Learn Adobe Illustrator CC for Graphic Design and Illustration: Adobe Certified Associate Exam Preparation, Second Edition

Book description

Adobe Illustrator CC is the most popular vector illustration application available. Print and screen designers use it to create powerful artwork composed of shapes, color, and highly styled text. Illustrator is a necessary tool for anyone considering a career in the visual design or illustration field. Learn Adobe Illustrator CC by building cool creative projects that teach you how to:


  • Design and illustrate a promotional postcard
  • Style text to create a logotype for a business
  • Combine illustrations and text to create infographics
  • Trace a photograph to use in an eye-catching concert poster
  • Design icons and graphics for a mobile device interface


This study guide uses video integrated with text to help you gain real-world skills that will get you started in your career in graphic design using Adobe Illustrator CC 2018 and lays the foundation for taking the Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) certification exam in that field. A mix of 6 project-based lessons, 8 hours of practical videos, and interactive quizzes prepares you for an entry-level position in a competitive job market.


Purchasing this book gives you access to valuable online extras. Follow the instructions in the book's "Getting Started" section to unlock access to:


  • Web Edition containing instructional video embedded in the complete text of the book with interactive review questions along with product updates
  • Downloadable lesson files you need to work through the projects in the book

Table of contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Dedication Page
  5. About the Author
  6. Contents
  7. Getting Started
    1. About This Product
    2. Conventions Used in This Book
    3. Operating System Differences
    4. Installing the Software
    5. Accessing the Free Web Edition and Lesson Files
    6. Project Fonts
    7. Additional Resources
    8. Adobe Certification
    9. Resetting the Preferences to Their Default Settings
  8. 1 Introduction to Adobe Illustrator CC 2018
    1. Launching Adobe Illustrator CC
    2. What Is Adobe Illustrator CC?
    3. An Overview of the Adobe Illustrator Interface
    4. Creating a New Document
    5. Customizing the Workspace
    6. Saving a Workspace
    7. Saving and Exporting Files
  9. 2 Creating a Postcard in Illustrator
    1. Creating a New Document
    2. Defining Preferences in Adobe Illustrator CC
    3. Adding Guides to the Postcard for Easy Alignment of Objects
    4. Creating Shapes for the Postcard Background
    5. Changing the Corner Radius of Shapes in Illustrator
    6. Navigating a Document Effectively in Illustrator
    7. Adding Text to the Postcard
  10. 3 Creating the Front of a Business Card
    1. Modifying an Artboard
    2. Creating a Half-Pipe for the Background of the Card
    3. Adding Text for the Logotype
    4. Creating Swatches
    5. Customizing the Logotype
    6. Interleaving the Shapes in the Logotype
    7. Adding Paragraph Text to the Front of the Business Card
    8. Finishing Up the Business Card Front
  11. 4 Creating the Back of a Business Card
    1. Drawing the Streets of the Map
    2. Selecting Objects and Working with Groups
    3. Using the Appearance Panel
    4. Working with Layers
    5. Adding Names to the Streets on the Map
    6. Creating and Applying a Pattern Swatch
    7. Adding a Gradient Effect and Details to the Landmarks
    8. Finishing Up: Adding Symbols and Trimming the Artwork
  12. 5 Creating a Music Festival Poster
    1. Placing an Image in Adobe Illustrator
    2. Drawing the Body of the Guitar
    3. Adding the Frets and Fret Markers to the Neck of the Guitar
    4. Drawing the Bridge and Strings of the Guitar
    5. Creating and Applying a Brush
    6. Using Image Trace to Create Distressed Text
    7. Using Envelope Distort to Distort Text to a Specific Shape
    8. Adding Effects to the Music Poster
    9. Placing Text and Linking Text Areas
    10. Packaging the Project
  13. 6 Creating and Exporting Content for Web and Mobile Projects
    1. Creating a Document for a Mobile Device
    2. Creating the Icons for the Mobile Mockup
    3. Adding Text and Photos
    4. Creating Web Graphics Using Save For Web
    5. Using Export for Screens to Generate Web and Mobile Assets
  14. 7 Leveling Up with Design
    1. Creativity Is a Skill
    2. The Design Hierarchy
    3. The Elements of Art
    4. The Principles of Design
    5. Wrapping Up the Design Concepts
  15. 8 Working with Outsiders
    1. Who You’re Talking for and Who You’re Talking to
    2. Copyrights and Wrongs
    3. Think Like a Boss
    4. Conclusion
  16. ACA Objectives Covered
  17. Glossary
  18. Index

Product information

  • Title: Learn Adobe Illustrator CC for Graphic Design and Illustration: Adobe Certified Associate Exam Preparation, Second Edition
  • Author(s): Chad Chelius, Rob Schwartz
  • Release date: September 2018
  • Publisher(s): Peachpit Press
  • ISBN: 9780134878546