Illustrator Techniques

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The Pen Tool- The pen tool draws a path for vector objects.  Using the pen tool you can create shapes that either have curved or straight edges. By holding down the mouse, a curved lie is created.

The Anchor point tool, found within the pen menu allows you to add anchor points to your objects. Once adding an anchor point, switch back to the white mouse tool (direct selection tool) and you are able to change the shape of your object.

The convert anchor point tool changes the curved line of your shape into a more angular shape.

The shape tool allows you to draw shapes. To add more points to a star, use the arrow keys.

The path finder menu, found within ‘window’ at the top of the page, allows you to minus the front shape from the back shape. To do this, hold down shift and select your shapes, then choose and option from the path finder menu.

Adding gradient is done by selecting your shape using the shift key, and then selecting the gradient. The colours can be changed by changing the black and white boxes.


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