Tech Session: Adobe Illustrator intro

Create a New Document ( FILE >> NEW )
– set size and orientation

Create some basic shapes
– rectangle
– circle
– click and drag to set size
– shift-click and drag to keep proportional/square
– double-click: manually set specific size

Alter the shapes
– color, stroke
– Selection Tool
– Move
– rotate
– scale (shift scale)
– copy, paste (EDIT >> COPY or EDIT >> PASTE)
– undo (EDIT >> UNDO or command-z)
– multiple select ( shift select)
– group / ungroup ( OBJECT >> GROUP )
– align

Advanced shapes
– Direct selection tool
– Pen tool (for angles and curves)
– Add anchor point, delete anchor point
– compound shapes

Grouping, ungrouping

Arrange
– ( OBJECT >> ARRANGE >> BRING TO FRONT, etc )

Slicing, merging dividingshapes (for cropping especially)
– (pathfinder panel)

Placing images (sample image here)

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