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A Beginners Guide : 5 Essential Skills for Adobe Illustrator

Matt Lane

A Beginners Guide : 5 Essential Skills for Adobe Illustrator

Matt Lane

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7 Lessons (51m)
    • 1. Course Overview

    • 2. Lesson 1 - Selection Tools

    • 3. Lesson 2 - Creating Shapes

    • 4. Lesson 3 - The Gradient Tool

    • 5. Lesson 4 - The Pen Tool

    • 6. Lesson 5 - The Shapebuilder Tool

    • 7. Class Project - Tie Dye Smile Face

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This Class is for anyone who has never used Adobe and for people just starting out with it. Once your done with the course you will have all the basic skills needed to start creating your own fun art work ! 

This class is on a nice easy pace that should following along easy even if you have to flip between screens to follow along or look to make sure if you have your art just right ! 


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1. Course Overview: Hi, guys. This is Matt Lane with The Beginner's Guide to Adobe Illustrator. So in our course, we're gonna be going over the selection tools. So we're gonna go through this selection tool that I'm using right now and also the direct selection tool, which is up on the screen right now that white cursor and the differences between the two and some short for shortcuts on the keyboard, that'll make using them a little bit easier and your time mawr efficiently spent. We're gonna move on to building shapes, which is really important in adobe. Ah, lot of the artwork and stuff we do in Adobe Illustrator is based on shapes. Ah, the Grady in tool. It's gonna be a basic introduction just to give you guys a taste of what the Grady into can do. And this is going to get your feet wet so you can use it, and you can start to explore the ways that you like to incorporate it in your art and your work the pen tool again, a really good introduction to one of the most if not the most used tools in the adobe illustrator Toolbox on a gun. This is just going to be an introduction to get you guys going so that you know what it can do, how it works. And then you can take it from there. The shape builder tool is another one of those tools you're going to use every time here in Adobe Illustrator. Most likely, it's really easy to use once you get used to using it. And it could be a really great asset toe a lot of your art. So we're gonna go through these three tools and give you the essentials needed to get started and started using them yourself. And then we're gonna take a step by step looking our class project, which is our happy smiley face with our tight I background guys, I cannot wait to see your class project when they're done. Please, please upload them. If you have any questions about anything getting minutes, a discussion and we'll try to answer them. And again, if you wanna go ahead and over to our resource is part of this course, you can download the project files for it. Thanks, guys. Have fun. And if you have any questions, remember firm in the discussion. Thanks 2. Lesson 1 - Selection Tools: Hey guys, in today's lesson, we're gonna be going over the use of these selection tools and manipulating of shapes and the art board itself. So, guys, let's just start out. We're gonna want to bring out our regular selection tools so you could go to the toolbar and you compress it. It's right up here. Or you can press V on the keyboard and that will bring it right out. And you could tell the difference because it is black. Cursor is the selection tool. So again, guys, we're just gonna press V on the keyboard. And that will bring us right out to where we want to be now to start guys and is probably early on. And you guys using Adobe illustrator. So what I want to do is just take you through a couple quick things of how to kind of manipulate the are bored and move it to the way you want. So first things first, guys, this white space is called the our port. So when I say artwork, that's what I'm referring to. Anything off the white is your canvas? OK, guys, Now let's say we want to see a little bit Mawr of our actual art board or one zoom out of you. This is gonna be really simple, guys. We're going to just press control than minus on the keyboard and that will bring us out a little bit further. Gives you a little bit more full of a view and, of course, the opposite. To bring that end, Zuman would be control plus alright, guys, And let's just bring our port back to where we had it. Now to adjust our view of where everything is, we're just gonna press and hold down the space bar and we'll get this little hand icon and really helpful. We can just kind of drag around on place everything where he wants. Let's put this right in the middle, perfect and now control Plus, and that brings us back in. But then I have space on both sides, and that just makes makes everything feel a little bit more free and open for me. All right, so let's jump right in here. Guns with selection tool. We can go in and grab on to any of these shapes by clicking on them, and this box is gonna show up. It's called a bounding box and the anchor points. The little white dots are going to give us places to create actions on each shape. So depending what comes up is gonna be what will happen. And, for example, this guys, if we go over here and we grab this little sideways arrow, we drag, that's going to stretch out our shape to obviously that side. So again, this could make your shape bigger. Can change the shape completely. Whatever is useful for you now, a really important shortcut on the keyboard guys to know is if this is a mistake, If you said Oh, no, I don't want this to look like this, really not a big deal. And Adobe, you're just gonna press control Z and it will bring it right back. That is the unknown. Do button guys. Okay, No