Centre for Continuing Education

Adobe Illustrator Course: Level 2

Adobe Illustrator. Vector graphics and illustration.

COVID-19 update: arrangement of our courses

We are now delivering courses both online and in-person. Please check the delivery format for each class before you enrol.

Please note that course materials for all classes (excluding prescribed textbooks) are shared electronically within 48 hours of a course starting. Printing is not available.

This course is delivered using Adobe Creative Cloud
This course is delivered using the latest versions of Adobe software from Adobe Creative Cloud. Older versions of Adobe products may not include some features available within Adobe Creative Cloud CC versions and some visual and functional differences may exist. Project files created in Adobe Premiere Pro as part of training may not be compatible with earlier versions.

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This Adobe Illustrator course will provide you with the skills and knowledge required to create illustrations. Extend your knowledge beyond the Adobe Illustrator Course: Level 1 and take your skills to the next level.


By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • create illustrations
  • create a vector version of a raster graphic
  • create special effects
  • work with graphs
  • work with variables
  • prepare documents for composite and commercial printing
  • export graphics for the web and mobile devices.


The Adobe Account

  • The Adobe Website
  • Signing in to your Adobe Account
  • The creative profile home page
  • Managing your Adobe Account
  • Adobe creative cloud application manager
  • Working with apps
  • Understanding library assets
  • Understanding typekit
  • Add fonts from typekit
  • Understanding Adobe Colour CC
  • Understanding behance

Creative cloud libraries

  • The libraries panel
  • Adding elements to the libraries panel
  • Adding peoples to your library

Working collaboratively

  • Uploading a file to creative cloud
  • Creating a folder in creative cloud
  • Working with files and folders
  • Viewing a file in creative cloud
  • Adding collaborators
  • Making changes to a shared file
  • Commenting on a shared file
  • Deleting comments

Adobe mobile apps

  • Adobe creative cloud mobile apps
  • The Adobe Capture apps
  • Adobe Illustrator mobile apps
  • The creative cloud library and mobile apps
  • Mobile application help and support

The transform tools

  • Understanding the transform tools
  • Scaling and rotating objects
  • Reflecting object
  • Shearing objects
  • Changing the perspective of an object
  • Understanding the distortion tools
  • Distorting objects

Advanced colour

  • Understanding colour themes
  • Navigating to Adobe Colour
  • Using the colour wheel
  • Working with colour rules
  • Saving a colour theme
  • Exploring colour themes
  • Working with colour themes in illustrator
  • Understanding the colour guide


  • Understanding patterns
  • Creating different types of patterns
  • Applying a pattern swatch
  • Scaling and moving a pattern
  • Creating a new pattern
  • Editing a pattern

Brushes and symbols

  • Understanding the paintbrush tool
  • The brushes panel
  • Understanding brush libraries
  • Using the paintbrush tool
  • Applying a brush stroke to a path
  • Creating different kinds of brushes
  • Creating an art brush
  • Creating a scatter brush
  • Using the blob brush
  • Using the eraser tool
  • Deleting a brush style
  • Understanding symbols
  • Placing a symbol instance
  • Editing a symbol
  • Understanding the symbolism tools

Advanced objects

  • Understanding pathfinder
  • Creating a compound shape
  • Modifying compound shapes
  • Understanding pathfinder effects
  • Applying pathfinder effects
  • Creating compound paths
  • Understanding envelopes
  • Reshapes objects using envelopes
  • Blending shapes
  • Cutting and dividing objects


  • Understanding effects
  • Understanding 3D effects
  • Applying the 3D extrude & bevel effect
  • Applying the 3D revolve effect
  • Applying the outer glow effect
  • Understanding the appearance panel


  • Understanding clipping masks
  • Creating a cliping mask
  • Creating an opacity mask

Live paint

  • Understanding live paint
  • Preparing for live paint
  • Simplifying paths
  • Creating live paint groups
  • Live paint gap options
  • Applying live pant fill
  • Adding paths to a live paint object
  • Using the live paint selection tool
  • Adding gradients to live paint objects


  • Understanding tracing
  • The image trace panel
  • Using image trace
  • Expanding paths in a traced image
  • Tracing an image manually

Intended audience

Suitable for anyone wanting to advance their understanding of the Adobe Illustrator software.


Prior to attending, you should have completed Adobe Illustrator Course: Level 1 or have equivalent knowledge.

Delivery style

Delivery options:

  • Presenter-taught computer-based training in a computer lab on University premises. You will have dedicated access to a computer so you can follow the instructor and work through in-class activities.
  • Online training via the platform Zoom.


You will be provided with a link to access and download your own personalised eBook prior to class.

Additional information

Face-to-face classes

These classes run in a computer lab and you do not need to bring your own device.

Please bring a USB flash drive to class if you would like to make a copy of your work or any relevant class materials. Alternatively, you can save these to a cloud storage space or email them to your personal email address.

Online classes

If you are attending an online class, you will need your own device.

Recommended operating system: Windows or Mac
Recommended software for PC: Adobe Illustrator CC (any version from 2015 onwards)
Recommended software for Mac OS: Adobe Illustrator CC (any version from 2015 onwards)
Recommended browser: n/a


  • $50 repeat class - Conditions apply
  • Expert trainer
  • Small class size
  • CCE Statement of Completion

Apply for the IT repeat discount.

What others say.

  • The tutor was excellent. A great lecturer. An asset to Sydney Uni.

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What others say.

  • The tutor was excellent. A great lecturer. An asset to Sydney Uni.
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