Illustrator Getting Started Training

0800 156 0777

Learn the basics with our proven Illustrator courses

Our Illustrator training courses will help you learn to make the most of this great package, and have you up and running with Illustrator in no time at all.

The Illustrator Getting Started course is the aimed at those with little or no experience using Illustrator, so if you are looking to get up to speed quickly this is a good place to start.  Taught by our Adobe Certified Instructors with many years experience using Illustrator, you will learn best practice right from the start and a wealth of new techniques.

We will clarify the difference between vector and raster images, show you how to master the pen tool and create your own vectors, recreating logos and other shapes.  We will show you how to edit your artwork, adjust nodes, and combine paths.

By the end of the day you will be comfortable creating your own vector artwork and editing existing artwork in Illustrator.

£325.00ex 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 Illustrator Getting Started 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 Overview

  • What are vectors
  • What are Bézier curves
  • The pen tools

Creating shapes

  • The pen tool
  • Primitive shapes
  • Adding/deleting anchor points
  • Creating Bézier curves
  • Combining shapes
  • Creating outlines from text
  • The shape builder tool
  • The blend tool

Editing shapes

  • Adjusting existing shapes
  • Cutting paths
  • Combining paths and shapes
  • Erasing paths and shapes

Organising your work

  • Artboards
  • Custom artboards
  • Layers
  • Sub-layers
  • Layer properties
  • Templates
  • Group Isolation mode


  • Choosing a colour
  • Using swatches
  • Saving your swatches
  • Spot colours
  • Process colours
  • Global colours

Stroke and Fill

  • Creating strokes
  • Creating fill
  • Applying colour to strokes and fills

Transforming shapes

  • Duplicating
  • Moving, rotating
  • Reflecting, Shearing
  • Scaling
  • Step and repeat
  • Transform again


  • 3D
  • Stylize
  • Distort & Transform
  • Warp
  • Organising your effects
  • etc


  • Adding text
  • Text within a a shape
  • Text on a shape
  • Controlling text
  • Creating outlines from text

Saving and Exporting

  • Saving options
  • Exporting options
  • Exporting to pdf
  • Other export formats
  • Using Illustrator with other applications


The Illustrator Getting Started course introduces you to the basics of creating vector artwork such as logos and technical drawings.

You will learn to

  • Understand the difference between vector and raster images
  • Be able to create artwork in Illustrator such as logos, technical drawings, typography and illustrations.
  • Know how to customise the Illustrator interface to improve efficiency and work better
  • Feel comfortable using Illustrator's tools to create shapes, lines, bezier curves (we'll explain these too) and more.
  • Understand and be able to organise your layers, artboards, templates, etc..
  • Apply colours, gradients and a wide range of effects to your illustrations
  • Transform your shapes by duplication, rotating, scaling, and more
  • Save your illustrations for reuse in both print and web using formats such as ai, pdf, svg and more.

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 course is aimed at anybody wanting to get up and running with Adobe Illustrator, and looking to learn how to use the pen tool and other Illustrator tools to create scalable vector artwork. You should be comfortable using a computer to copy and past, open files and applications and other similar skills.

Comments from delegates that attended

"Really good instructor, very impressed with the overall approach who was very patient and explained everything clearly.  Very friendly and energetic!"
Concept Designer, Interface

"Excellent. Always makes things easy to understand and more than happy to go back through any things found difficult. Really enjoyed learning the basics, feel as though its been incredibly useful."
Marketing Assistant, Varlink

"Fantastic tutor, patient and fun. I've really enjoyed my course and I feel much more equipped to start working with illustrator. I think the size of the class was perfect and the pace of the course was also great."
Photographer and Publicity Assistant, Reliance Precision

"Roger was very knowledgeable and approachable. He answered our questions thoroughly and well. It is obvious when the trainer is an actual user of the software."
Technical Author, Lhasa

"I enjoyed the fact that it is mostly practical and you're able to get hands on with the software. The instructor is very friendly and approachable which makes it easier to ask for help."
Marketing Administrator, Softbox

"Very good. Good, comfortable working environment"
Data Officer, Joseph Rowntree Foundation

"Really good introduction to all the basic tools of illustrator."
Valerie Hawkins, Footwear Designer

"The instructor was very friendly and always helped when i asked questions."
Litho Printer, Litmus

"Excellent, Comprehensive training for Adobe suite courses."
Owner, MGT Publications

"Very good introduction to a complex matter - it made it feel easy. It wants me to go home and play around with it now."
Content Marketing Manager, Six Degrees

"Very helpful, answered every question that I had, correctly."
Project Management Assistant, Lloyds Banking Group