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Adobe Illustrator CC – Essentials Training

teacher avatar Daniel Scott, Adobe Certified Trainer

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Lessons in This Class

41 Lessons (6h 52m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Course Exercise Files for Adobe Illustrator CC Essentials

    • 3. Getting Started with Adobe Illustrator CC

    • 4. How to draw in Adobe Illustrator CC with shapes & lines

    • 5. How to draw using the Shape Builder tool in Adobe Illustrator CC

    • 6. How to draw a fox using the shape builder tool in Adobe Illustrator CC

    • 7. How to draw custom logo shapes easily in Adobe Illustrator CC

    • 8. How to draw anything using the Curvature Tool in Adobe Illustrator

    • 9. How to draw using the Pen Tool in Adobe Illustrator CC

    • 10. Drawing with the Pencil Tool in Adobe Illustrator CC

    • 11. How to use Brushes in Adobe Illustrator CC

    • 12. How to draw lines with the Width Tool in Adobe Illustrator

    • 13. How to use Type & Fonts in Adobe Illustrator to design a postcard

    • 14. How to curve type around a badge using Adobe Illustrator CC

    • 15. How to break apart & destroy text & fonts using Adobe Illustrator CC

    • 16. What is RGB & CMYK colors in Adobe Illustrator CC

    • 17. How to steal colors from an image using Eye Dropper in Illustrator

    • 18. How to find amazing colors in Illustrator using Color Theme

    • 19. How to make Gradients in Adobe Illustrator CC

    • 20. How to mask an image inside text in Adobe Illustrator CC

    • 21. How to cut holes in shapes using Compound Shapes in Illustrator CC

    • 22. How to use CC Libraries in Adobe Illustrator CC

    • 23. Making things liquid & distorted in Adobe Illustrator CC

    • 24. How to bend & warp shapes & text in Adobe Illustrator CC

    • 25. Drawing amazing repeating shapes in Adobe Illustrator CC

    • 26. How to create repeating patterns in Adobe Illustrator CC

    • 27. How to how to vectorize an image in Adobe Illustrator CC

    • 28. How to use Adobe Capture App with Adobe Illustrator CC

    • 29. Using Free Templates in Adobe Illustrator CC

    • 30. Exporting for Print

    • 31. How to save your Illustrator Files as Jpegs for websites

    • 32. How to redraw the MasterCard Logo in Adobe Illustrator CC

    • 33. How to redraw the Instagram Logo in Adobe Illustrator CC

    • 34. How to redraw the Kodak Logo in Adobe Illustrator CC

    • 35. How to redraw the eHarmony Logo in Adobe Illustrator CC

    • 36. How to redraw the Tinder Logo in Adobe Illustrator CC

    • 37. How to redraw the BP Logo in Adobe Illustrator CC

    • 38. Cheat Sheet for Adobe Illustrator CC

    • 39. BONUS: Software Updates

    • 40. Adobe Illustrator CC 2021 New Features & Updates!

    • 41. Course Conclusion for Adobe Illustrator CC

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About This Class


Hi there, my name is Dan.

I’m an designer, Adobe Certified Instructor & Adobe Certified Expert.

Together we’re going to learn how to use Adobe Illustrator. During our course we won’t just learn how to use the tools... we will create real world, practical projects together.

This course is aimed at people new to Illustrator & design in general. We’ll start right at the beginning, working our way through step by step.

We’ll start with the techniques you’ll need to create just about everything in Illustrator. Including icons, logos, postcards & hand drawn illustrations. 

We’ll explore lines & brushes. You’ll master how to use and manipulate type. I’ll show you the clever secrets Illustrator has which will help you to discover & use beautiful color like a pro. 

You’ll learn how to push, pull, cut & repeat artwork. You'll learn how to redraw real world examples of famous logos. We'll cover the essentials like correct saving & exporting along with so, so much more.

If you’ve never opened Illustrator before, or you’ve opened it and struggled, come with me, I’ll show you the easy way to make beautiful artwork. - Dan

Download the exercise files here.

Download the completed files here.


