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Draw A Geometric Cat in 4 Styles in Adobe Illustrator

teacher avatar Voni Lim, The Pupil of Stuff

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Lessons in This Class

12 Lessons (53m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Class Project

    • 3. Reference Photo

    • 4. Artboard Set Up

    • 5. Outline with Pen Tool

    • 6. Inner Sections

    • 7. Style 1: Minimalist

    • 8. Style 2: Repeat Pattern

    • 9. Adobe Color Update

    • 10. Style 3: Monochrome

    • 11. Style 4: Recolor

    • 12. Export & Wrap Up

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About This Class


If you are new to Adobe Illustrator and want a quick and easy exercise to get you started in creating a fun piece, this is the class for you!

We are going to turn our own pets (or any furryfriend you adore) into a geometric art with the Pen tool in Adobe Illustrator.

We will go through some basic tools in AI to create 4 different geometric art styles. 

The 4 styles that we will create include:

  1. Minimalist
  2. Repeated Lines
  3. Monochrome Color Block
  4. Recolor

The primary tools that you will learn to create these artworks include:

  • Pen
  • Shape Builder
  • Line
  • Recolor

Along with other tools and shortcuts to make your creation process more efficient.

What you will need to get started in this class:

  • Adobe Illustrator (if you don’t have it, you can get a 7-day free trial here: https://adobe.ly/3BvaugX)
  • Adobe Creative Cloud (Optional)

Resources that you will get:

  • Adobe Illustrator shortcuts template for this class
  • Class AI file to work along

Going through this class will help you:

  • Get started with Adobe Illustrator
  • Get a feel on what you can create in Adobe Illustrator
  • Practice using shortcuts
  • Stimulate creativity for future artworks

This class is created primarily to give you a quick start in using Adobe Illustrator without having to go through every tool in the handbook before getting your hands dirty in creating! This class will get you started in practising the basic tools needed.

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Voni Lim

The Pupil of Stuff


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My name is Voni and I am The Pupil of Stuff. Here you will find relatable learning resources literally from one pupil to another. I am a passionate believer that learning is productive when it’s fun and relatable. 


I do not claim to be an expert in my field as I strongly believe we are always learning and on a continuous journey of growth. And that’s what I would love to share with you—the love of learning and growing. By education and profession, I was a Science student who entered the corporate business world doing Trade Marketing. I’ve always wanted to exercise and explore ... See full profile

