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Smart Guides in Adobe Illustrator

Lesson 54 from: Adobe Illustrator Creative Cloud: Essentials for Creating Projects

Brian Wood

Smart Guides in Adobe Illustrator

Lesson 54 from: Adobe Illustrator Creative Cloud: Essentials for Creating Projects

Brian Wood

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Lesson Info

54. Smart Guides 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

Smart Guides in Adobe Illustrator

We kinda of take a look at some of those features, the Join Tools, Smart... Let me talk a little bit about Smart Guides. Smart Guides, we're not gonna go to much into this just because I don't have a lot to talk about. I'm gonna create a few shapes out here, create a couple of rectangles, and a few squares, that's fine, and what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna kinda duplicate this, and I'm using my Transform Again. Does everybody remember that? Okay. I just said Object, Transform, Transform Again, I used this shortcut, that copied another one out there. Now, when I'm working with shapes, there are times where I wanta go in and I wanta make sure that these are the same distance, they're lined up, do all this kind of thing. If I drag, right now we can actually drag from the center, it's really cool, you can see the center option right there. As we drag we're gonna see the Smart Guides line all the objects up for us, and something that's new in here, if I come close enough you're gonna start to...

see that it's gonna show me, of course I put it right in the perfect place. It's gonna show me the distance. So, you can see right there. So, it's telling me that the gap distance is exactly the same. You're gonna find this in InDesign, you're gonna find this in Photoshop, but they brought it into Illustrator, which is great. We can also do things like extend. You're gonna have a lot of other types of Smart Guide options goin' on here. Especially this kinda thing where I drag, it's gonna tell me to retain the shape proportions, it's gonna keep it as like a, let's say, a square for instance.

Class Materials

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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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