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

 

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

 

Lesson Info

Work Smarter with Graphic Styles in Adobe® Illustrator®

Alright, now we're gonna look at what's called 'Graphic styles' a little bit because these are really super helpful. Why don't you click on the top circle here, the top shape. You can see in the appearance panel it's got the rough end and the stroke and the fill. These two shapes now have the same appearance. Right? The two. one in the back and the one in the front. Come over here to the right and what I want you to do is click on what's called the graphics style panel. Now, it may be in the appearance panel that you have out here. But let's go ahead and show the graphics styles. Now, the graphics style are a way for us to save appearance formatting and apply it to other objects so you can work really quickly, okay? With that shape selected, come to the graphics styles and you're gonna see a little button right here that says 'Make a new one' go ahead and click on that. All it really does is it captures the appearances properties of the selected object I actually use this a lot because...

I want to be able to create a series of buttons, a series of logos, icons, whatever. And I don't want to keep on reinventing the wheels for the specific features I want to have on there appearance wise. Now, you can see that with that shape selected, it's actually selected here, can you guys see the highlight around it? It's telling you that it's selected. Why don't you try and click on something else on here, another graphics style and apply it to that shape. You can see it's just gonna take the appearance properties and apply it. Then click back on the graphics style we just created and it should be there, okay? Click on the larger circle out here, the one we have in the back. This is going to be a little confusing, but. This graphics style is not applied to it, okay? Because we need it before. Here's what I want you to do. Just come over here and click on another graphics styles, like one of the ones in here, like pompadour or whatever. It's just applying all the stuff and then click on the graphic style added here. Okay? Now I know it looks the same as it did before But what we just did, was we just linked that shape to the graphics style. We can take that graphics style and update it and it will update every shape and object it hasn't applied which is awesome, okay? That's what we're going to do. So, I'm going to zoom out a bit here. Alright, so we've got shapes like this what I wanna do is with the big one selected, it doesn't matter which one is selected, both of them have the graphics style applied, you can see it over there because it's highlighted. But that one's selected. Come back to the appearance panel and let's maybe change the fill color, do something different. I'll change the fill color to something else. I'll say that one looks pretty good. That's fine. (Pauses for 3 seconds) Now, I'm going to tell you right now what I'm about to do is a little weird, okay? To update a graphics style, you can really only do it one way and in most programs if you have styles, you can like, double click on the styles and make changes to it. In this case you cannot. So here's how we update a style. You're gonna take the object it hasn't applied or had it applied that you just changed, okay? I'm going to options + drag it on top of the style over there. The thumbnail. I'm going to let go of my mouse and let go of the key. I'm going to do it again so you see it. Options + drag the shape on top of the thumbnail let go of the mouse, let go of the key. And you just updated your other shape too. Hopefully, that works. It's funky, I'm not gonna lie to ya. But it's just one of those things. Illustrator actually has a couple things that work like this if you want to update. That you can do this way. Alright, so we now have it set up. that looks pretty good, I hope. Every bodies doing okay. Why don't you go ahead and click on the center circle here the one that's got the wackiness going on I'm going to move it up just a little bit so we get it up a little further. I wanna make this one a little transparent just to give it a little look cause I think it's just a little too yellow thing right now So go ahead and select it. Come up top to the opacity. Now, we could also come over to the appearance panel and do it here or wherever you guys have. The appearance panel over there, I think. You can go to the appearance panel and do it here or you can come up top, it doesn't really matter. Let's change the opacity of that and make it a little bit more see through. A little more transparent. I'm going to tell you right now that once you take a shape that had a graphics styles applied to it, and you start messing with how it looks. It's no longer linked to the graphics style. Okay, so we'll not update now if I change that graphics style. Hopefully, that made sense. Okay. A lot of time they get... To be perfectly blunt, I use graphics styles as a starting point and I'm just like eh, whatever. I just keep moving. You know what I mean? But it's a great way to select a bunch of objects, get the base styling and the base formatting I need and kind of keep moving.

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.

Lessons

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®