Join Angie Taylor for an in-depth discussion in this video Opening and closing paths, part of Illustrator: Animated Character Design.
There are two types of paths in Illustrator. …There are open paths and closed paths. An example of a closed path would be this …object here where the path is completely enclosed. …Example of an open path would be this one here, where you'll see if I just solo …that, so Alt-clicking on the eyeball icon will solo it. …And let's just switch off our transparency grid for a second. …And you can quite clearly see, particularly if I deselect it, that this …is an open path, okay? You'll be able to see that even more …clearly if I select it and maybe choose to fill it with a color.…
Okay. You'll see that I have this edge at the …top that is not closed. Okay. …I can close paths quite easily just by selecting them and going up to the Object …menu > Path > Join. Now, the keyboard shortcut, which you'll …probably want to learn, because you'll be using it quite a lot, is Cmd+J, or Ctrl+J …on the PC. And watch what happens if I select that. …You'll see that it joins the path at the top, so I've now got a closed path. …
- 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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9. Finishing Touches
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