matter what error you make, no matter what you happen to do, control Z and it will bring you right back to where you should be. So with this again selected, you can bring it off the art word onto the canvas. You can pretty much move it anywhere you want within plain view of anything. Really. Zoom out. Take this over here. And a lot of times I'll do a lot of work over here. I'll put all my layers together, and I'll just kind of finalize it on my art board, and we'll bring that back over there with control Z. Alright, guys. So let's get into some real practical application of what we could be doing here. So first things first. If you just saw that, guys, if you saw where I was lined up and you saw that pink line appear, that's called a smart guide. Okay? Really important and useful. Gonna want to turn those on when you're working. It lets you know when everything's lined up. It lets you know when you have exact shapes. It says, Hey, you know what? That's a perfect circle right there. All right, So to turn smart guides on, we're gonna go up to the top over here. We're gonna go to view and which will make sure that smart guides is checked. OK, once smart guides is on again, that's in the views. Have the 3/4 way down. Smart guys. Okay, that's gonna give you those nice lines. It'll tell you. Okay, wait. Now you're lined up perfect are now if you're designing something for a customer and they say, you know, have an existing logo, but I want you to add to her and you decide, All right, let's make it bigger. So if we want to make their logo bigger and we do this, we've made it bigger. But we've kind of ruined it, right, because now it's not so look proportionate to how it was supposed to. So Control Z that and now what we'll do is we'll click on it. And this time, guys, we're going to do the exact same thing. But before I click on the anchor for right, click on the Shapes point right here, I'm gonna hold shift key down on the keyboard that is going to allow us to keep it in proportion. So while it's getting bigger, it's the same exact shape and size or shape, rather that it was the same proportions it was when it was smaller and the reason that we could do that, guys. And if it's a vector file that you're working on, which is the files were creating in Adobe Illustrator, you can literally take anything and make it as larger Smalls you want again? Hold the shift key and just drag and you can make it is larger smalls you want and you'll never get pixels. And the reason is, instead of storing this as an image or pixels, this is actually stored as an algorithm. It's stored as a mathematical equation so that the computer software can actually say Okay , I know what this is supposed to look like pixel wise, even when it's this big, for when it's much smaller and perfect example. Guys, let's go ahead and press space bar, drag ourselves back over. Guys, this is a program where you're gonna make mistakes. You're gonna make silly little things happen on the screen trying to get frustrated. Just try to go back a step and try it again. All right, so now that's great. So you press shift. Now we know how to make everything bigger, but it kind of moves it out of line, right, because this triangle was on the top, not really in place. So let's control Z put it back to where it was. And this time guys select the triangle. But we're gonna press shift and all to down at the same time, guys hold him down. And now when we grab the triangle and we drag it, it's gonna keep it right where it was. It might be bigger. Might be overstuffed but still right on top where it should be. Alright, guys. So once again, you do shift Ault or shift command if you're on a Mac and you're just gonna drag it out the same way you would and it's gonna keep it right in place where it should be, I guess. And that is the selection tools kind of made purpose on shun shapes when you might want to make a bigger, smaller moved them on off your art board. However, it's not the only thing that's done with this. We can also go to these anchor points with our selection tools out. And as you get to the corners of each of these, you'll see the little curved our icon appear. And what this is gonna do, you guys is this is the rotate. So if we collect while we're here and we just start to drag, we can rotate our object or are shapes all right, We could keep it going as much as we want as little as we want. Put it right back to that Now, just like with sizing us the rotation to also uses the shift key. So if you press and hold the shift key down and you do the same thing, what's gonna happen now is it's only gonna move in degrees of about 15 or 45. Rather Sorry, but you're just gonna have a stable move instead of kind of trying to angle it yourself. You let the computer do it itself, which again, I don't really have any problem doing it this way. I kind of like it. Especially smart guides. It makes it easy, but you're gonna want to figure out whatever you feel is the best for you guys. Now let's move on to our next tool, which is gonna be the selection tool on that's this hour, right? Appear. And the difference is pretty obvious is between a white and a black cursor. Now, to get from the selection tool over to the direct selection tool, just gonna press a A is gonna be our shortcut to get on over to this. Now you'll see immediately once you click on objects that it's a little different. You're no longer gonna have those nice boxes. There's nice bounding boxes that were around our shapes. When we select him now, we have individual anchor points attached to the shape for this example. Guys, I'm gonna actually just go ahead and zoom in. So remember to get closer, we're gonna press control. Plus All right, so, control Plus and we're gonna bring it makes it closely because you were doing so, guys, you have these blue points. And now if I select this point, remember, if I