Join Mordy Golding for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating complex art easily with the Shape Builder tool, part of Illustrator CS5 New Features.
If you spend a lot of time drawing inside of Illustrator, you're probably…familiar with something called Pathfinder.…It's simply a way to draw basic shapes and then combine those shapes in various…forms to create more complex shapes.…For example, if you wanted to create a crescent shape, you wouldn't start…dealing with the actual crescent shape itself.…You would start by creating a circle, then create a duplicate of that circle.…I'm holding down the Option key as I drag this other circle here to make a…copy, and then you'd select both of these and use a Pathfinder function called…Minus Front, or Subtract.…
You can find the Pathfinder panel on the Window menu.…I'll scroll down here where it says Pathfinder, and you can see this option…over here called Minus Front and in doing so, I'll now get the crescent shape…that I'm looking for.…It's far more easier to work with two circles than it would be to start using…the Pen tool to try to draw that exact shape.…However, using the Pathfinder panel is not always intuitive.…
- Creating complex art from basic shapes with the Shape Builder tool
- Transforming flat artwork using perspective grids and vanishing points
- Creating variable-width strokes
- Controlling dashed line length, corners, and gaps
- Creating original brushes using the Brushes panel
- Adding arrowheads to strokes
- Creating web-ready graphics, text, and slices
- Integrating with Flash Catalyst
Skill Level Intermediate
Q: In the “Mapping flat artwork to perspective grids” video, directions for moving a box in a perpendicular direction say to use the Tilde key. However, upon attempting to move the box using this method, the box continues to move in the same plane, not in a perpendicular fashion. Is the technique in the video incorrect?
A: Adobe changed this keyboard shortcut just before the final release. The shortcut is the "5" key. The video tutorial has been updated to reflect this.