You might have heard about Adobe PDF Reader or Photoshop. But what is Adobe Illustrator? Adobe Illustrator is a product of Adobe. This software is an alternative to Coral Draw. It is a graphic designing software. You can design visiting cards, banners, cartoon characters, etc. Adobe Illustrator has all the tools that are required for a Graphic Designer. This software supports all types of file formats. It is one of the most popular Vector Base Graphic Designing Software.
Reasons for Using Adobe Illustrator-
- Adobe Illustrate is easy in comparison to other vector-based software.
- It is easy to learn
- It is one of the most popular software. Due to continuous updates by Adobe users are increasing exponentially.
- After learning this software one can make a better career in the field of graphic design.
Tools of Adobe Illustrator
This tool is used for drawing. With the help of a mouse, you can design artistic figures. You can change the color and border.
This tool is used to select an image or box. And we can take it to another place. You can also resize the image.
Direct Selection Tool
You can select the image and boxes separately.
This tool is used to create a rectangle box, and add color and text to it.
Type tool is used to write any kind of text, heading, or title. You can select the type tool from the sidebar, click anywhere on the page, and use the keyboard to write anything you want. From the menu bar, you can select any type of font, size, and color of the text.
This tool is used to color multiple boxes at one time. Select the move tool from the sidebar, and click on the boxes that you want in the desired color of the other box. Again click on the Eyedropper Tool. You will find that the boxes are in your desired color.
Magic Wand Tool
This tool works like a magic stick. Past an image, select the Magic Wand Tool from the sidebar, and click on the image. You will find that all the colors in the image are selected as you will click on delete all colors will get deleted.
This tool is used to erase the drawing
This tool is used to mix two or more colors.
In Adobe Illustrator you can make and color the 3D designs also. Perspective tools fulfill this task of the users.
Below is a list of adobe illustrator keyboard shortcut, you can always have the shortcuts you want for practically any application right in front of you, below are the link to download these shortcut in PDF front.
Illustrator CC Useful Keyboard Shortcuts:
1.SELECTING AND MOVING:
|Ctrl-Alt-Tab||At any time control to switch between selection and direct selection tools|
|Alt-click tool||To cycle through tools behind column tool|
|Alt||To make copy while dragging|
|Shift||To add to a selection|
|Any arrow key||Move Selection|
|Shift-any arrow key||Move Selection 10 pts.|
|Ctrl-2||Lock selected artwork|
|Ctrl-Alt-Shift-2||Lock all deselected artwork|
|Ctrl-Alt-2||Unlock all artwork|
|Ctrl-3||Hide selected artwork|
|Ctrl-Alt-Shift-3||Hide all deselected artwork|
|Ctrl-Alt-3||Show all artwork|
2.PAINTING AND TRANSFORMING:
|Alt||Eyedropper tool from Live Paint Bucket tool|
|Shift Sets center point and shows dialog Alt-click with Tool||Samples intermediate color from gradient, picture, etc. with eyedropper|
|Alt-drag||Duplicates and transforms selection|
|~ (tilde)-drag||Transform pattern without transforming object|
|Shift-drag bounding box||Scale proportionally with Selection tool|
|Alt-drag bounding box||Scale from center with Selection tool|
|Shift-drag||Move mesh point along path with Mesh tool|
|Shift-click||Add mesh point with Mesh tool without changing color|
|Alt-click||Remove mesh point with Mesh tool|
3.SHAPES (WHILE DRAWING):
|Alt||Draw from center|
|Alt-click Constrain proportion Shift||Draw from center with dialog|
|Shift||Constrain orientation of polygons, stars, spirals|
|Spacebar Add/subtract sides, points, spiral segments Up or Down Arrow||Move object while drawing|
|CTRL||Decrease inner radius|
|hold ~ while dragging||Create continuous duplicates along mouse movement|
4.VIEWING & GUIDES:
|Spacebar||Get Hand Tool (while NOT editing Type).|
|Hold Control, then Space. (This will show the Zoom tool). Let go of Control so you see the Hand tool and IMMEDIATELY start dragging the mouse so you don’t end up typing spaces. Be sure to let go of the Spacebar while dragging so you again don’t type more spaces||Get Hand tool (while editing Type)|
|Ctrl-Spacebar||Zoom In Tool|
|Ctrl-Alt-Spacebar||Zoom Out Tool|
|Ctrl-Spacebar-drag||Zoom In to exact size|
|Tab||Hide/Show all tools and panels|
|Shift-Tab||Hide/Show all panels except toolbox|
|hold Alt while dragging out a new guide||Switch between horizontal/vertical guides|
|Shift-Ctrl-double-click||Release Guide (turns it into a regular path)|
|Ctrl-Shift-< or >||Decrease/Increase type size|
|Alt arrow up or down||Decrease/Increase leading|
|Alt arrow left or right Kerning/tracking||Decrease/Increase kerning/tracking|
|Shift-Alt arrow down or up||Decrease/Increase baseline shift|
|Ctrl-Alt-Shift arrow down or up||Baseline shift x 5|
|Ctrl-Shift-L, R, and C||Align type left, right, center|
|Ctrl-Shift-F||Justify last line|
|Ctrl-Shift-X||Reset horizontal/vertical scale to 100%|
|Ctrl-Alt-Q||Reset kerning or tracking to 0|
6.PANEL SHORTCUTS/FUNCTION KEYS:
|Shift-F5||Show/Hide Graphic Styles|
7.LAYERS PANEL SHORTCUTS:
|Ctrl-click on eye||Toggle layer between Preview/Outline modes|
|Alt-click on eye||Show layer while turning-off all others|
|Alt-click layer name Copy||Select all items on layer|
|Alt-drag selection square in Layers panel to||selected item to different layer|
|Ctrl-click||create the new layer at the top of list|
|Ctrl-Alt-click||To create the new layer below selected layer|
8.COLOR PANEL SHORTCUTS:
|Shift-drag color slider||Saturate/DE saturate current color|
|Shift-click color bar||Change Color Mode|
|Ctrl-click color bar||Select compliment of current color|
9.SWATCHES PANEL SHORTCUTS:
|Hold Curtly–Shift while creating||Create a swatch as a global color|
|Alt-drag new swatch over old||Replace a swatch with another|
|Add Anchor point||+|
|Delete Anchor point||minus(-)|
|Convert Anchor point||Shift-C|
|Live Paint Bucket||K|
|Live Paint Selection||Shift-L|
|Toggle between Fill & Stroke||X|
|Swap Fill & Stroke||Shift-X|
|Default Fill & Stroke||D|
|White fill/black stroke)|
|Fill or Stroke w/Color||<|
|Fill or Stroke w/Gradient||>|
|Fill or Stroke w/None||/|
|Cycle through Screen Modes||F|
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