select a point on our bounding box, it would reshape it, and it would keep the same shape. Just do different sizing. Now it's going to actually manipulate the actual shape itself. If I could just select there so you could do things like this and it seems crazy and it is a little crazy, but this is what the direction to wreck selection tool is made for. And later on, as you're doing more advanced stuff, the direction wreck selection tool is gonna become or more useful. And a perfect example of this is let's say you want to make it look like this was a door that was opening. Now, what you could do with drug selection tool is you go ahead and grab the two points on the end here, just like we're doing on once you've got them selected will be in blue and these other two points will be in white. So, you know, we now have these selected with those selected. What we're gonna help to do is we can treat it by grabbing those two points we can switch. We can shift it and swing it, and we can kind of make it look like Hey, look, now is the door that's closed over here. Right, guys? So same thing with the directions. Direct selection tool as your regular selection tool. If we grab a corner, let's just use this one right here and we press shift. What it's gonna do is it's only going to allow us to move in one direction. Sorry, does here with them. So it only allows us to move up or down, so allows to move in a certain range a certain way. Now, what you're seeing over here, guys also is these little widgets. These little circles right here. What those air going? Allow us to do is because if we collect, click the whole object, you'll see all four of them or, if individually, go over each one, you'll Onley see that singular one that you are using or are attached to at the moment. So let's collect the whole thing. What the's do are these all rounders. So what they'll do is there actually around our shapes, corners out and we can make nice, rounded square kind of like a app icon or something like that. Just gonna be super useful Now was really nice guys, as you can actually manipulate thes individually, So you just grabbed that way we could just pull that corner in. And then let's say you want to use this one. Maybe just a little less this one the most. So again, guys, you really just play around with this and get familiar with how everything works with the direct selection tool. Alright, guys. So I hope this lesson has been helpful. I hope it's been a form of guys and I hope you find unusual 3. Lesson 2 - Creating Shapes: you guys and this lesson, we're gonna be going over the of these shapes. Alright, guys. So I know that we now know how to use our selection tools, and that's great. We can move these shapes size thes shapes. But one thing we're not able to do is maybe make him yet. So let's go ahead and just get rid of these and let's get right into it. So, guys, there is a tool right on your tool board right over here. And right now it's under star for me, if you right click on this. And normally what's gonna look like is that so you're going to see this square in your toolbar. Okay, most of you, whatever shape happens to be there, it could be any of these shapes the Ellipse tool, polygon star or even the line segment tool. Okay, just go ahead, go or there. Right click on it and it will bring up this menu. Okay. These were going to be the main shapes that we're gonna need in, you know, Dhobi to create pretty much anything. Okay, so let's go ahead and start with the rectangle tool and what you're going to use to get that up on your keyboard is gonna be the end, but okay, just press the M key and you'll bring up the rectangle tool. Now, what you're gonna do is you're gonna click and drag, guys. Okay? Kind of. Think of this, like on every computer you probably ever had. If you were over blank space and you would click and drag and create that rectangle that box, Okay, that was kind of invisible. That's what's gonna do. Same thing here. Except now when you let go, it will be done. So now one thing we look for guys, remember, is our smart guides. Okay, so this is where those smart guides are gonna come in handy. And if you're just starting this video, you haven't watch the other videos of smart guides. You're gonna go up to the view tab on the very top of the screen, and they were to go down to smart guides, and you just click that on and make sure they're on. And what those do again is they're gonna tell you when you have a swear when you have a circle that's an actual square circle that's gonna help you line things up says can say, Hey, if you want to start another square right there, that will be at the bottom that keep it in line with that. Okay, guys. So now that we have our square, let's go ahead and use our selection tools and remember to bring the selection tool up. We can press B, and we're just gonna bring this right into the middle where it was before, and we'll leave it just like that. Now, guys want to go back over here, right? Click on this again, and we want the Ellipse tool or the Circle Builders I call it and we're gonna press on the keyboard, the L button, and it's gonna bring up those same crosshairs. Except now when we click and we drag is going to create a certain way. And there again are are smart guides telling me, Hey, this is your perfect sir. Now, instead of bringing my selection tool out this time, what I'd like to do is just go over to where the the anger point is in the middle and you'll see the selection tool come out. And what this allows us to do is move our shape and that's right in the middle. Perfect. But I've kept my ellipse tool out. So if I needed to move a circle or another shape, But I just need this tool to come back out very quickly. You don't have to put it away. I move the object, and then you can go ahead and build another circle. Now, guys, while we're buildings shapes, a