Adobe Illustrator CS2

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Adobe Illustrator CS2 – Deke McClelland, a Photoshop Hall of Famer, leads you through lessons that are peppered with helpful insights, tips, and tricks that develop good habits in beginners and enable experienced professionals to become more effective and efficient with Illustrator. Also, learn how Matthew Richmond at The Chopping Block, Inc. creates cool projects with Illustrator for clients.

Learning with Study 365 has many advantages. The course material is delivered straight to you and can be adapted to fit in with your lifestyle. It is created by experts within the industry, meaning you are receiving accurate information, which is up-to-date and easy to understand.

Adobe Illustrator CS2 course is comprised of professional learning material, all delivered through a system that you will have access to 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for 365 days (12 months).

  • Who is it for?
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  • Creatives
  • Artists / designers
  • Aspiring graphic designers
  • Art / design students
  • Graduates
  • Job seekers
  • Bloggers
  • Videographers

This course consists of the following modules:

Part 01 -  Discovering Illustrator

  • Module 01: Introducing Illustrator
  • Module 02: The Bridge
  • Module 03: Workspace & Navigation
  • Module 04: Symetrical Shapes
  • Module 05: Fill, Stroke and Color
  • Module 06: Transforming Paths
  • Module 07: Using the Powerful Pen Tool
  • Module 08: Selecting Points and Paths
  • Module 09: Pathfinder Operations
  • Module 10: Liquify & Envelope
  • Module 11: Creating and Formatting Type

Part 02 - Treasures from the Object Orient

  • Module 01: Gradients & Gradient Mesh
  • Module 02: Blends and Masks
  • Module 03: Brushing with Vectors
  • Module 04: Using Transparency
  • Module 05: Pre-Assembly
  • Module 06: Dynamic Type Treatments
  • Module 07: Live Trace
  • Module 08: Live Paint
  • Module 09: Using Symbols
  • Module 10: 3D Effects
  • Module 11: Printing & Exporting
  • Module 12: Flash Animation

From the day you purchase the course, you will have 12 months access to the online study platform. As the course is self-paced you can decide how fast or slow the training goes, and are able to complete the course in stages, revisiting the training at any time.

At the end of the course, you will have one assignment to be submitted (you need a mark of 65% to pass) and you can submit the assignment at any time. You will only need to pay £19 for assessment and certification when you submit the assignment. You will receive the results within 72 hours of submittal, and will be sent a certificate in 7-14 days if you have successfully passed.

Successful candidates will be awarded a certificate for Adobe Illustrator CS2.

Learners must be age 16 or over and should have a basic understanding of the English Language, numeracy, literacy, and ICT.

Gain some helpful insights and lessons which will help you to obtain a good knowledge of Illustrator. You will be able to create certain projects with this tool as well. A career with bright prospects await you with the completion of this course. According to, some of the key job positions along with the average UK salary per annum you can go for after completing this course will be as follows

  • Graphic designers - £21,956 per annum
  • Illustrator - £20,315 per annum
  • Web developers - £24,894 per annum
  • Graphic Artist - £23,514 per annum
  • Media art - £25,524 per annum
  • Videographers - £23,073 per annum
  • Web Designer - £22,864 per annum

In 1985, Deke McClelland oversaw the implementation of the first personal computer-based production department in Boulder, Colorado. He later graduated to be artistic director for Publishing Resources, one of the earliest all-PostScript service bureaus in the United States.

These days, Deke is a well-known expert and lecturer on Adobe Photoshop and the larger realm of computer graphics and design. He serves as host to the interactive Video Workshop that ships with Photoshop CS as well as the exhaustive and entertaining Total Training for Adobe Photoshop CS. His other DVD- and CD-based video series include Total Training for Adobe Illustrator CS and Total Training Presents: Photoshop Elements 3 Unleashed and QuarkXPress to Adobe InDesign CS—Making the Switch.


