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Getting Started with Adobe Illustrator CC 2022

teacher avatar Interactiv, Graphic and Motion Designer

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Topics include illustration, design, photography, and more

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Topics include illustration, design, photography, and more

Lessons in This Class

    • 1.



    • 2.



    • 3.

      Getting to know Adobe Illustrator


    • 4.

      Creating basics shapes inside Adobe Illustrator


    • 5.

      Using the shape builder tool in Adobe Illustrator


    • 6.

      How to use the curvature tool


    • 7.

      How to use the pen tool


    • 8.

      Using color inside Adobe Illustrator


    • 9.

      Brush tool for texturing shapes inside Illustrator


    • 10.

      How to use the type tool


    • 11.

      Basics transformations inside Illustrator


    • 12.

      Exporting for print inside Adobe Illustrator


    • 13.

      Exporting for web inside Adobe Illustrator


    • 14.

      Customizing your workspace


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About This Class

This class is a guide to all the tools you need to start your journey inside Adobe Illustrator. This class is designed for beginners who have not yet used Illustrator before. We will cover the essential tools responsible for creating most designs in Illustrator.

This course will cover:

  • Getting started with an Illustrator document.
  • Creating basics shapes.
  • Create unique shapes with the shape builder tool.
  • Using the curvature tool to create curves paths.
  • How to use the pen tool.
  • Using colour in Illustrator.
  • How to use the brush tool for texturing.
  • Basics of the type tool.
  • Basic transformations like, move, rotate, reflect, scale, and shear.
  • How to export an Illustrator file for print.
  • How to export an Illustrator document for the web.
  • Customising your Illustrator workspace.

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Remember I am here to help. Don't be afraid to ask questions or tell me if something is difficult to understand.

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Graphic and Motion Designer


Hello, this is Interactiv. The owner Hunter Wearne is dedicated to teaching you tips & tricks to level up your skills. We focus on the design industry using programs like Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign, Premiere Pro, After Effects.

