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Introduction to Digital Illustration in Adobe Illustrator

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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 course initiates the transition from hand-drawn, analog illustration to a digitally rendered project using Adobe Illustrator. Topics covered include building shapes, using the digital drawing tools, and applying color to enhance your artwork.

Prerequisites: None.

Along with reviewing and discussing the basic principles of drawing and elements of art, participants will work on a project from start to finish to learn the best workflow and file management.

Learning Objectives
During this course, learners will have the opportunity to:

  • Practice the best workflow to create an illustration from concept to completion
  • Develop strong working habits and visual problem-solving strategies through in-class exercises
  • Effectively analyze and formulate feedback on their own illustration work as well as the work of their peers, through discussions and critiques

Topics Include:

  • Adobe Illustrator terminology and software capabilities
  • Drawing
  • Art elements
  • Principles of illustration
  • Analog to digital workflow
  • File management


  • An installation of Adobe Illustrator CC 2022, or a free trial license
  • Paper and pencil for sketching

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.