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Adobe Illustrator has long been a popular vector–based drawing program, but for many the learning curve is steep. In Illustrator CS4 One-on-One: Fundamentals, author and leading industry expert Deke McClelland shows users how to get in to the Illustrator mindset and overcome this learning curve. He covers the application's key features in a new way, making it simple and easy to master Illustrator. Deke teaches viewers how to use the core drawing and shape tools, the transformation and reshaping features, text, and the Pen tool. He also explains how to export and print. Even if learning Illustrator has been a struggle in the past, this training can help make sense of it. Exercise files accompany the course.
All right, let's start things off with a look at the basic line drawing tools that are available to you. They are all here inside of this flyout menu. So if you go to the Line tool, the one that is right under the Text tool in the single column toolbox, you will see all these guys and you can even move them off into their own independent palette, check this thing out. By just moving over to this vertical bar you will see Tearoff and then you just release and then you have this little tear- off palette that can be anywhere.
If you are just a kook, you can do this; you can have multiple copies of the exact same tool palette. So that way, no matter where your cursor is on screen, you are ready to grab a Line tool and start drawing with it. And some people actually communicate this as an authentic tip, I have never taken advantage of it until just now, the idea being that if you do have multiple monitors and you want to be able to get to the common tools that you use a lot on both monitors right then you can have multiple sets of these tools available to you.
Anyway, what are they? I think, it's a little confusing to have as many of these guys up there. Well, they are very simple tools, right? There is the Line Segment tool, which allows us to draw what's known as a line segment. So you and I would think of it as being a straight line, but it's actually two points that are joined by a segment in between. But it's just going to be a straight line in any old direction. The next guy draws an arc. So, a continuous arc. That is to say, a quarter of an ellipse, always draws a quarter of an ellipse or quarter of a circle, which is a kind of ellipse of course.
Then we have this guy, the Spiral tool, which draws spiraling shapes that are made up of a bunch of quarters of ellipses that are basically sewn together. Then we have these crazy Grid tools. They can be pretty useful actually, the Rectangular Grid tool and then the Polar Grid tool. So all fairly straightforward tools, you could just sit there and play around with them. What I want to do is demonstrate how they can actually serve a purpose and how you can actually get work done with them very, very, easily. You can see that I have got the Line Segment tool selected incidentally and I have got this little pencil with a line through it telling me that I can't do anything with the tool. If I try to start dragging, it will ignore me.
That's because here inside the Layers palette, if you have it up on your screen, you go to Window menu and you choose Layers in order to bring it up or you can press the F7 key, which is a standard keyboard shortcut for Layers inside the various Adobe programs. But the thing is the active layer right there happens to be hidden so you can't draw on it. But I just wanted to mention that in case you are seeing that problem, once I show you how to fix that problem then we will set about drawing what you see on screen right here the eye of Horus. We're going to do it all, we are going to create every single little bit of this just using these guys right here.
So you can't actually get work done, I'll show you how, starting in the next exercise.
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