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Plymouth College of Art - 10 Week Adobe Illustrator for Beginners

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Plymouth College of Art

Tavistock Place



United Kingdom

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10 week Adobe Illustrator for Beginners

In this ten week course you will become familiar with how to use Adobe Illustrator software. Some of the skills covered include learning the basics of drawing with the pen tool, using image trace to convert photographs and images into vectors, converting lines and text into shapes. By the end of the course, you will be able to create vector art and basic graphic designs for logos, advertising and posters.

Location: Plymouth College of Art, Tavistock Place

Start Time: 18:00

End Time: 21:00

Start Date: 19/09/17

End Date: 28/11/17

Day: Tuesday

Fee: £200

Course Content

Week 1

Basic interface of Adobe Illustrator, tools, project setup, art boards, layers and creating basic usable vector shapes/logos

Week 2

Layers, stroke placement and gradients to create a finished vector shield graphic

Week 3

Setting text, outline type, type wrapping around objects and using rulers and guides

Week 4

Design your own graphic/design on paper then use image trace to turn your art into digital editable vector art

Week 5

Basics of digital drawing with Adobe Illustrator using a graphics tablet to design and experiment with the different brushes and colours

Week 6

Use Adobe Photoshop alongside Adobe Illustrator to prepare and edit images and textures. We will look at creating an abstract piece of art. Scanning in materials and using image manipulation and the brush tools learned in previous session

Week 7

Perspective grid and drawing in Adobe Illustrator

Week 8

Basic gradient mesh creation and colour sampling

Week 9

Student-led experimentation week where you can bring in sketches, materials to use with Adobe Illustrator to produce art that inspires you

Week 10

Design an e-card

Please note, the above course content should be viewed as a guide. The tutor may choose to alter according content according to student needs.

Entry Requirements

Basic computer literacy.

Materials and Equipment

Please bring a notebook, pen and USB memory stick.

Please note that all courses are subject to student numbers and will only run if sufficient numbers are achieved. Plymouth College of Art reserves the right to cancel a course if insufficient student numbers are recruited.

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