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Digital Studio 4: Shape Essentials in Adobe Illustrator

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9 Lessons (37m)
    • 1. Introduction - Create, Manipulate & Combine

    • 2. Introduction to the interface

    • 3. Creating Your First Shapes

    • 4. Selecting, Modifying, Aligning & Dupllicating

    • 5. Add & Remove Points

    • 6. Combining Shapes with the Pathfinder

    • 7. Subtracting from Shapes with the Pathfinder

    • 8. Creating Custom Shapes with the Pen Tool

    • 9. Curve Adjustments & Creation

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Benjamin Halsall

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For the designer in you I create fun short lessons in Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator & Adobe InDesign. I include some creative and technical tips in all my lessons which are always easy to follow. Check out my popular Banksy Yourself Photoshop Class, how to create Polygonal Patterns in Adobe Illustrator or my Photoshop Drawing & Painting Fundamentals.

For Final Cut Pro X editors check out my course Learn Final Cut Pro X in 25 Minutes or learn how to put video inside type, create grunge style text or my basic and advanced split screen tutorials.

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1. Introduction - Create, Manipulate & Combine: hi there. So in this shape essentials course, we're going to run through a number of different ways to create shapes in Adobe Illustrator on Essentially, we're gonna look at the kind of key ways that you can create, combine, cut out and make shapes from the different tools that illustrate has to offer. So we're gonna run through drawing with a pen tal. We're going to run through all the different basic shapes and options that you have for making those basic shapes, as well as looking at how you combine shapes using tools like the Pathfinder. Okay, So, step by step, we're gonna add to your skills in developing shaped in adobe illustrator on. Then, once you've finished working through all the different lessons, then take a look at the course project. It will enable you to apply those skills on to correct some abstract designs in adobe Illustrator, using the shape tools using combinations of shapes and thinking about how you can create shapes in smart ways. In Adobe Illustrator 2. Introduction to the interface: Okay, So before we get started with the creation of our shapes, we're gonna have a quick whistle stop tour of the Adobe Illustrator interface. Now, the first thing to show you is just how to reset your palate locations in Adobe Illustrator . Just that we're all looking at the same layout for the window. So if you go to window workspace Andi, make sure you're using the essentials allowed here and then hit reset essentials, and that will basically reset your window layout to the default layout that illustrator has . Okay, on depending on your screen size, you'll get this two column are in the toolbar or ah, one column bar that flows all the way down. So if we go to window again now for Mac users, I'm just gonna get you to turn on the application from And what this does is it wraps your window with a gray frame so that you don't see any of the applications behind that window. OK, so I set that up and then we're ready to go and take a tour of the interface. So the first thing you do is look at the toolbar. Okay, so in the toolbar we have it set up in distinct sections. So we have our selection tools at the top. OK, somewhere him a similar way to the Photoshopped selection tools, if you used to those. But there are a few kind of key differences. The other is the shape for this next section down. Okay, Where we have the ability to create shapes is in the pen tal using type using the rectangle . Or if we click and hold on the rectangle, the ellipse tool, the polygon tool and other tools that we have available. Okay, so we're gonna go ahead, and most of the tools that will be using for the basic creation of our shapes are going to be in this area here and then for manipulations were going to be using these tools a lot. So the different selection tools for moving shapes for moving point within shapes and also ever changing angles of some of the curves, the edge of our shapes. So let's open up a document just so we can see, release tool selected and take a tour of the rest of the interface. So let's go ahead and make a new document, and we're gonna work with the landscape 11 by 8.5 letter size document OK, so it's a landscape document. We're not going to set up any bleed for this particular example. If you're working for print, this is something that you'll you'll need to look at. But basically because we're just looking at the making of shape, you don't need to worry about bleed or in the advanced section, the color modes or anything like that. Okay, so let's close that Andi click, OK, and we'll get our brand new document. So essentially now, once we got our document open, you'll notice that the options toolbar at the top comes to life. So here we get options for the different pools that we have selected. Okay, I'm just gonna highlight this shape and delete