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Adobe Illustrator CS4: Level 1
Adobe Training Description

Adobe® Illustrator® CS4 is a sophisticated graphics application that helps you create complex and attractive designs with type effects. You can create advertisements and other illustrations with ease using this software. However, creating complex designs can be overwhelming if you are not familiar with the tools and the features in Adobe Illustrator. In this course, you will use Adobe Illustrator CS4 by drawing and manipulating simple shapes to design a layout for your product.

Adobe Training Objective

You will use Adobe Illustrator CS4 to create illustrations that include graphics and text.

Target Student

This course is intended for designers, publishers, pre-press professionals, marketing communications professionals, or people switching to a design job or taking on design responsibilities, who need to use Illustrator to create illustrations, logos, advertisements, or other graphic documents.

Adobe Training Prerequisites

Before taking this course, students should be familiar with the basic functions of their computer's operating system such as creating folders, launching programs, and working with windows. Students should also have basic Windows application skills, such as copying and pasting objects, formatting text, saving files, and so on.

Familiarity with basic design terminology, such as palette, color mode, shapes, text, and paths, is highly recommended.


Delivery Method

Instructor led, group-paced, classroom-delivery learning model with structured hands-on activities.

Hardware Requirements

  • Intel® Pentium® 4, Intel® Centrino®, Intel® Xeon®, or Intel® Core™ Duo (or compatible) processor
  • 1.8 GB hard-disk space to install software, and an additional 500 MB to run the course. Color monitor with 16-bit or greater video card; 24-bit color recommended
  • 1024 x 768 monitor resolution or higher CD-ROM drive
  • A display system to project the instructor's computer screen
  • An active Internet connection with Internet Explorer version 3.0 or later, or Netscape Navigator version 3.0 or later
  • CD-ROM drive
  • A printer (optional) or an installed printer driver
Platform Requirements

  • Microsoft® Windows® XP with Service Pack 2
Software Requirements

  • Microsoft® Windows® XP with Service Pack 2
  • Adobe® Illustrator® CS4
  • Adobe® Flash® Player
  • Microsoft® Internet Explorer®
Performance-Based Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
  • get acquainted with the Adobe® Illustrator® CS4 application.
  • create shapes in a document.
  • create custom paths.
  • enter text in an Illustrator document.
  • enhance documents.
  • proof documents to make them more accurate.
  • save images for web and print.
Adobe Training Course duration

1 Day

Adobe Training Course outline

Lesson 1: Getting Acquainted with Adobe Illustrator CS4

Topic 1A: Explore the Interface
Topic 1B: Explore the Navigation Tools
Topic 1C: Customize the Interface
Topic 1D: Use Illustrator Help
Topic 1E: Differentiate Between Raster and Vector Graphics
Topic 1F: Explore the Adobe Bridge Workspace


Lesson 2: Creating Shapes in a Document

Topic 2A: Create a Document
Topic 2B: Draw Basic Shapes
Topic 2C: Save a Document


Lesson 3: Creating Custom Paths

Topic 3A: Draw Paths
Topic 3B: Modify Paths


Lesson 4: Working with Text

Topic 4A: Insert Text
Topic 4B: Flow Text on a Path
Topic 4C: Import Body Text
Topic 4D: Format Text with Styles
Topic 4E: Thread Text
Topic 4F: Apply Hyphenation
Topic 4G: Insert Typographic Characters


Lesson 5: Enhancing Documents

Topic 5A: Format Objects
Topic 5B: Apply Gradients
Topic 5C: Apply an Envelope to Text
Topic 5D: Manipulate Objects
Topic 5E: Import a Graphic
Topic 5F: Apply Graphic Styles


Lesson 6: Proofing a Document

Topic 6A: Wrap Text
Topic 6B: Find and Replace Text
Topic 6C: Fix Spelling Errors


Lesson 7: Saving Images for Web and Print

Topic 7A: Export Images for Print
Topic 7B: Export Images for the Web
Topic 7C: Save Images as PDFs


Appendix A: Organizing Assets Using Adobe® Bridge

Supplemental Lesson: Work with Adobe Bridge

Topic 1A: Work with Adobe Bridge
Topic 1B: Append Metadata and Keywords to Assets


Appendix B: Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) Objectives Mapping



Appendix C: New Features in Adobe Illustrator CS4




 
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