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1. Introduction: Hi there, my name is Dan, and I'm an Adobe certified instructor, and an Adobe certified expert, and Adobe Illustrator. Now together me and you, are going to go through this course, and make beautiful artwork together, using Illustrator. During this course, you won't just learn, how to use the tools, will work through real-world, practical projects together. Now this course, is aimed at people completely new, to illustrate it, and maybe to design in general, we're going to start, absolutely right at the beginning, and work our way through step by step. We'll start with the techniques, that you'll need to create, anything in illustrator. We'll customize shapes used, the wonderful shaped build a total, and the symbol to use, that are legit, explore bodies, and brushes, plus, your soon-to-be favorite width tool. You'll master how to use, and manipulate type. I'll show you all the sneaky secrets, that illustrator a has to discover, a news beautiful Color like a seasoned designer. You'll learn how to push, pull, cut, and repeat just like this. There's even a section in here, where we will prone our skills, by practicing, redrawing these real-world brands. We won't forget the essentials like proper saving, and exporting, plus much more. If you have never opened up illustrator before, or you've opened it, and you struggled a little bit. Follow me, I'll show you how to make, beautiful artwork together in Illustrator. 2. Course Exercise Files for Adobe Illustrator CC Essentials: All right. Time to get started. There's a couple of things you need to do first, one is download the exercise files. There will be a link on the page to download those, so you can play along. There's another link there saying the completed files. You don't need to use that but that handy. What I do at the end of every video, I save them up to, so that maybe yours is not quite working or you want to see how I made mine, you can download that Illustrator file just to check against yours. One last thing is a cheat sheet. Right at the end of this course, there is a video version of that cheat sheet, you can watch that whenever you're ready for cheats and shortcuts and stuff. The other thing is that there is a PDF version of that cheat sheet. Okay. You can download it for free from, there's resources tab at the top, just click on that and you'll see Illustrator plus a lot of other ones. It's time to start learning Illustrator. Let's go. 3. Getting Started with Adobe Illustrator CC: Hi there. In this video, we're going to look at getting started with Illustrator. Basically some navigation of the interface, and just getting Illustrator set up so that we can all work together and you can follow along with me. First thing we do is let's open up one of our Exercise Files. Let's go to File and let's go to Open. In our Exercise Files, there is one called Getting Started. Let's click Open. Okay. So, the first thing we'll do to get everybody kind of lined up together is resetting our work space. Now, in the top right here, you can see it says Essentials on mine. Yours might say something different from this drop down. What I'd like you to do is pick Essentials, and then once it's got a little tick start so click on it, then drop it down again and say Reset Essentials. That it'll just reset and make it look like mine. The other thing that might look a little different between yours and mine is this toolbar on the left here. Because my laptops big enough, it allows me to see all of the tools on one big long line. Yours might be smaller. You might be using a 13 inch same MacBook Pro or something. It will show them as a double like this. See, this little double arrow here, this little shiver, you can decide whether you want to work this way or this way. I'm going to work this way because that's my default. But you might be seeing it just a little bit differently. Next thing to do is to do with your preferences for units and increments. It is a bit strange in Illustrator. So, it's worth mentioning here at the beginning. I've got a document open. I have nothing selected by using the black arrow and just clicking in the background. Nothing selected. You can see the units. In this case, I set centimeters. I can change them here for this document to say inches. That's how to change it for this document. Now, if you've come from other Adobe products, you'll know that you can go into Preferences and change all units and increments. It doesn't work that way in Illustrator. What happens is you create the units and increments as you are creating you document, or like we did here, you change it with nothing selected. So, say I want to make a new document, and I want to make sure it's inches. So, I get a print and I decide I want to delete that. You'll notice that it's defaulted to points and it always does that. There is a bit of a hack to go through and change it, but we just lived with points because that's what Adobe said. Even with A4. So, matrix sizings, it's still defaults to points. So, what you need to do is pick later and then go in here and say I want to be inches. That will make sure the default sizing for that document is in inches. I'm going to click on Create. Now, you might be doing more web design so that your units could be switched from inches, millimeters, to maybe something like pixels. Often I work that way, especially when I'm doing maybe UI design in Illustrator, but we're going to work in inches in most of the course. Now, if you need to change the page size afterwards, a really easy way to do it is down here is a tool. It's called the app tool, if I click on it, it slick's the outboard and I can drag it around, just kind of strange. You can just make up a size, but often with it selected over here, you can see I can give a page size by changing the height and the width. You can see here also I can change it to landscape. Now, one thing is if you're following along with say something like CS6. So, quite an older version of Illustrator, 95 percent of those calls will work just fine. The big change for you is you won't have this Properties panel. You'll have something slightly different. Under Essentials, they'll have a Essentials Classic and you'll have most of these options. Can you see there's Artboard one at top there, but in the later version, the one that we are using now, is they just tuck them into this Properties panel. So, you can play along just fine with CS6 or earlier visions, but you just get to know that when I'm using the Properties panel, you're actually using this control Artboard on the top. Now, a couple of more things just to get us used to Illustrator before we start making things is I've gone back to getting started. You'll notice this tabs on the top. This is how to have more than one document open and travel between the two. So, I'm going to Getting Started. I'm going to grab my black arrow. Now, you black arrow is your default. This is the one to use all the time. It's your fallback tool, because what it does is it just moves things around. Which if I click on this guy, I can move him around. It physically moves stuff, that's its job, the Selection Tool. Now, the Selection Tool moves the thing in its entirety. There's another tool in here called the white arrow, or the Direct Selection Tool. What this does is allows you pick little parts of that object, whereas the Black Arrow moves the whole thing, which is if click on one of these little dots here, you can see it's blue versus the older version that are white. I can move just one part of this little fox here. So, we're going to be using both of these tools. Mainly the black arrow, but the white arrow will be something that we use as well. A couple more things that we'll need to work with is Edit. You've got Undo and Redo. In case if things go wrong, you go backwards. You can use the shortcut if you feel like it. It has unlimited undo's, you can go back loads. The next thing is zooming in and out. There's a tool down the bottom here. The Zoom Tool, we can click on it and hold down the Option Key on a Mac to zoom out, or ALT key on a PC. You can see the icon changes from a plus, but if I hold down the Option key on a Mac, it changes into a minus and you just click once. Now, I never use that, and you'll find that we're not going to do too many shortcuts in this intro class, but I'm a really good show cover in and out is holding down the Command key on a Mac, or the Control key on a PC and just tapping the plus key, and the minus to zoom out. It's a really quick and easy way to zoom around. Another really useful tool is I'm going to go back to my black arrow, is when I'm moving around. You can drag these little slides here. Okay, that's fine. But you'll find that just holding down the Space bar, you'll see my cursor changes from the black arrow to the hand, click Hold, drag around. So, spacebar and just click hold your mouse button. It's a really easy way to move around. Now, another thing to note in Illustrator is that we've got something called an Artboard. Now, Artboard is just like another page. They call them Artboards in Illustrator. I'm going to zoom out a little bit. Now, I'm going to go back to my Artboard tool, my pages tool. I'm going to click once over here, and drag out and I've got a second page. So, when it's selected, I can click, I'll drag it across a little bit, give it some room and then over here I can switch to A4. I'm going to zoom out. So, you can have more than one page. I got first page which is a postcard size, and then they got this A4 page. So, just think of them as pages in a document. You can export them as pages in a PDF, or you just might have multiple concepts to working between the two. So, you can have more than one Artboard. One last thing to quickly discuss before we get into making stuff is that grouping in isolation mode. Now, I show you this now because everyone gets lost. So, I've got this fox here, and at the moment it's actually just separate shapes. So, what I'm going to do is I'm going to slick it all. So, I'm going to hold down my Shift key. So, my black arrow Shift key, click on these guys. So, with them all selected, what I'm going to do is I'm going to go to object. I'm going to group them so that they are like one little unit that I can move around. I've missed a little white bit but that's okay. But here's group. Now, what ends up happening is, when you're new to Illustrator, is especially if you love to double click. I've got my black arrow. If I double click in, weird stuff happens. This grays out and I can't slick that anymore, and I can work on these guys individually. What's happened is you've entered something called isolation mode. The way I know is that it's grayed out in the background. There's this blue line along the top. You can see here I'm inside of this group. Layer one is homebase. So, I can just click on that to come back out because that's where people often get lost. So, they're working fine, working fine, working fine, double click, and then they get lost in here. They can't work on stuff and things go a bit weird. So, just if that ever happens, just click on Layer1. Hold this big arrow here, it's up to you. Just to come back to homebase. All right. Enough boring navigation, getting set up stuff. Let's start making stuff in the next video. I'll see you over there. 4. How to draw in Adobe Illustrator CC with shapes & lines: Hi there, welcome to this video. We are going to draw this lovely little fox using just basic shape. Lines, and rectangles, and stars, just really simple stuff. Okay, we're going to start with a template to draw over the top and end up with this. All right. Let's go and look at that now. Okay. In this tutorial, we're going to draw from this drawing that I've made, just make it simple so we can all kind of follow along. Okay, so what I'd like to do is in Illustrator is, we're going to go to File, New, and pick a document size, I'm going to start with "Print" and we use Letter, I'm going to use landscape. I'm not going to change anything else, I'm just going to click "Create". I'm going to save it. Okay. So, I'm going to a file save, and what we'll do for this class is, I'll put everything on my desktop. You do the same. I'm going to make a new folder on my desktop. I'm going to call this one "Illustrator class files". So, we're going to stick everything from this class. Let's call this one "Sleeping fox" and let's click "Save". Let's leave everything as the default and click "Okay". All right. So, we're drawing from a drawing. I've drawn in my notebook right, and I want to just redraw in Illustrator. So, a nice trick to do that is, I've done a scan of it. We can take a photo of it and I'm going to go to file and I'm going to go to place. Now, place is import for illustrator. Illustrator likes to call it place, click on that. I want you to find your exercise file, and there's one in there called "Sleeping fox.jpg". Now before you click "Place" click on this one that says Template. What it does for us, let's have a look, let's click "Place". What it does for us is it brings it in. I am going to click in the background here and it puts it on a layer and locks it so we can draw over the top of it easily. Okay, where I click on my layers panel here, you can see it created a template layer and then a layer that I can draw on. You don't have to do this, it just makes it a little easy when we're redrawing. For some reason, it likes to bring it in and kind of has it a little bit over here to the left. So, I'm going to unlock, can you see that's the locking icon? I'm going to click on it, drag it across a little bit more in the middle, something like that and then lock it again. To continue drawing, I'm going to make sure I'm on layer one. Let's jump back to properties. Now, we'll start with this body here, we're going to grab the rectangle tool. Here it is here and I'm going to click hold and drag out kind of a rough rectangle. If you don't get it quite right, jump back to the black arrow and use any of these white boxes here just to kind of resize it and get it kind of close to that size there. It's a bit of a guess. Don't worry too much. What I'm going to do is, I'm going to pick a fill color and a stroke color. Now, yours might be different, yours might have a black line or on the outside and a white fill. Let's look at changing those. So, over here in my appearance panel, there's one called fill and one called stroke. So, I'm going to click on fill and I'm going to pick a fox kind of color. Now, we're going to use these swatches here so you've got two options here, kind of the rainbow colors and the swatches. Just for this class let's keep it simple and just pick something in here. You can have a green fox. That's okay. I'm just going to have an orange fox. In terms of the stroke, the stroke is the line around the outside. Yours might already be black. You might see if I click over here, you can see there's a black line. If I slicked on this and click on strip color. Now, I want to use this little red line here. This little red line indicates no stroke. That little red crossed out nothing there. So that's what I want. If nothing is changing, what you need to do with your black arrow is just make sure this box is selected, then make your changes. Okay, so that's a rectangle. Exciting, and then says fill color. Let's get into something a little more exciting. See these little dots in the corner here? These are your corner options. Watch this. I can click and drag these corners. The last spots there and you can notice that all of the corners come and change. Okay. So, it's kind of what I want. I'm going to go to edit, undo. I am going to use my shortcut for the rest of this course. So, It's command Z on a Mac, or control Z on a PC. So, I am going to undo a couple of times until it's back. Now, what I'd like to do is, you can see underneath here, the drawing I've just got a corner there and a corner of there. So, what I'd like to do is use my white arrow. Remember the black arrow is great for doing kind of big things, moving the whole object. The white arrow is good for doing little bits within that object and what I'm going to do is, in this top right hand corner, going to click it once. You'll notice that this guy is blue and these guys are white indicating that this one is selected, and you can see here just one little target appears. Okay, I can click on this guy now and go something like that. Same with the bottom left, click on that one, drag it up. Don't worry too much about being perfect but if you really do want it to be perfect what you can do is, I'm going to undo a couple of times, is you can have these guys selected the same time. So, click this guy once, hold shift, click this guy once and you've got two dots and when you drag one they both update. Cool. So, that's my little thing for his body. Let's look at doing the head now. So, I'm going to go back to my black arrow. Remember that's the default kind of tool to go to. Click off on the background, got nothing selected and the next tool I want is the polygon tool because I want a triangle for his head and that's considered a polygon in here. So, I am going to find the rectangle tool, click hold, hold, hold with your mouse key. Okay. Hold it down and eventually these pop out, and I am looking for this one called polygon. Click on that. Now, if I just do nothing, it will drag out whatever I last drew. Yours is probably going to draw an actual pentagon or a hexagon. It's going to draw something. Okay. So, I'm going to undo to get rid of that. If you want to adjust how many sides this polygon has, all you need to do is just click once with your mouse, click once and you get these polygon options and yours is probably set to 5 and you're probably getting something like that. So I'm going to undo again, click once, pick three sides, don't worry too much about the radius, we can change that afterwards. So, I've got a triangle. So, next thing I want to do is do some rotation and scaling and it's best to do that when we're move back on our safety tool. The black arrow. I'm going to click hold and drag the center. Okay. So, it's kind of in a more usable place. Now, to scale and rotate. Let's look at rotating first. So black arrow, I have this guy selected just once. Now, what you'll notice is, when I'm in the corner, I get this little stretching arrow. That's my scale. But if I come just a bit further out, I get this little double arrow. Okay. So, this is kind of like no man's land here, too far doesn't work. Just in. Okay. You'll be used to it. Okay. So, if I click and hold here, I can drag it around. Okay, clicking and holding. Now, what I can also do is undo. I want it to be kind of like, I want to flip it and be like is it 90 degrees? I think it's 90 degrees. I want to- while I'm dragging, watch this, if I hit down and hold down the shift key on my keyboard. Okay. Watch this, can you see it? Drags in like nice big chunks. Okay, it's 45 degrees and then 90. That's what I want. Now, in terms of scaling, same tool. Black arrow and if I grab that corner here and just drag it, I can resize it to any sort of shape I want, clicking, holding and dragging. Now, I would like to kind of constrain the proportions so it's like this perfect triangle. So, I kind of scale it down here, it gets a bit long and thin. So, what I'm going to do, is hold on the shift key like I did when I was rotating. If I hold shift while I'm scaling on any of the corners, you can see if I drag it down it kind of wants to be the same height and with kind of locks that ratio. So, I am just going to drag it kind of in there, drag it up a little bit. Something like that. Okay, so getting close. Now, the only trouble with what I've got here is, I can't really see through it to some of the other parts that I'm drawing. So, what might be nice now is just while I'm working, I'm going to switch down the stroke and I'm going to make a black stroke, and the Fill, I'm going to change to none, okay? So, Fill with a red line and the stroke with black, now, I can see through it. All right. Like we did with the shape down here, we can play with the corner options. So, I've got this selected with my black arrow. You'll notice that I can't click in the center anymore. Okay. I could on this because it sucks the whole thing, but in the middle of this, I can't. It doesn't, you got to slit the edge now because it has no fill. Like before, I can grab this little tag here and it does all the corners. That's not what I want. So, I'm going to undo. I'm going to grab my white arrow and click on just this guy here and then I'm going to drag him out to roughly the same size that I want. Awesome. Triangles and rectangles. Let's do the nose now. So, I'm going to grab my Polygon Tool. Click once, three sides, click okay. It's way too big. Grab my black arrow, holding Shift and scale it down and then just in this no man's land, I'm going to try and rotate it around. Now, I'm going to drag it down. I'm going to get roughly with the right size there. Now, what I can do when I'm dragging this thing around, often you just drag this little dot in the center. Okay that moves it around. I want to get it perfect in there. Okay, so, there's a couple of things we need to do when we're working. Is that, you'll notice that by default, this thing like you see these like little marks it appears, you can see this intersect and just a line up with things all over here. So, a couple of things we need to do is make sure our smart guides on because that's really helpful. So, go to View and come down here make sure Smart Guides are ticked on. Next thing to do is just to zoom in. Okay, when you're working this far out on things this delicate, it's just really hot, it snaps to everything. So, remember Command Plus or Control Plus on a PC gets us nice and close. Watch this, if I have my black arrow just click off in the background, and so I don't have it selected, I got nothing selected. If I click, and you can see I can move my little cursor around. It says anchor. An anchor is considered like a corner point. So, if I click on and drag this anchor, and I drag it close to here, you'll see eventually it'll snap in there. Just like wants to line up and intercept. So, you can find that's a nice easy way. It's going to be zoomed in a little closer, and then just drag the corner and try and line it up where you want it to go. If Smart Guides are on, it's really good. It kind of snapping in there. Next thing I want to do is I want to have this fill black, and I want to have no line around the outside of the red line. Okay. Next tool we're going to use is I want to put in these whiskers. I'm going to select on this guy, and even though just put the color in, I'm going to move it back to having no fill. I'm going to give it a stroke on the outside. Okay, so I can see it. Now, let's do the whiskers. Okay, I'm just going to use the line segment tool. Just a nice simple tool, click, hold, drag. Click, hold, drag. Click, hold, drag. Okay, so I've got three little ones. One thing you might find is if you try and draw something like straight out of, you can see if I draw something and then I draw another one I want to come out that little point that actually starts moving it. If you do want to go on to get them to come out of the same point is, once you draw in one, click the black arrow, click in the background, go back to the line tool and then you'll be able to like start again. Black arrow, click in the background back to the line tool, start again. I've kept mine separate down here just to avoid that. All right next thing I want to do is this little closed eye. Now, we could if we hold down the Polygon Tool, find the ellipse tool. I could draw like an open eye. Okay, but my guy is sleeping. So, I'm going to delete him. Underneath the Line Segment Tool is an Arc Tool. Okay, so click on him. What I'm going to draw is just something, it's a bit random the way it draws, okay. I want it to be this way, but let's just click it down and get something arcy, and then we'll rotate it. So, I've got something like that, grab my black arrow. Remember just hovering out here, I can drag it around, move it down, scale that up. Just work with it until you find something that you like, okay. In terms of the stroke say width, it's a bit thin for me. I'm going to increase it up. Probably the same for all of these guys, they're all a bit thin for me at the moment. So, I can do them individually and just over here with it selected, this is the stroke width. Okay, how thick the line as you can see and it really big, can get you out to something like five points. Now, I don't want to have to do this individually, so I'm going to click on this guy with my black arrow, hold shift, grab him, grab him. So, I've got all three of them selected, and I'd like them all to be five. There you go. Cool. So, now I can go through and add my colors again. I'm going to zoom out a little bit. So, this body here had no stroke. So, I'm going to go back to readd the little cross cut red line. The fill here I'm going to pick my color. It's going to be like, I think it was this one. The hid I'm going to do the same thing. I'm going to have no stroke. I'm going to pick a fill color of that orange. That's the basics to get started. Let's look at a couple of things. Let's look at this ear here. So, what I'd like to do is I'm going to grab my Polygon Tool again, and because it remembers what I drew last time, I can just draw something out here rather than clicking once and making sure it's got three sides, I know it does now. So, I can click and drag out. Now while I'm dragging out, I can hold Shift to get it to go perfect. It's what I want. So, something like that. It just needs to be big enough because what I'm going to do is with the black arrow, grab the center. I'm going to turn it into this ear. Probably needs to be a bit bigger. Just so it sits back there a little bit. So, what I'd like to do for this one is I'd like to have a really thick stroke and a fill of white. So, the fill, I'm going to change to white. I'm going to have the stroke, and I'm going to pick maybe just the darker color of that, and I'm going to increase it to match the font size of the stroke size. We're using five everywhere else for these guys and mostly use five for the ear. I'm just going to pop it there. Now, this brings me to the next point of arranging. Because basically the last thing you draw is on top. All I need to do is move it to the back. There's a couple of ways. With it selected with a black arrow. Over here, this one called Arrange. I can go to Send to Back. There it goes there, or often what I do I just right click it. There's Arrange, Send to Back, either way it doesn't matter. Let's look at doing these starts. Okay, so there is an actual tool for it called the Star Tool. Grab on him, click once, decide how many points you want. By default it's going to give you a pretty nice looking star. You can change the radius, the two radius's. The inner which is the outside part, and then the inner radius, radius two is this inside part. Okay. So I'm going to click Okay, it gives me a star, I can click and drag it out. So, what I'd like you to do is I'm going to undo and just drag out a star, start from the center. Here we go, roughly, roughly. Don't worry too much about it. You can have more stars, you can have less stars. Yeah, something like that. Better click on starts, little stars. Admiral, go nuts. Okay, we're going to add a bit more detail to tail and we'll add the grass in the bottom. Now, basically we've covered the tools that we're going to be using, so you can skip ahead. There's a couple of little things that we'll do in here. So let's do this tail first. So, I might grab my Rectangle Tool, can't find them, there it is. Can you draw something roughly close to it? You'll notice that Smart Guides here is looking to the bottom super helpful. You can turn them off though remember and View, Smart guides if you finding them troublesome. There's a shortcut. It's really often to turn on and off while you're building. Okay, so they've given it a really good shortcut in this case on a Mac it's Command U, or Control U on a PC. Okay, so, first thing I want to do is, I'm going to give it no fill, so I can see through it, okay. I'm going to grab my white arrow pick on just this corner. Actually, I'm going a click on that one. Hold Shift, grab that one, and let's draw something mention this. Same thing again. I'm going to draw a rectangle over this guy. I'm going to grab my white arrow, click on this one, hold shift grab this guy, grab that pointer point, and we're doing some stuff. What I want to do is I'm going to pick a fill color. So, the moment the stroke is orange, I'd like to have the stroke as none, though color is the orange, and I' going to have this fill color. So, a stroke of none and a fill color of white. Exciting. I was lying down. I feel like now that I've drawn it, I want to grab this guy. So, slick on both of them, click on this, hold shift, grab this guy, and I'm going to rotate it around. Holding shift while you're rotating remember, like the head locks it into 45. Did he looked like sleeping there? You decide. Can't tell. Yeah. He looks,no, he looks like sleeping. All right. Next thing I'd like to do is underneath here is some grass. So, all I'm going to do is, actually, I'm going to move that out of the way for the moment. Grab the polygon tool, which is still set to triangle. Draw something triangoli, and then grab the black arrow, and just shrink it in there, and I was going to build this zoom in a little bit. Copy and paste it. So, with that selected, I'm going to eat it, copy it and paste. I'm going to use my shortcuts to speed it up. I'm going to draw it and resize it. This is where you can just build your own grass. A little bit high grab that dot in the middle turd make sure you move it. Now, I'm just doodling. There is one of the things that hang around, I'll show you in a sec. Copy paste, move it around. So, I'm not too worried about these being down here because I'm going to show you a technique to trim them up. So, I'm going to stick to all these, copy and paste it, I've got another version. With the more selected I can scan them all at one go. It was going to look something like that. What I'm going to do is I'm going to select them all. I'm going to grab you, and I'm going to give a fill of this like dark gray color, which I want to do in a second. You sort at the beginning, right? So, and move him back in. Nice. So, we've used my drawing now, and it's done its dash. With got full drawing now. I want to go into my last panel. Let's just turn the visibility of it off. So, this eyeball lay here, if you click on that, you'll notice it disappears. You can leave it there. It doesn't really matter. But I'm just turning it off so I can see it. Kind of brings me to my next point, I don't know why I need to resize this. My next point is, when you're scaling things, look will look so happen by default. So, if I select everything, so black arrow, drag a box around all of it here under properties, it's an important thing here. Actually,no, before you select anything, there's this one here, "Scale,Stoke and Effects." So, there's going to be times we need this on, and sometimes when you need it off. So, if it's off, look what happens. If I select this, and I scale downside, just need a smaller version room. So, I selected that all, I'm going to scale it down, and like we did when we're drawing lots of shapes, if we hold down "Shift" while we're scaling it, it locks the height and weight. Otherwise, it gets all stretchy. So, shift down, and look what happens when I get down quite small. It's remembered that this is five points. It just doesn't wave stuff when it gets down to here because it's trying to remember the actual radius that we used around here, and it's doing some strange things. So, sometimes you want that. You want to scale it down a bit and retain the straight width, but I'm going to go and hit undo, and with nothing selected, I'm going to turn it on, and it's going to scale those strokes now, proportionately to the size that I've got. Now that I scale it down, I'll hold down shift and scale it down, you can see these guys, these stars here, they come down and they're a smaller size that are like three points now. So, this is something you need to be aware of when you're scaling things is that sometimes you want them to scale with appropriately and sometimes you want them to get actually smaller as you'll turn that on and off. Last little thing is I'm just going to, I don't know, maybe because it looks like a little nice with some rectangles. I'm going to use and draw rectangle that covers the bottom here,looks like it's going to mix same color as my grass. Actually, I might use the black arrow, and get it to snap to the bottom of my fox. Use the same color as that. So, fill, and which one is it? Lucky viscous. Same with the sky here. I'm going to grow the rectangle tool and space about, drag up a little bit, and let's have a nice starry sky. Snaps in, fill color, I'm going to use another one of the darker grays, that dark. With a selected range, send it the back, and might make the stars just white. If you know we spent ages talking about the strokes of these guys. Goodbye stroke. The fill might be up. It isn't about now. All right. So, that is my or our fox drawn out of just really basic shapes. There's so much you can do just with those shapes. Now, like I said in the beginning, well, I've kept this design to specific shapes just to like I guess work through some of the tools, but often you'll find you'll be using things like the shape build a tool and the paint toll too. Yeah, the next tutorials. Also, my process like and you saw how we started with a drawing first. I do that really often. I'll draw in my notebook because I find that just easier and quicker. Then often, I don't even do a scan to redraw in Illustrator. I just general sense of it in my notebook. Now, my drawing here look really good. Wow, look really good. It's perfect. It follow the lines. It's never that good. I'll show you. I'll cut a hands shot here. Jump across. So here it is, I just took a photo of my notebook. That is the glorious fox. So, I just draw a little bit. I wouldn't scan them and redraw. I just used it as a kind of a visual. Then, they just started, yeah, drawing and illustrate that kind of perfected, to get a nicer shape. That's more of a true sense of my process. I will just do a really kind of basic drawing. Then, draw it straight into Illustrator. So, that's the end of how to draw basic shapes. What I'd like to do now is challenge you to a challenge. It's to take the same techniques, so I'm going to let you use rectangles styles lines, those types of things and create your own animal. It can be sleeping like mine, it doesn't have to be. Just something simple, pick some different colors, it can still be a mammal. So, you can use the whiskers and can still be sleeping, it can use stars but just pick a different animal. Dog, cat, some sort of animal. I'd love to see it as part of your project. So, give it a go. I'd love to see what you have done. So, when you've done, it doesn't matter how good you think it is or bad it is. Please post it as a project. I'd love to see it. All right. Let's get onto the next video. 