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Adobe Illustrator Classes

Adobe Illustrator is the industry standard for creating artwork for print, multimedia, and the Web. Learn to effectively use this drawing tool by attending a hands-on class at the Computer Education & Training Center at UMSL.

Virtual Classes: Our Adobe Illustrator classes are now available online with an instructor present for the entire course. You will see the instructor's screen throughout the class and you can share your screen if you need individual help from the instructor. You will have time to practice, ask questions, and receive hands-on training. If you don't have Illustrator installed on your machine, you can remote into one of our computers.

In-person classes are also available at our West County facility with limited enrollments to promote social distancing. When you register, choose your class section based on how you want to attend the class: virtual or in-person.

  • Select Live Online" if you want to attend virtually from your workplace or home.
  • Choose "West County In-Person" if you want to attend a class at our West County location.

Introduction to Computer Graphics Using Illustrator

(Prerequisite: Experience with Windows or Mac.) Learn the capabilities of Illustrator as you create your own artwork. Topics include using tools and menus, and creating special typographical effects. Learn how to scale, stretch, and rotate type and objects. Other topics include grouping, locking, layering, creating Bezier paths, using the transformation tools, and working with Live Paint and Live Trace.  [Course Outline]
Fee: $249

One-Day Class Meets 8:30am-4:00pm (6.5 hours)
Code Date Location Instructor
E3154 Wed., Oct. 12Virtual/WCTina Wolk Hefner
E3521 Tues., Feb. 14Virtual/WCTina Wolk Hefner

Intermediate Applications of Illustrator

(Prerequisite: Introduction to Computer Graphics Using Illustrator or equivalent experience.) This course concentrates on more advanced drawing techniques, such as developing a precise way to draw by identifying and altering path points and working with Bezier curves. Learn to blend shapes and paths, create and apply patterns, and make object masks. Topics include importing images and using the image filters to enhance bitmap images. Additional topics include creating and importing custom colors, making compound paths, and applying special type effects. [Course Outline]
Fee: $249

One-Day Class Meets 8:30am-4:00pm (6.5 hours)
Code Date Location Instructor
E3155 Wed., Oct. 19Virtual/WCTina Wolk Hefner
E3522 Tues., Feb. 21Virtual/WCTina Wolk Hefner

Advanced Applications of Illustrator

(Prerequisite: Intermediate Applications of Illustrator or equivalent experience. You should be familiar with all the drawing and transformation tools, as well as layering, masking, and compound paths.) This course presents advanced techniques using Illustrator, as you plan, design, and execute one project throughout the day. Topics include making curved gradations of color, masking type with a Photoshop file, creating interlocked stroked objects, and creating faded lines. Other topics include constructing grids, 3-D objects, and transparent shadows. Learn to use filters and brushes on paths and shapes, import Photoshop layer comps, and optimize graphics for the Web. [Course Outline]
Fee: $249

One-Day Class Meets 8:30am-4:00pm (6.5 hours)
Code Date Location Instructor
E3156 Wed., Oct. 26Virtual/WCTina Wolk Hefner
E3523 Tues., Feb. 28Virtual/WCTina Wolk Hefner

If you would like to register for a course, call (314) 984-9000 or register online.

To better understand digital imaging, take a class in Photoshop, the industry standard for editing and enhancing photos.

For more information, please email