Adobe Illustrator Masterclass with ACP Exam


  • Illustrator Introduction

    Probably the best course I have been on. Very thorough and entertaining.

    Cancer Research UK
    March 2024
  • Illustrator Intermediate

    The course was great and featured lots of new skills that I can use. The trainer was great at delivering each section and really attentive in making sure I was keeping up and getting the answers I needed.

    Lintbells
    March 2024
  • Illustrator Introduction

    I had an excellent training day with Tony learning about Adobe Illustrator. He was great at adjusting the pace to my needs and we covered a lot of ground. I would recommend Transmedia to anyone.

    Paul S
    March 2024
  • Illustrator Introduction

    Excellent course - Tony was fantastic and it was a great introduction to Illustrator. Many thanks to all involved in booking and running the course.

    March 2024
  • Illustrator Intermediate

    Brilliant. Exactly what was needed.

    NHS
    March 2024
  • Illustrator Introduction

    The course was perfect. Great course, great trainer!

    Northgate
    March 2024
  • Illustrator Introduction

    The course itself was really informative and trainer was excellent.

    Deborah M
    March 2024
  • Illustrator Intermediate

    Exceptional knowledge base and tailored to suit our requirements.

    RAF
    March 2024
  • An excellent trainer with extreme depth of knowledge in the product. Also some really good and helpful shortcuts.

    March 2024
  • Great delivery, enjoyable training session.

    March 2024

Course Facts

  • 4/6 day course (according to needs)
  • Our Trainers are Authorised Professionals
  • Live Online or Classroom-based
  • Certificate of completion
  • Maximum class size of 6 for scheduled courses
  • Unlimited support after your course
  • Courses at all levels: Introduction, Intermediate, Advanced and Masterclasses

Course Outline

  • Working in the Design Industry
  • Project Setup and Interface
  • Organising Documents
  • Creating and Modifying Visual Elements
  • Publishing Digital Media
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  • Illustrator Introduction

    Probably the best course I have been on. Very thorough and entertaining.

    Cancer Research UK
    March 2024
  • Illustrator Intermediate

    The course was great and featured lots of new skills that I can use. The trainer was great at delivering each section and really attentive in making sure I was keeping up and getting the answers I needed.

    Lintbells
    March 2024
  • Illustrator Introduction

    I had an excellent training day with Tony learning about Adobe Illustrator. He was great at adjusting the pace to my needs and we covered a lot of ground. I would recommend Transmedia to anyone.

    Paul S
    March 2024
  • Illustrator Introduction

    Excellent course - Tony was fantastic and it was a great introduction to Illustrator. Many thanks to all involved in booking and running the course.

    March 2024
  • Illustrator Intermediate

    Brilliant. Exactly what was needed.

    NHS
    March 2024
  • Illustrator Introduction

    The course was perfect. Great course, great trainer!

    Northgate
    March 2024
  • Illustrator Introduction

    The course itself was really informative and trainer was excellent.

    Deborah M
    March 2024
  • Illustrator Intermediate

    Exceptional knowledge base and tailored to suit our requirements.

    RAF
    March 2024
  • An excellent trainer with extreme depth of knowledge in the product. Also some really good and helpful shortcuts.

    March 2024
  • Great delivery, enjoyable training session.

    March 2024

Course Dates

These are the dates for the first part of the Masterclass: Illustrator Introduction. More experienced users may wish to start with the next level: Illustrator Intermediate.

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Date Location   Price (ex VAT)  
Tue 28 - Wed 29 May 2024 Live Online £545
Mon 3 - Tue 4 Jun 2024 London £545
Wed 26 - Thu 27 Jun 2024 Live Online £545
Tue 2 - Wed 3 Jul 2024 London £545
Mon 29 - Tue 30 Jul 2024 Live Online £545
Mon 5 - Tue 6 Aug 2024 London £545
Tue 27 - Wed 28 Aug 2024 Live Online £545
Mon 2 - Tue 3 Sep 2024 London £545
Thu 26 - Fri 27 Sep 2024 Live Online £545
Wed 2 - Thu 3 Oct 2024 London £545
Mon 28 - Tue 29 Oct 2024 Live Online £545
Mon 4 - Tue 5 Nov 2024 London £545
Tue 26 - Wed 27 Nov 2024 Live Online £545
Mon 2 - Tue 3 Dec 2024 London £545
Mon 23 - Tue 24 Dec 2024 Live Online £545
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Team Training and Bespoke Sessions

Booking a private training session allows you to focus on your exact needs on dates that work best for you or your team.

  • Sessions can be run online or in person, on your site or at our London training centre.
  • We manage training for many of the UK’s largest companies, taking care of all the admin, working with you to ensure the perfect course.
  • Our expert trainers will first understand your requirements and then tailor each session to your exact specification.
  • We offer a free consultation service to work out every detail of your course.

Prices for bespoke sessions with our expert trainers start at £525 + VAT.

