Adobe Illustrator Tutorials and Notes
Tutorials and How Tos for leading graphic design software Adobe Illustrator.
Open Brush Library
Window / Brushes / Options Menu / Open Brush Library
Paintbrush Tool Options
Double click on paintbrush symbol in toolbar.
Fidelity allows you to smooth out your lines.
Keep Selected checkbox is very useful, because will keep what you've just drawn selected when you release mouse. You can then easily continue pick up the line again.
File / Place
An image trace button will appear above, select the option you want from the dropdown, e.g. 3 colour.
Then click Expand button to get paths with anchor points.
Select all and ungroup.
Properties / Start Global Edit button, will allow you to identify all occurrences of an entity and edit them at once.
See: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XnJByIkcUS0 at 24:04
Trace a Texture for Use in Illustrator
Get an image of the texture from the internet.
Object / Image Trace
Effect / 3D / Extrude & Bevel
Convert Text into Object You Can Fill
Object / Expand
Object / Envelope Distort / Make with Warp
Slicing Through a Circle or Other Shape - Scissor Tool
See https://youtu.be/YycxaAK2MZ4 at 49:25.
Draw the circle.
Select the Scissors Tool, underneath the Eraser Tool in the Tool Box.
Click on the circumference of the circle, which will create a new anchor point. Click again elsewhere on the circumference to make a second point.
You can then use the Selection Tool to select the segment between the points and drag it away.
In Swatches panel, double click on a Swatch, and then select the Global checkbox.
Now, modifying the colour of this Swatch will update the colour of any shape that uses it.
Fix Missing Options Bar
Window menu / Control
Cut a Shape in Two
Use Line Tool to draw a line through the shape.
Select both the line and the shape.
Window menu / Pathfinder / Select Divide icon.
Use Direct Selection Tool (A) to select segments.
Colour the Intersection Between Shapes
Draw overlapping shapes.
Select them both.
Window menu / Pathfinder / Click the Divide icon.
Use Direct Selection tool (A) to select and colour each segment.
Blob Brush Tool
The blob brush tool paints in shapes, i.e. with a stroke and a fill. This makes it different from the standard brush tool, which just paints as a stroke.
Borders / How to Apply a Patterned Border to a Shape in Adobe Illustrator
Select the shape.
Open the Brushes window (Window / Brushes)
Click the Brush Libraries icon in the lower left corner of the Brushes window.
Go to the Borders menu item and select one of the submenus, e.g. Borders_Decorative and then you will have various border choices to select from.
How to Change a Straight Line Anchor Point into a Curved Anchor Point in Adobe Illustrator
Select the Anchor Point Tool as follows:
Click on the straight line anchor point and drag it to change it into a curved anchor point.
How to Fill Text with a Gradient in Adobe Illustrator
How to Duplicate Objects Around a Circle in Adobe Illustrator
How to Duplicate Objects Around a Circle (YouTube Video)
Follow these steps:
Create a circle as a guide.
Add whatever shape you want to duplicate above the circle guide on a new layer.
Select both shapes.
Press R to use the Rotate Tool, or select the Rotate Tool from the Tools panel.
Hold the Alt key and click on the centre point of the guide circle.
In the dialogue, specify a rotation in degrees, using a number that divides 360 into equal parts, e.g. 36.
Click the copy button. Then click Ctrl+D to duplicate the shape all around the circle.
How to Split a Circle into Arcs in Adobe Illustrator
Draw a circle.
Draw a line across it horizontally.
Select the line and double click on the rotate tool. Enter an angle, e.g. 60 degrees, then click on the copy button.
Select the circle and all sections.
Go to Window / Pathfinder and click on the Divide button.
Ungroup using Object / Ungroup, and you now have segments.
You can drag out one of the segments, and then use the Scissors Tool (under the Eraser Tool) to click on the points to separate the arc from the segment.
How to Divide a Circle into Segments in Adobe Illustrator
Use the Polar Grid Tool, which is found in the Line Tool menu.
Use the pie graph tool! It's a bit of a hack but it works.
Example: Creating a 30° angle.
Shine Effect in Adobe Illustrator
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