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1.1 Introduction

Welcome to Shape Creation in Adobe Illustrator. This course will give you a better understanding of how to use the shape creation tools that Adobe Illustrator provides, giving you the confidence to create any design with relative ease. Let's take a look at the two projects you'll be creating during this course.

1.1 Introduction

Hello, I'm Gary Simon of Tuts+, and welcome to this course on Shape Creation in Adobe Illustrator. This course is perfect for anyone who wants to be able to fully utilize all the tools that Illustrator has to provide in order to have the confidence to create literally any shape for your design projects. There's much more to Illustrator than just using the pen tool or the simple geometric tools to create shapes. In the first chapter, we're going to examine all the tools at our expense for creating and modifying shapes, including basic shape creation tools, the pen tool and how to do use it, the shape builder tool, pathfinder and various methods for manipulating and warping shapes. Then we're going to put what we learned in the first chapter to use by tackling two design projects. In the first project, we're going to create this simple illustration of a stylized ocean scenery. This will allow us to us to use basic shape creation tools and techniques in a number of different ways. For the second project, we will design this poster for our fictional coffee shop. We will use a variety of techniques to create this piece, and we'll also have a lot of fun using the gradient mesh tool for the coloring. The end of each project will include a lesson in which I will give you an optional assignment, so that you can apply what you learned on your own terms. By the end of this course, you will have full confidence going forward in Adobe Illustrator to tackle any design project that comes your way. Knowing the shape creation tools and techniques will improve your ability to take your designs to the next level. So let's get started by proceeding to the next chapter, Shape Creation Tools and Techniques.

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