Getting Started with Adobe Illustrator

What You'll Learn

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 lecture-style workshop includes an overview of the Illustrator interface and tools. In the second half, the instructor will demonstrate how to create a vector illustration. If your personal learning style prefers a more Hands-On class, please be sure to also check out our Adobe Illustrator Hands-On class!

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 tools like Extrude and Bevel
  • Saving your files

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

What to Expect

  • As this is a beginner's level workshop, it will not cover advanced Illustrator techniques, but stick more to a basic program "overview" and "demonstration".
  • As a lecture-style workshop, bringing your own laptop is not required. However, you are welcome to bring a laptop with your own version of Adobe Illustrator installed to follow along. Again, this is not a hands-on class, but we totally encourage you to bring your own laptop and most recent software if you'd like to follow along as the instructor demonstrates!
  • Moving to Illustrator from other software solutions is a detailed and time consuming task and this workshop does *not* cover how to do that.
  • If you're hoping for a more hands-on, experienced based class where the class is structured around you using the program to practice what you're learning, this workshop might not be the best first for you. Instead, we suggest having a look at our all-day Adobe Illustrator Hands-On Class.

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.

Presented By Kevin Menzie

Kevin Menzie

Kevin Menzie is the Office Director at Pivotal Labs in Boulder. 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:

BDA Members


BDA Members: $69.00

Non-Members: $89.00

Available Dates

Sorry, we don't have this event scheduled right now but we'll probably be adding it again soon! If you're interested in this event, we recommend using our follow feature to be notified the next time we add it to our schedule. You can also email us to request that we add it soon.

Customer Comments

Absolutely of value. Appropriate to level and he knew his stuff. Kevin was great.Steven
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Comments For: Getting Started with Adobe Illustrator

Great class! So helpful.Abigail on 8/27/2018
Yes. Very nice presentation. Covered a lot of material in 3 hours.Taneil on 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 on 11/6/2014
I work on producing booklets and presentations at work, so this class was of value to me.Brianna on 8/19/2014
Absolutely of value. Appropriate to level and he knew his stuff. Kevin was great.Steven on 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 on 8/19/2014
My online registration went smoothly, the workshop was valuable and Kevin (the instructor) was awesome!Cameron Blair on 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 on 6/25/2013
It taught all of the basics and answered all of my questions.McKenzie on 6/25/2013
Instructor was excellent!Holli on 6/25/2013
Haven't used Illustrator in years. This was a great refresher course.Michael on 6/25/2013
The workshop was very informative. I loved the sassy cat project.megan on 1/3/2013
[Instructor Kevin Menzie] was great!Tierney on 7/25/2012
The class was well-taught, easy to follow.Riley on 7/24/2012
Now I know the basics of a tool I hadn't used.Reed on 1/25/2012
I wanted a basic intro to the main tools of Illustrator, which was exactly what it was.Ali on 12/14/2011
Now I am less intimidated by Illustrator!Vivian on 9/22/2011
The instructor was knowledgeable and easy to understand.nicole on 9/22/2011
Instructor was very knowledgeable, friendly and willing to answer questions.danelle on 6/27/2011
I think the lecture was definitely worth the time and money - exactly what I needed.Michelle on 8/19/2009
Gave great basic info on how to use the program, good starting place to work in Illustrator.Liz on 6/29/2007
This class was great, I learned a a lot in a short time.Michael on 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 on 12/13/2006


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