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Illustrator Basics Class Outline

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Workshop Description
Adobe Illustrator is a vector graphics editor which allows people to design precise, easily scalable illustrations. It is especially useful for typesetting, logo design, and line art.

Questions? Email wic1@pobox.upenn.eduor stop by the Weigle Information Commons or Vitale Digital Media Lab.
Learning Objectives
  • The difference between Vector and Raster graphics
  • Examples of Illustrator created work
  • Overview of program tools and layout
  • Creating a simple logo with shapes and text
  • Changing fill and stroke colors
  • The pen tool
  • Modifying paths
  • Using layer in Illustrator
  • Advanced type tool options
Where can you use Illustrator?
  • Download a free 30-day trial (Mac or Win) at
  • Use it for free in the Vitale Digital Media Lab or in the Weigle Information Commons
  • Purchase it at a discounted price at the Computer Connection (located in the Penn Bookstore) Training Videos
The Weigle Information Commons and Vitale Digital Media Lab make several accounts available to our users. provides over 50,000 professional training videos across 750 online courses on varied topics. To use our accounts, you must watch the videos in the WIC or the Digital Media Lab.

Please stop by the Vitale Digital Media Lab or the WIC Desk if you'd like to spend time viewing the videos, and just ask the staff person on duty to log you in. View the list of Illustrator training videos.
Updated Feb 2011