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Introduction to Adobe Illustrator

1 Day, 9:00-4:00

Course Overview

This instructor-led course, through lecture and hands-on exploration, will focus on skills needed for creating advertisements and other graphic items. It covers tools and features needed to create custom graphics to meet the specific requirements of the work environment. It is geared for users who are comfortable using their mouse and keyboard, but have little to no experience using graphics applications or Adobe Illustrator.

Course Objectives

  • Explore the Illustrator interface
  • Select objects using the selection tools
  • Create and modify shapes
  • Create and work with custom paths
  • Build curves and shapes using the Pen and Pencil tools

Course Outline

Getting Acquainted with Adobe Illustrator

  • Explore the Interface
  • Explore the Navigation Tools
  • Customize the Interface
  • Use Illustrator Help
  • Differentiate Between Raster and Vector Graphics
  • Explore the Adobe Bridge Workspace

Creating Shapes in a Document

  • Create a Document
  • Draw Basic Shapes
  • Save a Document

Creating Custom Paths

  • Draw Paths
  • Modify Paths

Working with Text

  • Insert Text
  • Flow Text on a Path
  • Import Body Text
  • Format Text with Styles
  • Thread Text
  • Apply Hyphenation
  • Insert Typographic Characters

Enhancing Documents

  • Format Objects
  • Apply Gradients
  • Apply an Envelope to Text
  • Manipulate Objects
  • Import a Graphic
  • Apply Graphic Styles

Proofing a Document

  • Wrap Text
  • Find and Replace Text
  • Fix Spelling Errors

Saving Images for Web and Print

  • Export Images for Print
  • Export Images for the Web
  • Save Images as PDFs


Cost and Delivery Format Options

We offer the above listed class on our public schedule and as a private group class in the following delivery formats:

Public Class: Live Virtual
Per student $375
Private Group Class: Live Virtual
1-4 students $950
5-8 students $1400
9-12 students* $1600
*$100 per additional student
Private Group Class: At Your Location
1-4 students $1200
5-8 students $1650
9-12 students* $1850
*$100 per additional student

Private Group Training

Private group classes are cost effective when you have a group of students who need the same course. Volume discounts of 5% to 20% are available when five or more training days are scheduled. For classes conducted at your location, you are responsible for the classroom setup which should include:

  • A computer for each student (with the appropriate software installed), and
  • An instructor workstation connected to a visual display (e.g., projector, smartboard, etc.).


Softek can easily customize a training course that covers the specific topics you require and integrate examples relevant to your work environment. Course customization is billed at $150 per hour and covers time needed to meet, discuss, prepare, and incorporate any specific examples into the training program. Once we have a better idea of what you have in mind, we will be glad to provide a specific price quote for the customization.

Why Choose Softek?

  • Live, virtual or in-person training
  • Instructors with 15+ years of experience
  • Detailed training guide
  • Certificate of completion
  • Money-back guarantee