it. Okay. On the right hand side here we have our panel's political course. We're gonna be focusing on the swatches on the color and then also using some of the stroke tools. So let's go ahead and get started. Now we're going to start with making our first shapes in Adobe Illustrator 3. Creating Your First Shapes: Okay, So in this first class, we're gonna go ahead, and we're gonna create shapes using the basic shape tools. Okay, so we're gonna use the rectangle to the ellipse toll on the polygon tool to make some shapes. Okay, So if we go ahead and grab the the rectangle tool, we have a few ways in which we can start to make our rectangles. The first is that we drag out a rectangle, which is a normal way of doing it on. I'm just going to switch my color now so that I have Ah, a black fill for my shape so that we can really see them on the white background. And then I'm gonna bring the stroke here to the Ford and just change that to none so that I don't see any stroke on those shapes. OK, so that gives me a nice clean shape. So we've got our first rectangle there. The second way is if you hold down shift and then draw out a rectangle, it will keep it in proportions. That's gonna keep it as a square. Okay, The third way is toe klik once, and you'll get the option toe set The width of your rectangle yourself so we can type in two inches by two inches, and that will create a square rectangle exactly two inches by two inches, so useful if you need precise measurements for things. Okay, so there's three ways of making rectangles and squares. Then if we jump to the ellipse toe okay, we can do the same thing so we can draw on the lips. We can hold down shift to draw a perfect circle, and then we can also click once to draw out a circle with a specific size. Okay, so close the three ways of drawing a circle. Now with any of these shapes, we can resize them. We get handles at the edge. We can move around by selecting them with the selection tool, and we're gonna run into how we minute politely is in a bit more detail in later lessons. One tool that we will introduce now is the ally. Until so if we drag a marquee around all of these shapes, OK, and we go to a line here, you may see these options already in your toolbar at the top. We can then click a line so that we can see those shapes airline on. We've got some other options for distribute as well or distribute tops hood distribute space in which allows us to distribute without even space in between. Ok, so as you go along, just play around with the different online options that you have. So for the circles as well, we can align them centrally and then distribute them evenly. Okay, so let's move on to the polygon tool. Okay, so for the polygon tool, when we draw out at first, it will come out as a six sided polygon. Okay, If we click once on the campus, we can then change the radius of the polygon and also the number of sides. Okay, so if we up this too 20 sides type in a radius here and click OK, then we get a polygon that has a radius of two inches with 20 sides to it. Okay, that's ah, slightly different size particles. And the same rules apply for aligning things and you conceal. So because I've got my smart guides on these green Intersect lines are popping up. So I'm intersecting with my rectangle over here. We can see it popping into place and also with the 20 sided polygon below as I move this smaller polygon around. Okay, if you want to turn off a smart guides, then go to view and then uncheck smart guides and it will turn those off. Okay, so let's go ahead and say this now we'll go to file save. I will say this to our that stop has shapes I want. Okay, So these are the first shapes were created. And if you're not trying to send your illustrate files to a different version of illustrator, then we can keep these like this. Okay, so now that we have those saved, let's go ahead and look at how we can change the color of some of these shapes. So if we click on one of the rectangles, we can come across either to the color palette here, okay? Or to the swatches here. Okay. Now, you may know is in the color palette that I don't have any options here on. This is something to get used to an illustrator, and that is the location of the fill color on the stroke color. Okay, so basically, I have stroke selected here. There's no stroke turned on. So I need to flip to the fill color in order to be able to make a change. Okay. So I can drop my my black down. I'll get a gray now my feel and then I can turn the magenta up and I'll start to adjust and change that color. Oh, I could use the color picker below to change the color. I can also double click on this square here or this square down in the toolbar to bring up a larger color picker which allows me toe pick the color from there, okay. And the colors that you should be looking at when you're first starting out here are really the rgb colors until you get to the point in which you want to print when you need to start to think about the C M y que or the Sam magenta, yellow and black colors for your print documents. Okay, so let's keep this document as a gray square. So I'm just gonna type in 31 hundreds there, which makes the RGB given colors, means that now I have a pure gray and you can see now in the slider once. That's great I can change the brightness of that because I have brightness selected here. Okay, so let's go ahead. Click. OK. And now we know how to change the color of our shapes. We're gonna go ahead and have a look at how we make some more adjustments to our shapes in the next lesson. 