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Illustrator for Lunch™ - 10 in 10 - Ten Top Illustrator Tips in 10 Minutes

Helen Bradley, Graphic Design for Lunch™

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 10 in 10 - Ten Top Illustrator Tips in 10 Minutes

Helen Bradley, Graphic Design for Lunch™

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    • 1. Illustrator for Lunch™ - 10 in 10 - 10 tips in 10 minutes - Intro

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About This Class

Illustrator for Lunch™ is a series of short video courses you can study in bite size pieces such as at lunchtime. In this course you'll learn Ten Awesome Illustrator tips in 10 minutes. These tips include creating and using Global Colors, using Smooth and Simplify, how to cut a shape using a path, how to make organic strokes around an object and much much more. Here is the result of applying one of the tips - creating an organic style lines around a shape:


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5 Hexagon Patterns in Illustrator - an Illustrator for Lunch? course

Create Color Schemes in Illustrator for Using, Sharing & Selling - An Illustrator for Lunch? Class

Create Patterns in Adobe Capture for Illustrator & Photoshop

Create Wreaths & Other Floral Designs - An Illustrator for Lunch™ Class

Designing with Spirals - An Illustrator for Lunch™ Class

Doodle Flower Design & Pattern in Illustrator - An Illustrator for Lunch™ Class

Draw a Hot Air Balloon in Illustrator - Fun with 3D! 

Illustrator - Design in Black and White - Create Positive/negative images

Illustrator for Lunch? - 10 Interface and Setup tips too Speed your Workflow

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 10 in 10 - 10 Align tips in 10 minutes or less 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 10 in 10 - 10 Type Tips in 10 minutes (or less) 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 10 in 10 - Ten Top Illustrator Tips in 10 Minutes 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 10 Layer Tips in 10 minutes

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 10 Pattern tips in 10 Minutes 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 10 Pen tool and Path Tips in 10 Minutes or Less 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 20 Appearance Panel Tips in 20 minutes or less

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 20 Color tips in 20 Minutes

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 20 Gradient tips in 20 minutes

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 20 Pathfinder, Crop and Cutout tips in 20 minutes or less

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 20 Recolor Artwork tips in (around) 20 minutes

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 20 Reflect and Rotate tips in 20 minutes or less

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 20 Things New Illustrator Users Need to Know

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 3D Extrusion Effects - Text, Shapes, 3D

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 3D Perspective Cube design and Bonus 3D star

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 4 Exotic Patterns - Quatrefoils, Moroccan Trellis, and Layered Diamond 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 4 Handy Patterns - Diagonals, Plaid, Colorful Dots, Chevron

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 5 Cool Text Effects

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Abstract Ombre Background - Color Scheme, Blend, Transform 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - All you need to know about Brushes in Illustrator

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Backgrounds for your projects - Sunbursts, Halftone, Blends & Brushes 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Banner and Award Badges - Appearance Panel, Masks, Warp 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Blends and Gradients - Blends, Blend Modes, Gradients 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Braids, Rick Rack and More

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Circle Based Patterns - Rotate, Blend, Multi-Color Dots

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Clipping Masks, Opacity Masks & Layer Masks

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Complex Block and Half Drop Repeat patterns

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Complex Rotated Repeating Patterns Made Easy - Using MadPattern templates 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create a Floral Alphabet character

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create a Nighttime Cityscape Image

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create a Plaid or Tartan Pattern

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create a Range of Triangle Patterns

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create a Retro Landscape Illustration

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create a Textured Dot Pattern - Transform, Vector Texture, Patterns 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create a Wave Pattern 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create a Whimsical Tree

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create an Ikat Inspired Pattern

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create an Isometric Cube Pattern - Shape Builder, Align, Pattern Make

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create Complex Art in the Appearance Panel

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create Diamond, Harlequin and Argyle Patterns

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create Guilloche Effects

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create Hi-Tech HUD rings

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create Perfectly Overlapped Rotated Shapes

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create Seasonal Ornaments - Learn new skills while making seasonal art

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create Stitches and Sewing Elements

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create with bends and blends - techniques for icons, logos and more

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Creative Half tone Effects

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Custom Corner Tiles for Pattern Brushes

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Cute Furry Creatures

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Cutout Text Effects - Photos, Pathfinder & Text