lot of times we're gonna need duplicates. Okay? But instead of keeping your lips tool out and building or trying to build an identical circle, what we can do instead is go ahead and bring out your selection tool, which is the V key on your keyboard. And what this will allow us to do is once we have our shape that we like the way we like it . You're just gonna go ahead and hold down the altar key or the command key and drag it and let go of the mouse first. And that will give you and I identical match of that shape guys. For now, we have to identical shapes and they match perfectly. So building shapes once you have one the way you need it, you can then kind of just keep duplicating the next ones and making them identical matches . Our guys in Leslie while how do we build triangle? Right? Cause there's no triangle tool, so it's really simple. We're gonna go over here again. Guys were in a click right click bring up this menu, and this time we're gonna go and click onto the star tool. Okay, guys. And once we're in this star tool, we're gonna left click on what this left click does is it brings up this box right here. It's the option box for this star tool. So how many points do you want on your star? So a traditional start of five or six. But if we bring that number down to three, it kind of becomes our triangle tool. Right? And there's our triangle guys. And let's just take this time to try and remember how we want to keep that portion. So shift, select the shape and just drag it out. And there we go, guys, and there is our triangle. And one last thing I want to talk to you guys about about these shapes is color. Okay, so with any of these shapes for all of these shapes selected, You will see the properties box. This will change. Okay, guys. So when we're not have anything selected, there's nothing there, right? And if you're not seeing the properties window, go over to window, go down and click properties, and it will bring up the property window. If you're getting this, go right over a window down to properties and just open it back up, guys. All right, So with our selection tool, you can go ahead and grab any of the shapes. And now you'll see in the appearance part of our properties window. The Phil is yellow and the stroke is black. And guys, what this means is that Phil is gonna be what's in between the lines and the stroke is the actual outline of shape. So just so for an example, guys, let's go ahead. Zoom in. Remember, that's control. Plus to zoom in and control minus. Zoom out. So on the triangle if we want to make the outline a lot thicker, we'd go over to our stroke right here and just press it up and just keep pressing up. And there you go. And now we have almost what looks kind of like one of those road signs right now, the Phil is gonna be the color in the middle, and you're gonna just click on that. And what that's going to do is going to bring up all these colors. Watches. All right? We're not gonna get too much and all the stuff on the bottom here. But you can select any of these colors, guys. And you can change your triangle or your shapes toe whatever color you want. All right, guys. And again, this is just the basic stuff, guys. Other tutorials will go into a little bit more. 4. Lesson 3 - The Gradient Tool: Hi, guys. In this lesson, we're gonna be going over the Grady in tool and kind of the basics of use again. All right, so we're gonna select any of our shapes on our our board, and we're gonna go ahead and select the Grady in tool, which, if you're looking for it on the tool bar, is gonna be this little square, and it has kind of a shading to it. All right? Or easier than that, Guys, you could just press Gene that's gonna bring up the crosshairs for the Grady in tool. You can tell this is the great Ian Tool and not like the Ellipse tool or the rectangle tool . Because once we have an open, you'll see that in the properties window over here, you'll see the Grady inbox opens up. All right. And keep in mind, guys, if you're not seeing the properties window, go over to the window and just go down to properties, they're all alphabetical. Just click it and it'll pop up for you and you'll have this right here. Any time this disappears, goes away. Whatever. Just go over the window down to properties and you go ahead and get that right back up for you. All right, So now guys, again, we're gonna press G on the keyboard, get your Grady and tool out, and just go ahead and click on your shape and you're should look just like mine. It's gonna be a linear Grady in. So Dobie offers three types of built ingredients, and we're gonna go through All three of them were touched, really? Just on the basics of this tool. But it's kind of all we need to get started. Alright, guys. So once this is looking like this, we're gonna go over to our properties window into the little Grady inbox over here and were to go down to these three little dots on the right. OK, now click that to open up the sub Grady int menu, and this is what you're going to see right here. Okay. Most importantly is for us right now is gonna be this slider toolbar on the bottom. And what this is going to allow us to do is to effect how the Grady and appears on our shape. So if we slide one color over, we're gonna obviously see a lot more black than we did before, and we could do the same thing in reverse and bring it right back. And if you wanted to say, Let's see how much each one has, you could just slide this tool. Now, these are gonna be a little bit more important when you start adding more than two colors. But for right now, that's all you really need to know about that piece. Guys, One thing I do want to point out is that this could be a little tricky. If you get close to one of these points and you click, you're gonna create another color. Okay, you're creating another point on the Grady in to get rid of it is really simple with