MSi Courseware for Adobe Illustrator



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This course provides a hands-on experience working inside Illustrator, that will show competency at an industry associate-level and is college and career ready. You will be able to demonstrate the correct application of the principal features of Illustrator and complete tasks independently.

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Designed to help you get certified

MSi’s courseware prepares you for the Adobe Certified Professional Exam. The exam is a 50 minute exam that can be administered remotely by MSi or through a local testing center. When employers see Adobe Certified Professional badges in a portfolio, they know the candidate’s design sense is backed by technical know-how, problem-solving skills, and the drive to work smarter.


Course Content

  • Chapter 1: Learning Objectives
  • Chapter 1: PreAssessment
  • Topic 1.1.a: Identifying the Purpose, Audience, and Audience Needs for Preparing Images
  • 1.1.a: Knowledge Check
  • 1.1.a: Quiz
  • Topic 1.2.a: Demonstrating Knowledge of Techniques for Communicating About Design Plans with Peers and Client
  • 1.2.a: Knowledge Check
  • Topic 1.2.b: Demonstrating Knowledge of Basic Project Management Concepts
  • 1.2.b: Knowledge Check
  • 1.2: Quiz
  • Topic 1.3.a: Identifying Legal and Ethical Considerations for Using Third-party Content, such as Copyright, Permissions, and Licensing
  • 1.3.a: Knowledge Check
  • Topic 1.3.b: Identifying when and how to Obtain Permission to use Images of People and Locations
  • 1.3.b: Knowledge Check
  • 1.3: Quiz
  • Topic 1.4.a: Demonstrating Knowledge of Digital Image Terminology
  • 1.4.a: Reading Comprehension
  • 1.4.a: Knowledge Check
  • Topic 1.4.b: Demonstrating Knowledge of how Color is Created in Digital Images
  • 1.4.b: Knowledge Check
  • 1.4: Quiz
  • Topic 1.5.a: Communicating Visually Using the Elements and Principles of Design and Common Design Techniques
  • 1.5.a: Knowledge Check
  • Topic 1.5.b: Identifying and Using Common Typographic Adjustments
  • 1.5.b: Knowledge Check
  • Topic 1.5.c: Demonstrating Knowledge of Common Photographic and Cinematic Composition Terms and Principles
  • 1.5.c: Reading Comprehension
  • 1.5.c: Knowledge Check
  • 1.5: Quiz
  • Project 1
  • Chapter 1: PostAssessment
  • Chapter 2: Learning Objectives
  • Chapter 2: PreAssessment
  • Topic 2.1.a: Document Settings for Printed and Onscreen Images
  • Topic 2.1.b: Creating Document Presets to Reuse for Specific Project Needs
  • 2.1: Knowledge Check
  • Topic 2.2.a: The Illustrator Interface
  • 2.2.a: Knowledge Check
  • Topic 2.2.b: Organizing and Customizing the Workspace
  • 2.2.b: Knowledge Check
  • Topic 2.2.c: Configuring Application Preferences
  • 2.2.c: Knowledge Check
  • Topic 2.3.a: Navigating a Document
  • 2.3.a: Knowledge Check
  • Topic 2.3.b: Using Rulers
  • 2.3.b: Knowledge Check
  • Topic 2.3.c: Using Guides and Grids
  • 2.3.c: Knowledge Check
  • 2.3.c: Knowledge Check 2
  • Practice 2.3.c: Create Guides from Objects
  • Quiz 2.3.c: Create Guides from Objects
  • Topic 2.3.d: Using Views and Modes to work Efficiently with Vector Graphics
  • 2.3.d: Knowledge Check
  • Topic 2.4.a: Opening and Importing Images
  • 2.4.a: Knowledge Check
  • Topic 2.4.b: Placing Assets in an Illustrator Document
  • 2.4.b: Knowledge Check
  • Topic 2.5.a: Setting the Active fill and Stroke Colors
  • 2.5.a: Knowledge Check
  • Practice 2.5.a: Work with Swatches
  • Quiz 2.5.a: Work with Swatches
  • Topic 2.5.b: Creating and Customizing Gradients
  • 2.5.b: Knowledge Check
  • Topic 2.5.c: Creating, Managing, and Editing Swatches and Swatch Libraries
  • 2.5.c: Knowledge Check
  • 2.5.c: Knowledge Check 2
  • Topic 2.5.d: Using the Color Guide Panel to Select Coordinated Colors
  • 2.5.d: Knowledge Check
  • Topic 2.6.a: Opening and browsing included libraries
  • 2.6.a: Knowledge Check
  • Topic 2.6.b: Creating and Editing Brushes, Symbols, Styles, and Patterns
  • 2.6.b: Knowledge Check
  • Project 2
  • Chapter 2: PostAssessment
  • Chapter 3: Learning Objectives
  • Chapter 3: PreAssessment
  • Topic 3.1.a: Using the Layers Panel to Modify Layers
  • 3.1.a Knowledge Check
  • Practice 3.1.a: Work with Organizing Layers
  • Quiz 3.1.a: Work with Organizing Layers
