Beginner Adobe Illustrator Tutorial
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 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 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.
All of our initial preferences are designed to gain more control over what you are clicking on. The more you can zoom in and see your anchors and handles the better.
Under VIEW make sure you have your smart guides turned on. Under your PREFERENCES (smart guides) you should definitely have your anchor/ path labels selected.
Anchor and Handle Size
In your (general) PREFERENCES there is a setting which can enlarge your anchor points and handles to make them easier for you to see before clicking.
Direct Selection Tool
The white arrow can grab and adjust the anchors, handles, and paths. All of the other settings are designed to let you know what you are selecting before you click and drag.
Adding on Line Variation using Cartoon Brushes
You will have more control over the placement and width of each of your lines using the Cartoon Brushes. The process will be a combination of using the Brushes to get down the initial thickness and stroke width. The second step will be modifying the placement of the variation using the so we can edit later. This 2-Step Process allows for more control over your Line Variation compared to using your Tablet with Pressure.
Adobe Illustrator Brush Libraries include our 70 Cartoon, 100 Comic Strip, and 50 Vintage Mascot Brushes
One of the easiest and fastest ways of filling in your color is by using Live Paint. You will need to select your edited brushes layer and click on Object - Live Paint - Make. It will allow you to use the Live Paint Bucket Tool to dump in color like Adobe Photoshop.
Live Paint Bucket
Once you have made a Live Paint Group, select the Live Paint Bucket Tool (K). Select the Color Swatch for your flat color and dump it in. The Live Paint Bucket will look for Enclosed Spaces. You can control the Gap Detection under Object - Live Paint - Gap Detection.
Expand + Ungroup
Before you finish your Coloring Step, remember to color in White Spaces. When you have completed using the Live Paint Bucket. Expand and Ungroup the Flat Color Layer. This will allow you to duplicate and cut shapes for Values and apply Halftone Pattern Fills.
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How to Color in Adobe Illustrator
One of the easiest and fastest ways of filling in your color is through Live Paint. Live Paint Bucket is a part of the Shape Builder Tools which builds the shapes in the exact shape you need it. Select All. Go up to Object - Live Paint - Make. If you have a grayed out Make it simply means you didn't have anything selected. I do recommend Deselecting by clicking on your artboard before clicking on a Color Swatch. *Remember Everything is still Selected so it will Color the Full Selection if you click on a Color Swatch with everything selected. Click on the Live Paint Bucket (K) and Click to Dump Color. It will feel like the Paint Bucket in Adobe Photoshop.