Easy Beginner Adobe Illustrator CC Tutorial using the pen tool along with our anchor point guides.
In this beginner Adobe Illustrator CC tutorial we will be going through a simple process of inking and coloring using live paint. We will also add a halftone highlight effects using a clipping mask. In this easy to follow tutorial we will be going through our resource anchor point guide to build our character and practice using the the pen tool with our direct selection tools.
Anchor Point Guides
Anchor point guides are designed to make life easier as you are learning where to place anchors while using the pen tool and how to adjust handles using the direct selection tool.
Using Pen Tool
We will be using our 2 step approach to using 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.
Using the Transparency Window we will create a clipping mask using our color and halftone highlights for another variation on applying halftones.
Easy Beginner Adobe Illustrator CC Tutorial
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 Halftone Highlight to your file. Simple Copy-Paste it over from the resource file. Place the Halftone on a NEW layer above a duplicate color layer.
4. Select the Color Layer- Object- Compound Path-Make. Do the same for the halftone. Select them both and click on Make Mask. Invert to show Halftone Pig. If the clipping mask is off- Unite Pink Shapes- Compound Path.