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Illustrator CS6 Essentials

Illustrator CS6 Essentials is a course run by 1 Training, Dublin. It is a 'Online Learning' course with a duration of Guided Learning Hours 07. For more information about Illustrator CS6 Essentials at 1 Training, please review the details below.

Illustrator CS6 Essentials


During this excellent Illustrator CS6 course learn essential keyboard shortcuts, techniques for streamlining your workflow, and tips that Brian has learned after decades of working with the program. The course has been created by an expert instructor with years of experience, as you can imagine, you will be given an abundance of insider knowledge and tips.

Our learning material is available to students 24/7 anywhere in the world, so it’s extremely convenient. These intensive online courses are open to everyone, as long as you have an interest in the topic! We provide world-class learning led by IAP, so you can be assured that the material is high quality, accurate and up-to-date.

What skills will I gain?

  • Discover the essential tools and powerful features that make Illustrator a favourite among design professionals
  • Upon successful completion of the course you will have a deep understanding of the fundamental functionality of Illustrator, especially with features
  • Understand why you would use Illustrator, instead of Photoshop or InDesign, to solve specific design problems

Meet the Instructor:

Brian Maffitt brings a singularly diverse background to presenting and directing. As a former professional actor, photographer, carpenter, and Graceland Tour Guide, he jumped on board the computer graphic revolution in the late 1980s. He founded MAFF/x in 1993 and won several awards for video production, interactive design, and animation. Brian also co-founded Atomic Power Corporation and released two award-winning sets of software plugins for After Effects, “Psunami”, and “Evolution”. The latter was acquired by Adobe in 2001 and is now included with every copy of After Effects sold, and has been featured prominently in untold commercials and films,including Pixar’s Academy Award-winning “The Incredibles”.

A combination of communication skills and computer proficiency made video training a natural progression. As Total Training’s co-founder and Chief Creative Officer, he is devoted to great training, crafted by an extraordinary creative team, for exceptional customers. And if he can occasionally make you smile (or roll your eyes) along the way, so much the better.

How will I be assessed?

  • You will have one assignment. Pass mark is 65%.
  • You will only need to pay £19 for assessment.
  • You will receive the results within 72 hours of submittal, and will be sent a certificate in 7-14 days.

What Certification am I going to receive?

Those who successfully pass this course will be awarded a Illustrator CS6: Essentials certificate. Anyone eligible for certification will receive a free e-certificate, and printed certificate.

PLEASE NOTE: We do not provide any software with this course.

Course Curriculum Total Units : 68
1. Opening Documents
2. Working with Multiple Documents
3. Zooming & Panning
4. Exploring the Menus & the Toolbar
5. Exploring the Panels
6. Vector vs. Raster & Working with Different File Types
7. Setting UI Brightness

1. Creating a New Document & Setting Preferences
2. Introducing the Artboard Tool
3. Working in a Video Preset
4. Setting Up Multiple Artboards
5. Using Multiple Artboards
6. Overlapping Artboards

1. Locking a Selection, Enabling Smart Guides & Setting Up the Ruler
2. Drawing a Rectangle & Using Keyboard Shortcuts
3. Drawing a Rounded Rectangle & an Ellipse
4. Drawing a Polygon, a Star & a Flare
5. Drawing Lines, Arcs, Spirals & Grids
6. Editing Shapes with the Direct Selection Tool

1. The Pen Tool Explained
2. Pen Tool Basics
3. Drawing Shapes with Bezier Points
4. Adding, Deleting & Converting Anchor Points
5. Using Bezier Controls to Draw a Heart Shape
6. Tracing an Image with the Pen Tool

1. Understanding Object Hierarchy
2. Changing Object Stacking Order
3. Grouping Objects
4. Performing Basic Transformations
5. Transform Strokes, the Transform Panel & Transform Multiple Objects
6. Using the Transform Each Command & Isolation Mode
7. Using the Transform Tools & Resizing the Artboard & Its Content

1. Basic Fills & Strokes
2. The Color Panel & the Eyedropper Tool
3. RGB vs. CMYK
4. Color Spaces & Adjusting the Appearance of Black

1. The Swatches Panel
2. Loading a Swatch Library
3. The Basics of Gradients
4. Saving & Editing Gradients
5. Gradient Recommendations
6. Creating & Working with Patterns

1. Stroking a Path via the Control Panel
2. Using the Stroke Panel
3. Modifying Corner Type, Stroke Alignment & Corner Limit
4. Using the Appearance Panel & the Offset Path Command
5. Using the Appearance Panel to Recreate Artwork
6. Applying a Gradient Stroke, Editing Effects, Saving & Applying Graphic Styles

1. Using the Shape Builder Tool
2. Recoloring Artwork Automatically
3. Aligning, Distributing & Averaging Shapes
4. Using the Blend Tool
5. Using the Transform Again Command
6. The Pathfinder Panel
7. Creating a Gear

1. Working with Point Text
2. Area Text vs. Point Text
3. Using the Character Panel
4. Using Keyboard Shortcuts in the Character Panel
5. Styling Document Text
6. Adjusting Leading with Keyboard Shortcuts
7. Fine Text Adjustments & Placing Area Text
8. Flowing & Formatting Area Text
9. Type on a Path & the Glyphs Panel

1. Saving Your Files
2. Exporting & Creating PDFs for Print
3. Setting Basic Printing Options
4. Using the Save for Web Command & Making Art Pixel-Perfect

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Training Provider1 Training
Course LocationDublin
Course TypeOnline Learning
Course DurationGuided Learning Hours 07
Course Fee18
Entry Requirements• You must be 16 or over • You should have a basic understanding of English, Maths and ICT • You will need a computer or tablet with internet connection (or access to one)
Carear Path• Graphic Design • Illustration • Motion Graphic Design • Motion Design • Visual Designer • Animator
Phone+44 208 610 9650
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