Join Angie Taylor for an in-depth discussion in this video Combining shapes and tools, part of Animated Character Design with Illustrator.
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Now sometimes, the easiest way to create a complex shape is to use a combination …of tools. And I'm going to show you how to create a …complex shape using a variety of different tools here in the tool palette. …Now, the file that I have open is called combiningshapes.ai, and you can find that …in the creating complex shapes folder. Now what we're going to do here is we're …going to start by choosing a primitive, just a ellipse tool. …And I'm going to start by drawing his belly. …So I'm going to click here in the center, hold down the Alt key, and that allows me …to draw from the center out, and then I can just decide how fat I want his belly …and get it exactly where I want it and release it.…
Now, I can use free transform on that if I need to rotate it a little bit, or move …it just to get it exactly where I want it. …Now, I've done that, I can create a copy of it just by going back to the selection …tool, and holding down the Alt key that allows me to drag a copy of that file. …And again, using the Free Transform tool, just transform it to the shape that you want. …
- Setting up the work area
- Bringing artwork into Illustrator
- Tracing artwork manually
- Creating complex shapes
- Working with paths
- Using Live Trace
- Coloring artwork
- Applying 3D effects
- Exporting artboards
- Options for saving files
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1. Setting Up the Work Area
2. Bringing Artwork into Illustrator
3. Tracing Artwork Manually
4. Creating Complex Shapes
5. Working with Paths
6. Using Live Trace
7. Coloring Artwork
8. Applying 3D Effects
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