In the past software with limited functions made it easier to decide which tool was best for the task at hand. Now with all the newest programmes there is a mountain or tools, panels & effects to get the end result you want. It’s just about knowing where to find them.
I have been using Illustrator for over 15 years and love vectors. Here is 5 tips for tools not to ignore.
The Pen Tool.
Don’t be afraid! The pen tool can be scary at first but you need to tame that beast. Master this tool & you can master anything.
Use that Pathfinder Panel.
When it comes to creating shapes made out of other shapes, the Pathfinder panel has a selection of options to help you create the perfect shape. It’s especially useful given trends of flat design and illustrations made from basic shapes. Experiment a bit & you might surprise yourself.
Make your own brushes.
I used to underuse brushes in Illustrator a lot. Then when I did use them I was creating with just the Illustrator stock ones that come included in the software. You can create all kinds of custom brushes in Illustrator & these are worth experimenting with.
Fall in love with colour
There is a multitude of ways in Illustrator to access & change colours and the swatch palette is there to make your life easier. Open up the swatch palette, then open up the swatch library and you will open up a world of colour. Use it!
Stick at it
Like anything, mastering Illustrator doesn’t happen overnight. Keep experimenting, keep trying & remember there is always CTRL-Z