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Learn the basics of Adobe Illustrator in this training. We'll explore basic skills like working with color, creating and combining shapes, and using gradients.  We'll create a basic landscape drawing and some simple logos -- and during the process we'll learn concepts important to creating artwork in Illustrator, such as working with paths, anchor points, and saving our finished artwork in different formats.Whether you're absolutely new to page design or have some experience, it's always helpful to spend some time thinking about how to approach putting together a publication. In this training, we'll explore how to build an engaging publication for print and digital media. We'll also explore page design principles and layout techniques, while learning more about the art and science of page design.

Length: 2-4 hours total

Learning Objectives
  • Gain familiarity with Illustrator’s interface
  • Draw, edit, and manipulate art elements
  • Work with the Shape tools
  • Work with the Pen tool
  • Create complex shapes by combining and transforming simple shapes
  • Learn how to save in various formats
Prerequisite Skills
  • Basic computer skills
  • Basic file management and organization skills

This course is part of a UITS IT Training Certificate Series. Get a 10% discount on the combined cost of all courses in this series when you enroll in the full series at one time. Learn more about the series and how to enroll.


This course is created and maintained by IT Training, a department of University Information Technology Services of Indiana University (IU). IT Training provides educational opportunities around technologies and software made available by IU. In an effort to expand the reach of IT Training's award-winning, high-quality content, this online series has been available to members of the IU community—and beyond. We hope you enjoy this learning experience.