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6 THINGS I’VE LEARNED IN ILLUSTRATOR Over The Last 365 Days


in today’s video I thought I’d share six
things that I’ve come to learn about Adobe Illustrator in the last 365 days
now we’re all constantly learning and so I also discover new tips and new
functions within Adobe Illustrator some of them were suggestions by viewers of
this channel and others were just me messing about illustrator and
discovering certain things on my own accord there’s going to be a test at the
very end of the video so let’s jump right in the first one is actually an
expansion on the last video I made and that was about offsetting strikes around
typography the method I showed you was a destructive way because we outline the
text but this new method I found out actually allows us to edit the text
after the stroke has been offset so firstly come in to the appearance panel
and then add a stroke we then in to offset the stroke and like before it
looks rather messy if you remember back to the previous video however what we
actually need to do is to come into the path find option right here and then
click Add now this was brought to my attention by a viewer so thanks to that
person for this tip we can now edit the text whilst the stroke is offset awesome so this next function I learned recently
in Illustrator is based around the group selection tool so here are four squares
and we can group them together like so with command or control G the group
selection tool allows us to select and move objects within a group however if
we double click the group selection tool in the toolbar menu we now have access
to a menu of precise transformations on the selected object this is a quick and
a very easy thing to do and like I said it just offers more precision on your
movements within a group selection it’s just really nice to have this option
there when you want to be working with precision on your graphic designs now
the third tip that I’ve realized across the last year in Illustrator is linked
to patterns now I’ve made a quick selection of circles here and I can
actually go ahead and open up the swatches panel to turn this into a
pattern itself that’s not the actual tip however is just part of the process but
in the swatches panel you will find the patterns menu right here
and I can drag and drop my shapes into that menu and it’s going to give me a
maid pattern swatch now the thing I’ve learned is that you can apply your
pattern to a shape and if you retake that shape the pattern rotates as well but the question arises what if you want
to only rotate the pattern or just rotate the square well in the rotate
menu you can check only the pattern box and this is going to allow you to rotate
the pattern itself within the shape and of course the shape is staying
stationary which is pretty cool do you remember there is a test at the
very end of this video but for now let’s move on to the fourth illustrator tip
this tip is another instance of trying out the old double click method on
something new now that something is the live corners in illustrator CC no I did
showcase this not long ago in a video but to quickly go back over it you can
double click the live corners in illustrator CC and you’re gonna open up
this menu here which offers more options for corners of shapes now I only realize
this a short while ago by playing around with double-clicking things in
Illustrator and there are actually quite a lot of things that you can access with
a double click it’s quite interesting to know actually so the fifth tip today is
based around the eyedropper tool and I have one circle off to the left here but
let’s say I want to copy the transparency of the circle here but not
the actual stroke style I want to have the same epatha T which is 23% now if I
press I for the eyedropper tool and then sample it I get the opacity but I also
get the stroke style and everything else relating to that shape now what I can do
however is to double-click the eyedropper tool in the toolbar menu and
I’m gonna have many many options open to me so here I’m only gonna choose
transparency and this will ensure I copy that alone from the shape and finally
before the test part of today’s video something really needs that can save you
a whole lot of time and that’s something I did showcase recently and that’s the
shift key if I hold down an arrow key to move this object it moves quite slowly
across the artboard due to my increment settings but if I hold down the shift
key I will speed things up by a factor of 10 I can also do this for things like
increasing or decreasing the stroke weights and also note that control or
command will actually increase and decrease things by decimal points
effectively slower than usual but yeah the shift key can be used on
many aspects of your design workflow such as when working at a blog Rafi as
well changing the size and also the kerning of the type is increased when
holding our shift so how well were you actually listening to the points in
today’s video well it’s actually time to test your knowledge your attention and
your skills so when offsetting a stroke around typography in a non-destructive
workflow method what function in the Pathfinder menu in the appearance panel
did we use what was the main reason for the first
tip when offsetting strokes around topography where exactly can you find
the group selection tool in Illustrator how do you access the group selection
tool menu that offers you precise movements around the group objects which panel did I drag my pattern to so
I could feel a shape with that pattern how do you access the eyedropper
selection settings menu to increase the amount of nudges on
objects by a factor of 10 which keyd hold down so how well did you do on the test do
let me know the comment down below and also let me know what you think of my
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graphic designer until next time guys design your future today peace

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