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Illustrator education: create infographics, illustrations & free artwork for posters, websites & multimedia with Illustrator

Illustrator artwork, vector graphics


This Illustrator Education is brand new. After popular demand from fanatic students, a fantastic new module was created. This is integrated in this extra extensive Illustrator education.
You learn Illustrator from scratch during this education. You will use all the tools to illustrate, design and trace. You will also learn all about type options: Illustrator has a lot to offer. You will transform objects in unexpected ways and use simple and complex fills. You use drawing tools, learn what colours are and what to pay attention to. You will use pathfinder functions and masks and there is even a typography class. You use masks for special effects and learn how to use Pantone professionally. When you think you know it all, there will be more! And of course, preparing your designs for print is included: you will know what you're doing. In the end you learn how to prepare your work for print. Get in-depth training during this education to create professional graphics that can be used in many media.

This new education contains four modules. including the scheduled practise break it will take you about 6 months to complete this education, unless you choose 2-days modules to save traveling costs and time.

New This education can be attended at your own pace from home.
You will receive extensive, digital books and can count on homework, homework corrections, your tests and exam, and extra help in between classes via email. You can even call if you need more help.
EXTRA: until end of October, you can have 10 minutes of free, extra help via video.

Lesson content Cursus les inhoud

The illustrations above the lesson content and in the banner are part of this and the other Illustrator courses and have been created by LearningTrain from scratch: learn it all from a professional designer.

Realise your creative goals

This Illustrator education will teach you how to start with a design and what to keep in mind when you start creating. You will learn a lot of different techniques that will help you make the best possible choice to realise your creative goals.

it is important to learn the basics first. Anybody can create something that looks okay but it's more important to keep the printing and creative processes in mind and to understand what lies beneath that oh so easy image. So you will learn everything you need to know to produce perfect artwork.

Learn how to use Illustrator

This Illustrator education is perfect if you need to use Illustrator very often, you learn everything you will most commonly need. During this education you will learn all you need to know to prepare you for more advanced use, if ever you need to specialise.

More Illustrator? There really is nothing left after this PRO education! If you need to know special work related details and tricks you could book some personal training on demand. But there will hardly be topics left to address.

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Module 1 Lesson 1

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Colour, first fills
Order, arranging and composition

During this lesson of the Illustrator education you will start using Illustrator. You will learn how it works, what it looks like and how tools work. We shall also explain the different document options you can use.

You are going to use Illustrator to create objects from scratch during this lesson. We shall teach you how to use different tools to create an Illustration.

Using the different menus and palettes
View options and presentations
The artboard, the printing area
Colour settings
Creating fills
Different settings for different file types
Creating illustrations with basic objects
Using colour swatches, gradients and patterns

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Free drawing and illustrating
Using layers

The name of the application says it all: Illustrator. The appliation is created to illustrate, to be creative. You are going to do this during this lesson of the Illustrator education.

Whether you're in fashion, work as an architect or in PR: you will learn how to use the many drawing tools in Illustrator. You will digitize your own drawings and get to know the first techniques to do just that.

Using layers
Cleverly use layer options
Layer settings and uses
Creating your own illustrations
Using the drawing tools
Integrating path styles
Digitizing your own artwork
Tracing sketches and fotos

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Module 1 Lesson 3

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Transforming with extras
Combining paths

During this lesson of the Illustrator education you will start using the many transformation tools Illustrator has to offer. Objects will be split, recomposed, merged and much more.

Learning how to transform is easy. But Illustrator has a lot of tricks up its sleave. All will be addressed during this lesson. Handy settings and functions will make creating artwork even more fun.

Gewoon spiegelen, roteren...
Bijzonder spiegelen, roteren en meer
Slimme transformatietrucs
Speciale transformaties
Werken met het pad
Automatische transformaties
Objecten slim schalen
Objecten samenvoegen
Objecten splitsen en omkleuren

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Module 1 Lesson 4

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Colour & recoloring designs
Colour librarie and management

During this lesson you learn how to professionally adjust, manage and combine colours. Colours form an integral part of your design and it's important to understand how colour influence your artwork.

You also learn how to use special colours and even how to create and use colour palettes to use in corporate designs. Using colour in artwork was never this easy and impressive. Learn it all.

Splitting and merging paths
Transforming objects in many ways
Special transformations
Using the path options
Automatic transformations

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Using masks
Adding extra techniques

During this lesson you will learn how to cut and combine paths to create stunning artwork. These are at the heart of clever illustations and will help you create the design you need.

You will also learn how to use the different types of masks that Illustrator has in store for you. You are going to need them frequently in the near future so it's a good idea to understand how they work.

Masking techniques
Different types of masks
Masking artwork in detail and in broad outlines
Special fill techniques

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Typografie & artboards
Formatting type in Illustrator

This lesson is about text and typography in Illustrator. Illustrator has many options for text to spark your imagination. Being the creative application it is, Illustrator offers many options to create smashing designs.

You will use simple text first, then move on to more special options. All sorts of handy techniques will be addressed. Use your new artboard skills to create complete and impressive designs.

The different text types
Using text styles
Creating layouts
Revamping a flyer

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Module 2 Lesson 1

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Using the 'Pen' tool
Creating professional paths

During the first lesson you will learn how to get professional tracing results: you learn how to use the 'Pen' tool to create vector trace results that are light and resolution independent. You will work on your sketches and digital images to create the perfect bezier curves and paths you need. Using the pen is explained step by step and by the end of the lesson you should have a good understanding of how it works.

