Adobe Illustrator Essential for Jewellery Design with Jack Meyer - part 1

05 Nov 2024 - 19 Nov 2024 · 10am - 1pm
£189 (10 places), Tuesdays 5, 12, and 19 Nov 2024
Online (via Zoom), UK time
Programme type
Technical Skills Training
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Explore the potential of Adobe Illustrator for precise and captivating jewellery design presentations with industry expert Jack Meyer. Over three immersive online sessions, you will explore the intricacies of technical jewellery illustration and rendering.

Under Jack's expert guidance, you will learn to navigate the Adobe Illustrator interface with confidence, mastering the fundamentals of vector line construction. Through a series of engaging exercises, you will gain control over the versatile pen tool, laying the foundation for precise and intricate designs.

Discover advanced techniques for precision drawing and measurement, tailored specifically for common jewellery forms like single stone rings and settings. Whether you are looking to refine your existing skills or embark on a new journey, we’ve got you covered. This course promises to enrich your abilities to bring your designs to life and show your clients stunning digital paintings.


  • Precision and accuracy: Enhance your design drawings and measurements, granting greater control over every design detail.
  • Enhanced presentation skills: Elevate your design presentations with captivating digital paintings that are sure to impress clients and stakeholders alike.
  • Efficiency and productivity: Streamline your workflow by learning essential Illustrator techniques, allowing you to work smarter, not harder.
  • Expand your creative horizons: Discover a world of creative possibilities as you embed advanced tools and techniques tailored specifically for jewellery design to your skills set and unlock your full potential as a jewellery designer.

Delivered online over 3, 3 hour sessions, this course will: 

  • Session 1: Introduction to the Adobe Illustrator interface. You'll learn the craft of orthographic drawings for stone shapes and shading and colouring principles.
  • Session 2: Understand how to control the Pen tool, one of Illustrator’s most important features. Use it to modify existing shapes, working with layers and the stacking order to create stunning visual compositions.
  • Session 3: Upgrade your workflow by learning techniques such as importing images for tracing, using transformation tools and building your very own object library. Cap it off with a multi-way drawing of a ring and learn the ins and outs of exporting for future use.

Our class sizes are balanced to offer you the chance to get group tuition as well as individual attention from your tutor. While the course follows a clear and defined structure, there is embedded support to help participants when they are ready to approach their own individual projects. Ultimately, the goal of the course is to grant you the confidence to apply this innovative tool for original creations and problem solving in your manufacturing production.

As this course will be delivered online, you will need to have the following tools and materials for the first lesson. If you are unsure, please email

  • A computer (PC or Mac) with a web camera and mic so you can show your work to the tutor to get feedback and guidance on your progress.
  • A mouse.
  • Adobe illustrator CC installed on your own computer.
  • A stable internet connection.
  • This course will be run online on Zoom (UK time).
  • You will receive a link to join the course in your email confirmation, along with a download link for essential notes and tutorial files. A reminder email containing this link will also be sent one hour before the event starts.
  • You will be interacting with the tutor live during the session, being able to ask questions as you work through the exercises together with the tutor.
  • Participants will also be able to send images/scans of their homework for support and feedback in between sessions via email or whatsapp.
  • These sessions will be recorded and stored in a Vimeo showcase accessible by private link and password. Videos will be available for up to 6 months after the course ends.
  • Beginner: No practical experience or understanding of the listed skills required.
  • Intermediate: Some practical experience and basic understanding of the listed skill required.

In order to benefit most from this course, participants should have some experience in jewellery design and some ideas they would like to experiment with.

A second more in depth part to this course will be offered soon, watch this space!

We believe that talent should not be held back. Here at the Goldsmiths’ Centre, we are open, accessible and inclusive to all. Our Access Grants help anyone to build thriving creative careers, supporting jewellers, silversmiths and allied industry practitioners to access our training courses for free.

If you need help to cover fees for our business and technical skills short courses, please apply for one of our Access Grants. To find out more and read our application criteria, click here: Apply for an Access Grant

The Access Grants are delivered by the Goldsmiths' Centre and funded by the Goldsmiths’ Company Charity.

Who is the tutor?

Jack Meyer has been providing jewellery CAD training in London's jewellery district Hatton Garden since 2006. Over 1000+ students have passed through his classes over the years. His combined background in computer graphics programming as well as jewellery manufacturing is unusual among jewellery CAD instructors. He is also one of the few jewellery CAD instructors in the world who is certified to provide training in all major jewellery CAD software packages. When not writing or delivering courses, he runs a bespoke jewellery design business and moderates, where he uses his combined knowledge of all types of jewellery CAD to provide advisory to those keen on starting out in jewellery CAD.