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Creating Vector Art Using Adobe Illustrator

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      Class Preview


    • 2.

      Let's Get Started


    • 3.

      The Blend Tool


    • 4.

      Blend Tool with Type


    • 5.

      The NEW Repeat Tool


    • 6.

      Repeat Tool Part 2


    • 7.

      Repeat Tool Part 3


    • 8.



    • 9.

      BONUS: Polar Grid Tool


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About This Class

In this fun and enjoyable class we will dive into Adobe Illustrator's repeat, blend and polar grid tools to create stunning radial shapes and vector art. 

This class requires some very basic prior knowledge of Adobe Illustrator. If you need to brush up on Adobe Illustrator basics then the Adobe Illustrator basic training section in the Graphic Design Masterclass might be a good fit for you. 

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Lindsay Marsh

Over 500,000 Design Students & Counting!


I have had many self-made titles over the years: Brand Manager, Digital Architect, Interactive Designer, Graphic Designer, Web Developer and Social Media Expert, to name a few. My name is Lindsay Marsh and I have been creating brand experiences for my clients for over 12 years. I have worked on a wide variety of projects both digital and print. During those 12 years, I have been a full-time freelancer who made many mistakes along the way, but also realized that there is nothing in the world like being your own boss.

I have had the wonderful opportunity to be able to take classes at some of the top design schools in the world, Parsons at The New School, The Pratt Institute and NYU. I am currently transitioning to coaching and teaching.

