#8 How To Use the Eraser Tools in Adobe Illustrator | Dawid Tuminski | Skillshare

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#8 How To Use the Eraser Tools in Adobe Illustrator

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5 Lessons (17m)
    • 1. 8How To Use the Erasing Tools in Adobe Illustrator

    • 2. 1How To Use The Eraser Tool

    • 3. 2Eraser Tool Options

    • 4. 3How To Use The Scissors and the Knife Tools

    • 5. Class Project

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About This Class

Welcome to the 8th part of the Every Illustrator Tool explained series.

In this class you will learn how to use the erasing tools inside Illustrator.

You might be thinking that there is nothing special about erasing artwork inside Illustrator you just click and delete.

But if you only take a moment to learn how these tools work, you will get so much more control of your artwork and design process.

In this class you will learn

  • How to use the eraser tool to erase parts of your objects
  • How to use the Scissors tool to cut out specific paths
  • How to cut objects using the freestyle knife tool

And if you want to just for a second think outside the box, you will be amazed how easy it is to create artwork by erasing it, which is something that can help you with your logo designs.

So if you want to take your Illustrator knowledge to the next level, enroll in the class now and I will see you inside.


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1. 8How To Use the Erasing Tools in Adobe Illustrator: Hi there. My name is David. Too risky, and I wanted to thank you for choosing this course. I know that there is a lot, Of course, is out there. That is why I am so grateful that you chose this. Welcome to the eighth part of the every illustrator to explain Siris in this class, you'll learn how to use the raising tools inside Illustrator And you might be thinking that there is nothing special about raising art Horton's on illustrator. We just click and delete. But if you only take a moment to learn how these tools work, he will get so much more control of your artwork and design process. In this last, you learn how to use the razor tool to erase parts of your objects, how to use the scissors, so to counter specific paths and how to cut objects using the free style knife to And if you want to, just for a second think outside the box, You'll be amazed how easy it is to create artwork by you raising it, which is something that can help you with your logo designs. So if you want to take your illustrator knowledge to the next level enrolling the class now and I will see you inside 2. 1How To Use The Eraser Tool: In the next few videos, we will talk about two using illustrator tools that lets you erase portions off your artwork So we'll talk about the razor toe the scissor stool and then knifed. Oh, now, what's interesting about these tools is that they allow you, especially the razor toe, create artwork by erasing portions of it, and I know that it sounds aren't. But in one of the upcoming videos, I'll explain this concept in greater detail. Now. The first raising tour we will talk about is the Your razor tool, which sits right here in the tools panel and notice that it has a handy shortcut, which is the shift plus e key combination. So when we grab it, we can see that the cursor changes into this ellipse that looks pretty much the same, like the cursor for the blob brush tool, for instance, and this important to take a note of because later, when we'll be talking about the U Razor, two options will notice the similarities between this tool and the paintbrush or the blob brush tool. So what can we do with the razor toe? Well, we can remove portions of artwork without breaking the paths. And what do I mean by that? Let's take a look at this birthday cake we created for the pencil tool class. If we just click and drag through the cake, I noticed that two things happen. First, we're removing a big portion of the artwork, which, of course, corresponds with the razor tools, tips, size and shape. And secondly, what we are left with are all closed paths. If I just quickly switched to the outline mode will be able to to see toe batter. As you can see, we got closed paths here. Illustrator didn't break our artwork. It just raised a portion of it. There's also one extremely important thing to notice here. When we drag through the artwork with your razor tool, it raises anything and everything it comes across, regardless of the stacking order, but also regardless off the layers. When we take a look at the later spell, we can see that some parts of the artwork are on one layer, while the others are on a separate layer. But your razor told, just doesn't care. It erases everything it comes across, or maybe it does care, but it just wants you to tell it which parts of your artwork you want to erase, because if you don't, it just assumes that you want to erase what you see. So how can we communicate with the razor toe a bit better? Well, there are two ways in which we can tell it that we want to constrain the raising process to a certain object or objects first, weaken simply select the object. We want to erase a part off. So selected the candles in this case and noticed that even though I am clicking and dragon like I wear to erase everything, I am just raising parts of the candles and Onley that and now canals. And if I select maybe this strawberry this time and started raising, I'm raising on Lee the strawberry and nothing else. I could also select the candles along with the strawberry. So now I got multiple objects selected. And if I started raising, I am raising Onley parts off the selected objects. Another way of making sure