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1. Introduction: Hi frame, my name is Hunter. I'm a graphic emotion designer based in Australia. And in this course, I'm going to help you get up and running inside Adobe Illustrator. And I'll teach you most of the tools that are used in nearly every illustration or design project created inside Adobe Illustrator. If you're a complete beginner, this is the course for you. We'll get you started into the software. I'll teach you the basics of setting up a document, navigating the workspace. And then we'll dive into some basic tools, like the Pen tool, like creating shapes using the curvature tool. We'll use the shape builder tool. Then we use the type tool. We'll also do a couple of other things like doing some basic transformations. And also I'll show you how to export for print and also web. Now you can follow along by downloading the exercise files down below. And also in those exercise files, there's a checklist code, the print ready checklist, and it's just a checklist that you can use when you go to send a design off to a printing company. And you can go through the steps and check that you have everything set up in the right way. Alright? I hope to see you in the course. 2. Welcome: All right, welcome to the course. I just want to run over a few things before we jump in and get started. If you're new to Adobe, then you may need to download it and you can come to Right on the front page. It has a start, a free trial. You can get seven day free trial with the Creative Cloud apps. There's also benefits to being a student and you may want to look into some of these other options. Like go back. You can also see all the apps down here. If I go to the top creative and design, we come down to view all Creative Cloud Apps. See here, this is the one I recommend grabbing. This is all Adobe's apps. So everything in here, except for the substance stand here, is included in the Creative Cloud apps. Or you can just buy the one app here, which is Adobe Illustrator. However, if you're going to be using other apps like InDesign and Photoshop, which are quite common to use alongside Illustrator. Then it's actually cheaper to buy all the apps together. So you just come down here that you're afraid trial. Adobe will give you this app to download, which is a Creative Cloud desktop app. And you log into it with your Adobe account and you can come down here and installed the app. So I've got Illustrator installed, and it says it's up-to-date. It's not up-to-date or just say update over here. If I have to look, says to update. And then from there you can just click Open. Other thing I want to talk about is the project. This course actually has project files. And so if I come down here to Projects and Resources, under the resources here we've got the student exercise files. This will be the files that you're working through in the course. And then you've got your print ready checklist, which we don't need that until the end here. Also, I want to see your projects. So in here you can create a project and just pick three projects that you would like to upload. And you just create a title and you just upload an image or a screenshot of what you've done and a little bit about what you've done and maybe what you've found most interesting about lining Adobe Illustrator. And I'll come through and take a look at your work. And you other students will be able to see what you've done. You can publish it. If you publish it, you can also edit it. So if you go and putting the project, title, the description and do say the first project and upload an image. You can publish it and then come back and edit it lighter. Let's move on to the next lesson where we actually get started inside Adobe Illustrator. 3. Getting to know Adobe Illustrator: Alright, so we have launched Adobe Illustrator, and this is the screen that welcomes you when you first open Illustrator. Now, some differences between yours and mine. If you've never used Illustrator before, you will not have any of these files down here. The recent files. That's about it. So everything else should be exactly the same. Now over here we have some presets for a new document in this little box here, we also have some great tutorials made by Adobe that we can go and look at. We can come here and say Hide suggestions. I just want it all to be the recent files that I've worked on. Now over here we can switch how we view the recent files. This is more of a thumbnail view so we can see what the files contain. Let's go back to the ListView. Gives us a little bit more information when we lost, opened it, the size of it, and what kind of file hideous. What I'm going to do is go up here to File Open. You can also just click the Open button here, and it'll do the same thing. If we click that. We can now navigate to wherever our exercise files are. And we're just going to open three. Getting started with in Adobe Illustrator, we can just click that and hit Open. Down here. We're going to click Ignore. This will open up the file name. May notice that my workspace is different to yours. What we're going to do now is it reset the workspace. Both of our workspaces are the same. What I can do is come to the top here. There's a little icon up here that says Switch workspace. We can click on that. And I'm going to go to the essentials. Another place you can change the workspace is under Window. You can go Window down to workspace and then click on Essentials. I'm also going to reset the layout so I can just click Reset Essentials that a reset everything back to normal. Now, in this, this white area here is called an artboard. We can have multiple artboards in our document. So if we come down over here, you can click on the Artboard Tool. You can say that it's opened up artboard number one. What we can do is come in here, click and drag to create a new artboard. Then it'll create up or number two, you can see that over here in our properties panel, we have some settings that we can adjust. We can select each art board using the art board tool and just clicking the name up the top. Just selecting the artboard. We can delete an artboard by selecting it and pressing the Delete key on the keyboard. Now we can rename an artboard, but just selecting it and enough properties panel. We'll have over here the name of the artboard which has his art board one. And we can name this to getting started. We also have a pretty set for this art board. We've got a custom size set to it. And it's also in portrait. We can switch this and click it to make it landscape and switch it in here. We can also move how board around, what, selecting it, and dragging it around. Now, our artwork will move with the artboard as long as we have this little option here selected. If we go back to our selection tool, which is at the top, this tool is like a safe tool and it's one of the most used tools in Illustrator. And it allows us to select objects and move them around in their entirety. I can select Full groups and full shapes and move them around. You'll also notice that there are all these guides showing up and this is allowing me to snap my objects to other objects on the page. If I de-select everything by using my selection tool and just clicking out in this area, I can come over here and we have some options. Over here. We're looking at the snap options. And we would just want this one here, Snap to Point, turned on. As long as that's on like that, everything will snap to Point and make it very easy to line up objects. All right, The next tool that we will use a lot is the direct selection tool. This allows us to select shapes within a shape. This is a group down the bottom here. It's allowing us to select a shape. By just clicking once on the shape, you can see that the old days anchor points showing up those little white boxes are called anchor points and they determine where the path goes. If I just select this box here, you'll see that the anchor point is selected. I'm using my direct selection tool to do this little handle coming off of it. The little circle determines the curvature of the path. Now if I go back to my selection tool, you can see if I click on this now, it's all in a group. And we can ungroup things by going to Object ungroup and groups. So if I ungroup it here, you can see that we've ungrouped these shape from here, from the top here. If we look at our layers, we can also see the group here. I've ungrouped the text from the illustration. By 12, the group open here using a little error, you can say everything that is inside the group. This is all the shapes. There's clipping mosques in here. Loads of shapes that build this hand pressing the button. Now if for any reason none of these panels showing up. Now the properties panel is quite new to Adobe Illustrator and you will need the latest version of Adobe Illustrator. I think it was introduced in 2018. If you want to find other panels that I opened, like the layers panel, you can go to window down here. Sharp the layers. We also had the properties panel here. If I need to open a different panel, one panel I like to open is the color panel because it automatically opens when I click the swatches and we'll talk about that later. You can dock the panel by just selecting this bar, dragging it, I'm going to drag it down to the bottom here. You'll say the blue line at the bottom show up. I can snap it to the areas so I'm going to drop it on the bottom. You can see the color panel has been embedded. Inhale. Selection tool allows us to select shapes in their entirety and we can click and drag to move them around. And at direct selection tool allows us to select particular points. Inside. Control Z allows us to go back. Down here. We have the Zoom tool. If we click on the Zoom tool, we can just click and we zoom into an area. Now if I hold down the Alt or Option key on a Mac and just click, we will zoom out some other shortcuts that you can use. An a worth remembering. The Control or Command plus and minus case, which would zoom in and out. And also the control 0 key, which will center of the artboard to the document window, which is this big area here. Another way of painting in the document is to use our space bar. Just hold down the space bar. It'll automatically sharp the hand TO in any of these tools, except for the Type Tool, we can click and drag to pain in our document. All right, let's go back to our selection tool as outside tool to deselect the shape. We can just click off in an area that doesn't have a shape already in it. We can just press Control S and cities little star here. When we press Control S, it will save the document. We can also go to File Save here. It's grayed out because we've just saved. I didn't need to. The last thing I want to show you is how to create a new document. Create a new document. You can go to File New. I was shocked this little panel here, which will allow us to create a new document, we can pick some settings from. Up here. There's all these different settings. So in Australia, we use I4 and I5. But if you're in the US, you'd use letter and LIGO a lot more than A4. If I select it, we can also change the points over here. I can change that from points to say, millimeters. Or if you're working with web, you would want it in pixels. You can also name it as you create the document here and change the orientation, the amount of artboards in here. Once you've done all that, you can hit Create. That will create a new document. I didn't name it, so it's untitled. And we can come into a properties. And you can also say that we can change the units for the document. Over here. I can select any of the units, say I want to go pixels. Also, another thing is if I hit Edit Artboards, I want this landscape and we can quickly and easily switch, switch the orientation of the opcode. Lastly, we can go File, Save As, and that'll allow us to save it as a document. We can name it, we can put it in any locations. And we can say Save here. Because this document is blank. I'm not going to save it. I want I'm going to do is just hit the little X there. And I'll say Save Changes to Adobe Illustrator document on titled before closing. I'm just going to hit No, that'll close the document without saving. Alright, that's it for this lesson. Let's move on to the next one. 4. Creating basics shapes inside Adobe Illustrator: In this lesson, we're going to go over the basics of creating shapes, and we'll be using some basic shape tools inside Adobe Illustrator. The first thing that we're going to do is leave this Working File Open. Number three, getting started in Adobe Illustrator, and we'll use this file here. What I'm going to do is use my Artboard tool like last time. And I'm just going to create a new artboard. I'm going to select it and come over to the side here. Just going to click New Artboard. And it's going to put a new artboard directly beside it. And we can name this one basic shapes, excuse the capital. Then once we've named that, we can now use this artboard. Now there's a slight black line around the selected art board, and you might not be able to see it. If I click on this artboard here, the black line switches and this one has a gray line. If I click on the Here, you can see it switches back. You can also see that it switches in here in the properties without anything selected. It shows that we've got our board Number two selected. We can switch between the two and it was sent to them using the heirarchy, were using this drop-down and selecting the artboard that we want and that will make the artboard active. Let's use some shapes. First one is the rectangle tool. You can use M on the