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Adobe Illustrator: Colours, Styles, Drawing, and Typography

Unlock the full potential of Adobe Illustrator, learn the essentials of colors, styles, drawing, and typography.

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£80 inc VAT
Or £26.67/mo. for 3 months...
Study method
Online, self-paced
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12 hours
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Lifetime access
No formal qualification
  • Certificate of completion - Free
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  • Tutor is available to students


This Adobe Illustrator masterclass demonstrates different drawing & illustration tools & techniques. The course covers the use of various brushes and panels. It also covers typography, vector artwork, design with images, and more!

The course has been developed by an industry professional who has over 20 years of experience in teaching Design & Art. The instructor helps and advises students in more than 171 countries on design and art.

This comprehensive course will introduce you to Illustrator documents, workspaces, panels, artboards, and layers. It will also demonstrate how to use guides, grids & rulers.

The masterclass demonstrates colours, appearance & graphic styles in Illustrator. It covers colour panels (colour, swatches, themes, guide)​​, appearance & graphic style panels, and illustrator effects.

The instructor also shows you how to work with different drawing tools, including pencil, brush, pen, curvature, modifying, transform & distort tools, and warp tools.

You will also be introduced to several brushes and how to use them properly. Including art brushes, scatter brushes, bristle brushes, calligraphic brushes, pattern brushes, and image brushes.

The course covers typography and fonts. It demonstrates typography anatomy & character control, fonts, and how to select fonts, type tools, clipping, text wrap and more.

The masterclass demonstrates advanced illustrator tricks & techniques. It discusses blend tools, advanced drawings, symbols, graphs and more.

The course also covers exporting and finalising artwork for print, screen and web.

This is a perfect course for beginner to advanced-level learners.

A Course Completion certificate at the end of the course will add extra value to your CV to stand out in the job market.

You will be able to do the following after completing this course:

  • Design with different drawing & illustrations tools & techniques
  • Create different graphic styles & art directions
  • Learn about colours & how to control them from different illustrator panels
  • Speed up your workflow & speed up Illustrator performance as well
  • Work with different illustrator brushes & create your own brushes
  • Apply typography in design with the knowledge of its anatomy & theories
  • Apply glyphs, stylistic sets, and variable fonts in the design.
  • Design with images, how to vectorize & enhance them
  • Export different formats and prepare your Artwork for printing or screen use

And you will also get these gifts

  • Free PDF Certificate

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Course Content

*** Adobe Illustrator ***

Introduction to Course

The introductory module covers an overview of the course, the power of Adobe Illustrator, skill-achieving steps and course resources.

Fundamentals & Basics

The second module extensively demonstrates documents, workspaces & properties panels, artboards, navigation & zooming in illustrator, new Illustrator cc 2019 view features, preferences & settings to basic geometric shapes. You’ll also sharpen your skills in transformation & rotation, pathfinder panel & shape builder tool, selection tools & methods, grouping elements in illustrator, layers, aligning & distribute panel expands to guides, grids & rulers, exercise: drawing basic geometric shapes and stroke panels​​.

Colours, Appearance & Graphic Styles

This module will introduce you to colour panels (colour, swatches, themes, guide), gradients, free-form gradients ( Illustrator 2019 users), appearance & graphic style panels, and effects with exercise: Appearance, graphic style, gradients to develop your understanding.

Drawing Tools & Techniques

Module four will familiarise you with essential tools like pencil, brush, drawing modes & blub brush, pen, and curvature. You’ll also explore exercise to feel more confident and expands to drawing, modifying, transforming and distorting (liquifying) puppet warp tool, envelope distortion, drawing symmetric shapes, concentric symmetrical design, expanding to clipping, opacity masks, live paint bucket tool, recolour artwork, complex drawing exercise and techniques.

Illustrator CC Updates

This module explains Illustrator CC New Features & Updates

Illustrator Brushes

Module six will skill you in all essential brushes like art, scatter, bristle, calligraphic, pattern, and mages with exercises.

Design With images

This module demonstrates image exercises, images modified for tracing, tracing in Illustrator, enhancing traced Vectors & colouring hints.


Your skill in typography will enhance in this module with typography, anatomy & character, paragraph control, character & paragraph styles panels, font selection (illustrator cc 2019 users), fonts (filtering, variable, glyphs, stylistic sets, open type, SVG), touch type tool and type on a path tools. You’ll also be able to use clipping typography masks, art directions & trending visual effects, Illustrator-type envelope distortion, and text wrap with exercise: typography composition.

Advanced Techniques & Tricks

Module nine will prepare you to use the blend tool, perspective drawing, symbols, globe edits (Illustrator cc 2019 Users), creating patterns in Illustrator, graphs and gradient mesh.

Exporting & Finalising Artwork

The final module demonstrates exporting files & save them for the web, preparing & exporting files for printing, asset export panels and creative cloud & Illustrator libraries.


Course Central proudly offers a Certificate of Completion to all who complete courses successfully. Course Central tracks the learner's course progress. However, the learner is responsible for validating the completion and understanding of the course. Certificates of Completion can be validated from the Course Central website using the validation code.


A Transcript for the course with completed module details can be requested from the Course Central website. Please note that all course Certificates and Transcripts will be titled as published on the Course Central platform.

Who is this course for?

Exploring illustration skills is always rewarding. Illustration plays a vital role in promoting or advertising products for a specific company. The illustrator creates images of the products for the target audience in the most attractive way. You can help a business appear friendly and communicate a message more organically. Persuade, inform and influence your customers and prospects. They can enhance brand messaging and express business emotion. Digital illustrations can tell a story, present an idea, or sell a service or product.

Anyone interested in design or art, business designs, creating illustrations & vector art, and who wants to Master Adobe illustrator from scratch in an artistic & creative way can explore this illustrator course.


Existing qualification level: No specific previous qualification is required. However, a basic understanding of English and ICT would benefit in understanding the content.

Existing skill levels: Minimum ICT skills to operate any computer system is beneficial. No skill in working with an illustrator is essential.

Technical requirements: Access to any computer or laptop would benefit from practising and following the instructions.

Career path

Most illustrators remain freelance and may enjoy a highly successful career. You can explore a variety of career paths, from production artist, technical Illustrator, freelance artist, senior designer, multimedia developer, communications assistant or work as an agent for other illustrators.

The salary expectation can grow from £25,000 per annum to £45,000 per annum.

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Patricia asked:

What is the difference with this course & the Adobe Illustrator Training?They have the same curriculum. Do I need Adobe illustrator to do this course?


Hi Patricia, Thanks a lot for your query. There is no difference; both are the same course. Having Adobe Illustrator installed on your device will help you practice while doing the course. I hope you got your answers.

This was helpful. Thank you for your feedback.


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