Join Russell Viers for an in-depth discussion in this video Using artboards, part of 11 Things Every Beginner Needs to Learn to Love Illustrator.
Before we start drawing, I guess we should figure out where we're drawing. …And that's on a thing called the art board. …And if you're using a version of Illustrator prior to CS4, your art board …was the document size. So if you set your document up as, let's …say, letter size, that's the size of your art board. …In CS4, however, they gave us multiple art boards, which is just fantastic, …because now I can take a single project and keep it all within a, one file. …So I can have a poster, CD cover, ads, all sorts of parts to the project in one …file, whereas priro to CS4 I had to have that in multiple files with different …names and it was really hard to keep things organized and consistant across …all those projects. But now with CS4 and CS5 I can go to …document setup and I'll say edit the art boards.…
And now you can see everything goes gray except for this dotted line around the art. …And I'm gonna zoom out a couple clicks there. …There we go. With my cursor I'm just gonna simply draw …
- 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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