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- Drawing artwork versus building artwork
- Sketching ideas on paper
- Creating curves with the Reshape tool
- Recording actions for speed and accuracy
- Working with the Pathfinder functions
- Understanding how Live Paint works
- Using the Shape Builder tool
- Building and coloring artwork at the same time
- Turning variable-width strokes into filled paths
- Adjusting the behavior of the Pencil tool
- Drawing with the Calligraphic brush
Skill Level Intermediate
Congratulations on finishing Illustrator Insider Training: Drawing without the Pen tool. You see? I told you that you could have fun inside of Illustrator without having to be bogged down by worrying about things like anchor points and control handles. By focusing on building artwork and on the artwork that you want to create, you don't have to worry about those technical details that may bog you down. Perhaps most importantly, you've seen how Illustrator can offer two different ways at how you might create artwork. You can have technical settings that are very precise, but you can also go off the beaten path and be a little bit creative.
So the real question is after learning all this, what do you do now? Maybe take a closer look at the some of your artwork before you sit down to create it. In this way, you might find ways to use the tools that you've just learned how to use. On top of that, you may want to look at some other titles in the lynda.com Online Training Library from folks like Bert Monroy or Deke McClelland. They may inspire you with some of the artwork that they create, to push the envelope and do even more with Illustrator. Of course, the main goal is that as we're working in a creative environment, we want to have fun with the work that we're doing.
And hopefully, I've kind of provided a little bit more of a friendly environment especially around the use of Illustrator to help you in your work. So take care, have fun with Illustrator, and I hope to see all of you again in another Illustrator Insider Training title real soon.