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1. Class Preview : Vector can be very beautiful with it's almost endless array of patterns, perfectly organized structures that we very difficult to do this with just pivot paper. Most of my lessons work through projects that are practical client-based projects. The next few lessons will focus on something more fun and enjoyable. Creating digital vector art. We're going to be creating some stunning geometric shapes, forms, and radial objects and Adobe Illustrator by just using a few basic tools. We will also be using the new repeat tool to accomplish these complex shapes even easier than it was before. So let's happen to Adobe Illustrator and we'll find out just how easy and fun this process can be. 2. Let's Get Started: I've spent several hours and join these tools and creating such a wide variety of shapes. I wanted to teach you the ones that I felt like gave for the neatest result. And we're going to first start with the Blend tool. So we're going to go ahead and open up a new document. It's going to go File new. It can be any size. We could do pixels, we could do inches. Let's just stick with pixels. And let's us do 3000 by 3000. We can always change this and another time. Keep RGB color mode and do Create. So the Blend tool is super powerful. I'm going to go ahead and demonstrate the basics. So let's say I have a circle, I'm just going to get the ellipse tool, hold down Shift. I'm going to create a perfect circle and I'm going to go ahead and make it specific stroke. So I'm just in my Properties panel and I'm just going to increase the stroke. And right now it has a fill on. So I'm just going to take the fill off and just have a simple stroke. So let's go ahead and duplicate this. I'm going to hold down Option and bring it over here. So what the Blend Tool does, it'll take two separate points and put specific points that change from one state to another. So I'm going to select both of these objects. And this is how you find the blend tool. You'll go up to object, go down to blend. It's got its very own menu. And we're going to go down to Blend Options first, we need to tell blend exactly what we wanted to do. And there's lots of different ways you can do different things. So let's go to Blend Options and we're gonna do specific steps. So we're gonna do specific steps. And we're going to tell Adobe Illustrator how many steps we want to put in-between one object and another. And let's say eight for now. So we're just stay with eight. Keep the orientation the same, and click on. Okay. So now we need to actually apply the blend. So let's go to Object, back down to Blend. And there is a keyboard shortcut. If you don't want to have to go through all this over and over, but click on Make. And it's gonna put eight different circles in between one and the other. What's really neat about this is it can actually morph shapes. So let's say I have an ellipse tool. And I'm going to have the circle. And let's say I also have a square. I'm going to select both of these objects, go up to Object Blend. I'm going to make, I already have my blend options set to eight, and I'm going to click on make. It's gonna put eight different shapes between the two, but it's going to slowly morph and transform them to go from the circle all the way to the square. And what's really neat is let's try this again with the ellipse tool. Let's make it bigger. Let's just make sure it's on a stroke. It's thick enough. Let's create another one. So what I'm gonna do is I'm going to go to Edit, Copy. And I'm going to paste in place and it's going to paste a copy right on top. So I know that there's two ellipses now are two circles. So I'm going to take one of those circles and I'm going to do something a little bit different that I haven't done before. We've held down shift and we've dragged it down or drug it down to make it smaller. But what if I want to drag it down instead of going to one corner or another corner, I wanted to scale perfectly in the center and make it smaller. What I'm gonna do is I'm gonna hold down option. And I'll show the Windows keyboard shortcut for this to holding down Option and hold down option. But I'm also going to hold down shift because I want it to scale dimensionally. So I'm holding down Option and Shift at the same time. And I'm reducing in size. And now it collapses or it scales down to the center point. So that's really great if you just want to make a quick copy. So let's say I want to copy this object and I want to paste it in place. So I just created a copy right on top of it. I can hold down Option and Shift and scale, and I can continue to scale and the center. So that's a really neat trick that you can use often. So now I have three of these ellipses. Let's make them all the same stroke width. So I'm just over here, my Stroke panel. And it lets us make 13 for now or whatever size that you're in. I'm going to select all of them. So I'm just going to click and drag with my Move tool, select all of them, go up to Object, blend. And I'm going to go to make. And so what it's gonna do is it's going to make eight different steps between each one of the circles. And let's kind of go back and do Command Z, which is my shortcut to go back in my history. And I'm going to change the colors on these so you can see exactly what's happening. So let's make that blue. Let's make this one red, and let's make this one green. So now you can really see what's happening. I'm going to select all of them, go up to Object, Blend and Make. So we created eight copies from this outer circle to this inner circle of red. Then it made an another eight copies between the middle circle and the inside circle. So in total it made 16 different steps. And you can change this by going up to object, Blend, Blend Options. And when you go down to specific steps, you can increase this quite a bit. So you can put 22. So now that could be 22 different steps between each object. Click Okay, and then I can go to make. And you can see how the more you have, the more complex it gets. And now we can reduce our stroke size on all of these. So let's reduce the stroke size. And now you have something really interesting. And a lot of times with this, especially when I'm dealing with color and shapes, I like to put it on a nice high contrast background. So I'm just going to create a new layer in my layers panel. And I'm just going to create a black background. And I'm just going to bring this down below in the bottom, and I'm just going to lock it. So now I just have this nice back black round. I can kinda see some of these colors with. So now I can bring this in the middle. And what's really interesting here, so we have an outer ellipse and inner lips and a central lives. But what we can do now is we can select everything and we can even get the curvature tool and we can create