Illustrator Advanced Techniques Course

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Hit the next level with the Advanced Illustrator course

Our Advanced Illustrator course lets you build on your existing skills and explore some of the more advanced techniques available when working with this increasingly powerful software package.

Whether you're a large corporation or a small studio, you can take advantage of the power of Illustrator CC to create distinctive vector artwork, using features like the gradient mesh tool, perspective drawing, beautiful strokes and lots more.

Illustrator CC Advanced Techniques is focused on people who have used Illustrator for some time, or have already attended our beginners Illustrator training course.

The course is made up of 2 days of advanced classroom based Illustrator instruction which can be completed either at our York centre, remotely online or at your own location. This is then supported and extended by 12 months access to our learning management system containing video tutorials, exercises, sample files and instructor led support forums.

£495.00ex vat

Attend Online

Why not attend from the comfort of your own desk. Our Live Online Learning option lets you take the course as if you were right there, without even leaving your desk. It's like being in the classroom, and you can interact with the instructor and other delegates, without the hassle of travelling to the venue.

The Advanced Illustrator course covers a wide range of topics and we try hard to ensure any specific requirements you might have are met. The standard topics we cover are listed below.

Illustrator Advanced Techniques


  • Creating symbols
  • Editing symbols
  • Saving symbols
  • Using the symbol tools

LivePaint groups

  • LivePaint groups
  • Detecting Gaps
  • Painting strokes and fills
  • Live paint bucket and Live paint selection tools

Blob brush tool

  • Painting with the blob brush
  • Merging and keep selected options
  • Tolerances and options

Perspective Grid Tool

  • Introduction
  • Presets and settings
  • Drawing in perspective
  • Attaching & releasing objects
  • Bringing in objects
  • Selecting objects
  • Transforming objects
  • Adding text and symbols


  • Recolouring your artwork
  • Creating swatches from your artwork
  • Applying swatches to your artwork
  • Colour groups


  • Creating gradients
  • Applying gradients to shapes
  • Applying gradients to strokes
  • - along the length, across the width, within the stroke

Gradient Mesh

  • Creating mesh objects
  • Editing mesh objects
  • Mesh points and mesh patches
  • Using transparency

Tracing Images

  • Image trace
  • Presets
  • Mode
  • Using a palette
  • advanced options


  • Art brushes
  • Scatter brushes
  • Bristle brushes
  • Pattern brushes

Custom Brushes

  • Creating your own brushes
  • Using your custom brushes


  • Defining your pattern
  • Creating your pattern
  • Applying your pattern

The Appearance Panel

  • Organising your effects
  • Moving your effects
  • Multiple strokes
  • Multiple fills


The Illustrator Advanced Techniques course introduces a wide range of more advanced skills for those who already have some experience of using Adobe Illustrator

You will learn

  • A variety of shortcuts to enable you to work more effectively
  • How to make your own symbols and use them properly
  • To quickly re-colour your artwork
  • How to create artwork in perspective
  • To create and work with colour groups
  • How to create your own custom brushes and use them properly
  • How to use the Gradient Mesh tool to make your artwork more realsitic
  • To trace photographs and convert them to vector shapes
  • How to create your own patterns and how to use them
  • How to apply mulitple effects and multiple strokes and fills onto your shapes

Our scheduled courses are designed to ensure you have a professional and productive experience.  With 20 years practice we have had plenty of time to get it right, but we are always open to new suggestions as well.

Reasons to choose Highlander for your professional training

  • A proven track record - Highlander has been established for 20 years.
  • High quality instruction - Our instructors are certified by Adobe, Google and CompTIA.
  • We make sure you are happy - Our satisfaction guarantee ensures you leave with a smile.
  • Follow on support - We give you 12 months post course support.

What you get on a Highlander Course

Start and finish times

Our courses start at 9.30am and typically run until 4pm. The finish time is based primarily on how much information people can retain in a day without being overwhelmed, and can vary slightly depending on individual class size and ability.


For our classroom courses, each delegate is provided with use of a computer, setup with the latest version of the software they are learning. Our York centre has a mix of Mac and PC's, so if you have a preference please advise us when booking. If delegates prefer to work in their own environment and would rather bring their own laptop that is equally fine.

For Live Online courses we provide full setup instructions, but you will require a machine running a copy of the software being taught. Additionally a reliable internet connection is a neccessary requirement to complete the course online.


At our centre hot drinks and water is provided throughout the day together with a selection of biscuits and sweets.  

There is a scheduled 15 minute break mid morning and again mid afternoon.


There is a one hour break for lunch to allow delegates some time "off the screen".  For those attending face to face, we are located on the well known Bishy Road in York, with a wide range of popular cafe's just a few metres from the front door. The street regularly features in national newspapers and has been described by Wall Street Journal as "an enclave of gourmet delis and cafes" while The Times described it as "York's answer to Notting Hill".

Course Materials

You get 12 months access to our learning management system which contains a variety of content ranging from video tutorials and refresher exercises through to copies of course slides. Additionally post course instructor support is also available as required.

Certificate of Completion

All delegates receive a certificate of completion to show they have completed an Adobe Authorised Training Course.

Who should attend this course

This Illustrator course is suitable for anybody who already has experience of working with Illustrator. You should have already attended our Illustrator Getting Started training course or have equivalent experience.

If you are unsure which Illustrator course is most suitable then why not try our free Illustrator Skills Test to help you test your current skills.

Comments from delegates that attended

"Very good, answered all questions, engaged and knowledgeable, pleasant, welcoming friendly"
Comms Officer, NHS

"very knowledgeable and very creative in answering questions - very inventive at teaching certain techniques which helped me too understand easier"
Contractor, daBOOM

"Alex was a good teacher & engaging. I found that he went through things at our pace & was helpful with questions we had."
Design Technician, First City Care

"Good, able to be flexible to respond to desired subjects from participants"
Senior Design Manager, Nokia

"Clear and concise content, easy to follow, trainer happy to discuss specific areas relevant to each trainee."
Originations Project Manager, FFP

"Really great training experience - I learnt a lot! He is a great teacher, easy-going, open to questions and very patient."
Senior Comms Officer, Southern Health NHS

"Brilliant! Very helpful and taught at a pace that we could all keep up"
Operations Manager, UAN

"Always asking if we understand and willing to help when we had questions"
Print Services, Litmus

"He is a knowledgeable instructor and was happy to answer any questions I had. I'd highly recommend the courses to anyone looking to further their knowledge of Illustrator."
Marketing Graphic Designer, Deep Sea Electronics

"Great, very useful and informative..thank you. Would highly recommend him in the future."
Print Graphic Designer, Lipsy

"It was detailed but also allowed plenty of time to practice what we learned."
Motion Graphics Designer, Bank of England