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Illustrator CS4 Essentials Certification

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Illustrator CS4 Essentials Certification


This excellent Illustrator CS4 course will help you to discover a world of amazing tools and commands within the industry standard vector drawing application, Adobe Illustrator. The course has been created by an expert instructor with years of experience, as you can imagine, you will be given an abundance of insider knowledge and tips.

Our learning material is available to students 24/7 anywhere in the world, so it’s extremely convenient. These intensive online courses are open to everyone, as long as you have an interest in the topic! We provide world-class learning led by IAP, so you can be assured that the material is high quality, accurate and up-to-date.

What skills will I gain?

  • Learn how to set up and manage multiple artboards
  • Discover how to use layers to lay out multiple versions of a document
  • See how to thread text and manage imported text in a layout
  • Learn how to effectively use the Pen tool, and how to manipulate anchor points
  • Find out how to move artwork out of Illustrator for use in print and on the web

Meet the Instructor:

Geoff Blake is a Toronto-based author, trainer, designer, and artist. For the past ten years, he’s provided a wide range of graphic design, artwork, consulting, in-class training, and web design services.

A professional public speaker since 1997, Geoff has taught desktop publishing, web design ,and graphics courses in both the corporate and post-secondary environments, working closely with some of the largest training providers and colleges in the Toronto area. His appearances, in-class training, and consulting have taken him throughout North America, where he’s built a solid reputation for delivering otherwise jargony material in a fun, enjoyable, and entertaining way. With his diverse print and web experience, he regularly contributes to magazines and web sites, and is currently working on a series of print, web, and design books—penning Ten Ton Dreamweaver in 2006 with Peachpit Press, and following up with Ten Ton Flash, which is in current production.

Geoff is very comfortable with modern digital and pre-press print preparation, cutting edge web design techniques, and software/hardware troubleshooting. Throughout his career, he’s provided expert training and support for a variety of applications, including Microsoft Office, Dreamweaver, Flash, Photoshop, Acrobat, InDesign, Illustrator.

You can visit Geoff online at, where he posts his latest tricks, techniques, reviews, and other discoveries in the ever-expanding world of technology.

Course outline:

  • Module 1: Introduction To Adobe Illustrator CS4
  • Module 2: Drawing & Transforming Objects
  • Module 3: Making & Saving Selections
  • Module 4: Managing Shapes
  • Module 5: Working With Color
  • Module 6: Creating & Manipulating Paths
  • Module 7 Organizing Your Artwork With Layers
  • Module 8: Working With Type
  • Module 9: Outputting Your Work

How will I be assessed?

  • You will have one assignment. Pass mark is 65%.
  • You will only need to pay £19 for assessment.
  • You will receive the results within 72 hours of submittal, and will be sent a certificate in 7-14 days.

What Certification am I going to receive?

Those who successfully pass this course will be awarded a Illustrator CS4: Essentials certificate. Anyone eligible for certification will receive a free e-certificate.

What are requirements?

  • You must be 16 or over
  • You should have a basic understanding of English, Maths and ICT
  • You will need a computer or tablet with internet connection (or access to one)

What careers can I get with this qualification?

With this qualification, you are able to fulfil various roles in a range of industries, such as:

  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Motion Graphic Design
  • Motion Design
  • Visual Designer
  • Animator

PLEASE NOTE: We do not provide any software with this course.

Key Features

Gain an accredited UK qualification

Access to excellent quality study materials

Learners will be eligible for TOTUM Discount Card

Personalized learning experience

One year’s access to the course

Support by phone, live chat, and email

Course Curriculum Total Units : 57
1. Setting Up a New Document
2. The Toolbox & Menus
3. The Application Bar & Panels
4. Customizing Workspaces & Keyboard Shortcuts
5. Setting Preferences
6. Navigating a Document
7. Using Rulers, Guides & Grids
8. Document Color Modes, Setup & the New Artboard Tool
1. Drawing Rectangles & Squares
2. Drawing Ovals & Circles
3. Drawing Polygons & Stars
4. Drawing Lines, Arcs & Grids
5. Tracing a Placed Image
1. Using the Selection Tool
2. Using the Direct Selection Tool
3. Using the Lasso Tool
4. Using the Magic Wand Tool
5. Using Advanced Selection Techniques
6. Saving & Reloading Selections
1. Moving & Copying Shapes
2. Aligning & Distributing
3. Grouping
4. Locking & Hiding
5. Transforming Shapes
1. Applying Fill & Stroke
2. Loading Swatch Libraries
3. Copying Fill & Stroke Attributes with the Eyedropper
4. Mixing & Saving Custom Colors
5. Working with Pantone(R) & Web-Safe Swatches
6. Using Gradients
7. Working with Symbols
1. Using the Pencil, Eraser & Smooth Tools
2. Creating Straight Paths with the Pen Tool
3. Creating Curved Paths with the Pen Tool
4. Creating Combo Paths
5. Inking a Pencil Drawing
6. Manipulating Paths & Anchor Points
7. Creating Artistic Brush Effects
1. Setting Up a Layer
2. Understanding Layers, Sublayers & Isolation Mode
3. Creating Multiple Versions of a Layout
4. Moving Content between Layers
5. Duplicating Layers
6. Applying Transparency & Blending Modes
1. Creating Artistic & Paragraph Type
2. Importing Text
3. Formatting Text
4. Creating & Editing Paragraph Styles
5. Creating a Bulleted List & Inserting Special Characters
6. Wrapping Text around Objects
7. Creating Type on a Path
8. Type Effects
1. Saving Your Work
2. Exporting Your Work
3. Save for Web & Devices
4. Printing & Saving to Adobe PDF
5. Credits
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