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Adobe Illustrator Creative Cloud: Essentials for Creating Projects

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Shortcut to Reflecting Artwork in Adobe Illustrator

Brian Wood

Adobe Illustrator Creative Cloud: Essentials for Creating Projects

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35. Shortcut to Reflecting Artwork in Adobe Illustrator


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1 Class Introduction Duration:01:23
2 What is Adobe Illustrator? Duration:06:24
3 Explore the Interface Duration:11:45
5 Zoom and Navigate Duration:07:23
6 Working with Artboards Duration:18:11
7 Introduction to Layers Duration:18:53
8 Rulers and Guides Duration:09:05
9 Shapes and Drawing Duration:45:27
10 Aligning and Combining Shapes Duration:15:31
11 Pen Tool Duration:30:59
12 Manipulating Stroke and Fill Duration:14:39
14 Painting with Gradients Duration:10:36
15 Getting Started with Patterns Duration:08:11
16 Adding Text To Your Document Duration:08:43
17 Formatting Text Duration:11:35

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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 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.