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Designing with Symmetry

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Doodle-Style Heart - DIY Brushes and Nested Shapes

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Draw a Retro TV - Shapes, Texture & Sunburst

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Draw a Vintage Birdcage - Shapes, Transform, Texture

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Faux Tissue Paper Collage - Blending, Texture, Transparency 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Flat and Dimensional drawing techniques

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Fun Effects with Graphic Styles - Appearances, Brushes, Styles 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Fun with Scripts - Download, Install, Run

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Get Creative with Blends and Brushes

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Get Export File Sizes and Resolution Correct

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Going in Circles - Brushes, Blends & Transformations

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Gradient Background Effects - Find, Adapt, Create & Use

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Houndstooth & Rose - Vector Halftone Tracing & Houndstooth Pattern 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Illustrating Cacti with Custom Made Brushes

Illustrator for Lunch™ - I'm Seeing Stars - Fill, Warp, Clip & Crop Shapes

Illustrator for Lunch™ - In the Frame - Shapes, Fills, Strokes & Color

Illustrator for Lunch™ - In the Kitchen - Cartoon Art with Live Paint 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - In Your Face - Pen Tool Practice 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Layered Paper Style Collage - Gradients, Graphic Styles, Transform 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Let's Go Steampunk! - Shapes, Rotation, Textures 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Make a 2017 Calendar from Scratch - Grids, Layouts, Text, Patterns & More 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Make a 3D Y Shape Pattern - from paper illustration to digital design

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Make a Lace Pattern Brush - Stroke, Blends, Pattern Tiles, Rotation 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Make an Organic Spiral Pattern

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Make Art Brushes - Configure, Color & Scale

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Make Art Using Other People's Art 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Make Custom Organic Patterns - Transform, Scissors, Align, Pattern Swatch 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Make Retro Shapes - Pathfinder, Scripts, Rotation

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Make Scrapbook Papers to Sell - Patterns, File Formats, Marketing Materials 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Make to Sell Printables - Stripes, Grid, Lines & Isometric Grid

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Mastering Live Trace - Turn Bitmaps to Vectors

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Meandering Hexagon Pattern

Illustrator for Lunch™ - More fun with Scripts - Text to code, more scripts, more fun (trees too!)

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Multi-Color Faux Pattern - Patterns, Transform, Expand 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Neon Effect - Appearances, Graphic Styles, Fonts

Illustrator for Lunch™ - On (a pattern making) Safari - Repeating Patterns 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - One Design Concept - Many Variations 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Pattern in a Pattern - Achieving the Impossible in Illustrator 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Pattern in Pattern & Irregular Repeating Patterns

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Pattern Know-how - Install, Transform, Recolor

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Pattern of Lines and Dots

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Pop Art Style Star Pattern 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Real Time Mandala Design

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Real Time Mirror Drawing - Symmetrical drawing

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Road Trip - Custom Brushes and Live Paint

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Roaming Square Pattern

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Seamless Repeating Texture Patterns

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Season's Greetings - Shapes, Brushes, Texture 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Semi Transparent Flowers - Scatter Brushes, Opacity, Blend Modes 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Sharing and archiving files - troubleshooting the pitfalls

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Sketchy Image Effect - Image Trace, Swatches, Sketchy Effect

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Something's Fishy - Appearance Panel Tips & Tricks 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Stipple Texture Effect - Grain, Gradients, Blends 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - String Art Inspired Designs

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Stylish Doodles to Make and Sell

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Type on a Path - Type, Paths, Shapes

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Using & Troubleshooting Bounding Boxes

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Using Photoshop Objects in Illustrator - Images, Shapes, Patterns and more

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Vector Textures - Vectors, Clipping Masks, Pathfinder

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Warp Shapes & Text - Envelope Distort, Warp, Gradients 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Watercolor Magic - Type, Downloaded Patterns & Brushes 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Watercolor stripe seamless repeating pattern

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Whimsical diagonal line patterns

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Whimsical Scrapbook Paper Designs to Sell or Share

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Whimsical Text Effects

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Whimsical Textured Drawings Using Hand Drawn Brushes

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Zentangle® Inspired Pattern Brushes - Shapes, Effects, Brushes

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Graphic Design for Lunch™

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Helen teaches the popular Graphic Design for Lunch™ courses which focus on teaching Adobe® Photoshop®, Adobe® Illustrator®, Procreate®, and other graphic design and photo editing applications. Each course is short enough to take over a lunch break and is packed with useful and fun techniques. Class projects reinforce what is taught so they too can be easily completed over a lunch hour or two.

