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Illustrator in a Day

Get Started Creating Vector Graphics

Learn Adobe Illustrator Fundamentals

This class is designed to get you up and running quickly with the fundamentals of Adobe Illustrator. Learn how to create shapes and use the Pen tool to draw vector graphics. In no time at all you’ll be able to control the Pen tool, draw straight lines and curves, use colors, layers, brushes, trace images, and more!

This 6-hour class will quickly get you started with the essentials. It’s for people who use Illustrator lightly and only have 1 day (or 2 nights) to spare. If you want to learn Illustrator in greater depth, you should check out our 18-hour Adobe Illustrator Bootcamp.

If you’re looking for portfolio-based classes, check out the Graphic Design Bootcamp, or our Graphic Design Certificate Program.

  • Small Classes
  • Computer Provided
  • Book included
  • Free Retake

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

  • After this exercise your Illustrator skills WILL be smokin’.

Learn the Fundamentals of Illustrator: Pen Tool, Shapes, & Basic Drawing

This Illustrator course will give you the basic foundation for drawing and manipulating scalable graphics for print and web. Importantly, you’ll practice using 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.

  • “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

    Learned core Illustrator tools in one day

  • “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

  • “I would definitely recommend this class!”

    Aysha Hussain

    Learned core Illustrator skills in the one-day class

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Are there prerequisites for this course?

    • Prior experience is not required, but experience with other Adobe apps (such as Photoshop or InDesign) is recommended.
    • Illustrator is not as easy to learn as other Adobe apps (such as Photoshop and InDesign). If you’re going to be using Photoshop or InDesign, we suggest learning at least one of them before Illustrator.
    • Students need to be comfortable with using a computer.
  • Do I need to bring anything to the class?

    No. We provide computers (Mac or PC) with Illustrator installed. Choose your operating system at checkout.

  • Do you offer discounts or a payment plan for this course?

    Discounts

    Shorter courses such as this are already affordably priced and are not eligible for discounts.

    Payment Plan

    This course is not eligible for a payment plan, which is only available for programs priced at $2,495 and above. Read our Payment Plan FAQ for more details.

    Take this course as part of a certificate program and save:
  • Can I take this course online (remote learning)?

    You may attend this training virtually (online) at the scheduled time the course is offered (New York, Eastern Time).

    How does attending “live online” work?
    • Students can attend this training remotely through screen sharing software (we use Zoom).
    • Participants can hear the instruction, ask questions, and even share their screen with the instructor.
    • For audio you can use your computer’s microphone/speakers or call a phone number that we’ll provide.
    • Classes are activity-based and taught by a live instructor, so we strongly encourage students who are local to the area to attend in person!

Learn Illustrator in a Day

This class is designed to get you up and running quickly with the fundamentals of the application. You’ll dive in and learn enough to start using the program on your own. If you only have one day to spare, this is the class for you.

Student learning Illustrator fundamentals in class

Custom Illustrator Workbook Included

Our Illustrator in a Day class comes with a custom step-by-step training manual. Recreate the class projects and refresh the Illustrator materials anytime after the class. 

The Illustrator custom workbook is included with each class

Learn then Practice

“I would highly recommend Noble Desktop to anyone. It offers both lecture and hands-on training which I think is vital for any student to comprehend what the class is about and to leave knowing they got something out of it.”
Michele Curley

Students practicing Illustrator skills in class at Noble Desktop

Create Graphics in Adobe Illustrator

Adobe Illustrator
  • Illustrator is an Adobe application used for creating logos, patterns, packaging, and other types of vector graphics.
Vector Drawing & the Pen Tool
  • Vectors are images made out of a set of coordinates, instead of pixel
  • Vectors can be scaled to any size, and have a flat, graphic look
  • The pen tool is used to draw a vector image by placing a series of coordinates
Patterns
  • Combine vector shapes into a repeating pattern
  • Creating different versions of a pattern
  • Applying the pattern to a vector drawing, like a shirt
Masking
  • Cropping shapes inside of other shapes
  • Placing an image inside text