that we are erasing only parts of the object. We want east to isolate it. So what do I mean by that? An illustrator Weaken temporarily separate one object from the others in orderto work on Lee on that object and don't affect others by accident, we can isolate an object in three different ways. So let's say that I want to isolate on Lee the middle part of the cake to erase some parts of it. So first I can just select it right, click on it or command click if you are on a Mac and choose isolate selected object. Right now, the object is isolated, and I can start raising parts of it without worrying that I might erase something I didn't want. So hit escape to exit the isolation mode. No, the other way of entering the isolation mode is simply by double clicking on the object with the selection tool or the black arrow, if you will. So let me exit the isolation mode this time by pressing this ever right here. We can also enter the isolation mode by selecting the object we want to isolate and hidden this symbol in the control panel. So these are the three ways we can isolate an object in order to erase Onley the parts off this specific object. But before we wrap this video up Here's just one more thing that needs mentioning with the eraser tool, we cannot just Onley click and drag to erase artwork broken. Also, Marquis around the whole object or a part of it. We raise it, but we have to press and hold down the bulky or option if you're on a Mac and if we collect and start dragging now, we'll be able to marquis around the area we want to erase. And if you want to constrain the selection toe a square, we have to hold down old and shift keys together. Just like so. Remember that with your razor tool, we can erase portions of artwork regardless of the stacking order or layer placement, unless we tell Illustrator which objects we want to be affected by the raising process and weaken do that, either by simply selecting a specific object or isolating it, which is down the easiest by double clicking on it with the selection tool. So in the next video, we will talk about the eraser tool options and you'll discover why I was mentioning the brush told earlier 3. 2Eraser Tool Options : in visitor. We will take a look at the razor tool options, which we can change by double clicking on the tool in the tools panel. As you can see, the options here look pretty much the same, like the options we have for the Blob and Callie graphic brushes. And if you've seen my classes on the brushes and illustrator, these options shouldn't be a problem for you to understand. The angle option determines the angle off rotation for the to. We can drag the arrow had in the preview or enter a value in the angle text box. But since the eraser tip is round, the angle value doesn't look like it's doing much work or like it's changing a lot. But as soon as we change the roundness of the tool and then play around with the angle, now we can see how these two options combined. Change the look of the razor tip, weaken dread this black dot in the preview away from or toward the center, or enter a value in the roundness text box. And the higher the value, the greater the roundness. Sighs determines the diameter off the tool we can use. The diameters lighter or enter a value in the diameter text box. Now this pop up list to the right of each option lets you control variations in the shape of the tool. The fixed option uses a fixed angle, roundness or diameter. The random option uses random variations in angle, roundness or size, and we can enter a value in the variation, thanks to box to specify the range within which the razor tipped characteristic can vary. For example, when the signs value is 15 and the variation of value is five now, the diameter can be 10 or 20 or any value in between. So these are the most important aspect offsetting the eraser tool options. But I would like you to take a note off one more thin. If you want to change the size of the your razor, you can press the left or right bracket keys to reduce or enlarge it at any time. In the next video, we'll talk about the other tools that allow you to erase artwork, which are the scissors and the knife tools, so stay tuned 4. 3How To Use The Scissors and the Knife Tools: In this video, we will talk about the scissors and the knife tools, which both sit under the your razor tool. The scissor still has a handy shortcut, which is the letter C, and what it does is it cuts paths at specified points. However, it can also split a path or an empty text frame at an anchor point or along a path segment . Let's take a look at both of these scenarios, with an object selected and, of course, with their scissor still selected, we can click on an anchor point and then on another anchor point to cut it. And, like in this case, cut out 1/4 of an ellipse. Notice, though that quite often illustrated will alarming that you didn't click correctly on a path or anchor point, so it sometimes can take more clicks to cut to what you really want. We can also cut out a path segment by clicking on a path not just on anchor points with the scissors stool. You can also split a path which will give you two separate paths. You can do it either by clicking ones on an anchor point with the scissors tool and as you can see now weaken Gramp. The newly created ankle points with the direct selection toe and the just in the way we want. You can also click on a path segment between anger points to split a path. We can also use the control panel to split a path on a specific anchor point. All we need to do is to select the anchor point with the direct selection tool and click this option right here that says Caught Bath at selected anchor point, And the result is the same