How to Create Technical Illustrations in Adobe Illustrator

Learn to create sophisticated technical illustrations in Adobe Illustrator!

If you weren’t able to attend last time, it’s back! This feature in The MasterClass in Tech Comm Speakers Series is a workshop on how to create sophisticated technical illustrations in Adobe Illustrator.

Technical illustrations depict complex concepts to convey information to end-users. In this webinar, you will learn the fundamentals to create sophisticated technical illustrations in Adobe Illustrator. Adam will guide you through techniques that will teach you skills such as how to create isometric projections and orthographic drawings to support your technical communication.

Session Takeaways:

1. Learn Adobe Illustrator’s foundational tools and settings

2. Learn technical illustration fundamentals such as technical line weights and line types

3. Learn why isometric projections and orthographic views are used in technical illustrations

4. Obtain Adobe Illustrator action set files that can be used to create isometric projections from orthographic views

Workshop Agenda:

9:00–9:30 AM – Learn how to start using basic tools in Adobe Illustrator

9:30–9:40 AM – Discuss raster vs vector and CMYK vs RGB

9:40–9:50 AM – Try the demo and ask questions

9:50–10:20 AM – Learn how to create organizational charts, art control numbers, layers/artboards, and aligning drawings

10:20–10:30 AM – Try the demo and ask questions

10:30–10:45 AM – Learn shading and lighting techniques for various form factors and common technical illustration line types

10:45–11:00 AM – Learn how to create 3D drawings in Adobe Illustrator

11:00–11:30 AM – Ask specific questions about what you want to learn about Adobe Illustrator or technical illustrations

About the Instructor

Adam Bradley develops aerospace documentation solutions for the United States Department of Defense (DoD) as a senior technical writer and graphic artist. He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Industrial Design from Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) and a Master of Business Administration from Georgia Southern University (GSU). He is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Information Technology, Business Intelligence & Analytics from Purdue University Global.

Adam is a certified Adobe Expert in Adobe Illustrator; He is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), and holds a certification in Agile Project Management from the University of Maryland.

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Workshop access info:

This workshop is offered through Zoom and will be recorded. All registrants will receive the link to the event in their e-ticket.

Please download the free Zoom app to attend on your smart device, or attend by pasting the event link into your web browser. If you have any questions, please contact: email hidden; JavaScript is required.

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Problem 1

We used to be able to simultaneously share a post to our Facebook Page but that stopped working some time ago. There used to be a plugin that did that but it no longer works. I’ve tried various things to get it to work again with the changing Facebook sharing requirements but I’ve failed. I created an app that is supposed to simultaneously share a WordPress post to our Facebook page but I cannot get it through the Facebook App Review process even though I’ve followed every one of the Facebook steps to do this. If you have volunteer time available to work on our website and know how to do this or can figure this out, please use the Contact Us page at

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National Prescription Drug Take Back Day: 30 April 2022

U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Take Back the Drugs Day

The logo for the DEA's National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, 30 April 2022, is a red and blue pill capsule with the words "Take Back" on the side.

The DEA, along with its law enforcement partners, is having a National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on 30 April 2022. This day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.

On 21 November 2021, the DEA's National Prescription Drug Take Back Day brought in over 745,000 pounds of expired, unneeded medications and vaping products during the continuous fight against the opioid epidemic.

Locate a Collection Site Near You

Photo of a large layout of medicine bottles, bags of pills, and other medical supplies.

In the metropolitan Washington, D.C. – Baltimore area, there are drop-off boxes at various CVS Pharmacies, Johns Hopkins Hospital affiliates, police departments, pharmacies, including independent and chains, fire stations, hospitals, and municipal buildings.

To find a convenient disposal location near you, including select CVS locations, visit

There are seven participating pharmacy locations with Johns Hopkins Hospital affiliates.

Acceptable Items By Johns Hopkins Hospital Locations

Medications can be brought in their original containers. If the original containers are not available, medications are also accepted in bags and other containers. Any identifying information on the containers will be removed after donation. Before donating please check the accepted items at each location:

  • Sibley Memorial Hospital: tablets, capsules, liquids, creams, e-cigarettes, and vape pens (NO sharps)
  • Bayview Medical Center, Howard County General Hospital, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Green Spring Station, and Suburban Hospital: tablets, capsules, liquids, creams, e-cigarettes, vape pens, and sharps
  • Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital: tablets and capsules only

Public Year Round Pharmaceutical Disposal Locations

This is a background photo of pill bottles and scattered pills on a table with the words: "Search for Year Round Pharmaceutical Disposal Locations" on it.

DEA Authorized Collectors provide year round drop off locations to the public to dispose of unwanted pharmaceuticals. Download the nationwide list of public disposal locations. The file is created on a daily basis and lists all active year round pharmaceutical disposal locations registered by the Drug Enforcement Administration.

You can also search for year round disposal locations using the Controlled Substance Public Disposal Locations – Search Utility.

Law Enforcement Agencies Only:

For law enforcement agencies that wish to host a collection site, please call the Law Enforcement Agencies' Point of Contact (POC) in your area.

Home Disposal Methods

The DEA's Drug Disposal Information page provides Home Disposal Information about how to dispose of old medicines, vaping, and marijuana materials along with Federal rules and regulations for disposal.

E-Cigarette & Vaping Devices Disposal Information

Partnership Toolbox

Download posters, handouts, digital billboards, and other materials from the Partnership Toolbox page to promote National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

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