Join Russell Viers for an in-depth discussion in this video The Grid tool, Live Paint, and the Shape Builder, part of 11 Things Every Beginner Needs to Learn to Love Illustrator.
I remember when these grid tools first came out, there's the rectangular grid …tool and the polar grid tool. And I remember thinking, oh, that is just wonderful. …And I was so excited to use them. And then, after I created something I …realized, how limited I was in being able to edit them. …Let me show you what I mean. I'm going to start with the rectangular …grid tool. As I draw, holding the shift key down …keeps it constrained. That's useful. …The up arrow adds lines, the down arrow deletes lines, vertically and horizontally.…
It adds and deletes with the left and right arrow. …So, up arrow, down arrow, right arrow, left arrow. …You can see how that controls your art. So if you wanted to make a checkerboard, …you could either count as you do it, or simply click. …And you can tell. Okay, I want the width of this to be five …inches by five inches. I want seven dividers. …And seven dividers. Let's just see what that does for us. …Okay, now there's our grid, and that's nifty, looks cool, except, I remember …
- Creating shapes and lines
- Modifying paths
- Transforming objects
- Using Illustrator's brushes
- Creating your own brushes
- Fun with text
- Understanding layers, groups, and sublayers
- Working with photos and other art
- Placing Illustrator files
Skill Level Beginner
1. Introduction to Vector Data
2. What Is Illustrator?
3. Fun with Shapes
Creating shapes12m 18s
4. The Humble Line Tool: It's Not as Simple as It Sounds
5. Illustrator Kindergarten
Drawing tools16m 56s
6. Modifying Your Paths
7. You've Made a Path, Now What?
8. This Isn't Your Average Brush Tool
9. Time for Some Words
10. Working with Your Art Gets Easier with Layers
11. Bringing in Photos and Other Graphics for More Fun
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