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Introduction to Adobe Illustrator

Course Times & Enrolment

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Course Summary

This course introduces students to Adobe Illustrator, an industry standard for Illustrators and Graphic Designers. Whether you are new to Illustrator or just needing a refresher, this course will guide you through the various elements such as vector working, using type and editing drawings for a variety of media such as web, print or video.

Please be aware that all of our digital courses that employ the use of computers and Adobe software are delivered on Apple Mac computers.

Course Details

Pre-requisites for enrolment

No previous knowledge of the subject is required.

Special Information

Materials you will need to bring to the first class:

  • Note pad,

  • USB / Memory stick or external HD.

In addition to the course fee, students are expected to provide the following list of indicative tools, materials and equipment:

  • Note pad,

  • USB / Memory stick or external HD.

Content of Course

Each session students will be introduced to various aspects of Adobe Illustrator. The sessions will explore a combination of practical exercises and demonstrations, which include:

1. Getting started - Navigating and exploring Adobe Illustrator, understanding what the software is used for.

2. Understanding Vector drawing

3. Exploring the drawing tools and understand Bézier curves, the root of drawing in Illustrator.

4. Explore measuring objects, being able to place them with precision.

5. Explore working with and adding type.

6. A project that focuses upon creating a brand mark.

7. Explore trace and colour based on your own drawings and artwork using Live Trace, Live Paint, and Live Colour.

8. Explore exporting for web, print and other media.

Teaching method(s)

This course will be based and delivered in a specialist learning space with Mac computers and the relevant software and licences. Each week, students’ progress will be monitored and supported by the tutor who will suggest follow up reading, research and practice to undertake each week to support their studies.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the principles of the Adobe Illustrator software package.

  • Demonstrate an ability to use the key features of Adobe Illustrator software.

  • Demonstrate an ability to apply the skills learnt to a project. 


Web Sources

Illustrator on Adobe TV:

Illustrator online help (accessible from the Help menu within Illustrator)

Class Handouts

Handouts will be provided as required.


If you have questions regarding the course or enrolment, please contact COL Reception at Paterson's Land by email or by phone 0131 650 4400.

Student support

If you have a disability, learning difficulty or health condition which may affect your studies, please let us know by ticking the 'specific support needs' box on your course application form. This will allow us to make appropriate adjustments in advance and in accordance with your rights under the Equality Act 2010. For more information please visit the Student Support section of our website.