Adobe Illustrator


Adjusting Typography

  • Creating and editing text
  • Formatting type to include typeface, type size, type style, leading and kerning
  • Creating, editing and formatting text on a path
  • Creating and manipulating outline type
  • Using the type area tool
  • Flow type

Working with Fills and Colours

  • Swatch libraries
  • Using the gradient tool
  • Adding transparency to a gradient (CS4 only)
  • Exploring the gradient palette
  • Creating, editing and customising pattern fills
  • Exploring the stroke options
  • Copying colour attributes to different objects
  • Using the eyedropper tool
  • Using the paint bucket tool
  • Creating blends
  • Creating a smooth colour blend
  • Specifying steps for a blend path
  • Specifying document colour modes


  • Importing images
  • Linking and embedding images


  • Correct usage of the selection and direct selection tools
  • Locking and unlocking objects
  • Using the align palette

Saving and printing

  • Saving Illustrator files
  • Printing files



  • Layers
  • Manipulating layers

 Manipulating Paths

  • Path commands
  • Masks

Enhancing Fills and Strokes

  • Multiple fills and strokes
  • Colours
  • Patterns
  • Brushes
  • Symbols

Transforming Shapes

  • Transformation tools
  • Envelopes
  • Liquefying shapes
  • 3D effects

Filters, Effects and Graphic Styles

  • Filters
  • Effects
  • Graphic styles

Converting Raster Images to Vector Art

  • Tracing Raster Images
  • Live Painting

Printing Illustrations

  • Colour management
  • Print specifications
  • Colour separations

Creating Web Files

  • Slices
  • Exporting Web graphics