Pitman Training

Illustrator CS5 Fundamentals

Course Outline

To work as a graphic designer, there are many industry standard packages that you’ll need to master and Illustrator CS5 is one of the most commonly used software programs.

With Pitman Training you’ll learn to exploit all of the inbuilt features, including creating distinctive vector artwork, utilise precise drawing tools and a host of shortcuts to help you create your designs confidently and with ease.

Illustrator CS5 offers you fantastic features like perspective drawing, draw shapes and scene in 1-, 2-, and 3-point linear drawings. Plus you’ll learn to add character to imagery with the Bristle Brush tool and create vector objects on a file’s pixel grid to deliver pixel-aligned raster artwork.

Upon completion, you will receive a Pitman Training Course Completion certificate* and you’ll have the necessary skills you need to embark on a career in an advertising agency, design studio or in house for a company who produces promotional materials for their business.

Benefits: -

• The flexibility and value of a self-study course designed to enable you to work at your own pace

• The opportunity to gain the widely recognised Pitman Training Certificate

• The opportunity to gain certification which is recognised by industry computing manufacturers and organisations

• The flexibility and value of a self-study course designed to enable you to work at your own pace

• The opportunity to gain the widely recognised Pitman Training Certificate

• The opportunity to gain certification which is recognised by industry computing manufacturers and organisations

* Please note that Vendor specific exams may need to be organised separately.


Gain a fundamental knowledge of the features and tools of Adobe Illustrator CS5.

Designed for anyone wishing to pursue a career in graphic design.

Prior to starting the course familiarity with computers and onscreen graphic design is beneficial, as is a certain amount of design and artistic skill.

Throughout the course you will learn: - 

Learning the Illustrator CS5 Interface - Understanding Vector Graphics, Interface Overview, Tool Options 

Introduction to Drawing - Creating Shapes Visually, Creating Shapes Numerically, Arranging Objects, Transforming Objects, Aligning Objects, Freehand Drawing Tools

Typography - Adding Type, Using the Character Palette, Kerning vs. Tracking, Using the Paragraph Palette

Painting with Illustrator - Color Modes and Controls. Using Color Swatches, Creating Custom
Colors, The Appearance Panel

Illustrator Output Options - Export Options, Print File Formats, Exporting a PDF, Proof Setup Options

This course will take around 10 hours to complete.

This course can be studied online. This means, you have the flexibility to study our Illustrator CS5 Fundamentals course:

  • In centre, with our friendly course advisors available for support and guidance as and when you need it.
  • At home or from work – with support via email or telephone during working hours.
  • On a blended mix – in-centre for the modules you need help with, at home or from work for those you are gliding through.

Once you’re ready to go ahead, all you need to do is contact your nearest Pitman Training centre who will be able to talk you through the process and set you up on the online platform, and then you’ll be ready to study the Illustrator CS5 Fundamentals course at a time and place convenient to yourself. 

To get in touch with your nearest centre that offers and supports our online Illustrator CS5 Fundamentals course click here.




The best way to make sure your training programme suits you, your skills, your ambitions and your busy schedule, is to get in touch with us for a free, friendly expert career consultation.