Join Russell Viers for an in-depth discussion in this video Using glyphs, part of 11 Things Every Beginner Needs to Learn to Love Illustrator.
With almost every font there are these hidden characters that you don't learn …about unless you try something like this. Maybe take your type tool and draw an …area and you just start banging on all your keys. …And then you hold your Alt key down and start banging on all your keys. …And eventually as you're doing this, and then Alt Shift, eventually you may find …that one upside down question mark or that cross that you're looking for. …If you've ever done that, you can stop it, because now, in Illustrator, as well …as inDesign, under type, we have the glyphs panel.…
The glyphs panel allows us to see every single character available in any given …font that we have selected. In this case I have Ariel black selected …and I'm seeing every single character in this version of Ariel black. …So it's possible that you have Garamond and Garamond Pro and both of them have …totally different sets of characters. So just be aware that hidden within these …fonts are some great little nuggets that we might be able to use. …
- 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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