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When it comes to web and graphic design, Adobe Illustrator is usually the primary option to consider. However, the software package itself is a quite hard to learn — and extremely hard to master. Why I need to look any Illustrator tutorial?
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Day 1: What is Illustrator? About Adobe Illustrator Illustrator is a vector drawing program. It is often used to draw illustrations, cartoons, diagrams, charts and logos.
Day 2: Getting Started in Illustrator If you haven’t gotten your Illustrator, you can download the 30 days trial from Adobe’s download page . After installing, we will run Illustrator for the first time. Create New Document Go File>New Document to create your first document. Type in a Name for the document and click Advanced to select RGB for Color Mode as we will be working for the screen.
Day 3: Drawing Basic Shapes In this lesson, we will look at how to use the shape tools to draw our basic shapes in illustrator. But before we start, we will look at how to select a basic shape so that you have no problems in selecting and editing shapes in Illustrator. Selection Tools
Day 4: Drawing with Pencil Tool We can quickly draw shapes and lines quickly using the Pencil Tool. This lesson will show you some of the tricks in drawing smooth and fluid lines. Drawing a Line
Day 5: Drawing with Pen Tool The Path Tool will be the hardest tool to learn in Illustrator. It usually take weeks to learn and beginners always end up in frustration while figuring how it works. So don’t give up and practice it every day and soon you will be able to draw any shape. Drawing Straight Lines Select the Pen Tool and click once to add the first anchor point.
Day 8: Using Brushes Using the Brush Tool, you can add styles to your lines. It can also be used to mimic calligraphy, crayon and brush strokes. This will help you add more life to your line works. Applying Brush Stroke
Day 9: Creating Compound Paths Almost all objects in over daily life can be built with basic shapes. By drawing shapes using our basic shape tool, we can use compound path to combine or subtract shapes to create what we need. What is Compound Path?
Day 10: Working with Color and Strokes Filling Color Using Swatches To fill an object, open up your Swatches Palette. Select your object and pick any color from the swatches. Filling Color Using Color Picker Another way to fill color is by double clicking on the Fill in your Tool Palette.
Day 11: Editing Objects, Layers & Groups As you start working on complicated illustrations, layers will start to build up. And you will have to group and arrange them so that you can move and edit the layers easily. I will show you an example of an illustration I did so that you can see how I name and group my layers. Layers Palette
Day 12: Transparency & Graphic Styles Transparency effects open the door for designers to create eye catching effects. You can add transparency to drop shadows or apply blending modes to objects to enhance your illustrations. Adding Transparency You can add transparency in Illustrator by lowering the opacity of objects so that underlying artwork becomes visible. Go Window>Transparency to open up your Transparency Window.
Day 15: Transforming & Moving Objects In this lesson, you will learn how to quickly resize and rotate objects using the Transform functions. I will be showing some useful transform tricks to create random rotating objects using Transform Each function.
Day 16: Basic Text The type tools allows some simple common text formatting. You will learn about columns, wrap text and text on a path. This will help you create aesthetic type effects on brochures and newsletter covers. Typing Text Using Point Text
Day 17: Blending Shapes & Colors Illustrator Blend Tool does the trick of creating smooth transition between objects. You can blend open paths to create line effects and blend shapes to create realistic shadings.