1) Download the pentool1.pdf and the pentoolpractice.ai and complete the pen tool practice.
2) Google image search the term “real monster creature”. Open that photograph in Illustrator and trace it to make your own illustration
Also, notice that sometimes when you open raster images, and sometimes PDF files via Illustrator, the files open without any of the stock libraries. This is because the files don’t contain the information about the stock libraries, including the swatch library.
To load the default swatches:
- From the Swatch Panel menu choose open swatch library> default library> RGB
The following dialogue box is what you’ll see when you create a new document by going to File>New
One thing that you’ll notice is that you can choose varying numbers of Artboards. Also, notice that when you select print your color mode is automatically set to CMYK.
Here is an explanation on the difference between points, pixels, and picas
You’ll also notice under the Advanced module, that a ppi (point per inch) is assigned. Remember that ppi is something that is used in raster based software programs, like photoshop, and not in vector based programs like illustrator. This setting comes into play when you needed to rasterize your illustrator document, for example, if you wanted to incorporate graphics you made in illustrator into a photo. Here is a reminder about raster vs vector
If you are confused about setting up a new doc in illustrator, check out this tutorial
Illustrator fundamentals, The Pen Tool, and Direct Selection
click here for the ins and outs of the pen tool
click here for a comprehensive guide to pen tool
Remember: To leave the path open, Ctrl-click (Windows) or Command-click (Mac OS) anywhere away from all objects.
click here to learn more about the difference between selection and direct selection
click here for info on how to use the free transform tool
How to deal with overlapping objects, grouping, arranging, locking and visibility
For a review of group and ungroup click here
For a review of object arrangement click here
For a review of locking and visibility click here