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1. Introduction: Learning a new illustration software can be boring if you feel like you can't come out of it with a cool illustration from the get go. That is why in this class, I want to help you learn the basics of Adobe Illustrator while creating four different geometric art styles. This class is perfect to help you get started with Adobe Illustrator. If you're a hobbyist or looking to start a side gig, or a freelancer. I will cover the basic tools of Adobe Illustrator and its shortcuts. We will focus on using the shortcuts to improve our workflow while creating not just one, but four different geometry art styles. We're going to focus on turning an animal portrait into a geometric art. Now, if you have a pet, it's going to be so fun to watch your pet turn into a geometric art. But if you don't, it's going to be fun anyway to turn any animal into a geometry art. Hi, I am Bonnie, a freelance illustrator, and a course creator. This is my tenth class on Skillshare and I would love to continue sharing all the things that I've learned since I've entered into this creative world of digital illustration. Join me in this class to discover your inner creativity. Let's go. 2. Class Project: For your class project, you will create four different art styles of your pet or any animal of your choice that has a front facing view. This course will work best for you if you recreate all the artwork in all the different styles so that you can practice on using the shortcuts. The shortcuts are important to improve your workflow when you use Adobe Illustrator. I would suggest that after every lesson of every style, you take a pause, focus on working on your artwork before moving on to the next style. Because in each lesson you will have focused on different shortcuts so it will help you practice using the shortcuts if you just take a pause after every lesson to work on your artwork. The purpose of this class project is so that you will practice using the software; using Adobe Illustrator. When you are familiar with the shortcuts, you won't have to click on the icons using your mouse to switch to the next tool. That would take more time and if you practice and you remember the shortcuts, it will make your work more efficient. Going through the four different art styles will also help bust creativity while just removing unnecessary pressure that you have to create something that meets a certain expectation. In this class we want to create with an open mind and create freely. Feel free to upload your work in progress and especially your final artwork to the class project gallery. I would love to see them. Let's get to class. 3. Reference Photo: Let's prepare our reference photo for this class. If you have taken other classes with me, you know that I love using Unsplash. Unsplash is a website dedicated to providing really beautiful, high-quality photos that you can download and use for free for any of your projects. What I especially love about it is it credits the rightful owner and the quality is amazing. We want to find a photo of an animal that is front-facing where you can clearly see the face of your animal. Like this white cat is perfect. You can always try using one or various postures after this class because those postures and angles might be slightly difficult to capture in a geometric style. Once you have grasped the basics, you can move on to challenge yourself with other postures in the future. If you have your own pet, by all means, take a photo of your pet and draw it. You're not limited to a cat or a dog, so go ahead and get creative. I'm just scrolling through to show you what types of pictures of dogs they have on Unsplash. Now, once you're done selecting a reference photo, let's get into Adobe Illustrator. 4. Artboard Set Up: Now, let's go ahead and set up our Artboard. After opening your Adobe Illustrator, you will come to this page where you may have your most recent works if you have any. If not, it will be blank. Just click Create New, and this window will pop up for you to customize your Artboard. For this class, we're going to go with a two by three ratio Artboard, specifically 1200 pixels times 1800 pixels. Two by three ratio is a common print ratio where you can easily print out your artworks to be framed, but if you would like to just post it on Instagram without needing to crop, four by five or a square would be something you would want to go for from the get-go. Make sure your settings are set for a portrait. Let's start with four Artboards because we will be creating four geometric styles. I'm going to work on RGB mode, as I'm not planning to print this. If you're planning to print your artwork, you will want to work on CMYK. As for the resolution, 300 DPI is always the best, but just for this, I'm going to work on a 150 DPI. You can start with 300 DPI if you want to eventually print your work. Let's create your new file. We want to, firstly, make sure we have all the tools out. I like to work with essentials classic, where you can change the mode on the top right corner. It comes with different modes, but you can also customize and save your own. Essentials classic gives you a lot of the tools out in a panel already so you don't have to go find for it and pull it out. Once you're done, you can start creating. 