Welcome back from the long weekend—hope you had a fun Labor Day! We had a crazy fun time this weekend! Did I tell you that my hubby is an aspiring comedian (I know random, right)? Well, he usually just does local gigs, but this weekend he got booked for a show at the Hollywood Improv Comedy Club (how cool is that)! So, Davian and I decided to tag along—you just can’t miss an opportunity to get away to southern California. We went to Venice Beach, played at Santa Monica Pier, and took a stroll down Hollywood Boulevard—it was a blast! But, it’s time to get back to life, and what better way than with a fresh, new tutorial? Follow along, and learn more about three totally awesome Illustrator tools!
There are approximately 1.4 million (maybe a bit of an overstatement) tools in Adobe Illustrator and literally an infinite number of ways to use them. This can make it slightly (maybe a bit of an understatement) intimidating when you dive in. There are lots of tools I use almost on a daily basis, but today I’d just like to highlight three:
1. Split Into Grid: This is a tool I stumbled upon when I was trying to mix squares and rectangles while spacing them out evenly. I was doing a bunch of tedious measurements. Splitting shapes in half or fourths isn’t too bad, but thirds and sevenths, c’mon, you’re asking a lot here! I thought to myself, “There has got to be a better way.” Well, there is, it’s called the split into grid tool, and it’s magnificent!
Object>Path>Split Into Grid
2. Transform Again (Duplicate): I’ve used this tool in probably every tutorial I’ve done, and I always call it the “Duplicate” tool. That’s what I was told it’s called, and it made sense to me because the shortcut is [⌘D]. The actual term for the tool is transform again (much more lame). Regardless of the name, it is quite possibly THE most useful tool in the Illustrator realm.
3. Blend: While you can use the transform again tool to do much the same thing as the blend tool, there are definitely times when blend is more appropriate and saves you a lot of time. Great for fitting specific shapes into specific spaces!
Note: ⌥ means the Option/Alt key
Now, are you ready to see these sweet tools in action? Take a look:
Thanks for putting up with my less-than-professional Illustrator tutorials! I hope you were able to learn something new and add a new tool or two to your Illustrator repertoire!
What are some of your favorite tools to use in Adobe Illustrator?
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