Introduction to Illustrator CS6

Introduction to Illustrator CS6

Bascom Bridge’s  Illustrator Training: Introduction to Adobe Illustrator CS6 training class teaches attendees the key elements of the Illustrator interface and how to create vector artwork across multiple media: print, websites, interactive projects, and video. In addition, Students learn to use the new CS6 tracing engine with improved shape and color recognition, a new pattern toolset with on-artboard controls and one-click tiling, a completely overhauled performance engine and modernized user interface, and more.



  • Use the features new to Illustrator CS6
  • Create vector artwork
  • Use the tracing engine with shape and color recognition
  • Create, edit, and transform shapes
  • Use the pattern toolset with on-artboard controls and one-click tiling
  • Work with symbols for reusable content
  • Use layers
  • Integrate Illustrator CS6 graphics with other Adobe applications


No prior experience is presumed.


All students will receive a copy of Adobe Illustrator CS6 Classroom in a Book.


  • Illustrator CS6 or later (for Windows or Mac)
  • A recent version of Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, or Safari web browser
  • Related lab files that Accelebrate will provide
  • Note: This class can be taught for Windows or Mac audiences
  • For classes delivered online, all participants need either dual monitors or a separate device logged into the online session so that they can do their work on one screen and watch the instructor on the other. A separate computer connected to a projector or large screen TV would be another way for students to see the instructor’s screen simultaneously with working on their own.


  • Introduction
  • What’s New in Adobe Illustrator CS6
    • Efficient, flexible interface
    • Adjustable user interface brightness
    • Image Trace
    • Pattern creation
    • Mercury Performance System
    • Gradients on strokes
    • Other enhancements
  • Getting to Know the Work Area
    • Understanding the workspace
    • Changing the view of artwork
    • Navigating multiple artboards
    • Using the Navigator panel
    • Finding resources for using Illustrator
  • Selecting and Aligning
    • Selecting objects
    • Aligning objects
    • Working with groups
    • Exploring object arrangement
    • Hiding objects
    • Applying selection techniques
  • Creating and Editing Shapes
    • Creating a new document
    • Working with basic shapes
    • Combining and editing shapes
    • Using Image Trace to create shapes
  • Transforming Objects
    • Working with artboards
    • Transforming content
  • Drawing with the Pen and Pencil Tools
    • Creating straight lines
    • Creating curved paths
    • Creating the violin illustration
    • Drawing curves
    • Editing curves
    • Drawing with the Pencil tool
    • Finishing the violin illustration
  • Color and Painting
    • Understanding color
    • Creating color
    • Painting with patterns
    • Working with Live Paint
  • Working with Type
    • Working with type
    • Formatting type
    • Creating and applying text styles
  • Working with Layers
    • Creating layers
    • Locking layers
    • Viewing layers
    • Pasting layers
    • Creating a clipping mask
    • Merging layers
    • Locating layers
    • Applying appearance attributes to layers
    • Isolating layers
    • Working with Forms in Illustrator
  • Working with Perspective Drawing
    • Understanding the Perspective Grid
    • Working with the Perspective Grid
    • Working with symbols in perspective
    • Releasing content from perspective
  • Blending Colors and Shapes
    • Working with gradients
    • Adjusting the direction and angle of a gradient fill
    • Working with blended objects
  • Working with Brushes
    • Working with brushes
    • Using Calligraphic brushes
    • Using Art brushes
    • Using Bristle brushes
    • Using Pattern brushes
    • Changing the color attributes of brushes
    • Working with the Blob Brush tool
  • Applying Effects
    • Using live effects
    • Working with a 3D effect
  • Applying Appearance Attributes and Graphic Styles
    • Using appearance attributes
    • Using graphic styles
    • Creating web graphics
  • Working with Symbols
    • Using existing Illustrator symbol libraries
    • Working with the Symbolism tools
    • Storing and retrieving artwork in the Symbols panel
    • Mapping a symbol to 3D artwork
    • Working with symbols and Flash integration
  • Combining Illustrator CS6 Graphics with Other Adobe Applications
    • Combining artwork
    • Placing Photoshop files
    • Masking an image
    • Sampling colors in placed images
    • Working with image links
    • Exporting a layered file to Photoshop
    • Illustrator and Adobe InDesign, Adobe Muse, Adobe Fireworks, and Adobe Flash
  • Conclusion

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  • Course No : ILL-108
  •  Theory : 40%
  •  Lab : 60%
  • Duration : 18 hours
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