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Course Curriculum

Free Introduction
Illustrator CS2 FREE 00:00:00
Part 01
1: Introducing Illustrator
1. Using the Welcome Screen
2. Introducing Vector Based Paths
3. Working with Layers in Illustrator
4. Introducing Anchor Points
5. Creating a New Document
6. Repositioning and Adjusting View
7. Saving the Document
8. Utilizing Illustrator Startup Documents
2: The Bridge
1. Intro to Bridge and The Bridge Center in CS
2. Finding Folders and The Thunbnail View
3. Opening, Moving and Previewing Bridge Files
4. Preview, Filtering and Rating Options
5. Orgainizing Files using Preferences
6. Deleting, Duplicating, Moving files in Bridge
7. Renaming Sorting and Batch Renaming files
8. Presenting a slide show from the Bridge
3: Workspace & Navigation
1. Setting Up Preferences
2. Using Color Settings
3. Configuring Pallettes & Workspaces
4. Using Navigation
4: Symetrical Shapes
1. Setting Palette Options and Using Transparacy
2. A Look at the Shape Tools. Creating a Circle
3. Aligning Circle Shapes
4. Creating Star Shapes
5. Creating Rectangle Shapes
6. Using the Flip Tool to Mirror Shapes
7. Combining Shapes
8. Tilde Key Function
5: Fill, Stroke and Color
1. Introduction to Fill and Stroke
2. An Overview of the Color Pallette
3. The Color Spectrum Bar and Dialing in colors
4. Black vs. Rich Black in the Color Palette
5. CMYK vs. RGB
6. Creating and Saving new Color Swatches
7. Filling and Arranging Objects in a document
8. Modifying and Arranging the Stroke of an Object
9. Display Artifacts and Stroke Pallete options
10. Creating a fill Pattern
6: Transforming Paths
1. Introducing Path Transformations
2. Duplicating Objects
3. Moving Objects in Increments
4. Using the Reshape Tool
5. Moving Paths
6. Using the Offset Path Dialogue Box
7. Working with Swatches
8. Grouping Paths
9. Using the Scale Tool
10. Using the Rotate Tool
11. Rotating Multiple Objects
12. Advanced Rotate Options
7: Using the Powerful Pen Tool
1. Using Bridge
2. Creating a Tracing Template
3. Drawing with the Pen Tool
4. Modifying a Path
5. Using and Editing Spline Curves
6. Using Beziér Curves
7. Creating a Cusp Point
8. Modifying and Converting Beziér Curves
9. Cutting, Extending, and Closing Paths
10. Filling Paths
8: Selecting Points and Paths
1. Strokes and Fills
2. Appearance Palate – Transform And Tweak
3. Working With Layers – Uzz Character
4. Making Use of the Join Command
5. Locked Layers
6. Making Center Points
7. Intro To Pathfinder – Intersect Shape Areas
8. Precision Filling Selection
9. Various Selection Commands & Methods
10. Various Scaling Methods
11. Lacemaking Using Shape Tool – Rotate & Fill
12. Merging Strokes & Fills With Compound Path
13. Lacemaking Using Direction Handles & Anchor Points
14. Pucker & Bloat
9: Pathfinder Operations
1. Touring the Project
2. An Introduction to the Pathfinder Operations
3. Working with the Pathfinder Palete
4. Comparing Pathfinder Behaviors
5. Joining Paths and the Miter Limit
6. Croping, Uniting and Arranging
7. Selectiing and Deselecting Paths
8. Fill Options and other pathfinder operations
10: Liquify & Envelope
1. Preparing an Image for Liquify & Envelope
2. Using the Warp Tool to Liquify
3. Using the Envelope Functions
4. Editing Enveloped Content
5. Liquify with Live Trace
11: Creating and Formatting Type
1. Importing Text into Illustrator
2. Selecting Text for Reformatting
3. Moving Text to a New Text Container
4. Reformatting Text with the Paragraphs Pallet
5. Altering Text Font and Size
6. Moving Text and Altering Line Spacing
7. Copying Text Formats
Part 02
1: Gradients & Gradient Mesh
1. Applying a Gradient
2. Using Swatches
3. Using the Gradient Palette
4. Using the Gradient Slider Bar
5. Adding Colors
6. Using the Gradient Tool
7. Making Color Adjustments
8. Using the Eye Dropper Tool
9. Reviewing the Appearance Palette and Gradients on Strokes
10. Expanding Appearance
11. Creating a Gradient Mesh