5. How to draw using the Shape Builder tool in Adobe Illustrator CC: Hi there. In this video, we're going to look at the Shape Builder Tool. I love this tool. It's absolutely my most favorite tool out of all of the tools in Illustrator and we're going to take this drawing that we did of the fox with simple shapes and add some kind of shadows to it. We're not so much exciting about the shadows but more the technique that we use, the Shape Builder tool to be able to carve out extra colors within other shapes. I love it, let's go and learn how to use it now. All right. To get started with the Shape Build tool, let's start with a really simple file. Got to "File" open there is a file in here called "Shape Builder." Click "Open." Now, this file is not very exciting. Here it is is on my black arrow. It's just a couple of circles on top of a rectangle. Okay. So, what I'd like to do is I would like to say this circle to join this rectangle. So, I'm going to use my black arrow and select them all and we're going to go to the Shape Builder tool. It's this guy here. He is the absolute best thing that ever happened to Illustrator. What it allows me to do is you can see by default, there's a little plus next to my cursor there. What I can do is watch this, I can hover above this, click, hold down my mouse and just drag a line, you see I drag it across all three of these kind of parts and they are fused now as one thing and that is just awesome. No more pathfinder and trying to join things. This is really easy. Simple shapes using the Shape Builder tool and they join. Another cool trick is that if I hold down the option key on a Mac or the "O" key on a PC, you can see it changes from a plus to a minus. So, what I can do now is I want to minus this and this, I'm holding down my mouse's key and I can drag it across those two bits to minus those bits off. Okay. So, that is its main two uses, joining things and minusing things. It also has another little trick where I've got these two bits selected, right? What I can do is I can pick a fill color, let's say this and use it for not minusing or adding but just coloring in bits. So, I'm going to click off in the background here and watch this, I can just click on that and it uses that as the fill color. Just really handy to go through, pick a color, pick off, click in there and it just fills shapes. Go back to my black arrow and now if I click off, it's actually just three separate shapes that are being colored in, let's use it in a kind of a practical sense now. So, let's close this guy, I don't want to say them because it wasn't that exciting. Okay, so, before we go and create our own custom shapes with the Shape Builder tool, I'm going to show you how I use it mostly. So, I want you to open up the fox that we made earlier. If you haven't done that tutorial, you can cheat, go to the exercise files and download one called "Shape Builder 2." Open him up. So, what I'd like to do is I want to kind of add some shadows to this like, you saw at the beginning of this video. Okay and so, first thing to do is with the black arrow, let's just grab this background and just move it over to the side, just to make life a little easier. Let's go to the layers and turn off the view of that template, we'll move it back in later on. So, what I'd like to do is I'm just going to start with the hide, I'm going to grab the line tool, I'm going to draw a line that goes from this ear and I'm going to go all the way through his face here just to show you how good the Shape Builder tool is. I'm going to grab the black arrow and I'm going to have this selected plus holding "Shift", I'm grabbing this selected, so I've got the hide and the line there, just those two and go to "Properties," I'm going to go to my Shape Builder tool and I want to color it. So like we did earlier, with the red and the blue, I'm going to pick a fill color. I'm going to go to my Swatches here, I'm going to pick the orange. I'm going to move to this like Color Mixer, premade swatches here, Color Mixer here. I want to make it a bit dark, watch this, this K is black. You can see if I drag it up I get to dark. I'm going to go to maybe 10 percent. You can be a bit more flexible with yours. Now, I just need to click anywhere out to close that box. Cool. Now, when I hover above, I click once and I've got this lovely dark, lovely. Okay. It's fine. So, yeah cast this shadow here. Now, next thing I'm going to do is grab my black arrow and just click off on the background. Okay, there are some bits left over, that thing there, if you've got some black hanging off the end here, you can select it and hit "Delete." Don't need it anymore. Next thing I want to do is maybe cast a shadow underneath its chin. Same thing, line tool, cast some sort of fake casting shadow thing, black arrow, hold "Shift." So, I've got both the line and this body selected, actually you can't go to fill yet, you got to go to the Shape Builder tool, then go to "Fill" and then I'm going to use that, you can see it is the last color that I used and it's pre-mixed it. If it hasn't, you can go back to the Swatches, click this one, go here, do 10 percent. Hopefully, you can use the last mixed, save sometime. I'm just going to hover above and we're going to click out, hover above this, click once. This is going to run into our first problem with the Shape Builder tool. Grab the selection tool, click off on the background. You can this has ended up above everything. Okay, which is fine. Okay. All I need to do is, where that's selected with a black arrow, click a range and "Send to Back." Now, we've been using "Send to Back." You might just need to "Send Backwards." Backwards, goes back one step. Okay. If I click backwards now, it's not going to quite work, it's probably going behind, I don't know this and you can keep going backwards and it's just one step at a time, backwards, backwards and eventually, you'll get there. Okay. I'm going to "Arrange," send to complete back. Awesome. Now, I'm going to do a couple of more shadows, you can follow along if you like. I'm going to grab this, copy and paste it, make it bigger. I'm going to use it like for a shadow for his bum. I'm going to select both of these holding shift, okay with my black arrow, move to the Shape Builder tool, pick a fill color, last used color, didn't work. Okay? I'm going to go to here and pick 10 percent, click off and then click that one. Back to my black arrow, click off in the background, grab him, we don't need you anymore buddy. I'm going to do the same to the tail here. Copy paste it, make it a bit bigger. Use it to kind of make some sort of tail shadow. Select both of them, holding shift, go to my Shape Builder tool. You will get after a time like Shape Builder tool is one of the shortcuts, I use loads, if I hover above the tool, can you see it says "Shift In." Okay, that's both for Mac and PC. If I hold down the shift key on my keyboard and type in, it jumps to the Shape Builder tool. The black arrow is V, so very often I'm going to "V," "Shift In." You can see on my tool bar, I'm kind of jumping between the two by just clicking those keys. All right. Fill, I'm going to use this one, 10 percent, click off and I'm going to say you, go back to my black arrow which is a V key, delete this one, I'm going to create some sort of line here. Now, I'm just mucking about. You can skip on if you like, okay. Select both of them. Shift M, pick a darker color than I had before from my Switches like that. Looks like he's doing, casting a shadow from the moonlights, okay? I'm going to grab this one, drag it back in, snap it up, you'll notice that it's in the wrong kind of layer order, so I'm going to do is select them, "Arrange" and "Send to Back." That's kind of how I use the Shape Builder a lot, I kind of get the basics in with some shapes and then use other shapes and the Shape Builder tool to kind of construct some more sophisticated artwork. All right. So, that's kind of updating an existing drawing, let's go and make something cool in the next video, totally with the Shape Builder tool, it's pretty nice and it's one of those styles that are trending at the moment. So, let's go and look how to do that in the next video. 6. How to draw a fox using the shape builder tool in Adobe Illustrator CC: Hi there. In this video, we're going to make this swooshy looking fox thing using my favorite tool, the shape builder tool. Look at him, he's all made of little shapes and bits and pieces. Okay, let's put you back together fox and let's go learn how to make you in Adobe Illustrator. Okay. So let's start with a new document. File, new, you can use US letter, landscape or A4 landscape, it doesn't matter. Click on Create and we're going to bring in the little drawing we're going to copy from. Okay, so let's save this document, file save and let's put it on our desktop and now Illustrator Class Files. Let's call this one Awake Fox and let's click "OK". It's bringing the image we're going to redraw, okay? We're going to go to a File, Place, and we're going to use in our Exercise Files this one is called Awake Fox.jpg. Remember, like in our previous tutorial, we could just bring it in and put it on its own layer and lock it and turn the transparency down. You can do that all in one file sweep by just clicking this template as you bring it in. Remember, watch this. It's created two layers, one is a template layer and you can't touch it, and I have dimmed it down so you can draw on it easily, and we're working on layer one. Let's go back to Properties. Now, there is no real particular order to start this, but you might as well follow me. Okay? So, let's start with say the Polygon Tool. If we click once, we're going to make sure this is three sides. We're not too worried about the radius at the moment, just click "OK", and what we can do is black arrow holding shift, drag it out to the right size and rotate it around, okay? We did rotation and scale in the earlier tutorial. I'm going to get it roughly in there. Now, you'll notice it tries to snap to the edge of the page and like lots of those purple arrows. That's really handy. Sometimes it's just nice to get it close and use your arrow keys on your keyboard just to kind of tap it around with a keyboard to get it kind of close. I'm happy with that. What I'd like to do is have no fill and a black stroke. So I've got my black stroke. If you don't, click on Stroke, click black, Fill color. Let's go for no fill color. Now I'm not sure which part to start with. I'm going to start with the ears here. So, I'm going to grab and hold down the Polygon Tool, grab the Ellipse Tool. I'm going to draw an ellipse. Just holding down shift, remember, gets a perfect circle, if I let go of shift, it can get a weird shape. It's up to you what you want to do. I'm going to start with perfect circles. Something like that, black arrow and I can't click the center because it has no fill. So, I'm going to click the edge and can drag it and you can kind of see, I'm going to use maybe for that one it's a bit big, so I'm just resizing it. It's like it's something close to that part using my keyboard to tap it around again. Cool, that'll do. I'm going to copy it and paste it and then move it up so I've got it kind of here as well. Okay, I think I used a slightly smaller one. Here we go. Even smaller than that. Trying to match that circle in there. That will do. Cool. All right. So, next thing I'd like to do is start using my Shape Builder Tool. So, I'm going to select everything. Okay, so my black arrow, select everything on the page, and I'm going to move to my Shape Builder Tool. Now what I want to do is, I don't want to add any of these guys, I want to subtract this chunk up here that I don't need. Now, who remembers what the shortcut is? That's right, it's Option on a Mac or Alt on a PC. Okay, hold it down and you see I get a minus and I can drag across all of that, click on him. You can see I can kind of minus those chunks off. I want to leave that because that's going to be the kind of wider the nose. These guys though need, they're doing some weird stuff so I'm going to join them all. Remember, holding no keys down, we'll add and add a lot to it. I'm going to minus that off, I'm going to minus that off. And yes, It's kind of the basics for it. All right, and I'm going to grab my black arrow and what do I want to do now is I want the other ear, so I'm just going to copy it, paste it for another version. This guy here, I can't quite remember. I don't know, I'm going to rotate it around a little bit. Awesome. Cool. They've got another set of ears back here, maybe not so much rotation. Cool. Now with everything selected, again, let's grab the Shape Builder Tool and that fits perfect. Now I just want to join these together, I put there, now the nose got all kind of disjointed with all these little bits, you might have to zoom in a little bit. Remember, command Plus or Control Plus, and I'm going to join all of that together so it's one unit. Now it starts looking perhaps you like, what is the drawing underneath and which is mine? You might go to layers and turn this on and off just so you get a sense of what it is. If anything I'm really missing is the circle for the eye. So let's do that, grab the Ellipse Tool, drag this out. Why am I dragging out of here? No reason, I can drag it down here. Have it, move it around, select all of these chunk and I'm going to grab this Shape Builder Tool and I'm going to, what are we going to do? I want to add all of that together. That kind of worked. Cool. All rights. On, off on that bottom layer, it's looking good. Now we just need the neck. We're going to zoom out a little bit and grab Ellipse Tool, try and draw a circle big enough for that outside a bit, holding shift, that feels about right. No, that's way too big. Hold it down. Maybe grabbing the edge and not the center of the circle. So go on, and there's one stripe, two stripes, so I'm going to copy and paste them and I'll use that one. Roughly the right size, paste another one. Actually I don't need to paste another one, there's only two there. Okay, I don't need that guy. Cool. All right. So, I'm now going to select it all, grab my Shape Builder Tool and I'm going to say, I don't want you, I don't want you. Actually, I do want want you. There's an ellipse there, why did I delete that one? I do need it. Okay. So, there was a circle that was missing. You probably saw it while you were doing it. I went, "No", here it is there. We do need three circles. Now, one of the things is going to happen here, if I zoom in and scroll up here with my space bar, you see it doesn't kind of line up here. To make the Shape Builder work kind of nicely, you need to overlap everything. So, I'm zoomed in, it's just easier when you're zoomed in. Okay, now going to grab the edge and you'll try and get it to snap in there. It's reasonably forgiving, doesn't have to be absolutely scientifically perfect but reasonably close, couple of pixels. Now I'm going to select that all, and then I'll grab my Shape Builder Tool, and I'm going to say I don't want that, I don't want any of that, I don't want that, I don't need that, I need that, then I'm going to come in here. What I'm going to do now is turn off the template, because I know. Those two I want, those two I want. If you're finding it a little bit tough, don't worry it is a little bit tough. trying to workout. You end up deleting the wrong bits, like there's a chunk through here and I'm going to add you guys together. Black arrow click the background, and we're pretty close. Okay, there's some weird strokes going on at a different sizes. There's a thin one there, a thick one there, I'm going to select them all, and same properties and I'm going to give them all the same stroke width of this 0.25 points. Okay, just a really thin one to get us going. All right, that is looking good. If you find you've got like kind of junk in the nose like there's a little trim bit, just zoom in. Use your Shape Builder Tool to try and tidy it up. You might even use a black arrow, just click bits and delete it. Okay. Now what I want to do is go and color it. Now, I'm going to put in a nice big gray background. Anyway, everything looks better on a dark grey background. I'm just drawing a nice big rectangle. I'm going to fill it with our dark grey, and I'm going to have no stroke on it. I'm going to click arrange, send it to the back and now I'm going to fill this with color. Okay, and, there's a couple of ways of filling it. I can just click the edges and go and fill it or I could use the Shape Builder technique like we did in the last video, it's up to you. I'm going to go pick colors, foxy colors. Okay, I'm going to mix my own. I'm going to click on the mixer, got my object selected, I've clicked on fill, I've clicked on mixer and I'm going to click down here to try and find a foxy color. Okay, that's going to be my kind of lead color. I'll pick this one, can't fill. I'm going to use the premix color and just make it a bit darker by grabbing the K and lifting it up a little bit. Cool. I'm going to use this kind of back of the head a bit by doing the same sort of thing. Okay, I'm going to use that but lightened it up, even lighter. Cool. This bit here he's going to be just- should be white, maybe we were going to use just select off white., so it looks good. Same with you, and off white. All right, I'm going to select it all as well. Okay. Now, if I select all of it, okay I'm going to end up with the background selected as well. That's fine because I want to go to stroke and I want to say none of you has got a stroke, thank you very much. That is our cool little fox thing. I'm all done with the Shape Builder Tool, get some nice kind of swooshes and swills and it's kind of flowy. Okay there's a weird I'm just making up but you get the idea, right? It's kind of nice sushi thing. So now it is time for the end and the time for the class project. So what I've done is, I've done another sketch that you can use that I want you to go through and use the same techniques from the Fox but we're going to use a, it's a New document use File, Place and you are going to bring in this one called Swan. Yes that's meant to be a swan. Okay I drew it, kind of look like a swan. Kind of a chunky swan. You're allowed to, it doesn't have to be perfect like this. I guess what I want to see is a better swan. Nice colors. Yes, totally up to you. You can draw perfectly if you like but using the same tools as we did using the Shape Builder Tool and the Fox. Okay I'd like you to go off and do the Swan. Again, I'd like to see your projects. All right. That is it for this video, let's get on to the next one. Actually no, you're going to get off and start doing your homework. Draw the swan. Make him better. All right. See you on the next video though. 7. How to draw custom logo shapes easily in Adobe Illustrator CC: Hi, there. In this video, we're going to drawl this shape here. We're going to use the shape builder tool. I know, I've used it for a couple of tutorials already but it's really versatile tool, I use it so much, that yes, it gets three videos. The cool thing about this impossible triangle, is that it's super possible with the shape builder tool. Although, this video is about five minutes long, it really only takes less than a minute to make this particular shape. Given our super powerful shape builder tool. Let's go and learn how to do that now in Adobe Illustrator. So, to make a little shape, go to File, add a New, and like always letter, landscape and create. Okay. So, what we want to do, is we're going to start with some lines, we're going to start with three of them. So I'm going to grab the line segment tool. I'm going to draw the line and the cool thing about the line segment tool, which is I can draw any sort of line, right? But if I hold down shift, shift locks it into like 45, 90 degrees, nice angle so I want it to be straight, holding Shift and just drag a line, not that big. I'm going to have no fill, I'm going to have a stroke, okay, a black, and it's going to be one point. So, black arrow, I'm going move it to an appropriate place and I'm going make copies. So, with selectors go to edit copy, edit paste, I'm using Ctrl + C, Ctrl + V, paste another one. What I want to do is show you a couple of things. One is, I'm going to select all of these guys, actually I'm going to get a rough kind of place, right like that. But they're not distributed nicely. I'm going to select them all and first thing I want to do is make sure the spacing between them is even. So, I'm going to go to, you can see by default under the properties panel, I've got align. You can see it does the basics. I can align center which is what I want. You can see that and quite lined up. So, line center is great, but the distributes not there. See this little dotted line here that shows it is more options for the align panel, to show you the kind of basics the main stuff you need. I'm going to click on this one, you can see there's a lot more options. In this case, I want to distribute vertical centers and you can see it just all lines up nicely there. All right. Next thing I want to do is I want to make another copy of these three. So, I've got them all selected with my black arrow, hit a copy, hit a paste and want to rotate them around. Now, I want it to be a triangle, so I needed to be like- I can never work out the math, so a nice thing you can do in Illustrator is see over here with these guys selected. I've got, in my properties panel, I've got this way of changing the rotation and I know that I need to take 360 degrees and divide it by three. So you can do math on these things, I do that quite often because my math is terrible. So divide by three and return and it's 120. You probably know that already I don't. I've got this one I'm going to copy and paste it, what I'd like to do for this one is I know that it's 120 times two okay so that should get me my other angle. So I'm hoping return, there is that 240 I should be able to do math like that. I can't. So, I've got my kind of basic building blocks for this one and this get super easy I guess but might mean because we doing like an impossible triangle but super nice and quick. So, I'm going to grab the line segment tool and just draw off. If you're unsure which ones, you've got four diamonds here, draw the top of these two and draw these. You can see it kind of goes intersect to intersect. It's pretty clever at kind of joining these things up, if yours doesn't make sure view smart guides is got a technique to it. If it doesn't, turn it on. So that's nearly done, right? I'm going to grab my black arrow, select on it all and over to my favorite tool that's why I get three videos. It's very useful and versatile. I'm going to grab the shape builder tool. Now, it's going to workout. What am I do is, tied it up, is get rid of these excess lines so hold down the option key on a Mac, or the Alt key on a PC to delete them and just drag through these guys, dragging through, turn it up either, its pretty cool slicing tool. If you ever use a scissors tool, it's pain in the bum. This one here super nice and quick. Now, we need to join some bits up and I had to practice this loads, so you don't. So, if you finding it tough, don't worry, everyone does. Well, at least I did. So, I'm going to click hold and drag there, stay outside to the inside. Okay outside to the inside. That's why I have to keep telling myself outside to the inside. It kind it does it right. Then I joined these guys up. It's really complex shape. Okay? But with the shape builder tool, it's pretty quick and easy. I love it. So what I'd like you to do now is well use separate shapes, I'd like you to go through color them, give it a background color as well with a nice big rectangle and I'd like to see what you've designed and built in the colors that you've used. I'd love to see it as a project. All right. There is going to be it for the last of the shape builder tools. Now, we need to get on the pen tool and the curvature tool, all right. I'll see you in the video. 