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In this installment of the Illustrator Insider Training series, Mordy Golding shows how to draw vector artwork quickly, precisely, and efficiently—without having to think about technical concepts like anchor points or control handles. The course highlights intuitive drawing techniques using the Pathfinder functions, Live Paint groups, Shape Builder tool, and variable-width strokes. It also describes the sketching workflow and features in Illustrator that use pressure-sensitive drawing tablets, allowing designers to focus more on their creativity.
So we've already established that when Adobe set out to create the Shape Builder tool, they want to take the best of what Pathfinder had to offer and also take the intuitive aspects of Live Paint. Well let's take a closer look for a moment that the most important Pathfinder functions that we use. If I open up the Pathfinder panel here I'll see that for the most part for the artwork that we create on a day-to-day basis, when we do use Pathfinder, we really only focus on three of the functions. We don't use all these functions that are here on a constant basis, so let's talk about the three that we use most often.
If I select these two circles right here and I want to combine them together, I very often use this first function right here called the Unite Shape mode or Add Shape mode that take two shapes. It takes the top most object and it creates now the two shapes fused together and it colors them and uses the attributes at the topmost object. If I select some artwork here and I choose this option, which is the second-most often used, this in here Minus Front or Subtract, that takes the back-most shape and it uses the styling of that back- most shape, but it modifies that shape by removing any part of the shapes that are on top of it.
The third one that we use most often is actually not the shape modes, but one of the Pathfinders called Divide and that's where I takes multiple shapes that overlap each other and by dividing them they all get chopped up into individual pieces. So if I double-click to isolate this, I'll see that I can now have three shapes and not just two. So I'll hit Escape to exist Isolation mode here and overall these are the three different Pathfinders that we use on a day-to-day basis. They're the most often used, the Add or the Unite, the Subtract or the Minus Front and the Divide function.
What we're going to find out is that when Adobe set out to build the Shape Builder tool, they took these three functions and built these three functions into the tool itself. We are now going to take the Pathfinder functions that we use most often and we are going to have a far more intuitive and easier way to apply these functions as well. So Pathfinder hasn't gone away. Live Paint hasn't gone away. However, we have a new tool which allows us to apply the most often used Pathfinder commands in the type of intuitive environment that Live Paint can offer us.
How does that work? That's something we're going to begin to discover in the next movie.
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