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 range of impactful graphic visuals
  • 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, and 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 to maximise your workflow efficiency

Course Outline

Day 1
Lesson Description
1 Introduction to Illustrator and vector graphics Discover the characteristics of vector graphics and how they differ from digital photographs. Become familiar with the interface and how to modify its appearance to suit your workflow requirements
2 Managing Documents Learn how to open, set up and manage document size, orientation, format and artboard properties
3 Selecting and arranging content Before you can edit vector graphics you'll learn how to select, place and arrange them on the artboards. Including techniques for hiding, locking and duplicating objects with preset line tools
4 Using pre-set shapes and objects Learn how to create simple shapes, lines and grid objects
5 Drawing custom objects Master 'the pen' tool and explore ways custom shapes can be drawn and edited efficiently
6 Brushes Brushes let you stylise the appearance of paths. Apply brush strokes to paths and use the Paintbrush to draw a path and apply brushstrokes
Day 2
Lesson Description
1 Applying colour This module looks at techniques specifying and applying colour strokes and fill swatches. As well as an overview of the Stroke and Kuler panels.
2 Modifying objects Using pathfinder panel to merge, join and divide objects as well transforming object scale, shear, angle, and reflect properties
3 Styles and effects This module covers topics on creating and applying special effects and ways in which object appearance. Once saved, these "styles" can be re-applied to multiple objects, saving you valuable time
4 Layers Manage content by separating your artwork onto separate layers. This can simplify the editing process and allow you to view only what is relevant to the task at hand.
5 Type Learn how to apply point and area type to artwork. As well as the application of character and paragraph formatting.
6 Output This module looks at techniques for achieving consistent colour for print and web. Including managing web safe colour.


Course Dates

June 2015

  • 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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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!"