8. How to draw anything using the Curvature Tool in Adobe Illustrator: Hi, there. In this tutorial, we're going to learn how to use the curvature tool in Adobe Illustrator. We're going to draw these four guys. So let's get into it. All right, to get started, file, new document. Surprise, surprise, it's going to be letter and let's click create. Let's save this one and we'll save it into our desktop into our illustrator class files, and this one's going to be called the curvature tool. So curvature tool that'll do. Click save. Click okay. We're going to bring in our image that we're going to trace. So let's go to file, place and it's in your exercise files. Look for one called redraw image and let's make sure it's a template because it's going to put it in the background and grey it out and lock it so it can't be moved. Next thing I want to do is I would like to use a curvature tool. Now make sure on the layers panel you're on this top layer here. We're going to grab our curvature tool, it looks like quite like the pen tool. Now the pen tool is, we're going to do that in the next tutorial, it's like the hardcore version. The curvature tool is new-ish to Illustrator and man, when you're learning and you're new, there's very little time we actually need to go to the really hardcore tool. So curvature we love you, making the pen tool that little bit easier to learn. So I'm going to zoom in. Remember, command plus or control plus on my PC. I'm going to hold down on my keyboard to move up. I'm going to hold on space bar, get the hand, click and hold drag my mouse and now we're going to draw our alien. So we're going to start with the eye in the middle. Basically, it's easier if I just show you and you get a sense for it and then we can draw the next ones together. So I'm going to click once to the top, once to the side and nothing really happens until I move my cursor. I'm not doing anything, it's just connected naturally. Click it once, that's all I'm doing. Clicking once more and clicking a last time, cool? Okay, just goes through. All I did was click once with my mouse and it knew that I was trying to draw curves because I'm using the curvature tool. What I'm going to do is a couple of things before I draw this next one, is I'm going to make sure the fill is set to none. I'm going have a black stroke, that's fine. Also what I'm going to do is under view, let's turn off smart guides. So if your ticks on like this, turn it off. It's just, sometimes it's super handy like we'll do for the crown next but sometimes it's a bit of a pain. So in this case, it's a pain. So what we're going to do is draw this outer eye and again, we could try, you definitely need more than two points. If I click on there and there and I just can't make it a circle, so I could click once and try to do it three. Okay, getting there, getting there, it just doesn't get to quite of a nice circle. So, a circle or an ellipse needs at least four points, you can have more. The more you have, the less smooth it looks, pretty cool? So give that a go, do those circles and then we're going to look at these other ones and it's pretty much the same thing. Let's start at the top here. Click once, click here again. Where am I looking? The circle was easy enough so it's all four corners and this one here turns in on itself. So what you're looking for is the apex or where the curve changes the most. So along the top here that's where it changes. Like this curve here changes the most at this top point because it's symmetrical. On this curve where it kind of changes, it's about here, maybe could be a bit further up like this. You can click and drag them like I just did there to move them. Then you're looking for this curve this way and where the middle of it is, just kind of about there and click once. You're like, it doesn't work. But then you move your mouse off and it tries to kind of, does a pretty good job. So this curve goes all the way around. So the apex of this one changing here is about on the corner here. Now in this case, don't worry about the second line just yet, there's a little bit of faith that goes into this so it's going to take some practice. But, I could add another one here because there's a curve there, and there's another curve here, and there's a curve here, and there's the kind of apex over there. There's another curve there, another apex corner there, you can start to see what I'm doing. Now, I can adjust this afterwards. I know that that one's not quite right. Don't worry for your first pass. Let's try another leg. Now what I found through my practice is that the least amount of anchor points you can get away with, that's what these little dots are. So I know that if I click on this side and click on this side and then come up here, can you see it fills out that bottom part for me. So I'm looking for that apex, apex of that curve, apex around here, apex of this curve's about there, there's one there, and there's one on the top here, one there, I'm just going to go and click them all now. After a while you get confident and you get to know where everything goes. You can see when you get back to the beginning that's the little icon. It's actually, you just click on it and it works. But just so you know you see that little icon, the little zero, it means it's going to complete this complete path. Over here, it's going to be adding a new path. I want that one, that little icon with a little zero that means I'm going to finish it all off. Cool, so it's kind of working. So that's the idea with the curvature tool. You block in the hard stuff or the core of it and then you can make adjustments afterwards. Now remember the black arrow, click on it, it moves things in its entirety. Remember the white arrow that we looked at earlier on, this adjusts the finer points of it and what I can do is there's a big kind of mix over here so I can click on this. Now what you're looking for is, I'm going to zoom in a little bit. You can see these little anchor points here. I've got these things called handles that pop out. These little handles influence the way the line goes through so your curvature tool is putting these in automatically. They're always there but the curvature tool just hides them away because they're a bit nerdy. But, when we get to a point where we want some fine adjustment, the nerdiness helps. So what we might do is, you can see here this curve doesn't actually go through the line properly so I may have to move the anchor points. What influences the line quite a bit though is these handles, they pull the line. Okay, watch this. If I grab one of darker dots, you can see I'm pulling it in and out to adjust the way the line works and I can move it left and right. So it influences it like gravity. So what I'm going to do is drag it down here. This anchor point probably needs a bit of work down here. This one's going to be around so you can do some finer adjustment now. I'll click on this one, drag it down. You can drag it in towards itself as well, most people forget that you can do that. So close to it, you can see it's actually quite a tight curve and the further out it comes, the more exaggerated that curve is. So it's going to be a little bit of finesse that goes in this. Now don't sweat it for your first version, we're not going to make this absolutely perfect. We're looking for just that kind of a general understanding of the curvature tool, even though I'm clearly in front of you trying to tell you these are perfect. Okay, so we're going to leave it there. What you might find is, say you've put in too little, so you've not got enough curves. What you can do back with a curvature tool here is, let's say we've got too many, I know we do down here. There's four on this row here. You can just hover above them and you can click on them and just hit delete key and just gets rid of them. I'm going to click on this guy, the delete key and it just gets rid of them. Same thing to add them, you actually just hover above and see the curvature tool changes to have this little plus here. Say I want to add one there, then I can go to my, I can move it by just using this. Then, if I want to make adjustments again back to the white arrow, I say don't worry about it and I spend the next two minutes worrying about it. So that's going to be it for this guy. Let's leave him and move on to the next thing. Because the curvature tool is awesome but it does curves. So I'm going back to the curvature tool. I'm at this crown here and if I click once, click once again, click once again, it's not going to work. It's trying to do curves here but it's cool. It looks like a lily pad thing but it's not what I want. So you can use the curvature to do straight corners. It's quite easy, all you need to do is double click for a corner. So double click, double click your mouse, double click your mouse, double click your mouse, double click your mouse, you get the picture. If you forget and click once and like whoops, I forgot to do the double click, you can just go back and double click it and it converts it back to a corner. So one click is a curve like we've already done but double click it and it goes back to a corner. Double click, double click, double click and back to getting, remember that little circle that we're looking for? Okay, nice. All right, so that's how to do curves, our very average looking alien, and our very simple looking crown which is corners, and we use that by double clicking. Now, ninja time. Ninja has curves and corners, and this is more typical of what you're going to be doing. So i'm going to zoom out a little bit. So what I'd like to do is a mixture of both. So I'm going to work through it with you, and we'll start down the bottom here and work our way up. So you've got to just ask yourself the question until it becomes more of a habit, just ask yourself, is this a double click or is this a single click? So is this a corner or a curve? This thing here is a corner. It's like an edgy corner thing sharp, so I double click. Now if I, this is a curve here. So remember where's the apex? It's only a small curve but it's about there. So I click once for a corner or double click for a corner. That's right, once for corner. Now this guy in here. You can see it's doing the curve, nice. Now this part here is our corner. It's a nice sharp change of direction and double click. Up here, double click, click our crown, double click, double click. You might be tempted to go all the way across here but no, we've got to address this curve here and it's clicking once because it's a curve. Here, sharp corner, double click. Now a circle, remember needs at least four points so one, two, three. Let's give that a go so let's go one there, one there. Don't worry about, it's like almost not quite working but then if you come round, look at that, it's looking good. Then, back to here and you're like whoops, I clicked once and I got to curve again, what do we do? We double click it and it goes back to a corner. Click once for a curve, double click for corner, double click for a corner. This is a tricky one because you're like, where's the curve? There's the curve there so I click once there for a curve. Double click here for a straight line and I double click here. It's a weird one because it's a curve and then a straight line. Let's go to here, a curve, double click for a corner, back to the beginning looking for that circle and we have some sort of like squat ninja. He's like Lego ninja or something. Anyway, let's have a look at doing this inside one because that's, I guess an interesting one as well. The circles. we could just use the ellipse tool, I realize but we're not going to because we are learning the curvature tool. Just like at the beginning, we do the eye. It's just four clicks because they're all curves and we do in all corners. It's pretty cool, they're pretty good circles. Now, this guy here. So I'm going to start at this curve because that's clearly a curve and then go around to here, and this is one of those tricky ones again where there's a curve finishing and a straight line starting. I know that because it's curved there, we've got the curved part that's what's making the line curved. Now here, I want to double click, I want to double click to get a straight line over here. Click it once for a curve and double click for a line. You can see this, you're like, it's not working. It's because we haven't finished the line yet. So, double click here to get a straight line and then back to once, you can see here it's going to work. I click once for a curve. There's a little bit of, I guess experience that comes along with knowing some of these more exaggerated lines. But, if you're thinking like, why didn't he just grab the rectangle tool and then grab the black arrow and do that? Because that's exactly what I would do. But, we're learning the curvature tool so we draw ellipses and we'd probably do that for the center. Let's have a look at the next one. Actually we're not going to have a look at the next one, you're going to do this one by yourself. I want you to see if you can do this owl. I want you to do him, I want you to color him and I'd like to see an image of it. So stick it in the comments or in the projects. I want you to see how this owl goes and yeah, you can fancy him up if you like or just do him nice and simple. A nice simple icon, give him some color and I'll have to see this guy to prove you've done it. If you're up for it, let's color them all, it'll be some sort of ninja, alien montage. So I'd love to see what you've done with these and we're going to move on to the next exercise. 9. How to draw using the Pen Tool in Adobe Illustrator CC: Hi there. It is time to learn the Pen tool. Pen tool is the hardest thing to learn in Illustrator. We're going to do it together. We're going to make this ninja, we're going to make an owl, we're going to make an alien and we're going to make a crown. Let's draw those now together in Adobe Illustrator. Okay, to get started, no I'm not going to make you import it again to make as a template. I'm going to save you some time. Go to exercise Files, open up one called Pen tool, and I've kind of done that for you. Okay? And just make sure you're on the layer one. Go to your properties panel, and we had to zoom in on this alien. We're going to build the same things, to see the kind of differences between the Pen tool and the Curvature tool. Now, basically, the Curvature tool does a lot of thinking for you and it's pretty good and pretty intuitive but there's times we just need to get the Pen tool to do exactly what you want. So grab the Pen tool, it's just above the Curvature tool here. Okay, and what we'll do is, you can see mine is set as a crossshairs, it's because I've got caps lock on. Some people prefer to use the Pen tool like this. Okay, and it comes out of the tip of that little pin or you can hit caps lock on your keyboard, okay, and you can see it becomes a crosshairs. I'm going to do it just like this. So, I'm going to zoom in, see my whole guy. So, what happens with a Pen tool is that, by default, it wants to do corners, kind of the opposite of the Curvature tool. So if I click once, click once, click once. It's only going to give me, it's giving me a very interesting octopus. So, clicking once gives you corners. Yes. So, undo all that, go back. Okay. So, what you do with the Pen tool is you click and drag to get a curve. So, up the top here, I click and drag. This is probably the hardest thing to do, it's to get it started. Because I click and drag out but there's no curve, but I'm on apex. But once you could add here you can see it's kind of, you can see it's good because it's connected. Plus, you see those handles instantly, whereas the Curvature tool, they were hidden. Okay. So, the same thing on apex here, I click and people just click once, and by clicking once gives you a corner for the Pen tool. Okay. So, it's not going to work. So, you can undo. So, click and drag down. I know dragging down because you want to continue the lines, so follow the line, drag that way. But that can be a little confusing so most people drag this way and move it around. You'll get a bit of a sense for it after we've done our full alien. So, I'm dragging it out to get this to kind of line up. Don't worry if you don't quite get it, okay. You can fix it up afterwards with the white arrow. It's quite easy. Next thing I want to do is, before I carry on, I want to give it no Fills. So, I'm going to go to the Fill here, go red line. Kick off. So, I'm going to look for the same technique as the Curvature tool, I'm looking for this apex here, and I'm going to click hold and drag down for a corner. This is going to be clicking and dragging for the whole thing because there's no curves, sorry no corners. So, here I'm going to click and drag and you're like, "Oh no, I can't get it". So, don't worry too much about getting it perfect on the first go round. We can fix it with the white arrow, and add, and remove and get points afterwards. Same thing here. Click and drag, you know, it's like, "Oh, it's too big, it's not quite working". It's okay. We can adjust these afterwards. Get it close. Okay, and I'm just going to click, hold, and drag on all the apex of these curves. Click and drag, smooth over the apex, it's just where the curve changes the most. So the curve changes quite a bit across here, clicking and dragging, clicking and dragging, clicking and dragging. I feel this is going horribly wrong, and it's still attached and it won't work, getting you like, "Duhhh." Okay. What you can do is go either undo, so hit at undo or command Z on a Mac, or control Z on a PC. Or you can hit the escape key. The escape key says, detach. Okay. Stop trying to draw lines everywhere. So, I'm going to undo, go back to him. So, and again if you click off and it's like half-finished, what you can do is watch my cursor. I've got my Pen tool, and I'm kind of just hovering above. So, that little change in the icon there, get a little straight line that means like, "Do you mean this?" I'm like, "Yeah, that's what I meant." Okay. So, I'm going to click and drag that to get a curve. Click and drag you, click and drag you, another one there. Okay. So, I'm just going to work my way around this alien. Back to here. This is another kind of gotcha for people that are new, is you come back here and you're like, "Great, just click once." And unlike the Curvature tool, it doesn't automatically adjust to the kind of when, you click once, you made a corner. So, I put a corner in. So it's going to undo. It's going to click and drag because I made a curve. All right. Now, yours might not look anywhere near like mine. Mine's not that good either but yours might be looking a little worse for wear, what we can do, remember, is the white arrow tool, the direct selection tool. We can click on these guys and we can adjust them. So, I can click on the Anchor point, move the anchor point along and make sure it's on the flow of the text, sorry the flow of the line, and grab these handles. Okay? That influence the way the line passes through, and I can just wiggle it around. Don't be afraid to move it around to get a feel for what it does, and start doing these adjustments. So, here as well, I'm going to tuck him in. I'm just going to work my way around just to kind of fix this up a little bit. I'm not going to spend too much time on it. I say that every time and then I spend loads of time trying to make this thing look beautiful. As much as I'm quick little on that alien. Let's go. Beautiful. With this one as well I've got my smart guides off just because they can be a little hassle when using Pen tool trying to free form stuff. The smart guides, remember, under view, smart guides, there is the put them off. Cool. Let's do the inside one, click and drag. Maybe that's the hard one because you're like, "Okay". Then you follow whichever way you've dragged. If I've dragged up, I've got to follow the line this way because it's coming out that way. If I dragged down, it comes out of way there, you can drag, and with a circle it needs at least four points to look half decent. Okay? And you can see with the Curvature tool, it does a lot of fixing up for you, which is quite cool but sometimes you just don't want that as well. So, you use Pen tool because it's a little easy because it gives you a lot more control, alot more manual. All right, that will do. Yes, I'll just the Ellipse, probably, to get it looking really nice, and I am totally going to cheat now because I'm bored of this alien. I'm just going to grab my black arrow. Click off, click on, copy paste, and my terrible circle is now just going to be a bit smaller. Done. All right. Let's look at the crown. That's where it becomes easy. Pen tool loves this stuff. You don't have to hold anything down. Just click once, click once, click once. Okay. So, with the Pen tool, clicking and dragging gives you a curve. Clicking once gives you a corner point. Awesome. Okay, so then we get to our Ninja. Hello ninja. Okay, and I'm going to zoom out a little bit. You'll notice that when you zoom out and you've got something else selected it goes, "Hey did you mean this? " And so it kind of zooms out and moves back up there. And you're like, "No, no, no, Danny, please. You can't turn that off from the preferences." So, we're going to start down the bottom right hand corner with the Pen tool. And that is a corner, okay, nice sharp corner. Click once. Now where's the curve? The curve here is, the apex of it is halfway through here, so I'm going to click and drag. This is a little high because you're like, just need a little subtle one. Okay. So you end up kind of, give it a wiggle around, give it a feel for it, in case you're dragging at the handles. And when you get a temp, that's it. Now, this is going to be a corner because it's a change of direction. Okay. And this is going to be a corner, so you just click once, corner click once, corner click once, and there's a little curve in here. Okay, and click and drag. Curve, I go once for a corner and we've got curves again. How many? Do I just want one? I could try and do one. It is never going to get the right shape. Just one of them. It's a fine old helmet thing. I'm looking for a perfect circle, though. This happens a lot. Yeah. Okay. If you get close to the edge, it really wants to jump out. You can let go, go to undo, and then zoom in or out, and it will kind of jump back to the center again. Cool. So, what do I want? I know through experience that a circle needs four. We kind of did it for the alien up here. Okay. So, I need one there, one there, one there, and there's no bit on the bottom, so I don't need him. So, clicking up and down. That's another one, drag down. Which way does it go? Okay. Maybe you want to cut drag and follow the line. Another one there, Clicking and dragging. Clicking and dragging. Click once for a corner. If you get it wrong, you get around here and you clicked once, and you are like, "Oh no, what did I do?" Okay. You can just leave it and we'll show you how to fix those up in a second. Just kind of leave it there. We'll leave it there. Okay. Got a curve, I'm dragging it out. I'm going to try and fix it but there's a bit of a problem here. So, I'll come back and do that. Click once for a corner, click once for a corner, curve, click and drag. Once for a corner, to get this kind of straight lines started. Another straight line. Click and drag for a curve. So, that one's a corner where it should be. Yes. So, that one's a curve when it should be corner, and this one I'm going to draw as a curve when it should be a corner. Go back to him, click once. Now, you've got the full shape. Now, to do some adjustments. There are two major things I need to fix because I need to change these two. Okay. And there's a full tool to do it. It's called the Anchor point tool. Okay. So, I click on this. If you are using an early version, I think it's called the Anchor Conversion tool or something like that. Okay. So, it looks like that, in both versions. Click on this guy, and what we're going to do is we're going to zoom in. Okay, and if we look at this guy, and if I click on him once, he was a corner, sorry it was a curve, and now he's a corner. And this guy here is a curve. Well, both of these are curves when they should be corners. Geeze, Dan. Okay. Let's change something else. Let's click on him. Okay. Now he's a corner. Great. Let's say I want to make this guy a curve, and all I do is click, hold, and drag him. Okay. You might have to move it around a little bit. You can see now he is a curve. So, this tool does both. Click at it once to get rid of the curve and if it's a corner and it should be a curve you click and drag it out. Give that a practice. Now, there's a few things that need tidying up. Grab my white arrow, there's this guy here, and you can see while, you might be able to see why. But and I've got this Anchor point here, right. There he is. Okay. He's down here and the handles come out quite far, and actually gets past the point here, and that's trying to force the line to go, I'll show you a kind of an exaggerated version, it's trying to go back towards itself. So, often with these handles, they can't go past the next anchor point. Otherwise they start doing some weird stuff. So, both of you guys can be dragged in closer to the home here, closer to the Anchor point. Okay, and you keep it like this. And I should go through and fix the head. This is a little bit off. Now, if you are looking at things like, "Man, why isn't it symmetrical?" Because it looks just a little bit wonky. Often, if I click on this point here to make a perfect circle, I'll show you what a perfect circle looks like the. The lips too, drag it out. It's made of the same points, go to the white arrow, I click on one of them. You can start to see, right? I can slick on them all, actually click on one of them. You can see the last one, that one's flat and these handles are exactly the same length. So, and this one's parallel. Okay. So, that's what we're looking for. You can see here, on a stop point. This guy's flat which is awesome, but these guys are kind of both hitting off on an angle. So what I'm going to do is first get them to line up roughly at the same point, so roughly about there from each other, and I want them to be straight up and down. And watch this, while I'm dragging this guy around, if I would shift, it does lock them into like a nice little thing there. Same with you, straighten up buddy. Both of these top bits, I want to drag in a little bit, and a little bit. And don't be afraid to move the anchor point as well, that's maybe just behind that line. Better, better. Not perfect but better. Okay. So, your next mission is to draw the owl. Okay. So, I want you to go through, draw the owl as complete shapes, and then see if you can use your amazing new Illustrator skills and show me a version of your owl. If you've done the previous tutorial, just a kind of a side by side. Just copy and paste them from one document to another. I want to see what you did with your Curve tool and what you do with your Pen tool. They're both perfect, awesome. If one is better than the other, I'd like to hear feedback about which tool you like the most. Are you a precision Pen tool person from Pen tool's like the one that's been around forever? The Curvature tool's new, and is it cheating? It's not cheating. You're still drawing, but it's helping you out a little bit. I want to know which you found better. So get them side by side. Give me a screen shot. I'd love to see what you're doing. All right. That's it for this tutorial. I will see you in the next one. 10. Drawing with the Pencil Tool in Adobe Illustrator CC: Hi, there. In this tutorial, we're going to learn how to use the Pencil Tool to do some creative hand drawing effects. We're also going to take the lines and make them dashed and dotted. We'll also do things like this with a kind of swooshy, add arrowheads. Hopefully, yours would look nicer than my ones. We're going to go and do that now in this tutorial. All right, let's jump in. All right. So, let's get started. Let's go to file. Let's go to New. We're going to have a print document. Its going to be letter and it's going to be landscape. Okay, let's click Create. Let's bring in an image. So, File, Place. The difference in this case is we did before, we are going to use drawing one. In previous tutorials, if you've watched them, we've clicked on Template, and that puts it on its own layer, it fades it out a little bit and locks it so that it's easy to draw over the top off. We don't want the kind of fading part of it. So, we can't use Template. We're just going to leave drawing one. We are going to click Place. Okay, and you can click and drag out and that will give you like a specific size, or if you click once like I'm going to do here, it's going to just put in at its full size. So, depending on your image, you might drag it out or just like, I've done here, click once and it comes in full size. Also, just to make sure I've got View, and make sure Smart Guides is turned back on. We turned it off in our previous tutorial. I'll click, hold and drag it, so it lines up. It is a little bit big for this page and that's okay. So, in your last panel, we're going to manually do that template part that we did in previous video. So, this one here I'm going to double click the word layer one, and this is going to be background. This is not essential, it's just handy when we're doing this tutorial together. So, I've named it. This mysterious icon here, this empty space, click it. It locks the layer. Okay, so, it's meant to know that that's the place to click. I'm going to make a new layer. This little turned up page down the bottom here, I'm going to click on that once. Okay, you got layer two. I'm just going to double click layer two and call this one Drawing. Okay, and I know I'm on this lab because it's blue. So, the Pencil Tool is this guy here. Okay, underneath that Paintbrush Tool, you might find you've got the Shaper Tool out by default. So, click hold it down and grab the Pencil Tool. Now, the Pencil Tool by default is a little bit weird and a little bit hard to use. So, we're going to change that. So, let's say I'm going to draw a smiley face. I'm going to draw around here. Now, the weird thing about this, watch this. If I keep drawing, can you see? It doesn't draw new lines. It redraws over the existing ones and disappears. So, it's a strange thing to happen. So, we're going to change that by default. So, I'm going to delete that by adding the Delete key on my keyboard. What I'm also going to do is I'm going to give my Properties panel and I'm going to make sure that I've got no fill and then have a stroke of white just to fit with what we've got in the background here. To change the Pencil Tool options, you just double click on it. So, double click the Pencil Tool and then, here is the things we want to change like Keep Selected. We want turned off. The other thing we want to do is hit with this Fidelity. It's going to try and help you out make your drawing look a little smoother, a little better. I love it right up. Especially if I'm drawing, say with my mouse like I am here, or my touch pad. Wacom is a little different. Even with that Wacom tablet when you're drawing with a pen, I like to crank it up maybe not as high as this, but we'll go full next smooth. Now, when we draw, look what happens. Just makes everything fluid and nice. That's probably not the nicest. But, let's grab our background. I'm going to delete them. What I'd like to do here is just some free form. I'm going to do flames out the bike for no good reason. But you can see when I draw and I let go, it's done a quite a nice job. What I'm going to do is actually do a one piece and watch when I let go. It smooths that out nice so. My flames are going to be terrible. What I'd like to do is instead of doing them in one go, I'd like to have two parts. This is going to help us when we do that next bit of example, when we have a little look at brushes. So, I'm just going to kind of draw these flames. Now, I really want to go grab my Wacom tablet here because this is looking pretty bad. These are meant to be flames by the way. Looks like a pineapple's growing out the back. Totally looks like a pineapple. That's okay. What we're going to do is look at some of the techniques for stroke. So, some of the first things you need to know about drawing lines like this is with the block arrow, let's select them all. Because we've got the background layer locked, it doesn't select any of that stuff. So, I've got them selected and over here under our properties panel. The basics are Stroke. We got that Stroke white which we looked in at our earlier example. I'm going to crank it up to say, six points just so I can show you some of these other options for Stroke. Now, to open up all the advanced settings for the Stroke, you just click on the word Stroke and it opens them all up. If you want to go a different way, there's a way of opening up that panel forever by going to Window and open up Strokes. If you're getting sick of having to open it, and you've got a big enough computer, you can just go to Window and Stroke, and it's only giving