the smooth points. So let's say I'm in the middle here. So I can click, here's my four different points that I can manipulate for the center circle. And I'm just going to bend it in. You can see the whole thing adapts and bins. And so this is where you can really get creative. So I'm going to create a new point over here with the curvature tool and bend it down and continue to create new points to manipulate all of the Rings behind it. And it's going to automatically blend it for you as you change this. And you have this outer ring since we created a couple of different rings. So now you can affect this one as well. Just going around and creating new points. And this can be whatever shape you want to create. And we even have the inner circle, we can also manipulate. So you can repeat this over and over. You can have over ten different ellipses make the super-large, you can really make some really interesting and complex shapes out of this. This is just the very basics of the blend tool. And using the steps, the specific steps part portion of blend tool. 3. The Blend Tool: And I may have mentioned this in other lessons, but I wanted to make sure you knew about expanding objects. So right now if I highlight this, you will see the three different ellipses we originally had. We have this outer one, the inner one, and the middle one. And, but we can't really individually edit the in-between steps that we created with the Blend tool. So if I get the direct selection tool, I can only select the three original circles. Let's say I'm ready and I feel like this is finished. I don't want to change it anymore, but I want to be able to have access to all of the vector points that are in the in-between steps. You can go up to object and expand it. So Object, expand and they're going to be able to expand it. Go ahead and leave it on, Fill and Stroke and click on Okay. And it's going to expand it and it's going to go ahead and make it live vector shapes. I can now right-click and ungroup it. And now I have access to all of those in-between steps. I can take this out and I have access to them. I just wanted to make sure you guys knew how to gain access to all those individual steps whenever you use the blend tool. And that's to go to Object and Expand. And what's really interesting is you can do this with any shape. Any shape you can blend together and morph together. And this even includes the type tool. So let's move this off to the side and let's get the type tool. So let's zoom in. Let's get the type tool and just do a simple a. And let's make sure we're white or white on black. And so to use, and let's get a thicker typeface or weight. So right now this is Myriad Pro. We can just do a very quick Helvetica. You don't have to use her Helvetica, but whatever you feel comfortable with, just gonna do a bold weight so we can really see the strokes. All right, so here we are. We have the letter a. We can make this a outline if we want. So we can really see how things work. Here are how, how things are blended together. So there's a simple a, and I'm going to make this a different color. So let's say I want to make this kind of an orange color and I want to make a duplicate. So I'm just going to go up to copy and paste in place. And there is a keyboard shortcut. It'll tell you what it is. Paste in place. And what I'm gonna do is I'm going to do that special trick where I can scale it down to the center point. So I'm gonna hold down Shift so I can scale dimensionally, but I'm also going to hold down Shift and Option. And it's going to be able to bring it right into the center point. So I'm just going to bring it down to the center point maybe right about here. Make any adjustments I want to make. And then get to select both of these objects. I'm going to go up to Object, Blend and Make. And it's going to be able to put all the, I think we have 22 steps that are in-between the two. And we can make that smaller at anytime by going up to Object, Blend, Blend Options. And we can just make it 10. And we can make this a different color in the center. So it can also slowly gradate the color from orange to blue. And we also want to maybe match the stroke thickness. Let's make sure both strokes are the same. And let's go to Blend and Make. So that looks pretty cool. We can reduce the stroke a little further. And you can do this with any letter, any, any topography, you could do this with words. So let's say I ungroup this. Go back to where we were. And I type in, wow. And I make this well too. And take both of those and blend. And it could probably put even more steps between them or make the size a little bit similar contrast. And let's put some more steps between it was 222. And make so really interesting type of art here. So you can see the endless variety of objects, shapes you to create with the Blend tool. So let's do a solid shape. Let's do a solid square. And let's do a, another solid shape. Let's make this kind of a pinkish color, reddish color. And we're going to hold down Option and Shift and go to my Transform and be able to make that bigger. Let's do Command left brackets and that backwards. And let's see what happens when we do Object blend. Lets us make sure we have specific steps on. Let's do 22 and that's blend it. What's cool is you can get the direct selection tool, select one of your shapes, and get the move tool again and go ahead and hold down Option and Shift, scale this down. And it'll automatically kind of adjust that for you. You could also make one a stroke. You can make both of them a stroke. So pretty cool shapes and objects that we can create using the blend tool. We're going to take the blend tool one step further to create something almost 3D like and look. And this is what we're going to be creating, these little wiggly lines, but we can also create ellipses and circles that have this similar 3D look by using the blend tool. So what we're gonna do, I'm gonna go ahead and move these over to the side. We're going to get two circles. So I'm going to first start out with one simple color. So this is a gradient, this is a simple gradient. Let me get my gradient panel out here so you can see what gradient is a very simple gradient, kind of a warm color to a cooler color. And that's all it is. It's a simple gradient and it's a circle. What we're gonna do is we're going to blend two circles together. So we're gonna take one, we're gonna hold down option and drag all the way out here. So now we have two copies. We're going to select both of these and do the blend tool to blend one solid line. So we're going to go up to Object and we're going to set our Blend Tool, go to Blend Options. We're going to set it to a big amount. So we're going to do Let's try 800. I believe the highest it goes is 1000. I believe. We'll do 800. Click on Okay. And it could be 900, just a very high amount. We're gonna