Getting started with Adobe Illustrator

Adobe illustrator is a tool for creating vector graphics. You can create logos, icons, invitation cards, typography and other vector arts with this tool. Whether you are a graphic addict, a beginner looking in the world of illustration, someone interested to create a logo for your business or an invitation card for your wedding.

You may get the 3o days trial download from Adobe’s download page to get your Adobe Illustrator tool.

First you need to familiarise yourself with the user interface. We will get to know about the workspace, tools panel, artboard, floating palette and others.

New Document

Open your illustrator after you have downloaded it. Go to New > New… to create your first document. You may type in the name of your first document. Adjust your size according to your preference. I adjusted it to width : 1000px and height : 1000px.

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Workspace

Below is the workspace. The artboard is where you will design your artwork.

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Tools panel

Below is the Tools panel. This is a very useful tool, which is used often. It comes in a single column as default as shown in the screenshot above. You can switch it to two columns by just clicking on the the top right small arrow. To expand the tools that are hidden, just click expand and hold the icon by pressing on the left mouse. It will reveal all the similar tools that is within the group.

 

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Floating Palette

Floating palatte is another useful tool. It contains properties for shapes and is usually used for changing colors, stroke width, gradient, transparency and others.

The screenshot below shows the floating palette. Usually the floating palette by default is in one column with icons. If you expand it by clicking on the small arrow at the top right you will see more selections as in the picture on the right.

The Artboard

The artboard is where your create your artwork. The artboard is white color with black stroke.

Create your first artwork and save it!

Let begin a simple artwork. Click on the Rectangle tool or press M. Hover your cursor on the artwork and create a rectangle box by click+drag the mouse. When you are satisfy release your mouse.

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Then go to File>Save as. Select Adobe Illustrator (*.AI) under file type. Name your file “First Artwork”. Enter Ok. There you have it! Your first artwork done in Adobe Illustrator.
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