Illustrator CS6 Certification Prep

Create and Save a New files in Illustrator

Adobe help tutorials for creating files can be found at Create files in Illustrator. Adobe help tutorials for saving files can be found at Save files in Illustrator.

  1. Create a file for the Web Based (Name = The Bakery, Artboards = 4, Spacing =30px, RGB)
  2. Create a file for Devices Based (Name = Puzzles, Artboard=2, Spacing = 20px, IPad)
  3. Create a file for Print (Name =brochure, Artboard = 4, Spacing 10px, CMYK
  4. Workspace - Essentials, Reset Workspace, Create New workspace, Rename Workspace, Delete Workspace
  5. Show Grid - View > Show Grid
  6. Change the document to global rulers: View > Rulers > Change to Global Rulers
  7. Create guides and manipulate guides - add/place a a specific location, delete, etc.
  8. View > Proof
  9. Save a document as a High Quality PDF document
  10. Save a document as a Template
  11. Save a document for the web as a .png, .jpg, etc.
  12. Save a specific set of artboards as a PSD or someother document type

Manipulate the Artboards

Be familiar with how to manipulate Artboards by adding, deleting, rearranging, renaming, and changing the Artboard options. Adobe has help page at Illustrator Artboards

Manipulate the layers

You will need to be able to do the following tasks inside Illsutrator CC. Adobe help page can be found at Illustrator Layers

Masks

Colors

Adobe help files can be found at https://helpx.adobe.com/illustrator/how-to/apply-colors.html?set=illustrator--get-started--essential-beginners

Brushes

Make sure that you are able to create, modify, locate, and use brushes. The Adobe help files for brushes can be found at Illustrator Brushes

Symbols

You will need to be able to create, manipulate, edit, and locate symmbols. Access the Adobe help files for symbols at Illustrator Symbols

Effects

Practice using the various Effects options inside Illustrator. Effects > choose desired Effect > set desired options > OK. For a complete list of raster effects inside Illustrator go to Illustrator Effects

  1. Alter the arrow so that it has a twist effect of 45 degrees
  2. Add drop shadows
  3. Add Glows
  4. Add 3D effects

TOOLS GALLERY

You can access the Adobe Help pages to learn about all of the available tools in the Tool Galery by clicking on Adobe Tool Galery.

Selection Tools

You can access the Adobe Help pages to learn about all of the available Vector tools in the Tool Galery by clicking on Adobe Selection Tool Galery.

Vector Drawing Tools

You can access the Adobe Help pages to learn about all of the available Drawing tools in the Tool Galery by clicking on Adobe Drawing Tool Galery. You should take time to review the following tools more closely since they are more likely to be on the test.

  1. Blob Brush:
    1. to modify the blob brush options just double click the Blob brush tool to open the Blob Brush Tool Options window > make requested changes >click OK (change fidelity, smoothness, and angle)
  2. Pen Tool: remember to click and release to start the first anchor point an then continue creating new anchor points by clicking and releasing for stratight lines or clicking and dragging to make a curved line.
  3. Gradient Tool:
    1. apply a gradient to an object
    2. change a gradient from linear to radial gradient
    3. use the gradient tool to control the gradient more precisely on the object
    4. change the gradient color control settings from RGB to CMYK color set
  4. Gradient Mesh:
    1. select object on the artboard >
    2. Object > Create Gradient Mesh > Apply desired settings (30 rows, 30 columns, center with 100 percent highlight)> Select OK to apply
    3. Use the Gradient Mesh Tool to select anchor points and modify the gradient to the object
  5. eraser tool - double click the Eraser Tool to bring up the settings window and make required adjustments (roundness and size)
  6. Live Corners Feature - use the live corners feature to curve and control objects

Type Tools

You can access the Adobe Help pages to learn about all of the available Type tools in the Tool Gallery by clicking on Type tool gallery.

Painting Tools

You can access the Adobe Help pages to learn about all of the available Painting tools in the Tool Galery by clicking on Painting tool gallery

Reshaping Tool

You can access the Adobe Help pages to learn about all of the available Reshaping tools in the Tool Galery by clicking on Reshaping tool gallery

Symbolism Tool

You can access the Adobe Help pages to learn about all of the available Symbolism tools in the Tool Galery by clicking on Symbolism tool gallery

Graph Tool

You can access the Adobe Help pages to learn about all of the available Graph tools in the Tool Galery by clicking on Graph tool gallery.

Moving and Zooming Tools

You can access the Adobe Help pages to learn about all of the available Moving and Zooming tools in the Tool Galery by clicking on Moving and zooming tool gallery.

Manipulate and Modify Graphics and Objects

Text/Typography (Adobe Type Help)

Typography is the art and technique of arranging type to make written language legible, readable, and appealing when displayed. The arrangement of type involves selecting typefaces, point size, line length, line-spacing (leading), letter-spacing (tracking), and adjusting the space within letters pairs (kerning). Click here to learn more. You can also access the Adobe help files at Illustrator Type

compare typography

Serif

A small decorative line added as embellishment to the basic form of a character. Typefaces are often described as being serif or sans serif (without serifs). The most common serif typeface is Times Roman.

Use serif for printed work

Serif fonts are usually easier to read in printed works than sans-serif fonts.

This is because the serif make the individual letters more distinctive and easier for our brains to recognise quickly. Without the serif, the brain has to spend longer identifying the letter because the shape is less distinctive.

The commonly used convention for printed work is to use a serif font for the body of the work. A sans-serif font is often used for headings, table text and captions.

Sans Serif

A category of typefaces that do not use serifs, small lines at the ends of characters. Popular sans serif fonts include Helvetica, Avant Garde, Arial, and Geneva. Serif fonts include Times Roman, Courier, New Century Schoolbook, and Palatino. According to most studies, sans serif fonts are more difficult to read.

Use sans serif for online work

An important exception must be made for the web. Printed works generally have a resolution of at least 1,000 dots per inch; whereas, computer monitors are typically around 100 dots per inch.

This lower resolution can make small serif characters harder to read than the equivalent sans-serif characters because of their more complex shapes.

Arial is a commonly used sans-serif font.

It follows that small on-screen text is better in a sans-serif font like Verdana or Arial.

Type Tasks

Gradient

You will need to know how to create various gradients and edit those gradients using the various tools. Access the Adobe help files at Illustrator Gradients

Working with Different file types for Photoshop and InDesign inside Illustrator