go to object and now we're going to blend it. So we're going to make, and it created 800 different shapes all between there. And it makes this interesting looking kind of line. And what's really neat about this is we can create a stroke. So let's say we want to create a wavy line. So I'm just how the pen tool holding down Shift clicking. I'm going to take the curvature tool and just kind of make a wiggly line. And let's make sure it's on stroke. It's making a wiggly line. It's all I'm doing. Just wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, still wiggly line. So I'm going to make this, lets us make this white so you can kind of see what's happening and increase the stroke. So we're going to adapt this color and we're going to put it on this wiggly line. And this is how we're going to do it. We're gonna go ahead and make this a little bit smaller. Let's make that smaller. We're going to select this object that we did, the Blend Tool width. We are also going to select the wiggly shape. We're going to go to object blend. And we're going to go to replace spine. So it's good to take this gradient that we created and it's good to adapt it to the spine is going to replace the stroke of the wiggly line. So replace spine and all of a sudden, it replaces the regular white stroke. And, and now it took that other 3D object and put it on here. But since it's a gradient, we had two different colors. It almost looks like highlights and shadows. So you have your highlights of the orange and your shadows of the purple. You can select this is just like any stroke now. And we have the two circles, there's the two circles that we had before. So what I'm gonna do is I'm going to get the direct selection tool click off and I'm going to deselect this one circle. And I can change the gradient right over here on the fly. So let's say, I don't want it to be orange. Let's say I want it to be blue. So now you have blue. And it can put more contrast here. Let's do the other side. We could do blue, maybe take the middle gradient away. And so you kinda have this, these cooler colors form into warmer colors. You could do the direct selection tool on this side. Take that middle went off, and let's do a brighter orange. And we can go on the other side, and it could create all sorts of combinations of colors. What really helps us to have contrast between the two colors you pick on your gradients. So at emulates the shadows and highlights of a 3D object. This is not a 3D object, but it appears 3D. And what's incredibly neat about this, as now that we have this object, I can take the direct selection tool and I can take any point of the stroke and manipulate it. And if you overlap, so let's say I take a point and I kinda have this overlapped. It'll almost take on that 3D appearance because it puts this portion over to the right on top. So you can see some really neat stuff you can do with this. And you can manipulate any of the points to give it that 3D look. So you probably have seen this a lot. It's a really popular look. You've seen this on different projects, but you've probably also seen it done with typography and letters. So this is how you would do it with letters. 4. Blend Tool with Type: Okay, so let's take another color here. So let's take this color and do the same thing to make a copy. Select both. And I'm just going to blend it with my 800 or a thousand steps. So there's my gradient that I want to replace my spine. So let's create the stroke. And let's say I want to just do the letter a. And I do the type tool. If I were to select both of these, go up to Object and go to replace spine. You notice it's grayed out. You can't just apply it to topography like you can the blend tool that we did in the first lesson. So let's right-click Create Outlines, and let's try it again. And you notice it's still grayed out. So let's create a stroke and try it again. And it's still grayed out so you're not going to be able to do it on complete shapes. So you notice how this letter is a complete shape. It has, it's closed and there is no open points in the shape. So we are going to have to kind of do our own little letters here and kind of trace over. So you could trace over a letter that you like, maybe one that you've handwritten. Or you can just take the pen tool and create a letter yourself. So we're gonna do it one letter at a time and I'll go show you why later. So let's just have the letter H. And instead of stopping the shape, like holding down option and clicking away, we're gonna make it one continuous line. So there's my H hold down option click off. And let's do the letter E, like we're going to be spilling hello. And we want one continuous stroke. And we can just take our direct selection tool and make that a little bit better. I'm gonna get my curvature tool that wasn't like a brilliant E that I drew. So now what we're gonna do, we're gonna create a copy of this. So let's just have a duplicate. And let's just create another duplicate just to have it around. What we're gonna do is we're going to do each shape. So we're going to select the H and we're going to select one of these. And we are going to go to blend and replace spine. So it's going to take that and replace the spine. We're going to do the same thing to the E. We're going to take this one and blend replace spine. So you can see how each letter is replaced. But if I were to move these around, you can almost have like a layered look with it. And at anytime, Let's say I made that way too thick, I made that H way too thick. I can get the direct selection tool, select my first circle, get the Move tool and just hold down shift and make it smaller. And you can see it dynamically changes the thickness on just that one side. And same thing for this. So let's get the direct selection tool to select it. And then the move tool to be able to scale it down. I could do the same thing with this E. And then I can layer it just like this and then continue with the L and the O. You just make copies of this and continue to apply it to the spine. And you can get some really neat looking letters. I can select the H and get the direct selection tool and get the curvature tool. If I want to continue to edit the curves, are not really happy with them. You can do so. Let's do the same thing, but with the ellipse tool. So let's get the ellipse tool. Create a shape, make it a stroke. So let's select the circle, select the gradient object, blend, replace spine. So now it is in the shape. And we can take this one ellipse tool and make it smaller. Or let's take the other one to make it a little bit smaller. So let's get direct selection tool and then the Move tool to be able to make it smaller so you can create really interesting shapes this way. Let's make this a little bit smaller too. Let's try that again with a different color. So let's take this color, Let's make a