Easy Beginner Adobe Illustrator Tutorial using Shapes

In Adobe Illustrator, for Beginners, Tutorials by Jason Secrest

Adobe Illustrator CC Tutorial using shapes along with shape builder, pathfinder, and offset paths.

In this easy beginner Adobe Illustrator CC shapes tutorial we will be going through a simple process of building and coloring using shapes. In this easy to follow tutorial we will be going through our resource anchor point guide to build our character and practice using shapes, round corners, shape builder, and the align panel.

Building with Shapes

Shapes are an easy an effective way of building in Illustrator. Align ellipse and rectangles shapes with our resource anchor point guide. Use the align panel to align to selection and artboard to make symmetrical designs.

Round Corners

One of the coolest features to roll out in recent years. Select the corners you want to round and drag in using your white arrow. If you are using older versions of Ai this will be and stylize effect-round corners.

Shape Builder

Shape builder will be a new favorite, especially if you are struggling with pathfinder. Drag through the shapes you want to combine into a new shape and hold alt-option to subtract shapes.

Easy Beginner Tutorial using Shapes

Using Resource Folder

1. Place the anchor point guide into NEW illustrator document and scale to fit the 5″x 5″ artboard. In your layers menu select Template Layer. Create a New layer ABOVE IT for inking.

Align Panel

2. Things to pay attention to as you are using the Align Panel is how often we are ground objects together. This will prevent them from collapsing. Every time you click align make sure to take an extra second to look at align to selection or artboard. Usually align to artboard is selected and your shapes fly across the artboard.

Pathfinder Shadow

3. Easy pathfinder explanation. Copy the base color and paste is front. This is the step everyone forgets. Build a new circle shape that is bigger and covers the top of the base color. You are looking only at the bottom shape. Select circle and duplicate base. Minus front.

Shape Builder

4. Select the shapes you want to merge together or subtract. Use Control Y to see if you paths are touching. This is good to zoom in and really look at your paths. If ou get any stray point use the (- ) or delete anchor tool to get rid of them.

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