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Web, Graphic Design and Multimedia

Adobe® Illustrator® CS4 Fundamentals

eLearning Hours: 

Graphic artists, media designers and multimedia producers.


This course explains the basics of the program while also teaching more intermediate to advanced techniques. The course also highlights some of the newer features of Illustrator CS4, specifically the multiple artboards function, allowing you to have more than one project or page in a single file. Whether you are preparing work for print or the web, you will learn tricks and techniques to achieve better artistic visuals through vector graphics and allow you to stay competitive using this expansive graphics program.


Session 1

Section A: Getting Started

  • Photoshop vs. Illustrator
  • Starting Illustrator
  • Creating a New Document
  • Options
  • Advanced Options
  • Working with Artboards
  • Advanced Artboard Options
  • Navigating Artboards

Section B: Preferences and Workspaces

  • General Preferences
  • Selection & Anchor Display
  • User Interface
  • Appearance of Black
  • Adding Panels

Section C: Shape Tools

  • Ellipse Tool
  • Rectangle Tool
  • Rounded Rectangle Tool
  • Polygon Tool
  • Star Tool
  • Live Trace
  • Tracing Options
  • Live Paint
  • Gap Detection

Section D: Path Tools

  • Line Tool
  • Pencil Tool
  • Brush Tool
  • Pen Tool
  • Manipulate Objects

Section E: Advanced Objects

  • Grouping
  • Embedded Objects
  • Cut and Join Objects
  • Combining Objects
  • Layers
  • Object Selection Techniques
  • Controlling and Creating Layers

Section F: Type

  • Adding Type
  • Point Text
  • Area Text
  • Character and Paragraph Panels
  • Area Type Options
  • Text on Path
  • Convert to Text Outlines

Section G: Color

  • Color Settings
  • Advanced Color Settings
  • Process and Global Colors
  • Spot Color

Section H: Save, Export, and Web

  • Saving Options
  • Creating a PDF
  • Save for the Web
  • Optimizing Images
Instruction Methodology: 

Web-based, self-paced eLearning.