5. Outline with Pen Tool: There will be two things that you will do a lot in Adobe Illustrator which is zooming in and out and moving your artboards around, so you will need to master the shortcuts and moving your screen. You can use the zoom tool and your mouse to zoom in and out and use the hand tool to move the artboard around. The shortcut for the zoom tool is Z and for the hand tool is H. But we will learn another shortcut to zoom in and out later as we get into our lesson. Now, I've saved my reference photo on my desktop so we can drag this photo right into Illustrator. Go ahead and adjust the photo so that your cat is placed right where you want it to be. You can see that my photo is too large for my artboard, so I'm going to use the selection tool to just resize my photo so that it fits right into my artboard. What you would normally do is you want to put your image at the center of your artboard. But I'm not doing that for my cat because there's this part of the tail that I want to include, so I'm just going to make it move to the right to include this part of the tail. Now, once you're done, let's open our layers and lock that first layer and open a new layer by clicking that plus button in a square on the bottom. The reason why I'm doing this is so that I won't touch the photo of my cat. Once you're done, let's move on to the pen tool which is one of the main tools that you will need to master to create anything in Illustrator. The pen tool allows you to create anchor points and adjust them to create straight or curved lines. Anything you draw is basically created out of these paths in Illustrator. If you click you're creating one anchor point and the next place you click will add another anchor point. Once you see this circle icon, that means you are closing the path. Now, what if you want to create a curved line? Before you let go off your next click, you drag your mouse, you'll be holding this thing called a handle and which you can manipulate and adjust to create the curvature that you want. Let's create a random shape here. Once you create a curved line, the next path will be curved as well. In order to stop this you have to click on the last anchor point so you can create the next straight line. If you want to start creating a path or don't want to close your path, just click ''Escape''. Now, the next two tools we need to know are the selection tool and the direct selection tool. The direct selection tool allows you to select and adjust each anchor point and even when you see these dots in the square you can adjust them to round the corners. The selection tool is for you to move and manipulate the entire selection you drew. Like to change the size and moving it around. Now that you know the basics of the tools you need to use, let's go ahead and outline our cat. Now, remember to work on the new layer that you have created earlier. Let's start with the tips of the ear. As you can see, as I create more anchor points along the path, there seems to be a white fill. That is because the settings is set to a white fill and black outline. What we want is to remove the white fill, so click the cross line to remove the white fill. If you click X you can switch between your fill or stroke to change the color of the fill or stroke. X on your keyboard is the shortcut to toggle between fill and stroke. Now, how do you outline your cat? Geometric art is an art style that focuses on using geometry elements as lines or certain shapes to create the drawing you want. To create our geometric cat we're going to focus on using straight lines only, no curves or round shapes. So go ahead, draw all the outline of your pet and don't worry about whether you are drawing too closely because after this we will clean up the outline and remove some anchor points so it doesn't look too messy and keeping its geometric look. Now, there's this part of the leg here that I want to connect because it is part of the back leg, so I'm just going to connect a line here between two of these anchor points. Now, this is the first draft of our outline. Let's see what else I need to outline. I want to do the nose. I'm just going to do straight lines again for the nose. Just a little tip here, a straight line going down and make it into a little diamond shape. Before we move on into the intersections, I want to see how it looks without the photo in the back. It looks okay but I'm not so satisfied with the way the pose look, so let's clean up the outline a little. You can click on the eyeball new layer to turn it on and off so you can see you outline. What we want to achieve is sharp edged outlines and try to minimize having too many anchor points too close together. For instance, around the foot where it starts to look like a rounded paw. We still want to maintain the edgy lines. Now, to remove anchor points, use the pen tool and hold option on Mac. Look out for parts that appear too circular that it loses the straight line or triangular look. I'm just going to try how it looks like if we remove these anchor points. I'm going to remove this, I'm going to remove this so that the lines are a little bit longer because the anchor point is a little bit too close. Now, I think it looks better. It doesn't look so rounded but it still looks like a paw. It looks pretty good from here. 6. Inner Sections: Now that you have the outer outline of the shape of your cat, let's work on creating intersections of the cat. You want to first mark out the shape of the face and use the corner points. Try to connect lines with the corner points and avoid the middle parts of the line in the early stage. What I mean by this is where you have those anchor points, connect them and don't start from the middle of a path. But this is only for the early stage. As we go on, as we fine tune, you can start putting more anchor points in the middle of a path. So the goal here is to create triangular sections inside the cat. So start with all the corner points and connect with other corner points. Right now, we are creating lines which are open paths with the pen tool. Later we will use another tool to make it into individual shapes. You want to split the cat into few big segments, like the hind legs, the head, the ears, the body, and then slowly work your way into those sections to create smaller triangles to make up that section. What do I mean by this? We started off sectioning the head, putting two lines to connect the chin to make out the head. Now then we add in another line down the middle to split the body left