Laurie Ruhlin

ARCHIVE: This session was presented at CreativePro Week 2019 in Seattle.

Illustrator Deep Dive

Tuesday, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

You might be thinking… I know the basics of Illustrator, but I just don’t get it, there are so many tools! You can draw shapes, select objects and change colors, but you know there’s so much more.

In this 3 hour session, we’ll expand on the basics and explore some elusive Illustrator tools and tricks. Learn to draw and modify shapes more efficiently with shortcuts, combine shapes together, and really control the fill and stroke of objects. We’ll use the Appearance Panel to add multiple strokes, effects and more to your type and shapes. We’ll draw and edit paths with the many drawing tools, including the sometimes puzzling pen tool. We’ll create real logos & infographics using the shape builder tool, pathfinder, join commands and other tools in Illustrator that you’ve poked around with, simply hoping that they would work. Selecting and modifying an illustration or logo can be tricky, especially if you didn’t originally create the graphic. We’ll dig into the many selection tools, commands and methods to make modifications to any graphic more understandable.

Other topics:

  • Ace the align and distribute panel
  • Transform tool tricks
  • Select & recolor objects quickly
  • Demystify clipping masks
  • Appearance panel – why it should always be in reach
  • and more!