you the tiny options. Weird, I know. But if you double click the word Stroke, double click it again. It's got like three modes. Four modes, small version, stupid version, massive version. I don't know why they've got these different versions. Scared but if you keep clicking on it you'll find that star like big, big version. I'm going to use this option in here. So, collapses back in and I better use some of my space. So, we're going to click on it and the first thing we got to look at is the capping. So, this changes quite a bit of the look. So, I'm going to zoom in a little bit of my pineapple flames. So, I'm going to click on Stroke. By default, you're going to have what's called a Butt Cap, right there, Butt Cap. Unfortunately named, and it's this just flat at the end. If I click this next one, Rounded Cap, can you see? Then, you go on, off, on, off. Just rounds off the ends and that's really nice especially when you get a low stroke, a small stroke like this and you just don't want to have really pointy ends or butt caps. Just curves it off a little bit nicely. You got to back up to six points. Let's have a little look at some of the other options. So, Butt Cap has flooded the end. This one here are very rarely used projecting cap. It goes out past the line ends here, and it goes back pass. So, let's go. Butt cap, Projecting Cap. I think I just like saying Butt Cap, Projecting Cap. Actually, I'm going to leave it on Butt Cap. I've got this corners here. So, lots of these lines aren't corners. Those are straight lines. This one here's a corner and are there any other ones? I think just this one here. Look what happens when I change it from a corner of a Miter Join to a Round Join. Can you see where it goes around this curve? It's rounded on the edge. So, the joins are different. This last one here bevels it off like an engine. I've never used that one either. So, either with those first two are quite good. I'm going to leave those as is. What might look good for our flaming pineapple now is, down here, right at the bottom, something called profile. Profile's a nice way of just changing the line instead of being perfect all the way along. Click on this one here. Just makes it tape it at both ends. You can see that gets projected onto our lines. That's why I wanted having separate lines because you get these pointy ends on both sides. Or is this one here, it's pointy at that tippy tips, okay. But not as quite thick through the middle here. Up to you. But have a little play around with the rest of them. So, I've got them selected. Click on Stroke. Down the bottom here in profile, I can go through and say I want this one. Just strange, yeah. Well, pineappley. You can flip them, depending on how you want them on the line. Yeah, let's have a little look at some of the other ones. I'll let you have a look, okay? Points, other ones, other ones. I'm going to probably go back. I like this one. I think this width profile five, I'm going to use him. Cool. Now, there's a couple more things I want to show you about drawing with strokes. One of them is say, arrows. So, I'm just going to grab my Pencil Tool again. I'm going to draw something that looks that. Wow, meant to be like the wheels turning. That's what it meant to look like. That's okay. When it's selected, I'm going to grab my block arrow. Then I click both of these by dragging a box around them. What I'll do is, go to Stroke, and this one here, arrowheads are quite important. Well, quite useful. So, with it selected the two lines, you've got a beginning and an ending. It really depends on which way you started drawing. Play with both. I'm going to go arrow here. It's not the way I wanted it. So, that's actually the end from the beginning. I want it turning this way. So, if you scroll down the arrowheads, eventually they turn into- they tail in to the arrow. This is going to look better for the beginning. By better, it's a pretty wonky error. I'm going for this hand drawn look. So, profile as well, I might go through and try and make it look nicer. Now, you can see I added that kind of profile the same as this one over here. It just doesn't look the same if I click off. It's quite thin. Just means the stroke width isn't that high. So, with them selected I'm going to raise the stroke width. Now, what happens with arrowheads is that, by default they've got a weird proportion to the line. So, a four-point arrowhead's really big. So, when I click on stroke there's a percentage underneath both of these ends. You can see if I scale this one down, it's going pretty slow so I'm going to toil it down to maybe, say 20 percent of the line, and 20 percent of the line. Why? Because that looks a bit weird but I want to increase this kind of stroke width. Maybe flip it across. I don't know. They're really ugly lines. But you're getting the sense of it, right? You can have arrowheads. Easy peasy. Next thing, we're going to do is we're going to look at dashed and dotted lines. We're going to try and make it look better. I promise you, when I practice this, I had flames out the back and cool arrows. Still not so good in actual practice. All right. So, what we're going to do is, I like do a little dotted line around here so it looks like it's cutted it. Not dotted line, a dashed line so it looks like she could be cut out. So, Pencil Tool again, I'm going to just draw a really rough line around the outside. Line around the outside. Now, stopped at the edge of the desk and we're going around. Back to the beginning. The good thing about going back to the beginning, watch this. Remember that little icon with a circle C that changes there? That shows you it's going to complete it. Cool. So, not hard for slipped on the line and I click on the Stroke. There is a dashed line. Click on it, magically dashed. If I click off, okay, dashed line. There's a couple of things you might want to do with a dash line, so I've got it selected. I'm going to increase it so I can show you. Back in the stroke, things like the rounded cap, can you see the difference between those two? Depending on what you want to do. The other thing is is that the dash line here, if you leave, it's just going to be 12 and 12. So, 12 points and then a gap of 12 points. You can increase this. So, maybe 22. This is going to do 22 points and 22 points. You create a smaller gap, say 110. So it's going to have smaller gaps and larger dots or dashes. Or you can do the opposite so the dash can be quite small. So, maybe two point and the gap's going to be quite big. Depending on what you want to do. I feel like that's a zipper detail or Frankenstein stitches, one or the other. Let's go back up. I'm going to do 12 and 12. Now, you don't have to if you want them to be identical, you can just leave 12 and it will kind of guess that what you mean by the gap is 12. It's a good dotted lines. Weirdly, there should just be an option that says dotted as well. But it doesn't and they're really hard. Even when I'm making them I'm like, "How the hell do you make a dotted line again?" Okay, so, it's a funny old thing. So, let's go to the Pencil Tool and I'm going to draw tassels from this. I'm going to grow my block arrow, select both of these and get rid of the dashes. So, click on Stroke. You might not have yours. So, let's turn it off so straight line. I'm going to have my weight at about four point. Now, weird thing is this dotted, has actually put dashed which doesn't make a whole lot of sense. But if you make the dash zero, and you make the gap anything, so 12, it makes dots. Actually, they're just lines. So, with them selected in here, all I need to do is change it from that default which is a butt cap to round cap. Then, it makes our little dotted lines. So, you just need to make sure one of them or the dash is zero. So, it's actually got no length. But there's a rounder cap around it, so it wants to wrap itself around that nothingness. Dotted lines, they're weird. So, turn on the dashed line, make sure the dash is zero and you can have the gap any size you like. Okay, 20 we'd will just space them out. You can have them really close together. They can even overlap like that. I'm going to go for 10. Nice. All right. So now, let's have a look at our magical drawing. We've learned the things about strokes. We haven't made anything very pretty though. But what we'll do in the next tutorial is we'll add brushstrokes and things will get marginally prettier. So, let's go and do that now in the next tutorial. 11. How to use Brushes in Adobe Illustrator CC: Hi there. In this tutorial, we're going to look at brushes, where we take ordinary lines like this, and give them lovely cool artistic brushstrokes. They look hand drawn. We're going to add wings, we are going to add crown, we're going to make a star. Okay? We're going to fill the star, all sorts of awesomeness in Adobe Illustrator. Let's go and do that now. Okay. So, it's time to use brushes, and yes in-between videos, if you're following along, I went back and made my flame's a whole lot cooler in my arrows a lot nicer, just by redrawing them with the pencil tool. Okay? I couldn't help myself. So, what we're going to do is brushes. First of all, we need someone to add the brushes tool. Okay? So, we're going to grab the pencil tool. Let's add kind of like wings to her. So, I'm going to do in lots of little bits. Now, the reason I don't do them all in one big go, you could, and let's do one with one big go. Okay? So, one really good wing. But they were smooth things on so when I let go, it looks marginally better. I'm going to add more wings on the side, but I'm going to do them as separate pieces. Okay? I'm just going to show you the difference really, I'm going to draw some circles. You can see that when they completed the circle, which is cool. We'll see how it works, okay? We'll draw some little more half circles in here. Great. So, with my black arrow, I'm going to select all of these guys. It's a little bit harder now because we've got things all over the place. So you might have to click one, hold shift, and keep clicking until you get them all, but I can drag a box around all of these things. Great. First thing I'm going to do is stroke is going to be white, and I'm going to open up my brushes panel. Now, before we open our brushes, it's nice especially with the brushes if you use a smaller size to get started with. Doesn't matter, you can do it afterwards, but let's get down to 0.25, a really thin line. Now, your brushes, there's lots built into Illustrator. Okay? The basics are in here, but there are actually lots that you can go and find online, often they're free. So, Window, let's go to brush libraries and in here, probably the most exciting ones are under Vector Packs. These two ones here. We'll look at these two plus one other. Okay? Grunge brush vector packs, we're going to do. I'm going to move it off to the side here, I'm going to drag the bar over, so I can see the different options, and click on the first one. Okay? By default, it has gone back to one point, so don't listen to me, okay? You can change it afterwards. Go back to something a little bit smaller. Now, you can see that's the smallest option for the drop down, and it's cool, it looks quite artistic, but it's still maybe quite thick. So, you can actually just type in here. So, 0.25 is a hairline which is quite small, but I can go to 0.05, hit returns, painting quite small when it took off. So, yeah. Good. So, the difference really is, now we're just looking for things that we like to look of. Right? Someone is going to draw a box around these guys, and shift click these two to get rid of. I don't even know what that is. That was a smiley face of Julia. So, I'm going to shift click all of these, have got them selected. I'm going to go to a white stroke. Okay? I'm going to worry about the size yet. I'm going to pick one of these other ones, and you can see, let's have a look at one of these ones. There's a couple of things that we need to be aware of. Is that, because this is such a long line, it's trying to smear itself down quite a long part. Now, some of the problem is the size. So, I'm going to turn it down to 0.05 like the other one, okay? It's looking better, but it finds it hard to what to do at the corners, because it's like a really detailed vector brushing. It has to get in and out and kind of the some way things. So, ways to get round that if you get a really long stroke and it's doing strange things at the edges. I'm going to go up to maybe not at one point, but back to 0.25 just to show an example, is we did this earlier under stroke. Okay? We got these backups and corner options. So let's go to round join and we'll try and get around the corner and the ends of it as well, which has absolutely nothing on this brush. Dozen of different brushes. But this is kind of one of the things you can do. You can see the matter joined here is just trying to actually get around this corner, but when I get to this rounded join, it looks marginally better. So, you might have to play around with us depending on the brush you pick. So, what I'd like to do when I'm using the brush tool is use use these shorter strokes because they tend to have a better result. Selected, let's have a look at these guys. Pick one and pick one. Cool. So, I've got my kind of drawing exercises those guys done. Let's draw one more look at some of the other brushes and they will give you an idea of how to go and find your own. So, I'm going to grab my pencil tool again, I'm going to draw. She's going to be a princess, I'm going to draw on separate strokes, and you can't really see them so I'm going to undo them. So, before I start drawing, I'm going to have stroke but I'm going to crank it up to say 1.6 and see what I'm drawing. So, she is not a princess. She's more like, I don't know. Some sort of, maybe that's what we need, totally what we needed. Now she's a queen. Okay? Let's grab the black arrow and the slick tool. These guys, I'm going to show you another one. So, another cool one is under brush libraries, vector packs in these hand drawn brushes, I'll let you explore those ones and some of the other ones, lots of these are really, lines are stronger but also on a line. Artistic has some really good ones though. So, if we go to maybe chalk charcoal or pencil or ink, and these cool, white, click on ink. I want to show you ink because these have some instead of just solid black. They have some kind of textures to them. You see it's kind of, they're a little bit transparent. Now, again, I'm going have to turn the stroke down to something a little bit more useful. Where they start overlapping, they start adding kind of extra depth. Yeah, the reason I want to show you this one is you run into brushes that have this line on the top and you be like, oh awesome. They do weird stuff. Okay? These mean to be used as is kind of like one offs, so I'm going to undo it and I'm going to pick this one here, and then I'm going to click off. These guys here, if I drag them off, okay, means that I can for some reason, if I drag it across this image here, that kind of disappearing behind it which is kind of weird. So, I'm going to drag it up the top and that's meant to be used as elements of the top, okay? This is like separate things by themselves rather than following a path. What you can do like with this guy selected, he has lots of different options I can right click them and go to ungroup and you can keep ungrouping them, until you get the individual parts, it takes a little while. Okay. The shortcut might be handy. We're almost there, right click one time, shortcut ungroup, we'll start getting individual elements. I can select you guys and make you white. Awesome. So yeah, that's how they were meant to be used. Just like single little options. Okay? Let's look at the next part. Let's close down the ink brushes, and let's look at filling in brush strokes. So, let's say we're going to draw a star, I'm going to grab the pencil tool, and I'm going to draw, what if I'll let go, you're like, "Where that line go?" Okay. It's because I'm drawing with the pencil tool, with a to fill but no stroke. So, the line is considered a stroke, and there is no stroke. There's a fill. But it doesn't need to fill. Okay? It's there. If I get my black color, you can kind of wave your mouse around and go, that's random line. Get rid of him. There was the circle here we found earlier on, I don't know where he's from. So I'm going to grab my pencil tool and just make sure you're quite purposeful. When you're drawing pencil tool, pick a stroke color. Doesn't need a fill. I'm going to draw a kind of starry thing. Drawing tools help me out. Okay. So, with this selected, back arrow, select all these guys, I'm going to pick a brush, a soldier wasn't going to show you any of the other ones, but I'm going to look at one more brush libraries. I'll use hand drawn brush vector. So, I'm going to grab him, way too strong. Let's get down to a small, yeah, we get in there. Maybe one point five. Cool. So, I've got this shape here, right? I want to fill it in. Now, and the trick is, I'm going to close these down, is I'm going to copy and paste it. So, I've got a second option. I'm going to keep the strokes there, but this guy here, these lines, what I want to make sure is I want to fill in the gaps, and what I should have done before I started drawing is I should have made sure they overlap perfectly. So, we'll check that out. Over here, I want to turn it back to a regular line. So over here it says brush and there is actually no brush up to the top, and I pick this first one. Just a nice thin brush. They do overlap. So, if you didn't do this, you're going to have to make sure that lines overlap at least a little bit. So with the more selected, we're going to go to our best friend, the shape builder tool, we're going to pick some colors for it. Okay? So, I'm going to go in here and I'm going to pick a color. I'm going to use the color mixer, and if yours is like mine and it's defaulted to just black and white which might happen quite often, okay? With this selected, I'm going to go to this option here, and pick RGB, which can't be done. I'm going to pick black first, then go in here and pick RGB. Cool. So, I can pick from any of these colors in here, and when I hover over, I'm going to say that's going to be filled with the green, and I can fill in all of these guys. Now, they fill in because they overlap. If they didn't overlap, they might not fill up and I'm going to pick another color. Cool. The reason I do this is, I'm going to select all of these guys now and I'm going to get rid of the stroke. Goodbye stroke by going you and going to no fill, these guys down here, left over, I don't need you guys, and I'm going to select this and put it back over the top. Okay? Light it up. Cool. So it's just a nice way of adding fills, to kind of hand drawn rough stuff. Shake builder tool is perfect for that. Just making sure that the rough lines all overlap. Now, one thing you might see or noticed is that if I grab, I like to say, I've got a line and they don't quite meet up. Say I'm drawing some stuff. Here we go. So, I'm drawing a square but the gap is, I'm trying with a brush. Great. I select all of these, turn it back just a regular brush. Maybe this first. Cool. So, you can see there's a big gap here, okay? Mine one was probably too big. But you can also see, if I zoom in, there's actually a little gap in between here. So, what that means is that it shouldn't fill. But there is a little bit of freedom that the shape builder too has. That's probably too big but it's going to fill in these automatically. You can kind of adjust that to say like come on just give me a little bit more depth joining ability, and you do it by double clicking on the tool. Double click on it. Okay? Up here is the gap depth. So, you can go in here and go from small through to large and custom, you can make it huge. Okay? So I think, by default, it is small, can't remember. Okay. But double click the tool to change it and it just gives you a few different options. Like, this one here, is not going work, because it's way too big. If I go in here and I say go to a large, it's still not going to work, it's not going to work too far apart. But you get the idea. All right. I'm going to delete those, zoom out, marvel at my awesomeness. Okay? But you're getting the idea, right? We're doing hand drawn stuff and then adding brushes to add a little bit more realism to what something is actually vector and scalable and beautiful, but can look quite custom as well. Okay. So, now, it's project time. Okay? So I've got an image that I want you to draw on and I'll show you it here in the exercise files. There it is appeared. What I'd like you to do is I'm going to set you a task I want five separate doodles, can all use the same stroke and kind of brush style, but I want five things, okay? If you're looking, if you're like what am I going to draw, come up with a theme. Okay? This could be, you could use a holiday's theme so that it could be holiday stuff, like sun and beach things, or you make a finance, can be dollar signs and graphs and stuff, just to give you an idea I guess to what to do to and draw on this. What I want you to do is experiment both with obviously the drawing tool, but look at the brushes as well. Maybe look at dotted or dashed. It's up to you, but I'd love to you to go off have at least five and at the end, I love as a project, okay, to take a screenshot or save it as a JPEG and send it to me as a project or in the comments, all right? I will see you in the very next video. 12. How to draw lines with the Width Tool in Adobe Illustrator: Hi there. In this tutorial, we're going to start with some basic lines like this and then do this to that with the width tool. Okay. It's going to take out simple lines, add a bit of dimension to them and a little bit of sexiness. All right. That is the width tool, let's learn how to do that now in Adobe Illustrator. All right. To get started, let's go to file and go to open, and in your exercise files, there is a file called Width Tool. Click open. All right. We're going to start with the kind of like leaves at the top here. I want you to kind of complete. I want another leaf down the bottom here to show you how I drew it. So, pencil tool, I'm going to have a fill of none, little stripey line, and I'm going to have a stroke of white, and I'm going to have the stroke width down to a hairline which is 0.25. I'm double-clicking on my pencil tool to make sure the smoothing is way up, and I've turned off keeps selected. Click okay. So, what I want to do now is just kind of click and drag, and you can see that because of the curving is quite up high, it's making me look a whole lot better than I am. Good. All right. So, we've got a bottom leaf now. What I want to do is do what we did at the intro there and have those lovely lines. The trick with it is to get started, the black arrow, and it's best to select all the lines, and make sure it's really thin. So the stroke white needs to be at either 0.25 or less. Yeah. That what's- it needs to be quite thin to get started. Next, I'm going to do is deselect in the background and we're going to grab the width tool. It's this guy, there. Looks like a kind of a bow and arrow. Click on it, and this magic tool. If I zoom in a little bit, means, I can grab any point on this line and click hold and drag. If it doesn't, and it kind of just goes no where, you'e dragging the wrong way. Give it a wiggle. You can see here, beautiful. If you've ever tried to do that before with a pen tool and you tried to draw one line and then the other side. I love the width tool. So cool. Select on this line. I didn't really select on it. Just grab my width tool, and just start pulling them out wherever you feel like you should. I'm going to work my way around this one. It's amazing you can transforms something quite simple. Got the smoothing on to make it look a little nicer, but yeah just kind of giving it some fullness. Here we go. Now, you can do more than one point on a line. I'll show you how to do that in this next part. I'm happy with it. Yeah. I'm happy enough with it. I imagined it better. But anyway. Down here, okay, I've got a path that I've drawn, and what we're going to do is with the width tool, we're going to end up with multiple kind of widths on it. So, I'm going to start with one about here. You can see, it's kind of working its way all the way around, from thickest here, all the way to thin at the two ends. Now, that's fine. If that's the look you're looking for. But what I'd like to do is I wanted to get kind of skinnier along the top here. So, just a second, click at another line okay, I clicked the wrong line, click and drag up. I can make it thicker up here which is cool but actually I just want to make it thinner. So just dragging this little point to make it quite thin. Now, I got this kind of bold there, thins there and then maybe across the middle here I'm going to drag out a nice thick one. You can start to get these kind of like cool displays of thick and thin. Maybe down here I wanted it to be nice and thin. But over here I wanted to give a nice little kind of like would be tail thing there. You know what I mean, right? So I'm going to drag this nice and big but potentially I want it to get a lot smaller through here and then get nice and big again at the end here. Cool. Another thing you can do is you can slide these. Let's say that they're in the wrong point. This guy here you can click on him and just drag him around. You can we can kind of wiggle his way all the way around. Can't go past that guy that I've already got there, but you can drag these along with another one. You can kind of, you can see it's kind of moving and adjusting. You can also hold on the shift key and drag one side, not the shift key, hold down the option key and you can drag one side at a time. So it's option on a Mac or alt on a PC, and just grab any of these either side, doesn't really matter, and you can just do one side rather than both. Cool. Now, we've used the pencil tool quite a bit now to get our curves. We're going to go back to the curvature tool because I guess this is a fountain I guess I want a little bit more preciseness to it rather than really hand drawn stuff. So I'm going to grab the curvature tool, and before I start drawing, I'm just going to make sure I got no fill and I got a stroke and in terms of the stroke width, I'm going to pick just one point for the moment. It can be hard to know with the curvature tool how many points you need. It's a little bit of trial and error. So if I click once and twice, I get a straight line that is obviously not going to be enough. So if I click once and maybe a third. So just three of them, you can see it's just got a bend in the middle it's not what I want. So, what I do want is these two curves, this one going this way and one going that way. So one there. Okay tippy top kind of one half way through the apex of this curve, it's very slight one, so I click once and then one kind of at the apex of this one and then it's going to come out here click once. Now I get a kind of nicer line. Now it wants to continue on. I can grab the black arrow, just click off in the background. Now if I grab my width tool now, just click on this width tool, it's going to work to a degree. Well, it's going to work nicely. But what you'll see here is if I zoom in on the end here, you can see I get this kind of like stubby into it. It's because I didn't change my stroke width before I started drawing so I'm going to zoom out. So I'm going to undo actually. So, before I use my width tool, I'm going to just make sure the stroke is quite thin. You can't have zero but you can have like point 0.05, something super thin. I am using black as well as my fill. Now if I grab my width tool, and I don't know how many points I need, I might need two. I want one there to kind of get the top bit, maybe one more for a fuller middle. It's not what I want. I'm just going to do one in the middle going down. It was not quite right. I'm going to drag it down. Yeah. Remember this is drawing. It's not meant to be perfect. It was just kind of a hand drawn. Get it going one. So the other thing I might do is that there's this little white whip in the middle there. So it's a little bit hard when there's something already there. So if I grab my, say curvature tool now, it wants to join up and wants to do things so black arrow. I'm just going to click and grab the center just kind of move it off and we'll get back- we're moving back in a second. Now, curvature tool or pencil tool, I probably want a pencil tool for this one. Grab a pencil tool. I just want to have like a curve out of here. We'll see how that works and I'm going to make it a stroke color of white and now move this back in. Because I drew it after this black line it should be on top. I'm going to kind of move it into position. Use my arrow keys just to kind of tap it down something like that, rotate it around a little bit. Now I'm messing about. Okay you got the idea of what we're doing here. I'm going to turn the stroke down to points 0.05 and I'm going to grab my width tool and I'm going to drag this out. It's a little bit hard because there's lots of things fighting for the width tool attention. So I'm going to get some of that drag it down a little bit. How do I like it? Yeah I like it enough. So what I want you to do is your task is to go through and finish this. So I'd like you to go through and do this part. One thing when you are drawing this part on the bottom here let me have a quick little look with the curvature tool is that if I draw one, draw one, draw one and come back here, it really wants to join up to that existing one. So we're just going to make sure when you're coming to this end point is just to stay away and you can fix that up afterwards maybe with a white arrow and you can drag it in afterwards so it won't kind of join up after it's been drawn and start with that. All of these lines here, the one little hint, I've practiced this already, I've done this a few times. So let's go and change it back to black. The one thing that catch people out is this O and I learned it through practice as well. Okay, how many points does it need? It looks like it needs about four. Turns out it works out nicely. Click once, click twice, click again and click again. You get this kind of boxy circle and it's kind of close to what we want. That was a bit quick but yeah with the width tool you can move these and adjust them and see if you can give it a go, give the V a go, the E a go, then do all these little extra bits and go through color it. I'd love to see how you get it. I've never actually gone through and completed it fully myself. I love to see what other people do with it. I know it's not the best one but I'd love to see your interpretation. You can totally adjust it and make it as you want. But I'd like to see it as a project. Yes. So screenshot it and send it to me, that'd be awesome. All right. That is it for the width tool. It's pretty cool. Makes drawing those kind of sexy lines super easy. I love it. Thank you Illustrator. All right, onto the next video. 