Beginner Adobe Illustrator Cartoon Inking Tutorial

Beginner Adobe Illustrator Cartoon Inking Tutorial

In Adobe Illustrator, Tutorials by Jason Secrest

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Adobe Illustrator Tutorial using Pen Tool.

In this easy to follow illustrator cartoon inking tutorial we will be going through our resource document to build our character and practice using the pen tool.

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Pen Tool

We will be using our 2 step approach to the pen tool. The first is using straight lines to just get down our anchor points. We will then be using the convert anchor tool to create curves and handles.

Flat Color

Using live paint is a fast way of getting down flat color in enclosed areas without having to use pathfinder to create shapes.


Our goal is to simplify pathfinder in the next few step by step tutorials by practicing and going through as many different options to build up your confidence.

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Beginner Adobe Illustrator Cartoon Inking Tutorial

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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.

Using the Pen Tool

2. Trace the image using the shape and pen tool. There should be no fill when using the pen tool. Use straight line and the convert anchor point tool to create your curves.

Custom Brushes

3. Add OUR custom brushes library to create variation in your lines. Expand the lines and use the eraser tool to erase overlapping or unwanted lines. Unite brushes in pathfinder panel.

Using Live Paint

4. Select All – Object- Live Paint. Fill in flat colors wIth our color palette or find others on Object – Expand live paint. Ungroup (3X) or until you can select individual shapes.

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