Adobe Illustrator Training - Fast Track Gold

Level: Beginner to Advanced

Duration: 8 days

Cost (ex VAT)

Company: £1275

Self-funding: £1085

Online: £1045

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Overview of the course
Illustrator Fast Track – Gold is a combination of the Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced courses. You will attend the first day of training with no or little knowledge of this powerful software and leave with all the advanced skills you need in order to start working on different types of projects right away. You will also be prepared for the prestigious Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) exam.

We are committed to providing you with the best possible Adobe Illustrator training experience. That’s why we have a number of options to make the whole training process more manageable and put your mind at ease. Simply put, we want ensure that you actually learn Illustrator inside out. All you need to do is to focus on the learning part, rather than worrying about the small details. We take care of those. Here’s how:

Post-Course Support with Free Training Videos
After attending a classroom, private or online Illustrator training course with Docklands Media, you will have free access to our extensive online training video library for seven days. At the end of this period, you can continue to watch the training videos at your own pace by becoming a member for a small monthly fee. All of our online training videos are produced by our instructors in partnership with

Attend in Person or Online
You can choose to attend your Illustrator training course either in person, or as an online student. If you would like to attend in person, you would physically be in the classroom where the training takes place. The training sessions are held at our centrally located Canary Wharf training studios in London. If you wish to attend the training from your home or office, you would be connected to the same classroom over the internet and follow the exact same class as you would do in person. You would be able to see and hear your instructors as well as their monitors and ask any questions, like you would if you were physically there. 

Money-Back Guarantee
If you are not truly satisfied with your Adobe Illustrator training course, neither are we. Let us know on the first day of the course and we will go the extra mile to make things right. If you are still not happy, we will refund 100% of your money.

Funding your Illustrator Course
We understand that it may not always be very easy to pay for your Adobe Illustrator training upfront. That’s why we offer a payment plan, which allows you to spread the payment of your training over 6 months with no interest or 12 months with only 10% interest.

24-Month Free Class Retake
Once you complete your Illustrator course, you can come back and attend the same training session(s) that you’ve completed to within 24 months. This is especially useful when a new version of Illustrator is released, and you would like to retrain on the most up-to-date version of the software. Otherwise, you can just come and resit the same course to refresh your skills. 

Lifetime Support
After your Illustrator training, you will have access to our email and telephone support for a lifetime. You can contact us for any technical questions related to what you’ve learned on your Illustrator course. We aim to get back to you with an answer within one business day.

Tailored Training
If you are working on a specific project, or would like to learn a certain aspect of Illustrator, we can arrange a Tailored Training course for you. Our highly skilled advisors sit together with our Adobe Certified Illustrator instructors to create a custom course outline for you, based on your needs. We then can prepare the course, which can be run at our training studios in London or online, as well as your own premises both in the U.K. and abroad. We’ve trained individuals and companies from more than 25 countries worldwide. 

This course is for…
Those who want to learn the fundamentals of one of the most powerful vector drawing tools out there. Our instructors will help you learn how to create and edit geometric shapes, design logos, use type, and work with colour.

You do not need any prior knowledge of the software, in order to attend this course. However, you should have a basic understanding of your computer’s operating system – such as launching an application, creating folders, saving files and copying them onto a different drive.

About the application
Adobe Illustrator is experts’ choice for creating vector graphics. This application is one of the most important tools in a designer’s arsenal. You will be using Illustrator to create logos, symbols and wireframes, draw precise shapes, create patterns, work with type, trace photographs to turn them into resolution-independent artwork.

Introduction to Illustrator
  • Toolbox
  • Overview of the palettes
  • Control bar
  • Views
  • Preferences
Using the Selection Tools
  • Selection Tool
  • Direct Selection Tool
  • Editing selections
  • Tips and tricks
Working with Drawing Tools
  • Pen Tool
  • Adding/removing points
  • Paths
  • Pencil Tool
  • Smooth Tool
  • Reshape Tool
  • Eraser
Layout Tools
  • Working with Guides, Grids and Rulers
  • Stacking order
  • Grouping
  • Alignment and Distribution 

Working with Colour

  • Colour palettes
  • Colour Terminology
  • Fill and Stroke options
  • Gradients
  • Creating and editing type
  • Typeface attributes
  • Working with paths
  • Frames
Compound Paths
  • Creating compound paths
  • Editing compound paths
  • Updating the structure
Working with Images
  • Importing images
  • Matching colour
  • Linking and Embedding
  • Different file formats
  • Saving images
  • Optimising for the web
  • Object Guides
  • Smart Guides
  • Exact positioning
Shape Builder
  • Merging shapes together
  • Subtracting one shape from the other
  • Creating complex shapes
  • Understanding the different modes
  • Using Pathfinder to create complex shapes
Clipping Masks
  • Using Clipping Masks
  • Advantages
  • Creating and releasing a clipping mask
Pen Tool
  • Using the Pen Tool
  • Scissors and Knife Tools
  • Average command
  • Splitting paths

Live Trace

  • Using Auto-Trace
  • Tracing options
  • Expanding a traced image
  • Recolouring artwork
  • Advanced colour modes
  • Colour palettes/swatches
  • Gradient Editor and the Colour Picker
3D Effects
  • Revolving and Rotation
  • Texture mapping
  • Using filters to change lighting
Working with Charts
  • Importing chart data
  • Formatting and customising charts
  • Working with graphs
  • Styling a graph
  • Symbol Tools
  • Instances
  • Symbol Sprayer
  • Managing symbols
Advanced Projects
  • Creating and working on challenging projects
  • Combining multiple techniques and tools
  • Problem solving
  • Thorough deconstruction
  • Tips and tricks
Advanced Techniques
  • Multiple artboards
  • Working with templates
  • Drawing and editing complex objects
  • Pen tool – best practices
  • Blob Brush
  • Width Tool
  • Opacity and Masks
  • Advanced type features
  • Working with the Appearance Panel
  • Graphic Styles
  • Drawing in Perspective
  • Patterns
Using Live Tools
  • Using Live Colour
  • Improving the trace results
  • Custom gap closers

Setting up for Print

  • Using the Attributes panel
  • Separations panel
  • Flattener Preview
  • Print terminology 
Creating Websites
  • Document setup
  • Using the Slice Tool
  • Adjusting slices with the Slice Selection Tool
  • Different slice options
  • Automated slicing
  • Save for Web
Illustrator Workflows
  • Illustrator and InDesign
  • Illustrator and Photoshop
  • Illustrator and Flash
  • Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign together
  • SVG output
  • Setting up Actions for batch processing 
  • Applying actions
Adobe Certified Exam
  • What to expect on exam day and how to book
  • Sample questions
  • Practice exam
  • Results
  • Tips about the industry 

Group Bookings

If you make a booking for three or more people to the same course, you can claim an additional 15% discount for each student from the original price of this course.

Education and Non-profit Organisations

If you are working for a non-profit organisation or an educational establishment, you can claim an additional 15% discount on all our courses.

Training Credits

Our Training Credits Scheme is the most cost-effective way to train your entire team. With this scheme, you buy training days up front and use them over one year. To see full details, visit our Training Credits Page.

Early Bird

If you book this course at least three months in advance, you can claim 15% discount from the original price.

Students and Freelancers

We know how difficult it can be to try and self-fund a course – that’s why we introduced a 15% discount to all university students and those who work as freelancers.

Use the form below to make an enquiry about this course or to make a booking. One of our consultants will respond to your enquiry immediately during usual business hours.