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Adobe Illustrator Creative Cloud: Essentials for Creating Projects

Lesson 31 of 56

Editing Paths: Isolation Mode in Adobe® Illustrator®


Adobe Illustrator Creative Cloud: Essentials for Creating Projects

Lesson 31 of 56

Editing Paths: Isolation Mode in Adobe® Illustrator®


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Editing Paths: Isolation Mode in Adobe® Illustrator®

All right, so here's something we can do as well. We now have these all cut up, right? Well now, here's what I want you to do. Go to the Selection tool. And you're gonna see that this is a group of objects. If you try now, and click on one of these shapes, you're not gonna be able to 'cause it's part of the group. That's actually kinda neat. So if I click away, and then click on the shape, I've got it. I'm gonna throw a little tip out here for working with groups, okay? If you have grouped artwork, there's a couple ways we can enter this and work with this. Why don't you go ahead and double click right on the beak, right on those shapes. Just double click with the Selection tool. We just entered Group Isolation Mode. Now try and click on one of those shapes. I know it's kinda hard to tell where they are, but just go ahead and click. This temporarily ungroups the group and lets you dig in and start to work with each piece. This is awesome, okay? Now, if you wanted to, you could click on...

one of those shapes right there, and we can change the fill, for instance. So I'll change the fill color up here, maybe. Just try something a little different. I've never seen that happen in my life. That is a little crazy. Why are you down here? Anyway. And then we can do the same and keep going if we want to, and keep editing, and paths, and do different things. Once we're done with this isolation, you can either press the Escape key or double click anywhere outside the shapes. So away from the shapes. And you're outside of the group. It's now grouped again, and we're outside of Isolation mode. Here's a little tip for ya, real quick. Sometimes diving into Isolation mode by double clicking is great, but sometimes you just need to quickly change the fill of something. Why don't you go ahead and deselect by clicking somewhere. Select the Direct Selection tool. Now I know this artwork, pretend that I know that that's a group. Go ahead and select the Direct Selection tool. If you come up to a shape, let's say like, the orange one here, whatever you did, and you just click, you've just selected a part of a group without having to ungroup or to go into Isolation mode. Now there's some things I can do here. I can now go change the fill, the stroke, whatever I need. This is just a quick way to kinda jump into something in a group. Okay.

Class Description

The world’s top designers use Adobe® Illustrator® for its powerful, vector-based drawing environment – and now you can gain fluency in it, as well! Join Brian Wood for a dynamic course on everything you need to know about Adobe Illustrator.

By walking you through a series of projects on Adobe Illustrator, Brian will give you a comprehensive toolkit that will answer any need, including:

  • Getting started in Adobe Illustrator and familiarizing yourself with its workspace
  • Creating color using a variety of methods
  • Creating and transforming artwork, working with text, and importing images
  • Tricks and techniques for drawing: selecting and editing, and working with layers
  • Creating custom patterns, brushes, and symbols
  • Exploring built-in visual effects libraries
You’ll also tackle more advanced Adobe Illustrator topics, like the perspective grid, Creative Cloud libraries, effects, live paint groups and selection, blends, and the shape builder tool.