as if we did it with the scissors tool. So this is how the scissors still works. Now let's move on to the last of the path he raising tools, which is one of the last common known than that's the knife tool. It sits right here under the scissors stool, and as you can see, it doesn't have a default shortcut. You can use the knife tool to cut through existing paths, both open and closed. So, as an example, if we have a simple close path like this rectangle and we just want to cut through one edge , we're not going to cut of the whole shape Instead, we will just get someone like an extra path in the middle. However, if we click and drag through the whole shape, we will essentially get separate closed paths and noticed that the knife tool is primarily a free hand current. All, however, if he wanted to cut along a straight line, going to press and hold on the old or option on the Mac. And now the knife tool will cut straight lines. And if you want to constrain the tool to 45 degree increments, Jasper's both and the altar and shift keys simultaneously. So there you go. These are on the path to raising tolls. We talked about your razor tool. We talked about the scissor still and then knifed. Oh, in the next video, we're going to take what we've learned so far and discover how raising can result in creating new shapes. Useful, for instance, for local design 5. Class Project: so, as promised in this video, we will talk about creating artwork by you raising artwork. And I know it sounds a bit strange, but let me just explain what I mean. Here, As you can see, I got this. Well, I guess pretty generic longer right here. But what I want t o show you is how you can create it without touching the pendulum, cause you might be thinking that first we have to create the rounded rectangle right here. And you are right. But then we don't have to grab the pen tal and create these freehand lines. We don't even have to grab the pencil toe to create these free headlines because we would have to, with the pant will create the lines than make them, but thicker than expand them. Then grab them that Pathfinder till in order to subtract thes lines from this underlying around the rectangle. Because if we go to the outline mode, you can see that these are all separate options. These are not some white lines put against a white background. Just so you just so you know that. So how can we create this kind of a shape this kind of a symbol for some for some logo design, and with them would they razor toe. So I'm gonna go to my 2nd 2nd are part right here, and I'm gonna grab him that the rounded rectangle told just like so to create one just like that. So all we really have to do right now is to grab your razor tool and let me just reset it because, as you can see, it looks and will not Well, I mean, we can go with the razor tip like that if you want to create some, like 12 different lines. But I'm just going to go with this with straight rounded shape just so you understand the concept, but better So I'm just gonna click, click and reset and okay, like that. And of course, I'm just maybe going to make this tip just a bit larger, just like so. And with this, with this shape selected right here, I'm just going to click and drag, click and drag, just like so. And now we can maybe create a line that is going to go something like that. And of course, these are all FREEHAND lines so we can play around with them till they look as nice as we want them to. Of course, we're gonna go crazy with these lines. If you want Teoh, maybe we can actually maybe change on, like, the brush tip and maybe change the angle of it, just like so. And now we can maybe create the lines just so we get quite a well, quite a different look, actually, and we can And we can erase, erase and erase to get a completely, completely different look. And it can be maybe could be like a zoo pad. Or like if it was maybe black and we wanted to create something like a zebra pattern, something like that. And we can do it extremely, extremely quickly and easily with them. Know what that would be? Your razor tool. Of course. We will get to different looks with different with different shapes. So, for instance, if I just grab the Ellipse still, maybe and creating a lips just like so and now maybe grip on the what? The razor tool and maybe maybe make it just a bit larger, just like so And now if I just may be created line like that and then the line like that we can create like a planet or maybe tennis bowl for a free like a tennis school logo or something like that. So, really, if you just think out of the box for us, Hank and you can you can be surprised how different results you can get there with shapes. Well, well with tools and with shapes. But the specific You're specifically with tools that are not meant for for, well, one type of design work, but it can be used for it if you just think for a second outside the books. And actually, this is something that I would like you to do for the class project. Just grab the shapes and grabbed the razor tool or deny have told if you want to, and just try to come up with different shapes for different for different logo designs that you can create, they using the razor. It'll so bye bye. You raising parts of the artwork created a logo that would have this kind of a free hand freehand feeling to it. So this concludes another class in this every illustrator to explain Siri's. I hope you learned a lot And I hope that you like this class. And if you have, please give it a thumbs up and submit your class project. It helps a lot in finding this class by different students and who are interested in this topic. Just, er just like you. So, as always, have a nice design. My name is David to Minsk.