4. Selecting, Modifying, Aligning & Dupllicating: Okay, So in this next lesson, we're gonna have a look at how we manipulate these shapes will move them with the two arrow Tal's. Okay. Now, we have a lot of different options with these to our tools on. Basically, we want toe cover those options so that we know how we can manipulate road. Kate, adjust and change our shapes. OK, so what I'm gonna do here is I'm gonna get jumped to the layers panel, okay? I'm gonna create brand new layoff so that I can lock this first layer and I'll call this first shapes. Okay. And then I'm gonna hit a little eyeball here to toggle off the visibility. Okay, then make sure that you jumped layer to on. We'll call this selection andi adjustment. So, basically, I wanna grab from my toolbar the rectangle tool again on right in the middle. I'm just gonna draw one single rectangle. And because I selected Gray before in the previous tutorial, it's now keeping that as the color for this shape. Okay, we're gonna jump to the selection tool on TV Is the short cut for the selection tool. You can see that here with the tool highlight popped up. Okay. And now we're gonna walk through the different things we can do here with the selection tool. Okay, so basically, we can move our shape. Okay, If we come to the edge here, these handles, we can adjust it in its height, and it's with on the height and width at the same time by dragging that corner handle. OK, if we're making a change and we want to keep the proportions the same than if we hold down shift as we're making that change that it will keep the proportions for that shape the same . Okay, Another option that we have with the selection tool. It's the whole down the bulky, which allows us to make a duplicate. Okay. So we can keep making copies of our shapes so that we have several different shapes. Okay, so I just duplicate this that's holding down the bulky. So there's a few of the essentials for moving shapes around for selecting shapes. We can also rotate shapes as well. So let's grab this shape here and just give it a little rotate, okay? And basically, the way I've done that is by selecting the shape coming to the edge and then coming a little further outside and you're looking for the little hooked arrow, which allows you then toe rotate that shape. Okay, I can also rotate this a specific angle. So I'm just gonna pull this shape down here. If I come to the edge, come outside, held downshift, and you can see I'm rotating by 45 degree increments all the way around. Okay, so I can rotate that to exactly 45 degrees. We'll put that back into place so we can do that with one shape or weaken slept multiple shapes by dragging around all those shapes and then making a scale adjustment the scale adjustment holding now shift to keep the proportion. Mm. To rotate all those shapes in one go. And we can also help down Elke and then duplicate all those shapes in one Go as well. Okay, so you can see we start to end up with some nice patterns going on. Here is we're making more shapes, and this is one of the tasks that you'll have as we move forward. In the previous class, we mentioned the selection of shapes and also the alignments all so we can align and distribute the wits of these. So that'll evenly spaced. So I'm using the distribute spacing, which is one of my favorites. The distribute, all the wits of these. And I'm doing these one line at a time because if I do them all in one go like this, then it's gonna create a little bit of a mess. OK, so undo is under edit, undo or command and said or control and sit on the PC to get that pacto this shape. OK, we can also, with the selection tool, select shapes that are together. So holding down shift on just clicking around and selecting a number of different shapes. If we got to the color now, you can see the shapes that we have selected from the change that we're making here to that color. Okay, so we've made a number of different shapes here. I know we're able to select, rotate and adjust the color of them as we want to for our designs. While we're in this spot here would just make a note that if we wanted to select all of these now red objects on the canvas, that's when we can use the Magic one tour. So if we select the magic one tool and click on one of the red spots, then it will select all the red squares that we have, okay? Or all the great squares if we select the reverse. So that's another one of those selection tools. And it's a more options for the magic one tool, which will come to later. Okay, let's jump to the direct selection tool. Okay, so that they're ex selection tool allows us to select individual points. So if we click on a point here, then we can manipulate just that one single points. Okay, so you can see we can change the shape of that square by moving it around. Okay, We could