Step by Step Adobe Illustrator Tutorial with Wacom Tablet
Adobe Illustrator Tutorial using Wacom Tablet
In this Adobe Illustrator Tutorial for Beginners, we will be going through how to use the Pencil Tool with your Tablet. This will be another option for your tablet workflow that is extremely user-friendly since we are turning up are smoothing very high. We will be practicing joining paths to maintain our sharp corners in this tutorial. The pencil tool is one of the easier tools to use and master with the tablet. If you don’t have a Tablet, switch over to using the Pen Tool while we are building Paths with the Pencil Tool. This tutorial will focus on Building Tools, Applying Brushes, Editing Options, and Basic Coloring Techniques.
Pencil Tool Options
Here are some of the Pencil Tool Options that I recommend. I will go through some of them so you can modify them depending on your drawing style.
The first slide bar is the Fidelity or Smoothing setting. This one is great for those of you who want to go fast and hate hitting Control/Command + Z (undo) all the time in other programs. This will clean up the line as you draw and will remove unnecessary anchor points.
The main 2 Options that I want to cover is the Keep Selected and Edit Selected Paths down at the bottom. This is so we can edit and join as we go. The ability to join helps a lot and allows us to get back corners that the smoothing will potentially round out. Notice the bottom and the within 0 (zero) pixels. This will remove the rewrite or auto correct which is pretty frustrating if you don't want it.
Adding on Line Variation using Cartoon Brushes
You will have more control over the placement and width of each of your lines using the Adobe Illustrator Brush Libraries. 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 so we can edit it later. This 2-Step Process allows for more control over your Line Variation compared to using your Tablet with Pressure.
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.