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How to draw awesome shapes with the tilde key

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Hi, there. You know how to draw shapes in Illustrator, you just I can draw these really crazy looking shapes, It's a really interesting way to draw really complex shapes Then I'll click away from it and see what I was able to draw there.

How to draw awesome shapes with the tilde key

Hi, there. Welcome back to another installment of Creative Quick Tips. My name is Justin Seeley and this week I'm going to be showing you a nifty little drawing trick inside of Adobe Illustrator. Now, in order to do this trick, you have to know what this is, that I have out here on my screen. If you don't know what this is, this is the tilde symbol or tilde symbol as some people like to call it and this is on your keyboard. It is going to be right next to the number one in most cases. And so what you're going to need to do is you're going to need to find that key that looks like this and you're going to need to hold that down while you're drawing shapes.

Let me show you exactly what I mean. I'll remove this from my screen and then I'm just going to grab something like a star. You know how to draw shapes in Illustrator, you just click and drag and it draw the shape just like this. What you may not know though, is that you can hold down the tilde key, and you can create some really interesting shapes while you're drawing. So watch this, I'm still holding down my mouse key, just drawing out the shape. When I throw in the tilde key, watch what happens. I can draw these really crazy looking shapes, and right now it doesn't look like much because it's all black, but if I switch over to just a stroke, check that out. It's a really interesting way to draw really complex shapes without having to know how to draw anything like that whatsoever.

So I'll shrink that down, you can see what I was able to draw right there. Let's take a look at something like the Ellipse tool, same thing applies here. I'll hold and tilde key, just click and draw a shape like that. Then I'll click away from it and see what I was able to draw there. And let's go over here, let's grab something like the Polygon tool. Again, I'll just hold down the tilde key and draw something out looks kind of like that. That's all there is to it. Now what exactly is going on here in the background? Well basically as you're drawing shapes inside of Illustrator anyway, so if you're just drawing something like a square or rectangle, for instance.

Illustrator's actually drawing multiple versions of this, as you are clicking and dragging around. By holding down the tilde key, you're actually just telling Illustrator to keep all of those temporary ones. So watch this. As I'll go here, I'll hold in the tilde key, then I'll just move to the right. All of those different versions are being redrawn, and then when I let go of the mouse, they all stay as separate shapes. All it is is holding down one key and moving your mouse around.

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  1. 1m 45s
    1. Welcome to the series
      48s
    2. How to send feedback
      57s
  2. 1m 47s
    1. Using Illustrator to perform calculations NEW
      1m 47s
  3. 11m 50s
    1. How to create layers from Photoshop Layer Styles
      3m 14s
    2. How to turn Illustrator artwork into Shape Layers
      3m 15s
    3. How to combine vector shapes in Photoshop
      2m 49s
    4. How to use text wrapping in Illustrator
      2m 32s
  4. 15m 41s
    1. How to effectively rotate objects in Illustrator
      2m 39s
    2. How to create interlocking shapes in Illustrator
      3m 29s
    3. How to speed up Photoshop's performance
      3m 25s
    4. How to use tool shortcuts in Photoshop
      2m 52s
    5. How to use springloaded shortcuts in Photoshop
      3m 16s
  5. 9m 27s
    1. How to create a better Twitter avatar
      3m 59s
    2. How to embed videos in WordPress without a plugin
      1m 45s
    3. How to embed real tweets into any WordPress post
      2m 15s
    4. Create your own Photoshop shortcut cheat sheet
      1m 28s
  6. 17m 53s
    1. How to create better Facebook cover photos
      4m 31s
    2. How to use keyboard shortcuts in WordPress
      2m 47s
    3. How to add Apple touch icons to your website
      5m 27s
    4. How to use Font Awesome in design applications
      5m 8s
  7. 8m 50s
    1. How to create your own pixel grids
      4m 25s
    2. How to sample colors from anywhere
      2m 5s
    3. How to create diagonal guides in Illustrator
      2m 20s
  8. 13m 48s
    1. How to round individual corners on Illustrator shapes
      3m 21s
    2. How to use Camera Raw as a Smart Filter
      4m 8s
    3. How to use the Shape Builder Tool to recolor artwork
      3m 34s
    4. How to use "Align to Key Object" in Illustrator
      2m 45s
  9. 8m 26s
    1. Exploring the Kuler Panel in Illustrator CC
      1m 50s
    2. How to draw awesome shapes with the tilde key
      2m 12s
    3. How to reset your bounding box in Illustrator
      2m 6s
    4. How to change your artboard color in Illustrator
      2m 18s
  10. 23m 19s
    1. How to use Photoshop and Illustrator to write CSS
      4m 1s
    2. How to create scalable rounded rectangles in Illustrator
      4m 16s
    3. How to use the fill commands in Photoshop
      3m 52s
    4. How to accurately space objects in Illustrator
      2m 5s
    5. Ten WordPress plugins that you should know
      9m 5s
  11. 9m 41s
    1. Unlocking background layers in Photoshop
      1m 8s
    2. Using opacity shortcuts in Photoshop
      1m 50s
    3. Using Illustrator's Glyphs Panel for icon fonts
      3m 15s
    4. Creating flexible buttons in Illustrator
      3m 28s
  12. 6m 31s
    1. Locking artwork in Illustrator
      2m 5s
    2. Five free fonts for your next project
      2m 0s
    3. Improving the SEO of your Muse website
      2m 26s
  13. 17m 7s
    1. Fitting content into your InDesign frames
      2m 37s
    2. Setting up your own Autocorrect in InDesign
      2m 33s
    3. Drawing complex shapes in Illustrator
      3m 14s
    4. Using the snapshots feature in Photoshop
      4m 40s
    5. Creating awesome product shots with Placeit
      4m 3s
  14. 18m 10s
    1. How to find free stock photos online
      1m 55s
    2. Using the transform command in Illustrator
      4m 14s
    3. Five tools for wireframing & mockups
      7m 36s
    4. How to convert videos into GIFs using Photoshop
      4m 25s
  15. 16m 10s
    1. Using PNG Hat to export Photoshop assets
      4m 56s
    2. How to setup two-step authentication in WordPress
      3m 50s
    3. Analyzing the speed of your website
      2m 19s
    4. How to create beveled text in Illustrator
      5m 5s
  16. 14m 49s
    1. How to create line shadows in Illustrator
      5m 30s
    2. Using custom keyboard shortcuts in Photoshop
      3m 31s
    3. Automating your InDesign workflow
      3m 26s
    4. How to quickly generate placeholder text in InDesign
      2m 22s
  17. 11m 9s
    1. How to correctly flatten your Photoshop files
      1m 44s
    2. How to create your own document presets in Photoshop
      2m 40s
    3. Generating color schemes with ColourCode
      3m 6s
    4. Five lightweight fonts for your next web project
      3m 39s
  18. 18m 22s
    1. How to sync and share files with Adobe Creative Cloud
      3m 36s
    2. Five resources for finding 3D models
      5m 47s
    3. Creating a thumbnail sketch template in Illustrator
      4m 14s
    4. Five text editors for web designers
      4m 45s
  19. 9m 43s
    1. How to use Creative Cloud Libraries
      4m 36s
    2. How to find patterns for your web backgrounds
      1m 58s
    3. Using the width tool in Adobe Illustrator
      3m 9s

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