copy. Let's blend it. Make. And then let's do another circle here in the middle. Like that, a stroke. Let's replace the spine. And let's say it's a little too chunky. What you can do is before Let's go back in time, we can make these smaller and just blend it then to make. And then we can do this again. Blend, replace spine. So now it's a little bit smaller. And let's take the direct selection tool and let's make this side smaller. As you can see here, these were all different blend objects. We've already created the wiggly line. We've learned how to create the circles. You could do any kind of combination. And you can even snake it around and create really interesting background shapes as well, just like this one right here, just kinda continued to curve one stroke all the way around and, and kinda changed the colors on this ellipse. And then the second ellipse that we made that we blended and it kind of slowly gradients all the way across the line. So I wanted to show you that I know it was pretty popular a year or two or three years ago. But I think being able to understand how to use the blend tool can create some really interesting background shapes that you can use for brand assets, social media, posts, posters, digital art. There's a lot of different ways you can use some of these interesting tools to create a wide variety of cool stuff. 5. The NEW Repeat Tool : Now it's time to talk about the newest tool in Adobe Illustrator, and that is the repeat tool. This tool came out in February, March of 2021. So you need to go ahead and update your version of Adobe Illustrator if you haven't updated it for a little while, so go ahead and update it. I had a hard time getting this to show up and I finally did the latest update and I was able to get this tool to show up. So just make sure you're brand new, updated Adobe Illustrator is there to be able to have this tool. And I'm going to show you a tool. If you don't have the latest version of Illustrator, you can still enjoy some of the same options. So in prior versions of Adobe Illustrator, this is what you had to do to create these cool looking shapes that you see here. Basically you're repeating among a radius and kinda making this radial shape. And before the recent repeat tool update, this is what we had to do an older versions of Illustrator to achieve this radial effect. So let's go ahead and create a simple ellipse with the stroke. And let's go up to, with it selected, go up to Effect and Distort and Transform panel, which you could do all sorts of effects to shapes. And it would go down to the Transform options. This is the transform effect. What you could do is kinda like the blend tool. We created lots of different steps in between. What we're gonna do is we're going to create lots of different copies and it's going to be able to rotate it around a radius. So let's just do 200 copies. So we're going to create 200 copies of this circle. And we are going to show you how to move it. So if you're going to move, you can move it on the vertical axis. And it goes vertical. It's going to create 200 different copies vertically. Move it to the left. It's going to go on the top vertically. If you were to bring that back down to the center and you're do horizontal. It'll move it Horizontal, Horizontal. And this is where it gets interesting. So you can have it a little bit horizontal or vertical whichever way you want. And you can change the angle right here. So when we change the angle, it's going to start putting it at a specific angle. There we go. And he got to really find that right degree. And it depends on the shape that you're using. So in combination of horizontal and vertical movements and the angle it creates is really neat things that radiate outside of that circle. And so sometimes you have to experiment with all three of these to find the right shape that you're going for. So the right now you can kind of see, I can go and probably put this on 0. So let's go back. Let's say I want to change this. There's a really cool shape, but let me select it and go to Properties. I can double-click on my effects here, double-click and I can see what settings that I use to create that shape. So it had a 75 degree angle and 86 vertical and a different horizontal. And also it depends on your canvas size and how big your, your ellipses as well, how this affects everything. So that's how we used to create shapes like this. And, and kind of repeat. Because if I were to divide this in half and then divide it vertically in half and horizontally in half, you'd have equal quadrants. Everything is repeated perfectly and four different quadrants. Then what's really neat about this is we can also do numbers as well. I found this, I was experimenting with this tool and found it. I can also do it with numbers. So let me make this a little bit smaller, increase the stroke, and then do the same thing. I'm going to go down to Transform Tooele, going to make some copies, making copies. And then I can do like a horizontal. And I can also we can see how and maybe some topography headlines where this could be a really helpful tool, like to create some really dynamic effect with typography headlines. But then let's add a little bit of an angle. And I just thought this was really interesting. Kind of the shapes it did. So let me do, let me do 00 for horizontal and lets us do like this perfect radius. And click on. Okay? And what I can do is I can make sure I have fill off right now, fill is on. So you could definitely tell it's the number eight. But if I were to go back and just null outfile, now all of a sudden you're seeing some pretty wild shapes. So let's go back into transform. Because you're always come and get weird kind of things happening. So let's click Okay, and let's just reduce our stroke so you can see like these finer details. So that's the number eight. And what's great, this is live. This is a live text tool so I can double-click and I can do see what a woman looks like. A 29. I can even do letters, which I did kind of an interesting experiment with kinda how letters looked. I liked how the letter a looked. Thought that was really cool. And you can add a gradient to this as well. So let's say I want to change the color of this. This is a live text tool. Let's say I'm happy with it because I'm not going to be able to apply a gradient on the stroke. So I'm going to right-click. I'm going to create outlines. So it's going to outline my typography. And now it's going to allow me to apply like a radial gradient. And I can go ahead and just make sure RGB, and I can get some really interesting affects this way. Let's make sure I have my RGB colors on. And at any point I can take my direct selection tool and I can edit this original shape and it'll automatically change it for me. So let's say I want to round the edges of my a, I can click and hold and