keyboard to select this. It's the one at the top. We can just click and drag to create a rectangle. Without letting go, we can just create a shape that we would like. Do all the things when drawing a shape. If we click and drag shape out and we hold shift while we're doing that, we can snap it to a perfect square. This works the same for all the other tools that creates shapes. Nothing is if I click once, I can create a rectangle of a determined size. So maybe I want to 85 mill by 85 mil. We can also do something that's not a square. So let's say 85 mil, bio, 150 mil. And I can hit R K measurements might be the different like in inches and that's okay too. We go back to our selection tool. With the shapes selected. We can actually transform the shape using these bounding box around it. This bounding box allows us to click and drag the shape on any of the squares, on any of the squares on the outer edges, you can click and drag the shape so that you can resize it. If you want to keep the proportions while scaling it, you can hold down the Shift key and that will keep the proportions of the shape that you have already created. If you hover outside of the shape area and click and drag, you can actually rotate. Once again, holding shift will snap this object on a 45 degree angle. You can let go to apply those changes. Another thing I want to show you with creating a shape is if we select that rectangle tool again, click and drag. We can hold Shift. But if we also hold Alt, we can scale the shape from the center of what we clicked. If I let go of the Shift key, I don't have to constrain the proportions to a perfect square, and it will scale from the center. This works on all the other shapes as well. Alright, let's grab another shape. If I click and hold, you can see all the other shapes that we have in here. The ellipse tool works the exact same as what we already have as the rectangle. So we can click and drag. We hold shift for a perfect circle. Let go of shift for an ellipse. We can drag it out. Once again, if we hold Alt, we can scale from the center. And Alt and shift can scale from the center while constraining the proportions to a perfect circle. And we let go to apply the shape. Using our selection tool. We can select this shape and you can see that the bounding box create a rectangle on the outer edges of the shape. If you use my space-bar move back over here. You can see here creates a on the outer edges in this box around it. It's called the bounding box. We can use that bounding box to transform the shape. Remember, holding shift can constrain the proportions and hold Alt can scale from the center. We can also select multiple shapes by holding the Shift key. And using our selection tool to click multiple shapes. Like so. While these all selected, we can use space bar to pan just by holding it down and clicking and dragging. Then we can let go of the spacebar. It applies to the selection tool again. We can also use the Delete key to delete all this, or we can use all this and drag it all around. I'm going to use delete, delete it all, and move on to the next tool. Now the polygon tool and the star to work exactly the same in how you draw them out. Shift will snap them to a horizontal. And also we have some other options. With this. We can use arrow keys up and down to add more faces to the shape. You can see here that I can take faces away by using my down-arrow key. We can make a triangle. If we hold Shift, it will snap. Now it won't do anything in this case, as the shape will already draw from the center. Let's use our up arrow key and make a pentagon. We hold Shift and let go. You can see here we've created a pentagon. Now we have this little option here to add more sides using the bounding box. You can see here, let's go to a plus and a minus. If I drag that up, it takes away faces. And if I drag it down and it adds more faces, you can say the little cross there, which moves when we let go across was where we had it. If I drag this up, Let's go back to five faces. Now the option in all the shapes except for the circle is this rounded edges here. If we click that, we can click and drag to round off the edges. This will also be applied in our transform. Over here. We have this little option corner type, and it will round off the corners. And this is called a live corner widget. The last shape is the Star Tool. This works exactly the same. You can use your up and down arrow keys to add mole faces. So we can scale it up. But we've got another option in here. I press Alt and hold that down. You can see it changes the way it draws the shape. If I hold Control, I can extend the length of h star. I can make them really long. Then when I let go of control, it will scale accordingly. And I can add more sides using my up arrow and down arrow key to remove them. Let's let go. What I'm going to do is delete the shapes, were drawing out some more rectangles. I'm going to use M on my keyboard to get the rectangle. Let's draw a few squares. I want to show you how to align the shapes. If I select my selection tool, I can select all the shapes. And down here, I have some align options. I can align them vertically. I can align them all to the left. Let's undo that control Z. I can align them all in the center vertically and alter the right vertically on a vertical axis. That's going to align it to the shape that is the most right. Align them horizontally on the horizontal axis. If you can see the shapes moving around. Another thing is I can distribute them evenly. So if I take this shape out here, move this one in the center here. Like sorry, and select all of them. I'm just clicking and dragging with my selection tool. I can select these three dots and distribute them evenly using the Horizontal Distribute. So if I want this one, click on it and it will change the spacing between the centers of all the shapes to be exactly the same. Another thing that we can do with aligning is say if I move these shapes down here, select all these shapes and I want to align all the shapes too. We can waste all these selected. I can just click on the Shape a second time. That will make it a key object. And you can see the option he is changed to key object. And now I can align it to the center of that key object. Now that option in here is to align it to an art board. I can select that and align it to the artboard. I've just aligned it from the vertical and horizontal axis of the artboard. Now all the shapes are stacked. Select old days, we've already gone over this, but we can go Object, Group or Control J. You can also right-click them and group them. And shapes have a hierarchy, the rectangles in their own hierarchy. So we can use the layers panel to adjust where they are positioned. I could move this shape to the top and move the shapes around if I wanted to. I can also do that by right-clicking on the shape, going to arrange and sending them in a direction. This one's bring it to the front, bring forward, backward, and send to back, and then some shortcuts there that you may want to remember. As you can see once again, we've got the live corner widgets in the square here, which we can adjust here. Last thing I want to go over is the direct selection tool, and it's used case. If I select a shape, you can see that it can select just want to anchor point in the corner. Now this will take a little bit to get used to. If I select a shape, I can click and drag just one anchor point. I can also select multiple anchor points by holding Shift and clicking. And then I can drag two anchor points at once. The direct selection tool also allows me to select just one corner. So maybe I want this one to be a pointed end. And then I can click in here and Shift-click old days lines here and drag them all the way to the top. You can see that we can create very unique shapes using had direct selection tool to play around with those tools and try to understand how they work. The best way to do that is just a mess around. Use Control Z to go back and undo mistakes. But play around, make some awkward shapes like I have here. Work out how the Direct Selection Tool works, how to make stars, how to make pentagons. And then you can move on to the next lesson. I'll see you there. 5. Using the shape builder tool in Adobe Illustrator: In this lesson, we'll take a look at using the shape builder tool to create unique shapes like this one here. This is made up of multiple shapes that we use to cut out of other shapes, will create this shape. In this lesson. The first thing that I would like you to do is open up the exercise file number five using the shape builder tool in Illustrator. If we go to our Layers panel, you can also find them under Window layers. You can see that up here we have a drawing layer and we're going to select that one that will allow us to draw this shape. Now in using the shape builder tool, we need to create other shapes that we can use to cut out of HLR. If we grab here and we take a look at the shapes that we need to create. The first thing that I'm noticing is I would like to create a circle. I'm going to use the Ellipse Tool. Remember, just click and hold on the Rectangle tool and come down to the ellipse tool. You could also learn the shortcut, which is L on the keyboard. Just click once and click Go. I'll use my space bar to pan over. What I'm going to do is recreate this shape. But over here that you can see what's going on. I'm going to do is create a circle. Now what I'm going to do is create a more luck on the lips. So it's a bit squished. Will squish it up a little bit and maybe pull it in about this file. Now we can use S selection tool. We can drag this shape and duplicate it. What we can do is go edit, copy and edit, paste or paste in front to paste it in front of the object in the same position. I'm just going to hit paste. And we can drop this shape in place like so. We can select these two shapes and line them up on the horizontal axis. Now what I'm going to do is come down to my swatches and just hit default. And then it'll set the swatches back to default. Now, we can edit this. You can see when we select both shapes, you can see the path behind this shape here. I'm just going to overlap them a little bit less. Select both shapes, say where it's at. Continue to drag it across until I've got a shape that I'm happy with, this one. Then we can use a shape builder tool. And it looks like this over here. You can also use Shift M to get the shape builder tool. When using the shape builder tool, we have to select the shapes with the selection tool that we would like to connect. The shape builder tool works by just clicking in the areas that you would like to create a shape. You can see here the shapes being divided up by the overlapping paths. You can see that right now the dotted area is the shape that I will create. If I click. If I just click once, you can see it's created this shape here. And we also want to remove these two shapes so we could use the shape builder tool or just use our selection tool to get rid of it. So let's go back to our selection tool. And if we have a look at this, you can see that these two shapes have been divided and the intersecting bit is connected. So now I can delete those two outer shapes and drag this into place. One thing that I'm noticing, So if we just stretch it out a little bit to fill out this shape, stretch it out. Then we could drag it away again to work on it. Over here. Next thing I'm going to do is use my rectangle tool. I'll go to the center of this shape and you can see that the little x is showing up. I can click and drag out. I can use my alt key to scale from the center. I'm just going to draw shapes straight to the center. Like so. Let go. And now we've got this shape that we can use. Now the duplicate the shape quicker and easier. We can click on this shape and drag it away without letting go. If we hold down the Alt key, you can see that it's duplicating the shape. Now when we let go, we can rotate this one. Let's undo that click out here, rotate it by 45, and drag it into place here. Like so. Then we would just want to drag this down, duplicate it again by holding down the Alt key and dragging it. Just dragging it straight down. And then we can use the object. Transform, Transform again, and that'll duplicate it once again. And now we can use the shape builder tool to connect all the shapes. We just need to click and drag across all the shapes that we would like to connect and cut out and go over to our shape tool. And then we're going to use the alt key to take away these shapes. This is our control plus or Command Plus to zoom in. We're just going to hold Alt and drag over the shapes here. And I'm just drawing, clicking and dragging the areas that I don't want. If you make a mistake, you can just use Control Z to undo it and redraw the shapes. We're just drawing at the area that we don't want. Like so I'm just holding down the Alt key. You say the, the old K toggles the minus and the plus. Now we've created this shape here. Now we can select it all. And what I'm going to do is actually group it over in the properties panel down the bottom. We have a group option that we can use. Now what we want to do is rotate this 145. We're going to drag it out. This side. Would just put on, let's try negative 45. In the transform panel. There's this little rotate icon here. And we can rotate any of our selected objects. In this case, it's the group. We just hit Enter and that'll hide it like so. There we go. We've got that side. Now what I'll do is drag another side out and rotate this one by 45. Let's double-click in there. Just put in 45. Grades, would just drag it into