Creating Advanced Shapes in Illustrator

In this collection of lessons we will focus on creating advanced shapes in Illustrator using both the pathfinder panel and shape builder tool. Software required: Illustrator CS5.
Course info
Level
Advanced
Updated
Dec 1, 2010
Duration
1h 17m
Table of contents
Description
Course info
Level
Advanced
Updated
Dec 1, 2010
Duration
1h 17m
Description

In this collection of lessons we will focus on creating advanced shapes in Illustrator using both the pathfinder panel and shape builder tool. We'll get started by breaking down Illustrator's pathfinder panel and learn how we can use both it's shape modes and pathfinders to create a variety of effects on our vector shapes. While exploring both shape modes and pathfinders, we'll learn destructive and non-destructive workflows for using both. From there we'll shift our focus to the new shape builder tool in Illustrator CS5 and learn how it compliments the pathfinder panel. Next, we'll take what we've learned and apply it to a logo. We'll use both sets of tools to create custom shapes to incorporate into our logo. After completing this course, you will have a good understanding of workflows that implement all of these powerful tools. Software required: Illustrator CS5.

About the author
About the author

Eddie is the dedicated Pluralsight texturing and rendering tutor. His roots are firmly planted in a deep background in illustration and design, and Eddie lives to express himself through his art. Eddie has been with Pluralsight (and previously Digital-Tutors) for four-plus years, teaching creative artists to expand their knowledge on everything from design and illustration, to hand painting beautiful textures for their models.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Introduction and Project Overview
Hello, and welcome to this series of lessons focusing on creating advanced shapes in Illustrator, presented by Digital-Tutors, an Adobe-authorized training partner. My name is Eddie and I'll be walking you through the process of using Illustrator's Pathfinder panel and Shape Builder tool to create custom shapes that fit the needs of our project. We'll get started by breaking down Illustrator's Pathfinder panel and learn how we can use both its shape modes and pathfinders to create a variety of effects on our vector shapes. While exploring both shape modes and pathfinders, we'll learn destructive and nondestructive workflows for using both. From there, we'll shift our focus to the new Shape Builder tool in Illustrator CS5 and learn how it complements the Pathfinder panel. Next we'll take what we've learned and apply it to a logo. We'll use both sets of tools to create a variety of custom shapes, which we'll incorporate into our logo. After completing this course, you'll have a good understanding of workflows that implement all of these powerful tools. So let's go ahead and get started with our next lesson.