you can see how it changes the shape on the fly. I thought that was super cool. I just love this. So let's say it like this. And I can change any point on this and create any shape imaginable. So that's how we used to do it. And you can still do it. You can still create some really neat, interesting shapes and patterns using the old transform tool. But now there's the repeat tool that makes things a tiny bit easier if you have access to that tool. 6. Repeat Tool Part 2: Let's learn the new repeat tool. So let's go ahead and get an ellipse. And let's just do a solid fill for this. Let's just do yellow. And just making it a solid fill. There we are. We have the Move Tool and unselect. So here we are. And let's go make it a little bit smaller so we can kind of see how it repeats. So we're gonna go to Object now, and you're only going to see this if you updated the 2021 latest version. And if you don't make sure you have the latest latest version, so repeat, and you have a couple of options here. Let's go to radial. And it's going to automatically repeat it among a radius. So if I want to change the amount of different copies there are in this tool they call it Instances. So instances is basically copy from the old transform tool. You can create a lot of different copies are just a little bit. Let's make it interesting and let's make it a stroke so you can really see what's going on. So remember the shape that we created not long ago using the old transform tool, you can see that this looks very, very similar. It's doing very similar functions to it. And I can also change the radius. So if I click on this little inner circle here, I can click and drag and it's going to change the radius and make the inside radius much bigger. I can also rotate it in terms of degrees. There's also this last little object here which I can click. And I can make it just go on a certain part of the stroke. So if I were just want to have it halfway or just want to have a certain like a quarter of it. I can do that as well just by changing that little options. So there's three different things there. There's instances. There is how much degree wise is the effect applied? And there's also rotate. There's also some other abilities that it has. So let's go to object, go down to the new repeat tool and do a grid. So if you have done any lessons with me with learning Adobe XD, you'll feel right at home. Adobe XD has this amazing repeat tool and they brought it to Adobe Illustrator. This is very exciting. Create patterns so much easier than using the pattern tool. So before to create patterns, we'd have to go to Object Pattern and then make a pattern. And it was kind of not really an intuitive tool. So let's zoom out and I can show you how easy it is to replicate things. So now we can just drag down and drag across and we have access to pattern. So this new repeat tool is replacing the transform tool and the pattern tool as well. So now I have this kind of pattern, but I don't really have access. I can't move these circles around. There's this one big, an editable block. So how do I gain access to the individual elements of the pattern I just created? Let's go ahead and make this all the way up full circle. Okay? And we're gonna do the expand. So we're gonna go to Object and we're going to expand this shape and click on Okay for object and fill. And what that does is now they're all individual shapes. I'm going to select right-click. I got to release this clipping mass. So when it, when this repeat tool creates a pattern for you, it creates like a clipping mask to be able to do it. So we need to release the clipping mask. So we're going to right-click Release Clipping Mask. And it really makes it hard for you to get into those individual elements. So we had to release this clipping mask. So now we can take the direct selection tool, select one of these circles. We can have access to the circles. So now we need to find a way to ungroup this. So we're going to select this one, circle, right-click and ungroup. So we had to release a clipping mask, right-click Release Clipping Masks. We also had to right-click and ungroup. But finally, we have access to all of these individual ones. And it looks like there we go. I have that still kinda keeps that original clipping mask so I can just delete that. And yay. Now I have access to all these circles and the pattern. So I wanted to let you know how, how you can access individual things in your pattern once you create them if he needed to edit them. So you can see how cool this is. So let's do, let's do a square object repeating grid. And just like that, this is great for creating grids. Or if you have, you wanted to kind of create even columns. And this is great for layout too. So let's say you just wanted to have a four pictures across. So you have four pictures right here. You can make it a little bit bigger. There you are. To be able to access those shapes. Of course we have to expand and then just have to release that clipping mask. Then finally maybe when ungroup it. And now we have access to Foursquare's, just like that. Very easy. So now I can put a picture on top of this right-click. I can apply a clipping mask and be able to quickly get photos and to the shapes. So now I'm gonna show you something even cooler. So I'm going to show you the mirror option. This is great when you're trying to trace anything that's symmetrical. What we had to do if we had this like really complex shape lets us make something really crazy. And we wanted to have it reflect on the other side. What we had to do before is we created a shape and then we'd have to copy it. We'd have to go up to transform and reflect it and then bring them together like this. And then we had like a symmetrical object that was really long and tedious. But now we don't have to worry about that anymore because we can go to Object, repeat, and mirror. So now it's going to mirror anything across this is kind of the middle point and it's going to reflect on the left and the right side evenly. So anything I do it will reflect evenly. So let's delete this and let's get our pin tool. Let's say we want to create a face. And I'm really bad at creating faces, so I apologize in advance. So I want to create a face. I'm going to go ahead and go right here and it's going to connect both. And I instantly made a face, get my move tool select off. So if I just wanted to do an I, so let's get the ellipse tool. Do eyes and then the curvature tool to give it a little bit of a. And then you can move it down and it just, it just literally cuts your tracing time in half. So if I wanted to trace an object, let me go ahead and grab something online and just kinda show you how quick and awesome this is. So let's say I want to trace his wine bottle. I'm trying to create this wine bottle shape for a logo. So let's create a shape. And we're going