Illustrator Level 1

Length: 1 day

Prerequisites: Before taking this course, students should be familiar with the basic functions of their computer’s operating system such as creating folders, launching programs, and working with windows. Students should also have basic Windows application skills, such as copying and pasting objects, formatting text, saving files, and so on.
Familiarity with basic design terminology, such as palette, color mode, shapes, text, and paths, is highly recommended.

Performance-Based Objectives
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
• get acquainted with the Adobe Illustrator CS4 application.
• create shapes in a document.
• create custom paths.
• enter text in an Illustrator document.
• enhance documents.
• proof documents to make them more accurate.
• save images for web and print.

Course Content
Lesson 1: Getting Acquainted with Adobe Illustrator
Topic 1A: Explore the Interface
Topic 1B: Explore the Navigation Tools
Topic 1C: Customize the Interface
Topic 1D: Use Illustrator Help
Topic 1E: Differentiate Between Raster and Vector Graphics
Topic 1F: Explore the Adobe Bridge Workspace

Lesson 2: Creating Shapes in a Document
Topic 2A: Create a Document
Topic 2B: Draw Basic Shapes
Topic 2C: Save a Document

Lesson 3: Creating Custom Paths
Topic 3A: Draw Paths
Topic 3B: Modify Paths

Lesson 4: Working with Text
Topic 4A: Insert Text
Topic 4B: Flow Text on a Path
Topic 4C: Import Body Text
Topic 4D: Format Text with Styles
Topic 4E: Thread Text
Topic 4F: Apply Hyphenation
Topic 4G: Insert Typographic Characters

Lesson 5: Enhancing Documents
Topic 5A: Format Objects
Topic 5B: Apply Gradients
Topic 5C: Apply an Envelope to Text
Topic 5D: Manipulate Objects
Topic 5E: Import a Graphic
Topic 5F: Apply Graphic Styles

Lesson 6: Proofing a Document
Topic 6A: Wrap Text
Topic 6B: Find and Replace Text
Topic 6C: Fix Spelling Errors

Lesson 7: Saving Images for Web and Print
Topic 7A: Export Images for Print
Topic 7B: Export Images for the Web
Topic 7C: Save Images as PDFs