Introduction to Adobe Illustrator CS5 Training

This 2 day Adobe Illustrator training course introduces students to the basics of Illustrator. It is packed with hands-on exercises so that students can learn by doing.


  • Get to know the Adobe Illustrator CS5 work area
  • Learn to use the selection and shape tools in Illustrator CS5
  • Learn to transform objects
  • Learn to effectively use the pen tool
  • Learn to work with colors and painting
  • Learn about type in Illustrator CS5
  • Learn to work with layers
  • Learn to blend shapes
  • Learn to work with the brush tool


  1. Adobe Illustrator CS5 Jumpstart
    1. Setting up the artboard
    2. Creating the background
    3. Access additional Swatch Libraries
    4. Using the new Shape Builder tool
    5. Applying color and effects
    6. Cloning objects
    7. Aligning and distributing objects
    8. Adding text
    9. Applying the Warp effect
    10. Adding text to shapes
    11. Distorting a shape
    12. Importing an image
    13. Creating a pseudo horizontal image scroll
    14. Adding symbols
  2. Getting to Know the Workspace
    1. Opening Illustrator
    2. Choosing a workspace
    3. Opening a file
    4. Using Artboards
    5. Navigating multiple Artboards
    6. Using the Artboards panel
    7. Creating new Artboards
    8. Switching screen viewing modes
    9. Changing your view
    10. Preview versus Outlines
    11. Zooming and scrolling
    12. Scrolling with the Hand tool
    13. Changing views with the Navigator panel
    14. The Tools panel
    15. Using tools and panels
    16. The Control panel
    17. Moving the Control panel
    18. Panel groups and the dock
    19. Custom workspaces
    20. Saving workspaces
    21. Using the Manage Workspaces dialog box
    22. Customizing keyboard shortcuts
    23. Custom shortcuts
    24. Saving shortcut sets
    25. Deleting shortcut sets
  3. Illustrator CS5 Essentials
    1. Using the shape tools
    2. Repositioning and visually resizing the rectangle
    3. Finding or changing the shape’s dimensions using the Transform panel
    4. Rotating and shearing using the Transform panel
    5. Constraining a shape
    6. Entering exact dimensions
    7. Selecting artwork
    8. Helpful keyboard shortcuts for selections
    9. The selection tools
    10. Isolation mode
    11. Using shape and transform tools to create artwork
    12. Using the transform tools
    13. Adding a fill color
    14. Entering a shape size in the Transform panel
    15. Viewing in Outline view
    16. Rotating the shape
    17. Changing the color of the triangles
    18. Using layers when building an illustration
    19. Creating a new blank layer
    20. Cutting and pasting objects
    21. Creating bubbles
    22. Cloning the bubble group
    23. Repeating a resize transform
    24. Moving objects from one layer to another
  4. Adding Color
    1. Basics of the Appearance panel
    2. Changing colors
    3. Adding effects
    4. Creating a colorful illustration
    5. Using Live Paint
    6. Adding a symbol to your artwork
    7. Expanding the symbol
    8. Global color
    9. Selecting the same color
    10. Creating a color group
    11. Adding PantoneĀ  (spot) colors
  5. Working with the Drawing Tools
    1. Working with the Pen tool
    2. Drawing straight lines
    3. Drawing curved lines
    4. Drawing hinged curves
    5. Drawing curved lines to straight lines
    6. Drawing straight lines to curved lines
    7. Tracing images
    8. Placing an image as a template
    9. Other drawing tools
    10. Using the Line Segment and Arc tools
    11. Using the Pencil, Smooth, and Path Eraser tools
    12. Using the Eraser tool
    13. Editing existing paths
    14. Adding and removing points
    15. Refining a curve
    16. Cutting and joining paths
    17. Working with Live Trace
    18. Using the tracing presets
    19. Understanding tracing options
    20. Expanding Live Traced artwork
    21. Working with Live Paint
    22. Creating a Live Paint group
    23. Setting Gap Detection options
    24. Using the Live Paint Bucket tool
    25. Using the Live Paint Selection tool
    26. Combining the shapes
    27. Subtracting with the Shape Builder tool
  6. Working with and Formatting Text
    1. Formatting type
    2. Paragraph formatting
    3. Formatting imported type
    4. Paragraph and character styles
    5. Editing styles
    6. Advanced techniques with text
    7. Text on a path
    8. Warping text
    9. Text in a shape
    10. Creating outlines
    11. Check spelling
    12. Find and Replace

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