This lesson is combined with lesson 2 to integrate different techniques: this lesson starts one hour earlier.

Create professional paths
Working on vector points
Using bezier curves
Splitting paths part 2
Paths for special effects
Efficient design

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Module 2 Lesson 2

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Tracing with the 'Pen' tool
Integrating 'Pen' skills

Lesson 2 follows after a short break.
During this lesson you will learn tricks to actually trace. Tracing is one of the most common tasks you will perform in Adobe Illustrator. In practise you will need to trace your own sketches and to trace files that have been downloaded. Tracing is the most important part of this lesson so it is a good idea to really understand how everything works.

This lesson is combined with the first lesson to integrate techniques. This way you can start using the 'Pen' tool right away.

Tracing images, photos
Digitizing sketches
Importing files
Clever tricks during tracing
Tracing techniques
Extras while you trace

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Module 2 Lesson 3

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Extra drawing techniques
Creating dynamic artwork

During this lesson you will learn special drawing techniques. You will use the skills from the first lesson to create artwork and designs in special and dynamic ways that can be edited, even after closing the files. This will help you edit and create paths that can be edited without losing elements. It allows for artwork that can always be edited freely and that can be combined and split.

You can't afford to miss this lesson because of the extra techniques that you will  really need during your work as a professional Illustrator user.

Mapping paths
Dynamic artwork
Exploring extra drawing techniques
Creating 'forever' editable artwork
Automatic tracing
Combining paths in different ways

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Module 2 Lesson 4

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Creating files for multimedia
Interesting extra file options

During this lesson of the Illustrator module you will get to know different options to create files for multimedia. You will get to know different file types and learn everything there is to know about them to make an educated choice when you save your files.

You will learn about colours that can be used, you will learn about compression methods and you will compare files and results that occur when you save for different media.

Saving for different media
Saving for media like Facebook
File types
Compression methods
Colour tables and colour options
Background in computer colours
Exploring differences

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Effects for artwork
Avoiding mistakes and poor choices

During this lesson of your Illustrator education you will learn how to use styles and effects. There is a lot you can do with these if only you know what's possible and what should absolutely be avoided. You apply styles to your vector artwork to make it really stand out and personal

Using effects means pit falls and there are many. Learn how to avoid these and how to prepare your files so you can properly use Illustrator effects.

Meeting the effects
Getting to know settings
Preparing artwork for effects
Special document settings
Understanding poor choices
Creating artwork with effects
Extra export options for printability

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Module 2 Lesson 6

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3D options in Illustrator
Discovering hidden gems

This lesson follows after a short break.
During this Illustrator education lesson you are going to learn how to use the extensive 3D options Illustrator has to offer.

What seems so easy to use gives you many more options than you probably will think. Clever tips and tricks will be part of this lesson, as well as revealing gems that are hidden when you first use 3D effects. This helps you make correct choices and avoid mistakes that could ruin your design.

3D in Adobe Illustrator
3D objects
Hidden symbol settings
Creating symbol libraries
Creating your own symbols
Managing symbols

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Module 3 Lesson 1

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Using Pantone colours and inks
Special printing settings

Pantone colours usually trigger a lot of questions. Almost each student has heard about them and has even used them but how to use them professionally is something that is a mystery to most. During this lesson all about Pantone is revealed to help you make educated choices: when do you use Pantone, when is it absolutely not a good idea and much, much more.

You will also learn how to manage colours and swatches. You will understand how colour management works so you can rest assured your artwork will print properly.
Again: a fun and useful lesson.

Adding images, photos, to your design is a big thing. Learn how to do this professionally to avoid heavy files that are difficult to manage.

Pantone colours
Using Pantone the correct way
Understanding printing
Special colour swatches
Special colours for pring
Images in Illustrator

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Module 3 Lesson 2

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Realistic movement in designs
Extra drawing techniques

During the first and second Illustrator modules you learned how to transform in many ways but there are even more surprises in Illustrator bag of tricks. You will use them during this class.

You will give your designs more 'motion' and allure. This will make your designs look more realistic and of course, more attractive.

This Illustrator lesson also addresses the envelope options, they help you transform your artwork in spectacular ways. If you know what you're doing they will be incredibly useful. It will allow you to create illustrations and elements for animation that have a distinctive, logical 'motion feel' to them, think of dresses that flow along the shape of the body and other elements that follow natural shapes.

Transforming, extra functions
Hidden tricks while transforming
Adding special fills
Creating flow and motion in objects
Shaping dynamic elements
Using special effects

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Module 3 Lesson 3

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Using blends
Repetitive artwork

This Illustrator education lesson addresses the blends to prepare you for efficient production of artwork. Learn all you can do with them and use them for spectacular effects.

You will also learn how to use the different blending tools and commands. These will allow you to create very special effects that will make your designs personal. Making your art YOUR art is a challenge.

Adding special effects on strokes is important in Illustrator and you will learn this during this lesson as well. Strokes are a big thing as well and choosing them means you know what you're doing. A stroke can give your artwork a distinctive style, as they will stand out in the middle of your artwork. All about strokes and their effects is addressed.

Using drawing modes
Meeting the blend options
Special tricks with blends
Creating lively designs
Adding repeating elements
Combining skills

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Module 3 Lesson 4

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Perspective in Illustrator
Learning how to use perspective

During this lesson you will learn how to use the perspective tools in Illustrator. Not only that: you will learn how to combine clever settings.