its selected just go over to the right where the garbage can is just collect, click, delete, stop. And that of Go ahead and delete that naked that are back. So again, guys, if you're hovering right next to it and you click when you're when you're trying to drag its and this happens a lot when you first start playing with this, you're gonna create these points, okay? And to get rid of them again, just select him and just go ahead and see. Just like that happens just like that. A deleted. Okay. Now, to change these colors from, let's say, black and whites, you may be red and purple. You're going to go ahead and just put your mouse over either the points and double click. And they will bring up the same color menu that you saw in the shape Creator lesson. And you can just go ahead and select whatever you like. Let's let me get rid. We'll do this sign, we said, Yeah. Alright, guys, that looks pretty cool. Already, guys gives us a nice little sunset type of Look. What now? What we can do is we can change the type of radiant. So what we're gonna do is we'll go over to this little section of radiant that says type and there's three different little windows and we're on linear, which is the furthest to the left. We don't want to select radio now, and that's gonna give you more of kind of like a sunset look. And this I like to use on, you know, sunsets, clouds, moons, things like round with that. Just have a nice shoot them naturally. And the final one we're gonna find we're gonna play with today guys is gonna be the free form. But I just want to show you that in every single one of these radiance, this menu's gonna look very similar, OK? And to be honest with you, the only thing you're gonna see changes this next one is gonna be free form. And this is gonna be the one we're using in a class project. So let's go ahead and click over a freeform radiant. And now what this does, guys, is it allows us to grab onto these points and individually placed them where we want them to produce our exact radiant that we like. And just like before, just like down here. Where are Slider Bar Waas? You can click on these and change the color. Okay, guys. So it's the same exact basic set up, except you can now change the colors from up here instead of over here. All right, guys, that's been the basics of the great Ian Tool. There is so much, so much more. This tool has to offer. But this will give you a nice where to start and to start using it and to exploring its uses. Thanks, guys. I hope you found this class. Help was always 5. Lesson 4 - The Pen Tool : Hi, guys. In this lesson today, we're gonna be going over the pen tool. All right, so to get the pencil out where unwanted Just press p on our keyboard. And that will bring out our pen tool. OK, guys. Now, as you see with the pen tool out, we're gonna have a little axe tricks next to our pentacle. And that's telling us that we're about to create a new line. Our new first line. So with a quick left click will put down an anchor point. And then we could just drag out this line and it will tell us Hey, this is what the line is gonna look like when you click your next point. Not aware I put it. All right, so let's just put it right there, guys. And what we're gonna want to do is try to build a rectangle and guys click, let go, and then drag your next line. There is big difference between clicking, holding and dragging, and we'll get into that at the end of this video. I just want to kind over the basic pen tool first. So, as you see, guys were about to click onto our first original point for this shape, and you're gonna get this little circle next to the pen tool. And that little circle is telling us, Hey, this is actually gonna close this off, and it's gonna make it one complete shape. That's what we want. So just go ahead and click onto that. And there you go, guys. Now we have our rectangle. Now this rectangle has four anchor points right where we clicked each time with the pen tool. So with our pencil, that means we can do the we can add points to it anywhere we want. So when I go to this line right here and you see the little plus symbol appear next to my pen tool, that means that I can add an anchor point to that section of line. So now if I wanted to take out, remember that Let direct selection tool. I can actually use this anchor. And now I can move this with direct selection tool. OK, guys, Now if you get back to your pen tool Okay, so press p on the keyboard, guys. So right now we're back to that ass tricks because it's telling us we're about to start a new line, a new shape. But if we click on to this shape right, guys and we get back to our pencil now we go. And we could go over that anchor point and we can actually delete it, because now, instead of a plus sign, we have a minus. So it's going to the exact opposite guys. And so what's gonna happen here before we do it is instead of what might look like. Hey, these lines are just going to be kind of here because there's nowhere for them to meet. The line is automatically going to connect to the two remaining anchor points. So if I delete this one, appear that we made Now we get this right, guys, but it doesn't matter where you delete him. So I delete this point off of the end. It's going against gonna connect to the to anchor points with a straight line right? Or or the line that comes up between them too. So if I get rid of this point now, we have a triangle. OK, guys, So this is what this is the point of again being able to add a point onto it so that Now I can go back, and I can actually make this square again if I wanted to, just by adding at that point. Alright, guys. So that's the basic use of the pen tool. Now, I just want to quickly touch on what happens if we take our pencils or again press P. And you see the ass tricks like always. But this time, guys, quick and then hold on, drag. Okay, so click down