12. Expanding a Gradient Mesh
13. Modifying Gradient Mesh Colors
14. Modifying Gradient Mesh Points and Control Handles
15. Applying Other Gradient Mesh Color Change
16. Adjusting Gradient Mesh Preferences
17. Blending Objects into the Gradient Mesh
2: Blends and Masks
1. Creating Simple Color Gradients
2. Creating Custom Gradients via Blending
3. Cropping Custom Gradient Blends
4. Customizing Blends for Specific Shapes
5. Creating Blends Between Two Shapes
6. Changing the Shape of Customized Blends
7. Masking Edges with Clipping Masks
8. Masking the Shape of Customized Blends
9. Changing Opacities of Clipping Mask Layers
3: Brushing with Vectors
1. Illustrator CS 2’s Brush Tool
2. The Brush Options Dialogue Box
3. Extending Selected Paths
4. Illustrator Art Brushes
5. Editing Your Art Brush Strokes
6. Making a Custom Art Brush
7. Finishing Up Your Art Brush and Typing on a Path
8. Fixing Your Text
9. Converting Text To An Art Brush
4: Using Transparency
1. Assigning Different Opacity For Stroke And Fill
2. Working With Knockout Group
3. Creating an Opacity Mask
4. Multiply Mode
5. Adding Objects To Opacity Masks
6. Opacity Mask With a Gradient
7. Blend Mode – Multiply Mode
8. Transpacency Palatte
9. 0Blend Mode – Color Mode
10. Making Translucent Gradient in Blend Mode
11. Create Mask With Boundary Layer
12. Printing Tips With Flattener Preview
5: Pre-Assembly
1. Introducing Live Effects
2. Dealing with Fills and Strokes
3. Using the Scribble Dialogue Box
4. Managing the Appearance Palette
5. Introducing the Transform Command
6. Reapplying the Transform Command
7. Modifying Stroke Attributes
8. Changing the Transform Origin
6: Dynamic Type Treatments
1. Dynamic Effects for Objects
2. Transform Effects and Stacking Order
3. Text Effects, Warnings and Selection Settings
4. Applying the Warp Effect and Editing Text
5. Applying a Stroke and Transforming the Text
6. Thickening the text using Path options
7. Creating Drop shadows & Text Effects
8. Filling Text with Color and Gradients
7: Live Trace
1. Reviewing Files for Live Trace
2. Using the Live Trace Tool
3. Applying Threshold and Minimum Area
4. Reviewing Adjustments and View Tracing Option
5. Reviewing Trace Settings Tracing Option
6. Expanding Traced Items to Paths
7. Using Tracing Options for Color
8. Altering Swatches in Color Tracing
8: Live Paint
1. Live Painting Fills
2. Live Painting Strokes
3. Live Paint-Bucket Basics
4. Live Painting Update On Fly
5. Paint Bucket Tricks
6. Live Painting Paths
7. Leaving Isolation Mode
8. Selecting Paths In Live Paint
9. Selection Tool In Live Paint
10. Layering Strokes In Live Paint
11. Live Painting A Trace
12. Gap Detection
13. Close Gaps With Paths
9: Using Symbols
1. Introducing Symbols
2. Accessing Symbol Libraries
3. Manipulating and Duplicating Symbols
4. Altering All Instances of a Symbol
5. Replacing All Instances of a Symbol
6. Creating Symbols
7. Applying Symbols with the Symbol Spray Tool
8. Modifying Symbols with Symbol Tools
10: 3D Effects
1. Introduction to 3D space and 3D Effects
2. Applying and Adjusting the Extrude and Bevel effect
3. Lighting, Shading and Gradation
4. Mapping the Artwork onto the extruded object
5. Modifying the object and the Mapped artwork
6. Applying and Adjusting the Revolve Effect
7. Using Photoshop to help with 3D Effects
11: Printing & Exporting
1. Setting Document Trim Size
2. Creating Page Bleed
3. Setting Imageable Portion of Output Page
4. Preparing General Setup Output Settings
5. Preparing Print Bleed Settings
6. Preparing Printer Settings
7. Altering Document Rasterize Settings
8. Saving Print Settings
9. Exporting Documents as Different File Types
12: Flash Animation
1. Intro To SWF Animation
2. Animating Live Effects
3. Exporting Flash Animations
4. Adding Frames To Animations
5. Creating A Symbol File
6. Animating A Symbol
7. Animating Between 3D Extrusions

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