hold down shift, but make selections of different points. And then with those points selected, we can move those different points in those different shapes. Okay, so I just holding out, shifting, moving around and making adjustments more than one shape. I can also click and hold down on Dragon Marquis around a number of different points and then make adjustments. Okay. And I can adjust them with my mouse by moving around, or I can use the cursor keys to move them by smaller increments. Or if I hold down shift when I'm moving, I can move them by bigger jumps. Okay, so we can now rotate, modify, change the color off. And at that shapes. How do you want to? We can also align the checks. We've covered that here. Andi made some nice adjustments so that we can get some fun control over the different shapes that we're making. 5. Add & Remove Points: Okay, So in this tutorial, we're gonna have a look at how we add and remove points from shapes that we've already created. Okay, so we're gonna select a couple of shapes here. We're gonna go to edit on copy or command or control and see. And then we're gonna go to a layers panel, and again, we'll add a new layer, hide, unlock its lately working on previously. And then we'll call this ad Onda, remove points. Okay, so now that we've got this layer selected, let's go to edit and paste. Okay, so we've got the two shapes that we just created on. We're going to enlarge these just a little bit so that we can see more clearly what we're doing. So I selected them and enlarge them in the same way I did before. So I'm gonna zoom in on the shape on the right, and we haven't covered Zoom yet. So the way that you can zoom in is either by going to view, zoom in okay or using command or control, plus or minus. So if I hold down, command compress. Plus, I'll zoom in if I hold down command of minus zoom out okay. And then I can also use the handle to move my image around. Or if I have the selection tool or another tool selected, I can hold down the space bar to toggle on that movement. Okay, so I'm just gonna move to this red square on the left. So now I want toe. Look at how we can add or remove some point. So to do this, we're gonna use the pen tal. Okay, so let's click on the petal and click and hold down on that tool, and you can see we've got the option here. Toe add Hanka points or delete anchor points. So we'll start with deleting anchor points. Okay, an anchor point to these points that we can see that make the four corners of this square okay on every single shape that we're working on. It illustrator is created as a vector graphic. Okay, which basically means that these four points have a mathematical position which is mapping out that shape. Okay, so if we remove one of them, it's gonna turn it into a triangle. OK, so a triangle shape with three points. So now I could keep removing, but then I don't know with a line. And I don't want that quite at this point. So now we're going to go to the ad anchor point option. Okay, So with this shape selected, I can now hover over the path and just click in as many spots. So I want to add new anchor points to that path. Okay, so if I grab the direct selection till now, I can grab those anchor points on. I've added points to my shape. Okay? But you can see here we can also use the pen tal toe Adam, remove shapes. If we hover over an existing anchor point, we can remove it. And if we hover over an existing line when we see the plus symbol there, we can add a point. It's a little trickier. Sometimes you can grab toward the side and add a path or a point that is not part of that shape. So as it getting going, I would recommend using the Adam delete anchor points and then gradually graduate toe using the pen tal, which we'll save you a bit of time in the long run. Okay, So I grabbed the direct selection tool and then loose and points around, and we've created now our own custom shape. So take a look at drawing out your own shape using one of the basic shape tools, and then take a look at how you can adjust those points, using the direct selection tool on adding and removing points, using these functions under the pencil. And so now in Adobe Illustrator, we're gonna move on in the next lesson to look at the Pathfinder, which is one of the most exciting tools in Adobe Illustrator. And that's the tool that allows us toe cut shapes or combine shapes together in some interesting ways. On is one of the main design tools that you use as you work more on Maurin Adobe Illustrator. 