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Guides to Illustrator Tools

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Learning the multiple possibilities with Illustrator vast array of tools is a mighty challenge to take on. We've got you covered though, with comprehensive vector tool guides, helpful vector tool introductions, and vector tips that will take you from a novice toward having a deep understanding of how these tools function. Get started with Illustrator's Pen Tool, as that is the quintessential vector tool to master, and then work your way through the rest of these guides.

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    Illustrator’s Pen Tool: The Comprehensive GuidePen tool
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    If you use Adobe Illustrator, then it's almost certain that you use the Pen Tool when creating your paths. This comprehensive guide aims to introduce or remind you of features, shortcuts, and methods for working with what is arguably Adobe's most essential tool.Read More…
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    Illustrator's Blend Tool: A Comprehensive GuidePreview
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    A few times a each month we revisit some of our reader’s favorite posts from throughout the history of Vectortuts+. This tutorial by Simona Pfreundner was first published on November 14th 2008. In Adobe Illustrator, the Blend Tool can help you create impressive color blends. But there is more to it than you might know. This comprehensive guide can help you unlock your creative potential and teaches the features, shortcuts, and in depth methods that the Blend Tool has to offer.Read More…
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    Illustrator's Type Tool: A Comprehensive IntroductionType tool
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    Type is an essential part of Illustrator; whether you're desktop publishing, designing logos, or using type for image building, you'll be reaching for the Type Tool. This guide comprehensively covers the essentials of what is a huge amount of Illustrator functionality, which is type.Read More…
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    A Comprehensive Guide: Illustrator's Paintbrush Tool and Brush PanelPreview
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    A few times a each month we revisit some of our reader’s favorite posts from throughout the history of Vectortuts+. This tutorial by Ryan Putnam was first published on September 20th 2008. Illustrator's Paintbrush Tool (B) and Brush Panel are some of it's most powerful tools. With the Paintbrush Tool (B) and Brush Panel you can dress up your vector paths into compelling flourishes, patterns, tapered edges, and more. In this tutorial, I will break down the basics of the Paintbrush Tool and Brush Panel and show you how to create your own brushes.Read More…
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    The Basics of Clipping Paths and Opacity MasksPreview
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    In this tutorial, we're going to cover the benefits, some uses, and the 'how-to' of two powerful methods to hide or show areas of an Illustrator document without deleting objects that you want to be invisible, which allows you to go back and re-work more easily.Read More…
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    5 Ways to Customize Adobe IllustratorPreview
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    Adobe did such a great job of thinking of everything in the entire Creative Suite, they even thought of ways to let us think of our own ways to improve upon it, if you can follow this twisted logic. In this article, I'll share some Illustrator tweaks and customizations that you may find useful.Read More…
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    Seven Helpful Techniques That Every Adobe Illustrator Artist Should KnowPreview
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    Let's look at seven useful Illustrator techniques to accomplish easily. These may seem tedious to resolve issues for the beginning Illustrator user. While many of these techniques are rudimentary, even advanced artists may learn a tip or two they didn't know.Read More…
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    A Comprehensive Guide to the Pathfinder PanelPreview
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    You've probably used the Pathfinder panel to combine shapes and make new ones. But do you often find yourself clicking (and undoing) each icon in the panel until you get the look you want? Wouldn't it be easier to take some time and learn exactly what each function does? Here's a look at the über-useful Pathfinder panel. The Pathfinder Effects, which are found under the Effects menu, are covered in video format in this tutorial.Read More…
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    A Comprehensive Guide to the Pathfinder Panel Part 2 - ScreencastPreview
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    "You've probably used the Pathfinder panel to combine shapes and make new ones. But do you often find yourself clicking (and undoing) each icon in the panel until you get the look you want? Wouldn't it be easier to take some time and learn exactly what each function does? Here's a look at the über-useful Pathfinder panel. The Pathfinder Effects, which are found under the Effects menu, are covered in video format in this tutorial." - Cheryl GrahamRead More…
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    How to Use Scribble Effects in IllustratorPreview
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    There are quite a few Illustrator tools that many of us have never used, which is understandable. We often have a workflow that we have found efficient and stick with it. Occasionally though, it's a good idea to crack open Illustrator and take a look at some of its underused features. Scribble effects are worth taking a look at because they're a quick way to add texture to your designs and a bit of personality. The texture added is similar to the name of the effect (scribbles), but there is a great deal of variance you can control, and you can add a random feel as well. Let's take a close look at how to use this effect and how you can get creative with it!Read More…
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    An Introduction to Illustrator's Color ToolsPreview
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    You may know about RGB and CMYK, but how about LAB or HSB? With all these color choices and ways to use them it's often easy to get confused. In this introduction to Illustrators color tools you will learn about the different color spaces, how they work and what tools you can use to get the most out of them. Let's get familiar with the powerful color tools that Illustrator offers!Read More…
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    All About Transformation in Adobe IllustratorPreview
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    In this tutorial you will learn everything you ever wanted to know about one of the most powerful Adobe Illustrator Tools - Transformation. Discover how it works, learn multiple ways of transforming objects, study the tools of transformation, and many other useful techniques.Read More…