and right. Then now moving on to the hind legs, and then we'll go to the tail next. Once you have all the major parts sectioned off, work your way in those sections to create various triangular shapes. It doesn't all have to be triangular, some Some won't be able to be a triangle like the paw, but most of it should make up triangles or three corner points. So you want to continue working your way through to add lines between anchor points. This will create an irregular polygon or a triangle, but the goal is to slowly create more and more sections within your cat. So for the tail, you have a few sections. For the hind legs, you have the few sections, and this really is the part where you have fun. Just try out different shapes, try out different lines and different angles, and see how it's slowly reveals itself to create your animal. Now, I'm just looking at the face here and I feel that it's too flat, so I'm just going to add two smaller, thinner triangles here to make the face look sharper, just from the cheeks down to the neck. Now if you feel lost on how to create sections, use the anchor points to guide you. For this chest area here, I don't have enough anchor points on both sides. So one side has it, and one side don't. So that's okay. Add an anchor point in the middle of the path to create a new section. Just like you see how the left here, I've added anchor points in the middle of that line, that side of the body, to connect to the middle path, and then connecting it to the right side, which has an anchor point. Once you're done, we're going to select the entire cat and start creating shapes. We'll use the shape builder, the shortcut on the keyboard, Shift plus M, Shift M, and you'll see the plus sign on the side of the cursor. When you hover over a potential shape, it will turn gray. Click on it to make it into a shape because right now they are just lines that some may or may not be connected. Doing this will make each part of your section into a shape. If you click and drag over multiple shapes, it makes it into one big shape. So what we want to do here is to create each of the small sections into one individual shape. If you don't make them into shapes, you won't be able to color them later. Now that you're done with the entire outline, let's check on our strokes so that we can work on the different art styles. We're going to select the entire cat and increase the stroke, which you can find above or on the side panel. As you increase the strokes more, you can start to see sharp corners jutting out because that's the settings of the corners. What we can do is we can make the strokes rounded, the corners rounded, which you can change here on the side. All right. Now I'm going to reduce the stroke size and let's just do a quick check to show you how it has become shapes. If you use the selection tool V, you can move each section individually. 7. Style 1: Minimalist: For our first style, we're going to focus on a minimalist approach, keeping things black and white or just solid colors. Let's first ensure we keep one outline copy so we can duplicate it for other steps. What we're going to do is duplicate this layer by holding down option and dragging down the layer. You're actually duplicating that layer. Then we can move the entire cat onto another art board. Another way is just to copy and paste it on a new layer by creating a new layer. The reason I'm splitting it onto another layer is so I can easily lock the layer without ruining the rest of my work. I'm just going to rename my layer to Outline. Now, let's work on a minimalist style. We will firstly focus on thick black lines on a white background. Try and increase your strokes to a thickness of your preference and keep in mind on a gaps of your actual drawing. For instance, if I make it too thick, my paws will look too close together. Now, besides just black and white, let's see how it looks if we add a background to it. We will use a Rectangle tool to make a background on a new layer and choose a color to it. Open a new layer and start using the Rectangle tool to create a rectangle that is the same shape as your art board. Now it's just a black stroke. Remember that x function, the shortcut, just go ahead and remove the stroke and add a fill color. I'm just going to choose random colors just to show you what it can look like. We can also change the color of our strokes to white against a colored background. I'm just going to try out different colors to show you how it looks against this background color. 8. Style 2: Repeat Pattern: For this next style, we're going to draw our repeated lines in each section with alternating angles at each adjacent section. This will create a repeated pattern in each section, and will make up a larger pattern of the cat. Let's just create another copy of the cat and move it to the side. Hold down Option or Alt on Windows, and drag your selection to make a copy of it. You can just move it outside of your art board for the meantime. You can keep anything outside of your art board if you want a copy or just any backup and you don't want to touch it. Before we move on, we want to make sure we rename the layers that we have. It is a good habit to start to name your layers and to make sure you are organized as much as possible so that you will ease your workflow in the future. You don't want to be searching through every layers to find for your element. Let's move on to start creating our patterns. What we're going to do is use the selection tool V as your shortcut. Click on a section that you want to firstly work on. You have to double-click on the section to enter isolation mode. Isolation mode is useful when you want to work on a specific section without affecting the rest of your art. Double-click on your section on which element you want to work on and the rest of the area will turn gray. Now, use the line segment to create a line across your section, just like this. If