Description
Course info
Level
Intermediate
Updated
Apr 24, 2017
Duration
2h 3m
Description

Learning how to create technical drawings can be a great addition to your Illustrator tool set. Throughout this course, Illustrator CC Technical Drawing, you'll learn techniques that make technical drawing very easy by using photography, the pen tool, and the shape builder tools. You'll also learn how you can speed things up with the Appearance and Graphic Styles panels. You'll explore best practices for organizing your layers and how to save time by not duplicating effort in the drawing process. Finally, you'll finish up by learning how to translate a grayscale drawing to color and bitmap. This will ensure you know how to get any kind of drawing for any kind of intended media use. By the end of this course, you'll be able to take any photo and break it into manageable sections that can quickly and easily be translated to a technical drawing using the drawing methods learned here. Required Software: Adobe Illustrator.

About the author
About the author

Laura is a passionate visual effects and motion graphics author at Pluralsight. Ever since her first exposure to After Effects in college, Laura has had an eternal drive to learn more about motion graphics, and teach others what she has discovered. Laura began working at Digital-Tutors (now a Pluralsight company) as a motion graphics artist, creating visually-appealing advertisements and informative art for the site.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Course Overview
Hi, my name is Laura Hawk and I'll be your guide in this course on Illustrator Technical Drawing. Throughout the course, we'll learn techniques that make technical drawing very easy by using photography, the Pen tool, and the Shape Builder tools. We'll also learn how we can speed things up with the appearance and graphic styles panels. We'll take a look at best practices for organizing your layers and how to save time by not duplicating effort in the drawing process. We'll finish up by learning how to translate a grayscale drawing to color and bitmap. This will insure that you know how to get any kind of drawing for any kind of intended media use. By the end of this course, you'll be able to take any photo and break it into manageable sections that can quickly and easily be translated to a technical drawing using the drawing methods learned here. I can't wait to get started, so let's jump into Module One where we'll begin organizing and outlining the drawing.

Organizing and Outlining Your Drawing
Welcome to module one of Illustrator CC Technical Drawing. In this module, we'll be learning about organizing and outlining your drawing. Some of the demos we'll be covering in this module include learning about how to choose the right picture and why choosing it is important for the depth of field, focus, colors, and background of the picture, and how it all contributes to being able to create the best drawing. We'll learn about creating and organizing layers. So this will be about how to decide how many layers to start with and what the stacking order of those should be to get the best outcome. We'll learn about outlining the objects using the Pen Tool and accompanying tools. We'll also talk about creating Graphic Styles and learn some quick and unified drawing techniques for how to just really quickly get things to match each other without having to put a lot of effort into figuring out if everything is all the same. It'll just be done for us by using these Graphic Styles in the Appearance Panel. And then we'll also learn how to reinforce our workflow for practice. So we'll do a few things more than once in this course, but we'll do them in a different way so that you really start to get a feel for the workflow of doing a project like this. Join me in the next clip where we'll start by learning how to choose the right picture.

Fast Detailing Techniques
Welcome to module two, where we'll be learning about fast detailing techniques. Let's look really quickly at what we'll be talking about throughout our demos. We're going to learn about the Shape Builder tool and how you can use that to really quickly add and subtract shapes from each other. We'll learn about the Align Panel and how you can use that to make different shapes go into whatever kind of configuration you're needing, especially for technical drawing. We'll talk about how you can use Pathfinder Operations in certain situations where using the Shape Builder tool might not be easy or friendly to what it is you're working on. We'll learn about Complex Graphic Styles and how to create those to make things look like they have shadows simply by using multiple strokes. And finally, we'll learn about the Width tool for stroke detailing and how you can vary the width along a path to suit whatever kind of drawing it is you're trying to create, so let's hop into our first clip where we'll be using the Shape Builder tool to help us by making screws and different holes in our drill.

Color Changes for Publication Needs
Welcome to module three, where we will be learning about color changes for publication needs. Now this is just a quick module where we're going to be learning about how to upgrade to color and that just means converting the grayscale drawing that we've already made to color and how we can quickly change that just by sampling a few colors from the photograph and creating some new graphic styles and we'll also learn how to downgrade to halftone black and white for some really inexpensive printing options that you may run into. So let's go ahead and jump into the first clip where we'll talk about upgrading to color.