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#16 How To Use the Technical Tools in Illustrator

Dawid Tuminski

#16 How To Use the Technical Tools in Illustrator

Dawid Tuminski

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6 Lessons (15m)
    • 1. How To Use the Technical Tools in Illustrator

    • 2. How To Use the Eyeropper Tool

    • 3. How To Use the Zoom, Hand and MEasure Tool

    • 4. How To Use the Artboard Tool

    • 5. Artboard Tool Options

    • 6. Vid5How To Use the Print Tiling in Illustrator

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About This Class

Welcome to another episode of the Every Illustrator Tool Explained series.

In this particular class you will learn how to use the Technical Tools in Illustrator

So if you want to know how to:

  • Use the full potential of the Eyedropper tool
  • How to navigate the workspace like a pro designer
  • And how to use the full power of the artboards

Enroll in the class, because it is a concise source of thorough Illustrator knowledge great for newbies and everyone who feels that learning a piece of software like Illustrator can only be efficient when you get to know the tools it offers.

But you don’t have to watch all the videos to gain real-life knowledge.

Each lecture is a standalone project, so you can just select the tool that you want to learn today, watch that particular video and watch your skill set grow.

Enroll in the class now and I will see you inside!

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1. How To Use the Technical Tools in Illustrator: welcome to another episode of the every illustrator To explain Siris in this particular class, you learn how to use the technical tools in illustrator. So if you want to know how to use the full potential of the eyedropper tool, how to navigate the workspace like a pro designer and how to use the full power off the art boards in row in the class because it is a concise source off Thora Phyllis Fear knowledge . Great for newbies and everyone who feels that learning a piece of software like illustrator can only be efficient when you get to know the tools it offers. But you don't have to watch all the videos to gain real life knowledge. Each lecture is a stand alone project, so you can just like the tool that you want to learn today. Watch that particular video and watch your skill set grow so enrolled in the class now and I'll see you inside 2. How To Use the Eyeropper Tool: in the next few videos. We will talk about the tools I called technical, and that's because they don't create or transform any artwork. But they streamline the process off creation and transformation so that those we will take a look at in this class are the eyedropper tool. The measure told the art aboard. It'll the hand tool, the zoom tool and their print tiling, too. As you can see, we got something to talk about. But I promised to, as usual, keep it consigns and straight to the point so you don't have to listen to all the unnecessary stuff. So let's start with the eyedropper tool with the eyedropper tool, weaken, sample color type and appearance attributes from objects and apply them to other objects. And the eyedropper sits right here in the tools panel and has a very handy short cut off the letter. I what you may think that the eyedropper is just a point and shoot till you just click on one object and then on the second to pick the color up and then applied. But there's just one way of working with the tool. Obey it the most common by default, the eyedropper tool effects, all attributes of a selection. But we can tell it which attributes we want to pick up and apply. And to do that, we need to use the eyedropper dialog box. So if we double click on the eyedropper tool, I come will be able to customize which attributes are going to be picked up by the toll and which ones are going to be applied. Knowing all that, let's take a look at what we can actually do with the eyedropper tool. As we already know by default, it effects all attributes of a selection, and the most straightforward way off using eyedropper would be to use the holding down the control command key switches to the last year's selection toe routine, and that will allow us to quickly select an object and pick up the appearance attributes We want to apply. If you want, you can shift click on multiple objects, toe add the same appearance to them at once, so that's one way of working. The 2nd 1 will allow us to pick up only a portion of a collar from McGrady, int pattern, mash object or a placed image. So to do that we need to have an object selected. Of course, we want to tell illustrator which object we want to affect, and now it can shift, click on a Grady and fill to pick up only a portion of a color and effectively create a solid fell. Not a great infill, which we would do if we just clicked, not shift, clicked. The third way is, I think, the easiest or definitely the most convenient, especially when you're working with a lot of objects. Now this technique works, even if you don't have anythings selected. Simply click with the eyedropper tool on an object you'd like to pick up the appearance from and then old option. Click on the object. You want to add the appearance too simple as that before we move on to the next video. There's just one little trick I wanted to share with you here. If you ever wondered if in Illustrator you can sample a color from your desktop of the answer is yes. And surprisingly, it's more intuitive than you might have expected. All you need to do is to select the object you want to effect Kulick with the eyedropper annular in the document. Then, while it's still holding down the mouse bottom, move the cursor over your desktop to sample the color you want. So this is how you can use the eyedropper tool in Illustrator. In the next video, we'll take a look at the measure hand and zoom tool, so stay tuned. 