You learn how to use different perspective types and tips and tricks about 'real' drawing.

This lesson also addresses the skills you have obtained so far and how you can put them to good use. This helps you pick the right tools for the jobs and quickly decide what you should do to achieve a certain effect.

Using vanishing points
Perspective in Illustrator
Different perspective types

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Graphs in Illustrator
Designing for public and colour blind

During this lesson you will learn how to use graphs. This may sound boring but the fact is you will sometimes need to convert data into attractive graphs. Now you're a professional Illustrator you can skip Excel and create graphs that, for instance, comply with company colour policies.

Don't think you can skip this class if you don't like graphs. We sneakily sneaked something fun into this class: you will learn how to create your own artwork that you can then use in your graphs.

Graphs in Illustrator
Creating special graphs
Integrating skills
Building sliding graphs
Graph and markers designs

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Printing files
Pitfalls & preflight checks for print

By now you have a acquired many Illustrator skills. Your artwork is getting more and more complex and chances are some (portions of) your artwork may not properly print. During this lesson you will look at possible printing problems to adjust problem areas before you send the file to your printer. This includes a step by step checklist focusing on possible problems.

At the end of this lesson you will know what to look for when you create illustrator files.

What is printing?
Adjusting artwork for print
Recognising problematic areas
Attention for print and detail

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MOdule 4 lesson 1

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Typography for professionals
Management & design

Typografie has always been a big thing in Illustrator. During the first module you already learned how important it is to make good use of type elements and what to be aware of. But... there is even more and you will learn all about it during this class.

Management, flexibility, all you need to know to create folders and many more designs for print. Illustrator has a wealth of options to use type professionally. Find out today!

What are type styles
Clever usage
Typography & constistency
Clever tricks for fast production

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Creating patterns in Illustrator
Perfectly repeating designs

Of course: we have an individual pattern design course. But most serious Illustrator users will want to know how to create perfectly repeating patterns to use in their illustrations and objects. And that is exactly what you will learn today.

You will create your very own patterns and use them in your artwork. Not on auto pilot! You learn the techniques to create patterns from scratch. Much better.

Extra transformations
Hidden tricks for expert transforms
Using blends
Using special envelopes
Using dynamic objects

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Brushes in Illustrator
Creating your own brushes

This lesson is about creating brushes. This seems simple but there is much to know about settings and options before you can fully enjoy them. So today you learn it all and create all sorts of brushes from scratch.

Pattern brushes, art brushes and much more will be addressed while you make clever use of all the skills you learned during the previous modules. Success guaranteed. And of course special designs as well!

Getting to know brushes
Brushes anatomy
Creating your own brush
Artbrush, scatterbrush & pattern brushes
Brush libraries

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Special masks
Using blending

This lesson is dedicated to using special masks. You already know how to use masks, they have been addressed during the first module. But there is a lot more you can do with masks and there are even very special masks that help you realise special effects.

During this lesson you will also learn how to use the blend modes. These are cleverly combined to create very special artwork. Everything seems different in Illustrator: learn what to be aware of to create surprising designs.

Blend modes
Using blends
Creating special masks
Combining masks
Adjustable gradual masking

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Using graphic styles
Creating your own styles

During this lesson you learn how to create your own graphic styles. Because nothing beats making things yourself if you want to distinguish yourself from others and want to make your artwork truly stand out. Learn it all today.

All extras and hidden settings and tricks will be addressed. This means you can transform artwork super fast or give your designs a special twist. Your designs will become even more personal when you use styles and their quirks professionally.

Getting to know graphic styles
Creating your own styles
Applying styles
Management and printability
Using styles with a twist

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Managing appearance
Special requests: dynamic artwork

This is the Big Appearance Lesson. What 'Appearance' is is something you learn during this entire education. But even when you know what it is, a lot of tricks are yet unexplored. So it's time to put all this goodness to good use during this lesson.

During this lesson you learn how to transform dynamically. You will use special automatic transformations and functionalities.
Drawing while you reflect? Check.
Drawing while you rotate and copy? Check.
Fun? Double check!!

Using special fills and strokes
Linking properties and apperances
Adjustable appearances
Drawing while you transform
Drawing dynamically

toetsles van uw cursus

The test lessons
Of your education

The last lesson of each (except the last) education module is the test lesson. You will receive one or a few assignments that will require all your new skills. The tests are done from home so you can be more at ease, with all you need at your fingertips.

Exam: conclusion of your last module
The last lesson of the last module is your exam. You will receive instructions for an extensive assignment. You send in your files on the agreed date and time and will receive input and tips to make your designs even more professional.

of tests & exam

Tests will be evaluated by your teacher on appointment. You will receive input and may be asked to adjust elements to make sure the design is all right.

If you sent in all required homework and your test results are good they will are valid for your diploma.

When are the
tests & exam?

The tests
The tests can be made during your education, or within two months following your last education lesson.

The exam
You do the exam within two months following your last education lesson. During these two months you can prepare for the exam.

Questions about this education

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English classes

Yes, this is absolutely possible. Now that all courses and educations are available via video training, you can book English spoken course from wherever you live.

English lesson material

All books are available in English.


Full English training

During your courses and education, all the training can be done in English. This means you will receive books in English, and your homework assignments and other assignments, as well as your homework corrections, will be communicated in English.

Personal video education
Normal pace

Per module
3 x 2 combined lessons (3 x 3 hours)
1 personal test lesson on appointment

Runtime 1 month
Week for homework after each lesson

Doing the education from home
Special pace

You decide how much time you need, and how much time you want to spend on doing the homework. In short: it's all up to you. We can help set you up a schedule.

