To meet the demands of individuals and organizations for flexible, reusable, and easily modified visual content, Adobe Systems has created a cadre of applications that collectively provide a scalable, end-to-end solution for nearly every type of visual design project one can contemplate. Called Creative Suite 6 (CS6), the collection of applications perform specialized design tasks while interoperating among each other to deliver superlative content.
This course focuses on Illustrator CS6, the component within CS6 used to create “drawn” graphics, while enabling its users to integrate content from other domains (such as photo-oriented graphics and animation, which belong to Photoshop® and Flash®). With Illustrator’s many, easily used tools, you will discover that not only can you unlock the same creative impulses you’ve always had as you’ve picked up a pencil to sketch out an idea, but also capture those multiple ideas and “what ifs” during the creative process in ways that you never imagined. And for those of you who are just embarking on building your creative skills, you will be surprised at “how good” your work will appear even at the outset of your exploration of the world of graphic design.
Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to use Adobe Illustrator CS6 to create illustrations that include graphics and text.
- Identify the components and capabilities of Illustrator CS6.
- Create basic shapes.
- Create custom paths.
- Create graphics that contain custom text.
- Customize objects.
- Customize basic shapes.
- Prepare documents for deployment.
This course is intended for designers, publishers, pre-press professionals, marketing communications professionals, or people switching to a design job or taking on design responsibilities and who need to use Illustrator to create illustrations, logos, advertisements, or other graphic documents.
To ensure your success in this course, you should be familiar with the basic functions of your computer’s operating system such as creating folders, launching programs, and working with windows. You should also have basic Windows application skills, such as copying and pasting objects, formatting text, saving files, and so on.
Familiarity with basic design terminology, such as palettes, color modes, shapes, text, and paths is highly recommended.
You can obtain this level of skills and knowledge by taking the course Introduction to Personal Computers Using Windows 7.
Lesson 1: Introduction to Illustrator® CS6
Topic A: Evaluate Graphics Scalability
Topic B: Navigate, View, and Measure Graphics
Topic C: Customize the User Interface
Lesson 2: Creating Documents Containing Basic Shapes
Topic A: Create Documents
Topic B: Save Documents
Topic C: Draw Basic Shapes
Lesson 3: Creating Graphics Containing Customized Paths
Topic A: Draw Paths
Topic B: Modify Paths
Lesson 4: Creating Graphics Containing Customized Text
Topic A: Insert Text
Topic B: Flow Text Along a Path
Topic C: Insert Bounded Text
Topic D: Thread Text
Topic E: Apply Text Styles
Topic F: Insert Typographical Characters
Lesson 5: Customizing Objects
Topic A: Import and Link Graphics
Topic B: Alter the Appearance of Objects
Lesson 6: Customizing Basic Shapes
Topic A: Apply Strokes
Topic B: Fill Shapes
Topic C: Apply Gradients
Topic D: Apply Graphic Styles
Topic E: Distort Text with Text Envelopes
Lesson 7: Preparing Documents for Deployment
Topic A: Update Text
Topic B: Wrap Text
Topic C: Hyphenate Text
Topic D: Optimize Content for Print
Topic E: Optimize Content for the Web
Topic F: Optimize Content for PDF Documents
Appendix A: Adobe Illustrator CS6 Certification Exam Objectives