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Adobe Illustrator - Essentials


Adobe Illustrator is a vector-based software that is perfect for creating logos, icons, digital illustrations, and more. In this introductory class, you will learn how to set up your file, navigate the interface, and create simple vector shapes using drawing tools, such as shapes, the pen tool, live trace, and more. You will learn about Illustrator's inherent layers, arranging, and how to distribute or align objects. Finally, you will learn different ways to export and save your art.


No handout is available
No how-to documentation is available


We highly recommend that you attend any prerequisite workshops listed below since familiarity with the skills and concepts taught in them is essential to benefit fully from subsequent workshops.

However, if you have independently learned the skills and concepts of the required workshop(s), your "equivalent skills" will be accepted as a substitute for attending the prerequisite workshop(s).

To help you determine your skill level, click workshop titles below (if any) for descriptions which outline the topics taught in each workshop and that are assumed in later sessions. You are expected to know the commands and concepts listed within the descriptions for the prerequisite workshop. In most cases, you can also refer to workshop handouts and other helpful materials from the workshop description page.

In addition to any specific prerequisites listed, you should have, as a minimum, basic computing skills.


You should have very good command of the keyboard and mouse. If you already have some exposure to Illustrator or other Adobe software, you may have an easier time in this course.