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Drawing a line segment

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Video: Drawing a line segment

All right, now it's time to start drawing inside of our illustration here. Have you ever been so excited to draw anything in all of your life? Woo-hoo! Don't pretend you're not excited man. I know, I know you're excited. All right, so here's the deal, if you've been working along with me inside the Horus.ai document, awesome. Just keep working. If you want to catch up with me and you can open this illustration: The template.ai because I've already got my guides relegated to an independent layer. I've already converted the Horus layer to a tracing template and we are working on the Draw here layer. Make sure the Draw here layer is active and turned on, so that you can see the contents of the layer. I've already created a couple of Pen Tool paths in advance.

Drawing a line segment

All right, now it's time to start drawing inside of our illustration here. Have you ever been so excited to draw anything in all of your life? Woo-hoo! Don't pretend you're not excited man. I know, I know you're excited. All right, so here's the deal, if you've been working along with me inside the Horus.ai document, awesome. Just keep working. If you want to catch up with me and you can open this illustration: The template.ai because I've already got my guides relegated to an independent layer. I've already converted the Horus layer to a tracing template and we are working on the Draw here layer. Make sure the Draw here layer is active and turned on, so that you can see the contents of the layer. I've already created a couple of Pen Tool paths in advance.

We are going to be drawing, in this exercise we're going to be drawing this straight vertical line right there. Not a lot to it, but still going to pass along a couple of techniques here that I think you'll find useful. I'm going to select the Line Segment Tool by clicking on it here in this little mini flyout menu that I have available to me. If you don't have such a flyout menu, and you want it, then you just go ahead and click and hold on the Line Segment Tool and release at this tear off location over here on the right side of the flyout menu and notice by the way, you can have multiple instances of the exact same flyout menu if you want, and I know some artists who really like this. They've got big huge monitors, and they like their tools to be available to them in opposite corners of the monitor, for example.

So that the tools are always conveniently accessible/ I don't happen to work that way, especially when I'm working on such a tiny screen, but something you might want to be aware of. Also you might want to be aware of the keyboard shortcut associated with the Line Segment Tool. It's backslash, because after all the Line Tool looks like a backslash (\). Having selected the tool in whatever way I choose here, I'm going to begin drawing with it and I'm just going to start drawing with it in any location. Notice it's just a matter of dragging from one point to another point. That's all there is to it. But check this out, while you're drawing with the Line Segment Tool, you can press and hold the spacebar in order to move the tool on the fly like that. As soon as you get the line segment exactly where you want it, then go ahead and release the spacebar and continue dragging with the tool. But here's what I want you to do.

I'm going to go ahead and undo the addition of that line by pressing Control+Z or Command+Z on the Mac. I want you to begin drawing from this guide intersection right there and it's important by the way, that your Guides layer is unlocked. I'm going to begin drawing from this location so that I am assured I'm starting my line from exactly the right point and then as I draw, I'm going to press and hold the Shift key in order to constrain the angle of my line and what I really want is a vertical line. I have to press the Shift key, press and hold that Shift key, until I release the mouse button.

And I'm going to release the mouse button as soon as I snap my cursor into alignment with this bottom guide right there. And once I've done that, I'll go ahead and release the mouse button and then I'll release the Shift key and that assures me that I have a perfectly vertical line. Now there is a big problem with the line, and that is that it stroked improperly here. It has this very thin stroke associated with it. I want the thick rounded stroke that I've already assigned to my eye and eyebrow paths right there, and I'll get that stroke by grabbing my Eyedropper Tool, notice the Eyedropper Tool here inside the toolbox, and you get to the tool by pressing the I key, and then you can click on one of these paths like so, and Illustrator will go ahead and assign the lifted attributes to the selected line segment right down here and that's all there is to it. I have now successfully drawn a vertical line that is now properly stroked here inside of my illustration, my ongoing illustration here.

In the next exercise we will add an arc in order to start off this loopy line over here.

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Illustrator CS3 One-on-One: The Essentials

