Introduction to Adobe Illustrator CS6 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 CS6 work area
  • Learn to use the selection and shape tools in Illustrator CS6
  • Learn to transform objects
  • Learn to effectively use the pen tool
  • Learn to work with colors and painting
  • Learn about type in Illustrator CS6
  • Learn to work with layers
  • Learn to blend shapes
  • Learn to work with the brush tool


  1. Adobe Illustrator CS6 Jumpstart
    1. Setting Up the Artboard
    2. Creating  the Background Shape
    3. Combining Shapes
    4. Sampling a Color
    5. Applying a Fill and Stroke
    6. Creating the Smaller Combined Shape
    7. Applying Color and Effects
    8. Cloning the Small Shape
    9. Aligning and Distributing the Shapes
    10. Adding Text
    11. Applying the Warp Effect
    12. Adding Text to the Small Shape Areas
    13. Distorting a Shape
    14. Importing an Image
    15. Adding Lines of Text
  2. Getting to Know the Workspace
    1. Opening Illustrator
    2. Exploring the New Interface
    3. Choosing a Workspace
    4. Opening a File
    5. The Document Window
    6. Using Artboards
    7. Navigating Multiple Artboards
    8. Using the Artboards Panel
    9. Creating New Artboards
    10. Switching Screen Modes
    11. Changing Your View
    12. Previews versus Outlines
    13. Zooming and Scrolling
    14. Scrolling with the Hand Tool
    15. Changing Views with the Navigator Panel
    16. The Tools Panel
    17. Using Tools and Panels
    18. The Control Panel
    19. Moving the Control Panel
    20. Panel Groups and the Dock
    21. Custom Workspaces
    22. Saving Workspaces
    23. Using the Manage Workspaces Dialog Box
    24. Customizing Keyboard Shortcuts
    25. Default Shortcuts
    26. Custom Shortcuts
    27. Saving Shortcut Sets
    28. Deleting Shortcut Sets
  3. Illustrator CS6 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. Converting the Artwork to a Live Paint Group
    7. Applying Live Pain to the Group
    8. Adding a Symbol to Your Artwork
    9. Expanding the Symbol
    10. Saving Swatches
    11. What is a Global Color?
    12. Selecting the Same Color
    13. Saving a Set of Colors as a Group
    14. Creating a Color Group from Selected Colors
    15. Using the Color Panel
    16. Adding Pantone  (Spot) Colors
    17. Adding Pantone 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. Placing an Image Using Image Trace
    10. Other Drawing Tools
    11. Using the Line Segment and Arc Tools
    12. Using the Pencil, Smooth, and Path Eraser Tools
    13. Using the Eraser Tool
    14. Editing Existing Paths
    15. Adding and Removing Points
    16. Refining a Curve
    17. Cutting and Joining Paths
    18. Combining Shapes Using the Shape Builder Tool
    19. Combining the Shapes
    20. Subtracting with the Shape Builder Tool
    21. Creating the Fish Eyes
  6. Exploring Additional Color Options
    1. Taking a Look at the Finished Illustration
    2. Adding Tonal Values with Gradients
    3. Customizing an Existing Gradient
    4. Saving the Gradient
    5. Applying the Second Instance of the Gradient
    6. Using the Gradient Panel
    7. Updating a Gradient
    8. Creating and Using Patterns
    9. Creating a Bounding Box
    10. Applying the Pattern
    11. Editing a Pattern Fill
    12. Locating Existing Patterns
    13. Finishing Up the Illustration
    14. Creating a Color Group
  7. 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
  8. Organizing Your Illustrations with Layers
    1. Getting to Know the Layers Panel
    2. Using Layers to Organize Your Illustrations
    3. Using the Layers Panel to Make Selections
    4. Creating New Layers and Moving Items between Layers
    5. Paste Remembers Layers
    6. Template Layers

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