you double-click on it, you will open up that option, panel like what appeared just now, but we don't need to use that. What we're going to do is just draw your line, make sure the line is long enough to cover the largest or longest portion of your section. Otherwise this will happen and you will need to redo it, like what I'm doing right now. I did it and redoing it to make sure the line is long enough. Once you have your first line, create a copy by holding down Option or Alt on Windows and moving it slightly to the side. Then we're just going to duplicate this exact action by the shortcut Command plus D, Command D, or on Windows, Control D. It will duplicate what you did previously. Keep duplicating with Command D until the entire section is filled up. Now select the entire selection, including the lines with the selection tool, Shortcut is V, and use the shape builder tool, Shortcut is Shift M. This will allow you to remove the unwanted lines that is outside of the shape. Before this, we created shapes with the plus. Now we want to remove it. So hold down Option to get the minus mode to appear and start dragging it along the lines that you do not want anymore. This will help you remove all excess lines, so you only have lines that's within your section within the shape. With this method, repeat the steps on every shape of the cat. First double-click to enter isolation mode, then draw your line that is longer than the longest portion of your shape, hold down Option to duplicate, and then use Command D to duplicate the previous action until you fill up the entire section. It is always safer to make it too long versus too short, because then you have to just go back and undo and redo like what's happening right now. Another tip is to make sure that the gaps between your lines are appropriate. Not too close together yet not too far apart because this will affect the way your style your pattern looks. The last step of each section is to use the shape builder, Shift M to just remove all the excess lines and then you can move on to the next shape. I'm going to start with the tail. Make sure you're in isolation mode and pick out your line segment. Make your line slant at an angle, and repeat the steps. I'm just going to fast forward this section just to show you how it looks like, but I'll keep reminding you of the steps and the shortcuts as we watch how this cat gets filled. For each adjacent section, if the next section is slanted right, you want to make the adjacent section to slant left or straight. Just make it slightly oppose so you create a different dimension look. For example, you can see how this tail and a portion of this hind leg is forming already. It is very clear that each section or each shape that we created before is its own portion because we have each of the lines at alternating angle. You see for this section, the distance between the lines are too wide, so it looks a bit awkward, so that's why we did read. Another tip is to always watch out for the distance between your lines. For sections that look like they're opposites or halves like the chest of the cat, you can make the angles of the lines opposite to create a look like it is opposite perhaps, but not necessary. Now you can continue to watch and see how this cat develops into a geometric pattern. You can already see the bigger chunk of this portion compared to the empty white spaces that already looks very different. For my cat I'm going to fill up every section except for the face because I want to leave it empty in white compared to every other part of the body. Since this is your own artwork, you can always use this style to your own creativity. For example, you can fill up every shape with this geometry pattern, but leave out maybe the paws or leave out maybe the gnomes or if you have eyes, you leave out the eyes. It really depends how you have outline your art. Just to recap again, the shortcuts and the tools that you'll need for this style is to go into isolation mode for the shape that you want to work on and then use the line segment, shortcut is backward slash, and make sure your lines are long enough or much longer than your shape. Hold down Option or Alt, drag it to make a copy and then just keep duplicating it with Command D or Control D and then use Shape Builder to remove the excess. 9. Adobe Color Update: Now, before we move on to style 3 and 4, I want to go over some changes that were made by Adobe. In the next couple of lessons I'll be showing you how to use Adobe color themes that was incorporated within Adobe Illustrator but it has been removed recently as I was creating this class. But you will still have access to this tool and will be able to save color palettes to your library if you have a creative cloud subscription. In Lesson 3 and 4 you will see that I will be choosing color palettes within Adobe Illustrator itself but it will no longer be there for you. So please follow the steps here and a new update for Adobe color. What happened to it? Now, if you open Adobe color themes in Illustrator there will be this notification that says the Adobe color themes panel is being removed from this product and it's just all gray here. Let's see what happened to it. They have announced end of support for this function starting from July 14 on wards but there are still alternate solutions that we can use which is through the Adobe color on the web, through the website. The functions that you can still use to create color harmony rules, you can still explore color palettes in your community and add them to your own themes and save it into your libraries. Let's go ahead and see what Adobe color on the web is. If you click on the link it will bring you to color.adobe.com and you have the standard color wheel which helps you apply different color harmony rules and you can also extract themes and gradients from images or files and you can then also save the color palettes that you