3. How To Use the Zoom, Hand and MEasure Tool: Let's first talk about the measure tool, which sits alongside with the eyedropper tool, and it doesn't have a default shortcut. What this tool does is it calculates the distance between any two points and displaced the results in the info panel. And there are basically two ways off working with this tool. You can either click on one point and then on the 2nd 1 to do the measuring, or you can click and drag to do the same. So what's the NFL weaken? Get here now with the measure till we can check the horizontal and vertical distances from the X and Y axis, which will, of course, vary depending on the opposition on the art board, the absolute horizontal and vertical distances, the total distance and the angle measured. We can also see the filling stroke colors of a particular object. All we need to do is to click the show options button, and now we can see the values for the Fillon stroke provided, of course, that they are both present Now. Let's move on to the tools that are one of the most frequently used ones, and I think one of the most important ones even though they said near the bottom of the tools panel on the first hole is the hand told, which sits right here and has an extremely handy shortcut, which is the space bar, and I strongly encourage you to learn it. If I could, I would even make you learn it because along with the zoom tool shortcut, this one is in the top three shortcuts to learn. So once you've made the hand tool active, preferably by president holding down the space bar and then just click and drag, you can move around the document. And if you want to fill the document window with the canvas, just double click of the tool like so now the zoo total zooms in or away from an object, and it's it's right here, the told Spinal. But I would strongly recommend that you use the shortcuts to work with distal so present hold on the control command plus space bar to initialize it and then just drag the mouse right to zoom in or drag, laughed to zoom out. Notice, though, that before illustrators cc, you'd have to marquis an area you'd like to zoom in on and to zoom out, you'd have to present hold down the control command glass adoption, plus the space bar and then Marquis around an area I would like to zoom out also when you double click on the zoom told will get a 100% view of your art board. So this is how you can use the measure. Zoom and hand tools. In the next video, we'll talk about the art abort told, so stay tuned. 4. How To Use the Artboard Tool: that was talk about the art of or stool and briefly, about art boards themselves, because it'll be pretty much impossible to understand the tool without at least the basic knowledge of the art words. So our ports were introduced in illustrator CS five, and frankly, I can't even remember what it was like working without them. Now their main function is to show you which parts of her artwork will get printed. Everything that falls outside the our boat won't get printed or won't get saved if you want to save your artwork for Web, so when you're creating a new document, you can specify how many artworks you want. You can specify what their positioning and distance between them should be. Now. The size of input here is basically determining the signs of the art board. So let's move on to the art aboard. Still, now it sits right here in the Tools panel and has a default short cut off the shift plus okey combination. And as soon as we make the tool active, two things happen. The control panel changes to give us the art of adoptions and that the region outside the art aboard Fates so we can focus on the art aboard a bit batter. So what can we do with the art abort? Using the art aboard Tool, we can, of course, move it around and notice that we can either move the artwork along with the art aboard. If we select this option right here in the control panel, we can scale the art board just like any other object, but we can't rotate it. We can also clone in our board with its contents by old option Dragon. It, like so now with the art aboard Tool can also create new art words simply by clicking and dragging outside the existing art board. But we can create our boards within our boards if we wish. So all we have to do is to click and drag within an existing are bored while holding down the shift key. By the way, if you want to control the number of your art boards and keep them organized, used the art boards panel. And if you don't have it up, just