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Editing Paths: Knife & Scissor Tool in Adobe Illustrator

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Adobe Illustrator Creative Cloud: Essentials for Creating Projects

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29. Editing Paths: Knife & Scissor Tool in Adobe Illustrator


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Editing Paths: Knife & Scissor Tool in Adobe Illustrator

We're gonna go through and talk just a little bit about working with some of the other options here. We're gonna talk about the knife tool and the scissors tool real quick. These are very useful for editing paths. What I'd like you to do is I want to go down, I'm using my hand tool here holding the space bar or going to the hand tool. Come down to the bird down here. This wacky little bird thing, and what I'd like you to do is I'd like you to zoom in a bit on the bird beak, so on the beak out there. I'm using a shortcut to get to the zoom tool. It's command spacebar or control spacebar if you hold them down you get the zoom tool and then can zoom in. Try not to throw too many key commands out there just because they get overwhelming but there are a lot. All right what I want to do now is I want to take this bird beak and go ahead and click on it with the selection tool. Make sure you have the selection tool selected and you're gonna see that it's basically just a couple paths, a couple...

shapes rather and they are grouped together, you can see group up here. What I'd like to do is I want to take the beak and I want to color it. I want to have different colors as segments kind of like a toucan or something like that, right, just on the beak. Now to do that we probably have to take this orangeish shape and cut it up or do something to it. What we can do is we can actually use something like the knife tool or the scissors tool to do this. Come over here to the left and you're gonna see that we have the eraser tool. The eraser tool, by the way, Is probably my favorite tool ever. We're gonna use it a little bit maybe, we'll see. Go ahead and hold down on the eraser tool over here in the tools panel and you're gonna see we have the scissors and the knife. Now I confused these for a long time. I didn't quite understand what these were meant to do. This scissors tool is meant for you to go to a point on a path, like an anchor point, click on it and what it's gonna do is it's gonna, like with scissors, it's gonna cut the path there. You can then basically take this path and do something like this, open it up. There's gonna be two endpoints now on the path. Now why don't you come to the knife tool here. We're gonna use the knife tool instead so click on the knife tool and what I want to do is I want to come out here and we're just gonna draw across the beak here. Now what the knife tool does that's different is as you drag across the shape it's actually gonna close that shape. So it's gonna basically connect the ends of the paths. So this is a good thing. So come up here somewhere, click and drag across the beak, just all the way across to pretend you're cutting right through it, knife through butter kind of thing, drag all the way across, let go, and you've just cut it into pieces, which is kind of neat. Now did you notice that it was not even close to a straight line? Now in order to make a straight line we actually have to use the option and the shift keys or just the option key you guys. The option key held down will let you draw a straight line across. The option shift will make it perfectly horizontal or vertical, so it'll constrain it. Let's just say that. So you can do that pretty easily.

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.



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.