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Personal video training
Special pace

You can have your training on special days and times, and have special schedules that allow you to fit the training into your personal schedule.

Personal video education
Normal pace

Per module
We combine 2 lessons each time: you have 3 hours classes.

Doing the course from home
Special pace

You decide how much time you need, and how much time you want to spend on doing the homework. In short: it's all up to you. We can help set you up a schedule.

Personal video training
Special pace

Single lessons take 1.5 hours to complete. You can combine lessons and have class for longer.

Regular video training
Personal & groups

Regular video training allows students to train together via video. This is similar to training in a classroom, but it's online.

This type of training is perfect if you want to attend a course from a different country, too.

This is usually the preferable way to train since you learn from other students' questions, but it is possible that you end up in class alone: we don't cancel classes since we don't like minimum attendance requirements. Every student is welcome if they want to train.

We set up a schedule which depends on availability and always combine two lessons. If your course contains an uneven number of lessons, one of them will be a single lesson. Simple.

Personal video training
Special paces & schedules

With a personal video course or education you can set up a special pace. You can for instance combine or split lessons and have class on days and times that work with your personal schedule. This will depend on availability: if you would like to book a day that is not available, we will find another day that will be good for you too.

The course from home
Special paces

If you prefer, you can do the courses and educations from home at a special pace. This means you receive the lesson books and required material when you are ready to receive them.
You decide how much time you need to read the lesson material and how much time you want to spend on doing the homework. In short: it's all up to you. We can help set you up a schedule though, if you like.

Homework during this education

Homework after each lesson
You receive homework after each lesson. Making the homework takes about 12 hours a week. If you only do the required assignments this education's homework will take about 5 hours a week to complete.

When do you send the homework?
You have a week to make the homework. You send the homework immediately following your lesson so your teacher can evaluate it.

Homework correction & questions

Homework correction
Your teacher schedules time to correct homework in the week following your lesson. You will receive tips and corrections. There are guidelines for sending homework, you will be told during the first lesson.

Answering questions
About 12/15 minutes are scheduled at the start of each lesson during which you can ask questions and receive more tips.

Software installation tips
About Adobe software

Needed during class

  • A notebook and pen
  • Your laptop (if you don't have one you can use one of our computers)
  • If you bring your laptop the software should be installed
  • Practising material: when you enroll specify whether or not you use your own laptop so you can install practising material in advance.

Please note the software for your training should be installed before class, there is no time to install it during class and this would mean you wouldn't be able to do the exercises.

Needed at home/work

  • If software is needed during your education you can buy it or download a trial.
  • A computer (preferably desktop).
  • Optional: a Wacom tablet to design more freely. Attention: for some Wacom functions you really need the legal Adobe software.

This education includes

  • Course fees
  • Syllabus
  • Tests and exam
  • Extra practise time to prepare for your test (two months max)
  • Digital or printed books with exercises, homework and a recap of what was addressed
  • Extra assignments and tools so you can learn even more
  • Extra telephone and email support in between lessons
  • Homework
  • Personal homework correction
  • Two weeks aftercare

And the software?

You take care of the software yourself, as Adobe Preferred Partner we can only sell multi licenses and seats to companies.
You either buy the software or install a trial.

If you already own Adobe software there is no need to purchase the subscription based Cloud applications. The following suites are still perfectly usable:

Creative Suite CS4 through CS6

Prior knowledge

You don't need to know anything about Adobe Illustrator yet. You will learn everything from scratch and can join this education even if you have never used any Adobe software in your life. You will learn all you need to know and will soon be able to do exercises and design great looking artwork.

Handy computer skills

It is a good idea to be handy when you use your computer.

This means you can install programs (you will have to install software most times) and you can organise, monitor and manage your folders and files.

Personal video education
Normal pace

€ 3.300,00 excluding BTW (VAT, taxes)
€ 3.993,00 including 21% BTW

Doing the education from home
Special pace

€ 3.300,00 excluding BTW (VAT, taxes)
€ 3.993,00 including 21% BTW


Personal video education
Special pace

€ 4.780,00 excluding BTW (VAT, taxes)
€ 5.783,80 including 21% BTW

Feel free to split or combine more lessons. With this training you can choose different days and times, too, and train during holidays if you prefer.


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Veel tools

Tijdens de lessen leerde ik snel veel verschillende tools om te gebruiken waardoor het in een mum van tijd lukt om zelf aan de slag te gaan met het maken van afbeeldingen.
Wat ik erg prettig vond was dat we bij alle functies meteen leerden wat de sneltoetscombinatie was. Hierdoor leer je meteen snel schakelen tussen tools wat efficiƫnt werkt.
Eva F.


Echt vet, ik kan al meteen alles gebruiken. Ik ga door met gevorderden!
E. vd V


Heb al wel superveel profijt van de cursus! Zowel thuis als op werk :) Ben allerlei dingen aan het maken ermee.
M. de P.

