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5.1 Course Overview

Congratulations on completing your two shape-creation projects! In this last lesson, we’ll do a quick overview of everything we learned and the projects we covered. Thanks for taking the course.

5.1 Course Overview

Hello and congratulations on making it to the conclusion of this course. Let's do an overview of everything we learned. In the first chapter, we covered all the tools for both shape creation and manipulation. Initially we covered the basic tools such as the Line Segment Tool, the Arc Tool, Spiral Tool, Rectangular and Polar Grid Tools. We also used the Rectangle, Rounded Rectangle, Ellipse, Polygon, Star and Flair Tools. And remember to use your Shift and Alt keys while using these tools in order to affect how they are placed on the canvas. We also used the Paint Brush and Pencil Tools. In lesson three we covered the Pen Tool, which is an absolutely powerful tool in any graphic designer's arsenal. While using this tool, we learned about the anchor points, Bezier curves, the Bezier handles, add and delete anchor points, and how to modify paths created by the Pen Tool, with the Direct Selection Tool. In lesson four, we learned how to use the Shape Builder Tool which allows you to use existing paths to create more complex shapes. In lesson five, we experimented with the Pathfinder, which provides you with many options manipulated existing shapes with its different options. And then to conclude chapter, we used the Free Transfer Tool and Warp Tools found in the Effects menu to manipulate and warp existing shapes. We covered two projects. The seaside illustration, from which we used a lot of the basic shape creation and manipulation tools. And then we designed this coffee poster, and experimented a lot with the Gradient Mesh Tool to create this coffee cup. Hopefully, you decided to do the optional project assignments, as it will help you out a lot if you're new to all of this. And that's it. Remember to keep practicing and experimenting. Eventually using all of these shape creation tools will become second nature and you'll have full confidence using Adobe Illustrator for many of your graphic design projects. I'm Gary Simon of Tuts+ and I'll see you next time.

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