13. How to use Type & Fonts in Adobe Illustrator to design a postcard: Hi there. In this video, we're going to make this simple postcard. We're going to look at fonts that are installed on your machine, and we're going to look at something called typekit, which is fonts that Adobe give you. We can download them for free and use them as part of our designs. All right. Let's go and learn how to do that now in Illustrator. Okay. So, let's make our postcard for our artistic one. We're going to File New, and we want a postcard size now and there is under Print, you can see View All Presets and there's no postcard size in here. Under Art and Illustration, there is a preset for postcard, but if I click on it and switch it over here to say inches or millimeters, it's got a really weird ratio. Not what I consider a traditional postcard. Maybe that's where in the world depends on what's traditional. I'm going to just put in 5.8 and 4.1. That's a kind of a really kind of standardized postcard size. If it's in millimeters, very similar and it's 148 by 105. I'm going to back to inches. Awesome. Everything, I'm going to make sure it is landscape and let's click "Create". All right. Let's put in our background color. So, just click the rectangle to pick a fill color, and I'm going to go to my color mixer and up the top here, I'm just going to make sure I want RGB. Okay, you might be on CMYK RGB. Let's go on RGB for the moment. We're going look at color a little bit later on, just kind of click through here in this side on color. I'm going to pick a bluish-greeny color. I'm going to drag it across the whole thing. There you go. Awesome. I want no stroke. Okay, so I'm going to go in here and go, "No stroke please". Don't worry too much about the color because we are going to go and change it in our future tutorial. I say that and I'm like, it's too blue. Okay, a little bit more green. All right. I also want a rectangle on this side. I want to break it into three groups, two columns for the text and one on the left here for just, I'm going to put an image in later on. Okay, you would have seen that at the beginning there. So, what I want to do is break into three. The easiest way is to copy and paste this. I've got two of them. I'm going to change this to a dark grey. I am going to go back to my swatches and pick just the dark gray for the moment. This is going to get so shadow again. So, divided by three, maybe we can do the math on this, the width. I'm going to break the link so that the high-end width joined and I'm going to say I'd like the width just in here and put a divide by, which is a forward slash and I want to divide it by three there. I return. Okay, and this is divided into three. Cool. So, I'm going to use two of these for my text and this is going to be my image. What I'd like to do for the moment though is to lock the background. So, layers. I'm going to call this layer "Background", all caps for no good reason. I'm going to hit the little locking icon, new layer, and this is going to be my "Type", all caps for no reason. Okay. So, when you're adding type, there's two kind of types of type boxes. Grab the type tool, which is this capital T. If you click once, you've created what's called a point type box. Don't worry about the names. Basically, the point type box is a box that just keeps on going. Keeps on going forever and goes off the screen. Good for titles and logos and stuff, but when we want body copy, we need a different kind of type box. So, grab the type tool again, and down here, kind of this low part, we're going to add some body copy. If I click "Hold" and "Drag". Okay. So up here, I just clicked once and I got a point type box. Whereas, I click "Hold" and "Drag" down here, you can see I get a box that has, its called an area type box. Basically, it does have an into it and it snaps back around, which is if I resize it now, it kind of expands and contracts, whereas this one here, if I try and expand and contract it, it kind of a weird sort of function using a point type box. There's going to be times we need to convert the two. So, I'm going to link that one. Is that say a draw up, I click once for a title in here and I add some stuff, add some stuff, and what will happen, let's say, later on, I want to make this a lot bigger. So I'm going to my properties and I'm going to make the font size a lot bigger. I want to break on to two lines, right. So, what you can do, is you can change this with my black arrow. See, this little kind of circle on the side here? That's the kind of conversion tool. If you double click it, it changes it into a area type box like the bottom line here. Nothing really looks like it changes, except now when I drag the edge, you can see it snaps down into two lines. I could snap it down three lines if there's enough room. Okay. So, that's what I want this box to be. I want it to be nice and biggish, and we're going to add some actual type and look at fonts next. So, up the top here, there's a bit of ticks we're going to put in. We're going to say, "How to murder a designer", and we'll go, this will be our tip number 1. Okay, and how to murder a designer is asking them to send it over as a word doc. I hate when that happens. So, this is just going to leave us body copy, is Lorem ipsum in the moment. Let's say we don't have that yet. Lorem ipsum is just placeholder ticks, it's learn the actual words that is mixed up so they can make no sense, but, yeah, good as a placeholder until you get your text. So, let's move him down. What we will do, is we'll start on this one at the top here and look at fonts. First of all, I'm going to change my Fill to white. Okay, the next thing I want to do is pick a font. So, I'm going to drop this down. You know how to pick fonts, is no big deal. So, add a little bit of extraness to it. What I really like is these filters. So, these are all the fonts that are on my computer. So, they've been installed in some previous life. So, up here is his filter. This can be really handy, because I'm looking for a Serif font which has those. Basically, a Serif font has the little face. They kind of look like Times New Roman. It has the little serifs on the edges here. Let's zoom in just so I can give you the font nutri. I go back to font. Let's pick Times just because, if I zoom in. So a Serif font has these little feet. These are called serifs. This is a serif font. A Sans Serif font is this one here. Sans is without, so Sans Serif is without feet. Okay. This one has no feet. So, Serif font, let's look at a font. I've gone through and had a little look about what I want to use already. What you can do at the top here is, once you've picked Serif, you'll notice all your fonts have cut down to only Serif fonts. Super handy. Now the only trouble is, next time you come back in, it's kind of the same filtering on so you get to remember to probably turn it off after you've used it to go back to all classes of fonts. Serif font, and you just kind of scroll through. You can see my text updating on the side there. So, it's best to have your texts already drawn like we have so you can go through and just check it. I'm going to use a character member with minutes here, Goudy Old Style. I'm going to use the Italic. Okay, that's the one I decided I want to use. In terms of the font size, I probably going to use-. Twelve-point. Just so you know in terms of font sizes and the body copy done here, body copy are a small body copy or If you open up pretty much any magazine in the shop, it's going to be 10 point. It's like super common font size, it's legible, it's readable, it's big but this is a small postcard. The smallest you want to go is about eight-point. It's more business card size, we have to just try to squeeze lots of stuff in. So, we're going to have 10 points but we can read it. So, that's that font, I'm going to do the same here, I'm going to use the same font, so Goudy, you might not have this font, you can go and pick your own and I'm going to make sure it's white. I'm going to move this down. We are probably going to play with that a little bit at the end. This font here, we're going to look at something called Typekit. So, Goudy, just something that happens to be on my machine already. But, what Adobe do is part of your creative cloud license, is you get access to Typekit. Basically, what it means is, with any font selected, I can drop down my character panel and go to this one that says,"Add Fonts from Typekit," click on him, and it's going to open up a website, already opened it up here, and it'll ask you to log in because you need a paid credit card license. If you don't have one of those, it's not going to work. But, basically, what we want to do is we want to go to "Browse" which is this first option here, and it's just the fonts. Now, there's lots of places you can go for free fonts, like DaFont or 1001 Free Fonts, those are fine, but what you'll find is that, I don't know. If I need a font shaped like a cactus, I'll go to 1001 Free Fonts, or just like really fun, but I guess free, and they don't have a lot of the stuff I need for maybe more professional work, and glyph's and ligatures, and like I live in Ireland, I'm from New Zealand, both Maori and Irish languages have all the fodders and all that accented letters, so I need a more mature font. Something like Typekit is perfect for it. They're cool fonts and they're free. So, what you can do at the top here is you can type in, and let's say, "Can I, can you." I like doing this because before you download it, you can see what it's going to look like. Sometimes it's paying you download one and then it doesn't look the same in the fonts you need to use it for. So, in here, you can also wrangle for fonts into some say, on what to look at script fonts or say a hand drawn fonts. So, you can go through and just work out which ones you want. Also, some looking for headings, so I want a more of a bold handwriting font, I want to turn that off. So, I want heading fonts and turn it off. Another nice thing is in this case, I want a quite narrow width because I want to fill a lot of text across the page. Yeah, there's bunch of other options that you can have a little look through here. Now, the one I want, I've already had a look through, so I'm going to cheat and I'm going to code to league. Where are you? There you are, League Gothic, that's the one I've decided I want to use already. So, this is the font and now there's a few different weights. I'm just going to say "Sync All" and basically what that's going to do is hopefully you can set up at the top right here you'll see in a second, that it's downloading onto my computer and magically four fonts were added. It's that simple. I also noticed that I somehow I'm allowed 100, but got 323, I just don't ask questions, somehow it keep giving more fonts. So, let's jump back into Illustrator. Now, the cool thing about it is that it should already be in stores. If I got the League, if I can spell League. Now, what I might have to do is hang out between the filtering of Serif font because this is a Sans Serif font, they are the same, installed and ready to go. It's that simple. There are professional fonts is that there's some really nice ones in there, I'm going to usually Gothic, just this one here. I'm going to switch it to whites, and now you can switch over to the next video because now I'm just going to play around with fonts and font sizes. I'll give you some tricks, let's do that before we go. I'm going to select all my type, and I'm going to use Command, Shift and full stop or period, depending what you call it. Now, if you're on a PC, it's "Control," "Shift," and full stop or period, so it just increases the font, so I want them up to three lines. So, I'm getting it quite big. In terms of the letting, I'm going to select it all, you can use the letting over here, if you hover above it, it should tell you it's line spacing, that's another word for it. I can decrease it, but a shortcut is if you hold down the "Option" key on a Mac or the "O" key on a PC, use up and down arrows, I find that just a nice quick way of doing it. Yeah. I'm happy with that. See you are 10-point, I feel there needs to be something different about the bottom here. I'm going to get you there, lining them up, now I'm just messing about. If you find that say, I want an extra line in here, you just want to fill with placeholder text because it did it automatically for me, but say you just need more. With the box selected, go to "Type," and go to "Fill with Placeholder Text," it's going to filled it up. It doesn't really matter if you cut it off, says one an extra line, here you go, I'm going to put in a full stop there, so it looks like end of a paragraph, come on, pulled up, awesome. Actually, I changed my mind, I get back to you, and I'm going to lower it down a little bit and I'm going to grab the line to, I'm going to draw the line on this side. I just kind of sanction this off, actually I want to be same length. Now, I might had no streak, no fills, so if I click off it looks like it's gone, basically a one print because there's no stroke on it, I'm going to go white please. One point, probably half a point. Just so you know when you are printing stuff, like if this is going out digitally it doesn't matter how thin it is, but if it's going out physically our printed stuff with lines that are really small, so the lowest you should go is this one here 0.25, I made one that was like 0.18 or something like that, and literally it rubbed off, like you put your hand on the page and it was so thin that it couldn't hold onto the paper and it just rubbed off on people's hands, so that was a big printing disaster. All right. So, don't get too thin on lines, I'm just using my keyboard now to tap this around. Oh, man, how is this look? What do you think people? Needs a full stop down here. All right. So, that is it for type and fonts. There's other things in here that I'm not going to cover, like this space between letters, over here, the space between letters, there is left align, right align. I'll assume that you'll be able to work those out yourself. But, yeah, let's get in and start doing some type in a path. We'll do that in the next video. So, hold it up, see you in the next video. 14. How to curve type around a badge using Adobe Illustrator CC: Hey, there. In this tutorial, we are going to make text follow a path, like this curvy one here. We'll also do a badge where we do the text on the top and the bottom. Let's get into it now using Adobe Illustrator. All right, so what we'll do is, we'll work on the side here, instead of on the page we're working what's called the paste area or the pasteboard. This area here is just a good place to work and do your design, and then move it into the page when you're ready. Okay, so to get started, we're going to use the Pencil tool. Now, your tool might be set to the Shaper tool, so click and hold down the Shaper tool until you get the Pencil tool. Also note that I've double clicked the Pencil tool and cranked up the smooth into full blast. Why? Because it just makes my lines look nicer and have a Fill of none. I'm going to have a stroke of black. Cool. I'm just going to click, hold, and drag, and you'll notice that, because I've got the smoothing up, it looks quite nice. All right, I'm going to grab the Type tool and to do Type on a Path, all you need to do is, with the Type tool, hover above the line. You can see the kind of icon changes for the cursor, and just click wherever you want the text to start, okay? Yes, goes through and put in some lorem ipsums and place hold to text. Now, the one thing it might happen to you is, it's kind of remember the last font that I've used and the color and the size. If you use a really large font, you might not see anything, might just be like way too big. So you might have to go through and just kind of lower your font size over here to make it more usable. I'm going to go back to say, use 14. The other thing is that, the last time I used the title, I was using center. So yours is probably going to be left alone, so it might be down the center. So let's type in, "You are awesome." Three exclamation marks. Okay, so I'm going to select all the text, I'm going to pick a fill color and some of the adjustments you might want to do are with the black arrow. Okay, grab the black arrow. This type line here is kind of like three red lines, one, two, three. There's also these white boxes. Ignore the white boxes. They do weird stuff where they start linking text boxes. Okay, it's not what we want in this case. Black arrow, click off from the background, and click back on it and these red little sticks are quite useful. So this is the beginning. Okay, if I click and drag it now, you're avoiding the white square. You're looking for that cursor. It's like a flat black line with an arrow poking out of it. If I click it, you can change the start position. Same with the end, in this case it doesn't really matter because I don't have enough typed to get to the end and this guy here, is the center. This center option is a lot more important when you centering the paragraph, okay? It means you can drag it left and right, as long as there's room at the ends here to move along. Cool. So those are some of the adjustments you might make and one of the things I want to do is actually, I want to undo. Actually, I'm going to copy this, undo. It's like back to have my black line. Because what you'll notice is and there's no line there anymore, remember the black line that I drew? Okay, so say you want to use that as part of your design, so I'm undoing way back here, I'm going to paste this. So I've got both versions. So you might want to copy and paste that before you start adjusting the type. Now, I'm going to edit so it looks like it's kind of flowing along that type. I might make the font a lot bigger, I'm going to extend that out. How good is this going to look? I probably, I'm just going to add more text actually, "You are awesome because you are you." Love you then. I can't think of anything. I might need a little bit more space, I have to make my font size tiny bit smaller, there we go. Cool. So what I want to do is, I want to get this line, I want to make this stroke white, kind of it like a Dodge's kind of look, that swishy thing underneath. I've made my type quite thin and made it white. I'm using my Width tool, come here Width tool. Where are you? This one here. I'm just going to click and drag maybe that path, come on Width tool. There we go. I'll slide you along here. We did use a Width tool in our previous tutorial. That's the kind of thing I'm trying to do here. All right, terrible. Next thing we're going to do though is an icon like this, where we're doing Type on a Path. It's kind of similar but pretty similar. Okay, so we're going to build, rebuild that, and afterwards I'm going to rebuild this, because I don't like it. But anyway, so the way this works is actually, this has to be two, I'm going to ungroup it. This actually has to be two separate circles. You can actually draw on the top and then like hid and return and draw on the bottom. They're actually just two circles that we line up from the top of each other to make it look like one unit. So that's the first trick. So let's start with an ellipse. So you might need to hold down the Rectangle tool to get the Ellipse tool. I'm going to hold the Shift key while I'm dragging it out to get a perfect circle. It doesn't matter what stroke it has, or what line it has, or fill it has because when we click it with the tool, like the one down here, it's all going to disappear. So what we'll do is actually, we'll copy and paste it. So we've got two of them to use, okay? This one here, I'm going to grab the Type tool now. This Type tool can be used the same sort of way. Remember, we could go on the edge. You have to actually use the official Type on a Path tool. So hold down the Type tool, grab the Type on a Path tool and let's click once in the middle and it kind of does what we want to do, does the kind of the reverse. Okay, so if I type in now "Prevention of." Depending on this, you might have to select the central line. It's going to be in the bottom or what you can do to get that is, I'm undoing, and just start at the bottom. It's up to you. So if I clicked on the bottom here, it kind of does a little bit more of what I want. "Prevention of." That's all I want. Now, you can move it around with a black arrow. We looked at it with this line down the bottom here. Remember, the center point? Okay, that's this red line here. I can decide to stick it on the bottom. It's a little bit fiddly. You can see it kind of jumps around a little bit, but you can drag it around to anywhere that you want it. The other thing you can do is, you can see I can drag it up and below. Okay, it means that it goes on the other side of the text box. It's real fiddly, don't worry. I'll show you more manual way of doing this in a second but I won't mind to be there. That's perfect. I'm going to use a font, I going to use that League, one that I had before, not in the script, All Classes, League Gothic. I am going to use white. Cool. Let's have a look at doing the bottom part, okay? So, actually instead of using this, I'm just going to copy and paste this one, copy and paste and this one's going to say, "Cruelty to designers." So what we want to do is, we'll select it with the black arrow. There is an option on here under Type, there's one called Type on a Path and this is one called Type on a Path Options. Click on them and turn Preview on, because you want to see what you're doing. Flip is one of them, so it's going to go down to the bottom. That's basically what we want. So we're going to click Okay and we're going to rotate it around. We could grab the center point, rotate it around. We could just rotate it normally, up to you. One of the things we might need to change though is that, this guy he kind of sits on the baseline. Okay, that would be considered the baseline wherever the lid is set. This one here though is on the inside where this is on the outside. So they're going to look slightly different. So what we'll do is, we'll line them up and let's kind of adjust both of them actually. So I've got those bottom ones selected and let's go to Type, Type on a Path, Type on a Path Options and Preview on and what you can look for is what Aligns to the Path. Baseline is, yeah, where it sits. Okay, we're going to go center. If we do Center for both of them, it's going to run straight through the line, same with this one here, Type on a Path, Type on a Path Options and we'll do Center for you as well. All right, your baseline center. Cool. These other ones, Baseline is the default, Ascender and Descender is just when we've got, say I type here, and we've got this. Okay, when they refer to Ascender and Descender, the Ascender is everything that appears above, see this thing here? This is called X-height, just so you know, where all the lower case letters line up along the top here, okay? Anything above that is called the Ascender. So that is an Ascender. This little dot is an Ascender. Descenders is things that appeared below the baseline, they descend. All right, so that is basic topography and basic, you didn't want to know that, right? You just wanted to know how to make this. So we've basically made it. So you're aligning center, you're learning center, if yours aren't snapping, they should just snap easily, if they're not go to View and just make sure Smart Guides has got this little tick on. If it doesn't, click on it and now, we're just going to build the center path. Actually, let's look at one last little thing. I'm going to click both of them and then go to Type. Can you do both at same time? You can. So Type on a Path Options, make sure Preview is on. Now, effect is kind of to you probably use Rainbow or Skew and basically Skew will kind of, I don't know, it depends what you're trying to do. I feel like this is like a football, American football, I don't know, cup launched thing. I don't really like it for what we're doing, you might love it. Okay, so there's that one Rainbow, Skew, Gravity might be one you use. Gravity is a little bit different. It means that it's going to tighten up the fonts. It's going to be skinnier at the bottom than at the top, whereas Rainbow, they're going to be the same size to either side. The top and the bottom, it's just kind of, they're going to get closer down the bottom. It's up to you what you want to do. You might not see very much difference, don't worry about it. These other ones, Rainbow, Skew yet to use. You might like it, Rainbow ribbon or Stair Step, I'm yet to use those ones either. So I'm going to go back to Rainbow and just play around with my spacing and go up a little bit. Whoa! Not that high. I don't know how it got that high. Let's go to zero. It's pretty cool though. I have no idea how I did that. But you can see if I crank it up, it kind of expands the spacing. You might have to do the separately because it's kind of affecting both of these differently. Cool. So I want 10 point for this bottom one, that's what I'm looking at. To this top one here, needs something different, Type, Type on a Path and this one looks like it needs, turn Preview on. Yeah, that tightens it up. So what we want to do is minus 10. Awesome. All right, so we got both of these guys, let's line them up, centers, there and I'm just going to draw this bit in the center now. So now, you can probably move on to the next tutorial because I'm just going to draw, first of I'll type, "Certified" and we will use the tracking to open it up a little bit. I might pick a different font for this, font size sorry. There you go, "Certified." Yeah, fill color white, line around the outside. I'm just going to use a Rectangle tool, it's going to have no Fill and it's going to have a Stroke. One thing we haven't done yet is, so I'm going to have nothing selected, Rectangle tool, is that I've got a Fill and a Stroke. They're in the wrong position, right? You can use this little double arrow here to say, "I want the white to be in the stroke and I want the no Fill to be in the Fill." Does that make sense? Watch this, I'm just going to switch them around. So now, that should work, hopefully. Cool. I am going to grab them all and center them. Okay, so I use my black arrow, center them all. This rings come up a little bit and I'm happy enough with that. I'm not. There needs to be more spacing in this top part. But anyway, we get the feel for this thing now. Okay, so what I'd like you to do is to practice. You might have practice with this one and follow it along. But I would like you to go through. I've given you some tips to create your own kind of like icon, certifications, stamp type of thing and it's in your exercise files as one called Type on the Path Exercise. You think it was a mock association, but there is an association of pet obesity prevention. If you are part of this organization, I'm not mocking, just seems like a fun thing to do. If you're interested in that, here's the website, but I basically just want you to use that, turn it into a round or kind of lock-up like this, using Type on the Path. You can do whatever you like, just like to see it. Okay, so as a project, I'd like you to do it and then, yeah, post a project in the comments or in the projects section. I'd love to see what you come up with. All right, so that's us for Type on the Path. We are going to move on to the next video. All right, see you over there. 15. How to break apart & destroy text & fonts using Adobe Illustrator CC: Hey, there. In this video, we're going to start destroying type, like this boom up here, we're going to cut the centers out. We drop the M a bit. This L here, we've get to wrap around a little bit different, drop P with smash the eye. It's really easy to do in Adobe Illustrator. Let's go and do it now. Okay. So, to break apart type and stop manipulating it, we're going to kind of just work on the top here. I'm going to give the type to, click once, and type the word boom, coom, boom will do, exclamation mark. I'm going to pick a font. What a nice big abril fatface. That's kind of the font that I'm into at the moment, so I'm going to make it nice and big with the fonts. Put the black arrow. It's actually sometimes easier just to hold down shift and grab the corner of it. So, this is my font. I'm going to keep a copy of it because there's so many times that I end up breaking it apart and forgetting what the font was later on. With this selected, what I need to do is go to object actually, nope, get to type. There's one that says create outlines. Create outlines and destroys the font. You can grab the title and edit it. It can go back to that version. But now, it's bits and pieces. There's a few things I can do to it. Remember, the black arrow is for moving it around, and the white arrow direct selection tool allows me to see all these like anchor points, and that's what I want to do. What I'm going to do is just click once on the inside of this, delete once, delete again. So, it's deleting twice on my keyboard because I want this kind of added Steans silly style boom. Just double click again. Well, now, I'm clicking once and then deleting twice to get rid of the inside parts. That's what I want to do. You can also grab it and say, I want to grab all of these, my white arrow. I'm dragging a box around them all. I can select all of these now. Not sure what I'm doing now. Now, I'm really wrecking it. Grabbing a couple of points, holding shift while I'm dragging just to kind of get them to move around, but you get the idea. The next thing I want to do is, so that's a thing that we've done, and what we might want to do is, let's grab a type tool. This happens a bit where you've got a nice font. Let's say, I'm going to only use would learn Ipsum. But instead of abril lust, it's quite similar, but there's a script option. These are type kit fonts that you can go get for free. So, I'm going to click on this and I like it. I'm going to copy a version of it. What I want to do is I want to change the color for no reason, but I want this kind of L to maybe wrap around this E or something else, do someting interact with the type a little differently. That's where outlining it can be helpful. Remember, type, create outlines, and I can grab my white arrow. I can zoom in a bit and I'm going to grab these three points here. Now, I'm just going to drag them or maybe around this E. It's a bit of a long stretch. I could leave it like that or I can start grabbing say, these handles here, this handle, I want to kind of drag out a little bit, huge bit down, a little bit more. I'm totally wrecking this for a typographer, especially if you made lust, I'm really sorry for this, but you get what I'm trying to do here. I'm trying to kind of make it move and do other things, not my best, but you get the idea. Any of this can be changed. I can grab this corner, drag it out, and I can grab this chunk, make it longer. Now, I'm totally wrecking it. I'm trying to grab the bottom of this. All right. Yes. Done. You've made a great font. All right. So, that is outlining type and destroying it. Jump ahead a couple of videos where we start looking at putting images inside of it. It will be under a category called images where we clip images inside of that. But for now, that is it for breaking up high and destroying text in Adobe Illustrator. See you in the next video. 