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Shortcut to Reflecting Artwork in Adobe Illustrator

Lesson 35 from: Adobe Illustrator Creative Cloud: Essentials for Creating Projects

Brian Wood

Shortcut to Reflecting Artwork in Adobe Illustrator

Lesson 35 from: Adobe Illustrator Creative Cloud: Essentials for Creating Projects

Brian Wood

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Lesson Info

35. Shortcut to Reflecting Artwork in Adobe Illustrator

Lessons

Class Trailer
1

Class Introduction

01:23
2

What is Adobe Illustrator?

06:24
3

Explore the Interface

11:45
4

Create and Save New Documents

07:03
5

Zoom and Navigate

07:23
6

Working with Artboards

18:11
7

Introduction to Layers

18:53
8

Rulers and Guides

09:05
9

Shapes and Drawing

45:27
10

Aligning and Combining Shapes

15:31
11

Pen Tool

30:59
12

Manipulating Stroke and Fill

14:39
13

Creating and Editing with Color

17:36
14

Painting with Gradients

10:36
15

Getting Started with Patterns

08:11
16

Adding Text To Your Document

08:43
17

Formatting Text

11:35
18

Strokes and Variable Strokes in Adobe Illustrator

16:55
19

Rotating Objects in Adobe Illustrator

08:42
20

Effects and the Appearance Panel in Adobe Illustrator

10:58
21

Adding Photo Images in Adobe Illustrator

12:43
22

Working with Linked Content in Adobe Illustrator

10:14
23

Packaging your Project for Handoff in Adobe Illustrator

04:28
24

Best Formats to Save Your Files

14:35
25

Select Like a Pro: Layers, Groups, & Other Unique Tools

33:57
26

Edit Paths Like a Pro in Adobe Illustrator

08:41
27

Editing Paths: Pen Tool in Adobe Illustrator

03:31
28

Creating & Applying Brushes to Artwork in Adobe Illustrator

18:21
29

Editing Paths: Knife & Scissor Tool in Adobe Illustrator

03:09
30

Editing Paths: Join Tool in Adobe Illustrator

10:46
31

Editing Paths: Isolation Mode in Adobe® Illustrator®

02:11
32

Pen Tool Shortcuts in Adobe Illustrator

16:44
33

Other Drawing Tools & Methods in Adobe Illustrator

07:05
34

Transforming Techniques in Adobe Illustrator

05:35
35

Shortcut to Reflecting Artwork in Adobe Illustrator

02:19
36

Get to Know Your Appearance Panel in Adobe Illustrator

17:42
37

Exploring Effects in Adobe Illustrator

10:01
38

Work Smarter with Graphic Styles in Adobe Illustrator

04:50
39

Color Inspiration in Adobe Illustrator

09:34
40

Type Effects in Adobe Illustrator

11:18
41

Masking Your Artwork in Adobe Illustrator

13:40
42

Using Creative® Cloud® Libraries in Adobe® Illustrator®

15:47
43

Capture Artwork with Creative Cloud Apps & Adobe Illustrator

12:21
44

Tracing Raster Images in Adobe Illustrator

13:40
45

Blending Artwork in Adobe Illustrator

12:47
46

Using Symbols in Adobe Illustrator

10:47
47

Using a Perspective Grid in Adobe Illustrator

09:05
48

Crash Recovery in Adobe Illustrator

08:45
49

GPU Performance in Adobe Illustrator

03:51
50

Curvature Tool in Adobe Illustrator

06:49
51

App Integration in Adobe Illustrator

11:52
52

Creative Cloud Libraries in Adobe Illustrator App

04:42
53

Shaper Tool in Adobe Illustrator

06:06
54

Smart Guides in Adobe Illustrator

01:31
55

Text Enhancements in Adobe Illustrator

02:11
56

SVG Export in Adobe Illustrator

06:50

Lesson Info

Shortcut to Reflecting Artwork in Adobe Illustrator

I want to 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 want to be able to go in and just basically copy it and flip it, in the beginning class we 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 wacky 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. And there we go. A lot of times we're working with symmetrical objects, we don't wanna reinvent 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.

Class Materials

Bonus Materials with Purchase

Project Files Part 1
Project Files Part 2

Ratings and Reviews

KATIE Y
 

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!

jackflash
 

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.

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