Adobe Illustrator CS6 Level 2

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About this Course

You have probably used Adobe® Illustrator® Level 1 to create simple illustrations and logos. If you are ready to go beyond the basics and create more complex and exciting illustrations for either print or the web, Adobe Illustra­tor Level 2 is for you.

Audience Profile

This course is intended for designers, publishers, pre-press professionals and marketing communications professionals. It is also for people switching to a design job or taking on new design responsibilities who have already completed the Level 1 offering or have equivalent experience.

At Course Completion

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will have covered the following topics:

  • Working with Layers
  • Perspective drawing
  • Blending colors and shapes
  • Work with gradients
  • Working with brushes
    • Calligraphy brush
    • Paintbrush
    • Bristle brush
    • Art brush
    • Pattern brush
  • Using Live Effects
  • Working with 3D effects and mapping symbols to 3D objects
  • Using Appearance Attributes and Graphic Styles
  • Working with Symbols
  • Importing, exporting and combining Illustrator files with other Adobe applications


Before taking this course, you should complete the Adobe® Illustrator® Level 1 course, or have equivalent knowledge.

Course Outline

Lesson 1: Working with Perspective Drawing

  • Understanding Perspective
  • Understanding the Perspective Grid
  • Working with the Perspective Grid
  • Using the Preset Grid
  • Using the Preset Grid
  • Editing the Perspective Grid
  • Drawing Objects in Perspective
  • Selecting and Transforming Objects in Perspective
  • Attaching Content to Perspective
  • Editing Planes and Objects Together
  • Adding and Editing Text in Perspective
  • Working with Symbols in Perspective
  • Adding Symbols to the Perspective Grid
  • Transforming Symbols in Perspective
  • Releasing Content from Perspective
  • Working with the Horizontal Plane

Lesson 2: Blending Colors and Shapes

  • Working with Gradients
  • Creating and Applying a Linear Gradient to a Fill
  • Adjusting the Direction and Angle of a Gradient Fill
  • Applying a Gradient to a Stroke
  • Editing a Gradient on a Stroke
  • Creating and Applying a Radial Gradient
  • Editing the Radial Gradient Colors
  • Adjusting the Radial Gradient
  • Applying Gradients to Multiple Objects
  • Exploring Other Methods for Editing Gradient Colors
  • Adding Transparency to Gradients
  • Working with Blended Objects
  • Creating a Blend with Specified Steps
  • Modifying a Blend; Creating and Editing Smooth Color Blends

Lesson 3: Working with Brushes

  • Using Calligraphic Brushes
  • Editing a Brush; Using a Fill Color with Brushes
  • Removing a Brush Stroke
  • Using Art Brushes
  • Drawing with the Paintbrush Tool
  • Editing Paths with the Paintbrush Tool
  • Creating an Art Brush; Editing an Art Brush
  • Using Bristle Brushes; Changing Bristle Brush Options
  • Painting with a Bristle Brush
  • Using Pattern Brushes; Creating a Pattern Brush
  • Applying a Pattern Brush
  • Changing the Color Attributes of Brushes
  • Changing a Brush Color Using Tints Colorization
  • Changing the Brush Color Using Hue Shift Colorization
  • Working with the Blob Brush Tool
  • Drawing with the Blob Brush Tool
  • Merging Paths with the Blob Brush Tool
  • Editing with the Eraser Tool

Lesson 4: Applying Effects

  • Using Live Effects
  • Applying an Effect
  • Editing an Effect; Styling text with Effects
  • Editing Shapes with a Pathfinder Effect
  • Applying the Offset Path Effect
  • Working with a 3D Effect
  • Creating a Revolved Object
  • Changing the Lighting of a 3D object
  • Mapping a Symbol to the 3D Artwork

Lesson 5: Applying Appearance Attributes and Graphic Styles

  • Using Appearance Attributes
  • Editing and Adding Appearance Attributes
  • Adding Another Stroke
  • Adding Another Fill
  • Reordering Appearance Attributes
  • Applying an Appearance to a Layer
  • using Graphic Styles
  • Creating and Saving a Graphic Style
  • Applying a Graphic Style to an Object
  • Replacing Graphic Style Attributes
  • Applying a Graphic Style to a Layer
  • Editing a Graphic Style applied to a Layer
  • Applying an Existing Graphic Style
  • Applying Multiple Graphic Styles
  • Applying a Graphic Style to Text
  • Copying and Removing Graphic Styles
  • Creating Web Graphics
  • Aligning Content to the Pixel Grid
  • Slicing Content
  • Selecting and Editing Slices
  • Using the Save For Web Command

Lesson 6: Working with Symbols

  • Working with Symbols
  • Using Existing Illustrator Symbol Libraries
  • Creating Symbols; Editing a Symbol
  • Replacing a Symbol
  • Breaking a Link to a Symbol
  • Editing Symbol Options
  • Working with the Symbolism Tools
  • Spraying Symbol Instances
  • Editing Symbols with the Symbolism Tools
  • Copying and Editing Symbol sets
  • Storing and Retrieving Artwork in the Symbols Panel
  • Mapping a Symbol to 3D artwork
  • Working with Symbols and Flash Integration

Lesson 7: Combining Illustrator CS6 Graphics with Other Adobe Applications

  • Working with Adobe Bridge
  • Combining Artwork
  • Vector Versus Bitmap Graphics
  • Placing Photoshop Files
  • Placing a Photoshop File
  • Transforming a Placed Image
  • Embedding a Photoshop Image with Layer Comps
  • Applying Color Edits to a Placed Image
  • Masking an Image
  • Applying a Simple Clipping Mask to an Image
  • Editing a Mask
  • Masking an Object with a Shape
  • Masking an Object with Multiple Shapes
  • Creating an Opacity Mask
  • Editing an Opacity Mask
  • Sampling Colors in Placed Images
  • Working with Image Links
  • Finding Link Information
  • Replacing a Linked Image
  • Exporting a Layered File to Photoshop
  • Illustrator and Adobe InDesign, Adobe Muse, Adobe Fireworks, and Adobe Flash