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Adobe Illustrator Associate Certification Prep Course (2-day Class)

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The Adobe Certified Associate certification is the industry-recognized validation of one’s proficiency in Adobe Illustrator CC. Earn your certification, gain industry recognition, and validate your technical expertise. Take your career to the next level.



Approximately 150 hours of instruction and hands-on experience, along with a familiarity with Adobe Illustrator core features and capabilities, as well as relevant career concepts.



Through a combination of instructor-led presentations, demonstrations, and hands-on labs, workshop participants will deepen their familiarity with Illustrator concepts, whilst gaining hands-on skills in developing, evaluating, and optimizing their work for visual appeal and productivity. 


In addition, this workshop will review the certification exam structure, objectives and five domains required for the exam. The exam will be administered as part of the workshop session, and candidates who successfully complete the exam in class will earn their certification.


Domain 1.0 Setting Project Requirements

1.1  Identify the purpose, audience, and audience needs for preparing graphics and illustrations.

1.2  Summarize how designers make decisions about the type of content to include in a project, including considerations such as copyright, project fit, permissions, and licensing.

1.3  Demonstrate knowledge of project management tasks and responsibilities.

1.4  Communicate with others (such as peers and clients) about design plans.


Domain 2.0 Understanding Digital Graphics and Illustrations

2.1  Understand key terminology related to digital graphics and illustrations.

2.2  Demonstrate knowledge of basic design principles and best practices employed in the digital graphics and illustration industry.

2.3  Demonstrate knowledge of typography and its use in digital graphics and illustrations.

2.4  Demonstrate knowledge of color and its use in digital graphics and illustration.

2.5  Demonstrate knowledge of image resolution, image size, and image file format for web, video, and print.


Domain 3.0 Understanding Adobe Illustrator

3.1  Identify elements of the Illustrator user interface and demonstrate knowledge of their functions.

3.2  Define the functions of commonly used tools, including selection tools, the Pen tool, and other drawing tools, shape tools, and transformation tools.

3.3  Navigate, organize, and customize the workspace.

3.4  Use non-printing design tools in the interface, such as rulers, guides, bleeds, and artboards.

3.5  Demonstrate knowledge of layers and masks.

3.6  Manage colors, swatches, and gradients.

3.7  Manage brushes, symbols, graphic styles, and patterns.

3.8  Demonstrate knowledge of how and why illustrators employ different views and modes throughout the course of a project, including vector/outline vs. display/appearance, isolation mode, and various Draw modes.

3.9  Demonstrate an understanding of vector drawing tools.


Domain 4.0 Creating Digital Graphics and Illustrations Using Adobe Illustrator

4.1  Create a new project.

4.2  Use vector drawing and shape tools.

4.3  Transform graphics and illustrations.

4.4  Create and manage layers.

4.5  Import assets into a project.

4.6  Add and manipulate type using Type tools.

4.7  Create digital graphics and illustrations using 3D and perspective tools in Illustrator.


Domain 5.0 Archive, Export, and Publish Graphics Using Adobe Illustrator

5.1  Prepare images for web, print, and video.

5.2  Export digital graphics and illustrations to various file formats.



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