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Understanding the Application1:37 with Mat Helme
Introduction to objects, layers, groups, tools and panels.
[Deep Dive: Introduction to Illustrator with Mat Helme]
Before we fire up Illustrator and create a new document,
let's first understand the concept of Illustrator.
We know Illustrator allows us to create objects using points and paths.
As we create new objects, they are constructed one on top of another.
We are able to change and organize the arrangement of the objects as we wish.
We are also able to group and ungroup
the objects together and move them around.
We will go over each one of the tools in the tools panel
and each window panel as we go through the projects.
If we wanted to compare two groups by making one visible
and then hiding the other, we can use layers.
Layers allow us to organize our work when the files get complicated.
It's easier to select an underlying object when the work is organized in layers.
Also, we can lock and change the appearance of these layers.
I'll be using Adobe Illustrator CS6 on a Mac computer.
If you are using a Windows computer,
you'll notice the workspace and shortcut commands will be a little bit different.
Also if you have an older version, you might not have the same functionality.
It's now time to take a quick quiz before we start our first project—
creating an icon.
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