Zeer degelijk

Dit is een zeer degelijke cursus die goed de basis van Illustrator uit de doeken doet. De sfeer is goed en nodigt uit om vragen en opmerkingen te plaatsen waar ook goed en professioneel op wordt gereageerd. Het cursusmateriaal is uitgebreid en de oefeningen sluiten aan op de behandelde stof. Het huiswerk sluit ook aan op de afgelopen lessen en zijn van goed niveau, zelfs voor de mensen die al wat ervaring hebben met Illustrator. Het vergt wel een paar uur per week om het huiswerk te maken maar het heeft dan ook tot doel om routine op te bouwen.
Tot slot; de geboden faciliteiten zijn goed en er zijn mogelijkheden om met de verschillende versies van Illustrator (CS3/4/5/6)) te werken.Kortom; deze cursus is de prijs meer dan waard!


I though this course would be easy, I have worked with Illustrator for a few years now. I stepped into your class room with a big ego. I am now dwarfed! But I love it ;)
Andrew D.


Al jaren was ik creatief bezig en ik wilde dit uitbreiden naar digitaal tekenwerk. Dat lukt me nu heel goed. Ik kan mijn eigen tekeningen mooi opmaken in Illustrator en ze bovendien van tekst voorzien. Ik ben echt heel blij met deze cursus. En wat een prachtig naslagwerk.
Merel de J.


Kijk, aan jullie cursusmateriaal heb ik nog eens wat. Dit is pas het echte werk. Geweldig!
Boris van den H.

Illustrator Bijbel

Leerzame cursus, met duidelijke uitleg en uitgebreid naslagwerk ( een soort illustrator bijbel ).
Ik heb met heel veel plezier de cursus gevolgd !
H.M. V.

Professional training

This school is so different that I hope they will stay this way for ever and not grow into one of those fast-school facilities. Professional training, personal coaching and homework corrections. What more do I need? Thanks miss, had to get used to your sense of humor but wow!
W. Y.


Ik moest voor het werk vaak Illustrator bestanden bewerken, we krijgen ze aangeleverd uit Amerika. Ik prutste wat met de tekst. Sleutelde aan de kleuren en morrelde aan de vormen. Maar het grootste deel van mijn tijd was gemodder. En ik moest dus op cursus. Met tegenzin begon ik eraan, ik vond het echt een vrouwenprogramma. Maar vanaf de eerste les was ik om. Dat is knap! Ik ben nog steeds enthousiast. Wilde ik even kwijt. Volgende week mijn laatste les. Eeuwige dank.
Modder R.

Voor mij te zwaar

Hoewel ik de Cursus an sich kan waarderen was hij voor mij te zwaar. Ik vond het moeilijk mijn drukke gezin, baan en les te combinieren. Echter wel prachtige ondersteuning en feine sfeer.
Sybille J-D


Sybille, je had wel flinke pech! Je mag altijd terug komen om wat je gemist hebt in te halen, doe rustig aan, er is geen tijdlimiet voor. Maak daar gerust gebruik van! Ik stuur je een mailtje.

Eindelijk leuk

Ik ben al op meerdere scholen geweest, het moest er snel, het moet met standaard materiaal, er is geen begeleiding... Eindelijk vind ik naar school gaan leuk en vooral inspirerend en leerzaam! Deze school is een echte aanrader!
Neil J.

Net begonnen

Ik ben net begonnnen met deze cursus maar het bevalt me nu al goed! Ik krijg na deze twee lessen elke keer trouw antwoord op mijn vragen. Had ik niet verwacht, heel erg bedankt en sorry dat ik zoveel vragen stel!
M. S.


Illustrator is a very extensive application and I must say I dreaded the course. But due to the teacher's patience I found the course to be not only clear and helpful but truly inspirational. I am looking forward to the advanced course.
Bette L.


Ik had deze cursus nodig voor mijn positie als marketing manager. We krijgen regelmatig Illustrator files toegestuurd ter revisie. Tot op heden waren dergelijke bestanden abracadabra voor mij. Nu niet meer. Ik redigeer en wijzig alles direct en kan instructies geven aan de editors overzee. Ideaal!
Linda d. J.


Geweldige cursus! Zo uitgebreid en praktisch. De begeleiding is zeer goed. Ik heb uiteindelijk 3 cursussen gevolgd. Ik ontwerp voor mijn eigen bedrijf en nu doe ik alles digitaal en ben zo onafhankelijk van andere ontwerpers. Top! Ga zo door.
Yisa Lin-T.


I learned not only the basics but even features used by professionals. The course was saturated with incredibly useful information. Thanks!
Raymond R.

Alles afgevinkt

De cursus is heel goed en professioneel. Ik heb voor de cursus een lijst gemaakt van alles wat ik wilde leren tijdens deze cursus en heb alles kunnen afvinken.
E. van H.

Ontzettend duidelijk

Ik ben echt zeer tevreden over de inhoud van de cursus die ik heb gevolgd. Naar mijn idee wordt de beschikbare tijd zeer nuttig gebruikt tijdens de lessen. Het lesmateriaal is zo ontzettend duidelijk dat je er genoeg aan hebt om alles thuis nog eens door te nemen en vervolgens de huiswerkopdrachten te maken. Mij sprak het tempo wel aan, het gaf me het gevoel dat ik snel en veel leerde.
Ook ben ik zeer te spreken over het feit dat ik steeds zo snel een reactie ontving per email als ik huiswerk toestuurde of iets te vragen had.
Aimée Hoen

Er werkelijk iets aan hebben

Les krijgen en weten dat je er ook werkelijk iets aan gehad hebt. Dit stimuleert enorm. Geweldig lesmateriaal!!!

Cursus: eye-opener

Deze cursus is een echte eye-opener. Ik kan nu al mijn ontwerpen digitaliseren wat een hoop tijd scheelt. Bedankt voor de goede begeleiding!
Janneke van B.