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1. Illustrator for Lunch™ - 10 in 10 - 10 tips in 10 minutes - Intro: Hello, I'm Helen Bradley. Welcome to this episode of Illustrator for Lunch at 10 in 10. Illustrator for Lunch is a series of Illustrator classes,each which teaches a small range of Illustrated techniques. You'll get plenty of opportunity to practice your new skills in the projects you will create. Today, we're looking at 10 tips in 10 minutes. I'm going to show you 10 really handy Illustrator tips in 10 minutes. I'm also going to give you a download link so you can download all the files I'm using if you want to practice and follow along as I do this video. As you're working through the video, you may say a prompt to recommend this class to others. If you're enjoying the class, please give it a thumbs up. Recommendations like this, help me get my classes in front of more people who just like you, want to learn more about Illustrator. If you'd like to leave a comment, please do so. I read and respond to all of your comments and I look at and respond to all of your class projects so now let's get started with our 10 in 10, 10 illustrated tips in 10 minutes or less. 2. Illustrator for Lunch™ - 10 in 10 - 10 tips in 10 minutes: Our first tip is pixel alignment in this orange square here. I'm going to try and position it about halfway between its current position and the black square. However hard I try, I cannot do that. Because it's got aligned to pixel grid turned on. Whenever you can't move an object to exactly where you want it to go, if illustrator takes over, here is the tip. I'm going to the transform dialogue. You can get to that by choosing window transform. With my shape selected, I'm going to disable aligned to pixel grid. Now this object will move freely, and can put it exactly where I want it, like go and it's going into the exact position. Anytime you find an object that's not going where you want it to do, open up the Transform panel and disable aligned to pixel grid. Second tip is how to select by properties. I have a rose here, it was a photograph and I've traced it. I've got a number of colors in this image. For example, I want to change one of these colors. I'm going to select this object here. I've got it selected, but I also want to select every other piece of this rose that has the same color. I could do it manually or I could get illustrator to do all the work for me. To get illustrator to do the work, I'll select the first object, one that's colored in the color that I want to change. I'm going to choose, select and then same. I want to choose the same fill color. All objects with exactly the same fill color. Now, they're all selected. I can come in here to the color tool and I can just change the color of all of them all at once. Next tip relates to saving pattern swatches in Illustrator, I've created a herringbone pattern here. It's here in the swatches panel. When I save this document, the swatch will disappear from the swatches panel in all new documents. I want to have it accessible to me. Well, still if I go ahead and try and save the swatch from this file, I'm going to save all these colors with it. If I get rid of the colors here, I can save a single swatch, but I'm going to lose all these colors from this particular document. Here's my work around. I'm going to select either of this shape with the pattern associated with it and choose edit copy. I'm going to create a brand new file. I'm going to paste the object into this. Here's the pattern swatch in the Swatches palette. I'm going to click away from the shape, and then I'm going to select all of these swatches and drag them to the trash cans. The only swatch left is the one I want to save. I'll click the drop-down list save Swatch Library, AI. I'm going to call this herringbone and click save. In future, in any new document I can get my pattern back by choosing Open Swatch Library user-defined, and click herringbone. Here's my swatches panel. It's got just one swatch in it. Next tip relates to using global colors. I have three shapes here. I'm going to open up my swatches panel. I want to change the color of my ice cream. I'm just going to click on the color that I used and I'm just going to alter it. When I click the preview, you can see that every single one of these shapes is changing color. The reason for this as I set up my color as a global color before I applied it to any of the shapes in my image. To make a color, a global color, you just double-click on it and click global. Do that before you use the color in your image, and then at any time, even without selecting the objects, you can easily change the color of them by double-clicking on the color and then just choose a different color from the color picker here and click Okay. Next tip addresses a situation where you want a shape like this, but you want the top of it to be a different color in the stroke. I'm going to select either this shape, I'm going to choose edit copy, and then I'm going to paste a duplicate back on top of the original using paste in place. I'm going to lock down the back copy and turn it off for now. I'm going to the top version and I just want to select this top area. So I want to remove all the rest of the objects. I'm just going to select over the bits to remove with the direct selection tool and delete them. Now, I'm going to select this shape and I'm going to change the color of the stroke to blue. Having done that, I can now go ahead