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Adobe Illustrator Bootcamp

Illustrator Classes in New York City

From logos to patterns, from packaging to type, we’ll teach you lots of what Illustrator can do. You’ll create numerous graphics in class, using the standard drawing tools, the Pen tool, type, compound paths, effects, layers, masks, patterns, blends, colors, and more.

Mastering Illustrator’s vector Pen tool isn’t the most intuitive process, but using our drawing templates, we’ll help you to learn how to master this tool. We’ll also show you ways to easily create complex shapes out of easy to draw basic components. In the end you’ll be able to use these graphics and techniques on any graphic, whether it’s for print or web.

Take this class with Adobe Photoshop, InDesign and our project-based Graphic Design Fundamentals course to earn a New York-licensed Graphic Design Certificate.

If you only have one day to spare, check out our 6-hour Illustrator workshop.

  • 18 Hours
  • Mac or PC provided
  • Book included
  • Free retake

Register for a class

$975 Discounts Policies

NYC or Live Online

What You’ll Learn

  • Create many different types of graphics: from logos to patterns, from packaging to type, and much more.
  • Use the Pen tool with our drawing templates. They will help you through the process of creating digital drawings.
  • Create vector graphics for both web and print.
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Adobe Illustrator Bootcamp Class Syllabus

What You’ll Learn

Section 1
Straight Lines


  • Using the Pen Tool
  • Adjusting the Workspace
  • Arranging Objects
  • Color Fills


  • Drawing Curves (Pen Tool)
  • Anchor Points and Direction Points
  • Default Fill and Stroke
Corners and Curves


  • Drawing Corners and Curves (Pen Tool)
  • Adjusting Anchor Points

Section 2
No Smoking Sign


  • Fill and Stroke
  • Basic Shape Tools
  • Grouping Objects
  • Layers Panel
  • Working with Templates
  • Saving Illustrator Files: Options
Super Hero


  • Live Trace and Live Paint
  • Tracing Hand-Drawn Images
  • Coloring Live Paint Objects
  • Brushes
  • Flare Tool
Section 3
What’s Behind the Green Door?


  • Compound Paths
  • Group Selection Tool
Mask Till You Drop


  • Clipping Masks (Shapes)
  • Blob Brush Tool
  • Eraser Tool
  • Reflect Tool
Masking with Type


  • Type Tool
  • Clipping Masks (Editable Type)
  • Filling Text with a Photo
  • Placing Linked Images
3D Shape: Milk Duds Box


  • 3D Extrude & Bevel
  • Creating Symbols from Artwork
  • Mapping Symbols onto 3D Objects
  • Lighting and Shadows for 3D Objects
Section 4
Will It Blend?


  • Blend Tool
  • Blending Options
Wavy Line Blend


  • Blending Lines
  • Reflect Tool
  • Rotate Tool
Juggling Colors and Gradients


  • Dashed Lines and Stroke Options
  • Saving Colors as Swatches
  • Blending Modes
  • Gradient Tool
  • Saving Gradient Swatches
Combining Shapes with the Pathfinder


  • Merging Paths (Pathfinder)
  • Transparency Options
  • Grouping Objects

Section 5


  • Creating and Applying Pattern Swatches
  • Scaling and Rotating Patterns
  • Working with Layers
  • Align Panel
One-Page Advertisement


  • Working with Type
  • Text and Character Options
  • Adding a Drop Cap
  • Type on a Path
  • Text Wrap
  • Fill Text with a Pattern
Stylin’ Effects


  • Using the Appearance Panel
  • Transparency
  • Blending Modes
  • Drop Shadows
  • Arrowheads
Appearance and Graphic Styles


  • Graphic Styles
  • Appearance Panel
  • Multiple Fills
  • Auto-sizing Text Boxes
Section 6
Illustrating a Shirt Design


  • Using Photoshop and Illustrator Together
  • Creating/Editing Clipping Masks
  • Compound Paths
Layers, Artboards & Recoloring Artwork


  • Adding and Removing Layers
  • Creating and Using Multiple Artboards
  • Recoloring Artwork
  • Converting CMYK Art to Spot Colors
  • NYC colorful bike poster using Live Color

    Use Layers and Live Color to quickly make big changes.