Overview

Our Illustrator Masterclass is aimed at those with none, limited or an intermediate knowledge of Illustrator. Rather than attending a single, intensive class, our flexible approach allows you to follow the agenda that best meets your needs, taking any combination of Introduction, Intermediate and Advanced, on the dates that suit you. In combination, you'll gain all the knowledge you need to pass the Adobe Illustrator ACP Exam. And whether you take all three classes or just two, you'll always pay less than if you book the classes separately. All our Adobe Illustrator courses are taught by industry professionals who are also Adobe Certified Professional trainers. They will share years of their industry experience with you, imparting best practice techniques as well mastery of the tools. Our free Training Needs Analysis will help you decide whether the Introduction or the Intermediate Illustrator course is your best starting point. Our recommendation is usually to allow at least 3 to 4 weeks between classes, depending on your study time. When you've completed the curriculum you need to meet your goals, we'll arrange for you to take the ACP exam. Topics covered include Working in the design industry, Project setup and interface, Organising documents, Creating and modifying visual elements, Publishing digital media and Adobe certification preparation and ACP exam. Please note that there is a separate cost for the exam.
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Course Outline

Working in the Design Industry

  • Purpose, audience and requirements for preparing designs and artwork for target devices and media
  • Thinking like a digital designer: designing accessible experiences at scale
  • Communicating with colleagues and clients and understanding project management
  • Understanding key terms eg. client goals, target audience, demographics, accessibility etc
  • Demonstrating knowledge of basic design principles and best practices employed in the design industry
  • How to succeed as a digital designer; an introductory guide to design thinking
  • Communicating visually by using the elements and principles of design and common design techniques
  • Demonstrating knowledge of basic project management concepts eg. project scope, scope creep, cloud utilisation and file management
  • Understanding key terms such as sketches, specifications, design process, wireframes, prototypes, iterations, change orders, drafts, feedback loop etc
  • Best practice in presenting design concepts to stakeholders
  • Designing business and ethics eg. copyright, permissions and licensing, including when and how to obtain permission to use images of people and locations
  • Legal and ethical considerations for using third-party content, such as copyright, permissions and licensing
  • Identifying when and how to obtain permission to use images of people and locations, including model release, location release, permission to use a person’s face or restricted location
  • Demonstrating knowledge of digital image terminology eg. image resolution, image size, file types, pixel, raster, bitmap, vector, path, object, type, rasterising, rendering, resizing, image size measured in pixels vs. document size measured in inches/centimetres etc
  • Demonstrating knowledge of how colour is created in digital images
  • Understanding key terms such as space, line, shape, form, colour, texture, emphasis/focal point, unity/harmony, variety, balance, alignment, proximity, repetition, rhythm, scale, movement, negative space, gestalt etc
  • Identifying and using common typographic adjustments to create contrast, hierarchy, and enhanced readability
  • Understanding key terms such as font, size, style, colour, alignment, kerning, tracking, leading, horizontal and vertical scale, line length etc.
  • Demonstrating knowledge of common photographic/cinematic composition terms and principles.
  • Understanding key terms such as aspect ratio, rule of thirds, foreground, background, colour, tone, contrast, framing etc
  • Basic design principles; line and character spacing; text and type

Project Setup and Interface

  • Understanding the interface setup and program settings that assist in an efficient and effective workflow
  • Understanding the proper use of digital assets for a project
  • Understanding the appropriate settings for mobile, web, print, film and video, art and illustration and printed and onscreen artwork
  • Understanding key concepts such as width/height, orientation, artboards, bleed, raster effects, resolution, colour mode etc
  • Creating a new document preset to reuse for specific project needs.
  • Changing page size and orientation
  • Setting up Multiple Artboards
  • Understanding bit depth and preferences
  • Navigating, organising and customising the application workspace
  • Identifying and manipulating elements of the Illustrator interface
  • Understanding key concepts such as Control bar, menus, panels, toolbars, artboards, 100x canvas etc.
  • Understanding key concepts such as using and switching between default workspaces, tabbed documents, showing, hiding, nesting, and docking panels, shortcuts and menus, customising, saving and resetting workspaces
  • Configuring application preferences
  • Understanding key concepts such as General, Type, Units, Guides and Grid, User Interface, File Handling & Clipboard, Appearance of Black etc
  • Illustration techniques
  • Workspace basics
  • Using non-printing design tools in the interface to aid in design or workflow
  • Navigating a document
  • Understanding key concepts such as panning, zooming, pasteboard etc
  • Using rulers, showing and hiding rulers, changing the measurement unit on rulers, adjusting and resetting ruler origin
  • Using guides and grids, including adding, removing, and locking/unlocking guides, showing grids, using snap or align options and creating guide layouts
  • Using views and modes to work efficiently with vector graphics
  • Understanding key concepts such as Outline vs Preview, Screen Mode, Presentation Mode, Isolation Mode and Drawing modes
  • Locking, Hiding and Deleting Objects
  • Viewing Artwork
  • Managing assets in a project
  • Opening artwork
  • Placing assets in an Illustrator document
  • Understanding key concepts such as embedding, linking, replacing, copying and pasting, import options
  • Using the Links panel
  • Moving, aligning and distributing objects
  • Importing artwork
  • Managing colours, swatches and gradients including creating and customising gradients
  • Understanding key concepts such as Gradient panel, editing colour and transparency stops, gradient types and Gradient Mesh
  • Setting the active fill and stroke colours
  • Understanding key concepts such as Colour Picker, swatches, Eyedropper tool and colour values
  • Using Brushes, Symbols, Graphic Styles and Patterns including opening and browsing libraries of brushes, symbols, graphic styles and patterns
  • Understanding key concepts such as stroke, fill, brushes, brush types, width tool etc

