Digital Toolkit for Illustrators

This studio course introduces students to best practices for creating digital illustration. Students explore advanced tools in Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator such as layers, layer styles, adjustments, blending modes, filters, masks, channels, paths, transformations, brushes, pen tool, selections, animation timelines, smart objects, scanning artwork, exporting for print and web, and many other functions.

Through lectures and class discussions, this course examines the wide range of contemporary illustration such as animated gifs, posters, video games, packaging, editorial illustration, and comics. Students are recommended to have access to a tablet.

This course is offered in partnership with OCAD University to offer a wide range of courses for enhancing your career expertise in web, design, photography, analytics, and technology.

Working with your OCAD U Account

As a student, you will receive an OCAD U user account, which will grant you access to the OCAD U learning management system, called Canvas. Your Canvas account will be enabled one week prior to the start date of your course. Login at

Contact for assistance with using your account.

Certificate Options

Many OCAD U courses can be applied towards a certificate. Explore to learn more.

Note that students seeking a certificate must register with OCAD U via the APPLY link on the page for the certificate concerned. 

Contact for questions concerning certificates available or to confirm your chosen set of courses will qualify.

Fall 2021

Course Requirements

Regular access to a computer with a high-speed broadband internet connection is required.

Course Prerequisites

Intro to Adobe Illustrator, Intro to Adobe Photoshop, Illustration Essentials, or equivalent experience.


Course Cancellations

Please note that courses may be cancelled at any time due to low enrolment. Upon cancellation, registrants will receive a full refund.

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