place. Let's use Control and plus to zoom in with that many shapes selected with our selection tool. If we hover over the shape, you can see that we have these little guides showing up. So right now I'm hovering over the path. If I go down to the anchor, which is right at the corner, I can click and drag this to snap it to the other anchor. Let's drag this one out and do the same, de-select it, then hover over until you get anchor, click and drag it into place so that the corners can snap. Now what I'm going to do is select all the shapes and use my Shape Builder Tool. What I'm going to do is just get rid of these areas here. Tiny little areas. You could zoom in using your control plus Ks and then use your space bar to pan. I'm just getting rid of the overlapping areas so that we have straight lines in here. When you're done, you can press V on the keyboard to get your selection tool. Zoom out using Control or Command Minus. One thing here is I want to flip this. So you can see here that the icons flipped. Another thing is we have rotated these too much. You can see we still got the settings in here for the rotation. The only issue that we have is that we've already cut off the shapes here. I'm going to leave it at a 45 degree rotation. You may choose to undo this and create a rotation that is less. What I'll do now is try the flipping options. Say that this shape does not want to be flipped even if we use the football options either in the transform panel, we can't get it the right way. What I'm going to do is set it back to the original. If we undo all the flipping that we did until we get the rotation. Back. There we go. Let's undo. Once we have for rotation, if we just set this back to 0, it's very cool and when we flip it now will be good. Now we flip it by negative 45. You can see there that it has been flipped. Another issue, we've did the shape builder tool before we flipped it. So let's just fix all this. De-select everything. Whoops. We've cut out an area that shouldn't be caught out. Let's get back to a shape Bueller to undo that one. Will connect this up to the edge. Like so. Lastly, I want to share a trick to expand the pods here. Double-click, we go into the group and then I can select the shape. I'm going to go to object down to path. I'm just going to offset the path. Let's go into about five. Let's turn on and off the preview. Five pixels looks really good. Then we can double-click to get out of the group. And then once again, I want to do here, send this one to the back transform range here, we just right-clicked arrange, send to back. Then what I can do is go into this group as well and go to Object Path, Offset Path by five pixels. Hit Okay, Double-click out. And then we can select all these shapes and zoom in. Using a shape builder tool. Here, we can take away the areas that we don't want just by drawing at the areas. Another little trick with the shape builder tool is if you click and drag and then hold shift as you're doing it. I'm also holding my alt key to take away objects. You can see that we can create a marquee box. Let's join these up. Like join those two shapes up. Let's have a look. Little thing we might want to fix is this shape here. What we can do is this. She's at Ponto. We don't need to go into detail with this tool. We'll just click it once and we'll just join that, not go to this anchor point. Straight up. Just create a little shape there. We'll select everything. Use a shape builder to join these shapes. You haven't. We've created the logo here. What we can do now is picked the color little trick eyedropper here. Go down and select the orange down there. Then we'll select all this and we will go object down to group. Then we can drag this into place. Sorry, layers. What we can do is 12 down the guideline. Unlock the guide. Then just hide the group. The top on there. That'll hide the guides that we have it. That's how to use the Shape Builder tool in Illustrator. Let's move onto the next lesson. 6. How to use the curvature tool: All right, In this lesson we're going to take a look at the curvature tool. And the courage tool is a really cool tool that's sort of replaces the pen tool and it's much easier to use because it helps calculate the curves and all the corners, rather than you having to do that yourself. For this project, we're going to start on the home screen. If you've got documents open, click this little house icon up the top, and it'll go to home. Then what we can do is come down and create a new document. You can also head to file new document. What I'm going to do is I've already got it all set up here. So we want a document that is 500 pixels, select pixels, 500 pixels by 500. And what I'm going to do is put in a night. I've just got a nameless copied here so that or we might document. And what I can do here is just leave it to one artboard. Let's scroll down. I don't want this CMYK because I'm not printing it. And I'll go to RGB. Don't worry if you don't understand this. And also I'm going to drop the roster effects down a little bit, 250 PPI. Let's hit Create. That'll create that document. And now what we can do is go File. And down to replace here, we can go Place, click to open up our files. We're going to navigate to the exercise files. And you say, here's six cartoon hand sketch. We'll select that. And what we're going to do with the options here, you can hit template, check that on, and hit place. That's going to place it in as a template file. And it's also going to lock it and drop the opacity. One thing that I want to change is the size of this image. What I'll do is unlock it 12 days down. I can actually select the layer by clicking the Stoltz in my layers panel. Use my Control M minus keys to zoom out. Then we can just scale this down until it fits into the document. So I'm going to use Shift and Alt key as I do this to scale from the center, skeletal way down. And we'll reposition it in the center. Then I can use my control and 0 key commands on a Mac to zoom in. And then we can lock that layer. Then we can start working on it. First thing I'm going to do is save this. I've accidentally created a name that's way too long, but we'll go File. And I'm going to go File Save As. And I'll navigate to wherever I want to save this file and save it. I'm going to save it on top of another file I've already created. And click Yes and hit. Okay. Now we can use the coverage tool, which is this one right down here. We can select that. And it's a little pen with a little squiggly line out of it. We can start using these two. We need to select the layer above the template so that we can work. And then I'll start showing you how to use the curvature tool. So the curvature tool works by clicking to add I point and then clicking in the next position that you want to add a point. You can see here now it's creating a curve based on these last two points I have plotted. We can create really nice curves. Now you'll see that we've got a fill which is coming in here. And that's because down here we've got a field. So if you say this square is in front, currently it's white. But I just come down here and hit the none icon. That'll get rid of it. You can also do the same properties over here. If you select the fill and hit the none. We continue using this shape here. We can create really cool curves. Now maybe we don't want to create a curve, we want to create a point. What you can do is on the point, double-click and that will create a sharp corner. We can double-click again, like so. By double-clicking creates a sharp corner. Then just by clicking once it turns up back to a curved corner. We can also edit any of these points like so. By clicking and dragging the points, we go back to our selection tool. We can delete that shape. What I'm going to do is pick a stroke color from the appearance panel. Click on this little square here next to the Stroke. And we're going to pick a color that we can see, blue or something. We go. And then we can change the point size, which is the thickness of the stroke up. Now what we can do is create this shape. I'm going to go past the end of this line. You'll see the reason for that in a little bit. And then we can start plotting the points. Now this will take a little bit of time to get used to. You'll have to practice it a little bit to work out how to use this tool. You can click on these points and move them around. Like so. We'll move these points around to create some really unique shapes like so. If you press control on the keyboard and click off, it'll de-select the shapes so you can start new. If I come down here. Now what I can do is I don't want to click on the path, so I have to get past the path and create the shape from there. We'll keep going around. Let's pull this point down around a little bit. We'll go past the point once again, use the control key to de-select it for anything. And then we'll create this one here. Deselect that one, little, de-select everything and last one around here. Now, I'm going to use an ellipse for this. Click on my rectangle, come down to the ellipse, and we'll draw out an ellipse here. We'll resize it and move it into position. Then I'll move it by duplicating it. Hold Alt to duplicate it, and then we'll just scale this ellipse down so it fits in there. Also up here. We've got two ellipses, so we'll drag those in place. Duplicating the shape using alt. Just scale this up. I'm holding the Alt key to scale from the center. And now what we can do is use our object or edit copy. And then we'll go edit, paste in front, create a new shape. Then I'm going to use my alt key to scale this down. Like so. I'm going to move it up a little bit. Now what we can do is start coloring this a little bit. Now we haven't gone over color, so we're going to use the black and white colors. So let's use our default. And what I'm going to do is use a fill of black and a stroke of none. I don't need a stroke and fill this shape here. I will also use a fill, but this time it's going to be white and a stroke of black. I'm going to pump these strike up a little bit. You can see it like so. Now what we want to do here is connect all these shapes. So what we can do is select them all. Let's select everything. Just clicking and dragging of it with the selection tool. We use our trusty old shape builder tool to connect all the shapes up. We're just click once in this area here. Click once in this area, and once in this area. Now what I'm going to do is use my selection tool and you can see that the overlapping areas have been cut off so I can delete them. We'll leave that one and we've got a shape going around there. I'm also going to fix up this little area here. I'll select those two circles there. And if we don't want to use and come over here and click the shape builder tool. You can also press Shift M on the keyboard. Then we'll connect that TD, like so. Press V on the keyboard for your selection tool. Then we can select everything. And I'm going to use the eyedropper once again and just come up and select this shape here. Now you can see a few things have gone wrong in doing that. Add little lines in here have disappeared. And that's the layer hierarchy. So if we open up our layers, you can see these little pods here. Behind this shape here that we have selected. Just deselect everything, select that shape, Right-click it. And we can arrange it. And we can send it to the back. If we go back to our curvature tool, you can say that we can see all the points here that we can edit. I want to show you a few things to finish off this lesson by selecting a point and deleting it with the curvature tool, we can get rid of point which is super handy to clean up lines. Unless points that we have, the less errors that will have these two points here, probably the most necessary points will delete one of those. And you can see, cleans it up a bit. We'll leave these lines here and leave all that. You can see there. We've created the hand that easy in the Getting Started section. Lastly, you may want to create a bottom like I did in the getting started, and it's just two ellipses. We'll just draw one out, duplicated down a bit. In this case, I'm going to use the pen tool. It's a little bit more effective. And what we can do is just draw a line straight down like so. And create nice big box across them all. Then we can go back to our selection tool, select everything, and use the shape builder tool to connect things that will connect all that. What I can do is select all that gave them my properties into group. Drag it into place. We'll select all of the hand and we'll group that one. Drag it up, then we'll right-click on it, arrange it, and we'll bring it to the front. There you go. Now we can go to my Layers panel and hide that background layer. And you can see that we've created a nice hand with a button using the curvature tool. All right, I'll see you over in the next lesson. 