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Adobe Illustrator CC - Level 1

Self-taught course


The skills and knowledge acquired in Adobe Illustrator CC - Level 1 are sufficient to be able to perform basic tasks in Illustrator such as setting up a document, creating basic shapes and working with text.

Target audience

Adobe Illustrator CC is designed for users who are new to the software.


Adobe Illustrator CC - Level 1 assumes little or no knowledge of the software. However, it would be beneficial to have a general understanding of personal computers and the Windows operating system environment.

Topics covered

Starting With Illustrator CC

  • Understanding Vector Graphics
  • Starting Illustrator in Windows 8
  • The Welcome Experience
  • Opening an Illustrator Document
  • The Illustrator Workspace
  • The Status Bar
  • Understanding Artboards
  • Closing a Document and Exiting Illustrator

Navigating Illustrator

  • Understanding Panels
  • Displaying and Hiding Panels
  • Floating and Docking Panels
  • Understanding the Tools Panel
  • Working With the Tools Panel
  • Understanding Workspaces
  • Working With Workspaces
  • Working With the Control Panel
  • Navigating With the Hand Tool
  • Navigating With the Navigation Panel
  • Changing Document Views
  • Using the Zoom Tool
  • Creating and Using Custom Views

Working With Objects

  • Understanding Paths and Selection Tools
  • Selecting With the Selection Tool
  • Working With Isolation Mode
  • Selecting Multiple Objects
  • Making Marquee Selections
  • Selecting With the Direct Selection Tool
  • Selecting With the Magic Wand Tool
  • Understanding Smart Guides
  • Moving Objects
  • Copying Objects
  • Grouping and Ungrouping Objects
  • Locking and Unlocking Objects
  • The Alignment and Distribution Tools
  • Aligning Objects
  • Distributing Objects
  • Inserting Images
  • Deleting Objects

Setting Up a New Document

  • Understanding Templates
  • Understanding Document Presets
  • Adjusting Units of Measure
  • Creating a Document
  • Saving a New Document

Working With a Document

  • Understanding Artboard Options
  • Moving and Resizing Artboards
  • Creating and Deleting Artboards
  • Understanding Grids, Guides and Rulers
  • Displaying and Hiding Rulers
  • Making Guides
  • Locking, Unlocking and Clearing Guides
  • Viewing and Hiding the Grid


  • Understanding Layers and Sublayers
  • Understanding the Layers Panel
  • Working With the Layers Panel
  • Creating Layers and Sublayers
  • Naming Layers and Assigning Colours
  • Grouping Layers
  • Reassigning Objects to Different Layers
  • Rearranging Layers
  • Hiding and Displaying Layers
  • Locking and Unlocking Layers
  • Deleting Layers


  • Understanding the Shape and Colour Tools
  • Preparing the Workspace
  • Creating Basic Shapes
  • Creating Polygons
  • Creating Other Shapes
  • Creating Lines and Spirals
  • Editing Path Segments
  • Using Offset Path
  • Understanding Drawing Modes

Colour, Fill and Stroke

  • Understanding Fill and Stroke
  • Understanding Colour
  • Understanding Colour Controls
  • Applying Colour Using the Colour Panel
  • Applying Colour Using the Swatches Panel
  • Applying Colour Using the Eyedropper Tool
  • Swapping Fill and Stroke Colours
  • Working With Stroke Weight
  • Working With Stroke Width
  • Applying Dashes to Strokes


  • Understanding Gradients
  • Applying a Linear Gradient
  • Changing the Direction of a Gradient
  • Changing Colours in a Gradient
  • Adding Colours to a Gradient
  • Applying a Radial Gradient
  • Saving a Gradient
  • Applying Gradients to Strokes

Working With Type

  • Understanding Type in Illustrator
  • Understanding Formatting Options
  • Inserting and Formatting Point Type
  • Inserting and Formatting Area Type
  • Importing Text
  • Threading Text
  • Cutting and Pasting Text
  • Formatting Text
  • Formatting Paragraphs
  • Copying Formatting With the Eyedropper Tool
  • Creating Columns of Text

Text and Objects

  • Wrapping Text Around an Object
  • Typing on a Path
  • Working With Options for Path Type
  • Transforming Path Type Objects
  • Converting Text Into Editable Paths
  • Working With Character Objects
  • The Touch Type Tool
  • Styles

Introduction to Drawing

  • Understanding Drawing in Illustrator
  • Drawing a Straight Path With the Pen Tool
  • Drawing Closed Paths With the Pen tool
  • Draw Curved Paths With the Pen Tool
  • Drawing Objects With Curved Paths
  • Adjusting Curves Created by the Pen Tool
  • Drawing Paths With the Curvature Tool
  • Drawing Paths With the Pencil Tool
  • Add Fill to Closed Paths

Saving and Printing

  • Understanding Save and Export Options
  • Understanding File Formats
  • Exporting an Illustrator Document
  • Saving for a Microsoft Office Program
  • Saving as a PDF File
  • Saving an Illustrator Document for the Web
  • Printing an Illustrator Document
  • Packaging a Document

Getting Help

  • Understanding the Help Menu
  • Using Help
  • Searching for Online Help

At the completion of this course you should be able to:

  • understand the Illustrator workspace
  • understand how to navigate Illustrator
  • select and work with objects
  • set up new documents in Illustrator
  • work with artboards, grids, guides and rulers
  • arrange objects and use layers to manage artwork
  • draw basic shapes using the shape tools
  • understand colour and apply colour to object fills and strokes
  • understand how to apply and edit gradients
  • import, create and format type
  • work with text and objects
  • understand what the Pen tool is and how to use it
  • understand how to save and export in a variety of file formats to suit different purposes, and how to print an Illustrator document
  • use the Help menu and access online help resources

Watsonia workbook with 142 pages.

Files for the exercises are also provided on a CD at the back of the book or can be downloaded here

System requirements

Adobe Illustrator CC


Approximately 14 - 16 hours

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