Adobe Illustrator Hands-On

What You'll Learn

Create crisp, stunning vector graphics like a seasoned professional with Adobe Illustrator, a must-have for your graphic design toolkit! Illustrator is the industry-standard program for creating logos, graphics, posters, and digital artwork with clean lines and bold, solid colors or gradients, whether for print or web.

This in-depth but user-friendly class uses hands-on exercises to teach you Illustrator's core concepts and features. As the day progresses, you'll learn powerful tools for creating and manipulating digital illustrations.

What This Class Will Cover

  • The difference between vector and raster graphics
  • Using Layers to composite shapes into simple and complex graphics
  • Using the pen tool and its variants
  • Creating organic Bezier-curves
  • Working with paths, strokes, and brushes
  • Using the Gradient, Color, and Symbol panels
  • Imaginative effects like the Symbol Sprayer Tool
  • Transforming scanned drawings to vector art with Live Trace
  • Bendable and dynamic text
  • Organizing and saving your files

What To Expect

  • This is a beginner-level, hands-on class that is perfect for those who are looking to get started with Adobe Illustrator!

Computer Requirement

This is a hands-on class where you'll "learn by doing". Therefore you'll need a computer. If you need any particular software installed, that will be detailed below. Not all programs require special software so if there isn't any detailed listed below you will only need a computer with a up-to-date web browser. We always recommend that if you have one, that you bring your own computer if at all possible. However, if you need one, we have several Apple iMac workstations with all the necessary software that are available by reservation for only $20 per day. You can reserve a computer rental using this form but you must complete your registration first. In most cases, the class will be taught with the Macintosh version of the software but generally the only difference between the Mac and Windows version is the keyboard shortcuts, using the Command key on Mac and the Control key on Windows.

If you would like to take your class work and sample projects home, please be sure to bring a Mac compatible portable drive with 4GB of free space.

Adobe Creative Cloud

This class will be presented from the latest version of the Adobe Creative Cloud. If you are using your own computer for the class, it is important that you have the latest version installed! Adobe offers a free 7-day trial of the Creative Cloud.

Presented in Adobe Creative Cloud, but most of what is taught will apply to earlier versions of the program.

Who Should Take This

Beginners and Newbies to the world of Adobe Illustrator who are looking to create digital graphics and designs. You should learn Illustrator if you want to create logos, posters, and other bold graphics, or use text in your designs.

Taking Getting Started with Adobe Illustrator as an overview is helpful, but not necessary.

Presented By Michael Coronado

Michael Coronado

Michael's work experience includes Creative Director of a museum, full-time instructor of a technical college, & freelance proprietor. His life experience includes husband, father, dog-owner, vintage motorcycle enthusiast and general curious tinkerer. As a designer, artist & teacher, Michael has grown to appreciate and love the building process. Seeing users interact with the finish product and "get it" is satisfying, and absorbing a concept, exploring options, then editing down to the most effective idea is a special process. Michael's clients, colleagues and students understand the concept of creating a mood and a culture behind an experience. Every brand develops a personality. Michael enjoys empowering others to learn how to define, mold or extract that personality, then broadcast it to the world. To learn more and see samples of his work, please visit

BDA Members


BDA Members: $249.00

Non-Members: $279.00

Available Dates

November 24, 2019 / 9am - 5pm

In Boulder Location


If you see a register button above there is currently still space available.

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Customer Comments

This was a great class for me after getting as far as I could with self-teaching methods. I walked away feeling empowered and ready to conquer Illustrator!Marlee
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Comments For: Adobe Illustrator Hands-On

I am so happy I attended this class. It was a very thorough introduction to Illustrator. The instructor had planned some really cool projects for us to practice with, and prepared a customized website that we can continue to refer back to. He was patient and prepared. I would be happy to attend more classes.Maris on 6/8/2018
Michael Chavez is one of the best instructors I have had!Fabricio on 6/1/2016
This was a great class for me after getting as far as I could with self-teaching methods. I walked away feeling empowered and ready to conquer Illustrator!Marlee on 11/24/2014
This class was helpful in teaching me the basics of Adobe Illustrator.Ricardo on 11/22/2014
Feeling empowered and got past initial hurdles.Marlee on 11/22/2014
The instructor was so helpful getting everyone the specific information for their needs. I can actually do my job now!Lucy on 11/22/2014
Online registration was very quick and easy to understand. Wes, the instructor, was very animated & took personal questions relating to one's job.Lexi on 11/22/2014
The instructor was enjoyable - very knowledgable - awesome - engagingJudy on 10/15/2014
Wes Price is my new favorite teacher. I love the way he teaches this class and leads students on a journey of discover of the Illustrator world. Giving special attention to working with the pen tool and other tools that can be frustrating to learn. I was regretting that I had signed up for an all day class before I came, but my attitude quickly changed when Wes started teaching. Thank you for a most enjoyable day.Laura on 7/15/2014
Wes was very knowledgable.Corinne B on 7/12/2014
Absolutely enjoyed this class and the instructor. Very good. He was very patient with us. He also has a talent for explaining the program - just what I was hoping for in a class on Photoshop!Rebecca on 1/25/2014
Very valuable!!!Julie on 10/20/2013
Very much loved it!Jodi on 10/20/2013
I learned so much! It was a big mystery to me, and now I am so much more comfortable.Nicole on 10/19/2013
It helped with fully understanding Illustrator program.Casey on 10/19/2013
I'm very new to Illustrator and think this was a great intro, especially 1st half.Jennifer on 10/19/2013
I learned some things I didn't know, can get more complex with my logos, etc.lisa on 6/29/2013
Learned so much more than I thought.Brenda L. on 1/26/2013
Tons of great info to get started! [The instructor] was very knowledgeable and friendly! Fabulous!Courtney on 12/3/2012
[The instructor] was wonderful. Learned some very cool tools.Iris Sela on 12/1/2012
(This class) solved a mystery Ive been working on for some time!Aimee on 9/7/2012
Instructor Wes Price is great ... learned a few things! Kira Woodmansee is great, too.Cynthia on 9/7/2012
I learned so much! I was doing so many things the wrong way. I finally learned the correct way of making vector graphics. The instructor was great! Patient, knowledgeable - Awesome Instructor!!Vanessa on 6/2/2012
Exactly what I expected, very thorough. [The instructor was] very well spoken, very well prepared, and could answer all of our questions.Chloe on 6/2/2012
Wes did a great job - lots of information, no wasted time and lots of great examples.Sara on 6/2/2012
I think I finally understand how Illustrator thinks. Well presented, not too fast, not too slow. Basics covered well.Rayna on 6/2/2012
Great starter course. I didn't know a thing about AI before coming in and now I'm comfortable with the basics! The instructor was very friendly, clear and concise.Amelia on 2/24/2012
You guys set the bar. You've turned me from a good designer into a great one. The instructor kept to schedule and answered all questions.Kevin on 2/24/2012
I learned everything I wanted to learn.Whit on 9/10/2011
Wes was excellent, I feel comfortable with Illustrator after just one class. I recommend him and the class.Cole on 5/14/2011
The instructor was thorough and came with great impact to fill the class with quality instruction.Langford on 5/14/2011
The instructor was thorough and came with great impact to fill the class with good quality instruction.Langford on 5/14/2011
We hit all of the main building blocks and addressed questions. This class was extremely helpful, concise, and easy to follow.Emily Rose on 2/12/2011
Items I had questions about were ALL answered! Very pleased!Sage on 12/13/2010


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