7. How to use the pen tool: In this lesson, I will show you how to use the pen tool in Adobe Illustrator. Now the pen tool is one of the most used tools, and it's one of those tools that can be a little hard to master. Now I'll teach you the basics of the pen tool in this lesson. But if you want to enhance your Pen tool skills, I do have another course here on Skillshare that will teach you how to master the pen tool. And we'll go through some really advanced techniques to creating really nice pods. What I'm going to do is come down to the pen tool here, it's P on the keyboard. If you remember the shortcut. What we're going to do is start on these working in layout. And we'll zoom in here. A small trick with zooming, in, which I haven't taught yet. Easy if you hold down the Alt or Option key and you have a mouse with a scroll wheel. You can zoom in and out using the scroll wheel on your mouse. If you hold down Alt and push the scroll wheel forward, you zoom-in. And when you pull the scroll wheel back towards you, use the math. I do understand that it might be hard to do these on, say a laptop or a Mac that doesn't have a scroll wheel, you have to use the conventional Control plus and minus keys. Or we could use the zoom tool and click and drag into areas like so. Let's go back to the pen tool. Zoom in and we're going to start here. First thing I'm checking is my swatches. If I just switched my swatches so that my stroke is black and my favorite is non rather than the other way round. We want the stroke is black. Now we're ready to go and come home from my Properties panel. Take a look at my point size. It's one, it'll be okay for now. Then we can follow the anchor points. And it works the same as the curvature tool, except it doesn't automatically create curves. When we add a point, it just creates a straight line. When we add a second, you'll see that it continues to create a straight line. We can come down here. I can come back up. And then to close it, you can say that this tool that we have turned it into a little circle, this little circle next to our Pen Tool. That means we're closing the shape. Now this is a complete shape. What we can do now is move on to a more complicated lead off. Let's use the pen tool. We click and draw the straight lines. Now what we'll do here is we'll just go straight through here and pass that. And we'll draw this little section as a separate shape. Now we'll come over here and what we want to do is plot a point at the start of the curve. But without letting go, we want to click and drag. And we can hold the Shift key to snap our anchor point or a handle. What we're doing is dragging out a handle here. And we're holding the Shift key to snap the handle to a horizontal. And we're just going to drag it out this far. And we can adjust these lighter. We're going to come down all the way down to the bottom here. We want to get the bottom most point. We'll click and drag in the direction that we want to guide. Next. We're going to drag it out and you'll see that the line is completely missing. Way we wanted it to go. We have to edit this handle. This is where some shortcuts come in and it makes it so much easier to use the pen tool. Hold down the Alt or the Option key on a Mac. It brings up this little tool. This allows us to edit handles. We can come here and grab this little circle here. We can edit this handle and we can drag this forward. And then we can use our ALT key and come down here and adjust this. And when we finished, we can let go. Now we can come back up here and continue on with that path. Let's use the alt key again to edit this handle. Most of the holding Shift to snap it. We can continue on. Now. We want to come down to the bottom of here and drag it the opposite, opposite direction. This time, we're going that way. And now we'll continue on. Then we can use the alt key once again to edit that handle. Adjust the handles so that the fullest the curve. Let's come back up here. Click on the corner. Use space bar to pan and come all the way to the top and make that a closed shape. Now we can work on this little bit here. What we're going to do is just click once, come through here. Click once. And I'm going to go all the way to the bottom here. Just make it nice big curve. We want to pull this point back into the end because as you can see, this guide is slingshot hang around making these big. We use the okay to pull that back in. Just hold Alt, drag it all the way back in till it's in the anchor point, which is that square box. Let's come down here, click once, and we'll go all the way up here. I'm going to draw this one on an angle. We're done after it, yet. You can get it right and then let go black. So now we can use S selection tool, select everything, and use the Pathfinder in Properties panel, and just hit Unite. And that will unite the two shapes. Basically works the same as Pathfinder. By joining all the shapes that are selected. It's time to go and finish. The last letter. Will do the same here. Come around here. Adding two handles will drag this handle back in there because it's going to be a straight line. Will come all the way down he had just before the curve. Well, this one, I'm going to use Control Z to get back and I'm going to drag down, I want to start these curve. I can go something like that. To stop the curve. We want to drag this point back in. What I'm going to do here is maybe I don't, maybe I need that point here. If I grab the Alt key and drag that, I just studied that so that I can go back and drag that handle all the way around. I want to go down here and drag this way. Can use this handle. Here. I'm just holding the Alt key to adjust the handle. Let's come back here. Add a point there. Well, this handled back in and continue around. Now this will take a little bit of time getting used to working out how to use. Not the easiest tool to line. All right, I'm just going to click on this point and go straight down across like that. And straight up. Now I'm going to do the same here. Dragging the points, drag a pointer like that. Come this way. Back in. Backup, right? One last thing, you can see that there's a handle flying out of the side. What we're going to need to do to edit that handle and drag that hello I back in. That connects up. Then what we're gonna do, select these two shapes. Press the shape builder tool and just click once in the shape here. And that would joined the two shapes. A few little things up here. There's an RV shoot. So that's caused by the path here. So let's use our direct selection tool. And it's caused by this handle going past the path, we can use our direct selection tool to pull that handle back into the ANC point there. Now what we can do is select these three shapes. We're using our selection tool, then just holding Shift and dragging over those three shapes. Just switching the field with the strike once kin. And then you have it. Let's go to our Layers panel. Unlock the artwork layer. We can hide it. We want a toilet open. Show it. And we just want to hide the top group that'll hide all the guides for these artwork. You have it. That's how to use the pen tool in Adobe Illustrator. Let's move on to the next lesson. 8. Using color inside Adobe Illustrator: All right, In this lesson we're going to take a look at using color inside Adobe Illustrator. Now I'm not going to go too in depth with this photo. Explain why we opened the color panel and place it down here. I'll also explain how to use swatches and colors inside Illustrator. What you can do is open up, working, following up by eight. Don't worry about the completed beat on the end of my file name. It just means that this is a file I'm working on. You can access the completed files if you would like, but open up the one that doesn't have completed on the end. And it will be exactly like it is right now. Now the next thing that I would like you to do is open up the Swatches panel. We can hit up to window, down to Swatches, and everything is in order of the alphabet so you can find it in S. Then we go, we've opened up swatches. Now my swatches panel looks slightly different to what yours will look like. Basically, all this changed is if we go into this little hamburger menu here is I've selected the large thumbnail view from the small thumbnail view that Let's just so I can see the colors a bit easier. All right, the next thing that I would like to show you is that we can add and remove colors. Now you should have the same colors in here as I do, but yours might be different depending on the document that you're working on. And it comes from the presets that we peek at the start here. If I pick a different preset, Let's go to art and illustration and create a document. You can see that the colors have switched. There are a lot brighter than what I had. So we can close that. So it depends on the document and we can save these swatches into an Illustrator document. So if we pass this document onto someone else, they have all the colors that they need. So what I'm going to do is add all the colors in this document into here as a group. What I can do is select all the colors just by clicking and dragging across them all. Or you can press Control or Command I on the keyboard would just mean Select. All we can do is come down to the bottom here of your swatches panel and just hit new color group. Then what we're going to do in here is name it. I'm going to leave it color group one. And we're going to go Selected Artwork. And we're also going to uncheck the global process. Now the global process just basically means that you can edit the colors lighter and it would change the colors inside the document. Let's go and hit. Okay. And they have all the colors have been added into your swatches panel. Now what we can do is click on the other swatches and just being them. You can select the whole group by clicking on the folder on the left and just beating them down the bottom here. And you can also select them by clicking on the first one, holding Shift and clicking on the last one that you want to delete and then building it like so. You'll see that we occurred in Era while I did that, what happened was when I selected those swatches, all the swatches, I selected a fill color. You need to make sure that you do not have any colors selected when you are deleting swatches. Let's do it now with nothing selected and we won't add the white outlines to everything. I want to show you why I opened up the color panel and it's a little bit of a glitch inside Adobe Illustrator. All it is is when I switch the swatches here from the field to the stork, it actually opens up the color panel. So if I pull this panel out and close it and then switch the stroke, it opens it up to where I last had it. It's a little bit annoying if you just want to edit the colors here and I switch it. And then I want to edit the color. But every time this panel is popping up and there's actually right now no way to fix it. What I do is just dock it inside Illustrator so that it's always open and out of the way. When I switch, it still switches over here because it's switching the values in my RGB selector. But doesn't get in my way by opening up in front of everything else. All right, the last thing I wanted to just talk about is if any of these options hidden. So if these options are hidden, you can double-click on the color on the panel. And this works for other panels as well to have multiple options. You can just double-click on the name. And it will add and show you all the options. You can also use this little hamburger menu to click Hide options. Now there are another way to select colors, and I like to use HSB. It's just a way of looking at the colors. So this one's hue saturation and brightness. We can select a different way of selecting colors, RGB, red, green, and blue. So we're editing the red, green, and blue values. We can switch that around to work with whatever file we're working on. Maybe we're working with CMYK. So we want to use the CMYK color selectors. Alright, lastly, I just want to quickly go over global colors. You'll notice that when we added these two swatches panel, we added all these colors. But if I double-click on this color, go in and edit it. And hit Okay, you can see nothing happens. I changed it to read. Nothing happens in my document. If I undo that control Z, double-click on it now, global, hit Preview or shifted over to the side and I change my colors. You can say that still nothing is happening. And that's because when I changed it to global wasn't connected to this document. If I select everything and then add it to the swatches. Now, we'll go to Color Group two and convert the process to global. Hit. Okay, you can see all the global colors have a little triangle in the bottom corner. Now what I can do is deselect it. And let's say this little letter box here. Let's double-click on it. Let's make this. Let's change the color mode, HSB. And let's go into the yellow. Make this little letterbox yellow. Hit Preview. There you go. The litter box is changing too yellow. Another thing to point out with this little box is the reason why these beats here in the swatches is because they are gray layer that have been changed to be opaque. So if we go to our properties panel here, you can see that this is 29% and this one is fifty-six percent. Let's zoom out Control or Command Zero to fill the art board in the screen. What we can do is you can also use this to organize your colors. So if we wanted to change this background to a different color, we can select the background and click on the color that we would like. Like. So I can go Control Z to undo that. That's all for color. Suggest you play around with this, adding swatches. You can also add colors by clicking and dragging them from the swatches bit. So drag them in like so. There you go. You can pick any of the colors that you like. Let's pick a color from here. You can just drag it straight in like so. You can see that the global ones will automatically change to global because they're already in the swatches. Let's delete that. Alright, I suggest you have a little bit of a player gram with the global colors. Change the colors of this document here, and play around with using colors come in here, change the colors from here using the color selector. You can also use the Properties panel to change colors by clicking on the Fill under the appearance. And