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Illustrator’s Pen Tool: The Comprehensive Guide

Illustrator’s Pen Tool: The Comprehensive Guide
If you use Adobe Illustrator, then it's almost certain that you use the Pen Tool when creating your paths. This comprehensive guide aims to introduce or remind you of features, shortcuts, and methods for working with what is arguably Adobe's most essential tool. 1. Functions Pen Tool (P) Click on artboard to create paths with straight segments, click and drag to create paths with Bezier curves. Add Anchor Point Tool (+) Click on a path segment to add anchor points. Delete Anchor Point Tool (-) Click on anchor point to remove from path. Convert Anchor Point (Shift + C) Click on an anchor point and drag to create bezier handles where there were none, click on an anchor point with handles to a remove them. Scissors Tool (C) Not part of the Pen Tool group, but definitely associated with it. 2. Select Pen Tool (P)Select Add Anchor Point Tool (+)Select Delete Anchor Point Tool (-)Select Convert Anchor Point Tool (Shift + C)Select Scissors Tool (C) 3. (Caps Lock to toggle between pointer and cross hair) Related:  LETTERING ARTillustrator tutorials

So What’s the Big Deal with Horizontal & Vertical Bezier Handles Anyway? | The Australian Graphic Supply Co 17 Apr Have you ever seen Illustrator progress shots from your favourite designers and wondered how and why their bezier handles are so obsessively arranged? We’re hoping to shed a little light on this seemingly unnecessary process. Note: this tutorial assumes a solid grasp of Illustrator & the pen tool. Until recently, I definitely belonged to the What’s the point of that? club—and perhaps secretly the How did they do that? Here’s a piece of lettering we created to play around with for this tutorial: Here’s an outline preview ( ⌘Y) in Illustrator: Note: To preview your own beziers like this you may need to turn on the “Show handles…” option highlighted below in Illustrators’ Preferences ( ⌘K). Notice all the bezier handles (save for a few strays; we’ll get to those later) are neatly locked to the horizontal or vertical plane. It reduces your node placement options That may kinda sound like a bad thing, but it’s really handy. Node placement That’s the secret sauce right there. …and others.

Reading List — Chad Mazzola The Bézier Game Graphic Exchange - The blog of Mr Cup - graphic design, print, identity, products and more... Ok, this is amazing... and you haven't seen the making of yes ! First, the before/after images : and now watch this video ! Some more images... 100 amazing Adobe Illustrator tutorials | Illustrator Since its release, Adobe's Illustrator has grown to become the designer's right-hand man when it comes to creating premier vector graphics and elements. There's so much you can do with it that it can be difficult to know where to start. Happily, we're here to round up the best Adobe Illustrator tutorials, covering everything from illustration to logo design, adding depth to your typography and much more, to help you get the most from this amazing app. With so many to choose from, you're sure to find a project to inspire you, whether you're using an older version of Illustrator or are signed up to the Creative Cloud. Adobe Illustrator for beginners: 11 top tips If you're just starting out with Illustrator, here's a fantastic guide to some of its tools. Setting up a new document In this video tutorial presented by Angie Taylor, you'll learn how to set up a new Illustrator document. Essentials of the Pen and Pencil tools Creating objects with the Shape tools Empty list Master artwork techniques

How To: Create a Seamless Diagonal Pattern in Illustrator If our freebies have benefited you personally or have helped you earn a profit please consider donating via paypal. Donate Now I gotten a few emails recently about how to create a seamless diagonal pattern in Illy, so here we go! Illustrator comes with some default pattern brushes, but no diagonal love. 1. It doesn’t really matter what size but if you want to follow along, I’m using a 600px x 600px artboard. 2. Again, the size and shape is up to you here. 3. Here we are going to be using the Transform pallete to make or shape align exactly to the upper left corner. 4. Next, rotate your shape 45 degrees either using your mouse and holding Shift, or right click, and enter the value in manually. 5. Now we need to duplicate or shape, and align it the same way we did above, but to the opposite corner. 6. Using the Blend tool click on 1 of your shapes, then immediately click on the other to make a blend. 7. Select your new blend, and then go to Object > Expand, then click “OK.” 8. 9. 10. Done!

Letterform Archive Design in motion. The new frontier of interaction design Completely Embed Font (not Subset) in PDF sever... Hi, Dov, if you're reading this, I'd appreciate your input, as I readily admit to being novice in print preparation, but I'm also a perfectionist, so my knowledge is growing at least! 1) I notice that if I use the OnlinePrinters_v1.4.INDD setting from Illustrator or InDesign (which is pretty much the same as PDF-X 2008, it successfully fully embeds some of the fonts, but Arial, and Tahoma it only subsets. Subsetting is apparently not a problem for the printer, so I guess that's ok. (Previously, when trying to fully embed I had tested using 2001 and 2002.) 2) Also, in the Onlineprinters_v1.4.INDD setting file, it is set to output Coated FOGRA39 (ISO 12647-2:2004), yet ISO Coated v2 (ECI) is the colour space that the printer wants me to use, and I make my documents in this colour space. 3) I have images in my files of various resolutions (all of them at least 300dpi, though). 5) Finally, the setting uses JPEG compression to downsample, at Maximum quality. Thanks, Edward

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