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Adobe Illustrator CC

Create Graphics that Scale To Any Size

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.

  • Use Layers and Live Color to quickly make big changes.

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

  • Use styles to keep your designs consistent and flexible.

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

  • Get going with Clipping Masks and Blob Brushes.

  • Master package design with 3D Effects.

  • Learn Compound Paths and Group Selection.

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

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

Upcoming Classes

Price: $975 Click for Discounts

  • 18 hours of Hands-On Training
  • Custom Written Workbook Included
  • Mac or PC
  • In New York City and Live Online

We Literally Wrote the Book!

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To make the perfect class we had to write our own workbooks which are included with each class.

Can’t take a class? Our workbooks are the next best thing.

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What You’ll Learn

Section 1
Straight Lines

Topics

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

Topics

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

Topics

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

Section 2
No Smoking Sign

Topics

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

Topics

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

Topics

  • Compound Paths
  • Group Selection Tool
Mask Till You Drop

Topics

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

Topics

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

Topics

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

Topics

  • Blend Tool
  • Blending Options
Wavy Line Blend

Topics

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

Topics

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

Topics

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

Section 5
Patterns

Topics

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

Topics

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

Topics

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

Topics

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

Topics

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

Topics

  • Adding and Removing Layers
  • Creating and Using Multiple Artboards
  • Recoloring Artwork
  • Converting CMYK Art to Spot Colors

Why Train With Noble?

26 Years of Experience

Noble Desktop has been teaching computer graphics and web development since 1991. In all those years we have perfected the craft of teaching. If students get hung up on any issue, we tweak the class to make it work better. Every instructor uses the same time-tested curriculum we have developed. Ask around: Noble Desktop has a stellar reputation for exceptional computer graphics training.


Our Teaching Method is Better

We don't ask you to simply "follow along," copying what the instructor does. Instead we ask you to focus 100% attention on the lesson at hand. Only after the lesson do you then put into practice what you have learned by working on a computer with our step-by-step workbooks. This "learn, then practice" method results in the student learning and retaining much more than traditional "follow along" classes.


We Wrote the Book Ourselves

Most of our classes include a custom training workbook written by our top instructors. Take it home with you: with step-by-step exercises and power-user keyboard shortcut guides, it’s like having a refresher course right on your desk. We wrote the book ourselves because we couldn't find any book that was good enough. Now our books are being used by other schools and training centers worldwide.


We Provide Computers, Mac or PC

Since when did training centers expect you to "bring a laptop"? Noble Desktop has always had classrooms full of computers, Mac and PC. Each computer is loaded with software and has a 19-inch monitor. The next time you are asked to "bring a laptop," ask why you aren't being provided a computer. Noble Desktop always has up-to-date equipment in our state-of-the-art classrooms.


Not Just Anyone Can Teach

All our instructors are working professionals who bring on-the-job experience to the classroom. But we don't just let anyone teach a course. How many experts do you know who can't teach? We've learned to audition and test our instructors. Only after they have been through our screening process will they be put in front of students. And they are required to use our time-tested curriculum, assuring a positive learning experience for all our students. Read our instructor bios.


Money-Back Guarantee

We’re the only school to offer an unconditional money-back guarantee. If you don’t absolutely LOVE your class, we’ll give you a full refund! Compare that to other "schools" that have a no-refund policy. Is that even legal? It certainly isn't right. At Noble we treat our students with respect and common sense.


We Are NY State-Licensed, and Adobe Authorized

When looking at a computer training school, check to see if they are NY State-licensed. Any school in New York should be licensed by law. Noble Desktop follows state-issued guidelines for curriculum development and teacher licensing. Adobe Authorized means our instructors have passed the rigorous Adobe Certification Exam, and that we follow Adobe's quality-control standards.


Our Students Love Us! 2100+ Testimonials and Counting

We offer our guarantee because we think we’re the best—but don’t take our word for it. Ask more than 2100 industry professionals who have enjoyed our classes and are putting what they learned to use on the job. Read their testimonials.