Adobe Illustrator CC

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New Features for Placing Images in Illustrator CC

In Illustrator CC many features that are related to the incorporation of images from other (non-Illustrator) file formats. Before diving in to the new features, it is wise to make sure that you understand [more…]

Illustrator CC's Links Panel

Illustrator CC has added some timesaving features that are especially important to production artists and designers working within a group environment. You can now package up your artwork, unembed images [more…]

Package Your Illustrator CC File

Now in Illustrator CC, you have several new link features that help you to keep track of linked artwork and fonts. If you work in production, you know the problems that can occur if you relocate an Illustrator [more…]

Adobe Illustrator CC's Improved Kuler Panel

If you like using color in your Illustrator CC designs, you'll love being able to save combinations of colors as themes. You can do this by accessing the Kuler website directly from Adobe Illustrator. [more…]

Guides Enhancements in Illustrator CC

If you are a precision designer, you have been dragging guides out of the ruler to help you create your graphics. In Illustrator CC, four new enhancements have been added to guides. To test these, first [more…]

How to Make Selections in Adobe Illustrator CC

When learning how to work in Adobe Illustrator, you may have heard the old line “You have to select it to affect it,” meaning that if you want to apply a change to an object in Illustrator, you must have [more…]

Adobe Illustrator CC's Selection Tools

Look at some of the selection tools that will help save you editing time when working in Adobe Illustrator.

Illustrator CC offers five main selection tools: [more…]

Create a Selection in Adobe Illustrator CC

To work with selections, you need to have something on the page in Adobe Illustrator CC. Follow these steps to make a selection: [more…]

Create a Group in Illustrator CC

Keep objects together by grouping them in Adobe Illustrator CC. The Group function is handy when you’re creating something from multiple objects, such as a logo. Using the Group function, you can ensure [more…]

Manipulate Selected Objects in Adobe Illustrator CC

Working with a selection is an important skill in using Adobe Illustrator CC. In the following list, you discover a few other cool things you can do with selected objects: [more…]

The Basic Shape Tools in Illustrator CC

As a default, the only visible shape tool in Illustrator's Tools panel is the Rectangle tool. If you click and hold down that tool, you can access hidden tools such as the Rounded Rectangle, Ellipse, Polygon [more…]

How to Resize Shapes in Illustrator

When designing in Adobe Illustrator CC, you often need a shape to be an exact size (for example, 2 x 3 inches). After you create a shape, the best way to resize it to exact measurements is to use the Transform [more…]

Tips for Creating Shapes in Illustrator

Basic shapes, such as squares, circles, polygons, and stars, are used in all types of illustrations. With the right know-how and use of the right tools, you can easily create any shape that you want for [more…]

How to Use Illustrator's Shape Builder Tool

Using the Adobe Illustrator CC Shape Builder tool, you can intuitively combine, edit, and fill shapes on your artboard. Follow these steps to create your own unique shape using the Shape Builder tool: [more…]

Adobe Illustrator CC Pen Tool

The Adobe Illustrator CC Pen tool can be used for many illustration techniques. You’ve seen illustrations that you know are made from paths, but how do you make your own? Here, see how you can use the [more…]

Create a Straight Line in Illustrator CC

A basic function of Adobe Illustrator CC's Pen tool is to create a simple path. You can create a simple, straight line with the Pen tool by following these steps: [more…]

How to Create and Correct Straight Lines in Illustrator

Using Adobe Illustrator CC's Pen tool requires a little more coordination than using other Illustrator tools. Fortunately, Adobe Illustrator includes features to help make using the Pen tool a little easier [more…]

How to Create a Curve in Illustrator

Here's how to use the Bézier path to create a curved segment. You might not love this process — not at first, anyway. But after you know how to use a Bézier path, you’ll likely find it useful. To create [more…]

Reconnect to an Existing Path in Illustrator

Creating one segment in Adobe Illustrator CC is fine if you want just a line or an arch. But if you want to create a shape, you need to add more anchor points to the original segment. If you want to fill [more…]

Work with Type in Adobe Illustrator CC

You can do all sorts of cool things with type in Adobe Illustrator CC, from the simplest task of creating a single line of text to more complicated creative uses of text, such as placing text along paths [more…]

Create Columns of Text with Illustrator's Area Type Tool

The easiest and most practical way to create rows and columns of text is to use the area type options in Adobe Illustrator. This feature lets you create rows and columns from any text area. You can have [more…]

How to Thread Text into Shapes in Illustrator

You can use Adobe Illustrator CC to make unusual shapes of text and other designs. Create custom columns of text that are in different shapes and sizes by threading closed shapes together. This technique [more…]

Wrap Text in Adobe Illustrator CC

Wrapping text in Adobe Illustrator CC isn’t quite the same as wrapping a present — it’s easier! A text wrapforces text to wrap around a graphic, as shown in this figure. This feature can add a bit of creativity [more…]

How to Outline Text in Illustrator CC

Illustrator gives you the opportunity to change text into outlines or artwork. Basically, you change the text into an object, so you can no longer edit that text by typing. The plus side is that it saves [more…]

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