without releasing the button. Start to drag and you'll start to see these handles, Papa. Okay, guys. So once you have the handles, let go. And now it's the line. The line is gonna be a curved line instead of straight. So now what we do next is either click it and hold it again. And this will create another curve and another set of handles, which you can control and adjust to whoever you want. Okay? Or if you just click it. So let's say we're trying to make this is just a rounded edge of one perfect cube. Well, then we could just do this, okay? And that's exactly what that is made for, guys. Right? But this curvature is just gonna be really helpful when you're making things that aren't straight right, cause you might be outlining something that's not a perfect perfect shape, right? So again, guys were press the p to bring out our Kurt are pen tool on our our board. And now we're gonna press down and hold, which will create these handles, then let go. And that's our first bait, our first anchor point, which we can menus and press and hold again. And now we've got a nice curve going and let's see what we want to do with this one. Let's present whole war time on, Let's do it again. Present hold. And now let's steal like this and something like this may well make like a funny looking whale tail or something. All right, guys on again. I just closed that off and there we go. And we got some weird looking whale random organic shape here, guys. But again, this is just really helpful when you're trying to make odd shapes and this pen tools just made for that cell again. Guys, this is the pen tool. I hope this helps and have a 6. Lesson 5 - The Shapebuilder Tool: Hi, guys. So this lesson is gonna be all about the shape builder tool. So for our class project, we're gonna need this tool. And it is one of the most essential tools in the toolbox of Adobe Illustrator. Alright. So, guys, for this we're gonna want to make a circle. So go ahead and bring out the Ellipse tool. And that's gonna be the l on your keyboard. Us those crosshairs. You don't want to make a nice big circle. Okay, Doesn't have to be a perfect circle, but just take a nice big circle. And I am going to go ahead and get my selection tool back out. Guys with the press of a V on the keyboard. There's my selection tool, and I'm gonna go ahead and just fill this in with a color for now, guys, because I did a little bit simply to look at OK, guys. So we're also gonna need for this example a rectangle, guys. Which means we're gonna want to bring out our rectangle tool, and that's gonna be em on the keyboard. Okay, So go and press them on your keyboard and that will bring out the crosshairs. And we're gonna make a rectangle, guys, and just make it about as long as the circle. But just make it that big. There you go. Now we're gonna bring our selection tools back out with press of V guys. OK, select the rectangle and drag it into the circle. Okay, guys. So what this tool is going to allow us to do is create a whole shape where this rectangle is in the circle. Okay, guys. So this has two functions, this tool. So you can either delete shapes, which we're going to do in this lesson right here, where you can join shapes together with shape, builder tool. So let's go ahead and give you that first. So let's just put this right about here. All right? So let's make the edges about equal. Alright, guys. So if we wanted to add this together, make it one complete shape. All we have to do is we're gonna highlight both and select both shapes together. Okay? And now you'll be able to see the circle and where it actually runs. Oh, behind the rectangle. Okay. Which is gonna be helpful for us now we're gonna press shift and em together and Now you guys are going to see that little plus sign Pop up. OK, now, once you want to see the plus sign, you guys can release the keys. And this is our shape builder tour, as it's also known the Pathfinder tool. Okay, guys. So what this allows us to do is to join these shapes and make them all one piece. So guys really simple, really easy. All you're gonna do is with his tool, You can draw lines. Okay, so we're gonna draw lines through any place we're a line intersex. Okay, so this is crossing. We don't want to do it all in one shot. Ready? Boom. Okay. And as you see, what's ever highlighted in the Red Square is one shape now. Okay, so we're gonna go over here and guys, you're also gonna want to go up here, right? Get rid of that and down here. Okay, Now it's one big shape. Go. And there it is, guys. Okay. Press V on your keyboard. And look, this is now one shape, guys. Okay? This is actually how I make cat faces. This is why I happen to use this one. Gives you a little cat ears, and then I go in and actually just kind of talking tough with these. But that's kind of just one of the uses for the Schaeffler Tool. Now, I'm gonna go ahead and just undo what we just did, and I'm gonna go control Z once, twice. There you go. All right. And that was a control Z pressing the Z twice and going back to moves and getting back to this spot right here. OK, guys. So for our class project, what we're gonna actually be doing with shape builder Tool is leading a section of face. Okay, guys, so we're gonna want to go ahead and bring this down, all right? And now, if we click off, that looks kind of all right, but for how we're gonna actually make this space later. It's gonna be better if we can get rid of this and make this just kind of an opening. So how we do that is the same way, guys. We're gonna go ahead and just select both of these objects. Press shift em and release. And there you go. Now you have your plus sign, but instead, this time guys press and hold down the altar key or the command key on a Mac and you'll get the minus. OK, guys. Now what this tool does again looks very similar. But now what it's gonna do with the highlighted area for the