Join Deke McClelland for an in-depth discussion in this video Alignment and guides, part of Illustrator CS4 Getting Started.
In this exercise, we are going to use a combination of guides and alignment…functions to take this collection of randomly positioned rings and precisely…arrange them as they would appear if they were Olympic rings. I am working…inside this document called Five Rings.ai. And I happen to like the relative…position of the red and green rings right here.…So, I am going to try to get the others into alignment with that. I am going to…start things off by going up to the View menu, choosing Guides and making sure…that Lock Guides is turned off. So if it's got a check mark next to it, choose…it to turn that check mark off. I happen to be fine. I also have my rulers up…on screen and if you don't see yours, you would choose the Show Rulers command…also from the View menu.…
I am going to select the red ring by clicking on it and I am going to go over…to the vertical ruler and I am going to drag a guide out of that ruler like so,…and then drag it until it snaps into alignment with that center point right…
- Working with point and path text
- Selecting, isolating, and combining paths
- Reshaping paths and working with control handles
- Rounding corners
- Using Live Paint
Skill Level Beginner
Q: I'm using a pressure brush with a graphics tablet while following along with this course. But when the author clicks and holds in the "Brushes and blobs" movie, he gets an expanding oval, where I get nothing or just a sharp-edged line. My brush doesn't seem to be responding to pressure. What should I do?
A: When you first install a Wacom (or other brand of) tablet, the pressure
options may not at first take hold.
After installing the tablet, try this:
- Confirm that the pressure is working in the Wacom (or other) control
- Quit Illustrator and the other programs.
- Restart your computer.
- Then relaunch Illustrator and try again.