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Adobe Illustrator: Advanced Digital Illustration Skills

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Class Description

Most Technology Training classes will be delivered online until further notice.

Before each sesson, Tech Training will provide a Zoom link for live online classes, along with any required class materials.


In this session you will have the opportunity to learn how to customize Illustrator's effects, create complex gradients and patterns, get an overview of 3D and Materials, and more.

Course Goals

  • Customize Effect options in your illustration for results beyond default settings
  • Learn more advanced uses of gradients to add dimension to your piece
  • Experiment with all the Symbol tools
  • Create custom patterns and graphic styles for more visually interesting elements
  • Learn a frustration-free approach to working with Illustrator's 3D and Materials panel
  • Illustrate the artwork for an album cover based on a dream

Course Description
Once you have a good grasp of illustration tools and fundamentals, you're ready to blow your skills out of the water with these advanced techniques. We'll cover:

  • Customizing Adobe Illustrator's effects
  • Creating more complex gradients and patterns
  • More sophisticated options in the Brushes panel to add incredible texture to your creations
  • A complete overview of 3D and Materials
  • Your creation will jump off the screen (and potentially printed masterpiece)

Should I Take This Course?
This course is designed for illustrators who would like to add rich texture and dimension to their work, and who'd like to gain a deeper understanding of effects. You are ready for this course if you:

  • Are comfortable using the Paintbrush Tool
  • Know how to use the Perspective Grid Tool and Mesh Tool
  • Know how to access and create libraries and groups

By the end of this course, learners will be able to:

  • State strategies for file output, both print and digital
  • Paraphrase a frustration-free approach to working with Illustrator's 3D Tool
  • Discover each of Illustrator's Effect options and customize elements of your illustration
  • Connect more advanced applications of the Gradient Tool to add dimension to your objects
  • Refine brushes to add detail and depth to a background setting
  • Develop custom patterns to texturize your drawing

University IT Technology Training classes are only available to Stanford University staff, faculty, students, and Stanford Hospitals & Clinics employees, including Stanford Health Care, Stanford Health Care Tri-Valley, Stanford Medicine Partners, and Stanford Medicine Children's Health. A valid SUNet ID is needed to enroll in a class.