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Adobe Illustrator CC/2015 ReleaseProject 2: Regatta ArtworkDrawing Complex ArtworkColoring and Painting ArtworkExporting PDF Files
Adobe Illustrator CC/2015 ReleaseAdobe Illustrator CC: The Professional Portfolio*This project builds on a number of the skills that were presented in Project 1, and introduces new techniques for drawing more sophisticated shapes. As you probably guessed, Illustrator can do far more than creating basic shapes. The vector-based drawing tools allow you to create any shape you can imagine; mastering these tools is the single most important key to becoming a professional illustrator.
Adobe Illustrator CC: The Professional PortfolioVector PathsClick to create a pointClick and drag to create point with handlesClick again to create another point and connecting segment
Smooth SymmetricalSmooth AsymmetricalCorner
Adobe Illustrator CC: The Professional PortfolioAdobe Illustrator CC: The Professional Portfolio*Almost every shape you create in Illustrator is made up of anchor points including ones you create with the basic shape, Line Segment, and Pencil tools that you used in Project 1. You can also use the Pen tool to manually place anchors, which are connected by line segments to create a shape. By manipulating the direction handles of each anchor point, you can change the shape of the connecting lines.This type of drawing can be one of the most difficult for new users to master, but it is the heart of creating sophisticated illustration. There are two basic types of anchor points:A corner point can have direction handles on both sides, but those handles are not connected to each other. Moving the handle on one side of a point does not affect the handle on the other side of that point.A smooth point has direction handles on both sides, which are linked to each other. Moving one handle affects the opposite handle on the same point.Smooth points can be symmetrical or asymmetrical. In a symmetrical point, both handles on the point are the same length. In an asymmetrical point, the two handles of the point are different lengths.The information on Page 85 summarizes the behavior of anchor points and handles. Advise students to carefully study this information to better understand how to manage vector paths.
Adobe Illustrator CC: The Professional PortfolioEditing Vector PathsDirect Selection toolPen tool variationsControl panel
Adobe Illustrator CC: The Professional PortfolioAdobe Illustrator CC: The Professional Portfolio*Regardless of how it was originally created, a vector path can be edited using a number of tools.Use the Direct Selection tool to select and edit an individual anchor point. When an anchor point is selected, any attached direction handles are visible. Use the Direct Selection tool to drag the handles and change the related segment shape.Use the Add Anchor Point tool to add an anchor point along an existing line segment. If you add a point to a curved segment, the new point is a smooth point.If you add a point to a straight segment, the new point is a corner point.Use the Delete Anchor Point tool to remove a point from an existing shape.Using the Convert Anchor Point tool:Click a smooth point to change it to a corner point. Click a corner point and drag to change it to a smooth point.When an anchor point is selected, the Control panel includes many of the same options for changing the selected point.
Adobe Illustrator CC: The Professional PortfolioEditing Vector Paths (contd)Pen tool variationsContext sensitivity
Adobe Illustrator CC: The Professional PortfolioAdobe Illustrator CC: The Professional Portfolio*When a vector path is selected, the Pen tool recognizes its position relative to the path and automatically switches to one of the tool variations; the cursor icon automatically reflects the current variation.When the cursor is over an existing path, you can click to add an anchor point. When the cursor is over an existing point, you can click to remove that point.When the cursor is over an existing point, you can press Option/Alt and click to access the Convert Anchor Point variation.If Smart Guides are toggled on and the Anchor/Path Labels option is active, the cursor also shows exactly when you are over a path or an anchor. This can be especially helpful if you are editing a complex path with many points.You might consider stepping out of the project at this point; ask students to create a new empty file, and then click a few times to create a simple closed vector shape, such as an oval. Ask them to try to predict what would happen by dragging a certain anchor point in a specific direction; they should then move the point to see if their guess was correct. Repeat this process for a specific direction handle.
