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Adobe Illustrator (G401) is currently looking for an instructor to teach this class. If you, or someone you know, is interested in teaching with please visit for more information.

This is a beginning through intermediate course for people interested in learning Adobe Illustrator. The course is suitable for individuals with little-to-no knowledge of Illustrator and digital illustration as well as those people who would like a refresher or introduction to some of the new tools available in the application.

We'll cover the basic drawing tools, page setup, artboard set up and use, then move on to some of the more advanced tools and techniques such as perspective grid, color management, print set up and more.

This course will utilize short videos which demonstrate the use of the tools as well as written lecture materials. Each week's assignment will offer an opportunity to try out the tools and techniques learned during that week

Applicable Job Roles: mobile application UI designer, software UI designer, web UI designer, Illustrator, logo designer, game designer, graphic designer, signage designer, icon designer

Week 1 - Overview of the Basics
  • Creating new drawings & opening old ones
  • Placing an image vs. opening an image
  • Page set up
    • Rulers, grids and guidelines
    • Smart Guides
  • Selecting an object
  • Manipulating an object
    • Bounding box
    • Sizing an object
  • Templates
  • Viewing your work
    • Document info
  • Bounding Box
  • Setting preferences
  • Saving your work
  • Adobe Bridge
Week 2 - Tools
  • Toolbars
    • Default toolbars
    • Customizing your toolbars
    • Using preset toolbars
  • Illustrator's Layout Tools
    • Grid
    • Perspective Grid Overview
    • Artboard/Workspace
  • Drawing Tools
  • Shape Tools
  • Painting Tools
  • Pen Tool Paths
  • Manipulating lines - Direct Select Tool
  • Manipulating lines - Width Tool
  • Anchor Points, End Points
  • Filling & outlining
  • The Pencil Tool Set
  • The Brush Tool
  • Undo the deed
    • Get me outta this!
Week 3 - Working with Objects
  • Transforming Objects and Working with Layers
  • Copying objects
  • Transforming objects
  • Pathfinder Panel
  • Attributes Panel
  • Positioning objects
    • Aligning & distributing
    • Stacking objects
    • Nudging
  • Tyin' 'em Together & Breakin' 'em apart
    • Grouping & ungrouping
    • Locking & unlocking objects & layers
    • Compounding & breaking apart objects
    • Hiding and showing objects & layers
  • Hackin' & A 'Hewin' - the cutting tools
  • Layers
  • Isolation mode
Week 4 - Color and Type
  • Type Styles
    • Using Styles with Type
    • Type Formatting and Appearance Attributes
    • Graphic Styles
    • Creating Custom Libraries
    • Working with Graphic Styles
  • Color Management
    • About Color
    • Color Guide
    • Kuler Colors
    • Color Groups
    • Adjusting Color
Week 5 - Advanced Tools
  • Live Paint
  • Live Trace
  • Image Trace
  • Symbols
  • 3D Modeling
  • Perspective Grid
  • Curvature Tool
  • Join Tool
  • Flare Tool
Week 6 - ClipArt, 3D, Special Effects, and Working with Images
  • Clipart
  • 3D Tips & Tricks
  • Effects
  • Special effects
  • 3D modeling
    • Adding art to your extrusion
  • Liquefy tools
  • Object creation tools
  • Envelopes
  • Appearance panel
Week 7 - Masks & Libraries
  • Blends
  • Meshes and Masks - More fun stuff!
  • Libraries
  • Actions
Week 8 Illustrator for Print Work
  • Overprinting
  • Print Presets
  • Trapping Printing Transparent Work
  • Printing Gradients, Meshes and Blends
  • Preparing Your Work for a Print Shop
  • Color Separation
  • Marks and Bleeds
  • Using Color Management in Print Work
  • Postscript Printing
  • Students should be comfortable with posting work in the classroom, as assignments will be turned in using a graphic format (.jpg).
  • Because of the length of the class, students must have a full version of Adobe Illustrator installed in their machines.
    • Version: Creative Cloud or CS6 - earlier versions will not have the tools needed to participate in this course. Students using CS6 will not be able to utilize lessons presented on tools only available in the Creative Cloud version. So installation of Illustrator Creative Cloud is highly encouraged.
  • There are no platform-specific requirements in this class so either a Mac or PC will be fine.

None required. Materials are provided

Additional information:

Your place in the course is confirmed by your payment. Introductory courses are intended for students with no experience in the subject matter and are seeking beginner level training.

Refund Policy: Please read our Terms and Refund Policy before registering for this course.

Additional Cost: Book and software might be required for the course. Read the Requirements and Book section for more information. Course fee does not include the book and software cost .

How eClasses Work:Instructors post lectures (text-based, no video or audio), reading selections, and hands-on assignments once a week in the online classroom. Students can discuss the assignments with the instructor and amongst themselves in the classroom area. This format has no set meeting time, which allows students to attend class at a time most convenient to them, yet still provides logically organized communication between class participants. Students can apply for the completion certificate after finishing the class.

Adobe Illustrator
Price: $220.00
Item No.: G401
Instructor: Instructor Needed
Open Courses: No other sessions are scheduled for this course. You can add to your wish list and you will be notified when other sessions are scheduled.

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Before you register for this class, please read the Outline, Prerequisites, Requirements, Books, and Refund Policy sections carefully.



