Getting Started with Adobe Illustrator! Quick Guide

Author avatar wrote on 27/03/2019

Getting Started with Adobe Illustrator! Quick Guide

Before you start

  1. Fix workspace → top right main menu → choose essentials 
  2. Сlick on it once again and reset essentials
  3. Click on preferences → unites → general (inches)

Create a new file:

Choose Unites

  1. Inches for print: preferences → unites → general (inches)
  2. Pixels for web: preferences → unites → general (pixels)

Change size: 

On the left menu → artboard  → drag

Or change the size from the upper menu

Duplicate a file

  1. On the left menu → artboard  → drag while holding ALT
  2. Drop outside the selected

Arrows

  • Use the black arrow to move objects
  • Use white arrow to change the dimensions of an object
  • Use ipod to create a second-page artboard tool →  empty space on the document → draw a rectangle

Scaling

Before selecting most of the time you need to check Scales stocks and effects

Shape Builder tool

This tool allows you to

  1. Merge shapes, Select many shapes → choose shape builder tool → draw a line between the shapes you want to merge
  2. Remove parts of shapes, Select many shapes → choose shape builder tool → hold ALT and draw a line between the shapes you want to remove
  3. Separate shapes you have to give them another color to separate them  use it alone

To give another color of a part of shape

  1. You draw a line on the shape
  2. Select both line and shape
  3. Choose shape builder
  4. Pick color
  5. Color the part of your choice