Illustrator Basics: The Shape Builder Tool

Dylan Mierzwinski, Illustrator & Lover of Flowers

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8 Lessons (24m)
    • 1. Introduction

      0:24
    • 2. Class Project

      0:36
    • 3. Working in Pieces

      5:48
    • 4. Extracting and Combining

      5:46
    • 5. Trimming

      3:32
    • 6. Strokes

      5:40
    • 7. Thank You!

      0:19
    • 8. Bonus! Time-lapse of Ernie the Excitable

      2:18
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Project Description

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For your class project I want you to have some fun creating a creature or two. If you’re feeling intimidated, simply use mine as templates to follow along with. Once you’ve got those down you can add your own touches and colors to them, or make one of your own! Step-by-step instructions for these four monsters can be found on the right hand side of this page.

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Refer to outline mode (command + y) often during your process and challenge yourself to simplify areas where paths are overlapping using the shape builder tool. Take a screenshot of your completed monster in outline mode and put it in your project to show off those clean paths. 

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Even if you follow along with mine, post your project and show off your hard work!

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