10 Handy Tips | Things to know for beginners Ep7/19 [Adobe Illustrator for Beginners]

10 Handy Tips | Things to know for beginners Ep7/19 [Adobe Illustrator for Beginners]

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Oh [Music] hello and welcome to this video tutorial brought to you by TC cheats comm in this video I'm going to cover 10 handy tips in adobe illustrator that you should know and be able to speed with before starting a project the things I'm going to cover in the next few minutes are things that are going to improve your workflow and help you create your artwork to follow along with this tutorial you will need to open this document I have prepared especially for this tutorial this can be found in the
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introduction folder in the project folder now you can download this project folder for free the download link is in the description so with the project folder open click introduction handy tips versions and select the version of illustrator you're using in my case it's CC and open the handy tips file and you should have something that looks like this along the way I will be mentioning some useful shortcut keys which you can find in the description and in the shortcut key page in the project PDF
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which you can also download in the description we're going to be covering a lot in this video and in quite some depth if you wish to skip ahead or back at any time you can do so quite simply the topics covered in this video are listed in the description along with their times so be sure to check that out okay so let's get into it tip number one zooming so the first tip is zooming in and out getting a good grip of this tool can really help speed things up the shortcut key for the zoom tool is Z
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press the z key on the keyboard and you will notice the most change to a magnifying glass with a plus on it this will allow us to click and zoom in like so to zoom out simply press and hold alt on the keyboard and notice the plus changed to a minus then simply kick again a few times to zoom out with the zoom tool active you can click and drag to select an area to zoom into so be sure to practice these zoom techniques another handy shortcut is command 0 this will snap the current
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canvas doc to your workspace area so let's say we are zoomed in quite a lot on the canvas area pressing command 0 will zoom out to show the document fully on the page like so another handy zoom shortcut is command one this will snap the current canvas dock to 100% so let's say we zoomed in quite a lot on the canvas area pressing command one will zoom out to show the document artboard at 100% tip number two
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maneuvering another cool tip is to use the spacebar no matter what - you have active if you press and hold the spacebar you will notice the cursor change to a little hand symbol with the spacebar held down I'm going to click and drag around the canvas maneuvering around my area like so I can zoom out and press the spacebar to move around zoom back in hold the spacebar to move around again like so this is a really useful tip to maneuver around your artwork tip number 3 duplicating your vector objects let's
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say you have a vector object on your canvas area like this square here if I want to quickly duplicate this object I can simply press and hold alt on the keyboard click and drag the object across like so and upon release a clone of that object will be made I can do this several times until I have many squares on my canvas area tip number 4 select multiple objects with the selection tool active I can drag an area over all the objects like so and upon
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release I will have all objects selected this will enable me to move them around as one like so as a group though if for any reason I want to select a couple if I click off to deselect them by holding shift on the keyboard I can simply select multiple objects one at a time if for example you want to deselect one of the objects then with the shift still held down you can simply click again on an object and this will - select that object so by holding shift you can
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select multiple objects and deselect objects tip number 5 aligning if I want to align these objects I can do so quite simply with a selection tool active I'm going to click and drag over all the squares to select them with am all selected I'm going to come to the top control panel across the top of my interface and you notice some alignment buttons here if you don't see these buttons for ever reason you can come to window and open your align panel I'm going to go ahead
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and click on the horizontal alignment Center and upon click you can see them all aligned to the center like so now as you can see they are oddly spaced out if I want to align them with equal space in between I can simply click on the vertical distribute Center button and now they are perfectly spaced out excellent so keep in mind you can also align in other ways using the other alignment of icons tip number six rulers and guides to demonstrate this I'm going
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to come over to the next artboard now this is a function that can allow you to create margins in the document and accurately place and align your objects in relation to each other on your canvas area are useful shortcut for this is command R and as you can see if you look around the edge of my document area as I press command R repeatedly you can see the rulers become visible and hide again okay so I'm going to press this until I can see my rulers now I'm going to move
