Getting Started with Adobe Illustrator

Characteristics Of This Class:

Create logos, illustrations, and artwork that can be displayed at any size and never lose quality! Adobe Illustrator is the industry-leading application for creating vector graphics, perfect for images with solid colors, crisp lines, and gradients.

The first half of this workshop includes an overview of the Illustrator interface and tools. In the second half, the instructor will demonstrate how to create a vector illustration, and you can bring your laptop to follow along if you wish.

This workshop will cover:

  • Layers
  • Using the pen tool to draw Bezier-curves
  • Working with paths and strokes
  • Using the color palette and gradients
  • Combining basic shapes to create new, complex shapes
  • Scaling and rotating
  • Transparency
  • Clipping paths
  • Placing text
  • Fun effects like the Symbol Sprayer Tool and Extrude and Bevel effect
  • Saving your files

Presented in Adobe Creative Cloud, but most of what is taught will apply to earlier versions of the program.

Who Should Take This:

Anyone who wants to be a graphic designer, or learn how to do their own graphic design in-house. You should learn Illustrator if you want to create logos, posters, and other bold graphics, or use text in your designs.

Kevin Menzie

Kevin Menzie

Kevin Menzie runs a local web strategy, design, and development agency called Slice of Lime and uses Adobe Illustrator on a daily basis. In his free time, Kevin draws cartoons using a pencil, a scanner, and Adobe Illustrator. Samples of his illustration work can be seen on his website:

Yes. Very nice presentation. Covered a lot of material in 3 hours.

Taneil, 11/6/2014

Terrific class and terrific teacher! Organized, perfectly paced and completely packed with useful hands-on immediately helpful information and techniques. Also very inspiring. It is a delicate thing to do enough masterly things with students to show them what is possible as skills grow without discouraging them about the gap between beginner and skilled teacher. Kevin Menzie is approachable as well as organized and knowledgeable. There was just enough tweaking of interest and inspiration to learn added to a solid covering of the foundations.

Lynn, 11/6/2014

I work on producing booklets and presentations at work, so this class was of value to me.

Brianna, 8/19/2014

Absolutely of value. Appropriate to level and he knew his stuff. Kevin was great.

Steven, 8/19/2014

Absolutely of value. I am a front-end developer that needs to improve the graphic side. I enjoyed the instructor very much.

Scott, 8/19/2014

My online registration went smoothly, the workshop was valuable and Kevin (the instructor) was awesome!

Cameron Blair, 6/24/2014

Most definitely helpful! Truly gave me an overview as well as ideas on how to utilize the program. Instructor very entertaining, informative, and helpful.

Dawn, 6/25/2013

It taught all of the basics and answered all of my questions.

McKenzie, 6/25/2013

Instructor was excellent!

Holli, 6/25/2013

Haven't used Illustrator in years. This was a great refresher course.

Michael, 6/25/2013

The workshop was very informative. I loved the sassy cat project.

megan, 1/3/2013

[Instructor Kevin Menzie] was great!

Tierney, 7/25/2012

The class was well-taught, easy to follow.

Riley, 7/24/2012

Now I know the basics of a tool I hadn't used.

Reed, 1/25/2012

I wanted a basic intro to the main tools of Illustrator, which was exactly what it was.

Ali, 12/14/2011

Now I am less intimidated by Illustrator!

Vivian, 9/22/2011

The instructor was knowledgeable and easy to understand.

nicole, 9/22/2011

Instructor was very knowledgeable, friendly and willing to answer questions.

danelle, 6/27/2011

I think the lecture was definitely worth the time and money - exactly what I needed.

Michelle, 8/19/2009

Gave great basic info on how to use the program, good starting place to work in Illustrator.

Liz, 6/29/2007

This class was great, I learned a a lot in a short time.

Michael, 12/15/2006

Very nice intro to the product. Worth my time (traveling from Fort Collins) and money! To get the most from these courses, try to bring a laptop with the s/w installed.

Larry, 12/13/2006

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