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New to illustrator - any tips?


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#1 dlhdesigns

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Posted 04 August 2012 - 03:42 AM

I have been using Photoshop for years, but recently I got Illustrator. I was wondering if someone out there could offer a good resource for getting familiar with the tools in Illustrator, some are different from Photoshop, I'd love to know which ones I should learn to use well, and how.

I'd love your opinions, please let me know your Illustrator experience. Thanks! :D

#2 sharie

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Posted 04 August 2012 - 05:32 AM

Hi there

We have forum threads just on illustrator that can be very helpful. Also check out or do a google search on illustrator tutorials. You will find tutorials for beginners to very advanced.

Practice and practice : ) the pen tool will become your best friend

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#3 cpuccio

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Posted 04 August 2012 - 09:42 PM

lynda.com has a ton of great tips for all software. However, It cost a little bit of money, but is very useful.

#4 pureart

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Posted 05 August 2012 - 08:03 AM

This is a very good site for illustrator tutorials :

Illustrator Tutorials & Tips | Vector Diary

#5 DixielandDesign

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Posted 07 August 2012 - 02:27 AM

I totally agree with Sharie, the PEN tool will become your best friend. If I was you I would search for every illustrator pen tutorial until you feel confident that you know it. Another tool box I would learn is the pathfinder tool box. Pathfinder will become your 2nd best friend. Take tutorials and practice practice practice.....

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#6 Squewheet

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Posted 08 August 2012 - 02:25 AM

Read a lot of tutorials and learn to use the pen tool. Once you master the pen tool you will be able to to a lot of stuff. And also never give up on illustrator. Once you know get to know the layout and how stuff works you will be doing pretty good.

#7 averrill1980

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 02:28 PM

My hardest tool to learn was the pen tool. hard to explain on here. once you grasp the pen tool you are golden. its your best friend in illustrator. you can create points which you can move and bend them to fit the image you are creating. if you don't have enough, you can add points or you can delete them if you have too many. hope this helps.

#8 NKDesigns

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Posted 11 August 2012 - 04:40 PM

I qm also a new user that switched over from illustrator and the pen tool is my best friend

#9 madlene8421

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 12:57 PM

Hi,
I am new to illustrator too. Thanks for all your tips!

#10 Almeida

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 03:04 PM

Hi!! Obrigado pelas dicas

#11 relz2011

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 07:41 PM

Learning Illustrator by yourself is very hard but if someone will guide it is very easy. Tips i can share you is that you know first how to use the function of pathfinder too. You should first identify which it the body color of the object and the stoke it self. This two things will make you start to realized the function of every tools.

#12 madlene8421

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Posted 08 September 2012 - 12:18 AM

Thank You for advice!

#13 JamesZoso

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Posted 10 September 2012 - 08:29 PM

Very useful indeed, thanks for the tips.

#14 pdezign

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Posted 16 September 2012 - 08:22 PM

here's a nice tutorial:

Convert a drawing into vector artwork in Adobe Illustrator - YouTube

practice, practice and then... practice some more ;]

#15 locours

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Posted 17 September 2012 - 02:18 PM

Go have a look at lynda.com. They have a great collection of illustrator tutorials , you have to pay them though. Also there is lot of free tutorials on youtube.

#16 pdezign

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Posted 20 September 2012 - 05:17 AM

here's a nice collection for free

100 Best Illustrator Tutorials of All Time (From Newbie to Pro) | CreativeFan

#17 JeejeeOkee

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Posted 20 September 2012 - 05:46 AM

yep.. youtube for free user. u can learn many things in there

#18 Almeida

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Posted 20 September 2012 - 08:37 PM

Ok!!

#19 JamesZoso

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Posted 20 September 2012 - 10:38 PM

Nice collection of tutorials, many thanks.

#20 Almeida

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Posted 24 September 2012 - 12:13 PM

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