darkened area, I should say this is actually going to delete this from the shapes. So just for this, Okay, now go ahead, President, and get back to our selection toe. Now, guys, we actually have. We don't have a rectangle in there anymore. Okay? That's not a white rectangle that's just cut out where the rectangle used to be. All right, guys, this has been a basic explanation how the shape builder tool works, and you're going to see how it could be used in our next portion, which is our class project. So, guys, I hope you've enjoyed this outfit's been helpful. And thanks again 7. Class Project - Tie Dye Smile Face: guys, this is our class project, and we're gonna be making a smiley face with a tide I background. And we're gonna need all the essential lessons that we learned in this course to do this. So the first things first, guys, what we're gonna want to do is gonna build his face. So we need the Ellipse tool, which is gonna be the l on your keyboard. So with the help rest, you're gonna get your crosshairs for your ellipse tool, and you're gonna want to go ahead and make a nice circle. And remember, if you're not seeing smart guides, which are these pink lines till, I mean, that's a perfect circle. Just go over to the view and go down to smart guys. Just make sure that they're checked. Okay, guys are. Now that our circle is here, I'm gonna want to size it correctly. So remember guys remembering our selection tools, and that's gonna be pressing V on the keyboard, and that's gonna bring out our selection tool. Now, with shift on your keyboard held down, we are going to drag out this circle. Just make it nice and big, perfect. And let's get a better look at how the art board looks. So I want to kind of zoom out. And for this you're gonna press control minus okay. So that actually looks perfectly in the middle to me. Maybe a little too low, but just about there, and we're gonna want to change This'll circle to the right color, which is going to be yellow. So we're gonna go over to our property panel Now, wait a minute. Wider. And I see that color. Why don't Why can I change the color circle Because of circle hasn't been selected. Just click your circle. Remember, once you see the bounding box, you know you selected that object. Now we see the appearance in our properties window. Remember, If you don't see the properties window, just go over the window. Then you're gonna go scroll down to properties, and you're gonna just make sure that's check your get your properties window back up. I guess we're gonna go over to the fill which remember, is the color inside the outline and we're just gonna make it yellow. Alright, guys. And there we go. We have our base for our smiley face head. Now we're gonna want to make his eyeballs, which again we're gonna use theologians tool. So we're gonna go ahead and press the l of the keyboard to bring that back out. And I'm going to just make an eye over here. I like kind of a longer op along looking ones. And what I'm gonna do now is bring out the selection tool again, mince V on the keyboard, and I'm gonna change this circle, which is now selected. Not both circles, but just this little one gonna go over here on a select black. Okay, that's an eye right there. Now we could bring out the Ellipse tool, and we could make another I. But why? Why do more work than we have to write? So let's just select this circle And with this circle selected, hold down the altar key, guys, remember or command on a macro. Once you see those little double cursors, you know it's ready. Just select it, drag it where you want it, and then we're gonna let go of the mouse click before for we let go off the button. All right, Now we have two identical eyes to perfect match of the first ones. They look just like each other. Now for our smile on our smiling face guy, we're going to need the pen tool, so bring out the pen tool by pressing P. Okay, It's gonna be the button p on your keyboard that will bring us out our pencil. OK, guys, Now we're going to make a smiley face, so we're not gonna need a straight line, right? We're not gonna need a line like this because we can't make his smile out of it. So we are going to use the other option the pencil has, which is when we click down and then we drag with our mouths still clicked, and it creates thes two handles. And this handle is going to allow us to make a curved line. And we're gonna do that again and again to keep the curve going. So again, I'm gonna press and drag where I want the line to keep going, and we're just gonna make the base. Okay? So, guys, I just want to give you that quick examples just before we start doing it on our smiley face just as a reminder. All right, so we're going to click, and we're gonna drag. Okay, Does. And where did the same thing again click and drag, and we're just gonna want to come up to the cheek and the top of his other side of smile. And if you if you end up clicking and you don't drag guys, it's OK to get back to where we just were just press control, Z. And it will only undo the last point you made. Okay. So you can keep doing this over and over again and, you know Hey, what's this? Do you can make it over here? You know, you can keep trying things out. All right, So let's go ahead. Just click and drag and click and drag down here. We're just gonna keep on going like this. So we have a nice smiley face and guys doesn't have to be super perfect. Don't worry too much about the shape. Okay, this is just gonna be cut out this shape behind this circle that we made his head aren't so to do this, guys, we're gonna use this shape builder tool, But I do just want to kind of show you guys why we're doing it this way. So what? We're trying to do is we're gonna give him teeth. Okay? We're gonna give him those nice white teeth. Now, I know that some of you might say, Well, I can just make this shape his mouth white, right? And