created to your library which can then be pulled up in Adobe Illustrator to your creative cloud subscription. Now, you also have explore which you can explore different colors that are created by the community. What they've created in their projects, what they've used. Just really good place for source of inspiration if you're lacking a certain palette or you're looking for just new ideas. You want to use this site to find your palettes and then add them to your library. If you have different folders created in your library you can choose which folder you want to save it to just to be more organized. Go ahead and play with this website, see what drop-downs can filter two different color themes in the Explore section. This might help you find the right color palette that you want. Now, you can also go into trends and see the different trends, the trending colors within the front sections in design, architecture, wilderness, or illustration, flavor. These are really cool. Just take note that you'll be using this website, Adobe color to replace the function that I will be showing you in style 3 and style 4. You'll still be able to create your project and use Adobe Illustrator. It's just that when you're choosing your color palettes it will be through the website and not within Adobe Illustrator itself. All you need to do is find a color palette that you like and add them to your library, and then go into Adobe Illustrator and go to your libraries and it will appear here, wherever you have saved, whichever folder you have saved into. Then all these palettes that I've saved, I just want to add them to my swatches, click on it. You can choose to add a single color to your swatches or add the entire theme to your swatches. Now let's go to our swatches to see what we have saved. See if I add color to swatches, it will just appear up there the single green color. But if I add the entire theme, then you will see in the bottom in the folder icon. Now you know the new updates. Let's get started with the next lesson. Style 3. 10. Style 3: Monochrome: In this lesson, we're just going to focus on monochrome and shades. Now comes the fun part, to fill up your colors. To color our cat, we're going to use the shape builder tool to color each shape that we created. Select the entire cat and then click on Shape builder or use the shortcut Shift M, and click on the color that you want, and then we're going to click on the Shape that you want to color. Because my stroke is still black, I'm going to disable the stroke so that it's just filled. Now you see it's all light, but if you hover over it, you can see the selection. It's okay, just select the entire cat that's on the artboard and you'll see how there's still the selection here. Go back and get your shape builder and continue coloring every other shape that you want. Then alternating each adjacent section with another shape because the stroke is disabled, how you color the sections of your cat will matter. If two sections are of the same color, then it will make up that one big shape when it's supposed to be two separate shapes. You want to alternate the different colors. For example, if this section is a darker blue, the next one should be a lighter blue, and then the following one should be an even lighter blue. Keep going, keep alternating the colors, and what to speed up the process is, choose one color and color multiple sections. What you want to look out for when you color is to alternate the shades of adjacent sections. If this section is a dark blue, then the next shape, the one next to it should be a lighter shade of blue. Then the following one can be an even lighter shade of blue, so you want to go through the whole monochrome shades that you've picked out. You can also mix up and alternate the shades to make up your cat. For example, if it's a dark blue, then the next shade can be a lighter blue. Then the next one can be the same darker blue as you did before. An alternative to make your colors match better is to watch out for areas of your cat where it should be a shadow or a highlight. For example, the tail is behind the cat, so there should be a little bit of a darker shadow at the parts of the tail where means the body of the cat. At that part of that tail, it can be a darker blue, a darker color, and the next adjacent shape, which is the part of the hind leg, can be a lighter color just to make a contrast of the colors. Another example, you can use the bottom of the head, just where the chest is or the neck, it can be darker because for a cat's face, it's protruding out. Imagine if the light is shining, you will have this slightly darker portion below the neck. Once you're satisfied with your color blocks, we can add a background color to it. Remember the first background we made, we can just go to that layer, copy and paste it, and now make sure you're on your monochrome cat layer and then paste, and we just need to bring it backward. Go to object, arrange and you have two options, send to back or send backward. If you click Send to back, you will just send it one item back, but we wanted to send it all the way back, so quick send to back. Now, you can go ahead and change the background color to your cat. Because we're focusing on monochrome and just these blue shades. So honor, match the background color to another shade of blue. I'm not going to be able to use any of the same blue within my cat because it will just merge with one of the shapes and there will be a distinction between the cat and the background. I'm just going to pick any other darker blues right here from one of the other palettes that I've picked and save. 11. Style 4: Recolor: For this last style, I will show you how to quickly recolor your entire cat with a function called Recolor in Adobe Illustrator. This function, you can easily recolor your artwork to create a multiple versions of your art. What we're going to do first is we are going