Organising Documents

  • Understanding layers and tracks structure for efficient workflows
  • Using layers to manage design elements
  • Using the Layers panel to modify layers
  • Understanding key concepts such as adding, deleting, hiding/showing, locking/unlocking, and duplicating etc
  • Managing and organising multiple layers in a complex project
  • Understanding key concepts such as sublayers, Paste Remembers layers, hierarchy and stacking order, selecting and targeting objects using the Layers panel etc
  • Transparency Panel, Layer opacity and masks including modifying layer visibility and adjusting the opacity of a layer
  • Moving, aligning and distributing objects
  • Adjusting appearance attributes
  • Creating, applying and manipulating clipping masks
  • Transparency blending modes

Creating and Modifying Visual Elements

  • The Core tools and functionality that particularly affect the visual outcome of a document
  • Create graphics or artwork using a variety of tools including the drawing tools, painting tools, Pencil tool, Paintbrush tool, Pen tool, Curvature tool, shapes, Blob Brush tool etc
  • Drawing with pen, curvature and pencil
  • Overview of painting
  • Understanding text and typography
  • Adding and manipulating text using appropriate typographic settings
  • Using type tools to add typography eg. Point Type tool, Area Type tool, Type on a Path tool, Vertical Type tool, Vertical Area Type tool, Vertical Type on a Path tool and Touch Type tool
  • Understanding the difference between area type, point type, type on a path and placeholder text
  • Using appropriate character settings for font, size, style, alignment, kerning, tracking, leading, horizontal and vertical scale, colour used to enhance readability and hierarchy, enhanced type etc.
  • Using appropriate paragraph settings for indentation, alignment and paragraph spacing
  • Converting text to graphics including converting text to outlines and benefits/disadvantages
  • Managing text flow including multiple text areas, overflow text, threading text, wrapping text etc
  • Creating text including fonts and typography and formatting paragraphs
  • Making, managing and manipulating selections including selecting objects using a variety of tools
  • Targeting vs selecting, saving selections, selecting based on object attributes of colour, stroke, opacity etc
  • Modifying and refining selections using various methods including keyboard modifiers, selecting multiple objects with selection tools or Layers panel, moving and grouping objects, regular Selection tool vs Direct Selection tool vs Lasso tool vs Group Selection tool etc.
  • Grouping and ungrouping selections
  • Working with objects including grouping objects, expanding objects, using Isolation Mode, moving, aligning and distributing objects
  • Transforming digital graphics and media
  • Modifying artboards including using the Artboard tool, resizing, cropping, and copy-and-pasting art and artboards within and between documents, using multiple artboards etc
  • Understanding the relationship between the art and the artboard
  • Rotating, flipping and transforming individual layers, objects, selections, groups or graphical elements
  • Understanding key concepts such as scaling, scale options, transforming, warping, distorting, skewing, using distortion tools or menu options, rotating and reflecting objects, repeating objects
  • Editing Artwork basics and using basic reconstructing and editing techniques to manipulate digital graphics and media
  • Applying basic auto-correction methods and tools
  • Using key tools such as the Simplify tool, Smooth tool, Join tool etc
  • Repairing and reconstructing graphics
  • Using key tools such as eraser, scissors, knife, Shape Builder, pathfinder, Live Paint etc
  • Evaluating or adjusting the appearance of objects, selections or layers
  • Understanding key concepts such as fill and stroke, Appearance panel, brushes, Eyedropper tool etc
  • Using Image Trace to create vectors from bitmap images including Trace presets, tracing settings, expanding etc
  • Editing Paths
  • Appearance attributes
  • Modifying the appearance of design elements using effects and graphic styles
  • Using effects to modify images
  • Understanding key concepts such as identifying the difference between raster and vector effects, drop shadows, feathers, glows, editing applied effects
  • Creating, editing, saving and deleting Graphic Styles, breaking links to graphic styles etc
  • Expanding the appearance of objects including expanding transformations, stroke effects
  • Applying effects such as drop shadows, glows and feathering

Publishing Digital Media

  • Saving and exporting documents or assets within individual layers or selections
  • Preparing images for export to web, print and video
  • Verifying project specifications including setting document colour mode (colour space), resolution (raster effects), pixel dimensions, metadata etc
  • Setting up files for printing
  • Creating efficient Illustrator files and sharing files

Adobe Certification Preparation and ACP Exam

  • Working through exam preparation sheet and sample exam questions
  • Taking a practice exam
  • Questions and answers
  • Taking the Illustrator ACP Exam

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