Ik kijk sinds ik met de eerste cursus begon heel anders naar de wereld en ontdek steeds meer dingen die met Illustrator zijn gemaakt. Het is zo opvallend! En het mooiste is: ik heb er nu werk mee gevonden. Heel erg bedankt!
Jeltsje van M.

Great, people!

Thanks for the course. Really inspiring. I am coming back for more courses. Great, people!
Stan B.

Hard werken

Het was hard werken zeg. Maar alle moeite waard! Ik heb er echt tijd voor moeten maken en gelukkig werd me op het werk ook de ruimte gegeven om dat te doen. Ik gebruik het nu in mijn functie van webdesigner en maak de nieuwsbrieven en presentaties op. Echt te gekke cursus!
Joris van B.

Questions about Illustrator

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Adobe Illustrator

Illustrator is Adobe application, just like Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Flash and InDesign. Illustrator has been around since the nineties of the previous century. As time progressed Illustrator has developed into a wonderful environment in which great graphics can be created. You are going to explore most options in Illustrator during our Illustrator Course and Illustrator Course Advanced.

Illustrator for all designs

In Illustrator you use vectors. Vectors are at the heart of resolution independant artwork. It is a great application to create flyers, posters and business cards and also, as the name suggests, to create illustrations. it is the standard in the world of design to create and edit digital illustrative material.
During your Illustrator Course you will learn how to add and edit text, to create illustrations, how to add graphics to combine all this artwork into a perfect design.

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Illustrator: draw it all yourself

Illustrator can be intimidating because in Illustrator, you create everything from scratch. You have to know different tools to create exactly what you want. But difficult? Not when you learn it at LearningTrain. We are here every step of the way. With our special lesson material with step by step exercises even the most complex and technical things are fun to learn, you will learn it all.

But is Illustrator difficult?

No, I can't say it is. You will need time to practise, of course. And by doing your homework and looking at your personal homework corrections you will learn al there is to know to create everything you need. The courses are well balanced, you will absolutely be successful.

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No, no worries

U hoeft echt niet goed te kunnen tekenen. Affiniteit met tekenen of in ieder geval plezier hebben in zelf dingen maken is wel fijn. U hoeft heus geen ster te zijn in tekenen: u hoeft bijvoorbeeld niet uit het hoofd dingen te kunnen tekenen.

Learn how to observe

What's more you will learn to really observe things from the first lesson on. This means you will soon wonder how to recreate certain objects from your daily life with Illustrator. If you want to create nice designs and be creative Illustrator really is for you!


Comforting anecdote

One of the best things happened when a student finished her Photoshop Education and wanted to become a professional designer. She realized she would need to learn Illustrator too. She told me (LearningTrain founder) she didn't feel like it at all and gave me an somewhat angry look, clearly unhappy.
To my (and her!) surprise, she sent me something after the second class, filled with joy. Her first illustration and she loved it. As a matter of fact... She loved it so much she also attended the Advanced course. Well done Mariska!

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Free illustrations, logos, infographics

Illustrator is also used to create free illustrations. The program after all is not called Illustrator for nothing. With Illustrator, you create special illustrations and designs you can use in images and of course in InDesign: in InDesign, you add them to the design of books and magazines.

Business card, poster, layouts & moodboards

Adobe Illustrator is used to create digital artwork. You can for instance use it to create business cards and posters. Even smaller brochures can be created in Illustrator. Illustrator is also used to design websites, logos and technical drawings.

Combining it all? Illustrator!

In Illustrator you can combine illustrations (based on vectors) with text and digital images (based on pixels). Think of a big poster with huge text and self-made illustrations with a big image in it. Illustrator is at the heart of everything you need to create free and fabulous designs and is the program of choice of every creative.

Illustrator for fashion & styling

In Illustrator you can trace your sketches and patterns to create crisp vector artwork. This makes adjusting colours and using special fills a fun and exciting thing todo.

Designers in the world of fashion and styling love Illustrator and it helps them saving a lot of time. More and more fashion designers are switching to Illustrator and make the move from Canvas to the world of Illustrator.

Looking for a job in this industry you can hardly miss any Illustrator skills: LearningTrain has by now trained students from many fashion companies. Think of Tommy Hillfiger, McGregor and Levi's for instance, or Mexx, America Today, CoolCat, Sissiyboy and Hunkemolller.


Creating graphs in Illustator is very simple and you can learn different ways to create and edit them. You can change the colours on the fly and you will learn what to pay attention to when you are creating them, such as the right colours for the colour blind.

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Mode & styling

The fashion industry is an important user: it is easy to design and present models in Illustrator and the drawings are crisp and perfect. Adding stitches, patterns, creating technical drawings: everything can be done in Illustrator.

Illustrators & artists

As an illustrator you will probably love Illustrator. You can be asked to produce digital material and want to trace your own scans and drawings. This can all be done in Illustrator, then allowing you to change colours, create colour schemes and much, much more.

Pattern designers

Pattern designers love Illustrator. It is often used to trace patterns and to create perfectly repeating patterns. Playing with colour and using seasonal colour schemes and Pantone, for instance, can all be done in Illustrator.

Architects, gardeners, contractors

Another big user group is formed by architects, city planners and garden designers, for instance. They often use CAD and frankly, what comes out of CAD needs some revamping if it has to be presented to clients. With some Illustrator extras the design is made much more attractive for your clients which will make it much easier to sell.


