Illustrator CS5:

Advanced, First Look Edition

Frequently asked questions and instructor notes

Topic A0:   Classroom setup

All our courses assume that each student has a personal computer to use during the class. Our hands-on approach to learning requires that they do. This topic gives information on how to set up the classroom to teach this course.

Hardware requirements

Each student’s personal computer should have:

·   A keyboard and a mouse

·   Intel Pentium 4, Intel Centrino, Intel Xeon, or Intel Core Duo (or compatible) processor

·   1GB RAM 

·   At least 2.5GB of available hard-disk space for installation

·   A DVD-ROM drive

·   A monitor with at least 1280 ´ 960 resolution and 24-bit color or better

·   A PostScript printer driver, such as the Xerox Phaser 6120PS. An actual printer is not required.

Software requirements

You will need the following software:

·   Microsoft Windows 7, Windows XP with Service Pack 3, or Windows Vista Home Premium, Business, Ultimate, or Enterprise with Service Pack 1 (certified for 32-bit editions)

·   Adobe Illustrator CS5

Network requirements

The following network components and connectivity are also required for this course:

·   Internet access, for the following purposes:

   Downloading the latest critical updates and service packs

   Downloading the Student Data files from

   Downloading the PowerPoint files from

Classroom setup instructions

Before you teach this course, you will need to perform the following steps to set up each student computer.

1   Install Windows 7 according to the software manufacturer’s instructions. If the student machines have Internet access, and they are behind a software or hardware firewall, install the latest critical update.

     Note: You can also use Windows Vista or Windows XP, but the screenshots in this course were taken in Windows 7, so students’ screens might look somewhat different. Also, some of the following setup instructions might differ slightly.

2   With flat-panel displays, we recommend using the panel’s native resolution for best results. Color depth/quality should be set to High (24 bit) or higher.

3   Install Adobe Illustrator CS5 according to the software manufacturer’s instructions.  If you have the full version of Creative Suite 5, you need to install only Illustrator CS5 for this course.

a   On the Installation Options screen, from the Install list, choose Selected Components.

b   Clear all check boxes except the one for Adobe Illustrator CS5.

c   Continue with the default installation. When asked whether to download updates, click Yes.

4   Change Illustrator’s default units as follows:

a   Open Illustrator and choose Edit, Preferences, Units.

b   From the General list, select Inches. Click OK.

c   Close Illustrator.

5   Download the Student Data files for the course:

a   Connect to

b   Under Downloads, click Instructor-Led Training.

c   Browse the subject categories to locate your course. Then click the course title to display a list of available downloads. (You can also access these downloads through our Catalog listings.)

d   Click the link(s) for downloading the Student Data files. You can download the files directly to student machines or to a central location on your own network.

e   Create a folder named Student Data on the desktop of each student computer.

f    Double-click the downloaded zip file(s) and drag the contents into the Student Data folder.

     Note: The Student Data files are available via download only. There is no CD included with this Instructor’s Edition.

Setup instructions for subsequent classes

Before you re-teach this course, you will need to perform the following steps to set up each student computer:

1   Reset the workspace back to its original configuration. To do this, start Illustrator and choose Window, Workspace, Essentials.

2   Delete the contents of the Student Data folder.

3   Copy the original data files to the Student Data folder.


Topic B:   Frequently asked questions

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Topic C:   Course notes

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Topic D:   Additional information

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