go to the window menu. Aren't boards in here? You will see a list of all the art boards in the document you can rename them by double clicking on the art boards name. You can center on a specific cardboard by double clicking and next to its name. You can change their order in the panel, and you can reorganize them. So this is how you can work with the art board still and the art aboard panel. The most important thing to remember here is that everything that is inside the artwork will get printed and anything outside will not. And you can freely create our boards with the art of war still, and you can reorganize them with it. In the next video, we'll talk about the Arbor options, so don't go away. 5. Artboard Tool Options: as I mentioned before, as soon as we activate the art of war to the control panel changes to give us the art aboard options. Some of these options can also be found in a dialog box that appears when you double click the art of your stool or when you cook the art awards tool and then the Arbor options button in the control panel. So let's take a look at the art aboard options now. First of all, we can specify the art boards name in this first field, and from the presets tab, we can choose a pre defined our board size. I have noticed how choosing one off the video presets changes the video ruler pixel aspect ratio. We can manually enter the dimensions and defined the position of it in relation to the workspace rulers. The orientation specifies portrait or landscape page orientation, and the constrain proportions option keeps the aspect ratio off the artwork intact. If you manually resize it and in this display tab, we can choose to show the center mark, which will display a point in the center of the art award, and the show crosshairs option will display cross lines through the center off each signed off the yard ward and the show video Safe Areas displays guides that represent the areas that full inside the viewable area of the video. So if you're using illustrator for video production, you want to keep all taxed and art that must be viewable to users inside the videos, safe areas and in the global temp weaken. Tell illustrator to fade the region outside the art board and the update, while Dragon option keeps the area outside of the art abort darker as to drag to resize the art aboard. In this info panel, you can see the number of the art words you currently have in your document, and you have more than one. You can delete it by pressing this delete button. So there you go. These are the art board options you can set. Get yourself familiar with them because they are definitely worth no and to use. So now that we got the are birds covered. We can move on to the print styling tool, so stay tuned 6. Vid5How To Use the Print Tiling in Illustrator: by default Illustrator prints each artwork on a single sheet of paper. However, if the artwork is larger than the page sizes available on your printer, you can print onto multiple shoots off paper. No dividing an art board to fit a printers available page sizes is called tiling, so it's like a look at this example. I got a huge image right here. It's 1000 millimeters wide and almost 500 millimeters told, So that's much more than the regular A four or a letter size paper. So what if you want to print this whole image? But our printer doesn't allow us to print on bigger sheets of paper, so there solve this problem. We have to use the prince tiling option in illustrator, So to do so, let's go ahead and pretend that we want to print this document out. So let's go to the file menu and then print. I got a standard office printer right here that allows me to print on Lee a four documents . And as you can see in this preview box, if you were to print this document, as is with print just a part of the image by the way down here, you can actually see how bigger document is and how big the sheet of paper you're about to print on is. So in order to print the whole document in its full size, let's change the scaling option from Do Not Scale to Tyler full pages. As you can see, the preview box changes, and it shows us how many pages will get printed if you want to print the document in its full size on his standard sheet of paper. Now, if you want, you can add a bit of a overlap right here to make it easier for you to cut the sheets of paper after you print them. Also, if your printer allows you to print pages without margins, you can set the tile image herbal areas option on right here. So now let's save these settings by president. The done button. So now we can move to the print styling tool. So when we activated and make sure that the show prince tight, an option is turned on in the view menu. We can see all the prints tiles correspondent worth the pages that will get printed out with the current prince styling options set, and if you want, you can move the tiles around and reset them. Just double click the print styling tool. So this is how you can use the tiling and of the print styling tool in Illustrator. This video concludes this class, and I hope that you'll learn some valuable tricks and tips here, and that should practice them yourself so until next lesson, have a nice design.