Join Russell Viers for an in-depth discussion in this video Why use Illustrator?, part of 11 Things Every Beginner Needs to Learn to Love Illustrator.
So you may be asking, well what is Illustrator? What has it got that Photoshop or InDesign doesn't? Well, it has a lot. Not only does it allow you to do things that the other applications just can't do, some of the things That the other programs can do, Illustrator does faster, and it also gives you more flexibility. So, as you're gonna see in this series of videos, Illustrator is a great tool to use for creating art, for creating logos, for creating ads. But you may only use it at first, to edit art.
For example, I'm gonna go to file, open, and lets open this wood border. Alright. Let's say that you're a newspaper, and you're using metro or, or one of the other art services. Well, this obviously is vector art. You can see that. Well, how many of you have done something like this in the past? Where you select this, maybe you place this into a design and you just. Stretch this you need it to be taller. Right? And now what you end up with is, well, the wood looks alright maybe, but this art down here, that just looks horrible. It's all stretched, and that's not the look you should have gone for. So I'm gonna undo, undo, and let's go back to just a square border. What illustrator can allow you to do is edit existing art. Maybe you want to use this, but it needs to be for a tall ad or on a tall page, or, or wide.
It doesn't matter. What we can do is, working with these vector lines, we can go in and edit that. So let me just select this really quickly and go to object, ungroup, and make sure it's all ungrouped here. There we go, okay. Now I am gonna go with my white arrow, let's say, and select that drop shadow there, and just hit delete a couple times, let's just get rid of that background. Okay, so now I've just got the wood. Now you can see the vector lines that makeup these pieces of wood. Alright, I could grab this wood right here, and actually just drag it, because it's all groups together.
But I also wanna make the whole thing. taller. So what I'm gonna do. I'm gonna zoom out here a little bit. Hold my space bar and move this down. If I go to View, Outline, you can see all the vector lines there, right? Well, I'm gonna only move some of them. So instead of using the black arrow, and selecting the whole art. I'm only gonna select some of the anchors, and move them. Let me show you with a really simple piece of art. Let me grab a rounded rectangle tool and I'm gonna draw a square with rounded corners.
Let's zoom in so we can this a little better. See those nice round tidy corners? Well watch what happens when I grab with the black arrow this bounding box and I stretch it. You can see that I've warped those corners and that's not the look we're going for. So let me Undo that. Well if you remember what vector is, anchor, anchor, anchor, anchor, anchor, anchor, anchor, anchor, right? This whole art is made up of only eight anchors and the intersecting lines. What happens if I only select the anchors on one side of the art, and not over here? Now if I use, let's say, my arrow key to move this to the right, you can see that these stay where they are. These stay in relationship to each other, and all we did was extend the line that connects these two anchors.
That's all we did. So now I've got a wider art, and the corners stay nice and round. Hm, let me delete that. So if it works with round rectangles, what would happen if I move this down here, switch to my white arrow, and only drag across the top half of this art? Lets zoom in and look. Can you see how these anchors down here are all white, or hollow, and these are all blue, meaning they're selected. I'm zooming out a little bit. And watch what happens when I move my up arrow to extend this. Alright now, let's zoom in, look at the art down here. Not stretched.
See that circle is still nice and round. All I did was extend the wood. But I didn't warp this at the top either. I only made this portion longer, but the part at the bottom here still looks good. So now you can see how we can use Illustrator as a tool to edit existing art as well. Doing something as simple as taking a border, moving it in, selecting just parts of it and making it the size we need.
Then saving this out and placing it in design that's were we want to build our ad or finishing the ad right here and then saving this as a PDF or a AI file that's gonna go into in design, so what you do with illustrator you create as well as edit its a great creative tool very powerful at any tool
- 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