to copy and paste the monochrome cat to a new layer, so we can color it. Make sure you add a new layer, rename it, and paste your monochrome cat onto that new layer. Next, we're just going to lock our background under Object Lock and Selection. You just want to lock the background, the shortcut is Command 2 or Control 2, because we don't want to touch it while we are selecting our cat. Now go ahead and select your entire cat and go to the Color Guide panel. The round icon on the bottom-right is the icon to recolor your artwork. Once you click on it, you will have a new window that pops up, and you will have a selection of your current colors that shows all the colors in your selection, in this case is our cat. Then you have other colors here on the side and you can swap it around, and it will show you what new color it will replace. For example, you have this lighter blue, it replaces it to a darker blue. For areas where maybe it's a certain color or shade, you can actually go through all of these different color palettes, select them, and try and see what it changes to. Now these are your suggested colors, but what if I wanted to change it to a completely different set of colors? Let's go ahead to Adobe colors and get more colors. Now that I have all of these palettes saved to my swatches, let's try them out. I'm just going to along my background and move it to a side so that I can see the different colors changing against a white background. Now select your entire cat and click on "Recolor", which is under Color Guide. Click on the circle icon, and let's just go and play around. I have all these palettes here that are suggested, but I want to go back to my swatches where I've saved all the new color palettes. If you click on the little arrow here, it will open up a side panel where you have saved all your swatches. You may already have this, but you can choose to open and close it, it's just another feature. Let's click on a different swatches here that I saved and you can see the cat just changing colors. You don't have to click one by one, changing two ears at a time, or the tail, or the nose, but this really helps to recolor your entire artwork really quickly. What can you do with this function? You can use this if you have a project where you need to create different versions of the same work in different colors. Or even if you want to sell your own artwork, or offer different color schemes, or just to try different color options and see which is best. Let's try and personalize some colors. If you like a certain palette, but don't really like how it's placed at that particular area, you prefer the face to be a lighter color then just change the rules in the panel. You can drag and change the colors and just see what works. Now I'm just going to click "Okay" and save this. I just want to bring my background back just to see how it looks with a different colored background. Under Color Guide, you have all these suggestions of different shades that are within the swatch group that you have on your cat. You can always just use any of these to find a similar shade within that color range. But I think I'm really liking this. Don't be afraid to just keep trying different colors, that's what this function is for. Recolor, I'm just going to go in and try other different swatches. Let's see. I'm just going to play around a little bit with this just to change the placement of the pink and the lighter green and a darker green. I like this swatch because it is mostly on that greenish shade, but it has a pop of pink. Let's bring back the background and select a nice background color. Now there you go. You have four different styles of your geometric cat. 12. Export & Wrap Up: Now that you know how to create four different geometric styles, let's export this artwork into JPEG so we can save it or print it, or just do whatever you want with it. Go to "File", "Export", "Export As" change the format to "JPEG" and I want to check "Use Artboards" and "All" because I want to export all the artworks that is on the Artboard. Now I'm just going to rename my name properly and select the place I want to save my files, so go ahead, click "Okay" and you can just remain it as RGB, high-quality, and click "Okay". It will be saved on wherever you have set it to. I saved it on my desktop, so now I'm just going to open it up to show you how it looks like. Because I've exported all of the Artboards, it will just be the same name, but they will number it according to the Artboard, 1, 2, 3, and 4. Let's just do a recap on the key takeaways of this class. Number one, you want to learn to master the pen tool. In this class, your focus is to practice creating straight lines to create shapes. Focus on learning how to add and remove anchor points to manipulate your shape. Number 2, work using shortcuts. This will really improve your efficiency. It may be easier in the beginning to click on the tools at the site panel, but the keyboard is your best friend once you remember your shortcuts. Use this class to help you practice using the shortcuts. Number 3, the shape builder tool is an incredible tool to help you create shapes from multiple shapes combined. Once you get the idea of using this tool, you can use this tool in other projects to create your own shapes according to your own creativity. Number 4, recoloring your artwork can help you easily create different versions of your artwork. You can easily duplicate your artwork to multiple Artboards and recolor each artwork to compare side-by-side. Yay, you've done it. You've finished a class. I hope you've learned something new and feel more confident in using Adobe Illustrator. If you like this class, follow me on Skillshare to get updates when I release new classes and don't forget to upload your project to the class project gallery. I would love to see them. If you're on Instagram, feel free to tag me @thepupilofstuff. See you in the next class.