Adobe Illustrator

I.     Course Prefix/Number: CAB 175

       Course Name: Adobe Illustrator

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 3 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Recommended: Hands-on experience using Windows software. Prerequisite: Previous or concurrent enrollment in CAB 160 or consent of instructor.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course introduces Adobe Illustrator, industry standard tool for graphic designers and technical illustrators. Content includes various features of object-based drawing application; practical exercises in basics of object manipulation including reflecting, shearing and blending; additional content includes subtleties of layering and Bezier’ curves toward creating professional, computer-based illustrations.

IV.   Learning Objectives

  1. Differentiate tools by their function in the Adobe Illustrator software.
  2. Demonstrate the use of image templates to aid in the construction of an illustration.
  3. Apply Adobe Illustrator tool settings and preferences to achieve required results in a given situation.
  4. Create specific illustration effects using the Adobe Illustrator software capabilities of the Reflect, Scale, Rotate, Shear, and Blend tools.
  5. Design new illustrative effects through repeated and combined transformations of objects.
  6. Use and customize Adobe Illustrator patterns to create new designs.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

  1. Program basics
    1. Window contents
    2. Setting preferences
    3. Preview modes
  2. Image templates
    1. Using templates as tracing guides
    2. Converting files into templates
    3. Making templates invisible
  3. Using scanning, import and export module options
  4. Paths
    1. Setting the freehand tolerance
    2. Setting auto trace gap distance
    3. Working with and averaging anchor points
    4. Converting smooth and corner points
  5. Transforming objects
    1. Grouping/ungrouping
    2. Locking/unlocking
    3. Hiding/showing
    4. Layering
    5. Rotating and reflecting
    6. Shearing
    7. Blending
  6. Type objects
    1. Changing type into the shape of an irregular object
    2. Wrapping type around a graphic
    3. Setting type along a curve
  7. G.  Patterns
    1. Constructing simple, geometric and irregularly textured patterns
    2. Redefining and transforming patterns
  8. H.    Printing
    1. Artwork Board options
    2. Tiling
    3. Adjusting the page grid
    4. Crop marks
    5. Splitting paths
  9. Create illustrations and images for web publishing.

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Seminars and individualized instruction.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Attend seminars as scheduled.  Produce and turn in on time all projects assigned.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, media-based, hybrid or online course.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Tests and Projects  90%
Tests will be graded and Projects will be critiqued. The first 6 project will not receive an accept or not accept. Students will be given an opportunity to correct their work to the accept stage. The remainder of the projects will receive a grade of A thru F. All projects can be resubmitted to receive a higher grade.
Attendance:  10%

XI.   Other Course Information

Software Users!  Copying software is in violation of Federal law and College policies.  Suspected violations will be vigorously investigated and if warranted, appropriate penalties applied. 

Specifically, you do not have the right to:
1.    make copies of software for yourself or others.
2.    receive and use unauthorized copies of software.

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at