Adobe Illustrator can be daunting, especially if you’ve never used it before. There are so many buttons and it can often be difficult to know where to start. But fear not! We’re here to give you our ultimate beginners guide to Adobe Illustrator. This article is full of tips, tools and tricks to learn to get stuck into Illustrator.
1. Learn to Love the Pen Tool
The pen tool is often one of the most scary to use for beginners. It often takes people a little while to master, but once you get there, you can take on anything in Illustrator.
Check out this helpful Adobe tutorial if you get stuck!
2. Learn the Shortcuts
There are hundreds of shortcuts in Illustrator. They speed up your process and make Illustrator much easier to use.
Don’t know where to begin? Check out this list of shortcuts.
3. Get to Grips With Clipping Masks
To be blunt, a clipping mask is an object that limits a pattern, group of shapes, paths or whatever you wish to a specific area.
Check out this article for more guidance on how to create a clipping mask.
4. Export Wisely
Once you’ve finished your artwork, you get to choose how to export it. PNG is a great choice for line drawings, texts and graphics that are a small file size. JPEG is useful for photographs and for images going on the web.
5. Accept That You Won’t Become an Expert Overnight
As much as we’d all love to know everything in just a few hours, unfortunately that isn’t the reality. Don’t beat yourself up if you can’t get it right first, second, tenth time when you’re starting out.
We hope these tips will help you get started on your Adobe Illustrator journey!
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