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Basic guide to use Illustrator CC in your design projects
Illustrator is our Achilles heel in graphic and multimedia design made by adobe because it helps us create projects with incredible illustrations, full of life with intermediate tones, artistic patterns and brushes, as well as volume infographics and realistic shadows in unsuspected perspectives.
Whether you start in the world of design or if you have been there for a long time, you can not miss this basic guide for every design created to maximize the possibilities of its tools and shortcuts, control the technical aspects and know its multiple export options .
How to use Illustrator for your design
In this CC 2018 version you can find an exclusive window for the creation of new projects, where you can customize the characteristics of your projects (measurements, color, indentation, orientation, etc.) and suggest in an orderly way a classification of the types of most common formats for mobile, web, print, video and illustration.
Once you have created a new file you can always change your measurements with the Worktable tool and its established margins and other basic features in File-> Adjust document.
Whether you start in graphic design or if you are a professional you can not miss Adobe’s free templates, because they will help you get started with a good social network icon, banner, diptych or even the design of a website.
They can inspire you in them, have them as samples for your clients or help you in the technical part of sizes, proportions and technical requirements.
Important: if you are going to print a design make sure before the measurements and indentations of the printing house where you are going to do it, because the Adobe templates have some measures that perhaps in the press do not correspond.
The new 2018 Illustrator interface will remind you a lot of Adobe Photoshop, above all because of its similarity with the use of layers and distribution of panels. The software being a mainly vector program has specific tools, but its use is very versatile, because it is used for the creation of illustrations, infographics, branding or webs. To have at first glance the most useful tools and panels in each case, the specific workspaces that you will find in Ventana-> Workspace: Essential aspects are ideal; Classic essentials; Automation; Design; Printing and tests; Painting; Typography; Layout; Web.
You can save a space of yours with the tools and panels that you use most in the option: New workspace.
The work tables are different sheets or workspaces, so that in one document you can have different plans of the design, very useful for brochures, diptychs, triptychs and web screens, UX design. In each work table the layers are organized with their contents, you can change their location in the workspace with the worktable tool and you can duplicate them to streamline the production work. As of version 2018 you can make simultaneous adjustments of the work tables.
In every design, tones are chosen, texts are inserted, basic forms are created to create logos and illustrations. That’s why it’s good that you have a general visualization of all Illustrator tools, in this Adobe Photoshop link you are presented by functions, print this image right now and hook it on the wall in front of your computer, you’ll see how much more agile when it comes to using them.
Many of the tools will remind you of other Adobe programs such as Photoshop and Adobe Indesign, such as magic wands and transformation tools. Use the cursors to select the elements, the direct selection tool to select the vector nodes. The lasso tool will help you to select only what you are interested in accurately without having to go to the layers.
One of the classic tools of the program has been the brushes, choose in the library of brushes the one that suits you best to give that special touch to your logo or artistic illustrations. Create your own brush by selecting the shape and dragging it to the Brushes panel.
Motive, Patterns, and transformations
To streamline the work of the designer it gives us many advantages by creating vector elements that can be converted into repetitive samples in the menu Object-> Motif -> Create motive for the custom creation of patterns. Other options are the Novelty Edge brushes that help us make repetitive illustrative motifs in a specific line, such as ants, chains, grass, etc. that will make complex designs easier.
The Pathfinder panel will provide shortcuts to design complex vector shapes in a few seconds. Boring, adding or subtracting vector elements.
There are many typical transformation tools such as scaling, skewing, etc. but it is even easier in the CC 2018 version with the new Properties panel that will help you to specify the transformation points.
The star tool of the new CC is the tool of deformation of free position, very similar to the one used in Photoshop, to create points, changes of position and transform the illustration easily. It will help us together with the Mesh tool to create logo animations.
3D effects and Infographics
You can transform any vector element into a 3D element by selecting Effect-> 3D-> Extrusion and Beveling. You can even use it for graphics created with the Graphic Tool, which through data that you insert in the Illustrator itself or import from Excel, continues with the great advantage of moving from one graphic to another in seconds and being able to constantly vary your data.
With the Perspective Grid tool you will be able to adapt any design to an isometric and aerial perspective. Remember to use the tool from the same Perspective Selection group to insert into the elements in the desired perspective.
Ink control and image quality
Toto vector design can be used on different platforms, but the one that needs more control is when it has to be printed, to control that all inks are CMYK using File-> Document Color Mode-> CMYK Mode. Then make sure in the Samples panel all the inks are in CMYK, double clicking on each sample and seeing its color mode.
To check if the images are also in CMYK and in good quality of 300ppp (or as required by the press), you can open Window-> Links and you will see the list of all of them. If the images are embedded in the document, such as what happens in the templates downloaded from Adobe, at the top of the workspace you will see their properties.
Export to different formats
Is one of the most complete programs to export in different printing formats (.ai, pdf, etc), open in different programs such as Adobe Photoshop (.psd, .tiff), prepare for web (.png, .jpg, .bmp), animation (.swf, .svg), infographics for Autocad (.dwg, dxf) and web page (such as .css for styles), plus options in Export-> Export for screens or Export-> Save as Web.
When you finish the design you can in File-> Packaging include all the work with the fonts and images used, so you can eliminate the rest not used and download weight on your computer.Now with this quick guide of options and shortcuts, to use it in your design projects, you can get down to work and finally control this creative program full of brushes, tones and vector controls.Select multiple artboards at one time, and align and organize them automatically on your canvas in just a click
Differences between Photoshop and Illustrator, when to use one or the other?
Within the world of graphic design, we find endless resources. Computer programs are one of the most used in the workplace. In many professional profiles, such as the web application developer or the superior marketing and advertising technician, it is almost essential to know them. From #lanuevaFP we recommend you to know the differences between Photoshop and Illustrator and when it is better to use one or the other.
Differences between the two
Photoshop as the name suggests, is very useful for photos. It is a comprehensive solution to create, edit and retouch any type of raster image. It can also be used to draw and even digitally paint, retouch colors and lighting of photographs or to create digital images ready for the web.
On the other hand, Illustrator is the artist of vector images. Everything you create can be scaled to the smallest, like a favicon or gigantic billboards. All this without losing quality or finding any pixelation. This makes it the best friend of the logo.Libraries in Illustrator now support text, so you can store and access the passages you use most
When is it better to use Photoshop?
To touch up photos. There is no better tool.To edit illustrations (photos, paintings, drawings), whether for digital or printed version. That could be a photo, painting, drawing or anything else. Then you can use it with Illustrator.
To create digital images for the web, social networks, advertisements, headlines, etc. It is ideal to ensure that they have the correct size and are optimized for the web.To create a website or a model. The use of layers facilitates the editing of the user interface, and will have the correct size for any screen resolution.To edit videos, cut simple video clips and add graphics, filters, text, animation and much more.
When it is better not to use Photoshop
You want to create a logo, since a good logo must be resized and this program is not created to work with vectorial illustrations You need to create a design with a lot of text. Crop bitmap images directly within Illustrator to discard excess parts, reduce file size, and improve performance
When is it better to use Illustrator
To create a logo or icon. Since they are designs that must be used in many different shapes and sizes.
For a printable piece like posters, business cards, brochures … It is ideal to create visually stunning titles that combine with other types of images.
To compose any type of typography. Transform any typography into a fully editable form that can be stretched, skewed and transformed in any way imaginable.
When it is better not to use Illustrator
You want to edit images You want to create multi-page documents, InDesign does it much better with page numbering or the best functionality in text design.