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Illustrator CC, Part 4: Layer Concept and Symbols

with expert John Wiley & Sons

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Course at a glance

Release date 2/20/2015
Level Beginner
Runtime 1h 4m
Closed captioning N/A
Transcript N/A
eBooks / courseware Included
Hands-on labs N/A
Sample code N/A
Exams N/A

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Course description

Adobe Illustrator is the leading drawing and illustration software used to create artwork for a variety of media. Illustrator CC is packed with the tools you need to create stunning images and fun artwork for print and online projects. In this five part learning series, you can learn the ins and outs of maximizing Illustrator CC – from using basic drawing tools to adding special effects and beyond – with Illustrator CC Essentials. Work with pencil, type, liquefying, painting, and other Illustrator tools. Explore different effects, utilize layers, and unleash your creative side. Save, organize, and share your projects with the world.


This course assumes very little familiarity with Adobe Illustrator CC. This course is part of 5 courses; Illustrator CC: Artboard &Work Space, Transform & Objects; Illustrator CC: Artboard, Live Paint; Illustrator CC: Gradients & Patterns; Illustrator CC: Layer Concept & Symbols; and Illustrator CC: Saving and Tools. Please be sure to view the courses in order if you are new to the material.

Meet the expert

Our Creative Design courses are presented by experts from Wiley Publishing. Wiley is a global provider of knowledge and knowledge-enabled services that improve outcomes in areas of research, professional practice, and education. They are the publisher of award-winning journals, encyclopedias, books, and online products and services.

Course outline

Layer Concept and Symbols

Spelling and Layer Concepts (23:06)
  • Introduction (00:08)
  • Check Spelling (02:38)
  • Character Marks (04:30)
  • Layer Concepts (04:17)
  • Physically Move a Layer (02:51)
  • Template Layers (03:44)
  • Creating a Layer (04:46)
  • Summary (00:08)
Copy Artwork and Symbols (15:20)
  • Introduction (00:08)
  • Coping Artwork (02:24)
  • Edit Keyboard Shortcuts (04:02)
  • Symbols (04:58)
  • Importing Symbols (03:38)
  • Summary (00:08)
Symbol Tools and Effects (25:50)
  • Introduction (00:08)
  • Symbolism Tools (04:18)
  • Symbol Tools (04:44)
  • Symbol Styler (03:21)
  • Resizing and Replacing (01:31)
  • Replacing a Symbol (05:09)
  • Applying Effects (02:06)
  • Creating from Scratch (04:22)
  • Summary (00:08)