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my mouse over the vertical ruler and click and drag out and over to the right like so and as you do this notice a grey line appear this is your new guide you're about to drop onto the canvas area so I'm going to drag this over to the right and place it next to my circle like so and once I'm happy I'm simply going to release and my guide will be placed now if for some reason you do not see your guide you can press command : this is the shortcut to hide and reveal guides or you can simply come up to view
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come down to guides and then come across to show guides okay so what if I want to edit these current guides for example I want to move this guide to the other side of the circle well this is easy all you have to do is select the guide with the selection tool though you must first make sure that you can edit guides if we come back to view and scroll down to guides we have an option here called lock guides to edit guides we need to make sure this is unchecked and then we can simply click a
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guide on the canvas area and click and drag it around like so tip number seven smart guides another thing to keep in mind is smart guides again if we come to view and come down we can see smart guides this is pretty useful so you will want this checked when smart guides active activated illustrator would give you useful prompts for example if I select the current guide and drag in slightly to the middle of my circle here you will see it snapped to the center of
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the circle if I click and drag again but this time to the outside of the circle notice how it snaps to the outside of the circle smart guides also helps when positioning objects in relation to each other for example if I take a square that I created earlier and attempt to move it around another object you will see the green smart guide helped me align to the top middle bottom of a neighboring object so this can be pretty useful so now I'm going to drag a few more guides into the canvas area around
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my circle and now I have very quickly and easily marked out the middle horizontal and middle vertical point of my circle now remember we are still using smart guides so what I can do now is select the ellipse tool if I move my mouse pointer to the top left of my guides you will notice the mouse pointer snap to the corner if I click and drag to draw an ellipse by holding shift this will scale this nicely and I can create a circle half the size of my outer circle now if I select this new circle I
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can easily click and drag this into the middle and notice how it snaps to the middle like so perfect tip number eight scale stroke and effects another thing to keep in mind when new to illustrator is the scale stroke and effect feature for example I'm going to select my two circles here and I'm going to push up the stroke on them both like so then I'm going to select the scale tool from the menu on the left and I'm going to make my circles smaller now notice that the stroke size is the same even when the
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circles are smaller this time let's make the circles larger we can see that the stroke size is still the same if you're new to illustrator chances are that this will happen when you attempt to scale objects up and down but if you want to scale stroke and effects you can do this simply by coming to the top menu and finding the Preferences option on a Mac we come to illustrator and click on preferences I'm going to click on general and up will pop a menu if you look closely about
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halfway down on the right hand side you should see a checkbox with the title scale strokes and effects if we make sure this is checked and click OK when we select and scale down our objects so too will the effects apply to the vector such as the stroke excellent tip number 9 fullscreen and toggle panels this is a really simple tip but kind of useful if you want to remove all the interface panels and take a look at your artwork nice and clear on the screen first
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if you press tab on the keyboard this is going to remove all the panels in the interface and if I press tab again this will bring them back if I press F on the keyboard once this will remove the panels from view and if I press F again this will go into full-screen mode simple yet useful tip number 10 grids for the last tip I'm going to show you grids the shortcut to show your grids is command apostrophe or you could simply come to view and show grids if you are
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creating an intricate piece of artwork and need to use a grid you will find this useful if you wish to customize your grid you can come to preferences scroll down and select guides and grid and in the pop-up menu you can change the grid properties such as the color style grid line quantity and subdivision as you can see here I have mine set for a grid line every 40 millimeters with a subdivision of five below this you can also specify if you want your grids
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always set in the background and if you want illustrator to show a pixel grid above 600 percent zoom with your grid open you also have the ability to snap the grid if I come to view and scroll down to snap to grid then make sure this is checked I'm going to come over to one of the squares I created earlier and zoom in a little and if I move this around you can see the object snapping to the grid like so and if I had enough of my grid or simply want to continue to create artwork without the grid again I
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can press command apostrophe to turn that off so that's a few handy tips in Adobe Illustrator to help you with your workflow in the next video we are going to move into the essential practice section of this course in this video we are going to be focusing on shape vectors we are going to be using the shape tool to create a range of vector shapes see you in the next video

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