Links to Adobe Handouts
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Illustrator CS6 Help and Tutorials from Adobe Download the help PDF
- Getting Started: Illustrator Workspace Basics
Will help with learning more about all of the elements which surround and control your document. For now, focus on becoming familiar with the preset workspaces.
a. For class: Please don’t switch the workspace set at Essentials as we will all be learning from the same workspace together.
b. For class: When moving through the tools panel, practice with the shortcut keys. They appear on my handout and also as you scroll over the tool itself.
c. For class: Please keep all panels open as they are easier to locate and move from one to the other.
2. Shortcut Keys
For positive/negative assignment: Use page one on shortcut keys
3. Important precision/measuring tools: Rulers, Guides, Grids
4. Create, select and manipulate objects: Illustrator Tools Panel
5. Different ways of selecting: Illustrator/Selecting Objects
6. Simple tools for beginners: Drawing Lines and Shapes
7. A very comprehensive guide: Illustrator’s Pen Tool
THIS IS A MUST READ-Great reference!
8. Working with paths, segments and anchor points (adding and deleting, smoothing, using the convert tool): Illustrator/Editing Paths
9. Overlapping objects: Combining Objects with Pathfinder a. For class: You can stick to two of the Pathfinder effects. 1. Shape Mode: Unite 2. Pathfinder: Divide (most important for value project)
10. Merging shapes easily: Creating Shapes with Shape Builder
11. A practice session with Various Brush Options
For the Pattern Man Project:
11. Creating a mirror image: Using the Reflect Tool
13. Painting with strokes or pattern strokes: Using the Blob Brush Tool