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The School of the Art Institute of Chicago Illustration Technologies Week 2, page 1

illustrator workspace The Artboard and the Navigator Palette

the Artboard

the Printable Area

the Paper Size

Hit command and drag with the mouse to define the visible area on the screen

Zoom out

Zoom in Zoom slider

Enter desired zoom percentage


The School of the Art Institute of Chicago Illustration Technologies Week 2, page 2

tools

Overview of the Tools Palette

Adobe Online access V Select Tool

Direct-select Tool A

selects entire objects

Selects individual anchor points or line segments

Y Magic Wand

Direct-select Lasso Q

selects area of same color

P Pen Tool

Type Tool T

draws curves and line segments

creates and edits horizontal type

Rectangle Tool M

\ Line Segment Tool

draws rectangles and squares

draws straight lines

Pencil Tool N

B Paintbrush Tool

draws free-style lines

Creates plain, calligraphic, scatter art, or pattern brushstrokes

Scale Tool S Free Transform Tool E

R Rotate Tool Shift + R Warp Tool

rotates, scales, reflects, shears, distorts or applies perspective

Shift + S Symbol Sprayer

Column Graph Tool J

distributes chosen symbol

creates graphs

U Gradient Mesh

Gradient G

creates and edits multi-colored gradient objects

changes the direction of existing gradients

I Eyedropper

Blend Tool W

samples paint or type attributes

creates shape and color blends between objects

K Live Paint Bucket

Live Paint Selection Shift + L

recolor faces and edges in live group

selects section of live paint group

Shift + O Crop Area

Eraser Shift + E

define crop area for printing

H Hand

Moves the artboard in the document window

Fill

color that is applied inside a path

D Default fill and stroke colors Gradient Color

Erase sections of objects

Zoom Tool Z

magnifies or reduces the view size of an illustration

Swap fill/stroke X Stroke

color that is applied to the edge of a path

None /

F Screen Mode menu


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illustrator workspace The Stroke and Transform Panels

Stroke weight (thickness)

Cap (end) styles Joint (bend) styles

Dashed Line: (segment) and gap (spacing between dashes)

Align strokes to center Align strokes to inside Align strokes to outside

Location of selected object on the X and Y axis

Width Reference point Height

Lock Proportions

Shear (skew)


VISCOM1002 :: Week 2 :: Lecture