Illustrator CS5

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Navigate the Illustrator Work Area with Zoom Controls

You can navigate the work area of Adobe Creative Suite (Adobe CS5) Illustrator efficiently by using the Hand tool and the various zoom controls. You can change the magnification of the artboard in several [more…]

Make a Selection in Adobe CS5 Illustrator

In Adobe Creative Suite 5 (Adobe CS5) Illustrator the process of making selections has many options supported by the Smart Guide tool. These options include individual or multiple selection, anchor points [more…]

When to Use Adobe CS5 Illustrator

By using Adobe Creative Suite 5 (Adobe CS5) Illustrator rather than Photoshop, you gain several benefits. You may have heard that Illustrator is better for vector graphics, but why and what else does it [more…]

Create New Documents in Adobe CS5 Illustrator

Adobe Creative Suite 5 (Adobe CS5) Illustrator is a powerful tool to create artwork but you need to start somewhere. To create a new document in Illustrator, follow these steps: [more…]

The Adobe CS5 Illustrator Work Area

To investigate the work area and become truly familiar with Adobe Creative Suite 5 (Adobe CS5) Illustrator, open a document and take a look around. In the Illustrator work area, a total of 227 inches in [more…]

Adobe CS5 Illustrator Panels

The standardized interface in Adobe Creative Suite 5 (Adobe CS5) is a useful boost for users because the Illustrator panel system is similar to all other products in the suite. This consistency makes working [more…]

Adobe CS5 Illustrator View Summary

When you’re working in Adobe Creative Suite 5 (Adobe CS5) Illustrator, precision is important, but you also want to see how the artwork looks. Whether for the web or print, Illustrator offers several ways [more…]

Adobe CS5 Illustrator Selection Tool Summary

To understand Adobe Creative Suite 5 Illustrator selection tools, you must first know about anchor points and bounding boxes. Take a quick tour of the anchor points [more…]

Adobe CS5 Illustrator Selection Tool

The selection tools of Adobe Creative Suite 5 (Adobe CS5) Illustrator include several capabilities including anchor point, marquee, multiple selection and even saving your selection. These functions allow [more…]

Group and Ungroup Objects in Adobe CS5 Illustrator

Adobe Creative Suite 5 (Adobe CS5) Illustrator allows you to manage objects by grouping and ungrouping. The Group function is handy when you’re creating something from multiple objects, such as a logo. [more…]

Adobe CS5 Illustrator Basic Shape Tools

Adobe Creative Suite 5 (Adobe CS5) Illustrator includes several basic shape tools. The only visible shape tool in the Tools panel is, as a default, the Rectangle tool. Click and hold down that tool and [more…]

Manipulate Selected Objects in Adobe CS5 Illustrator

Adobe Creative Suite 5 (Adobe CS5) Illustrator has several options for manipulating selected objects. These options include constraining, cloning, transformation and precise movement control as well as [more…]

How to Resize Shapes in Adobe CS5 Illustrator

Adobe Creative Suite 5 (Adobe CS5) Illustrator has more than one option for resizing the objects in your workspace. It has a transform tool for applying exact measurements as well as the standard select [more…]

Tracing Artwork in Adobe CS5 Illustrator

In Adobe Creative Suite (Adobe CS5) Illustrator you can use a template layer to trace an image manually. A template layer is a locked, dimmed layer you can use to draw over placed images with the Pen tool [more…]

Adobe CS5 Illustrator Tools Shortcuts

As you begin using Adobe Creative Suite 5 (Adobe CS5) Illustrator, become familiar with its tools. Tools are used to create, select, and manipulate objects in Illustrator. The tools should be visible as [more…]

Adobe CS5 Illustrator Tips for Creating Shapes

Creating shapes is a central function of Adobe Creative Suite 5 (Adobe CS5) Illustrator and there are some simple tips which can improve your skills at creating those basic shapes. [more…]

How to Reconnect to an Existing Path in Adobe CS5 Illustrator

Creating a shape in Adobe Creative Suite 5 (Adobe CS5) Illustrator is done by adding more anchor points to the original segment. If you want to fill your shape with a color or a gradient, you need to close [more…]

Create Controlled Curves in Adobe CS5 Illustrator

Adobe Creative Suite 5 (Adobe CS5) Illustrator allows you to create controlled curves. Controlled curves are objects which are built with a great degree of precision. [more…]

Create a Corner Point in Adobe CS5 Illustrator

To alter a curve into a corner in Adobe Creative Suite 5 (Adobe CS5) Illustrator you have to change the direction of a path from being a curve to a corner. A corner point has no direction lines and allows [more…]

Use the Eraser Tool in Adobe CS5 Illustrator

Adobe Creative Suite 5 (Adobe CS5) Illustrator is used to quickly remove areas of artwork as easily as you erase pixels in Photoshop, by stroking with your mouse over any shape or set of shapes. [more…]

Adobe CS5 Illustrator Area Type Tool

An easy and practical way to create rows and columns of text is to use the area type options in Adobe Creative Suite (Adobe CS5) Illustrator. This feature lets you create rows and columns from any text [more…]

Thread Text into Shapes with Adobe CS5

Adobe Creative Suite 5 (Adobe CS5) Illustrator allows you to create custom columns of text that are in different shapes and sizes by threading closed shapes together. This technique works with rectangles [more…]

How to Outline Text Using AdobeCS5 Illustrator

Adobe Creative Suite 5 (AdobeCS5) 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 [more…]

How to Put Text on a Path Using Adobe CS5

Adobe Creative Suite 5 (AdobeCS5) Illustrator allows you to place text so it follows a path. Some Type tools are dedicated to putting type on a path or a shape, but there are other key modifiers which [more…]

Add Text to Closed Shapes with Adobe CS5

Adobe Creative Suite 5 (AdobeCS5) Illustrator allows you to place text inside or on the path of a closed shape. These options are a significant addition to your text formatting toolbox. [more…]

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