Adobe® Illustrator® Creative Cloud®: Essentials for Creating Projects


Adobe® Illustrator® Creative Cloud®: Essentials for Creating Projects


Lesson Info

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.


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