Illustrator Basics: The Shape Builder Tool

Dylan Mierzwinski, Illustrator & Lover of Flowers

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8 Videos (24m)
    • Introduction

    • Class Project

    • Working in Pieces

    • Extracting and Combining

    • Trimming

    • Strokes

    • Thank You!

    • Bonus! Time-lapse of Ernie the Excitable

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About This Class


This class is the first in a new Illustrator Basics series and covers how to combine, extract, and trim shapes all with the single, powerful shape builder tool! Your Illustrator workflow will never be the same, kiss the various and often confusing pathfinder functions goodbye.


409 of 409 students recommendSee All

Detailed, clear instructions of how to use the shape builder tool, again learning simple tips that are valuable to creating vector based illustrations/designs.
So many Illustrator how-to videos I've watched over the last year have been confusing and unclear but Dylan's classes are brilliant – I've gone from vaguely knowing you can join and cut shapes to understanding how easy it actually is thanks to her clear and simple instructions.
Cathy Hurren

Aspiring papercut designer

The instructor is extremely clear about the shortcuts she uses and does a great job of going slowly through the motions. Wonderful!





Dylan Mierzwinski

Illustrator & Lover of Flowers

My name's Dylan and I'm a strange combination of creative endeavors. From mixing cereals and making sand art as a kid, to graphic design, illustration, sewing, and general craft enthusiasm as an adult, creating and making beautiful things has not only been my constant, but an obsession. With an everlasting love of learning and trying things with my own hands, I've found joy in sharing what I've learned along the way in my six years as a professional graphic designer turned ill...

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