  • Topic 3.1.b: Managing Layers in a Complex Project
  • 3.1.b Knowledge Check
  • Topic 3.1.c: Working with Multiple Layers
  • 3.1.c: Knowledge Check
  • Knowledge Check
  • Practice 3.1.c: Work with Organizing Elements into Groups
  • Quiz 3.1.c: Work with Organizing Elements into Groups
  • Topic 3.2.a: Adjusting Layer Opacity
  • 3.2.a: Knowledge Check
  • Practice 3.2.a: Work with Opacity Options
  • Quiz 3.2.a: Work with Opacity Options
  • Topic 3.2.b: Creating, Applying, and Manipulating Clipping Masks
  • 3.2.b: Knowledge Check
  • Project 3
  • Chapter 3: PostAssessment
  • Chapter 4: Learning Objectives
  • Chapter 4: PreAssessment
  • Topic 4.1.a: Creating Images using a Variety of Tools
  • 4.1.a: Knowledge Check
  • 4.1.a: Knowledge Check 2
  • Practice 4.1.a: Work with Shape Objects
  • Quiz 4.1.a: Work with Shape Objects
  • Topic 4.1.b: Modifying and Editing Vector Images using a Variety of Vector Tools
  • 4.1.b: Knowledge Check
  • 4.1.b: Knowledge Check 2
  • Practice 4.1.b: Work with Anchor Point Elements
  • Quiz 4.1.b: Work with Anchor Point Elements
  • Topic 4.2.a: Using Type Tools to Add Typography to a Design
  • 4.2.a: Knowledge Check
  • Practice 4.2.a: Work with the Type on a Path Tool
  • Quiz 4.2.a: Work with the Type on a Path Tool
  • Topic 4.2.b: Using Appropriate Character Settings in a Design
  • 4.2.b: Knowledge Check
  • 4.2.b: Knowledge Check 2
  • Topic 4.2.c: Adjusting Paragraph Settings in a Design
  • 4.2.c: Knowledge Check
  • Practice 4.2.c: Work with Typography Settings
  • Quiz 4.2.c: Work with Typography Settings
  • Topic 4.2.d: Converting Text to Graphics
  • 4.2.d: Knowledge Check
  • Topic 4.2.e: Managing Text Flow Across Multiple Text Areas
  • 4.2.e: Knowledge Check
  • Practice 4.2.e: Work with Managing Text Elements
  • Quiz 4.2.e: Work with Managing text Elements
  • Topic 4.3.a: Selecting Objects using a Variety of Tools
  • 4.3.a: Knowledge Check
  • Topic 4.3.b: Modifying and Refining Selections using Various Methods
  • 4.3.b: Knowledge Check
  • Topic 4.3.c: Grouping or Ungrouping Selections
  • 4.3.c: Knowledge Check
  • Topic 4.4.a: Modifying Artboards
  • 4.4.a: Knowledge Check
  • Practice 4.4.a: Work with Managing Artboards
  • Quiz 4.4.a: Work with Managing Artboards
  • Topic 4.4.b: Rotating, Flipping, and Transforming Individual Layers, Objects, Selections, Groups, or Graphical Elements
  • 4.4.b: Knowledge Check
  • Practice 4.4.b: Work with Transforming Elements
  • Quiz 4.4.b: Work with Transforming Elements
  • Topic 4.5.a: Applying Basic Auto-Correction Methods and Tools
  • 4.5.a: Knowledge Check
  • Topic 4.5.b: Repairing and Reconstructing Images
  • 4.5.b: Reading Comprehension
  • 4.5.b: Knowledge Check
  • Topic 4.5.c: Evaluating and Adjusting the Appearance of Objects, Selections, or Layers
  • 4.5.c: Knowledge Check
  • Topic 4.5.d: Using Image Trace to Create Vectors from Bitmap Graphics
  • 4.5.d: Knowledge Check
  • Practice 4.5.d: Work with the Image Trace Panel
  • Quiz 4.5.d: Work with the Image Trace Panel
  • Topic 4.6.a: Using Effects to Modify Elements
  • 4.6.a: Knowledge Check
  • Practice 4.6.a: Add Effects to Elements
  • Quiz 4.6.a: Add Effects to Elements
  • Topic 4.6.b: Creating, Editing, and Saving Graphic Styles
  • 4.6.b: Knowledge Check
  • Practice 4.6.b: Create a Graphic Style
  • Quiz 4.6.b: Create a Graphic Style
  • Topic 4.6.c: Expanding the Appearance of Objects
  • 4.6.c: Knowledge Check
  • Project 4
  • Chapter 4: PostAssessment
  • Chapter 5: Learning Objectives
  • Chapter 5: PreAssessment
  • Topic 5.1.a: Checking Document for Errors and Project Specifications
  • 5.1.a: Knowledge Check
  • 5.1.a: Knowledge Check 2
  • Practice 5.1.a: Prepare a Document for Delivery
  • Quiz 5.1.a: Prepare a Document for Delivery
  • Topic 5.2.a: Saving in the Native File Format for Illustrator
  • 5.2.a: Knowledge Check
  • Topic 5.2.b: Save in Appropriate Image Formats for Print or Screen
  • 5.2.b: Knowledge Check
  • Topic 5.2.c: Exporting Project Elements
  • 5.2.c: Knowledge Check
  • Topic 5.2.d: Packaging an Illustrator Project
  • 5.2.d: Knowledge Check
  • Project 5
  • Chapter 5: PostAssessment

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MSi Courseware for Adobe Illustrator
MSi Courseware for Adobe Illustrator


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