And many more

Many different types of students have so far attended the Illustrator courses. They all put Illustrator to good use. They create models, for instance, for the shoes industry. Others create medical illustrations. Some students create infographics for use in company flow charts, others design interfaces for apps and websites. They design flyers and designs that can be used in InDesign and Photoshop. Illustrator will surprise you with its flexibility and versatility. .

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Start at the beginning!

You will most often enjoy starting at the beginning, even if you have been using Illustrator for a while you will learn lots of handy tricks and things that save you a lot of time.

You will learn how to use lots of tools and functions and you will use, among other things, pencil and brush, masking techniques and special transformation functions. You will use type in many different ways to help you create layouts for business cards for instance, and for posters and flyers. You can do a lot with text in Illustrator, it is fantastic to discover this.

At the end of the course you can work independently.

Start with Fashion & Styling?

Alternatively, you can start with the Illustrator Course Fashion & Styling if you work in fashion but this course is less extensive. If you need to attend the Illustrator Advanced Course later, you are much better off if you start with the regular Illustrator Course.

You can also start with the Illustrator Course For Architects. The basis is the same for all Illustrator courses since tools need to be addressed but the Architect course does not contain the extensive typography class that is included in the regular Illustrator course.


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Ask what you need to know and tell us what you want to learn for your specific situation so someone can help you out as best they can to find you the right course.

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Complete Educations

Learn it all during an Illustrator Education. We have two! You learn everything from the individual Illustrator courses. And of course, since it's an education, you learn lots of great combinations.
You will learn how to draw, how to use colours professionally and how to use Pantone for example. You use combined and split paths, different drawing techniques and pathfinder functions. You will prepare artwork for both print and digital media and how to use different profiles for different jobs. All is addressed during this solid education, you will have very few questions left.

Illustrator education runtime

These educations contain 3 or 4 modules and take 21 or 28 lessons to complete.

The modules can be attended in a row but it is usually very much appreciated to schedule a break in between some modules..
The most popular schedule is the one that contains a longer break between the second and remaining modules: this is also what the educations are based on. You start in september and practise during the end of year break, then continue in January.

After practising enough you can book the tests for the different modules.
The exam is done after that, you can do this within 2 months after your last lesson.

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Fashion, a wide playing field

Fashion and styling form an important Illustrator user group. Many stylists use Illustrator. But since fashion is such a wide playing field in which many different tasks should be performed it can be a search to find out what's best for your situation. Stylists can be divided in two big groups.

* Since stylists are required to do more and more this specific course will soon be merged with the regular Illustrator Course. All topics from Fashion & Styling will be integrated: the course is very complete.

Group 1

These stylists create impressions for moods, moodboars and free illustrations. They sometimes have to create small designs for cards, posters and flyers and work intuitively and freehand for lively designs.

Group 2

These stylists are more technical: they need to work very precisely and create designs for production plants in, for instance, China, Turkey and other countries. They need to work proportionally correct and specify where cuts and stitches should be applied so the garments can be properly produced.

Ideal for group 1

Since styists are required to do more and more the Illustrator Course is the best choice. It also contains an extensive typography clas and one for handy transformations that will be very handy for moodboards.

Ideal for group 2

You're best off starting with the Illustrator Course. Then proceed with the Illustrator Advanced Course. This will teach you how to trace technical designs and will prep you to create technical drawings and very precise designs. You will know everything about colour to allow for super fast variations.

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Illustrator Course Advanced

During this Illustator course you build on your existing skills. So by now you know all about colour, transformation and paths. During this course you learn how to trace using the 'Pen' tool and you create professional paths.

You get to know the active functions in Illustrator and use special effects to add lots of extras to your designs. The emphasis is on creating professional and technically correct artwork but of course, this course is also very creative.

Illustrator Course Professional

If you want to use Illustrator professionally you can't afford to miss this course. You will learn all there is to know about special functions to create artwork that is perfect for print, too: you learn all about prepress and preparing work for print, too, and all about Pantone and how to use this correctly.

More transformation is included, as well as exciting new techniques to create 'motion' and 'movement' in your designs.


Illustrator Course Expert

This course is really the cherry on the cake. You will learn how to transform dynamically, use colours professionally and you will create complex layouts for different media. You will learn how to create repeating patterns you can use in fashion, wallpaper and packaging and backgrounds. You will even learn how to create professional brushes to make your designs stand out.
You will combine all techniques you learned during earlier courses. After this course Illustrator will have very few secrets left.

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Illustrator Course For Architects

This Illustrator course is for architects, landscape and city planners and garden designers.

You learn Illustrator from scratch. The last lesson is on demand to adjust your CAD designs in Illustrator. CAD usually creates 'boring' artwork, Illustrator helps you sell a good looking design.

Illustrator Course For Tracing

During this course you wll learn how to use the most daunting tool: the 'Pen' tool. This is the most powerful tool and it's the most difficult tool to master. In two days though, you will learn how to create vector paths from scratch and how to trace designs. With the Pen.

Tracing is important for different reasons. If you work in fashion it is a great tool to create sharp designs and to present them.
But it is an absolutely essential tool to create logos since you will often have to trace your sketches or sharpen paths.
Tracing is also done to work from photo.


Illustrator Course Pattern Design

You can attend this course to learn how to design patterns. Patterns are used as special fills in different objects but the technique is incredibly useful if you want to learn how to design patterns for fashion for instance, or for wall papers and wrapping papers. Eijffinger, one of the renowned wall paper and interior design companies in the Netherlands, attended an Illustrator course here: they create patterns with, among other software, Illustrator.