Editing Vector Paths (contd)Reshape line segmentsAnchor Point or Direct Selection tool
Adobe Illustrator CC: The Professional Portfolio
Adobe Illustrator CC: The Professional PortfolioUsing the Anchor Point tool (nested under the Pen tool), you can click and drag any path segment to bend it into a different shape; handles are added to or adjusted as necessary for the related points. This method of reshaping a line segment makes it very easy to edit your artwork without manually manipulating anchor points or handles.If a path segment is already selected, you can use the Direct Selection tool to accomplish the same task. In this case, at least one of a paths anchor points must have a direct handle for this technique to work with the Direct Selection tool. In other words, you cannot bend a straight line using the Direct Selection tool.Adobe Illustrator CC: The Professional Portfolio*
Adobe Illustrator CC: The Professional PortfolioPastingDuplicate existing objectsRemove selected objectsMove objects from one file to another
Adobe Illustrator CC: The Professional PortfolioAdobe Illustrator CC: The Professional Portfolio*Some of the commands in the Edit menu should be familiar to anyone with computer experience. Cut removes the selection and stores it temporarily in the system Clipboard.Copy stores the selection in the Clipboard, but does not affect the original selection.Paste adds the Clipboard contents in the center of the active document window.Paste in Front adds the Clipboard contents directly in the same position as the cut/copied object; it appears one level higher in the stacking order than the active selection. (Note: If the cut/copied object is not selected, this command does not necessarily paste the object in front of the original.)Paste in Back adds the Clipboard contents in the same position as the cut/copied object; it appears one level lower in the stacking order than the active selection. (Note: As with Paste in Front, this command does not necessarily paste the object in back of the original.)Paste in Place adds the Clipboard contents on the active artboard, in the same relative position as the original. Paste on All Artboards adds the Clipboard contents to every artboard in the file, in the same relative position as the cut/copied object. Keep in mind that this adds a copy on the original artboard, which could result in two copies of the original object directly on top of each other.Clear deletes the selection without storing it in the Clipboard.
Adobe Illustrator CC: The Professional PortfolioShowing & HidingObject>Hide submenuObject>Show All
Layers panel sublayers
Adobe Illustrator CC: The Professional PortfolioAdobe Illustrator CC: The Professional Portfolio*There are many uses for hiding specific objects, especially as an illustration becomes more complex. Hiding objects makes it easier to find underlying shapes so you can edit them without accidentally changing other nearby objects.The Object>Hide submenu commands are fairly self-explanatory. To show hidden objects, you can choose Object>Show All. The important point here is that the Show All command shows every object that is currently hidden; there is no menu command to show only certain objects. In the Layers panel, you can click the Eye icon to hide an entire layer. If no Eye icon is visible, clicking the empty space re-shows that layer.If you click the arrow to the left of a layer name, you see the sublayers a list of all the objects that exist on that layer. Each sublayer has a separate Eye icon, which you can use to show or hide specific objects even if they arent selected. This makes it possible to show only specific objects, instead of the universal Show All command that is available in the Object menu.
Adobe Illustrator CC: The Professional PortfolioLocking & UnlockingObject>Lock submenuObject>Unlock All
Layers panel sublayers
Adobe Illustrator CC: The Professional PortfolioAdobe Illustrator CC: The Professional Portfolio*As with showing and hiding specific objects, the Object>Lock options can be useful for accessing and editing objects in complex illustrations. Rather than hiding objects, however, locking keeps objects visible while still protecting them from being changed.The Object>Lock submenu commands are fairly self-explanatory. To show hidden objects, you can choose Object>Unlock All. Again, the important point here is that the Unlock All command unlocks every object that is currently locked; there is no menu command to unlock only certain objects.
In the Layers panel, you can click the empty space to the right of the Eye icon to lock an entire layer. If the Lock icon is visible, clicking the icon unlocks that layer.When the sublayers are visible in the Layers panel, you can use the sublayer Lock icons to lock and unlock specific objects even if they are not selected. This makes it possible to unlock only specific objects, instead of the universal Unlock All command that is available in the Object menu.
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