the strike under. The appearance also could also change the fill colors over here. Alright, that's it for this lesson. And I'll see you in the next one. 9. Brush tool for texturing shapes inside Illustrator: Alright, in this lesson we're going to take a look at how to use brushes inside Adobe Illustrator. Now I'm just going to be talking about the brush tool. And in this particularly example, just be looking at texturing inside shapes. And so we'll work with clipping masks a little bit. You don't have to understand them too much. That can be a little bit complicated. But hopefully I can break it down really simple for you guys. Basically. If you watch this episode a couple of times, you should be able to grasp how to use brushes and clipping masks. Now, illustrator can Make Clipping Masks automatically with the brushes with a feature called draw inside. If you open up the file nine, brush inside Adobe Illustrator, you can access this file here. Little thug here. We've got some textured brushes sitting over the side. Just make sure the background is locked. You shouldn't be able to select it. That'll be fine. Now these brushes Seward load automatically into Illustrator. Now I've got this bar up at the top here that you may have noticed in the last lesson. And it's called the control bar. And I've turned on because I use it personally. It's an auto feature to Illustrator that has been taken away since they released the new layout of the essentials layout. What you can do to show it is go window and just click on the control. Everything that shows up in the control bar shows up in the properties panel. Right now it's different because we haven't got anything selected. Let's take a look at how to use a brush. Now the brush tool is down here. It looks like that. And it's also B on the keyboard. If we grab the brush tool, what we can do is we've selected a brush, it's called a scatter brush number six. And yours might be on this by default, you can change the brush type in the Properties panel and also helping the control. And we're just going to scroll down and pick number six. I've got some other brushes that you might not have like number seven. I don't think I've included that one into the file. With that brush selected. What you can do is start drawing. And as you can see, it just draws out whatever color the stroke color is. So if we select the stroke and pick a brown, it'll draw brown dots. We can also alter the size of the brush by adjusting the point size. You can see that it's nice as small. You can see that the brush creates pods. Inside Illustrator. You can just click and drag and draw. And it creates a path with lots of points. Now we can edit how many points we would like to create by double-clicking on the brush and changing the fidelity. So if we change it up to smooth, we can add a k. You can see there that it's really smooth and drills a smooth lines. Because we're using a scatter brush, we don't really need to worry about how smooth the lines are. You can undo mistakes by using Control or Command, said. All right, let's move into place and start working with some of these shapes. Now, I'm going to use shortcuts in this lesson as it will make this process so much quicker and much easier. What we can do is press V on the keyboard for the selection tool. I'm going to start at the top and select this man's hair. Then under the swatches on our toolbar over the side, we can switch the drawing mode. We've got drawer normal, which draws on top of shapes. We've got draw behind, which draws behind everything. We've got drawn inside. We're going to select, Draw inside. Select that. Then we can use our brush. Let's press B on the keyboard, full brush, and we can pick the darkest color as a strike. We also want to pick a scatter brush of some sort. Let's pick number five. Let's start drawing around. You can see there, when we draw our hate, scatter brush will create mark and draw out using a scatter brushes. We can change our brush using the control panel over here on the properties and continue to draw out. And I can use these to shade my man. This will create a clipping mask. If I go back to my selection tool, click off and change my drawing mode back to normal. You'll see that those little squares have gone. You can see that they still shapes out here. This pods out here, but they inside this layer here. If I select the layer, you can say that if I right-click it says Release Clipping Mask. We can also double-click on the clipping mask to open it up and edit some of these parts inside here. Everything inside the clipping mask is clipped to the original shape. Let's de-select everything. If I select this shape and go to draw inside once again, you can see that we can't select that option. And that's because it's created the clipping mask. And we don't need to use the option again. We can go into a clipping mask, then use that brush to draw more patterns. Jump out again, and let's pick a, another picky as it is. And we'll go draw inside. Down here. Draw inside. You can see that these little markers show up and that just shows the area or the shape that we're drawing inside. This is the only shape that we can draw inside at the moment. Let's press B on my keyboard to pick up our brushes. Let's use scatter brush number eight. Let's select a new color. Select maybe a lot of one. We can start using color. There you go. We can undo using control or command XID, drawing more like so. We can draw on this side. And you can see there that we can make some quick textures. Let's select the next shape. Go back to draw normal and draw inside again. And then you can get grabbed the neck shape. And I can continue drawing like so. Let's press V on the keyboard. Get out about draw inside mode. We'll go to the nose, switch it to draw inside and continue on. If you didn't understand how this works, I would suggest watching start of this tutorial again and you'll get a better grasp of what's going on. I'm going to continue on and finish off during this man. All right, There you have it. Play around with this a little bit, have some fun with it. Maybe takes some weed and wacky colors, add them to your swatches and shade in some different colors. You can use any of these brushes. His brushes should automatically load in with the document and you can play around with the brushes using texture. You can also use tech. You can also use brushes to create other artwork. But for this example, I'm going to keep it really simple and keep it to texturing. Watch this video again if you need to. And we'll move on to the next lesson. I'll see you there. 10. How to use the type tool: In this lesson, we're going to take a quick look at the type tool in Illustrator. The type tool is used February and illustrator. And it does what it says creates type. The tight tools down here, it's the big T, and you can also press T on the keyboard. Let's click it. What happens now you can see a text box or our cursor has changed. And you can see that our properties of the side have also changed to include a character and I paragraph. Now if you want more options, you can either go to the three dots down below, here, and also down below the paragraph panel. Or you can go find these panels in the windows. So we'll go Window down to character. Should be here somewhere down here and type the type Character panel. Just click that and it will pull up Character paragraph and the open type panel. I'm going to dock this panel by just dragging it and talking it down at the bottom. You can see that some options a hidden so we can do the same as what we did with the color panel. Just double-click it and it was showing the options. We can also come into the hamburger menu and come in here, Show Options. What I can do to use the type tool is just click once and it puts out Loren Ipsum. By default, this is really handy. Then we can search a font of our choice. Now I'm trying to think of a font that would be in your software. Or you can search a font by using the drop-down. If you just click the arrow, you can see that we've got a lease fonts that we can use now I've got some fonts that are loaded from Adobe fonts. I'm just going to pick one, let's say Garamond. You can see here that we can change the type. So we can change this to typography. And you can see here that we can select the type. Now, right now it's quite small. We can change the point size or the font size. We can just stop using the errors. If I hold shift and click the upper, it'll go up by increments of ten. Now there are a few other options here. We can change the font style. We can change our italic, bold. I'm sure you've used a word processing. I'm sure you've I'm sure you've used a word processing platform or software like Microsoft Word, and you can do all those sort of editing. We have loads of other options down here now we're not going to go through them all, but we'll go through these four here. What you can do here is this is the letting. It's a space between two lines of text. Right now we don't have two lines, so we'll come back to that one. We have the spacing between two letters. This is the individual spacing between the P and the height h. I can just edit that by putting my cursor between the two. If I hold Shift and do it, you can see that we can change the spacing between two letters, like so. We can also click and drag to select all the text and change this something like optical. This means that illustrator will work out the spacing between it and try and work out what looks the best. We can move on to the tracking. And that's the spacing between every single letter. It takes into account the kerning and the space in between each letter and then puts extra spice between the letters, will spread them out really far. The other way to draw out type is to click and drag. This will basically create a text box. Let's drop our size down to something like 24. And I want to show you a quick option. You can go to type and you can go fill with placeholder text. You can say that we filled it with Loren Ipsum. And here comes in the letting. Letting is the space between the letters. We just want to click on this and set it to order. If we select all that type, if I just click once into this text box, press control a, select all that type, then we can change it to auto. Now with everything selected, I can go to type and fill with placeholder that will fill up with more text. Shift this down a little bit. The last thing that I wanted to show you with type is it can work like a clipping mask, like we did in the last lesson. You can create clipping mosques on your own. Let's pick a font, something like Arial. Everyone should have that one. And we'll come down and we'll pick the Arial Black, really thick font. We could also turn this all two capitals. Let's go down here and pick the TT, the two large T's and go all caps. Like so. What I can do now is drag this text out here, select both of them, right-click it and go make clipping mask. And the layer behind it, that big Leo has created a clipping mask. Now I've got some fancy ticks. Let's select both of those textboxes. And what we can do to edit the clipping mask is double-click on it. And basically this is the isolated mode hover right here into this area. I can re-size that nice big gradient and I can move it around some nicer colors. And you can see there that we can easily edit type. Play around with this tool. There's loads of other options in here that can be a little bit complicated. For now, we're not going to go into them. You can try this out for yourself. And we'll move on to the next lesson. I'll see you there. 11. Basics transformations inside Illustrator: In this lesson, we're going to take a look at basic transformations and how to do some basic editing of shapes using some of the transformations that Illustrator has two Alpha, we're going to be using the transformations in both the properties panel when we select a shape. And there's multiple ones here that we're going to look at. And we'll also going to look at the options on the right-click. You can see here that we have some transformations on the hill. So let's start with the properties panel. And this is also part of the transform panel. So we can open that up onto a window transform. And you can say that we've got a whole bunch of options. Now there's something called live shapes inside Illustrator, and we'll take a look at that over here when we create some shapes. But for now we're going to take a look at this. This is the XM y-value and it's usually to the top corner here. What happens is if I select this shape over here and drag this all the way over there to the corner of these points so you can see the score and up 960. And this is a, a 169 on the Y, which is the very cool. If I undo that. You can say that also we have the width and the height of the shape. And currently it is linked. If we break that link, it means we can change these separately without keeping the proportions. We can use a shift and up and down arrow keys to edit it. We can also put in a particular number. If I undo that. Another thing that we can do is link them and use a bit of math in here. So we could say plus, say, plus ten, plus ten pixels. We could say I want to divide it by three. We could put in some mass. We can also use the asterisks for the times. We could say tongs for and do some math inside that box. The next one is rotation. It's pretty straightforward. We can put in the value here. We can also pick some pretty dumb. This one here is the shear. If we take a look at this more settings to shear, but it's just the amount of shear that we've got on a horizontal axis, which is basically just