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Adobe Illustrator 101

Class Sessions

Date Location Cost
  • Thu May 27, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Live Online $400

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Class Description

Effective immediately in response to COVID-19, all Technology Training classes will be delivered online until further notice.

In advance of each session, Tech Training will provide you with a Zoom link to your class, along with any required class materials.

Master the basics of Illustrator, Adobe's graphics program for creating flat graphics, logos or editing vector illustrations. Flat ("vector") images can make any document, report or proposal more compelling.


We will learn how to work with vector art, which is used to create all logos and graphic design art/illustrations that can be scaled to any size without loss in resolution. By the end of the class, you will have implemented many of the tools used by designers and illustrators to create bold imagery -- enabling you to quickly communicate your idea!


The first part of the class introduces basic shape tools and best practices for working with Paths. Next, we jump into a fun logo project. We will cover how to use the "Pen Tool" (which is also found in Photoshop and InDesign) to create artwork by creating paths and making edits to those paths. As the class progresses, we will put it all together to create a beautifully composed poster.

We will cover how to generate dynamic color pallets from other art/images or create your own. Learn how to manipulate type by using masks (to place images inside letters). We show how setting up layers correctly, can save you a lot of time and frustration.

The final project showcases the potential of this application by allowing you to adjust artwork that repeats (like symbols, global colors, or patterns).

Note: The class will be taught using Adobe Illustrator Creative Cloud.


University IT Technology Training classes are only available to Stanford University staff, faculty, students and Stanford Hospitals & Clinics employees. A valid SUNet ID is needed in order to enroll in a class.