Adobe Illustrator: Lesson 1

So the majority of these things I already knew from technical school so I’m putting things I haven’t learned which isn’t much. For instance like choosing the selection tool, going to Window > Transform, and setting up a size that way. That I didn’t remember.

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Voice Lady is showing me this Reference Point. Clicking on the upper left hand corner or something will change the reference point. You can change the position

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If you want to see the the ruler, press Command + R.

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You can basically do as many shapes as you want so yeah.

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*in child-like tone* Look! Voice Lady has a fish puzzle! WWWEEEEEEEEE! 😀

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I have an idea where this is going IDK if I should stop now & start getting ideas for my book cover project. Oh look apparently you can drag multiple items by clicking 1 piece & shift clicking others. You can also do this by selecting the selection tool, clicking on the pieces to move, to deselect some some you shift click.

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Go to your selection tool, click & drag over the fins, go to Object > Group. Clicking off the deselect & reselecting the fins again will still haven the fins together. To take 1 single fin go to the selection tool and choose deselect. Clicking that item again will have the group of fins again.

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Imma go make my book now! 🙂

Review: Things to Remember

  1. The Direct Selection tool allows you to select an individual anchor point or path segment.
  2. Hold down the Shift key to constrain a shape to equal width & height.
  3. You can enter values for shapes by doing either the following:
  • Select a Shape tool & click once on the artboard. This opens the shape options dialong box, in which you can enter width & height values.
  • After a shape has been created, choose Windows > Transform & enter values into the Width & Height test fields.

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