warping the shape. We'll take a look at that in a second. Let's see if that reset back to 0. Let's talk do that. Undo it all the way to a cloud is normal again. We also have these other options down here, which is scale corners and also Scale Strokes and Effects. Let's take a look at some of the other shape options. Let's take a look at the square. So the square has brought up a whole heap of options. This is also all these options, sharp in the properties panel as well. So you can access it here. There's no need to open the Transform panel. For this video. I'm using it because it stays open while I work with it. Alright, so fewer options here. We have the width and the height of the rectangle. And it's also portrayed here. We also have the rotation here within the rectangle properties. Once again, we have a corner radius option. We looked at this star. We can change this individually by just hitting the arrows. We can also change the corner type. So we can change, bump it up a bit, sorry, and then change it to a beveled edge. So if I zoom in, look at that, it's a straight edge. And we can also link them all so they all are affected by the same team. Holding shift will change it by increments of ten. Once again. This last option here I want to look at. This one is if I reset this to default, default colors, which means a white fill and a black stripe. You can say that we've got scale corners, so let's create some corners. What we can do is it will scale the corners depending on the shape size. If I uncheck that, you'll say what happens when we scale it down, hit a boundary, and when we scale it up, There's corners get really small. We can say, I want to scale corners. There you go. It will scale the corners with the shape and we don't hit that boundary of it creating a circle. Scaling strokes and effects. If we take a look at the point size right now, and we just take this, watch this when I scale it up. If I scale this brought up, you can say that it's scaling the stroke up. There are some instances where this is useful, especially with effects option. In this course, we don't actually look at effects, but there will be a future course that we'll talk all about effects inside Adobe Illustrator. Sometimes this option is very useful when you're scaling shapes into a new document. And you want to maintain the stroke size. But most of the time I keep this one unchecked. Let's undo that and went back to normal. Now circle has some other options. If I draw out a circle, we have some other options here, which basically makes a pie chart or say here it's called a pi angle. We can also adjust it by using the little circles that are shown outside here. So we can make a pie chart very easily using these measurements here. Using and changing the start and finish and values, we could easily make Pac-Man. Let's rotate it. There you go. Pac-man, magenta, yellow. The last thing that I wanted to look at is if we, let's lock this background layer object lock selection. If we wanted to flip things in this document, let's say for instance, this tree, I select this tree, I'll right-click it and group it. We wanted to flip it. We can go into some more options here under the transform. We could use the properties panel here, which that would flip it. It's really quick and really easily. But we also may want to use some of these options in here we have move. This will move the shape in the horizontal and vertical direction that we choose. And we can pick a distance and an angle. So say we want to move it ten pixels, but we want to move it straight up. So we could change that to 9090 degrees, move it straight up in ten pixels. This becomes really handy. We could also say we want to copy it. Let's undo that. Right-click it again, go to Transform. We also have our rotate. And you can see that we have simple rotate. We can preview it and we can also copy it if we want to. Do that. We also have the Reflect options here. You can say this a few more options in here. We can reflect it at a very specific angle if we wanted to. We could copy it here also. We have scale. You can see here that we can scale it in a uniform by percentages. Non-uniform. We can make it really wide. Like usually we keep things too uniform because we don't want to warp the shapes. And once again, we have the options to scale strokes and effects and also scale the corners. The last option is the shear. This one is the same as the option that we had. Can push everything in an angle and really stretch it. But we have more flexibility. Instead of using the Transform panel, we can share in any direction that we feel. Now let's say we want to use the duplicate option. Another way to do it is to move it. So we want to move this in a particular direction. Let's say in horizontal we want to move it 50 pixels. Let's change it back to 0, and we want to move it by 50 pixels. Let's go copy. Another quick thing is the transform. Again, easy to use the shortcut Control or Command D. You just match that a bunch of times and it would duplicate again, will make the same transform as you lost head. If I move this over there and then press Control D, it will continue moving. If I move it while holding Alt, I'll duplicate it. And then when pressing Control D, it'll duplicate it. Have a play around with some of those transform options, and play around with the same. You can flip things. You could maybe flip the Holocene and see what it looks like. And move on to the next lesson. I'll see you over there. 12. Exporting for print inside Adobe Illustrator: All right, In this lesson we'll take a look at exporting for print in Adobe Illustrator. Now I'm going to follow a print ready checklist that will include in the exercise files and just be called print ready checklist. And I'll just be a checklist of things that you need to check when setting your document up for print. Now, what you can do is open up number 12, exporting for print. It was, of course won't have the teacher on the end. I also want to point out that I'm now using the 2022 version of Adobe Illustrator. So my layer has slightly changed, but basically it's just window, the essentials workspace so you can reset it. And I've also turned on the control bar because I use it a fair bit. The first thing we need to look at is document bleed. We want to make sure that we've added some bleed on the edge which gets trimmed off after it's printed. This just makes it easier for the printer to print right to the edge of the document. What we can do is go to File down to document setup. So just click that. And in here you can see that we have a bleed. In Australia, it's most common to use three mill, but the printer may tell you a different setting, so you may need to use five or ten depending on the printers preferences. You have to talk to the printer if you're working with them. I'll set it at three for now and hit Okay. Then I'll add this line around the outside. So the next thing that I need to do is make sure that my background goes out into the bleed. Now it's better to setup the bleed when you're actually setting up the document. That way as you can push some of the artwork out into the blade and work with the bleeds. You can do that by going File New. And when you set up the document here, you pick your preset, you re-size it to the size that you would like. And down here we have the blade and it seemed point sizes, but if we change this to millimeters, which is what I use, you can set it to you three mill. But for now, we've already created our document. So what I'm going to do now is select that background layer, just re-size it to the bleed area. Whatever is outside, this black line will end up being chopped off, but it will print everything outside the bleed. Now I've only got the front side of this card. Just move this down a little bit, so it looks a little bit better. That would also be a backside to the card which should just included in the same document and they would also need bleed if it's a white background. So let's say if this is why you wouldn't need to push the wire into that area. What we'll do is drop it back in. Another thing that might happen is if the back of your business card is also pink, the same pink as this, they might choose a pink paper rather than printing pink and that'll save on printing costs. All right, the next thing that we need to do is organize the layers. Now as is already pretty much organized. But if I had a front and back, I would group the front and put it on its own layer here. I'll just cold front. You could call it a business card from something like that. From business, god. Then you would just create a new layer and just select the back. And you could press Control or Command X, and that would cut it and then Control or Command F to paste in place. The next thing we need to look at is any type. If you have typing your document, Let's put some type out. If you had some typing here, which you would have on the back of the card, like your details. You need to outline this because you may be using a font that the printer can access. And it may just create some problems when they're printing or when the print is opening the file. All you do is select all the type that is still a typeface. You can right-click it and come down here, Create Outlines that alternate into our path, which means it can no longer be edited with the type tool here. And it means that it's sort of, you can't do much with it after this and you can't turn it back to the path, the type path, you just have to leave it like this. So it's worth duplicating this whole file. If you need an outline type. And just save the outlined version as well or something like that. Alright, so what I'm going to do is delete the type. And the last thing that we need to do is email swatches. I forgot window down to swatches. And I'm just going to drag that into the side here. I'll just open that up. Like so. What we want to do is add these colors to the swatches. So if I select this, I can just add that. Also the pink I'd lock in there. And add that. Then we go, we've added the colors. These are global swatches, which means I could end up them. We've just added the colors to the swatches. If you've got other colors, just delete them and only keep the colors that necessary. Just cleans it up. And especially if you end up giving the AI file to the printer, most likely you won't, but they can just see which colors up a US will see. You may work with Pantone colors. And what happens there is the Pantone colors are big library of colors. The code color books. So they're under here. And you'd pick one of these. So they might be solid coded. And they would give you the number of the Pantone. Each phase has got a pantone number, 345 c. And you can search that up in here. Whatever number you need. I'll give you the pen tones that you want to use. This pink, maybe a Pantone color you need to use, or even the black might want that Pantone. And that way, you've got to add the pan tone to the document here. Pantheons sharp, if little bit hard to say now. But this little dot in the little triangle to incredibly hard to see, that just means it's a spot color. So if I double-click on it or book color here, this is showing that it's a pan tone, Pantone, neutral black, book color. If I hit okay, that means that it is a pan tone. So we'd have to select all the shapes with the same colors. Just make sure that the pay in turn is applied to that. And the pink, you'd have to find a pink in here that you like. You'd most likely pick that with the printer. Now what we're gonna do is actually export this. What we can do is go File down to Save As. And I'm going to save it in the teacher version. And I'll just call this the sharp candy candy shop. I'll just call this print ready. What we can do now is change the Save As type to a PDF. Down here, Adobe PDF. If I had multiple artboards and you would creating multiple documents in there. So say if you wanted to also create design for T-Shirt in the same one on a different sized art board, you'd have to export them separately as different PDFs. So you may select the artboard. But if you've got two sheets of business cards, then what you do is pick the same one. You want both boards in the same document. Now what I can do is hit Save, and that'll pop up with these options here, save Adobe PDF. First thing I'll do at the top is select the Adobe PDF presets. We wanted highest quality print. What I can do down here is checked View PDF after saving, which just means that opens up Adobe Acrobat after I save it. And we want to go down here, marks and bleeds, I'm just going to turn on all Printer marks. And so what we can see in here that it's got all these things. So there's a trim marks be where they caught. And I'm going to turn off page information and color bars. You might not need registration marks, but I'm just going to leave it there. Next thing is what we'll do is turn on the document bleed settings, which will take that three mill of the document bleed. Now we can hit Save PDF. That'll save the PDF and export it. And then we go, this is the document that you send to you, the printer. Now they may tell you to turn off all this extra stuff. But what happens here is you send this to the printer, they print it out, and then most likely print heaps of versions of this, though tile it, then Dakota on the black lines. So all that extra will be cut off from the main city, come with a really clean edge. Alright, that's it for exporting for print. I'll include this document in here so you can see it also include the AI file in there. So you can open that up and say what I've done. You can look in here and take a look at how I've set it up in the layers and everything. I'll clean it up for you. And I'll see you in the next lesson. 