Training and Certification

Adobe Illustrator Introduction


Adobe Illustrator has firmly established itself as a market leader in digital illustration and “infographics”, shaping the way branding and advertising has evolved over the decades. From cereal box design, to multi-national corporate logo and identity, Adobe Illustrator is at the heart of global visual communications.

This two day Illustrator training course develops the skills you need to create, manage, and edit vector artwork. Gain a sound introduction to the concepts of vector graphics and their implementation within the design process, and learn best practice approaches which boost your productivity

How will I benefit?

On completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Produce a vector artwork for screen, web and print.
  • Understand the application of vector based graphics 
  • Save time and boost your productivity as well as the quality of your finished design.

What will I learn?

  • Essential drawing and production techniques using diverse tools and features
  • The advantages of vector based graphics for developing your skills
  • How to use professional vector editing software correctly in order to save time and increase your productivity
  • The characteristics and concepts of vector graphics.
  • Opening and defining specifications for new document settings.
  • How to save and export artwork.
  • Customising the user interface to better suit your workflow.
  • Creating simple shapes and objects with shape and line tools
  • Create complex artwork using the pen tool to create custom shapes.
  • Working with colour, styles and effects to characterise your artwork.
  • Formatting type characters and paragraphs.
  • Working with layers and artboards to maximise your workflow efficiency

Course Outline



The editing environment

The opening module aims to build confidence in exploring and modifying the workspace.  Browsing, opening and viewing documents and defining Preferences, colour management and image navigation tools.

Managing documents

Learn how to open, set up and manage document size, orientation, format and artboard properties for a range of uses such as screen, web and print. Learn how to build an efficient layer structure.

Selecting and arranging content


Before you can edit vector graphics you'll learn how to select, place and arrange them on the artboard. Including techniques for hiding, locking, duplicating and transforming objects.



Learn how to create simple shapes, lines and grid objects. Master the Pen tool and explore ways custom shapes can be drawn and edited efficiently.

Build artwork

Build complex artwork from simple rectangles and ellipses by combining them together, using the pathfinder panel to merge, join and divide objects.

Applying colour


This module looks at techniques for specifying and applying colour strokes and fill swatches. Create patterns, gradients, colour groups and browse spot colour libraries. Capture colour inspiration as themes from your iOS and Android device and download them direct to your desktop

app for use in your artwork.

Styles and effects

Create and apply special effects to object appearance. Once saved, these "styles" can be re-applied to multiple objects, saving you valuable time.

Adding text

Learn how to import and format text with character and paragraph formatting controls. Add text inside an object shape and around a path.


This module looks at techniques for achieving consistent colour for print and web. Including managing web safe colour.

Course Dates

March 2016

  • Old Broadcasting House, Leeds

More information about this course

Attending the course:

  • The course starts at 9:30 am on the first day and 9:00 am the second day. Each day finishes at 5:00 pm.
  • We're open from 8:30 am for coffee, papers and magazines and WIFI. 
  • Important things like great coffee, tea, water, biscuits, mints and lunch are provided. 
  • The course takes place in our Apple training suite so there's no need to bring anything with you

Our Prices

  • The price published is fully inclusive. 
  • We don't charge VAT (we're part of Leeds  Beckett University so our courses are zero rated)


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Sarah Ojelade (Participant review) Tue 3rd Nov 2015
"Brilliant service!"
Attendee Review (Participant review) Tue 3rd Nov 2015
"Everything was fantastic. The course was excellent and has really helped my understanding of Illustrator. Thank you!"
Attendee Review (Participant review) Tue 3rd Nov 2015
"Well done Gary - can't wait for the next one!"
Attendee Review (Participant review) Wed 15th Apr 2015
"Gary was an excellent tutor, very knowledgeable and approachable"
Attendee Review (Participant review) Wed 15th Apr 2015
"I've already booked the Advanced InDesign course as I've been very impressed!"
Attendee Review (Participant review) Tue 25th Nov 2014
"Gary was very nice, very clear and I feel I have learnt a great deal."
Attendee Review (Participant review) Tue 25th Nov 2014
"Good size class - not too big. Good support material. Good to have support post course available to access, otherwise easy to forget once left classroom."
Attendee Review (Participant review) Fri 21st Mar 2014
"Gary was great. Very knowledgeable and approachable."
Attendee Review (Participant review) Tue 14th May 2013
"Excellent tutor - high subject knowledge. Very concise and relevant. Enthusiastic and well organised. Materials were of a very high standard."
Attendee Review (Participant review) Tue 14th May 2013
Attendee Review (Participant review) Wed 13th Jun 2012
"Fantastic tutor, professional and friendly, clean facilities, a good learning environment."
Attendee Review (Participant review) Wed 18th Apr 2012
"I really enjoyed the course and found it really suited what I was after. I am definitely thinking about doing anotehr course with nti"
Attendee Review (Participant review) Fri 14th Oct 2011
"The course was great; very useful and very well taught. I wish I'd done it two years ago"
Attendee Review (Participant review) Fri 14th Oct 2011
"Course was good, will tell others"
Attendee Review (Participant review) Fri 19th Nov 2010
"I wish it lasted all week not just one day, it was great!"