Creating Symbol Charts with Illustrator

Class photo of symbol charts

A picture is worth a thousand words. From needlepoint to knitting, symbol charts are used as visual explanations of what to do where on canvas and fabric, with needle and hook. Learn how to draw and style grids; use layers to manage objects; create and manipulate objects using shape and drawing tools; turn shapes into symbols; combine grids, symbols, and text to form charts; and export completed charts for production use.


Laptop with Adobe Illustrator loaded and charged battery, pencil and paper for taking notes.


Class demos will be on Adobe Illustrator CC 2018. Students must have Adobe Illustrator CS 6 or later (Mac or PC) loaded on their laptop. You can download a free 30-day trial of Illustrator, or subscribe to a CC plan for as little as 20.99/month. If you are subscribing to CC, make sure you have activated your membership & downloaded the app before coming to class. You must have a basic understanding of how to use computer applications, and do all pre-class homework.

Required homework exercises will be sent upon class registration.