6. Combining Shapes with the Pathfinder: Okay, so now we're gonna take a look at the path. Fine. It'll look at how the Pathfinder talk and combined shapes together. So let's create a new layer here. So we're gonna lock this layer, hide it and add a brand new layer, and we'll click here on Call this layer Pathfinder, combine. Okay, so let's draw out a couple of simple shapes here. So if we grab the rectangle toe well, just draw out a rectangle, and then if we grab the ellipse tall, we'll draw a nice ellipse here. Okay? So, essentially, what the Pathfinder does is it allows us to combine shapes together. So if we move shapes in illustrator Okay, over one another, then they're still independent shapes. And we can see that in our layers panel by opening this up and looking here to see that we still have our two paths shape, path for our circle on our shape path through a rectangle. Okay, so if we grab those two shapes and just position them, Okay, so let's open up the path. Fine. It'll have to go to a window and Pathfinder, and basically, we can you can see here that we have a number of different shape modes. And the 1st 1 is the one we're gonna look at here. So we have the option to unite shape. So in orderto unite shapes, we have to select two or more shape. So we're gonna hold down the shift key and select our rectangle. So now just look at what happens in the layers panel we press unite. You can see now that from those two layers we now have one layer which includes both those shapes. OK, so let's have a look at some other implementations of this self weak draw out another rectangle. Okay, So if we think about making a cylinder or a shape that has a cylindrical shaped like a muggle, some like that, then we can, rather than trying to draw out those shapes independently, we can think in a smart way about how we could combine shapes together to create a a cylindrical or other kind of shape. So let's crap on the lips tool. Okay. And if we then just come to the edge of our rectangle path here and then drag out on the lips, okay, so that it snaps to both sides. So now we have two independent shapes, but if we pull this down Okay, you can see the our center here for our oval shape has snapped to the bottom of our rectangle here. So now we can grab those two shapes holder, shift and combined together. And rather than trying to draw out this bottom shape, we've combined to together to create the nice bottom of the cylinder. Okay, so let's just do something else here. So if we grab two points from the top and I'm just gonna grab them independently on, just shift them to the right. And I'm holding down shift and using the curses to do this so I can move them by exactly the same amount. Okay, I'm gonna grab my lips tool again. And here I'm gonna draw on the lips that snaps toe that with. Okay, so what I want to do here, they want to combine these two shapes together. Before I do that, I'm just gonna make a copy of my cylinders. No toe edit on copy so that we can paste this back in a little bit later. So if I pull this down now, we cant It snaps. Now, then hold down shift. I can then use unites to combine those two ships together. And you can see we've ended up with a nice, real clean shape that we couldn't have done. If we try toe, draw it out manually, I'm gonna pace back in that original ellipse I copied from there. So if I go to edit and then paste in place, it's gonna paste it back in the same spot, and I just want to reduce the scale of this slightly. So I'm gonna reduce the scale down and then pop this so that it snaps into position around about here. Okay, so now I'm gonna darken this shape. So if I go to my color, that's going increase the amount of black here, and you can see now that we've got nice shape here with the top of this cylinder matching the flow of the circle below. Okay, so we got a real nice combination of shapes that works really well together. So if you think about making shapes, think about how you combine different shapes to make the shapes that you want. So we can. So we can think of some interesting examples. So if we draw out some nice circles here. Okay, maybe some ellipses to Okay. Then we can combine those shapes together using the Pathfinder. We can switch them to gray, you to get that blue, to make a nice cloud shape without having toe draw all those lines together. Okay? And that's one single individual shape. And there's lots of other examples like that, too. So, for instance, if we draw out, circle here will make the color of this a nice pink. So we're drawing out one circle. We can hold down the old key toe, duplicate that same circle, and then if we unite these together, we have the top of a heart. We can. We want toe use the central point as the bottom point of the heart. But first will remove the anchor points here and here, so that now, when we pull this down, we end up with a nice heart shape. Okay, so you can see there's lots of different ways that you can work with and combine shapes to create different objects without having toe draw them out manually with something like the petal, which is a useful tool. But it can be hard toe get those shapes to be perfect has a quick intro to combining shapes of the Pathfinder. Look at shapes. Think about how you could make them from combinations rather than trying to draw them out yourself. In the straighter, it can be a much more effective way of creating your designs. So let's go on now and have a look at how we cut out on Intersect shapes using the path genital. 