Easy-to-follow video tutorials help you learn software, creative, and business skills.Become a member
Hi there, welcome back to creative quick tips. In this weeks episode, I'm going to to be showing you how to get a little more creative with the shape builder tool inside of Adobe Illustrator, and we're going to be drawing this shape right here. And believe it or not, we're not going to to have to use any special tools to do it. No pencils no pens. Just regular old shapes, and then we're going to to use the shape builder tool to recreate the rest of it. So, I'm going to create a new document with Cmd or Ctrl + N, does not matter how big or small your document is. And then what you're going to do is just draw a circle, somewhere out on the canvas like so I'll just center mine up, so that you can see it there.
And so once you have that initial circle drawn, that's basically the form factor of your symbol that you're going to to draw, and so what we're going to do is grab another symbol I'm going to to start right here at the top anchor point. And I'll hole down my Shift key click and drag the next circle until I see it snap. And you're only going to see it snap if you have Smart Guides turned on. So go up to the View menu and make sure Smart Guides are turned on. you want it to snap right into the middle point, something like that. And then you can just move it until it, again, snaps in the center of your circle like so.
And then what we're going to do now is hold down the Option or Alt key, drag that down. And make sure everything lines up again, smart guides are the key here, and then what we're going to do is we're going to take that bottom one and we're going to copy it to the clipboard with CMD or CTRL + C. And then I'm going to paste it in front of itself with CMD CTRL + F. So I'm just pasting it in place in front of the current object that I have selected, and then I will just shrink it down here by holding down the shift key. The Option or Alt key, and then I'll get it way down something kind of like that.
And then the last step, of course, we are going to duplicate this as well, so hold down Option or Alt again. If you want to constrain it, hold down the Shift key, and then we want to move it until it's right in the center of that top one. And so there we go,there's our shapes that are going to recreate the symbol, that we have over here. And so in order to do this, all I'm going to do is select everything on the canvas. Press Shift and the letter m, on the keyboard that's going to bring up the shape builder tool, and that's going to allow me to create my symbol. Now you can do it any way you want.
In this case, what I'm going to do is start down here, just click and drag across these. And then right here, click and drag across these and there you go, there is your symbol and then all you have to do is take whichever piece you want and change the color. So, in this case, I'll set this color to black and no stroke and then on this one over here, I'll increase the size of the stroke quite a bit, something like five points. And if it doesn't line up perfectly, try changing the alignment of the stroke, maybe something like Inside.
And there you go. And that's how you can quickly and easily draw really complex shapes, just using the Shape Builder tool. So, you may not necessarily be trying to recreate this specific symbol, but what I'm trying to get you to understand is that you don't have to use the Pen tool or the Pencil tool. You can just use regular old shapes to create some really, complex artwork inside of illustrator and then used the shade builder tool, to truly refine it down and get exactly what you want. So, I hope you learned something from this little quick tip here, and I hope it's really sparked your creativity to go out and try it for yourself.
Get unlimited access to all courses for just $25/month.Become a member
117 Video lessons · 42389 Viewers
119 Video lessons · 53851 Viewers
65 Video lessons · 14189 Viewers
113 Video lessons · 82765 Viewers
Access exercise files from a button right under the course name.
Search within course videos and transcripts, and jump right to the results.
Remove icons showing you already watched videos if you want to start over.
Make the video wide, narrow, full-screen, or pop the player out of the page into its own window.
Click on text in the transcript to jump to that spot in the video. As the video plays, the relevant spot in the transcript will be highlighted.
Your file was successfully uploaded.