  • Superman vector art using brushes and Live Paint

    Learn the Brush tool, Live Trace, and its cousin Live Paint.

  • Car ad using Illustrator styles

    Use styles to keep your designs consistent and flexible.

  • Learn to use Colors, Gradients, Blend Modes, and Strokes.

  • Plane logo using Illustrator's clipping masks

    Get going with Clipping Masks and Blob Brushes.

  • Milk Duds 3D packaging created with Adobe Illustrator

    Master package design with 3D Effects.

  •  Door artwork created with Illustrator's compound paths

    Learn Compound Paths and Group Selection.

  • Shirt pattern using Adobe Photoshop & Illustrator

    Learn to use Photoshop and Illustrator together to get the best of both worlds.

  • No smoking sign using Illustrator shapes

    After this exercise your Illustrator skills WILL be smokin’.

Learn Adobe Illustrator in Hands-on Courses

This Illustrator course will have you using professional techniques to create scalable typography, logos, and graphics for print and web. Importantly, you’ll learn how to master the Pen tool and learn how to create complex shapes out of easy to draw basic components. Learn these skills with hands-on exercises in small classes led by a leading Adobe Illustrator instructor.

  • “If Illustrator leaves you in the dark, let Noble Desktop be your torch. The classes are very well taught, easy to follow along, and the instructor very helpful, and friendly. You can count on me coming back for more classes. THANK YOU”

    Luis Pimentel

    Loved Noble's teaching method to learn Illustrator

  • “I was always intimidated by Adobe Illustrator and never properly learned the program. After taking the Noble Desktop class I started using it immediately in my concepts and designs. It is a valuable program to know and Michele taught the class in a simplified and easy to use manner. I highly recommend it.”

    Victoria Greiss

  • “This class was very comprehensive for three days -- I learned so much about Illustrator! The instructor was perfect: knowledgeable, attentive, and dynamic, delivering rather dry material with a sense of humor and fun. I'd recommend Noble Desktop courses to anyone.”

    Jennifer Clark

    Jennifer loved learning Illustrator from a fun, knowledgeable instructor.

  • “The Illustrator class was great. We covered a ton of material over the course of three quick days, and the material really filled in my knowledge gaps. I'm more confident now in my Illustrator skills...and what I can bring to my business and clients! Thanks Noble Desktop. :)”

    Danielle Mehta

  • “After using Illustrator for over 15 years I now understand how to use the pen tool more efficiently and will be able to do my job faster! Fabulous class.”

    Dorinda Balanecki

    Learned to master the Illustrator Pen Tool in just three days.

  • “I absolutely loved this class! I had no Illustrator experience going in and now I feel like an Illustrator ninja. Ethan, the instructor, moved quickly enough for those of us already experienced with other Adobe CS products, but explained everything so clearly that I think even a straight-up beginner would be able to follow along with no problems.”

    Michelle Failing

  • “The class was great! I needed an Illustrator refresher course since I hadn't used it since college and needed it for my current job! I learned so much in 3 days. Michele was patient, thorough and fun. Great job! Looking forward to taking the Photoshop course!”

    Dalia Ghanem

Learn to Master Illustrator’s Pen Tool

“Mastering the pen tool has always eluded me, and Michele showed me the basics in a way that I can practice and build on this vital Illustrator skill.”
Carmen Yazejian, Network9

Class material covers Illustrator's Pen tool

Learn, then Practice Teaching Method

Learn Illustrator by creating numerous graphics including logos, patterns, and packaging. First by watching a short instructor demo, then by practicing through step-by-step exercises included in our custom workbook.

Adobe certified instructor teaches student hands-on Illustrator

Professional Illustrator Instructors

“Learning from professionals who have practical and personal knowledge of the applications proved to be extremely helpful. The instructor used real-life scenarios to illustrate the lessons and demonstrated more than one way to complete a task. I feel better equipped to navigate the program on my own, not just qualified to repeat the exercises which were covered in class.”
Amy D. Harkins

Students learning Illustrator in class at Noble Desktop

Register for Adobe Illustrator Bootcamp

$975 Discounts Policies

NYC or Live Online