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Video:Overview of Drawing Tools in Illustrator

with Andrew Hyland

Illustrator gives many options for creating simple or complex objects and shapes. Get an overview of all of the different ways to draw objects in Adobe Illustrator in this how-to video from About.com.See Transcript

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Transcript:Overview of Drawing Tools in Illustrator

Hi this is Andrew Hyland for About.com and this is a overview of the drawing tools and of the Illustrator.

Drawing Tools in Adobe Illustrator

The convert anchor point tool or shift+c on your keyboard changes smooth points to corner ones, and changes corner points back into smooth points. 

The rectangular grid tool draws any size or shape rectangular grid you want. 

The polar grid tools draws a polar created in any size or shape that you would like.

The line segment tool or the backslash key on your keyboard draws a single line segment allowing you to create objects made up of straight lines.

The arc tool drawls concave or curved segments. The spiral tool draws  counter-clockwise and clockwise spiraled segments. 

 

More Drawing Tools in Adobe Illustrator

The pen tool or by pressing P on your keyboard allows you to create objects by straight or curved lines. 

The add anchor point tool or the + on your keyboard adds anchor points to paths that you have created.

The delete anchor point tool or the - on your keyboard deletes anchor points from paths that you have created.

The pencil tool or N on your keyboard allows you to draw and edit freehand lines.

The smooth tool can smooth out any sections of the path that can be smoothed.

The path eraser tool the eraces parts of any path that you have created.

Next we have the shape tools. The rectangle tool or M on the keyboard allows you to create any size rectangle that you would like. The rounded rectangle tool does the same thing as the rectangle tool except for the corners are rounded.

The Ellipse tool or L the keyboard creates an oval or circle in any shape size or shape that you would like. To create a perfect circle hold down the shift button while using Ellipse tool.

The polygon tool creates any size polygon shaped that you would like. The star tool can create any variation of the star that you would like in any shape or size. The flare tool creates a replicated lens flare that can be customized to your preferences.

Thanks for watching that was an overview of the drawing tools in illustrator.

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