Illustrator Fundamentals Course

Learn all the basics to get you up and running as soon as possible

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You will learn and build your confidence

This fundamentals course is for designers, marketing professionals, prospective design developers, artists, and illustrators new to Adobe Illustrator.

Let us teach you the industry standard software for creating beautiful logos, infographics and any graphic!

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Lots of high quality content


With practical hands-on learning, using Illustrator’s sophisticated text and drawing tools, you will produce an exciting graphics project using some of the new and improved tools as well as the classic features. You will finish the course with the ability to create and incorporate vector graphics for different projects.


Lots of support


180 days unlimited support by phone or email


Course materials and notes


A certificate of completion

Would you like to see the Illustrator In-Depth course, or other courses?

What type of course would you like?

Private one-to-one customised course at your office

Covering your exact needs, this one-to-one bespoke course will allow you to work on your own files and go at your own pace.


We offer a free consultation service with your trainer, to help build your perfect course.


180 days free email and phone support, course materials and a certificate included.


*from £385!


*Travel / accommodation expenses might be added depending on distance.

Private Group Courses at your office

If you have a number of staff who require training, contact us for group training rates.

Illustrator Fundamentals Course Outline

Basic Concepts, Overview & Tools

  • Vector and Bitmap images
  • Using Panels; customising the workspace
  • The Illustrator Toolbox: Paths and Points selection; drawing simple shapes and selecting objects
  • Using Multiple Artboards
  • Transformation tools and the Free Transform tool
  • Using online help
  • Managing files with Adobe Bridge


Draw in Illustrator

  • Draw with the Line tool
  • Draw with the Pen tool
  • Pen tool shortcuts
  • Edit a drawn path
  • Understand Bézier curves
  • Use the Transform tools
  • Create a logo
  • Create illustrations


Colours & Fills

  • Fills and Strokes on Objects and Paths
  • Process, Pantone and Registration colour
  • Gradients, Patterns
  • Applying gradient transparency
  • Editing gradients directly on an object
  • Applying a gradient to a stroke
  • Live Paint and Live Colour


Brush Effects

  • Calligraphic, Art, Scatter & Pattern brushes
  • Editing existing and creating new brushes
  • Scribble Effect; using the brush libraries



  • Type tool; type on and in a path; type as outlines
  • Character and Paragraph styles


Text Work

  • Linking text boxes and using using circular text
  • Type on a path
  • Typographic control including kerning, indents and baseline shift


Arranging Your Work

  • Send to back / Bring to front
  • Group / Ungroup and group selections
  • Working in Group Isolation Mode
  • Cut / Copy / Paste & Paste in front / behind
  • Working with Rulers, Guides and Smart Guides
  • Getting the best from Layers
  • Using Multiple Artboards
  • Editing the Artboard size
  • Positioning elements
  • Aligning and distributing artwork


Modifications & Special Effects

  • Transformations including blending shapes and the Gradient Mesh tool
  • Pathfinder panel and Compound Paths
  • Using the Shape Builder tool
  • Effects, graphic styles and masks
  • The Flare and Distort tools, including the warp and Liquify tools
  • Envelope Distort and Envelope Mesh
  • Using Live Paint to modify images


3D Toolset

  • Rotate
  • Revolve
  • Bevel
  • Extrude



  • Use Pathfinder and Shape Modes
  • Use non-destructive Shape Modes
  • Create drawings and logos
  • Use the Shape Builder tool


Work with Multiple Objects

  • Group Objects
  • Duplicate commands
  • Align and Distribute Objects
  • Create Compound Paths
  • Create Clipping Masks
  • Use the Isolation mode


Working with Patterns and Symbols

  • Simple patterns and artwork patterns
  • Converting logos to symbols for reuse
  • Using the symbol spray to instance symbols around page
  • Update symbols, manipulate symbols


Text in Illustrator

  • Add Point type
  • Add Area type
  • Add type to a vector path
  • Spell check
  • Create type outlines


Work with Layers

  • Understand Layers
  • Create and delete Layers
  • Hide and lock Layer objects
  • Move objects to different Layers
  • Discover the Layer options


Using Illustrator to Present Data

  • Graphs and graph types
  • Graph styles such as pies and bars


Output from Illustrator

  • Save Illustrator artwork
  • Export art in non-vector formats