and bring back the shape underneath. For completeness, I would select either both of these and group them together so that they are going to travel together in future. But we've achieved a result where part of the shapes stroke is one color and the rest of it is another. In this tip, we're going to look at the difference between using the delete anchor point tool and the direct selection tool for removing points on a shape. Let's go to the direct selection tool. I'm going to select either this anchor point here and press delete. What happens is that what was a closed shape is now an open shape and we're missing the line down this edge. In contrast, when I use the Delete anchor point tool here to click on this same point on an identical hexagon, we get a very different result. We still have a closed shape and we still have the stroke down this edge. Depending on the result that you're looking for one or other of these might be a better choice. Just be aware that this is not something that you are allowed to generally do with stock imagery because you cannot have open paths for stock images. In this tip, we're going to look at two options that you have for smoothing out lines. One of them is to go and select the line and then use the smooth tool, which shares a toolbar position with the shaper and Pencil tools. With the line selected, you can just draw over the line and you will smooth out the line as you work. If you double-click the smooth tool, you'll see that there are options for how smooth the smoothing is that you're applying to the line. The other option is to select the line and go to object path and then simplify. In this case, turn preview on and determine how closely you want illustrator to stay to the existing curves and adjust the angle threshold. Here you're told the original number of points on the line, and the current number of points, you can flip between the original and the final version, click Okay, when you're done. When you need to cut a shape into pieces using some sort of a free form line, you've got a couple of techniques you can use. One of them is to use the knife tool, which shares a toolbar position with the eraser tool. While the knife tool uses nice soft lines, one of the problems with it is if you don't get your line right to start off with, you have no choice but to undo it and start again. Because there is no way of changing this line once you've actually applied it. But what it does do is it divides your shape into the pieces that you asked for. A better alternative is to use the pencil tool or the pen tool to draw your line. I'm going to use the pen tool here. I'm just going to draw a line to use to cut this shape. Because this is a pen tool line, I can go ahead and adjust it. It's not in the right place. I can adjust it until I get it right. Then with the line selected, I'm going to choose object path, divide objects below. This just divides the object in two using the line as a cutting line. A much smarter way of doing it. When you are drawing simple objects like this, you can get a more organic field to your illustration if you vary your line weight. One simple way to do this is to select either the shape. I have a six point stroke here. So to vary the line weight, I can open up the brush profile panel and I can apply a brush profile to the line. You can see this is giving me a more interesting result. If I increase the stroke weight, I can see a little more clearly. I could also use the scissors tool if I wanted, to perhaps cut that line in one or two places to achieve an even more organic result with the lines that I have in this illustration. Our final tip is to creating dotted lines. I have this line select. I'm going to the appearance panel. I'm going to click to open the stroke and making sure I have round the cap selected. I'm going to select dash line. I'm going to set zero as my dash. I am going to set my gap to around the white of my line. Now my line right now is one, but I'm going to set this to 10, and then I'm going to go up here and set the Line Weight to 10. That's giving me nice thoughts. If my line weight is higher, the dots are going to run together. If it's lower, the dots are going to be spread apart. So the relationship between the white and the gap is critical. Let's have a look at the square again in the appearance panels stroke, round caps, dashed line, zero dash, always a zero dash. I've got a 10 pixel gaps. I'm going to set my line weight to 10 pixels. The only thing to be concerned about when you're using shapes like this, is the difference between these two icons. Clicking one sets your dots off-center. Clicking the other makes sure that they innately presented around the shape. I hope that you've enjoyed this 10 and 10 illustrator for lunch video. If you did enjoy this video and when you see a prompt to recommend it to others, please give it a thumbs up. Help others determined that these classes will be valuable to them to. If you would like to leave a comment, please do so. I read and respond to all of your comments and I look at and respond to all of your class projects. Your class project here is to just practice these 10 tips or in particular the tips of the 10 that you didn't previously know about and that you think will be of use to you. You can post your images in the class project area. I'm Helen Bradley. Thank you for joining me for this episode of illustrator for lunch. I look forward to seeing you in another episode of illustrator for lunch soon.