  • "Enjoyable, well laid out class. Recommended if you are new to Illustrator." - Dan Generous

  • "This was an amazing class! I enjoyed it so much!!!!!!!!!" - AJ Albers

  • "Excellent course and a fantastic instructor." - Xenia Headley

  • "Very easy to learn with a great teacher. Peggi is personable, communicative and extremely helpful." - Barbara Edelman

  • "I took this as a refresher couse. I have been an Illustrator user since Version 1 - all self-taught with no time to really learn basics or tools. This course has not only cut my time in half, but has opened up so many new doors to "play" with on all my designs. Thanks Peggi - YOU ROCK!" - sandy aitchison

  • "I wish to express my sincere thanks to Peggi for a fantastic learning experience. Thank you very much" - Rick Tracey

  • "Really learned alot in this class. Thanks!" - Tammie McCue

  • "Excellent class. Well structured introduction to Adobe Illustrator with a focus on learning the essential skills. The projects were helpful in teaching the basics and helped me with several real world projects." - Philip Napora

  • "Peggi is simply awesome! Her lectures were extremely helpful and thorough and included step by step video on how to do the more difficult tasks. Her exercises and assignments ensured that you understood all the material covered. Anytime I had a question either Peggi or her TA responded quickly. I really enjoyed the class and would highly recommend Peggi as an instructor. Thank you!!!" - Mary Kate DeCraene

  • "I learned a lot from this class even though I've been using Illustrator for a long time. It helped me explore new tools and techniques." - Katharina Darby

  • "This is excellent as an introduction. In fact, it is not very intimidating at all and any one can pick up. The instructor seemed very approachable and has done a very good job providing tools to help us understand concepts. In fact, the flash tools that she used served as a very good tool for a student." - Parvathy Eashwaran

  • "I am not a graphics artist, but need to use Illustrator occasionally for my film editing work. This class was very helpful." - Michael Amato

  • "This was a great class for myself. I am a strong CorelDraw user and I knew how to perform basic functions in Illustrator. This class showed me how to perform tasks I've struggled with and gave me some new ideas for other tasks." - Ann Jewell

  • "Peggi was very helpful in providing video tutorials. These made understanding the elements of the course." - Robert Ostrochovsky

  • "Great course! I learned a ton, and got very helpful support. And it was fun to see how much I could do." - Elizabeth Shinabargar

  • "Without a doubt the most exciting and informative class I have taken in three years. I hit the bullseye. Hope she starts an advanced class I will take it for sure." - Michael Hartman

  • "it was a great course - taught me so much - its a great way to understand the program - I liked the instructors sense of humour - made for an relaxed learning environment - and she knew her stuff and was able to pass on her knowledge very well - very useful course for me" - Elana Findlow

  • "Peggi does a wonderful job of explaining the techniques to her students. She responds quickly and is always most helpful." - Betty Coppin

  • "This was a great class and a great instructor! I learned SO much about Illustrator that I now feel quite confident dealing with the files that have been handed down to me AND confident enough to do my own work in AI. Thanks so much, Peggi!" - Kay Schlumpf

  • "It was a fascinating class. I picked up a whole lot more than I knew. Great techniques and I can actually use these in my work. Thanks." - Annette Turgeon

  • "This was a thoroughly enjoyable course. The course materials are easy to understand and are supplemented by video clips that shows the student the more difficult techniques. The tutorials and exercises are excellent because they show the participant not just how to use the software, but also some interesting applications. The instructor responds to questions quickly and reviews assignments promptly." - Maria Paula Robledo

  • "Peggi was very helpful and very knowledgeable!! Also, fun to work with! :)" - Fawna Berger

  • "Great course. Really helped me get my head around AI. As a heavy photoshop user, there were a lot of things about vector graphics I never learned. This course, with Peggi's guidance gave me the basics I needed to work in Illustrator." - Kim Davis

  • "The Adobe Illustrator course exceeded my expectations. I began with almost no skill and ended with a good bit of confidence using most of the features contained in Adobe Illustrator. The reading was extensive and promptly posted. Peggi Rodgers always answered my questions without any delay and with the patience of an exceptional teacher. Im sure a live classroom would have made some of the points easier to grasp, but struggling with the steps put me in the swing of the program. I plan to take more courses from eClasses." - John Andrews

  • "Great class. The lectures add up to a book. I highly recommend this class. " - Faye Cragin

  • "Peggi Rogers knows the program backwards and forwards and is always willing to answer any questions. The class was fun and she was always encouraging and supportive. I've been using Illustrator for years, but completely ignored many of the wonderful techniques that I now feel more comfortable trying to work into my graphic design business. " - Laurie Mugan

  • "As an instructor, Peggi was wonderfully enthusiastic, informed and always there with a kind encouraging word. Her lectures were heart-stoppingly long but chockful of amazing tips that worked well. And her videos helped me accomplish things I probably wouldn't have through just written instructions. I can't say enough good things about her and only wished she'd offer to teach Illustrator Two!" - Debbie Dine

  • "There were some very challenging aspects to the course. Peggi's limitless patience and clear responses to questions and concerns made it a worthwhile learning experience. She fostered the fun aspects while focusing on tools that we need to use Illustrator. Excellent course with a superb instructor!" - Susan Bellomo

  • "Peggi was always encouraging. She clearly empathizes with her students when they struggle with learning a new tool. (My strife was with the scissors and knife.) Because the projects allowed one to be creative, I enjoyed looking at the other students' work to see what they did. Peggi's video clips are a nice touch, a picture is worth a thousand words, and a moving picture ...." - Thomas Blum

  • "The task of teaching such an extensive program as illustrator in an exhaustive manner is impossible for a 6-week course. Peggi did a masterful job of selecting the most appropriate features and useful tools for this course. She not only taught the basics, she also engaged us with the most common features used by professionals. In this way, she was able to teach a good deal of valuable information while avoiding an un-neccessary level of complexity." - Joshua Rowe