  1. Class Introduction
  2. What is Adobe Illustrator?
  3. Explore the Interface
  4. Create and Save New Documents
  5. Zoom and Navigate
  6. Working with Artboards
  7. Introduction to Layers
  8. Rulers and Guides
  9. Shapes and Drawing
  10. Aligning and Combining Shapes
  11. Pen Tool
  12. Manipulating Stroke and Fill
  13. Creating and Editing with Color
  14. Painting with Gradients
  15. Getting Started with Patterns
  16. Adding Text To Your Document
  17. Formatting Text
  18. Strokes and Variable Strokes in Adobe Illustrator
  19. Rotating Objects in Adobe Illustrator
  20. Effects and the Appearance Panel in Adobe Illustrator
  21. Adding Photo Images in Adobe Illustrator
  22. Working with Linked Content in Adobe Illustrator
  23. Packaging your Project for Handoff in Adobe Illustrator
  24. Best Formats to Save Your Files
  25. Select Like a Pro: Layers, Groups, & Other Unique Tools
  26. Edit Paths Like a Pro in Adobe Illustrator
  27. Editing Paths: Pen Tool in Adobe Illustrator
  28. Creating & Applying Brushes to Artwork in Adobe Illustrator
  29. Editing Paths: Knife & Scissor Tool in Adobe Illustrator
  30. Editing Paths: Join Tool in Adobe Illustrator
  31. Editing Paths: Isolation Mode in Adobe® Illustrator®
  32. Pen Tool Shortcuts in Adobe Illustrator
  33. Other Drawing Tools & Methods in Adobe Illustrator
  34. Transforming Techniques in Adobe Illustrator
  35. Shortcut to Reflecting Artwork in Adobe Illustrator
  36. Get to Know Your Appearance Panel in Adobe Illustrator
  37. Exploring Effects in Adobe Illustrator
  38. Work Smarter with Graphic Styles in Adobe Illustrator
  39. Color Inspiration in Adobe Illustrator
  40. Type Effects in Adobe Illustrator
  41. Masking Your Artwork in Adobe Illustrator
  42. Using Creative® Cloud® Libraries in Adobe® Illustrator®
  43. Capture Artwork with Creative Cloud Apps & Adobe Illustrator
  44. Tracing Raster Images in Adobe Illustrator
  45. Blending Artwork in Adobe Illustrator
  46. Using Symbols in Adobe Illustrator
  47. Using a Perspective Grid in Adobe Illustrator
  48. Crash Recovery in Adobe Illustrator
  49. GPU Performance in Adobe Illustrator
  50. Curvature Tool in Adobe Illustrator
  51. App Integration in Adobe Illustrator
  52. Creative Cloud Libraries in Adobe Illustrator App
  53. Shaper Tool in Adobe Illustrator
  54. Smart Guides in Adobe Illustrator
  55. Text Enhancements in Adobe Illustrator
  56. SVG Export in Adobe Illustrator



I am a pretty computer literate person but an Ai beginner i.e. I am completely new to the Creative Cloud/Adobe Illustrator. (This is also the first time I've used CreativeLive.) I think this course it is fantastic. The pace is good as is the content which progressed logically and covers all the basics you'd hope it would. The course is 2 full days' worth of material but it is broken down into segments so you can revisit or skip through as you need to. The presenter is really personable and easy to watch (even for me, a Londoner!). I would also say I think it is pretty good value for money -- I am currently enrolled on a part time course, basically doing the same sort of stuff, and I have to say this is better and a bit cheaper! I definitely recommend it to you!


A brilliantly designed course. it's almost magic. It's everything you hope for in a follow-along software class. Brian Wood has engineered it so that you start on a project that just needs basics, and then you move on to more & more complicated projects, and almost without realizing it you've learned Illustrator. This doesn't just happen -- Wood has clearly put a LOT of effort into creating this course. Here's one trivial example: he doesn't overload you with a lot of keyboard shortcuts right at the beginning -- you start with the actions themselves, using the (admittedly tedious but easy) pulldown menus, and then after you're comfortable with what you're doing, he'll throw in the shortcut. It may seem obvious, but so many instructors feel they have to give you an extensive foundation of definitions, shortcuts, interfaces, etc., before you ever do anything. Good stuff to know, but you'll never remember it. Wood has you up and working almost immediately. And he's a joy to listen to, at a perfect pace. Highly recommended.

Philippe LIENARD

Top course. Very well explained, clear, good examples, pleasant teacher. I like it and recommend it. One suggestion, it would be nice to have a detailed table of content of the course in the material. For instance, it took me quite a while to find back the part of the course where how to make a gear was explained.