to have that one shape selected. We're going to go up to Object, repeat, and mirror. And you can change where the mirror shows up on your document. So let's say I want to put it right over the image. I could just shift it over right here, right there in the middle of the photo. All right, so let's start tracing. I have my pen tool. Of course, this only really works with perfectly symmetrical objects. And let's just start to trace around the object. I'm trying to simplify this because it will be for a logo. But you can see how before I either have to keep tracing on the other side or we'd have to do the reflect thing on my own, create a copy, reflect it, and then join it together. But as you can see now, it is so easy to make a mirror copy. And then you may have to kinda make some adjustments to make that smoother. So you can just get your direct selection tool. Let's make sure our points connect up here, right there. So now we can go ahead if you ever need to get back out of the mirror, go click on this little arrow. It's going to take you out of the mirror. Repeat. So click on the arrow and your back. So we can delete the photo and we can make this a solid fill. And you can see it pretty much does the same thing that you would do manually. So it literally divides this into a left and a right hemisphere. So I connected these perfectly at the top and they joined together. And at the bottom, you can see where it maybe I didn't have it joined perfectly at the bottom. So we can go back to where we were. And it looks like there was some kind of overlap. So just kinda make sure you have them overlapping and then go back and click off. And now we have a traced shape. If we make this a fill. And remember, only ever have kind of a transform tool or any kind of tool that we use up here. A lot of times to be able to gain access to the paths. Again, we need to go to object and expand, and go ahead and expand it. And ungroup kinda gotta get down in there. So there's our little quick bottle that we traced. Not perfect, but we can, but it saved us so much time. 7. Repeat Tool Part 3: So what we're gonna do now is we're just going to have a little bit of a freestyle where I just kind of use all of the tools I've just taught this section to create some interesting looking art pieces. So let's start with a Repeat Grid tool kit a little thicker. And let's go down to repeat. And let's do radial. Let's increase the instances really high. Let's do the radius right about there. Just kind of seeing what looks really cool. Let's add a gradient to this. Let's do kinda the warm and cool colors I tend to like to use. You can use whatever you want. Let's do a cool color. There we go. Ooh, wow. It's almost like an optical illusion. So let's say I want to expand this and edit it further. It would go up to Object, Expand, gotta go ahead and expand it. So now it's all just one big vector object. I always wonder what if I were to, and this is totally experimental. Haven't done this quite this way before. I'm going to go to object and what if I were to repeat it again? What would happen? Like what kind of crazy stuff are we going to have? All right, so let's reduce it. Put it in the middle. That's really interesting looking. Let's increase the instances. Whoa, that is a little bit too crazy. And let's see if we can expand the radius a little bit. That looks really neat. I wonder if I reduce the stroke, if I could see the details better. So let's reduce the stroke. And I can see the details a lot better with that. Look at that, That is so complicated. There's no way I would ever be able to create that with a pen and paper. Look at that, look at the complexities of that as beautiful Illustrator is just beautiful. So let's make that a solid color and see what we have here. And another thing we could do is I have this gradient would if I were to take one of these sides and make it 0 opacity, so like transparent basically. So I'm going to take this one blue side and make it completely transparent by changing the opacity to 0. So now half of it's fading into a color. So that makes it look really, really interesting doing that. So let's see if we can't do super bright color. When you zoom in here, you can see how this look at that. What a phi. I know that sounds crazy, but what if I were to do it again? I got to save this because I don't know what's going to happen to my computer. I'm just trying to push the limits here of this computer. Let's do a radial. Oh my goodness, my computer gonna break. I'd love to find out how wow, that's really interesting. So let's see what happens now if I increase the instances of this. And now it's getting a little too crazy. Let's bring the radius down. Yeah, that's getting a little too crazy. So let's go ahead and get back. I do like that. It's a little less less crazy. So look at that, That is beautiful. So yeah, I like how it turned out. Let's say you created a really interesting pattern and you want to show it off. I wanted to talk about how I kind of presented it in Photoshop. So I'm an illustrator and I'm just going to drag my creation into Photoshop. And I'm going to put a nice high contrast background in there. Let's just do a very deep purple. You'll have to use the do not have to use the colors that I pick at all. And so what I'm gonna do is this looks okay as is. But sometimes adding a nice little lens blur can kind of help make it look a little more kind of polished and professional. So I'm going to take the layer that I just brought in. It's a vector smart object. Now when I drag it in from Illustrator, and I'm going to go up to Filter. And I'm going to go to Blur Gallery and I'm going to do an iris blur. So there's lots of different ways you can blur things. In Adobe Photoshop. Let's try the Iris Blur, which is going to be able to blur it along an iris similar to a camera, how it focuses on the foreground or focuses on a specific point and everything else around it gets blurry. We're going to do that. Let's expand it out. You have two different things. You can expand. You have this outer circle, which is anything outside of the circle is going to be blurry and anything inside is going to be sharp. And you can also adjust the inside so you can change the radius, how much it's basically kind of softened. So let's soften it quite a bit so it doesn't look super stark. Make it a little bit bigger. Click Okay. And just adds a little bit more of a polish or a unique look to it. You can kind of see how I applied it on this example right here, just kind of showing you how I did a little bit of polish on these in terms of presentation. Have this, wow, I'm going to go up to Object, repeat, and click on radial. And if you do radial and he do this crazy thing, I guess you can come up with some really interesting looking at items, just like we did with the traditional transform tool. But let's say we just wanna do a quick poster and we want to have this kinda look. So let's do just for 1234. So there's four instances. And we can change the radius so that all these are kind of in a square. Let's say we have it like this. So now we kind of instantly made the shape. Of course we can change this type tool to whatever we want. And just kind of really neat. So let's say we duplicate this sorts of stuff you can do. I can always see this as part on a poster. 