Learn Adobe Illustrator CC for Graphic Design and Illustration: Adobe Certified Associate Exam Preparation

Peachpit Press
Chad Chelius / Rob Schwartz  
Peachpit Press
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October 2018
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Learn Adobe Illustrator CC for Graphic Design and Illustration: Adobe Certified Associate Exam Preparation


This study guide uses text integrated with video to help learners gain real-world skills that will get them started in their career in graphic design and/or illustration and lays the foundation for taking the Illustrator Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) exam. A mix of project-based lessons, videos, and quizzes throughout prepares beginning learners for an entry-level position in a competitive job market.

Written by an instructor with classroom teaching experience, the book covers all of the objectives of the latest Graphic Design and Illustration Using Illustrator Adobe Certified Associate Exam.

Following are the top level domain objectives for the Graphic Design and Illustration Using Illustrator ACA exam:

  • Setting Project Requirements
  • Identifying Design Elements Used When Preparing Graphics
  • Understanding Adobe Illustrator
  • Create Graphics Using Adobe Illustrator
  • Archive, Export, and Publish Graphics Using Adobe Illustrator


  • Leading instructors prepare learners for a career in graphic design and illustration and prepare for the Adobe Certified Associate Exam.
  • Covers all of the objectives of the latest Graphic Design and Illustration Using Adobe Illustrator CC Adobe Certified Associate Exam.
  • Web Edition product uses video instruction with supporting text to teach Illustrator skills and prepare you for the ACA exam--available in print and digitally.

New to this Edition

This will be fully updated for the next Adobe Creative Cloud Photoshop release.

Table of Contents

1 Introduction to Adobe Illustrator CC 2018

2 Creating a Postcard in Illustrator

3 Creating the Front of a Business Card

4 Creating the Back of a Business Card

5 Creating a Music Festival Poster

6 Creating and Exporting Content for Web and Mobile Projects

7 Leveling Up with Design

8 Working with Outsiders


Chad Chelius is a trainer, author, consultant, and speaker residing in the Philadelphia area. He’s been using Adobe products for more than 25 years and began his career in the design and publishing industry. An Adobe Certified Instructor and a consultant, he teaches and advises on all Adobe print and web products, specializing in InDesign and InCopy workflows, Illustrator, and PDF accessibility using Adobe Acrobat. He works with clients both large and small within and outside the United States, helping them to solve problems, to work smarter, and to work more efficiently using Adobe products.

Chad has been authoring content on Adobe products and related technologies for more than 15 years. He’s worked with leading publishers such as Peachpit Press/Adobe Press, Pearson Education, lynda.com, and LinkedIn Learning. He also contributes to InDesign Magazine, InDesignSecrets.com, InCopySecrets.com, and CreativePro.com.

As a speaker, Chad gives talks on Adobe applications at industry conferences of all sizes, including Adobe MAX, CreativePro Conference, The InDesign Conference, PepCon, and MakingDesign. When he’s not consulting and traveling, you’ll find Chad hanging out with his family or riding his road bike in the hills of beautiful Pennsylvania or backpacking with his son. You can follow him on Twitter @chadchelius.

Rob Schwartz (author of Chapters 7 and 8) is an award-winning teacher with 20 years of experience in technical education. In addition to holding several Adobe Certified Associate certifications, Rob is an Adobe Certified Instructor. As an Adobe Education Leader, Rob won the prestigious Impact Award from Adobe, and in 2010 he ran the Top Certifying Academic Center for the Adobe certification exams and was named #1 Instructor Worldwide in the Adobe Certified Associate World Championship. Rob gives presentations worldwide about Adobe certifications. Find out more about Rob at his online curriculum website: brainbuffet.com.