13. Exporting for web inside Adobe Illustrator: All right, In this lesson we're going to show you how to export for web. So there's a few options and the few ways to do this. First thing I'm going to do is duplicate the artboard here. So I'm going to use my data. Just click on the name at the top, drag it across, and then hold Alt and that'll duplicate it. What I want to do here is export. They'd logos as two different versions. I want to export one as a white version, will change the color to white, and one as a black version. Maybe I also want to export this as JPEGs. So we'll start by exploiting them as PNGs, which means that the background, it can be transparent if there's no color back there. What we'll do is go to file. And there's two ways to do it. Export as an export for screens, this is other option here which gives you a whole heap more options to choose from. And we'll go over that at the end of the lesson. We'll go Export As this is the quick way to do it. And you select JPEG or PNG, or you can pick a TIF if you need to. There's also SVG. So if you're exporting for web like a logo for web, SVG may be a really good option. If you're working with a web designer. Just means Scalable Vector Graphics. So it's a file that basically can be scaled infinitely like a vector graphic. It's being used more and more in web for icons and Legos. But for this lesson, we'll go PNG, which means a transparent background. We could say Use Artboards. We can just select number one. But in this case, I would like to export them. I would like to use the art boards. Don't check Use Artboards. It'll combine them to images into one image. Staff to select Use Artboards, but I'll select all, which means it will export them separately. I can also pick a name for this. I'm going to call this smith candy logo. And I'll put a V1 at the end of it. That way one can be changed. Any small changes I use V1 0.1, and any major changes to the design, I go up to version two so I can keep track of which version. And it's easy for me to grab the lightest version. I just have to look at the highest number. So I'll do V1 0. We'll hit Export. We're going a few options here. We've got a resolution option now, depending on the size that we want this to be. So if this is a logo for a website, we would export a separate version that's really small for the website. So anything that goes to web, we want to add 72 PPI will just click that. We can skip over the next options. Also, if there's no background color or any shape in the background, we can pick transparent. We could also pick a white or black background if we choose. For now, we knew going to keep it transparent and just hit Okay. And that should export both of the images. So if I come over here exporting for web and find it, Here's both the images, so you can see here. Now we've got the Smith in the white and in the black. All right, what I'm going to do now is add some backgrounds to these. Really, I only need to add a background to the white one. I can go black. And we'll drag that over. I'll center it up using the align panel. Let's drag it over again and select the artboard and then center it up using the align panel. Then we just want to send it to the back. So right-click it down to arrange center back, that'll send it to the back. Now what export days as a JPEGs, what we can do is export, export for screens. You can see here that it's picked up the two art boards. And so what I can do here is nine minute black logo. Logo and of course, white logger. You also might want to put the version numbers. So V1, V1. Down over here, we can select a couple of options. So we can select all art boards. We can say we want to include the blade. In this case we've got no bleed, so I'm just going to uncheck that. And over here we can say, we want to range. Maybe we want to export the full documents, so we want to combine the two images. In one image just means full document. We've got an output here. What I can do is just open up this, select, this bar here, press Control or Command C, and just paste it in. I've got the same address and then select the folder. I can do a couple of things here. I can say, I want to create a sub folder. I want to put it in a subfolder in the location that I've selected. I can also say I want to open the location of the export. And I can say I want to scale these or just format it. So I'm going to select scale by default. And down here, we can add a scale to these. It's super handy to export these really quickly. So right now we have background in one of these, and we're going to export them as JPEGs. And we could select a quality. So if we're gonna web where picking more, 100, and then we tweak the sizing of it in side Adobe Illustrator Photoshop. Once easier to tweak the sizing of images in Adobe Photoshop. As you can see, the export size have ALL peak a JPEG ID. I can also add scales this, if I add two scales, it's going to scale at one times, which just means that it'll be the exact same size so that it comes out which I believe it's 500 pixels by 500. And I'm just going to drop it down to 0.5. We could also work with a resolution here, so a PPI, we also work with a width and a height. Here. What I'll do is 0.5. Export one that's normal, and I'll export one that's double the size. You can see here that we need to change these all to the job a big AT. And it will give it some suffixes, which we'll put on the end of the document. When we export it. What we can do then just export, that'll export all those versions. We can open that up. And then we got to a 0.5 times. If we right-click this, go to Properties, we should be able to say he under details the size of it. So it's half the size, as opposed to this one which is 500 pixels. Let's show some details. Where can we show them? View Details panel. So 501 pixels by 500. And over here we've got one thousand, five hundred thousand. So it's just put them in folders like so. Lost. Why do we export is a File. Export legacy. Legacy just means the old way to export. This has lots of options in here and it can be a little bit confusing. But what's good about this way of exporting is it gives you the file size that it will be down here. If we look GIF 4.95 K. So what I'll do is select a, a JPEG high. We've got 21 kilobytes. We can tweak these options here. What I'll do is come in here. Let's say we want to bump the quality 100, because up to 36 k, we can select all these options here, the size of it. We can scale this up because it's a vector. We can scale it up to 2 thousand pixels if we wanted to, we could scale it with the percentage of the size. Another thing is here under GIF, you'll see the color table. We've only got a few colors here, but we could edit the colors here if we wanted to. We can edit them on the way out. What I'm going to do is just go downhill. Jpeg, select, JPEG, progressive. I don't want any blur. I won't max resolution or quality. We can come down and hit Save, and it will ask us for a save location. Smith logo. Let's go V2, V1, 0.1, and hit Save. It should save it out. If we open this up. I've been far location. Here. We've saved it out. It would go 36 kilobytes. That way of savings, a really good way to work out the size of files. And it's really important in web when you're working with big banners and banner images, you want the sizes to be as small as possible without losing quality. Still want them to be sharp, but you don't want them to be too high resolution or two higher-quality because it takes longer for the webpage to load. Anyway, that's it for this lesson. And I'll see you over in the next one. 14. Customizing your workspace: All right, In this lesson I'm going to take a little bit of a look at customizing your workspace. This is time for you to sort of work out what you're going to be doing in Illustrator and start customizing the workspace to suit your workflow. I've got here open over here, under Window Workspace. You can see this two workspaces at the top here. Once indirect brushes, and one's a workspace. Now I've got to reconfigure the workspace one about the brushes. One is setup for when I'm making Adobe Illustrator brushes. So I've got everything that I need here to use when I'm making brushes inside Adobe Illustrator. And so what happens is usually I create the brushes Traditionally, so I draw on a pad and so I use Photoshop to edit the image taken off the pad, bring it into Illustrator. And I use image trace panel here to image trace that vector. And then I usually edit that vector and turn it into a brush then in here. And then I work with the appearance panel and the Swatches a lot. And I always keep the Properties panel open and also the colors panel. Reason why we keep the color panel open is because of that small glitch which opens the color panel. Now I'm using Adobe Illustrator 2022. I'm not sure if that's glitch still exists. I could give it a go if I close this panel and switch them. Yeah. The color panel still automatically opened, so I always keep that dark. But basically what happens is you can customize this. What you'll find is as you're learning Illustrator and as you continue to do much more tutorials, do more courses, you'll probably find that, hey, I use gradients a lot, and it depends on your style of illustration. I rarely use gradients, so I don't really need the gradient panel. But you might say, I want the gradients panel open so you can drop it in there. Also, it depends on your screen size. This process takes a little while. I think this this workspace took me it took me a couple weeks to actually work out and I was making brushes for a couple of weeks before I settled on this layer and I could still change it. So it's a process that keeps changing. But basically, once you've created a workspace, you can go to Window, go to Workspace, and then you just hit New Workspace. And what happens is you can name that workspace. You hit. Okay. What happens is when you go to Window workspace, it pops up here. You can select that workspace. I've got two workspaces. So what happens is I mainly use the interactive workspace over the brushes. I use brushes one when I'm creating brushes. From that workspace is if I wanted to save the workspace, so if I make changes, so let's say I open up the top panel. Let's go character. And I want to use character or the character panel more than the spring, the Character panel in there. I want to use the Character panel more than brushes so I can drop all this stuff in. Just drag it in. And I want the character panel at the front. I can say, hey, let's update the workspace so I can go down here and create a new workspace. I'd recommend deleting the last one. So you could say, I want to manage the workspaces and I wanted to delete that 1 first. Being here, hit Okay. Then what happens is we can go Window workspace and then I could delete that again, Manage workspace. Delete, yes. And then what we can do is go to Window, Workspace and new workspace and then come in here. Indirective brushes. If you name it the same thing you can override. It. Updates the workspace, overrides what was there. This process will come over time and I'll tell you a while to work out the workspace that you enjoy using. And I've got a full screen, which is fairly big. So I've got a lot of room and screen real estate to work with a lot of panels at once. So I like all my petals open. But you may have a laptop, MacBook or something like that. You don't have as much screen real estate, so you can use as many panels as I can. Also. The Properties panel is a super good panel to just always have open. It just switches all the time, keeps the align and also the control bar up at the top here. I use this panel all the time. You might not use it if you're a new user of Illustrator silver and older feature, which is on the window control. You might not use. Another thing, you can customize your toolbar. Maybe you just do things like work with brushes and you don't really work with all this other stuff like this, all this graph stuff in here that I've never used. And so I can keep it hidden away. There's some type stuff that I don't use. I can keep that hidden away. Some modify tools that I never use. You can just keep things tucked away. You can customize this luck. I think I've brought this tool out here, the measure tool. This is really handy tool. You just click and drag and it gives you information on the angle and the size of measurements. And I use this when I'm doing isometric stuff. And then I can go into my preferences and use constraint angle. Some of this stuff is a little bit advanced, but you'll learn how to customize your workspace over time and are highly recommended, really helped speed up your workflow. Along with creating custom shortcuts and things like that. We won't look at that in this course, but yeah, just creating a workspace that you feel comfortable in and that increases your workflow and the speed if you're using Illustrator. And it has everything that you need it, it'll be different to what I have because your workflow be different. You create different artwork like maybe you create patterns in Illustrator or you create logos. And you don't need panels that I have open like image trace and things like that. I'll recommend playing around with it and it doesn't have to be a quick process. It can be either the next couple of weeks or months. You slowly add a panel, take 100 y that you don't feel like you need. Just customize the workspace to your liking. Alright, that's it for this lesson. Let's move on to the next one.