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Deke McClelland
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  1. 59m 53s
    1. Welcome to Illustrator CS3 One-on-One: The Essentials
      2m 0s
    2. The unwelcome Welcome screen
      6m 35s
    3. Browsing Illustrator artwork
      4m 53s
    4. Bridge workspaces and favorites
      6m 8s
    5. The anatomy of an illustration
      7m 2s
    6. Examining a layered illustration
      5m 38s
    7. Customizing an illustration
      5m 21s
    8. Creating a new document
      6m 12s
    9. Changing the document setup
      6m 51s
    10. Saving a document
      6m 14s
    11. Closing multiple files
      2m 59s
  2. 1h 3m
    1. Preferences, color settings, and workspaces
      55s
    2. Keyboard Increment and Object Selection
      5m 52s
    3. Scratch Disks and Appearance of Black
      6m 43s
    4. Establishing the best color settings
      5m 35s
    5. Synchronizing color settings in Bridge
      4m 3s
    6. The new CS3 interface
      3m 55s
    7. Organizing the palettes
      9m 4s
    8. Saving your workspace
      2m 33s
    9. Zooming and scrolling
      3m 39s
    10. Using the Zoom tool
      5m 27s
    11. The Navigator palette
      3m 37s
    12. Nudging the screen image
      2m 50s
    13. Scroll wheel tricks
      3m 11s
    14. Cycling between screen modes
      5m 56s
  3. 1h 4m
    1. Why learn Illustrator from a Photoshop guy?
      1m 32s
    2. Introducing layers
      4m 37s
    3. Creating ruler guides
      6m 34s
    4. Creating a custom guide
      3m 28s
    5. Organizing your guides
      5m 50s
    6. Making a tracing template
      3m 34s
    7. Drawing a line segment
      4m 10s
    8. Drawing a continuous arc
      4m 17s
    9. Drawing a looping spiral
      5m 17s
    10. Cutting lines with the Scissors tool
      6m 45s
    11. Aligning and joining points
      7m 58s
    12. Drawing concentric circles
      3m 45s
    13. Cleaning up overlapping segments
      6m 21s
  4. 1h 9m
    1. The anatomy of a shape
      1m 1s
    2. Meet the Tonalpohualli
      4m 8s
    3. Meet the geometric shape tools
      3m 47s
    4. Drawing circles
      6m 36s
    5. Snapping and aligning shapes
      7m 0s
    6. Polygons and stars
      7m 0s
    7. Rectangles and rounded rectangles
      6m 16s
    8. The amazing constraint axes
      6m 30s
    9. Grouping a flipping
      7m 37s
    10. Combining simple shapes into complex ones
      6m 36s
    11. Drawing with Scissors and Join
      6m 3s
    12. Cutting and connecting in Illustrator CS3
      3m 49s
    13. Tilde key goofiness
      2m 55s
  5. 1h 22m
    1. Three simple ingredients, one complex result
      33s
    2. Introducing Fill and Stroke
      3m 42s
    3. Accessing color libraries and sliders
      7m 8s
    4. Using the CMYK sliders for print output
      5m 6s
    5. Using the RGB sliders for screen output
      4m 39s
    6. Color palette tips and tricks
      4m 46s
    7. Creating and saving color swatches
      4m 14s
    8. Trapping gaps with rich blacks
      7m 58s
    9. Filling and stacking shapes
      5m 17s
    10. Dragging and dropping swatches
      6m 16s
    11. Paste in Back, Paste in Front
      5m 43s
    12. Filling shapes inside groups
      5m 16s
    13. Pasting between layers
      3m 34s
    14. Joins, caps, and dashes
      5m 50s
    15. Fixing strokes and isolating your edits
      7m 35s
    16. Creating a pattern fill
      4m 38s
  6. 1h 22m
    1. The power of transformations
      1m 25s
    2. From primitives to polished art
      4m 4s
    3. Clone and Duplicate
      6m 15s
    4. Moving by the numbers
      4m 16s
    5. Using the Reshape tool
      6m 30s
    6. Modifying, aligning, and uniting paths
      7m 0s
    7. Using the Offset Path command
      4m 25s
    8. Styling and eyedropping
      4m 11s
    9. The wonders of the translucent group
      5m 37s
    10. Making a black-and-white template
      3m 48s
    11. Scaling and cloning shapes
      4m 26s
    12. Enlarging and stacking shapes
      5m 6s
    13. Positioning the origin point
      6m 50s
    14. Using the Rotate and Reflect tools
      5m 16s
    15. Series rotation (aka power duplication)
      4m 3s
    16. Rotating by the numbers
      5m 15s
    17. Rotating repeating pattern fills
      4m 32s
  7. 1h 4m
    1. Points are boys, control handles are girls
      2m 16s
    2. Tracing a scanned image or photograph
      4m 34s
    3. Placing an image as a template
      5m 32s
    4. Drawing a straight-sided path
      5m 36s
    5. Moving, adding, and deleting points
      5m 51s
    6. Drawing spline curves with Round Corners
      7m 56s
    7. Smooth points and Bézier curves
      8m 12s
    8. Defining a cusp between two curves
      4m 37s
    9. Adjusting handles and converting points
      7m 4s
    10. Cutting, separating, and closing paths
      7m 31s
    11. Eyedropping template colors
      5m 11s
  8. 1h 28m
    1. Paths never rest
      1m 42s
    2. Meet Uzz, Cloying Corporate Mascot
      2m 22s
    3. Exploring the Appearance palette
      5m 37s
    4. Snip and Spin
      7m 28s
    5. Adding a center point
      3m 57s
    6. Keeping shape intersections
      3m 8s
    7. Lifting fills and selecting through shapes
      4m 14s
    8. Saving and recalling selections
      5m 18s
    9. Rotating is a circular operation
      7m 35s
    10. Lassoing and scaling points
      6m 8s
    11. Using the Transform Each command
      5m 9s
    12. Using the Magic Wand tool
      6m 46s
    13. Converting paths and text to rich black
      2m 27s
    14. The overwrought lace pattern
      3m 21s
    15. Eyedropping Live Effects
      5m 39s
    16. Merging strokes with a compound path
      6m 32s
    17. Selecting and scaling independent segments
      6m 30s
    18. Pucker & Bloat
      4m 49s
  9. 1m 59s
    1. See ya for now
      1m 59s

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