7. Subtracting from Shapes with the Pathfinder: Okay, So in this tutorial, we're gonna use the Pathfinder again on this time to look at how we cut out shapes and combines shapes in different ways. He's in the Pathfinder. So in the last tutorial, we looked at how we modify shapes by adding them together and a couple of examples of that . And now we're gonna have a look at how we modify shapes and actually cut them out. We're gonna work on the same layer that we have set up here. So we're just gonna move these shapes that we made out of the way for the moment. Okay, So the principle of what we're doing here is that we create two shapes in adobe Illustrator on the top, most shapes in terms of the way it stacks in the layers is the one that cuts out the layer behind. OK, so I'm going to grab the rectangle tool and draw a rectangle, and then I'm gonna grab their lips toe and then draw on a let's right in the middle of that rectangle and actually are just offset it a little to make it a little more interesting when we cut it out. So at the moment it looks like we have one shape, just the square. If we look at the layers panel here, you can see that the rectangle path is below the circle path. Okay, said the circle is what I'm going to use to punch a hole in the layer behind. So if we select 1st 2 shapes and he's a second option second shape mode, we're going to subtract the front from the original shape. So if you wanna take another example of this, then let's just flip. Are Tyler here to yellow? Okay. And will grab, can you rectangle So we can create one arm or shapes in front of the shape behind. So here I'm just gonna draw a few circles. OK, so these are all on top of the rectangle, so I've just made okay and a holy now shift on. Now I'm gonna grab the selection tool, select all of those and then subtract the front. Okay, so now you can see I end up with a slice of cheese. Okay, So that's essentially the technique for cutting out ships that we can use this in a lot of different ways. If we take these shapes now and hover them over other shapes. You see that? It's completely transparent, actually. Cut a hole in their shapes on all these shapes. Work with the same tools. So you can see we can move them in the same way as we did before. We can duplicate them in the same way to do before and rotate them. Okay, so we've got some nice options for working with those shapes on. We can also use the direct selection tool to modify the past in these shapes as well. Okay, so we can modify and change individual paths in these shows as well. So we've got a lot of options for working with these different shapes on punching out holes and really to kind of keep taking this to the next level with your own artwork. You just need to think about how you combine shapes in different ways. Okay, So let's have a look at how we can use this with one of the shapes that we've already drawn . So I want to add a bit of a shadow down to the bottom of my heart here. Okay. So I'm gonna create a copy of this, so I'm going to edit Copy at it, paste in place. And it's gonna pace that copy directly in front of the other heart. And then I'm gonna grab the color Tal's and just make this heart in the front slightly darker. Maybe give it a bit more, Have a richer color, feel a bit more magenta. A bit more black. Okay? And I wanna cut out part of this. So it's just flowing along this left side of the heart here. Okay, So what I'm gonna do is use their lips, talk here. I'm gonna draw a nice big ellipse. Okay, Andi, going to use this? I can reshape this a little bit more. Okay, select those two shapes. Subtract the front and you can see Now I end up with this nice detail across that left hand side of the heart shape. Okay, so let's move on. Now. We're gonna have a look at a couple of other different tools in Adobe Illustrator. We're gonna have a look at their pencil for drawing with, and we're also gonna have a look at the adjustment handles the busier handles for adjusting shapes on the angles and the flow of shapes in Adobe Illustrator 8. Creating Custom Shapes with the Pen Tool: Okay, So here in Adobe Illustrator, we're gonna have a look a couple of different ways off making shapes. So what we gonna do now is we're actually gonna add a path with or a stroke to our shapes that were drawing. So we're gonna go to the path or stroke down here on just add in a dark blue path to the edge of our shapes. OK, in order to change the width of the path, we can come down here to the strike tool on increase the whip, so we'll leave that 0.1 to 5 inches, okay? And that's all we're gonna be looking at Here is the Penta. Also, click and hold on the pencil here, and just make sure you've got the default mental selected rather than the add or delete anchor points. Okay, so now we can draw lines. Okay, we have that strikes up on a path, and there are two different kinds of shapes shapes that you can draw when you're starting out with the mental. One is an open shape. Okay, so where the lines don't join up at the end of that shape, So I press escape now. I d select that line and I have now drawn on open shape. So that's why you don't get the line down here on the left hand side. If I draw another shape and I'm just clicking dr dot and then come back to the beginning where we see this little round circle that joins up to the first anchor point you made and you can see you made a complete shape. Okay, so I'm just gonna undo those steps. So command said to step backwards through all those. So here, if we remove the fill from our shape, you can see now