Adobe Illustrator Essentials Training Course



This class includes a thorough review of the Illustrator interface including how to use tools and panels, and how to customize and save workspaces. You will learn how to set up documents and save document presets, use multiple artboards, and navigate and zoom in and out as needed as you create illustrations.

You will also learn to use the selection and drawing tools to create basic shapes and paths, and then combine them to create more complex drawings. A thorough understanding of how to use type in illustrator includes point and area type, as well as the use of styles, and creating type on a path. The class also includes a lesson on the layers panel, and how to organize the elements of your design, and use layers for creating multiple versions of a layout.

Target Audience

This course is appropriate for beginners and for anyone who is self-taught on the basics of Illustrator. Quite often even experienced users find they benefit from a Core Skills: Level 1 class to fill in the gaps in their knowledge. However, if you feel that you are already familiar with the content covered in the Level 1 course, you can view the Level 2 course outline here:


Basic computer and file management skills are required for Core Skills level Adobe courses. Students should know how to - locate, copy and open files; create folders; arrange, re-size, minimize and maximize application windows; start and exit programs; manage use of multiple programs simultaneously; and switch between open programs.

Learning Objectives

Students in this course can expect to learn to:

  • Work efficiently in the Adobe Illustrator environment with various modes, panels, and settings.
  • Use the full range of shape drawing and freehand drawing tools to build illustrations.
  • Apply fill and stroke colors to objects created with the drawing tools.
  • Develop attractive illustrations using advanced selection, organization, and drawing tools.
  • Use the full range of transformation and distortion tools to accurately modify objects' shapes.
  • Draw accurate vector objects using the Pen tool and its associated features.
  • Use the various type tools, and apply wrap, flow, shape, and path modifications to typography.
  • Design an advertisement using appropriate typography, drawing tools, and a clipping mask to contain the art within a shape.
  • Align multiple objects with the Align panel and create complex shapes from simple objects with the Pathfinder panel and Shape Builder tool.
  • Design a logo using the appropriate tools and features covered throughout the course.

Course Outline

Getting to Know the Work Area

Introducing Adobe Illustrator
Starting Illustrator and opening a file
Exploring the workspace
Getting to know the Tools panel
Working with the Properties panel
Working with panels
Docking panels
Switching workspaces
Saving a workspace
Using panel and context menus
Changing the view of artwork
Using view commands
Using the Zoom tool
Scrolling through a document
Viewing artwork
Navigating artboards
Using the Artboards panel
Arranging multiple documents
Finding resources for using Illustrator

Techniques for Selecting Artwork

Starting the lesson
Selecting objects
Using the Selection tool
Using the Direct Selection tool
Creating selections with a marquee
Hiding and locking objects
Selecting similar objects
Selecting in Outline mode
Aligning objects
Aligning objects to each other
Aligning to a key object
Aligning anchor points
Distributing objects
Aligning to the artboard
Working with groups
Grouping items
Editing a group in Isolation mode
Creating a nested group
Exploring object arrangement
sArranging objects
Selecting objects behind

Using Shapes to Create Artwork for a Postcard

Starting the lesson
Creating a new document
Working with basic shapes
Creating and editing rectangles
Rounding corners
Working with the Rounded Rectangle tool
Creating and editing ellipses
Changing stroke width and alignment
Creating and editing a circle
Creating polygons
Editing the polygons
Creating a star
Drawing lines
Working with drawing modes
Using the Draw Inside mode
Working with Draw Behind mode
Finishing up

Editing and Combining Shapes and Paths

Starting the lesson
Editing paths and shapes
Cutting with the Scissors tool
Joining paths
Cutting with the Knife tool
Outlining strokes
Using the Eraser tool

Transforming Artwork

Starting the lesson
Working with artboards
Adding artboards to a document
Editing artboards
Aligning artboards
Renaming artboards
Reordering artboards
Working with rulers and guides
Creating guides
Editing the ruler origin
Transforming content
Working with the Bounding Box
Positioning artwork using the Properties panel
Scaling objects
Reflecting objects
Rotating objects
Distorting objects with effects
Transforming with the Free Transform tool
Shearing objects

Creating an Illustration with the Drawing Tools

Starting the lesson
An intro to drawing with the Pen tool
Selecting paths
Drawing straight lines with the Pen tool
Introducing curved paths
Drawing a curve with the Pen tool
Drawing a series of curves with the Pen tool
Converting smooth points to corner points
Rounding corner points
Editing paths and points
Deleting and adding anchor points
Converting between smooth points and corner points
Working with the Anchor Point tool
Creating a dashed line
Adding arrowheads to a path
Working with the Pencil tool
Drawing freeform paths with the Pencil tool
Drawing straight segments with the Pencil tool
Joining with the Join tool

Using Color to Enhance Signage

Starting the lesson
Exploring color modes
Working with color
Applying an existing color
Creating a custom color
Saving a color as a swatch
Creating a copy of a swatch
Editing a global swatch
Editing a non-global swatch
Using the Color Picker to create color
Using Illustrator swatch libraries
Adding a spot color

Adding Type to a Poster

Starting the lesson
Adding type to the poster
Adding text at a point
Adding area type
Working with Auto Sizing
Converting between area type and point type
Importing a plain-text file
Threading text
Formatting type
Changing font family and font style
Fixing missing fonts
Changing font size
Changing font color
Changing additional character formatting
Changing paragraph formatting
Working with Glyphs
Modifying text with the Touch Type tool
Resizing and reshaping type objects
Sampling text formatting
Wrapping text
Working with type on a path
Creating type on a path
Creating type on a closed path
Creating text outlines
Finishing up

Organizing Your Artwork with Layers

Starting the lesson
Understanding layers
Creating layers and sublayers
Creating new layers
Creating sublayers
Editing layers and objects
Locating layers
Moving content between layers
Viewing layers
Reordering layers
Changing layer order

Exporting Assets

Exporting artboards and assets
Exporting artboards



This training can also be customized for your institution upon request to a minimum of 4 participants. You can have it delivered in our Livecode Technologies Training center or at a convenient location.

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The instructor led trainings are delivered using a blended learning approach and comprises of presentations, guided sessions of practical exercise, web based tutorials and group work. Our facilitators are seasoned industry experts with years of experience, working as professional and trainers in these fields.

All facilitation and course materials will be offered in English. The participants should be reasonably proficient in English.


Upon successful completion of this training, participants will be issued with an Livecode Technologies Limited certificate.


The training is residential and will be held at livecodeTraining Centre. The course fee covers the course tuition, training materials, two break refreshments, lunch, and study visits.

All participants will additionally cater for their, travel expenses, visa application, insurance, and other personal expenses.


Accommodation is arranged upon request. For reservations contact the Training Officer.

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Training Fees

The course fees is KES 130,000.00 or USD 1350.00 exclusive of VAT. The course fees covers the course tuition, training materials, two (2) break refreshments, lunch and study visits. Participants will cater for their travel and accommodation costs.


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Payment for the all courses includes a registration fee, which is non-refundable, and equals 15% of the total sum of the course fee.

  1. Participants may cancel attendance 14 days or more prior to the training commencement date.
  2. No refunds will be made 14 days or less to the training commencement date. However, participants who are unable to attend may opt to attend a similar training at a later date, or send a substitute participant provided the participation criteria have been met

Please Note: The program content shown here is for guidance purposes only. Our continuous course improvement process may lead to changes in topics and course structure.

Event Properties

Event Date 08-08-2022 8:30 am
Event End Date 08-19-2022 5:00 pm
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Cut off date 08-04-2022
Individual Price $1,350
Location Nairobi, Kenya
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