8. STUDENT PROJECT: By just experimenting with these basic tools that I've taught. And there's so many other tools to Adobe Illustrator as well. The list continues. I'm happy to present to you some of the more creative, enjoyable, fun aspects of graphic design. And the past. I've done a lot of client work, which can be a monotonous sometimes when you're working with client texts that you have to use and photos that you have to use. Sometimes it's nice to take the tools, push it to the edge and see what you create that as unique, inspiring, and of course enjoyable. So now it's your turn. As your student project, I want you to create shapes, patterns, art, whatever you can create with the tools I've talked about in this section and in this class. Every student creates something totally unique as they use the tools in a different way. A few of the tools that we've learned, and maybe even some other tools that you've learned. And I want you to create a set of digital art. You could create a series of different objects using the same tool. Or you can create just one digital art piece. I want you to present this in a nice way, a polished way so that you could put it on your social media. You can post it as a student project. And I just can't wait to see the unique creations that you come up with. Okay. 9. BONUS: Polar Grid Tool: Another little fun tool I wanted to demonstrate is the polar grid tool. And you can find the polar grid tool right here in your toolbar. If you do not see this, it's usually not in the toolbar by default. Go down to your three little dots and edit your toolbar and be able to find it and drag it in, of course has lots of other tools you can experiment with two, but we're going to focus on the polar grid so we can create interesting radial shapes, just like the one you see here. Let's go ahead and delete this. And I'm going to get the polar grid tool. And if at anytime you want to edit the polar grid, double-click on the tool and the tool bar. So we're going to double-click it and they're gonna get some options. So let's say we have two different things going on here. We have dividers, we have concentric dividers, and we have a radial dividers. So I'll do 0 radial dividers, and let's do five concentric dividers and show you what that does. So I'm gonna click on OK. And now I can hold down Shift and drag and create a quick little radial grid. So this is what the concentric circles or concentric, they're complete. They go all the way around. So now when it couldn't do as many as you want, you can have 50, you can have too. It's a great way to make certain patterns to that or radial in nature. So let's double-click again. And now let's do five radial dividers and 0 concentric. And so radial will hold down shift and make it like a pie chart. We have a little pie chart of five different, equally divided pie slices. You can also do a mixture of both. So let's say we want to have three concentric circles and three Pi shapes. Click on Okay, hold down Shift. And you can see how it did both of those. So what we're gonna do is we're going to create some digital art that uses a lot of these different shapes. Let's get our radial tool. It's double-click. Let's create 20 different concentric dividers and 20 different radial dividers. And go ahead and click on Okay, and let's hold down Shift and drag and create a really complicated radial drawing. So let's make it a different color so that we can kind of see all the different shapes. So here's what we're gonna do to create this really interesting pattern art with all these different colors. We're going to use the live paint tool. So this is the live paint tools is what it looks like. If you don't see this, make sure to go into your extra options and drag it right on in your toolbar. So with the Live Paint Tool selected, what it does is it, I'll zoom in here so you can see it a little better, but you see these three different swatches. And what I can do is I can do my left and right arrow keys on my keyboard and I can cycle through all you can see over here in my swatches panel. As I move left and right, it selects different colors in my swatches panel. So what I'm gonna do is I'm going to click on any of these is click on one. And I can click over on my keyboard and it will cycle through all of these colors. And I can put all of these in. And you can also click and hold and get to at the same time. So click and hold to at the same time. You don't have to do it one by one. You could do chunks. I can just delete some of these swatches so I don't get those colors. And it can do if you ever have swatches that have folders in it, you can just drag that folder right into the trash can. You can also click on this little menu down here. If you just want to show patterns or show different color groups, you can do that as well right here in this little option. So lies one of these bright colorful swatches that I can cycle through. And I'm just going to click once and then just do my right keyboard key. And you can see how it's going to cycle through all of these. I'm going to go ahead and do this. And I can do this pretty quickly. Click, click, click, click, click, click, and there's a black. I don't want the black or the white. So I'm just going to delete those and I'm going to keep going. And it'll take me probably five minutes to do all these. You could also do it quicker. You can do any kind of patterning one. So if you want to click and do all of these and then cycle through like this. You can do that as well. You can also do this way too. About four minutes later, I finally came up with this interesting looking art piece. So I can select this entire object. I could also make it white or any color and switch it to a stroke. And so now I have this interesting web. And then I can select it all again. And I can get my Shape Builder tool and I can be cutting out these things. So I'm gonna hold down Option or Alt, I believe, I believe it's the Alt key on Windows or Mac. And I can create kinda like cut out different sections of this to make it kind of interesting. This is one that just becomes whatever you want to do, whatever you feel like doing. There's no wrong or right way to create the shape. Showing you different ways to create fun pieces of artwork. So there's a neat little interesting piece. So you can see all the different patterns that you can create using the polar grid tool.