when we draw with pencil, we can draw out on open shape. When I press escape here, toe de select that, okay? Or we can draw close shape. Okay. So if I draw a similar pattern and then come down, Okay, you can see we end up with a kind of Halloween style mouth. Now, we're drawing here by just clicking once for each point. There's another way of drawing with the pencil. That's really very cool. So if we grab the pencil this time, we click and hold. Okay? You won't see anything different here. It's in a drawer, horizontal line there. Okay, then I'm gonna come down here. I'm gonna draw another horizontal line. You'll see that when I let go, I get a really nice curve. So I'm clicking and holding. Just dragging out a little is that flow between those lines and you can see that ending up with these nice flowing lines. OK, so press escape that so we end up with an open shape. And actually, if we look at all our shapes in adobe Illustrator things that the circle or a lips tool when those shapes are drawn with these busier handles at any curves that you see within type that you're using is originally created using these busier handles. So if we click and hold in four points here, you'll see what end up with a very rough looking circle. Okay, so, essentially, that's how a circle is drawn out by the flow of the lines in and out of these points. If we draw four straight points in the same spots, then we just end up with a trapeze in top shape. Okay, so we don't have a fill friend of these shapes. The moment if we turn on the film. You can see these shapes will fill up okay on. We'll just grab a different color here, okay? And you can see we can fill our shapes with different colors and head it and adjust them. So that's a quick intro into working with the busy. It'll and really work on trying toe create these curved lines and then these dr dot lines. Okay, there lots of other options to these shapes, but really want to stick to that kind of basic shape options for the moment. And then we'll move on to some more advanced tips and tricks later. 9. Curve Adjustments & Creation: Okay, so now I want to look at is how we adjust the busier handles some of these shapes that we set up. Okay, So really, we're gonna work with these two basic shapes. But the busier handles the adjustments for the busier handles really come in handy with a lot of different types of shape. So I'm just gonna highlight these three shapes are drawn on. Just delete them and then pull up this round shape, hand the square trapeze in time shape. Okay, so when I've drawn out these shapes, I've got two different set ups. One is using handles, busier handles, toe manage. This kind of curve around the edge of this show on one is using hard edges. Okay. You wanna look at how we can change the curse, the hard edges, and also modify the busier handles themselves to create different pope of curves. So we're jumping now to the direct selection talk. Now, I'm just gonna change the layer color here just so that we can see things a bit more clearly. So we're gonna switch to a nice violet here, which will mean that we can see thes handles as we move them a little bit more easily. Okay, so let's zoom in. Okay, So basically, here we have the point, the point which we can move. But then we also have these two busier handles, which we can A just so we can adjust the amount. But the curve kind of flows out. From that point on, we can also adjust the angle of those two cars. Okay, If we hope down the okay, we can adjust those curves independently, Which is how we get the shapes to do something like this quick. So have a play with that. Just get usedto using the different options for the busier handles. Okay? And see what different types of shapes you can come up with when working with those we can also, with the busier handle, switch them back to being square points or switch them from being square points or hard edges into being curved edges. So for that, we're gonna jump to the pen. Tal, we're going to use this anchor points or okay, if we come to one of the edges here, we can click and hold and pull out anchor, and it will now turn it into a curved edge. Okay, so you can see we can have a mixture. It's often you'll get this crossed path when you first just the handle. So you just need to switch the angle so that you get that curve path back, OK? And we can also use this anchor point all to switch it back to being a hard edge as well, so we can switch between these really nicely. You can also use this tool to turn on and off, then the hard edges with shapes that you've you've drawn as well. So if we grab a circle, grab the anchor point so we can make parts of that circle hard edge. So, for instance, if we want to make a Google style pointer, then we can make one of those edges. Ah, hard edge, drag it down. And then, as if we flip the color, we've got a nice little map pointer that we could use in part by design. Or if we select the selection tour and flip it round, then we've got a raindrop. Okay, so there's lots of different options for working with the busier tools to adjust and create your own shapes in Adobe Illustrator, and this is just really the start beginning toe work with that