Illustrator Crash Course


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Illustrator Crash Course

  1. 1. Workshop #1: Down & Dirty with Adobe Creative Suite 1 2 3 Photoshop Illustrator InDesignMonday, December 12, 2011
  2. 2. Illustrator’s primary purpose is to draw and manipulate vector-based shapes. In a raster-based program, In a vector-based program, this circle is made up of this circle is made up of a center point thousands of pixels. and four outer points connected by edge lines. Illustrator InterfaceMonday, December 12, 2011
  3. 3. Illustrator’s primary purpose is to draw and manipulate vector-based shapes. Illustrator For example, you can easily enhance a Interface drawing with different fills and strokes.Monday, December 12, 2011
  4. 4. Illustrator’s primary purpose is to draw and manipulate vector-based shapes. Illustrator Illustrator is also great for creating Interface illustrations, diagrams, and charts.Monday, December 12, 2011
  5. 5. basic properties artboard 3 of currently selected (current print 7 objects page size) menus for object properties 4 tools that cover 1 most Illustrator capabilities 6 5 object fill color 2 & stroke color drawing area layers panel Illustrator InterfaceMonday, December 12, 2011
  6. 6. To Zoom In To Zoom Out To Move Around CTRL + CTRL - Hold down the (PC) (PC) Spacebar. ⌘+ ⌘- Click & Drag. (MAC) (MAC) Illustrator InterfaceMonday, December 12, 2011
  7. 7. Selection Tool 1 2 3 Illustrator 1. Use the Selection Tool 2. In the Layers panel, find 3. Right click on the (V) to select objects in the buildings layer and buildings in the drawing Selecting Objects the drawing area. delete the Clipping Mask. area and Ungroup.Monday, December 12, 2011
  8. 8. Direct Selection Tool 2 Illustrator 1. Use the Direct Selection 2. Click on the corner or side Tool (A) to select parts of of a building to adjust the Selecting Objects objects (Anchors / Paths). shape.Monday, December 12, 2011
  9. 9. 1 2 Stroke Menu 3 Illustrator 1. Click on a building. Select > Same > Fill & 2. In the Stroke Menu, adjust 3. Align Stroke to Styling Objects Stroke to select all the same type of object. the line Weight to 1 pt. Inside of the objects.Monday, December 12, 2011
  10. 10. Rectangle Tool 2 1 Illustrator 1. Using the Rectangle Tool, draw 2. Double-click on the object Fill 3. Select Color in the gradient Drawing Objects a few shapes on top of a building. to bring up the Color Picker. field to change the object fill.Monday, December 12, 2011
  11. 11. 3 Ellipse 2 Tool 3 1 Illustrator 1. In the Layers 2. Double-click on the layer to 3. Using the Ellipse TIP: Hold Shift while Menu, Create bring up Layer Options. Rename Tool, draw several drawing to create objects Drawing Objects New Layer. the layer to “trees.” circles by the park. with equal aspect ratios.Monday, December 12, 2011
  12. 12. Eyedropper 1 Tool 3 2 Illustrator 1. Select all your trees by 2. Using the Eyedropper Tool, 3. In the Transparency Menu, clicking on the radio button click on the green space to change the object Transparency on that layer. make your trees the same color. transparency to Multiply.Monday, December 12, 2011
  13. 13. Rotate Tool 1 2/3 Illustrator 1. Copy (CTRL+C) and Paste (CTRL+V) 2. Scale the new trees down by 3. Using the Rotate Tool (R), to create more trees, or by clicking holding Shift and dragging in / out click and drag around the axis Duplication and dragging while holding Alt. the corners of the bounding box. point to rotate the new trees.Monday, December 12, 2011
  14. 14. Pen Tool 1 1 2 3 Illustrator 1. Using the Pen Tool, create a line: click 2. Remove Fill by clicking None 3. In the Stroke Menu, add once to create the first Anchor Point. Click on the Tool Panel. Change the Arrowheads and click the Drawing Lines again to create a second Anchor Point. Stroke color to red. Dashed Line box.Monday, December 12, 2011
  15. 15. Add Anchor Point Tool 1 2 3 2 Illustrator 1. Using the Pen Tool, create another line. BUT, 2. You can manipulate the 3. Create more anchor points this time, when you draw the second Anchor curve by playing with the on an existing line using the Drawing Lines point, click-hold-drag to create a curve. Handles of the Anchor point. Add Anchor Point Tool.Monday, December 12, 2011
  16. 16. Rulers Scissors Tool 3 2 Illustrator 1. CTRL+R (Command+R 2. Click and drag down from the top 3. Using the Scissors Tool, cut in Mac) adds the Rulers Ruler to the new Anchor point on the first line where it intersects Using Guides to your window. the line to create a horizontal Guide. with the Guide.Monday, December 12, 2011
  17. 17. 4 4 Text Tool Line Tool 2 1 3 Illustrator 1. Lock all other layers by click- 2. Use the Line Tool to 3. Using the Text Tool, 4. Using the options on the dragging down the Toggles Lock create a short line pointing draw a textbox. Inside, Properties bar, change Adding Text boxes in the Layer Menu. up. Add an Arrowhead. type “N” for north. text Size and Font.Monday, December 12, 2011
  18. 18. Illustrator 1. File > Save As... > Format 2. Checking Preserve Illustrator Capabilities Saving will allow you to reopen the file in Illustrator.Monday, December 12, 2011