Adobe Illustrator: Lesson 2

So this is all about adding color. You see Video Voice Lady opening a new document & using the shape tool to create a star.

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She goes to Window > Appearance & these 2 boxes pop out. She shows how you could change the color of the stroke or fill (which I already know how to do from high school). I may only put things I didn’t learn from technical school.

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OMG I completely forgot about drop shadow! You go to Add New Effect…

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Then you go to Stylize > Drop Shadow. This box thingy will show up and when your done with that, you click ok you get the drop shadow.

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To change the stroke of a different item go to Select > Deselect. So now when you go into the stroke & change the color, it doesn’t effect the current object but when you create a new one.

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To duplicate a shape, use your selection tool, hold down your alt/option key, & drag.

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Here’s something new; select all them circles, hold down on the shape builder tool, select Live Paine Bucket, then click once on the whole group. You can color a select of the circles like so.

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You can also choose the other color displayed on your own mouse by using the left or right arrow keys.

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Review Things to Remember:

  1. If a swatch has a dot in the lower right corner, it’s defined as a spot color.
  2. In Illustrator, you can locate the attributes of selected object in the Appearance pannel.
  3. You can share swatches that you created in Illustrator with other programs
  4. A global color is 1 that’s dynamically linked to all instances in the Illustration. Use 1 if you want color updates to be less time-consuming.
  5. The Live Paint feature allows you to individually paint faces of an illustration without defining new shapes.

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