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Beginner Adobe Illustrator Tutorial using Shapes

In Adobe Illustrator, Building with Shapes, for Beginners, Step by Step Adobe Illustrator Tutorials by Jason Secrest

Adobe Illustrator Tutorial for Beginners

In this Beginner Adobe Illustrator Tutorial, we will be focusing on the beginner using shapes. In this his tutorial we will be going through a simple process of building, aligning and coloring using shapes. We will be going through our resource anchor point guide to build our character and practice using shapes, round corners, shape builder, and the align panel. This Tutorial is a part of our Beginner Guide. Looking to Follow Along? If you do not have our Brushes + Resources, I recommend to start there first if you intend on Following Along. Download our Brushes + Resources to Follow Along with our 50 Step by Steps on the Website or 100 Beginner Tutorials Playlist on YouTube.

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Building with Shapes

Shapes are an easy an effective way of building in Illustrator. Align ellipse and rectangles shapes with our resource anchor point guide. Use the align panel to align to selection and artboard to make symmetrical designs.

Round Corners

One of the coolest features to roll out in recent years. Select the corners you want to round and drag in using your white arrow. If you are using older versions of Ai this will be and stylize effect-round corners.

Shape Builder

Shape builder will be a new favorite, especially if you are struggling with pathfinder. Drag through the shapes you want to combine into a new shape and hold alt-option to subtract shapes.

Zoom In

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.

Smart Guides

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.

Pathfinder Tips

Pathfinder Minus Front

1. Have 2 overlapping shapes selected. One shape will be in the front and this is the cut away shape. (I colored this one garbage green since it will be trashed after we click minus front). (Use fills only)

Shape Builder (alt/option) Delete

2. Have 2 overlapping shapes selected and click the Shape Builder tool. Hold down alt/option and click on areas you wish to be deleted. Wait for the shape to grey out. (Use fills only)

Pathfinder Unite

3. Have 2 or more overlapping shapes selected and click on the pathfinder unite button. The 2 shapes will merge together. (Use fills only)

Shape Builder- Combine Shapes

4. Have 2 or more shapes selected and then click on the shape builder tool. Click, Hold and drag across the shapes you wish to combine. Do NOT hold down alt/option.




Download + Extract All

1. Download + Extract Textures Folder. Textures are included our Illustrator Textures Bundle, Resource Bundle and Active Learning Curriculum.

File - Place in Texture

2. Just like we did for the Anchor Point Guide, you will need to place the BMP Texture in to the Artboard. Scale to Fit the Texture using Transform Panel or Bounding Box.

Change Color

3. . Change Color using Swatches or Eye Dropper Tool. The Color of the Texture should be the same as the Background Color. Adjust Transparency.

Blending Modes

4. Change the BMP Texture Color to White by selecting the White Color Swatch. Use a White Color Swatch to Use with Blending Modes Lighten, Screen, Overlay or Soft Light.

Download our (new) 400 Textures Bundle: Download our 360 BMP Textures and 50 Pattern Fills to use with Your Own Artwork in Adobe Illustrator. Most of our 360 Textures are BMP Files designed for a Global Texture (compared to our Swatches and Pattern Fills for Spot Textures.) All you need to do is File - Place and Select the BMP Texture from the Folder to use in Adobe Illustrator.
(New) 400 Texture Packs, BMP Textures, and Pattern Fills for Adobe Illustrator. Most of the Files are designed as Global Patterns to use with your Color Swatches or Layers Masks. Use BMP Textures along with your Finished Artwork. If you are new to using BMP Files in Adobe Illustrator, they are extremely easy to use. Follow Along with the Getting Started Guide to change BMP Textures using Color Swatches.
Use 150 Paper BMP Textures to Apply for print using your Document Swatches to recolor the Textures. Combine Adobe Illustrator Textures along with your Color Swatches, Layer Blending Modes, and Transparency Slider for more subtle Paper and Paint Textures with your Own Artwork as you export to Instagram and your Portfolio. Follow Along with the Getting Started Guide to change BMP Textures using Blending Modes and Transparency.
Includes 142 Cracks, Stone and Textures and Pattern Fills to Apply to your Own Artwork and Designs. Use BMP Textures to apply Grunge and Distressing Effects to your Artwork and Designs by Applying simple Transparency Masks for Adobe Illustrator. Great for T-Shirts & Products using your Own Original Artwork. Follow Along with the Getting Started Guide to use BMP Textures and Opacity Masks.



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. 

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