Illustrator Workspace

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If you already use Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Indesign, the workspace we are presented with in Adobe Illustrator will be familiar to some extent.

There are basically eight elements to the interface. The first is, of course, the graphic image itself on the art-board. This sits on the Canvas, a white or grey area surrounding the page. Here we can create extra elements of the artwork, to be used or discarded later.

The third is the toolbox on the left. Some of the tools may be familiar from Photoshop and Indesign, like the Type tool and the Pen tool. Most tools, however, are peculiar to Illustrator since they pertain to creating vector shapes and applying effects. Holding the cursor over any of these tools for a second or two will reveal a tool tip describing that particular tool, together with its keyboard shortcut letter in brackets.

The fourth element is the Control panel, also known as the Options panel, at the top of the workspace. These options will change depending on the tool selected. Various options are also available when a created shape is selected with the Selection tool.

Above this is the Application bar, showing a row of standard drop-down menus familiar from other Adobe programs. Many of these represent the slower methods of performing the various functions. One menu which is very useful, however, is the Window menu. This shows a list of all the panels available to the program. So if you have lost a panel, simply choose it from this list and the panel will appear on the right-hand side.

On the far right of the Application bar is the Workspace Shifter which allows the user to choose a particular configuration of panels and tools, depending on which function is required. For example our output may be for print media, or for web display; we would then choose the appropriate workspace. For a general workflow a good choice is the Essentials workspace – to reset it choose Reset Essentials. It’s also possible to create your own customized workspace by moving the panels around, and opening and closing other panels. We then choose Save Workspace, whereupon it will appear in the Workspace Shifter list in future.

Below the Control panel we see the document tabs, showing any other open Illustrator documents.

On the right-hand side of the interface are the panels, also known as palettes in older versions of Illustrator. Each of these provides many different functions depending on which shape is selected, for things like colour, line weight, brush type, transparency, etc. Like the other Adobe programs, each of the panels has various main options displayed at the bottom of the panel, but a more complete list of options can be found via the top right options button. This opens a fly-out list of options.

At the bottom-left of the screen is the Status Bar showing the zoom magnification level of the document, and the current art-board. If there is more than one art-board in the document these can be found in the drop-down menu under the arrow icon.

Tom Gillan has been training Illustrator to corporate clients in Sydney for seven years. You can learn more about Adobe Illustrator Courses when you click this link.

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Welcome to the complete beginners guide to Adobe Illustrator.

On this course I will be introducing you to the program and covering some essential practise exercises.

Then I will be demonstrating how to create a small project in Adobe Illustrator from start to finish.

To help break down the process I have structured the course in 3 main sections:

SECTION 1 – INTRODUCTION

SECTION 2 – ESSENTIAL PRACTISE

SECTION 3 – TEST PROJECT

CHAPTER 1 – SETUP & LIVE TRACE
CHAPTER 2 – DRAWING
CHAPTER 3 – COLOURING & ADDING TYPE
CHAPTER 4 – FINISHING & EXPORTING FOR PRINT

Along the way we will be covering many topics, such as how to set up your document, understand how the program works, use text in Illustrator, prepare and import images into Illustrator and finally export your document ready for print.

Enjoy

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EPISODE LIST WITH LINKS:

Dia De Los Muertos | Speed Art | Sugar Skull Artwork | Adobe Illustrator

This video is part of a 19 part course:

SECTION 1 – INTRODUCTION

Ep 1 – Interface Introduction to Adobe Illustrator

Ep 2 – Panels & Workspaces in Adobe Illustrator

Ep 3 – Artboards in Adobe Illustrator

Ep 4 – Vector basics | Selection & Direct selection tool

Ep 5 – Fill & Stroke effects in Adobe Illustrator

Ep 6 – Using Colour | Swatches | Pantone’s | Gradients & more

Ep 7 – 10 Handy Tips | Things to know for beginners

SECTION 2 – ESSENTIAL PRACTISE

Ep 8 – Creating shape vectors

Ep 9 – Grouped vectors, Compounding vector shapes & Using the shape builder tool

Ep 10 – Drawing with the Pen tool | Brush tool | Pencil tool & more

Ep 11 – The Blob brush tool & Eraser tool

Ep 12 – Type tools in Adobe Illustrator

SECTION 3 – CREATE A PROJECT

CHAPTER 1 – SETUP & IMAGE TRACE
Ep 13 – Setting up a document | Placing in a drawing / Sketch

Ep 14 – Image trace tool for sketches in Adobe Illustrator

CHAPTER 2 – DRAWING

Ep 15 – Tracing a hand drawn sketch & converting to vector artwork

Ep 16 – Compounding vector shapes & strokes | Use the Pathfinder Tool & more

CHAPTER 3 – COLOURING & ADDING TYPE

Ep 17 – Colouring a vector drawing in Adobe Illustrator

Ep 18 – Adding type to a poster design in Adobe Illustrator

CHAPTER 4 – FINISHING & EXPORTING

Ep 19 – Prepare and export artwork ready for print in Adobe Illustrator

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