16. What is RGB & CMYK colors in Adobe Illustrator CC: Hi there. In this video, we're going to talk about RGB versus CMYK. You might have come across this, you might not have. It's kind of a cinch, I guess, to understand the basics, so let's cover them quickly. So, when you setting up a new document, you're given the option to pick RGB or CMYK. Okay. So, if I go to print and pick one of the defaults, you might not have this viewable, you might have to click Advanced Options, but by default, it's going to go to CMYK. If I go to something like web, or film, or pretty much any of the other ones and I pick one of these, it's going to default to RGB. So, RGB is a color, it's just red, green and blue, and basically those are the colors used for screens to display color. So, my laptop in front of me right now uses a mixture of red, green and blue to generate the colors that we see. But we know that if we use our printer, the one on our desk, we have a look, it's going to use cyan, magenta, yellow and black, and that's CMYK that uses those colors to mix together. The big difference is RGB has like an end secret ingredient. It has light, luminance, it has light coming out of the screen that allows it to kind of generate more colors than CMYK can. You probably have tried it before. You've printed an image, it looks great on screen, but it print's a bit washed out, because your screen has light coming out of it whereas the paper from your printer has no light. So, it's a different kind of color mode. RGB has a bigger gamma of color, CMYK has a smaller one. Now, why would you use both? Basically, RGB as a rule is probably your best one to use for everything at the moment, especially if you're going to use something that's going out via email or via a website. Even if it's going to print, it's probably going to be dual use, so many things are these days, you're probably going to want to use it for both your website to be downloaded and to be going to commercial print. If it's something you're creating like a postcard that's going to commercial print only, you might want to consider using CMYK. But in that case as well, in my experience that most modern printers will expect RGB, they've got some really cool reps and ways of skimming the most out of the CMYK. So, often, just use RGB if you're unsure. If you're a little bit more professional, you probably know this already then, and you can use CMYK. Now, let's have a little look at the differences between the two. Now, let's go to File, Open, and in here there's one called Open it up. So, this is an RGB document. How do I know? The easiest way is up in the tab here, you can see it's RGB. Okay? The way to change it, let's say I want to be in CMYK, I can go to file, this one called Document Color Mode. You can see I've ticked RGB. Watch what happens when I change it to CMYK. Watch the colors. Watching the colors? They wash out quite a bit. It's giving you a representation now of what it would look like as CMYK. Now, if you're only going to commercial print and they have asked for CMYK, there's no point being an RGB. Okay. But if you're like me, I often dual-use things, I'll use of all sorts of things. I'll start in RGB and often just send it to the printer in RGB, and depending on your printer, they've got really good ways of converting it to CMYK to try and restore some of those colors. All right. So, I hope that's giving you a little bit of understanding of CMYK and RGB. So, my basic skim rules are, use RGB, and send it around, it works fine. It works on digital and works good for printing to local printers, even like my office printer, accepts an RGB better and process it nicer than if I send it a proper CMYK official version. But you need to know the difference between the two. Some printers will demand CMYK, and that's fine, that's the way they work. Okay. So, just make sure you working it in CMYK. You might have to have two versions of the document, one in RGB for digital, and another one in CMYK. All right. Let's get into some more exciting stuff about color. Let's get into the next video. 17. How to steal colors from an image using Eye Dropper in Illustrator: Hey, there. In this tutorial, we're going to look at using the Eye Dropper tool in illustrator to drive colors from the logo. So, we're going to start with this black and white version of this postcard, then we're going to use the logo down here to drive the colors in these elements and then, we'll use the image to drive some of these colors and these various elements. All right, let's go and learn how to do that now in Illustrator. All right, to get started, go and open up the exercise file called and grab your black arrow and click it in this box in the background. Then, I want you to go and grab your Eye Dropper tool towards the bottom of the tool panel and we're going to steal from this logo first. We'll do the image next, but if you click on using the kind of bottom left to this little Eye Dropper. You can see, I can click the purple, the green, the yellow. You can decide what you want to do. I'm going to end up with this kind of teal color here and I was going to work my way around black arrow, click on this white box here and I'm going to grab my Eye Dropper tool again and I'm going to use the yellow and my black arrow, I'm going to click on this text and I actually hold "Shift" and click both bits of text. Now, I've outlined this text just to make it easy for you because you probably don't have this font. It's just as easy if you have a font selected. I'm going to use that purple. I'm not proud of this color scheme, but you get the idea right? Let's say, I want to do it differently. I don't want to use the image to drive the colors. It's a really nice way of connecting kind of things like these graphic elements to the image and it's pretty basic. Again, with the black arrow, I'm going to click on this green option here. I'm going to grab the Eye Dropper tool and all I'm going to do is pick a color from in here. I was going to kind of work my way around the side. You can see I can keep clicking until I find something that I like. I'm going to go for something like that. Okay, I'm going to go through and do the rest of the options. But let's say that I really love this color now and I want to use it again and again. Okay, because I don't want to randomly have to click in the images to try and find that again. What you can do, is click on "Film" and at the moment, it's not a premade swatch. You can't see it in here. If you click on this little option here that says "New Swatch". Okay, you can give it a name. Okay, I'm going to call this one my Maynooth Furniture Grey, let's call it grey may be grey dark and I'm going to click "Okay". You'll see over here now it is a Swatch that I get to reuse later on. So, I can click off and say actually instead of having to use the Eye Dropper, I can go to "My properties" panel and I can go to "Fill". I can say, "There you are, ready to use." So, I'm going to use that color. I'm going to do a couple other thing. I'm just going to color the rest of it basically. So, I'm going to use a different color for this, maybe, I'm trying to decide. Now, I'm just mucking about. So, let's click on him. I might reuse that same one. So, I drop a tool. I continue to swatch or to steal from the bottom here and I might kind of start using one of the browns maybe a dark brown in here. What am I doing? I drop a tool, thank you then and click in here. It's a little bit hard because it got outlines. I get the idea. So, with this selected, I'm going to add it to my Swatches so I can use it later on and I call this, often I give it the initials of the company. This is Maynooth Furniture, right? MF. So, I'm going to use brown. I use the acronym at the beginning because I work on so many different brands that if I just colored it brown, it's obviously not going to help me later on. So, I'm just going to give it a special name. This one here, and you can move on to the next tutorial. I'm just going to do this. Awesome. All right, that is going to be it for this tutorial, let's jump into the next one. 18. How to find amazing colors in Illustrator using Color Theme: Hey, there. In this video, we're going to look at color combinations. We're going to let Adobe help us find new exciting colors that we might not normally look out for. Now, I'm not saying these are all beautiful, but I'm saying it's giving me and pushing me out of my normal colors that I normally use. Yeah. So, let's let Adobe show us how to do that now. All right, to find our lovely colors, we're going to open up a file called, that'll be in your exercise files. You can go up to Window and come down to Color Themes and open that up. Now, yours is probably defaulted to create, click on Explore and it may take a little while to load, a long time to load sometimes. Sometimes, I'm using this panel and it loads really fast like it is now, but sometimes it does take a long time. What we're looking for is, we're going to switch us to most popular and of all time and this is going to give you some five color swatches that work well together. It just really helps people like me who end up falling back on the same colors. If you're doing this tutorial, you'll notice that pretty much everything is this gray and kind of green, I want to say, kind of turquoise kind of green. It's just the colors that I like at the moment and it's hard to break out of that. So, if you come to me, you want a cafe, you're probably going to get green and gray, and if you want to be a bank, you'll probably get green and gray. So, it's not the best move. So, all you need to do is click on one of the elements and then pick one of the colors. I'm going to say this. Okay. So, literally sometimes and you get black error, click on that. I'm going to pick another color, click on this and we have white. This guy here is going to be the dark green, maybe the dark one here, and this guy over here can be the teal. Then, the logo here, I'm going to switch out to the green as well. Lovely! So, that's how you do a color options just getting out of your comfort zone for colors. Next thing I want to do is make a duplicate. Say, let's go, we've got a client with a few color options. So, grab your artboard to, it's in the bottom here. if you click the word artboard and start dragging, that's just moving it. But, if I'm dragging, dragging, dragging, and I hold down the Option key on a Mac or the O key on a PC it makes it duplicate while I'm dragging, just really handy. So, black arrow. Now, with the use of most popular of all time you can go to just this month. I find this week is a good option, if you get a month that's pretty close to the all time ones, whereas week, just this week somebody went out, these are the ones that are trending at the moment that people are using. So, I might go, okay, I'm going to do something like, here's my green. I'm going to the dark color there. I'm just coloring it then. But, you get the idea, right? There's a couple other things I want to show you and let's do another color option. You got to make sure you're dragging directly on that little icon there, gets a little confused. All right. So we'll just use the most popular and most used. It's kind of similar. Because it's a voting system on the backend. If you go to, you can vote the colors and upload it. This little search option is quaint. They say I need something for the 1980s, say MacGyver needs a flyer, and for some reason, it's a bit buggy. Lots of the same colors, but if you scroll down, you can see start getting into other colors. It's a bit of a weird one, but there's plenty of '80s to go around. That first one, everyone's parents got a ski suit in the cupboard, one piece ski suit that looks like this. That is the wrong image for it. It's pretty bad. But you get the idea. What you might do in a more practical sense is, let's go one more, and is instead of looking for the '80s, you might look for something like Cafe. You can get kind of cafe style coffee looking things, you can type in bank. You can actually type in actual brands. So, if I put in, what's a brand that I know, let's put in Google, you get the Google colors. So, and big brands, weirdly you can find lots of brands like, I'm from Auckland, New Zealand, not tiny, but it's unlikely, but is the Orcon council stuff, there's Orcon cityscape, this Orcon transport. There's all sorts of stuff that people are using and uploading and sharing. You might find your company or something that you're using. Yeah. So, yeah, that's it for the color theme. Though it's just really handy to grab swatches and to bust out all of your common green gray funk that you might be in like me. All right. That's it for the color theme two. See you in the next video. 19. How to make Gradients in Adobe Illustrator CC: Hi there, in this tutorial, together, we're going to make Gradients, because gradients are awesome. Let's go and do it now in Illustrator. All right. So, working with Gradients, we're going to open up our Post file, it's in our exercise files. You don't have to, obviously we can work with any shape. In this document, we're going to work with this background here and in our Layers panel we locked that layer. So, I'm going to go to Layers and I'm going to unlock it, so that I can click on this kind of object in the background here. To add a Gradient, just go to Properties and where it says "Fill", click on that and let's just get started with one of these like there's ugly white and black. Then there's ugly orange to kind of we had other orange, and then there's a sky blue to white. Okay. So, you can start with one of these, just start with the black versus white. To change the colors the easiest way is probably just with the Window, Gradient Panel, where are you Gradient? There you are. Okay. This panel here, if I move it up this, we can just double click these houses. Okay. So, double click the, white house and you can pick a new color from down here. Click the black house. Well, you can see what I did there, I double clicked not quite on the house, it generated a new swatch for me. Okay. If it does do that, now I've got three swatches which is kind of cool, It means that I could pick another color. Okay, now a kind of a third transitional color. It's going to bad. Actually not that bad. I like it. Anyway, if you do want to get rid of one of these, you just click on it and click a little trash can and that get rid of it. To edit, just click back on the line underneath. All right. So, we've got a Gradients now, we want to adjust that kind of maybe direction and we use this tool over here. Okay. Go to Gradient tool funnily enough. Okay. Give it a click and you can see there's my Gradient running right through the middle. What I can do, is just click, hold and drag anywhere on this rectangle, okay, and change how I've got it. So, I'm using a Linear Gradient, we can go up to Linear, change it to a Radial and kind of works differently right, we're kind of drawing from the center out. It's up to you how you want to do it, we can get way past where we need to be. All right. So, we're going to go back to Linear and a couple of things you can do, watch this is, if I hover above this line, I can actually use these houses. Okay. I can double click them here. It's just an alternative for clicking them up here. It doesn't work on all compound shapes and lots of other things, so, I find just using the Gradient tool, it's better when your new. So yeah,we got our Gradients. Now, let's say I did this course, I do this course, I've being teaching the Illustrator for a long time and Gradients was something like for the last 10 years we've be laughing at like, Gradients are so back and a cool little site that I found the other day is this one here, it's called Grabient. Okay. All of this is just nice Gradients. Having a look through there's a few different options, and what's really nice about it is, say that you like one of these and you just click on the stock color. Okay. Copy this number here, it's called the hexadecimal number and I click Copy, and jump into illustrator. What I can do is I can click on this house, and down here I can replace it there, return, jump back in, grab this one, grab it properly, copy and paste it, grab you, sit down here, you can kind of just borrow gradients from people. Now, I'm going to drag it. You can see my, the reason what's happening with this box here, I'm going to close this down, is that I've got mine underneath. Okay. You might not like that, but let's say I want to stop my Gradient from about here onwards. Okay. there we go. Look at that. Love it. Anyway, so, let's look at a couple other things that you might run into trouble with. Because rectangles are pretty easy. Let's look at something like this. So, this here is an outline bit of text. Okay. So, it's not editable texts with outlined it. Okay. So, it's just kind of shapes, the problem with it is when I edit and I go to here, and you'll notice it kind of does it individually, where I want to kind of gradient it goes across all of them. The way to get around that is, if you grab your Gradient tool and just drag across them all, okay, you got to actually grab your Gradient tool and drag across them all, we kind of join them all up. Now, we need to open up the gradient panel again, because remember that line that appeared that we could work on the graphic down here, just doesn't work with compound shapes. So, we're going to go here and we're going to go to Gradient. If you're not sure what a compound shape is don't worry we're going to cover that later in the course as well. Go on a Radial, it's pretty cool. I'm going to drag across them all and we get this kind of like consistent across all three of them and I'm going to pick a color, you can move on now, I am totally just going to go for fun cool color and add it to it. You can skip onto the next video. I love this. Look at this. Who'd have thought I'd love this. If you'd asked me a couple of years ago, then you're going to be into Gradients and I'm going to be kind of like, I don't know 80's, retro, pastels. I'll be like no way. Here we are. Okay, so this one got three colors in it, I'm going to grab a some kick in the line there. Looks like the last one is the screen, if you're finding your colors aren't matching the same as mine, I take it back. I'm not sure I'm into this color as much as I thought it was. But, let's say that you don't, the colors just coming out rich they're looking really nice in here, but they are washed out in your Illustrator file, and it's because you're probably working in see him like, hey, we covered this a little earlier, but you might want to do is before you change the colors, okay, you might go to File or pick your colors, go to file, Document Color set up and make sure you're in RGB. Change it RGB, then go in add your colors. It's kind of like a one way street, you can't just flick it over to RGB and hope they come back to life, you need to put them back in now. All right. That is Gradients in Illustrator which I now love, which probably in a year or two, nobody will love it again. Gradients, so in fashion and then out of fashion. All right. Let's go into the next video. 20. How to mask an image inside text in Adobe Illustrator CC: Hi, there. Welcome to this video. We are going to take images and crop them inside of boxes, inside circles. We're going to do and type multiple shapes and inside text, and the text is editable. Awesome. Let's go and learn how to do that now in Adobe Illustrator. So first stop if you're following along with the tutorial series, make sure that you're on your background there, it's unlocked, and let's just turn the eyeball on the top layer off, so we just working on this one layer. Now, you know you're working on this layer because it's blue. Next thing I want to do, I'm going to zoom out a little bit and bring in an image. I'm going go to File and I'm going to go to Place, and we're going to start with this one called Desk, make it place. This is a very big image. So, if I click once, it ends up being this ginormous version. So, what we're going to do is we're going to click and drag it out. So I'm going to bring it in and I'm going to drag it, it's behind because it's a rectangle, so drag diagonally out, and just make sure it's bigger than this square that we're going to crop it into. Now with the black arrow, it's just going to move it, say roughly get it to that position you want, hard to see, I know. What we need to do is that the gray box needs to be on top The shape that you're going to use is the clipping mask, needs to be on top of the image. So, I'm going to click on this guy, go to Properties, let's go to the Range, and I'm going to send them to the back. I'm going to get them into a rough position. I want to clip, we can adjust that afterwards. Now I need to slick both of these. I'm going to click my rectangle tool first, sorry, the gray rectangle, hold Shift, grab my image, so they're both selected. Now over here, we've got one that says, Make Clipping Mask. Awesome. So, it doesn't really matter what the shape is, and let's do a circle. So, an ellipse, I'm going to draw the circle. I'm going to bring in an image. It doesn't really matter if it has a feel or a stroke. I'm going to give it one so that you can see it. Let's go to File, Place. There's one called "Drawing 2" that we used earlier on. We use him again. Again, I'm going to drag it, so it's big enough to go in the circle, get it into a rough sort of position for me. This one needs to be at the back, arrange, send to back, select them both, make clipping mask. So it doesn't really matter, you can draw with stars, pentagons, whatever you want to draw with. You can draw something custom with the pin tool or the curvature tool. Now there'll be a time you want to readjust this image. So, remember the black arrow kind of physically move stuff around, the white arrow gets in there. So if I click ON here, click OFF, click back in there, let's click on the image and see it's sprung to life. I can move this around. To adjust the size, I actually need a switch back to my black arrow, and it kind of remembers that I've got the image selected. Holding Shift, that's how I want to get it perfect in there, I can still adjust it. So that's how to get in there and adjust them. Let's click OFF. There'll be times we need to actually just pull them apart like come out of there, and happens if you're opening up somebody else's image and it's clipped and you're like, "How do I get it out." With this selected, this one over here says Release Mask. Click on that and it's kind of come apart. Now, the circle that we had here, remember I had, I can't remember what color we had, was blue I think, but it's disappeared. It's still there, but it has no fill anymore. It's just something to be noticed. I'm going to undo, put it back where it was. Let's look at another way of masking. It is using multiple shapes, kind of there's a little tricky need to do. So I'm going to draw an ellipse. It doesn't matter what color. I'm going to to show you. I'm going to duplicate this one. A cool way of duplicating, you can copy and paste, but I like to hold down the black arrow and then hold down the Option key on the Mac, you can see the cursor changes a little bit, and it's Alt on a PC. So while you're dragging, I'm holding down the option key, and you get multiple options. I'm going to have four of these little guys, I'm going to group them, so I can make another set. I don't know what I'm doing really, just I guess it's for instance. So, I'm going to use this and I'm going to bring in an image. So, the File, Place, and one called Color Boom, and I'm going to click Place. I'm going to drag it, so it's kind of covering this whole thing. Now remember, it needs to be at the back, Arrange, Send to Back. Then, I select them all, and I go Make Clipping Mask, and it doesn't work. So, the trick you need to do first is you need to select everything except the image. So I selected them all, held the Shift to deselect this back one, any which way you've got. To select all these guys, you need to convert it into what's called a compound path. Now we'll cover a compound path probably in the next one, but for you in this case, all we need to do is go Object and go to Compound Path and just go to Make. Nothing changes with it except now when I have them both selected, and I go to Make Clipping Mask. Hey, they work. So, make it a compound path, that can be any shapes. I've just used circles, they can be like a bunch of random shapes or outline text, anything like that. Next one we want to do is within text. So, what I'm going to do is I want to turn my layers back on, grab my type layer. I want this thing, that I drew earlier. I'm going to just move it up here. I'm on my type layer now. I'm going to bring in another image. I'm using my shortcut now. I'm getting tired of File, Place. You can see Command, in my case is Command-Shift-P because I'm on a Mac. It'll be Co. Ntrol-Shift-P on a PC, one of the common shortcuts Being in Color Bomb again, what I'm going to do for this one is, I'm going to drag it quite big out here. I've got a plan from multiple lines. Anyway, so text is pretty easy, right? All I need to do is make sure he's behind, Properties, Arrange, Send to Back. So, here's my text layer, you can't really see him. It doesn't really matter what color he is, I'm just showing you, so you can see him. So, select them both and then go to Make Clipping Mask. Awesome. Well, you can kind of see it, see the edge there. The reason I did that is because I want to do this. Because it's editable type, I can double click on it, and I can go into here and go boom. Anybody else remember that song? I had this on cassette, single I think it was called. Loved it, anyway. So, the cool thing about it is I double clicked on it. The weird thing is that it ended up going inside the shape. We looked at this way at the beginning, it's called isolation mode. I kind of go inside this clipping mask. To get back to come as error loads of times until it disappears. You can see the image, it all takes the images there, you can go in and change, say, we want to move the image because it's a bit dark up here. Same thing again, double click it to go inside. Then, if you kind of move around, you can see I'm circling the text, and over here is the image. So, I have double clicked to go inside. I'm inside this clipping group and now I can move this image around. It's a bit fiddly, I'm not going to lie to you. So, have a little play around with it, see if you can get it to work, but when you're finished definitely, smash away this arrow until you're back out, and there is clipping masks with texts. We did it with multiple shapes, remember compound path, and just any old shape you like by just using the little option down here. All right, there is masks. I've said that twice. Let's get on to the next video. 