Creating Basic Shapes in Illustrator3:57 with Mat Helme
In this Adobe Illustrator CS6 Quick Tip we’ll take a look the Shape Tools. This will include the Rectangle Tool, Rounded Rectangle Tool, Ellipse Tool, Polygon Tool, Star Tool and the Flare Tool. We will also learn how the directional up and down keys can add and subtract anchor points to the Star Tool and the Polygon Tool for faster productivity.
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[Treehouse presents] 0:00 [Quick Tips][Creating Basic Shapes in Adobe Illustrator][with Mat Helme] 0:02 Hey, what's up—Mat Helme here with a Treehouse Quick Tip: 0:05 Creating basic shapes with Adobe Illustrator CS6. 0:09 After we fire up Illustrator and create a new document, 0:13 let's head over to the Tools Panel and drag out the Shape tools. 0:16 We can do this by grabbing the rectangle, 0:19 selecting and holding, 0:22 and then releasing on the outer arrow to pull out all of the shapes. 0:25 With the Rectangle tool selected, 0:28 let's get rid of the stroke and change the color of the fill to—say—red. 0:31 Now, clicking and holding down, you can place the rectangle shape onto the canvas. 0:39 If you wish to make a square, you can simply hold Shift, and it will scale it proportionally for you. 0:47 Now, if you want to make a square at a specific size—say 200 pixels x 200 pixels, 0:54 simply select the canvas with the Rectangle tool, and a window will pop up; 1:00 it'll ask you for the width and height. 1:05 So, 200 pixels x 200 pixels, select OK, 1:07 and you can see we have our perfect rectangle at 200 pixels x 200 pixels. 1:13 Now, let's grab the Rounded Rectangle tool, and—again— 1:19 select the canvas, and we will do 200 pixels x 200 pixels. 1:23 Now, we're given a corner radius; 1:29 let's give it a corner radius of 20 pixels. 1:30 And again, we have our perfect rounded rectangle with the corner radius of 20 pixels. 1:36 Now, say if I want to make this 300 pixels wide, 1:43 I simply transform it out to width 300 pixels, 1:46 and notice how our corner radius stretched. 1:51 Now, a quick tip here for making rounding corners is you take the Rectangle tool, 1:56 let's select a square here, go to Effect, Stylize, and select Rounded Corners. 2:02 Now we can select our radius—say—50 pixels, preview it—it looks good— 2:11 and when we stretch that, you can see our corner radius stays correct throughout. 2:17 Now, let's select our Ellipse tool, 2:23 and with this tool we can make ovals or circles by holding Shift just like the Rectangle tool. 2:25 Next, let's grab the Polygon tool, 2:37 and what's great about the Polygon tool is we can add and subtract points to it. 2:39 So it defaults as the Polygon tool but very easily—if I press the down arrow twice— 2:44 we now have a square, and one more, a triangle. 2:49 This works the same as adding; 2:53 we press the up arrow, and it then adds points. 2:55 This is the same for the Star tool. 3:01 You can simply create a 5-point star as default, 3:05 but say if we wanted to turn this into—say—a sun icon, 3:09 I can then add many points by just holding down the up key and changing the color. 3:13 The last tool you will see here is the Flare tool. 3:23 I wouldn't worry too much about the Flare tool; 3:25 it's been around for about as long as I've been using Illustrator, 3:28 and I've really never used it. 3:30 It's kind of like an Easter egg in Adobe Illustrator. 3:32 Basically what it does is it puts a lens flare on everything. 3:35 Not that cool. 3:38 That about wraps up our quick tips for creating shapes in Adobe Illustrator CS6. 3:41 For more in-depth tutorials and projects using Adobe Illustrator CS6, 3:47 head over to Treehouse and treat yourself to a gold membership—you deserve it! 3:52
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