The Adobe Illustrator CS6 Course is designed to help students to learn more about using the industry standard Adobe Illustrator software which is used by graphic and print designers for the creation of digital graphics, illustrations and typography for all kinds of media: print, web, interactive, video and mobile.

This course covers the Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) Graphic Design & Illustration Using Adobe Illustrator exam but can also be used as a learning resource for the Adobe Certified Expert exam.

The course consists of Adobe ACE Courses books, student exercise files which are emailed to the student and online iPassExam Test Prep Software (3 Month License).

The course consists of the following items:

Adobe Illustrator CS6 Basics Course Book:

  • Unit 1: Getting started

Learn how to: Start Adobe Illustrator CS6 and identify components of the workspace. View artwork using menus, tools and panels. Use rulers, guides and grids to align artwork precisely.

  • Unit 2: Drawing basics

Learn how to: Create a new document and save it as a native Illustrator file type. Use the shape tool to draw rectangles ellipses, polygons and stars. Use the line tools to draw lines, arcs and spiral, rectangular and polar grids.

  • Unit 3: Transforming and combining objects

Learn how to: Learn how to select objects and groups with a variety of tools. Transform objects by using scale, rotate, flip, align and distribute. Combine objects into groups and edit them as a group. Work with layers to separate complex artwork into smaller pieces.

  • Unit 4: Working with colour

Learn how to: Select colour using a colour field and by mixing colour values. Create and apply colour swatches and explore colour libraries. Add artwork and document colours to swatches and share and group these colours.

  • Unit 5: Working with paths

Learn how to: Explain the principles of points, paths and the stacking order. Draw straight and curved line segments and combinations of both. Draw lines that appear hand drawn by dragging the pointer around the artboard. Edit lines to adjust a shape

  • Unit 6: Creating and formatting text

Learn how to: Understand the different ways type can be created and selected, how to find a word and replace it, and how to change type colour. Apply character formats to selected text to enhance its appearance and style. Apply paragraph formats to align the type margins. You will add space between paragraphs and explore indents. Create collections of character and paragraph formats to apply and edit quickly to improve design consistency.

  • Unit 7: Painting with fills and strokes

Learn how to: Apply colour to objects and outlines. Create lines with dashes, arrowheads and various thicknesses. Create colours that blend smoothly into each other. Use intuitive brush strokes to paint objects and explore its options.

Adobe Illustrator CS6 Advanced Course Book:

  • Unit 1: Customising the workspace

Learn how to: Open, arrange and save the location of multiple windows, panels and tools. Create and manage multiple artboards.

  • Unit 2: Using symbols

Learn how to: Optimise graphics for displaying in a Web browser. Save a piece of artwork so you can reuse it multiple times in a document. Apply saved artwork and use tools to change its size, density and placement.

  • Unit 3: Create Web graphics

Learn how to: View artwork that is aligned to the pixel grid and review file formats for Web graphics. Segment graphics for Web optimisaztion and how to link a Web address to an image. Save a Web graphic using a resolution independant vector format and explore options effects and interactivity. Create a simple animation by exporting layers and explore how Illustrator and Flash work together.

  • Unit 4: Using colour tools

Learn how to: Create, save and edit colour palettes. View and download colour themes. Convert older documents from spot colour to the current colour management system and change colours to improve printing, display or composition.

  • Unit 5: Painting tools

Learn how to: Use brushes to add interest to your strokes and aid in production of graphics. Create and use patterns as fills to enhance objects. Apply transparency settings to show objects beneath other objects and blend layered colours to create effects. Create custom gradient meshes with blends and colour transitions to give objects dimension.

  • Unit 6: Working with images

Learn how to: Use tracing options to change a raster image into a vector graphic. Use perspective options to create illustrations with dimension.

  • Unit 7: Type styles and effects

Learn how to: Create type that follows the shape of a path. Rotate and scale type within a bounding box. Replace fonts and work with missing fonts in a document.

  • Unit 8: Creating special effects

Learn how to: Apply effects that change the way an object looks without altering its original structure. Apply stylisation that creates shadows and softens interior and exterior edges. Save appearance attributes to a style definition.

  • Unit 9: Printing

Learn how to: Set up documents for basic printing. Prepare artwork for offset printing. Print artwork with transparency setting. Adjust artwork to prevent gaps in printing registration.

Student Files:

Once enrolled students will receive a support email giving them access to their student files and to PowerPoint presentations relevant to the content of each unit. These files are also available through a student page and can be sent on disk on request.

Free iPassExam Test Prep Software (3 Month License):

iPassExam has both Question Banks and Sample papers. Both are designed to address specific needs of your learning experience.

Question Banks: The iPassExam question banks contain hundreds of questions categorised to match the official Adobe ACE syllabus. When working in Question Bank mode your response gets immediately marked so you can see if you selected the correct option. If your response was incorrect you will be shown the correct option plus you will be presented with an explanation that provides additional detail on the topic addressed in the question. In addition you will be presented with a "peer response" graph that gives you a visual presentation of how your peers chose to answer the question.

Sample Paper: The "Mock Exam" is a simulation of the actual exam. This resource should be completed after completing the question bank to test if your ready for the actual ACE exam. All the questions are new questions (not used in the question bank). The exam is timed and you don’t get to see the correct answer until you complete the exam and all your answers are submitted. On completing the exam you are presented with your grade and are able to review your responses so you can see what questions you had incorrect (unlike the real exam). You can resit the mock exam 25 times, each time the answers and options are randomised, to prevent learning by memorisation.


There are no particular entry requirements as the course is set out for beginners although students will require their own version of Adobe Illustrator CS6 to complete the course.

APPLE MAC USERS: We recommend this course is completed on a PC with the Windows Operating System. The course can be run on an Apple Macs using software such as Boot Camp, Parallels Desktop 7, VMware fusion or CrossOver Mac although we cannot support any issues that may occur with PC-Based software running on a Mac.

Course Duration & Support:

Students may register at any time. The courses are designed as self-study courses but if you have any problems you can email our support service. As the course is self study you can complete in as little or as long a time as you prefer, and we do not impose a cut-off date for study.


Adobe Certified AssociateOn Completion of this course students can apply for the Graphic Design & Illustration Using Adobe Illustrator CS6 ACA Examination. The course can also be used as a learning resource for the Adobe Illustrator CS6 ACE 9A0-333 Examination.

ACA Examinations must be sat at a registered Certiport testing centre and are currently £75.00. Exam Centre's will usually charge an additional proctoring fee (Approximately £15.00) for sitting exams.

ACE Examinations must be sat at a registered Pearson VUE testing centre and are currently £115.00 + VAT each.

You can locate testing centres and schedule appointments on their Websites:

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Certiport -

Please Note: We advise students to keep checking on the availability of Adobe ACE Exams. Adobe do not usually announce retirement dates for their certification programme tests so we cannot advise when any Adobe tests will be retired.

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