Beginner Tips When Learning Illustrator

Illustrator is an application developed by Adobe which is designed as a vector drawing tool. With this, one will be able to create artwork with infinite scale while making sure the quality remains the same. This tool is ideal in making designs for logo, complex vector artwork as well as learning how to make illustrated typography. If you have been used to Photoshop, you might find Illustrator is quite different. Here are some tips for beginners learning the Adobe Illustrator.

  • The first thing you should be familiar with and eventually master when using Illustrator is Bezier – its points and curves. Knowing this, you will be able to create any artwork you desire. It can be very tricky at the beginning but knowing how to control the points and curves of Bezier will also give you the ability to create whatever shape you need. The manipulating points are used to control the curves. You can also use the Alt/Shift keys together with the pen tool while pointing on a curve to create more complex and organic shapes. Practice is recommended as well as personal discovery.
  • There are Bezier shortcuts you can do. If you want to control the Bezier curves, utilized the Alt key once you have made your point. Once a point is already done, hold down Alt and with this you will be able to determine the position of the next point minus the need to manipulate the curve. If you want your next point to have a 45-degree angle, just hold down the Shift key.
  • The default setting of Illustrator allows you to stroke your path with the help of a tool such as pen or shape. The result is a black coloured 1 point. The final shape once the points are connected will then be filled with white. The colour can be changed as well as the fill. Once the object is selected, you can choose between the two under the main tool panel.
  • One of the advantages of using Illustrator is that it comes with easy brushes. There are a lot of options to choose from in the library.

If you want to learn more and become an expert, enrol in an Illustrator training course.