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Class One: Overview & Illustrator Basics Vector vs. Pixel

• Within your applications folder you will find the Adobe Illustrator folder – double click the Adobe Illustrator icon inside that folder:

Creating a New Document

• Once Adobe Illustrator has launched you will want to create a new document by selecting New Document under the File menu

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• This will bring up the New Document Dialogue box:

Here you will be able to name your new document, chose its size & orientation and choose your color mode

The Document Window

• Now that you have created a new document, lets take a look at some of its properties:

Here we can see the title of our new document, the Artboard, the Printable Page and Rulers – turn rulers on by choosing View > Show Rulers

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Saving the Document

  • Next, you should save your document – choose File > Save
  • Save this file wherever you’d likeTools
    Note: we will be looking at just the tools that we will be using in this class – for a more in depth look see pages 2 & 3Selection Tool
  • The selection tool will be your biggest friend here in the illustrator environment
  • There are two different types of selection tools:Selection (General) – this selection tool (black) will allow you to select entire objects or groups of objectsDirect Selection – this selection tool (white) will allow you to select parts of objects, anchor points and the Bézier curve handlebars

    Rectangle Tool

  • The rectangle tool will allow you to draw rectangles and squares
  • If you double click the rectangle tool then click on the art board, you will get a dialogue box that will allow you to specify the exact size of your rectangleEllipse Tool
  • The ellipse tool will allow you to draw ellipses and circles
  • And, like the rectangle tool, If you double click the oval tool then click on the art board, you will get a dialogue box that will allow you to specify the exact size of your ellipse

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Pen Tool

• The pen tool will allow you to draw more complex object by plotting points and using Bézier curved lines

Type Tool

• The type tool will allow you to create and edit type

Line Segment Tool

• The line segment tool will allow you to draw straight lines

Paint Brush & Pencil Tools

• The paint brush and pencil tools will allow you to draw much more free-form lines with different textures

Rotate Tool

  • Once you have drawn an object you may use the rotate tool to rotate the orientation of the object
  • If you select your object and then double click the rotate tool you will be able to rotate your object to an exact angle using the rotate dialogue box

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Scale Tool

  • Once you have drawn an object you may use the scale tool to scale the size of the object
  • If you select your object and then double click the scale tool you will be able to scale your object to a percentage scale using the scale dialogue box

Fill & Stroke Tools

• The fill and stroke tool will allow you to select the color, pattern or gradient of your fill & stroke of your object

Palettes
Swatches Palette

• You can use the Swatches palette to choose and store default and user-defined colors

  • When you have an object selected, you can select either the fill or stroke color (via tools) then select your color
  • You have a variety of pre-defined swatches: web, pantone, etc.

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Color Palette

  • When you have a color selected in the Swatches palette, you will see the values of that color in the Color palette
  • Here you may change the values of the selected color and make new colors based from the selected one by dragging the new color to the swatch paletteGradient Palette

• The Gradient palette will allow you to edit and store gradients

Stroke Palette

  • The Stroke palette will allow you to control the weight of your object’s stroke
  • You may also create dashed lines using the Stroke palette Info Palette

• The Info palette will allow you to see the position of your object on the Artboard, the size of the object and its color value

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Layers Palette

  • The Layers palette will allow you to add and delete layers and sub-layers to your document
  • You can also use the Layers palette to select, hide, show, lock and restack your layers Character Palette

• The Character palette will allow you to choose the desired font, size and leading of your type

Paragraph Palette

• The Paragraph palette will allow you to control the justification and hyphenation of your type

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Align Palette

• The Align palette will allow you to align and distribute multiple objects

Pathfinder Palette

• The Pathfinder palette will allow you to create new, editable shapes from selected objects

Transform Palette

• The Transform palette will allow you to edit the position, size and angles of an existing object

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