Illustrator CC: Guidelines Tutorial

Guidelines are a useful tool to use, especially when using illustrator. The function is the same across all the Adobe programs, but they vary slightly on how it’s done.

Step 1: 

At the top: View > Rulers > Show Rulers

Step 2: Ensure the guidelines are on a separate layer.

The reason I suggest this is so the guidelines won’t move. When you have other objects on the artboard, you will accidently click on the guidelines. To create a new layer, click the page icon on the bottom of the layers panel.

Step 3: Creating the Guidelines

Click on the ruler and holding it down drag towards the artboard. The guideline will then appear. You do the same for the ruler on the left.

Step 4: Revising the Guidelines

If you want to change it, hover over the guideline till the mouse cursor changes and then click and drag again.

Step 5: Lock the guidelines

On the layer panel next to eye click the empty space/square and a lock will appear. Signifying the layer is locked. The guidelines now cannot move and you can go about illustrating.

Other Tips:

 You can change the units of the ruler to suits your needs in the guidelines. To do this right click on the ruler and chose the unit you wish to work in.

Hope that helps!

 

Freebie: Floral Wedding Invitation (Illustrator)

I made these quickly a while ago. Here are two wedding invitation template for you to use in whatever way you want. You will need Adobe Illustrator to be able to edit the template.

INVITATION #1

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DOWNLOAD:  https://www.sendspace.com/file/9adkgk

INVITATION #2

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DOWNLOAD:  https://www.sendspace.com/file/zo9p11

Tutorial: How to Create PDF via different methods

There will be a time when you need to convert different file format to PDF because of school or work. Here are various methods of creating PDFs from different programs.

Microsoft Word: Office Word 7

In the newer version of word there should be an option to choose to save as a PDF.

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Adobe Photoshop CS5

When you go to File>Save As there should be an option in the drop down menu to save as a PDF.

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Adobe Illustrator CS5

When you go to File>Save As there should be an option in the drop down menu to save as a PDF.

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Adobe Bridge CS5

If you need to combine multiple images, PDFs into one PDF. Adobe Bridge is your answer. When you open it you should have this open up.

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If you don’t see these go to windows at the top of the menu and have these options selected.

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On the folders panel to your left, you choose the folder with your files that you want to combine. They should open up at the bottom in the content panel. To combine the multiple files click each file while holding the SHIFT key. The order you do them in, is the order that they will be come from first to last.

In the Output panel to your right, you select the options for your PDF such as size and quality under the document tab.

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And then click save at the bottom. There are also on-line services that combine multiple PDFs if you don’t have bridge such as http://www.pdfmerge.com/

Google Docs

If you have a Google account (And you should really have one), you can create PDFs from there. Go to your Google Docs Account.

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Make your Google Docs or you can import a word document and edit it as a Google Docs. When you are in your Doc you go to File> Download As > PDF Document

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Hotmail / Live 

They now have Microsoft Word On-line via your Hotmail email account. Go to Word On-line.

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Create your word document and just to File>Save As> Download as a PDF document.

Hope that helps! It’s easier to create a PDF now than it was before. Have a happy day.

Adobe Illustrator CS5 Tutorial: How to use the Pen tool

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The Pen tool in Adobe Illustrator Differs in how they work from Adobe Photoshop. It works differently to become a more versatile tool for illustrators. You can check out my tutorial for pen tool in Photoshop here.

Step 1: Setting up your Pen tool. Just like in Adobe Photoshop you have up how the “line” will look. Go to the colour picker portion of your tool box.

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The white box here is the foreground colour, your main colour. The black box behind it is the background colour, or your outline colour. You can choose not to have one other other if you click the small box with the red line across it. The middle is a gradient, and the first is just one tone. The BACKGROUND colour is the one you are mainly working with if you are making outlines for your drawings.

Step 2: The most intuitive and easiest type of line to make is a straight line. You can also make perfect straight lines by holding SHIFT key.

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When you move to make another point (aka anchor point) you might see the green line. This green line is the smart guide that allows you make even lines, basically pre-measures for you. It will tend to ‘snap’, meaning guide your lines to a certain area. If you do not want this go to View >Smart Guides and turn it off.

Step 3: You have to close the shape, to make a new shape unlike photo shop. You can circumvent this by pressing Shift + Command + A  to start a new path/shape. To make it disappear just click the line with the selection tool (Black arrow) and press delete.

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Step 4: If you want to move your points (the beauty of illustrator), you choose the Direct Selection tool from your tool box.

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Click it and click on your anchor point and just drag it.

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Step 5: To add an anchor point, you go back to the pen tool and just put the anchor point wherever you want.

Step 6: If you want to make curves, it will be very different than Photoshop.

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You make one point and then you click to make another point, BUT YOU DO NOT LET GO. Instead you drag to make the curve, and when you let go, your curve is complete. Your “handles” the two prong long edge with the two dark dots, help you change the shape of your curve. Play around with it and you will get the intuitive feeling of how the curve works in Illustrator.

Some other helpful tips is that you can just CTRL + Z to undo as many times as you want. Unlike in Photoshop where you can to go to the history panel to undo your mistakes.

Here are some other rad video tutorials on the pen tool, which I find helpful!

Enjoy learning Illustrator!