibility of Text

Advanced Tracing - Live Trace & Live Paint

This lesson will delve into Illustrator's power conversion features Live Trace and Live Paint to explain the good, the bad and ugly.

  • Live Trace and all Live Trace Options
  • Live Paint and Add Color to Vector Art
  • Learn about the Types of Art that are better as Vectors

Repetitive Art - Patterns & Transformations

In this lesson, you will use Illustrator's amazing Pattern Maker as well as a few hidden features to create amazing repetitive artwork.

  • Make Patterns in Illustrator
  • Use Anchor Points and Transforms
  • Use the Transform Effect

Advanced Blending Modes

In this exercise, we will use the infamous Blending Modes to create complex blending effects on your images.

  • Learn about Blending Modes
  • Apply Blending Modes to your Layers
  • What are the most Popular Blending Modes in Design

Text & Graphics: Formatting Techniques

In this lesson, you will learn more methods on combining text and graphics to create a one-page article.

  • Format and Connect Text Boxes
  • Wrap Text around a Graphic
  • Use a Gradient Mesh to Create Graphics

Vector Brushes

In this lesson, you will not only learn how to use vector brushes in Illustrator, you will learn how to create them.

  • Use and Define Brushes
  • Add Brush Art to Existing Paths
  • Create Vector Brushes

Vector 3D Art

In this lesson, you will use 3D Effects in Illustrator to create two very different types of 3D vector artwork.

  • Learn about the Extrude & Bevel Effect
  • Learn about the Revolve Effect
  • Position your 3D Artwork

Raster & Vector - Mixing Artwork

In this lesson, you will learn how to combine Raster and Vector graphic design together and learn how to manage their relationship in Illustrator.

  • Learn more about Raster Graphics in Illustrator
  • Work with the Mighty Appearance Panel
  • Create Vector Elements for your Raster Graphic

Advanced Color - Conversions & beyond

In this lesson, you will learn use some of the most powerful coloring features in Illustrator to alter and convert your artwork.

  • Create Professional Color Combinations
  • Convert and Alter Colors
  • Learn how to Reduce Colors in your Artwork

Perspective - Design Workflow

Use the powerful Perspective Grid in Illustrator to create 3D looking perspective vector artwork.

  • Learn about the Perspective Grid
  • Create a perspective Logo from Scratch
  • Manipulate Elements on the Grid

Remote Learning

This course is available for "remote" learning and will be available to anyone with access to an internet device with a microphone (this includes most models of computers, tablets). Classes will take place with a "Live" instructor at the date/times listed below.

Upon registration, the instructor will send along additional information about how to log-on and participate in the class.

Refund Policy

All cancellations and rescheduling requests must be made in writing and emailed to [email protected]

  • Rescheduling requests made 9 business days before the commencement of the training are free.
  • Rescheduling that takes place within 9 business days of the commencement of the training will incur a $150 administration fee.
  • We do not charge for student substitutions at any time.

We are unable to offer refunds for cancellations.

While we make every effort to deliver classes as scheduled, we reserve the right to reschedule previously confirmed classes for a variety of reasons including but not exclusively, the illness of the Trainer. In such cases, we will endeavor to inform the Client as soon as possible of the new training dates. We are not liable for any additional expenses incurred as a result of rescheduling training.

We are not able to offer refunds for no-shows or uncompleted courses.

In any event where a customer wants to cancel their enrollment and is eligible for a full refund, a 5% processing fee will be deducted from the refund amount.

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