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Adobe Illustrator: Using Drawing Tools for Graphic Design

Class Sessions

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

Class Code

ITS-2423

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.



This in-depth course presents Adobe Illustrator's drawing tools from the perspective of a designer. We will cover best practices for creating graphic objects, adding perspective to your graphics, and more.

This is the third session of the Stanford University Technology Training Adobe Illustrator Graphics Learning 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
This in-depth course presents Adobe Illustrator's drawing tools from the perspective of a designer. We will cover:

  • Using the Pen, Pencil and Paintbrush Tools, for creating graphic objects.
  • Solutions to visually group information using custom shapes.
  • How to add perspective to your graphics.
  • Best practices for some of the lesser-known drawing tools including (but not limited to) Grids, the Symbol group, and the Graphs group.
  • By the end of this course, you'll walk away with stronger drawing tool skills and an understanding of tools you may have never explored.

Should I Take This Course?
This course is for learners who would like to experiment with unique tools and get a better grasp of the Pen, Pencil and Paintbrush tools. You are ready for this course if you:

  • Feel comfortable navigating Illustrator's interface, using selection tools, and importing files
  • Know the fundamentals of composition and color combinations
  • Have an affinity for graphic design

Learning Outcomes/Course Objectives

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

  • Identify the functions of each tool in their separate groups.
  • Select the best Pen Tool option for specific tasks.
  • Manipulate shape and lines.
  • Simplify creating graphs.
  • Assess Paintbrush settings for a desired effect.
  • Manufacture creative examples of presenting analytical information.

This course has interactive exercises with demonstrations, and a typography activity that will be completed during class. There will be requests for participation and discussion, and handouts will be provided. Note taking and questions are encouraged.

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



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