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XChange Training Location Manchester

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Adobe Illustrator CC Masterclass with ACP Exam 5 Days - Manchester

Key Course Details:




- 10am to 5pm


£995 + vat

Go from being a novice to mastering the advanced tasks in the leading graphic-design program. Join us as we show you how to take charge and become an Illustrator power user. Learn the professional tips that will give your vector graphics the edge. Pass the ACP exam and get qualified!

We will guide you on everything from getting started by making simple shapes and controlling the Illustrator environment all the way up to applying advanced techniques for creating Bézier curves and compound paths. With our help, you will become confident in using the program's advanced features to produce killer vector graphics. You will end the course by testing your skills in the ACP exam.

Go from being a novice to mastering the advanced tasks in the leading graphic-design program. Join us as we show you how to take charge and become an Illustrator power user. Learn the professional tips that will give your vector graphics the edge. Pass the ACP exam and get qualified!

We will guide you on everything from getting started by making simple shapes and controlling the Illustrator environment all the way up to applying advanced techniques for creating Bézier curves and compound paths. With our help, you will become confident in using the program's advanced features to produce killer vector graphics. You will end the course by testing your skills in the ACP exam.

  • Illustrator ACP Masterclass 5 Days

    Course Details

    This 5-day Masterclass course helps you learn about the tools and features available in Adobe Illustrator CC. We will help you understand how this industry-leading program takes graphical design to a new level. You will learn how to create and manipulate shapes and curves, combining them with text to produce simple logos ready for the web and for print. Together, we will work with colours, gradients, layers, fonts, and photos to create eye-catching illustrations and text effects. We will then move on to more advanced topics, such as enhanced control of Bézier curves, creating custom brushes, and automating workflows.

    Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

    • Navigate the Illustrator environment
    • Create a logo using simple shapes
    • Draw and understand Bézier curves, the root of drawing in Illustrator
    • Enhance control of Bézier curves by creating compound paths
    • Apply gradients and patterns
    • Edit paths and anchor points
    • Set attributes in the Appearance panel
    • Measure objects and place them with precision
    • Trace and colour your hand-drawn artwork with Live Trace, Live Paint, and Live Colour
    • Define custom brushes and graphic styles
    • Add transparencies, drop shadows, and other effects
    • Export illustrations for web and for print
    • Prepare documents for composite and commercial printing
    • Automate your workflow with other Creative Cloud programs

    The final day of the course is dedicated to the Adobe Certified Professional (ACP) Illustrator exam, including trying a mock exam, reviewing answers, and then taking the real exam. The ACP exam represents an official qualification, and you will be provided with an instant pass or fail result. We are confident that you will join everyone we have already helped to pass the exam and collect an official certificate of Adobe Certified Professional status.

    As well as giving you the opportunity to take the ACP exam, this course is the perfect preparation if you plan to take the Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) exam.

    Our goals are for you to be able to create and manipulate vector graphics, to understand the advanced features of Illustrator, to become a confident power user, and to leave with an ACP qualification under your belt.

    This course can be taken in a single 5-day block or split into a 2-day block (Introduction) and then a separate 3-day block (Advanced plus ACP exam) taken at a later date.

    Course Target Audience and delegate prerequisites:

    This course is intended for graphic designers and textile/fashion designers, and anyone else who has visual-design responsibilities.

    You will need basic PC or Mac skills, including a solid understanding of a computer's operating system (Windows or Mac OS). You will also need to know how to launch a program, create and save files, and copy files from CDs and other media.

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  • Full Course Outline

    The following is a general outline. The range of topics covered during your training is dependent upon student level, time available and preferences of your course booking.