now I can just use the pen tool, and I'm just gonna make lines. I'll just make lines and that would be his mouth, right? It's It does work, guys. You can do it this way. But it's just a lot more trouble than it's worth And doing these lines over and over and making sure they're all perfect. It's kind of a pain. So doing it this way is really just being smarter with tool, which is adobe. So Alright, guys. So let's bring out our selection tools. Remember this shape? This is still a shape, right? So I can still pull it off and do that. Alright, guys. So what we're gonna want to do here is we're gonna want to select both these shapes, the head and the mountain, and we're gonna bring out our shape builder tool. So that's gonna be shift em and then for getting rid of a piece instead of combining these , we're gonna want to delete one. So we're gonna hold hulks or command on a Mac, and we're just gonna go over float over his mouth or just gonna press minus okay. And with that little blink, it's gone. Hey, guys said this is no longer a shape. Okay, this is literally a hole in our circle. This his mouth piece right here, guys. All right, So what this is allowing us to do now is we're gonna need to bring out our rectangle tool again. Alright, guys, what I want you to do is I want you to just put rectangles put one rectangle over right about there. Okay, guys. And now with your selection tool back out with the V on the keyboard shortcut. We're gonna go ahead and press and hold Ault or command. And then we're just gonna click and drag one of these out. You can let go. Then We're just gonna keep doing that again and again. Guys. All right. And what this does is it puts these rectangles above the circle, and now we're gonna select all of these rectangles and guys to do. This is really simple. Click on one of them now, press and hold shift and just click. Are all of them okay? And it's gonna highlight all of them. What that's gonna do is it's gonna put them all in the same bounding box. So now we are controlling what happens to all of the's rectangles at once. So, guys, let's go over to our appearance tab, and we're just gonna go ahead and make all of these rectangles white, okay? Just like that. And you're gonna want to leave these selected, and what we're gonna do now, guys, is we're just going to send these rectangles behind this face. Okay? So with these selected, just go over to object, okay? And come on down to the word arrange. And then we're gonna go down into this menu and we're gonna press over on send to back. OK, guys, that one more time with all of these rectangles selected, we're gonna go over the object a range and send back. Okay, let's go ahead and press that. And there it is, guys. So there's our smiley face head. Now, if any of you rectangles are sticking out like mine are, see that little edge right there sticking out? Just select that Rex angle with your selection tool. And just like we did before for a shift And just dragon making a little smaller. And now he's not sticking out. And now our smiley face looks great. Right? So we're gonna go ahead and we're gonna back out of this, and we're gonna want to add our eyebrows now, right? So I'm just gonna bring the pen tool back out, guys, Control Plus on a zoom in to make this a little easier for myself. And I'm just gonna do the same thing, right? I'm just gonna make his eyebrows using our curvature pen. Tool on. That is just gonna let me make him some nice, cool eyebrows, guys. Cool. Perfect. All right, now, I wanted I rows to the black. So what we're gonna do, guys, we're just gonna go over here to the fill again with this. Selected the shape we made first I broke, and we're gonna make this eyebrow black. You can kind of move it, Justin, where you think it looks best. And now I could make another eyebrow with the old key and drag it over here, but I really don't think I want to do that. I kind of want to make this other eyebrow different. So let's use the pen tool again. P on your keyboard and let's make let's make an eyebrow like he's really interested in what we're having to say. Alright, guys on you're just gonna be everything for a second here. I did this and it doesn't have to be perfect. Guys can just a smiley face. We're just gonna go ahead and press the black. He make this, his crystal vibrates, and he's kind of given us that. What are you thinking about? Look right. Alright, guys. So this is a smiling face, part of it all done. Ready to go. What we're gonna do now is we're just gonna throw it the tie dye background behind. So this is really not hard, guys. We're just gonna take out our rectangle tool and we are going to make a rectangle that is the size of our art Would just like that. Okay, It should look just like this. Now what we're gonna do, guys press g on the keyboard and we're gonna bring out our Grady into just click anywhere on anywhere on the rectangle to make radiant. Okay, Now that we have our Grady in. Now that we have our radiant started, we're going to make this a freeform radiant. Okay, it's a double click on freeform radiant, and it'll pop up just like this. Now, what you can do is start moving these little locks around and you're gonna want to remember , double click on them, double click on them, and I will open up your color options. Right. So if you double click on each of these, you'll be able to change them and tell every color what it should be. All right, So let's make this one maybe like red and get rid of this black. That's boring. We'll get a purple in there and there we go. All right, guys. Now go ahead and president V on the keyboard, bring our selection tool back out and just click on this big rectangle now. All right, We're just gonna go back up to object our range and send back Alright, guys. And there it is. There is our smiley faced with are tied I background project guys upload yours that Can we