Mastering Your Tools and Options

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Mastering Your Tools and Options

Post by diamonds on Sun May 20, 2012 1:53 am

Illustrator is capable of creating stunning effects, all waiting at
your finger tips in the Tools palette. Illustrator Tools can transform a
single path into a work of art.

In this post we present a collection of excellent Adobe Illustrator
tutorials that shows you exactly what needs to be done in order to
create professional artworks using which tool and option. These tools
and effects may or may not be new to you, but i am sure you will find

You might be interested to check other related posts for more useful illustrator tutorials:

- Illustrator Pen tool exercises

The first thing that you need to master and become proficient in is the Pen tool. Checkout this tutorial for more tips.

- Illustrator Tutorial: Pen Tool

This is an in-depth beginner tutorial of the Adobe Illustrator pen tool.

“Magic Wand” Tool

- Utilizing the Magic Wand’s Tolerance Levels

With the Magic Wand Tool (Y), you select an object and the tool will
select every object with similar attributes. The real benefit of using
the Magic Wand Tool (Y) comes when setting the tolerance levels.

“3D Revolve” Tool

- Create a 3D Push Pin and a Paper Note in Illustrator

How to create a 3D push pin with the 3D Revolve Tool. We’ll learn how
to apply highlights and create shadows for a more realistic effect and
add a paper note to it

“Live Trace” Tool

- Illustrator Live Trace

If you’re after advanced control on how Live Trace will trace your image then this info can come in handy.

- Adobe Illustrator Tips: Live Trace

This article will show you how to use Illustrator’s Live Trace tool.
Live Trace will allow you to completely convert photographs and other
raster graphics into Vector graphics!

- Illustrator Live Trace

The live trace tool enables you to change photos into vector-based
drawings, allowing you to resize any image without losing quality. Learn
how to use live trace in Adobe Illustrator in this video tutorial.

“Gradient Mesh” Tool

- Illustrate a Pair of Sweet Gradient Mesh Cherries

How to create a pair of cherries solely with the Gradient Mesh tool.
If you’re not familiar with the Gradient Mesh tool, then this is a great
tutorial to learn how to start using it.

- Gradient Mesh tool

A Tutorial on using the Gradient Mesh tool in Adobe Illustrator.

- Realistic Curtain

How to create a realistic curtain using the gradient mesh tool.

- Using Illustrator’s Mesh Tool as Nature Intended

How to use the Mesh tool to simulate nature’s way of colorizing things—in this case, a fallen leaf.

- Illustrator Make with Mesh

“Spiral” Tool

- Spiral Tool Mysteries – Solved!

One of the most intriguing tools in Adobe Illustrator is the Spiral
tool, because of the mysterious terms used in its dialog box. Words like
Radius, Decay, and Segments. Follow the simple steps to solve the
mysteries of this intriguing dialog box for yourself.

- Design with Swirls and Flourishes

This tutorial will cover some of the techniques you can use to create your own beautiful swirls and flourishes.

“Wrap” Tool

- Wood Grain

Here is a quick way to create wood grain effect using the warp tools in illustrator.

- Warping Text using Illustrator CS3

“Selection” Tool

- Adobe Illustrator CS3 Tutorial: Selection Tools

Selecting shapes, objects, points etc is of primary importance when
working in Illustrator. Knowing which selection tool is appropriate to
use can prove quite time saving. So here us a brief explaination of the
selection possibilities available in Illustrator.

“Symbol Sprayer” Tool

- Spraying Symbols in Adobe Illustrator

A nice tutorial to teach you how to draw a tree in full Spring, a
very green one with details too so that you actually see the leafs. This
would be one of the many situations where the Symbol Spaying Tool can
be of assistance.

- Chinese Bamboo

This tutorial will show you how to illustrate Chinese bamboo with Illustrator Symbol Sprayer and Mesh Tool.

“Rotate” Tool

- Duplicate with rotate tool

The rotate tool is one of the most important in illustrator, it allows you to create great patterns

- Credit Card Tutorial

Learn how to use the Rotate function to make a credit card.

“Pathfinder and Align tool” Tool

- Illustrator Shapes Tutorial

- Using the Pathfinder and Align tool in Illustrator

With a bit of creative thinking and some simple aligning with
Pathfinder’s powerful tools you might just achieve the perfect drawing
in no time. Here is a nice Illustrator tutorial where you will learn how
to draw a simple icon without the use of the Pen tool.

“Brush” Tool

- Illustrator Brush Basics

ILLUSTRATOR’S BRUSHES are an illustrator’s dream. They combine the
ability to draw variable, freehand brushstrokes or apply a pattern or
objects to a path with all the advantages of vector graphics – i.e.
small file sizes, resizability, and crisp output. Here is a little
tutorial to teach you a little more about basic brush functions

- Creating grunge brushes

Learn how to create 2 types of brushes that can be used to create the grunge effect.

- How to Make a Custom Illustrator Brush

How to create custom Art Brushes in Adobe Illustrator.

“Reshape” Tool

- Get More-Natural Adjustments with the Illustrator “Reshape” Tool

Illustrator’s “Reshape” tool can come in very handy in a variety of
situations. In a nutshell, the Reshape tool allows you to drag a single
point on a path and it tries to retain the overall shape of the entire
path, while you only move the one anchor point. Checkout this tutorial
to get more natural adjustments with the reshape tool.

“Envelope Distort” tool

- Create a Disco Environment with Twirl Tool, Crystalize , and Envelope Tool

In this tutorial you will see how to use envelope tool to create a
Disco Ball , You will also utilize Twirl and Crystallize tool to
understand its options .

“Blend” Tool

- Fun with Illustrator’s Blend Tool

A tutorial with a lot of examples of different kinds of shapes and effects that the blend tool is capable of.

- Abstract Background

This tutorial shows you how to make hi-tech style abstract background with Illustrator Blend Tool.

- Stylish Vector Flower

Learn how to create stylish vector/line flower with Illustrator Blend
Tool. This Adobe Illustrator tutorial is great for creating background
and large print illustration.


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