    Creating basic Documents
    • Explore the pre built Document Profiles
    • Shortcuts to navigate the Artboard effectively
    • Work in a Custom Workspace
    Drawing in Illustrator
    • Use the Pen tool for straight lines
    • Add, delete or adjust points along a path
    • Understand how Bezier Curves work, learn to draw and edit these Curves
    • Freeform drawing and editing with this powerful tool
    • Create Logos using simple Shapes
    • Using Live Trace to transform your hand drawn sketches into vector artwork that can be further adjusted
    Modifying Objects
    • Lasso select and the other goodies in the Select Menu
    • Transform objects with scale, shear, rotate & reflect tool
    • Be precise using Smart Guides, Grids & Guidelines
    • Align, Group & Duplicate to achieve better results
    • Layers palette: Hide & Lock Objects
    • Intro to Isolation Mode for effective editing
    • Working with Colours in Illustrator
    Difference between Swatches and Colour palette
    • Applying colour to Stroke and/or Fill
    • Adjusting Stroke with the Stroke palette
    • Live Colour for perfect Complementary / Analogous colours
    • Live Paint as an easy way to colour artwork
    • Introducing Gradients & Patterns
    Text copy in Illustrator
    • Point, Area and Type on a path
    • Import Body Type & fix Spelling Errors
    • Find and Replace Text or Insert Typographic Characters
    • Create Text Outlines to design your own fancy headlines
    Outputting your Artwork
    • Defining cropping area
    • Saving your artwork in vector formats
    • Save for Web & Devices
    Creating Complex Illustrations
    • Make use of Outline Strokes technique
    • Explore Shape Modes and Pathfinder palette - create Compound Paths for trendy grunge effects
    • Use Expand Appearance to modify individual elements
    • Create your own Custom Brushes: Calligraphy Scatter or Art, to place objects along a path
    • Keep your paths Simple & Cleaned Up
    • Graphs - use your own artwork instead of a simple bar
    Modifying Artworks
    • Envelope Distort & other forms of Warping objects
    • Clipping Mask for advanced design
    • Transparency for more polished look
    • Create drop shadows, glows and more using the Stylise Live Effects
    • Share the appearance attributes with Graphic Styles
    • Explore Gradient Mesh & its ability to add realistic 3D shading and highlights to 2D graphics
    • Learn the difference between Filters & Live Effects
    • Blend shapes or groups for advanced compositions
    Advanced Typographical Features
    • Character Palette - adjust the kerning, baseline shift, horizontal & vertical scaling
    • Paragraph Palette - Justification and Hyphenation options
    • Use the 3D feature to extrude text and other Illustrator objects
    Printing your Artwork
    • Simulate multiple pages in Illustrator using the artboard and document setup
    • Flattening Transparency for raster effects like drop shadows, glows and blurs
    • Creating separations with Spot colour vs. Process colour
    Enhancing your workflow
    • Explore Links & Actions palettes
    • Export to Flash (SWF)
    • Use Symbols to create elements used repeatedly in animations and complex artworks
    • Use the Release to Layers command to distribute all of the objects on a layer onto separate, individual layers for quick web animations
    • Creating Smart objects, Dragging-and-dropping and exporting layers into Photoshop
  • Location Details

    This course is provided at the XChange Training Manchester training centre based at:

    Piccadilly House
    49 Piccadilly
    M1 2AP

    Piccadilly House is located in the heart of Manchester directly next to the Piccadilly Gardens transport interchange with excellent bus and tram connections and is easily accessed from Piccadilly train Station (5 mins). Victoria station is also close by (around 10 mins).

    Daily course times run between 10am and 4:30pm with an hour break for lunch and both mid morning and mid-afternoon refreshment breaks. We recommend arrival at 9.45am for registration on the first day of the course.

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  • Illustrator Masterclass with ACP 5 Days - Upcoming Manchester Course Dates

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    Illustrator Masterclass with ACP 5 Days - Split Date Options

    Illustrator Introduction

    17 Jun - 18 Jun
    5 Aug - 6 Aug
    7 Oct - 8 Oct
    2 Dec - 3 Dec

    Illustrator Advanced

    19 Jun - 21 Jun
    7 Aug - 9 Aug
    9 Oct - 11 Oct
    4 Dec - 6 Dec
  • Client Reviews

    "Knowledgable, small class made it easy to ask questions and get feedback within the time limit. Friendly people, plenty of tea, coffee etc, comfortable surroundings."

    Claire Huntley, Ryman, Adobe Illustrator - 1 Day Introduction

    "An excellent course and a very informative couple of days, I feel much more confident in using Illustrator following this great course, thank you."

    Keith Baker, Current Medicine Group, Illustrator - 2 Day Advanced

    "Very relaxed atmosphere & friendly atmosphere. Trainer very informative, knowledgable and willing to help with any questions or difficulties. Offices in a good central location. An enjoyable and informative course."

    Kerry Duguid, Plant Integrity Mgmt., Illustrator - Two Day Introduction

    "This is my third class, they have all been excellent. Earning my Adobe Illustrator qualification with you has made a big difference in my job hunting. Thank you."

    Velo Mitrovich, Illustrator - 1 Day Introduction

    "The trainer was fantastic, we covered a lot of material but at a pace we could all keep up. He really tailored the course to our company's specific needs and was really helpful when we asked loads of questions!"

    Charlotte Mew, TPP, Bespoke InDesign and Illustrator Introduction

    "Highly enjoyable session - having had no previous experience with Illustrator it proved very easy to pick things up under guidance. Thank you XChange!"

    William McPhail, Sothebys, Illustrator - 2 Day Introduction

    "The Illustrator course was well-organised, well-paced, informative, and I learned many new features and ways to use the software for potential real-world applications."

    Megan Wolf, Makro, Illustrator - 1 Day Introduction

    "Very accommodating environment, friendly staff, excellent instructor and added extra benefits from the course i.e food vouchers, resource books and contact information."

    Abbie Hulson, 2 Day Illustrator Advanced

    "Very well presented course, delivered at the right pace for for both beginners and those with a bit more knowledge. I feel much more confident to use this product now. "

    Michael Knight, Offshore Marine Safety, Adobe Illustrator - Two Day Introduction

    "Hugely helpful and really appreciated the amount of tailoring and personalisation of the content of the course to what I would be doing in my role. Will definitely recommend. "

    Emily Radforth, Octopus Healthcare, Adobe Illustrator - One Day Introduction