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Adobe Illustrator Training Overview

Learn to design everything from logos and branding to graphics for advertising, packaging or websites in our Adobe Illustrator training course. We offer Adobe Illustrator courses in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Hobart.


StressLess Learning works in partnership with clients to customise and refine all course content and duration to suit both organisational goals and individual learners requirements. All course outlines are therefore to be used as a guide only.



Target audience

This course is designed for those who need to know how to create simple and stylish illustrations, logos and graphics.

Download the PDF Course Outline.

Course Objectives

At the end of the course participants will be able to:

  • Start Illustrator and explore the Illustrator environment, navigate a document and use Help
  • Save and export in a variety of file formats to suit different purposes, and print an Illustrator document
  • Create and understand paths in Adobe Illustrator
  • Create shapes using drawing objects
  • Apply Fill or Stroke to objects and understand the difference between CMYK and RGB
  • Arrange objects and use layers to assist in creating an illustration
  • Work with text and apply character and paragraph formatting
  • Work with images and draw objects using the pen tool
  • Save and print your finished product

Illustrator environment

  • Main screen elements
  • Illustrator basics
  • Navigating and document views
  • The workspace, artboard and the tools panel
  • Using default colours
  • Displaying hidden tools and working with panels
  • Choosing and saving a workspace
  • Defining preferences

Object basics

  • Working with shapes and colour tools
  • Drawing shapes and lines
  • Editing path segments and resizing objects
  • Rectangle and ellipse tool
  • Polygon, start and spiral tools
  • Flare tool
  • Pencil tool
  • Guides and rulers

Selecting objects

  • Magic wand and lasso tool
  • Hiding edges
  • Hiding/showing centre point
  • Hiding and showing selected items
  • Dragging and dropping to Illustrator
  • Selecting a hidden object
  • Offsetting copy to a path


  • Anchor and corner points
  • Direction points and lines
  • Curve and line segment
  • Drawing a curve segment
  • Editing paths
  • Converting & moving an anchor point
  • Reshaping a curve
  • Reshaping using pencil tool
  • Converting curve to corner
  • Splitting a path with scissors tool
  • Joining two endpoints to anchor points
  • The reshape tool
  • Cutting objects using knife tool

Using the pen tool to draw paths

  • Drawing with the pen tool
  • Drawing a corner point & smooth point
  • Add points to path
  • Delete anchor points
  • Drawing a complex path
  • Other pen icons

Transforming an object

  • The transform tools
  • Rotating & reflecting an object
  • The free transform tool
  • The make blend command

Fill or stroke

  • Working with fills and strokes
  • Applying colour
  • Adjusting stroke weight, joins and caps
  • Save to the swatch palette
  • A spot or process colour
  • Change the width of stroke
  • Creating a dashed stroke
  • Create arrowheads
  • Delete and duplicate a swatch
  • Eyedropper tool
  • Adjust or convert colours

Working with type

  • Inserting and formatting text
  • Wrapping text around an object
  • Type on path tool
  • Placing and editing an image
  • Vertical type & area tools
  • Creating type outlines

Working with the paintbrush tool

  • Using the paintbrush tool
  • Applying a brush stroke
  • Create or modify a brush

Arranging items

  • Grouping objects
  • Bring to front/send to back
  • Create new layer & select multiple layers
  • Duplicate and delete layers
  • Aligning items

Save and printing

  • Save options and file formats
  • Saving for a MS Office program
  • Saving as a PDF file or for the web
  • Printing an Illustrator document

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