Patterns, sometimes referred to as 'artworks' which is not a professional name, can be used to print silk, cotton and artificial fibers. Each fabric is different and will react according to their nature. During your course you will learn tips and tricks on inks and colours too.

You need prior knowledge to attend this Illustrator course.

Illustrator Course Brushes Design

Designing brushes is very useful to create artwork with special borders and edges but brushes are also used to create special decorative elements. They are used for special finishing, too.

Brushes are often at the heart of a design, they are not just a nice thing to use. Creating brushes requires an understanding of technique and clever tricks you can use while you design them. Because your artwork may need some better finishing, it's best to understand how to tweak your brush to get the most out of it.

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Cursus Illustrator vragen.

Do you know who this is?

Indirectly, he is connected to Illustrator.
Learn it all during the first Illustrator course, all will be revealed during the third lesson.

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What is resolution independent artwork?

Resolution independent artwork is artwork that can be scaled (resized) without quality loss. In Illustrator you use vectors to draw and create artwork. Vectors are at the heart of resolution independent designs: you can upscale and they will not get blurry, in contrast to what happens when you scale something in Photoshop. This is, of course, a terrific quality.

Cleverly use all tricks

There are of course lots of things to be aware of if you want to create truly resolution independent artwork.

Learn all about that during the advanced courses. This will help you creating files that are perfect for print and different media.

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It depends on the design

If you create designs that contain many pages as is the case when you design magazines, brochures and books for instance, you're better off with InDesign. In InDesign you can design books, too. If you need to combine lots of images with text, including headers, footers and pagination, you really will need InDesign. InDesign will give you all the options for typography and to combine images with text and decorative elements.


Illustrator is much handier if you want to design small folders, business cards, stationery and much more. Illustrator is so easy when you need to move objects around and recolour them. You can combine your art with images, photos, and you can use lots of typographic solutions. Illustrator has even a few more options for text. But it's less handy if you need to create designs that consist of many different pages.

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InDesign is used to combine photos, images, with illustrations and text. You place all the images in the perfect location and add text, using InDesign's typographic wonderfulness to create perfect layouts for books, magazines and much much more.


Illustrator is used to create graphics, illustrations and logo's. It is also used to create designs for folders, flyers and more.

You can not edit the images and Illustrations in InDesign. You need Photoshop to edit the photos you place in InDesign.
And you need Illustrator to edit (and of course create) the illustrations and decorative elements.

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What's the difference with Photoshop?

The biggest difference is that Photoshop uses raster-based files containing pixels and Illustrator uses vectors. Vectors are used to create artwork that can be blown up without losing quality whatsoever. If you make something bigger in Photoshop the result will be very poor and can even become smudgy.

This means that you can design something small in Illustrator but still print it in a very big size.

Combining raster and vector

Another difference is that you can combine vectors, rasters and text to create beautiful and powerful designs. Think about posters with a huge image, combined with text and decorative elements. You can do such things in Photoshop but it's usually much, much better to do this in Illustrator.
Photoshop is used to edit images, photos. You can not do this in Illustrator. If you want to edit photos you will have to learn how to use Photoshop, too.

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Illustrator & Photoshop

You will most often use Photoshop to make your Illustrator artwork (your designs) 'softer', to use Photoshop patterns in Illustrator (or the other way round) or to combine illustrations and infographics with photographic material.

You can't edit photos in Illustrator, you can only do this in Photoshop. If you want to remove a pimple or background from an image you will really need Photoshop.
Create beautiful backgrounds in Photoshop and use them in Illustrator. For instance, isolate a few elements (aka remove their backgrounds) and use them in Illustrator to create smashing moodboads and other presentation files or promotional materials that require photos.

Illustrator and Photoshop really most often go hand in hand. As a designer Illustrator and Photoshop will often be running at the same time to allow you to exchange elements.

TIP it is advisable to know how to use both Illustrator and Photoshop, have a look on the Photoshop course page.

Illustrator & InDesign

InDesign is the application of choice to design books, brochures and magazines: graphic design is done in InDesign. In InDesign, you combine images, illustrations and text in a very professional way.

InDesign is often promoted as a creative application. And although you of course can do creative graphic design, you can not use it to create illustrations. You create illustrations in Illustrator. And then, you add these illustrations to your InDesign designs. Use Illustrator to create text dividers, logo's and text balloons for example. The combination of Illustrator and InDesign skills is a highly recommended on in the world of graphic design.

You will enjoy your Illustrator skills a lot using InDesign. It goes both ways: your InDesign skills are terribly useful when you use Illustrator. You usually need both.

TIP InDesign and Illustrator are a very strong combo: you can adjust and create anything and create exactly what you need.

Illustrator & apps

Apps & interfaces design is ideally done in Illustrator. App updates for iPad for instance can require a higher resolution for apps. Not a problem in Illustrator: simply save your designs bigger without losing quality.

TIPIllustrator by default contains standard elements to get started. But the most professional choice is of course to make them yourself. Learn this here!

Illustrator & CAD designs

Architects use Autodesk programma's such as AutoCAD and Revit for their designs. They too enjoy Illustrator on a daily basis to present their designs to their clients in the most attractive way.

Illustrator & webdesign

Websites are often designed in Illustrator. Buttons, elemtents and core content is often created in Illustrator. And although Photoshop is also often used for this this is mostly due to the fact many designers don't know how to use Illustrator yet.