Adobe Illustrator Tutorial using Knife Tool for Easy Shading.
In this beginner Adobe Illustrator tutorial we will be going through a coloring process using Live Paint to create flat colors and the knife tool to add easy shadows to our character. This is an easy to follow tutorial for beginners new to the pen tool and coloring techniques.
Anchor Point Guides
Anchor point guides are designed to make life easier as you are learning where to place anchors and how to adjust handles.
Using 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 & Shading
We will be adding flat color using Live Paint to build our flat color areas. We will add a light source by adding cast shadows using the knife tool for easy shading
Easy Inking using Anchor Point Guides
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.
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 https://color.adobe.com/ Object – Expand live paint. Ungroup (3X) or until you can select individual shapes.