Creating complex art easily with the Shape Builder tool


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Creating complex art easily with the Shape Builder tool

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. How...

Creating complex art easily with the Shape Builder tool
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Creating complex art easily with the Shape Builder tool provides you with in-depth training on Design. Taught by Mordy Golding as part of the Illustrator CS5 New Features

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Design
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