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Adobe Illustrator: Boost Your Creativity with Illustration Fundamentals and Experts

Class Sessions

Date Delivery Method Cost
  • Mon Jul 25, 9:00 am to 11:00 am
Live Online - 1 session $200

Class Code

ITS-2412

Class Description

Effective immediately in response to COVID-19, most 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.



In this session, you will have the opportunity to learn elements and principles of art that will improve your composition and add visual interest to your illustrations.

This is the second session of the Stanford University Technology Training Illustration learning path proficiency certification. This learning path includes six sessions and a final exam challenge. In order to obtain your certificate of completion, you must attend at least three of the sessions in the learning path and successfully pass the final exam challenge.

Course Prerequisites

  • Have either taken the previous classes in the Adobe Illustrator Typography and Text Manipulation learning path, or have equivalent experience of the topics taught.

Course Description
Learning elements and principles of art that will improve your composition and add visual interest to your illustrations. We'll cover:

  • Illustration terminology to boost your vocabulary and understanding
  • Best practices for creating intriguing compositions and color combinations
  • Illustrators who paved the way for contemporary practice
  • Current, motivating artists to brighten up your feed

Course Goals

  • Learn the difference between digital illustration and vector graphics
  • Learn style classifications and terminology
  • Learn key rules of composition
  • Learn about color combinations specifically for illustrations
  • Learn about important illustrators
  • Collect a list of inspirational resources
  • Demonstrate your understanding of the course topics by passing the learning assessment

Should I Take This Course?
This course is for drawing devotees and creatives in search of inspiration. You are ready for this course if you:

  • Feel comfortable navigating Illustrator's interface, using selection tools, and importing files
  • Know how to access and create color groups

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

  • Define illustration terminology
  • Summarize composition rules and explain why we should follow them
  • Use color combination strategies for stimulating visuals
  • Discover professional Illustrator processes
  • Develop decision criteria for techniques on which to focus
  • Assemble a go-to list of helpful resources that will motivate and inspire you

This course is a demonstrative lecture with no activity submission requirements. There will be requests for participation and discussion, and handouts will be provided. Note taking and questions are encouraged.

Technology Requirement: Have access to Adobe Illustrator on your device. Trial download information will be shared with enrolled learners before the start of the class.



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.