21. How to cut holes in shapes using Compound Shapes in Illustrator CC: Hi there. In this video, we are going to cut holes in things. They're called compound paths. We are going to zoom in, you can see, I can see through this owl to the page underneath. I am also going to do this. Everyone loves a bit of abstract compound path making. We're going to do that in this tutorial. Okay. So first step, open up the file compound path from your Exercise Files. What I want to do is I'm going to bring in an image. Okay, and I'm going to bring in an image called Old Paper. Here you are. I'm going to drag it out so it kind of covers the background. It's a little bit big, but it's okay. All right. So I want this. Now, I'm going to arrange it and send it to the back. Because what I'd like to do is at the moment is, let's say these two eyes, these outer eyes here with the green, because I want them to be holes, because of what? If they're white, which is what we've done in the past, and obviously, we can't see through the background. So what we want to do is we want to punch holes in it. So, I'm going to select the two eyes, then just drag them off, because I want these two selected, so I am holding Shift, click both of them. Then I also more so do it in one big go, I want to cut that out as well, the nose and owl from the sky in the background, and comes down to lay order. What was at the back gets everything cut out of them. Okay, so make sure that the owl's body is at the back, which it is for us. Go to Object, come down to Compound Path, and go to Make. It slices it all up, and we can see through. Let's get the eyes, we'll move them back in, and we going to select everything. Deselect the background and I'm going to fill it with white, just to match what we had there at the beginning. Okay, so that's how to make a compound path. I want to add a drop shadow to it just because I'm not so sure about that while we're here. Now let's go to Effect and let's go to Stylize, and you'll notice when you add things like Drop Shadows, watch this. I'm going to turn on the Preview, to show you the defaults. You see it's a little bit weird you are like, so, kind of laid and stuff. So what you need to do first is have it all selected, and then group it. So, Object, Group and then if I go to Effects and go to Stylize, I can go to Drop Shadow. Because they're all in one group, they will kind of act how you imagined they would act. I'm just going to drop this down to something not totally massive. Still pretty big there, let's go down here. All right, that's what I want. Let's click, OK. This is my first compound path. Next thing I'd like to do is I'm going to open up a new document, and we are going to do that the one we saw at the beginning with all the squiggles, same sort of principle. So, I'm going to open up a document, I am going to make sure it's RGB, okay? So, two other in advance. Why? Because it's just a bit of color scape. Look at the earlier video of RGB about why, okay? What I'm going to do is I am going to grab my Pencil Tool. My Pencil Tool is underneath my Shaper Tool. I got the Pencil Tool. If you double click it, make sure the smoothing is right up and they Keep selected is unticked, it's just going to help us with our lines look smoother, and I'm going to draw a few different schools. So what I'll do is I'm going to draw one initial one, kind of run outside, I'm just kind of doing blobby moving around so much when I let go. Come back to the beginning because you see right back to the beginning and kind of makes one shape, which is cool. I'm making another one, how many of these do I want? I think I want five, I can't remember. It doesn't really matter. This one's going to have like extra blob in there. All right, and maybe one more, it's going to go underneath there. Look what I'm doing here, exciting myself. So, I've got all my shapes here now. Okay? So, what I'm going to do to make this easier for everybody to understand, it's easier probably just a go, you've the beginning shape, you know the next shape, I was keeping a nice bit of space between them all to make it easy while we are working. Okay. So I've got all these shapes and I would like some rectangles, okay? So, I'm going to draw a rectangle that covers the page. It doesn't really matter how big these are really. I'm going to grab it and I'm going to stick this, what have I got? No Fill, I am going to pick a color, and I'm going to give grab it and slick it underneath. Cool. These need to be at the back, right? Okay guys, so we need to go to arrange, so in the back and I'm going to have one, two, molding out while I'm dragging, that's how I'm getting the copy. We did earlier on but, you can just hold the Option key on a Mac or the Alt key on a PC. There you go, these are my shapes. Now I am going to pick some colors because I want to. It's got a window, we use color things. We use as earlier on in the tutorial, I'm using the Explore, and I'm going to pick some colors from here. All right. So, I will pick this color here. Let's start with this one. It's going to be my base color. Actually, we need one of the color, that's what we need. Okay? We need five segments. This bottom one is going to be this color, green. I click on this one, you're going to be this yellow color, you peach. Running out of color names, all right. So, now we need to make them compound paths just like we did before. Okay, so, we're going to start with this bottom line here. Slick both things, then we go to Object, Compound Path, Make, Select Object, Compound Path, Make. You see the shortcut there, it's Command-eight on Mac or Control-eight on a PC. I use it all the time. Okay, I got them all. Next thing I want to do is just select them all and give them no Stroke. Goodbye stroke. Now I'm going to stick them up here at the bottom. Your next is going to be some layer order issues, not. I happened to do them in the right order. Okay, so, the guys behind that guy. So, I just need to make sure with them selected Arrange, Bring to Front. Now, I am going to pile layer orders. It was on Arrange, Bring to Front. Just so you know, it's not really a kind of intro class for shortcuts but command-shift and the outer square rectangle. It's certainly your peaky. Okay? It's Command, Shift, and Alt or the second square bracket. It's Control Shift if you're on a PC. So I've got all my colors. Okay, they're all lined up and what you saw at the beginning though, there's one like a nice little effect applied to them. So, kind of like, it is the drop shadow, and makes this look a little nicer. So, I am going to selectable, I'm going to close down my color things, and I'm going to go in Effect, I'm going to go to Drop Shadow, on to Stylize, Drop Shadow, and we get to play around with this. Make sure Preview is on, and I guess this will come down to the size of your page, what kind of squiggles you did. So, by default, yes, but it's more like one, one, one, one. I'm going to go to, I am going to pretend like I'm just flicking this but I practiced this before the video to try and make it look awesome. Seven, seven, and this one here look good at 20. Okay, we offset is just like left and right, so it kind of like the sun shining up there, the blairs you watched, it will change from this kind of really hard edge to a really kind of soft edge. Does it look great? It's okay. Let's click OK on this. Now one thing before we move on is that you might find your machine is running super slow, okay? The reason for that is because the, it's called the ROCEs sitting. So, if you're finding like it's just impossible to work, you can go up to here, you go to Effects, Document Raster Settings, and change it from 300 ppi to this 72 ppi. The only problem with that is going to change the resolution for when you output this. So when you go to print, it's not going to look as good. But while you're working, it actually just speeds things up. So, now I'm working, I got to resize stuff, it's super quick. Whereas back at 300, even just clicking the OK button takes forever. There you go. So now when I drag it out, it goes, recalculating, and then like I've got a pretty fast Mac and it's still pretty slow. So, what you need to do is you can change it to 72 and just before you get a print or when you finish doing your adjustments, go back to 300, look nicer. Okay? So, I've got this. I've done better ones but let's say that I like this. It looks good as that kind of abstract, kind of slice rather than the whole thing. So what I might do is I am going to the rectangle two and grab like a chunk of maybe this, yes, maybe just that bit, I don't know. Yeah, maybe that bit. So, I have drawn a rectangle on this top of selecting everything, and then I'm going to go to come over here with the Quick Actions because I got too many things selected. But it still works, it is under Object, Clipping Mask, Make, or come and save. And now, it looks kind of cool. Right? Kind of sliced down into a little piece. Okay, so one last thing we'll do with compound paths before we leave is let's open a file in our exercise file, it's called Smart Here it is here, now this has been downloaded from Adobe market, it's free to use. I'll show Adobe market in video coming up. But basically, it's cool, it's got a hole cut in it and but, say you want to kind of pull it apart, and I go to Object, and I go to Ungroup and that works. So, the button is kind of not part of it now but then I go to Object and I go to kind of Ungroup it anymore, but it's still stuck together. Okay? It's because it's a compound path, there is a hole cut in the middle of it. Actually, there's lots of holes. Okay? All of these guys here can kind of see through the page there, they're all compound path. So we need to pull it to pieces. Now that we know what a compound path is, no problem, Object, Compound Path, instead of make, we're going to Release it. Now I'm going to click off in the background. Now it's all it's kind of constituent parts and you can go and adjust it to change colors. You might want to go back, adjust the edges of this, and then make it a compound path. It's up to you, but now you know there are lots of instances of this where you get given an image, you've download it from the net or a stock library site and it's just really hard to work with. The magic potion is to anchor object and go to release compound path. Now my friends, you are now a master of compound path, go forth, cut holes in things, and I will see you in the very next video. 22. How to use CC Libraries in Adobe Illustrator CC: Hey there, illustrator lovers, is it is time for CC Libraries. Okay, we've ignored it, this is panel over here next to properties, I've ignored at this whole course. Now, it's time to get to grips with it. Find out all the perks, the colors, the free images, the sharing. It's great. Let's go and learn how to do. CC Libraries now. All right. So, it's time for libraries. Now, If you can't see your Libraries, go to the Libraries tab. If you can't see it still, go to Window, get onto Libraries. Now, I've been purposefully avoiding Libraries during this course, I guess. It's hard to know when to squeeze everything in but it's time for libraries now. Now, by default, you've probably got on My Library. Okay, at the top here, if you have a user like me, you got lots of Libraries. So, we're going to start by creating a library. My library is like, gets full of junk like my windows. Okay. So, let's say I'm working with a new client, I'm going to click on this and we're going to go to create new library. Okay, and then here it says "Create New Library" and I'm going to give it a name, say it's a client name, I'm working for myself, Daniel Scott, click create. There's nothing in here. What goes in there is quite clear, drag and drop. So, I've got this fox here, I'm going to drag and drop them in. Also, know that I'm working from the CC Libraries file, you can open it or just work on your own files, it's up to you. Now I've got this thing called Artwork one. I'm going to double-click it and call it Fox. Good. So, I've got a bit of artwork. Now, why is this useful? It means that, if I open up a new document in the illustrator, a completely new one, it doesn't matter, this line will be still active, and I can drag it out and start using it. There it is there, awesome. What's also really nice about it, is I can go out to, it's missing a chunk, why it wasn't missing a chunk? I just didn't grab it when I dragged it across. That's part of a Fox. Okay. So, what I'd like to do now is show you a kind of one of the perks is that it's a cross-software. So, if I open up Photoshop and I want to use my fox, my pat fox in here. I can go to my CC Libraries. Okay. So, I'm going to go to Window and go to Libraries, where are you there, libraries? The top here, I got all my libraries and there's that new one called Daniel Scott and it's my half of fox. You drag him in, okay and position him, return, and it's put it through. It's vector, it's awesome. You can do the other way as well. Okay, I can click on this background image, and because Photoshop is more of an image processing program, it would be more appropriate to be dragging images into the library from the Photoshop. Okay, I click him, drag him, there he goes there. This is my bike. Awesome. Now, if I go to illustrator, I've got my bike and I can drag it out and start using it. Okay. So, same with InDesign, if I go to InDesign and open up a new document, CC Libraries here, it is there, Daniel Scott, yeah, these guys are here. I can drag them into this. Now, I use this for after effects, all of these, XD, animate, Muse, DreamWeaver to a degree, definitely premiere and after effects, not so much character animator but, lots of these ones. Okay, dimension, really good for using CC Libraries, nice into connection. Another big perk for it, let say we've use it in a few products now, I'm going to go to Illustrator and actually, what I'm going to do is I'm going to double-click on the Library item. Because I started over here, okay, first of all I'm going to copy the bits that I lost. Okay. Actually, I'm going to grab the whole thing, copy it. So, this is not connected anymore. That was kind of like the parent that created this guy here fox but they're no longer connected. So, if I adjust this, it doesn't change this one at all. But if I double-click fox, it'll open up in Illustrator, I'm going to add the rest of my fox, I'm going to select or delete him. Add the rest of my fox, get him to fit in the little box he's got, it's safe. Hopefully now, actually let's do some other adjustments. Let's do some color, where are you color? Yup. I'm just going to use color and we've got partially blue dog. I'm going to jump out to InDesign magic, Photoshop, magic, they're all adjusting. So, it's really handy if you've got, yeah, A graphic that needs to be consistent across lots of designs, maybe a logo. Yeah. There are times though we like don't update, please. Okay and the way to get around that is in all of the programs is when you're dragging out of the library, hold down the option key on Mac or the OK on a PC and what that does is it breaks the links. So, now, if I go back into Illustrator, Okay, I'm still in the editable, you kind of know you're an editable one, either by double-clicking it or it's got this crazy name. Okay, I'm going to go back in here and I'm going to undo it, put it back to what it was and save and jump back into Photoshop and you will notice that, that one updated, down here, but this one didn't, because I used the alt or option when I dragged it out. That's true of all of the programs, InDesign, Illustrator, After Effects, any of them, just hold down the option or hold key and then it will break the link. Other cool things you can do is from any of the programs, okay, but let's say this one here. I want these fox colors to use them for a different products, right? So, I can select on this chunk and I'm going to go down here and I got the option of adding the graphic. Like instead of dragging it then you can click on Add graphic this way. I don't want to add the graphic, I've already got it. What I want to do, is add the fill color, and it's actually a swatch. You can see there, it's got it's hexadecimal number, I'm going to go through you, I want to add, yup, kind of work at it all in one big go yet. I don't think you can. Okay. So, I'm just going to individually, click on the different pieces. Those are all the colors I want to use, and it means that again, like a Photoshop, there's the colors. I'm going to start working using these ones, across them all. Now, the cool thing you can do is you can jump to I'm going to jump to it now. Now, for me, for some reason, when I signed in today of all days when I'm recording, it doesn't want to log me in. Okay, for some reason just with Adobe color. But when you are logged in, you can find the color that you like. So, I'm at, and I've gone to explore and it's great. Find colors, click download, and when you log in, says would you like to save it to a Library? And you say, "Yes", and you pick your Daniel Scott Library and it downloads it and it magically appears in here, Okay. Like some of my other libraries, let's have a look. Okay, you can see there's some of the colors that have gotten here. Okay. So, it'll just appear there. Trust me. Another cool perk for using CC Libraries, I'm going to go back to our file here. Click on this text once, and down the plus button here, I can add the text, there's a graphic and will just be like a picture of the text, where this is actually the raw text, and click add and it means that I can go to some of these other documents here and drag it out, and not only there 's a picture of text, but it's kind of like re-stylable, reshaped, you can see it's editable text. Might be good for something like, I use it mainly for things like terms and conditions or something like our address that I use quite often. Okay. So, yeah, that could be handy. Same with this. There's an also like this Text Fill is actually a strange grey color that I use, so I can add that as well. You can name your colors if you like. Another perk for the Libraries is up here in this like little hamburger menu, click on him. There's one that says collaborate and that's cool, because I get to share it with other people from Adobe, or not from Adobe other Adobe users. So, say, I've got people that I work with, other designers. I can go to that and share them this library. We all work from the same library, you can kind of tell, say Stock Images, I share with one of my colleagues. You can see the double head there, same with Adobe logos. Because we as a company, were certified training center. So, we all share some of these colors and all these logos. So, one person just add them to the library, we all get to share them. Okay. It's perfect. One last thing and it's not technically the library but it's kind of all tied together with the amazing Creative Cloud this is up here on my Mac, this Creative Cloud icon, if you're on a PC, it's kind of in the bottom right somewhere. Okay. So, I've got this one and we're going to go to Assets, we're going to go to Market. This is really handy for Illustrator, Okay? Because these are commercial use images, okay, that Adobe have given to us that I can use for my business, for free, okay. They're just really good illustrator style stuff. So, mainly good for things like logos and icons. So, saying I need a picture, I've got to draw a picture of a house. I don't know why that came to mind. But, you can see in here, all of the stuff ready to go. Okay, you can scroll down and actually there's a little houses in here. So, find the style you want. Okay. You could obviously draw one pretty easily, but let's say we want this house. Click on it. What you're really looking for is that it's not a JPEG, you're looking for one that's an SVG. That's the kind of scalable vector graphic. It's something that illustrator likes. If it's a JPEG, it's kind of mainly for something like Photoshop or it's kind of pixels, but SVG is the magic one. Click download, it's going to say what Library, click on that one. Magically, over here, hopefully, we'll go to Daniel Scott. There's my house. It's an SVG, and I can drag it out. Okay. Check out this, if I drag him over here, he's all bits and pieces. So, I'm right clicking, I can Ungroup him, we're going to run to that problem we had a little earlier. He's still ungroup. How do I break him apart? Okay, we could just go to object and we get a compound path and release. Or grab the white arrow and I can just click on individual bits in here. Let's say the color want a change to one of these. Look at this, used in all the library, goodness. Downloading stuff, changing the color without library colors, okay, and we can use this commercially. There is a loads of stuff and they do searches mainly for icons and kind of clip art style graphics. But there's a lot, there's a few other things in that market as well. One last thing for free icons, that's it for Libraries. But there's one last thing that market things are amazing for icons and there's one other site I'd like to show you. It's this, right here, called ICONFINDER, I use it quite a lot. The Adobe Market is brilliant, but this one here, let say I need a house. It has one extra perk. Okay? First of all, there's some paid stuff, I'm going to, like by default, it's any because that's what it comes out with. So you could spend all of two dollars and get an icon. I go to Vector, because I want it to be ready for Illustrator and I want it to be free. The option down here is I want it to be no back link. Okay? That means it's commercial use and I don't have like attribute anybody who doesn't use it okay. In here, what I like, same kind of thing, lots of icons. Let's say I like this house here, I like this house, but when I click on it, if I scroll down a bit, it's often part of a larger icon group and that's some really handy stuff. Okay, there is a little bunch of them that you can find and use. So, I can find us pretty cool Adobe Market is brilliant and that is going to be it for CC Libraries. they're pretty cool, bye now. 23. Making things liquid & distorted in Adobe Illustrator CC: Hi there. In this video, we're going to use a very exciting fun tool called liquify. We're going to take this, I'm calling it an ice cream, and then we're going to smash it a bit using different techniques, using the liquify tool. We'll also do it with text in the end as well. Let's get in there and learn the liquify tools. All right. To get started, I've got a file ready for us. You don't need to open it because all it is is a blue background, and it is called liquify. Going to find it Liquify Okay, so a blue background. We're going to draw our ice cream real quick, okay, our ice block, going to grab rectangle tool. I'm not sure. I'm not too worried about the fill and stroke at the moment. So, it's going to be my ice cream and this is going to be the stick. Okay, I want to make sure they're lined up next to each other, so black arrow. I'm going to use my line panel just to get them to line up, and then I want the top using the Y arrow, just like these two top corners. Drag these down. Cool, and bottom ones, I'm just going to do. I'm going to zoom a little bit, and I'm just going to do a little one down the bottom here. Awesome, cool. So, the next thing I want to do is cut it in half to have that kind of like housie, housie look. So, I've got a line straight up and down, okay. I've used my line segment tool and I held shift while I dragged it down to get it to go straight. Again, I want to line them all up center, and now with them all selected, I'm going to grab my pathfinder. Where are you pathfinder? You add that one there, okay? Shape builder. I don't know why I called it pathfinder. Okay. So, I'm going to do a couple things first, minus these lanes off, okay. Here you go, and then I'm going to fill in these bits with a color. So, I'm going to go fill. I'll go- what color do I want? I'm going to go to my color mixer down here, just pick up this chocolaty looking color. It's tough one to do, okay, and click on this one, and now I'm going to go back here to put a slightly darker color. Now, by default, you're either at CMYK or RGB depending on what you decided for the document. Actually, I decided so it's going to be RGB, and RGB has another way of working, HSB. I think I've used it before in this course. I liked it because it has this light brightness slider. It's the same as RGB, it's just a different way of interacting with it. So, I'm going to make it a little bit darker and I click it over here. I'm going to pick a stick color, stick color, and click on there, and I'm going to not like that, so I'm going to go back and make another one. I like to stretch out these tutorials and I'm going to pick a slightly darker color for the other side of the stick. Cool, we're practicing right? Through the strokes, I'm going to go to none, okay. Actually to do the strokes, you can't be on the shape builder tool. Back arrow, everything selected and then get a stroke, go to none. That's going to be my popsicley thing, cola flavored or chocolate flavor or whatever you like. So, I'm going to make a few versions of this. I'm going to have it about that sort of size. I'll have one and rotate it. Okay, rotate it around a bit more. One there. Two there. I'm holding alt while I'm dragging. Okay, so I've got my black arrow, everything selected, start dragging. Hold alt, you get a duplicate. So, I want six of these in total, any which way you can do. You can just copy and paste them if you like. So let's actually get started in the liquifying. So the liquify tools are all hidden underneath this width tool, and there's a bunch of them in here. So, we're going to start with the warp tool. Click on that one. Now by default, I'm not sure if your brush is going to be the exact same as mine, it's probably not. Let's double click the warp tool and you can just kind of copy what I have here. This is the brush size. Okay, that's the main ones. So, brush size, I'm going to make mine say 50 points by 50 points. Intensity is quite important. We're going to leave it at 50 at the moment. But some of the other tools will need some intensity. Now what I'm going to do is click hold and drag. I'm doing this kind of like droopy droopy thing. That's what I'm trying to do at least. Okay. All right, so that is the liquify tool. Okay, let's have a look at some of the other ones. Let's use the twirl tool, it's quite cool. Now twirl tool by default is way too strong. Okay. Actually that came out right. You can double click if you're finding it a bit too strong and tune the intensity down to say like 20 percent. What I like doing with this is, I like clicking it it's going a bit slow but click and drag slowly you get these kind of cool like little things going on experiment with it. Click on the top up here, I'm going to click hold and as it's going, I'm dragging to get this kind of like cool thing going on. Cool. That is my twirl one. I'm just going to go through these. Okay you can obviously stop the video, just go through them yourself. Okay I'm going to go to pucker. This one probably needs a bigger brush. If I double click it, I'm going to probably need like 150 by 150, and what it does is, that one's on really strong even at 20 percent it goes, and it shrinks down. So, you can kind of see what it does. You have to play around the sizes and intensity quite a bit. This one here probably needs two percent. Okay. That might be a bit low. But no, two percent is fine. Okay, just kind of squiggle it down. Yeah. I'm not going to do that. Let's have a look at one of the other tools. Bloat. Okay, so let's have a look at this one. All right. Yeah cool. Let's have a look at another one. Double clicking on it, holding down, Scallop, crystallize and wrinkle, all have very similar. They work slightly different but just practice with it. I've only given you six even though there's seven to go through. So you might have to make a duplicate of the last one. But scallop kind of does that, kind of pushes that in. Crystallize does the same thing but kind of pushes it out rather than in on itself and we'll double use last one wrinkle. Wrinkle just kind of wrinkles the edges. This one's a bit weird you got to kind of like probably have to tune the intensity up in wrinkle because we're at two percent. Let's get 50 percent and let's zoom in to have a little look at what it's doing. So watch this. If I click on it it, it kind of wrinkles the outside. So, that's far too much intensity. But you're getting the feel for these liquify tools, right? Pretty cool. This is fun stuff with let's do some type. Okay. So, I'm going to open up, file, open, "Liquify 2", and this is part of our exercise or your project. We're going to do one together. We'll do this top thing and then you will do your own. Okay. So, to do the liquify tool with text, it won't work if the text is still edit all text. So, what I need to do is I need to go to type and go to this one that says create outlines. We looked at it earlier. Click on that. Then, you can go through your tools, and I want you to go through and kind of I don't know do something liquidy, gassy, and solidy, for all of these ones. It's kind of like the water and the different constitutions. So, we'll do maybe 12 for liquid. Remember, you're going to have to go and change some of these intensities because that's probably a bit quick. Double click, play around brush sizes, play around, I can't help myself. I want to play this one too. Going to do 10 percent. Okay I'll do liquid with you and do you have to have it selected. I don't think so. I'll just take that off in the background with a black arrow and now I can do it. What I might do is kind of through it and then. Here we go. Can't even read it anymore. You might do something nicer. Okay, so do liquid, do gas, do solid. Then down here, I'd like to type out your name. Not my name. Make a fonts, pick a color, make it nice and big and then start playing around with it but you're outlining it first. Then, send me a copy. Post in the projects, in the comments. I love to see a screenshot of what you're up to. All right. That is going to be it my friends for the liquify tool. 24. How to bend & warp shapes & text in Adobe Illustrator CC: Hi there. In this video, we take the simple insignificant lines with a little bit of a gradient in them and then do this to them. Some would say exciting shapes, some would say crimes against design. Gets worse, work, we do with type 2. Let's learn how to turn those lines using the warp functions in Illustrator. All right, let's get started. Now, you can start with any shape. I've got a file open from your exercise files called Warp Transform, and what I've done is I've just created three rectangles and added a gradient to them. Now, for this to work properly, we need to group them, but you can use any shape. I'm going to go select them all, and then go to object, and go to group. Let's look at the effect, and it's under warp. So, we're going to start with Arc, and it bends it around like a warp. What's cool about it? It's still vector, it's scalable, it's awesome and you can go through some predefined ones, Arc, Arc upper. I'm going to quickly go through them just so you get a sense of them. Bulge is cool, lower shell, even just instantly, it's doing some cool stuff with those gradients and those colors. Okay. Flag, wave, fish, I'm going through them quickly so you don't have to. Just to see what's going in there and you can jump to the one that you love, and play around with it., squeeze, twist. Now, all of them have options. I'm going to get back to wave, it's my favorite. Actually no, let's go to flag. Okay. I love this and you can look, you can exaggerate the bends, you can make it bend the other way, you can make it balance on one side, maybe up the top there. You can do some really interesting stuff, just really hard to do with the paints or the coverage tool. Okay. So, Just work it into the effects wave, and when you're ready, click "Okay". Now, if you want to go back and edit it, so you like it but later on you want to go and edit it again. With it selected on your "Properties" panel, you can see it there. It's an effect that's applied and it's called Warp Flag. Click on it, and I can go in here and change it to something else. I'm going to go back to my Warp Flag. Men, wasn't that cool? Let's click "Okay". Well, the next thing to note is that, if I got my black arrow and I have it selected, you can see I've select this line, selected which is weird. Just the way it is, the line still exists there in this like distortion fields that makes them do this. But watch what happens, there's an active distortion. So, if i grab and rotate these corners, look what happens. It's not rotating as we'd imagined, it's still trying to effect the warp with the wave that's going through here. So, it's doing some weird stuff to it. You might like it, but let's say that I'm going to undo it to go back to where it was, it was there. Okay. Let's say that I want to move it around now and stop it reacting. You see, we need to do something called expand appearance. So, with it selected, you go up to object and there's one that's called "Expand Appearance". Watch what happens to the lines. It changes from this straight lines that have been distorted to just plain old distorted lines. Now there's no effect on them, you can see the effects gone. I can't go back to those lines now, that's a one way street but now, I get to move this thing around a lot nicer. You can do with type, I'm not sure what I'm going to do now because I feel like I've created genius here, I love it. So, I'm going to draw a rectangle in the back for no reason otherwise because I don't like the white effect there. It's blending into it. It's not cool, I was going to pick a dark color. Like then, let's get over the tutorial, I promise I will in one second. Dark gray. All right. What I want to do is with typ