Adobe Illustrator CC: Drawing & Editing

Lesson 11 of 11

Shortcut to Reflecting Artwork in Adobe Illustrator


Adobe Illustrator CC: Drawing & Editing

Lesson 11 of 11

Shortcut to Reflecting Artwork in Adobe Illustrator


Lesson Info

Shortcut to Reflecting Artwork in Adobe Illustrator

I wanna show you my favorite way to be able to take artwork and basically what's called, reflect it. If we're drawing artwork and we draw half of an object and we wanna be able to go in and just basically copy it and flip it. In the beginning class we kind of talked about how to do that, to show that. I wanna show you the fast way to do this. And this works for a lot of tools, okay. Move over to the left and you should see we have that kind of wackyish shape right there. What I'd like you to do is, go ahead and click on it and you should see that it's not quite joined but it's all one object. That's totally fine, we're gonna work with this. What I'd like to do, is we're gonna take that, we are gonna copy it, we're gonna reflect it across and we're gonna do it right on an anchor point, so we don't have to move it at all. In one step. This is pretty cool. Now we gotta make sure that Smart Guides are turned on. Come under View and come to Smart Guides and turn them on. If you see a check ...

mark you're good, if you don't hit it, you should turn them on. What I'm about to show you guys, works for just about every one of these transform commands. Come over to the left and you can see rotate, go ahead and click and hold down and you'll see reflect. Select the reflection tool. Now this is the key, this is the thing that works for a lot of these and let's you do it in one step. If I hold down, you guys are gonna notice that little aqua reflect around point. If I hold down the option key right now, like I said this works for rotating, reflecting, a lot of things, what we can do is we can come to an anchor point, and if you hover over it, like one of the ends here. You're gonna see the word anchor, that's because of Smart Guides. If I click right now, it's gonna open a dialogue. It's gonna set the reflect around point right there and let me copy and reflect it in one step. So option click on the anchor point. You'll see the reflect dialogue. Select Preview. It should automatically be vertical, which is good. And click Copy. There we go. A lot of times we're working with symmetrical objects, we don't wanna re-invent the wheel. We don't wanna draw both halves. We don't wanna do that kind of thing. This is a nice, easy way. There are a lot of other ways to get that done, using effects and things like that, but this is actually pretty cool, so.

Class Description

This course is part of: Adobe Illustrator Creative Cloud: Essentials for Creating Projects 

Drawing tools are the backbone of Adobe® Illustrator® This intermediate course will teach you all the tools necessary to create successful Illustrations and graphics. Brian will demonstrate the best techniques you’ll need to master drawing in Illustrator.

You’ll learn to:

  • Create and edit paths like a pro.
  • Apply brushes to artwork
  • Master isolation mode
  • Transforming techniques

Whether you want to create amazing infographics, or detailed illustrations, Adobe® Illustrator® CC: Drawing & Editing will give you the confidence to draw like a pro. 

Software Used: Adobe Illustrator CC 2015


Jody Boyle

Brian has solved some of the mysteries of the Illustrator tools for me with lots of great tips and useful examples. I have an Illustrator assignment due in a few days and this is really going to make it a lot easier! A fantastic course.

Sharnika Blacker

I LOVE this class! I have been using Illustrator for years just muddling my way through the use of the tools. In this class, Brian has shown how to use tools, features and shortcuts that are going to make my work better, easier and quicker. I'm a very happy student today :)

Cindy Graham

Brian Wood is the absolute Master Guru of Illustrator. He's great at teaching Illustrator. I've worked with Illustrator for a few things, and now I'm not scared of it anymore. I know how to use the power of it. Thanks!