And Illustrator hates me.
I decided I might as well try to put our differences behind us, and what do you know! I'm starting to get the hang of it.
Tips appreciated. These aren't for anything in particular.
about 1 year ago
Write a blog article on your experiences? I want to learn where to start!
I should do this too.
Nice looking icons there, Dan.
I like to set up my grid so that it's divides in pixels, then I turn snap to grid on to get pixel snapping kind of working. This helps me a bit, when working with small icons but can also get annoying at times so I'll just build the icon in Photoshop and paste over the paths and tweak.
Yeah make sure you have the "snap new objects to pixel grid" on and check the x and y position of your art boards are whole numbers with no decimal points!! Pathfinder is super useful too.
If you still haven't gotten that deep (Oh my!)
- Multiple strokes (Appearance window)
- Ctrl or command key is your last tool used
- "Outline" view for more complex objects
- Copy and move aside EVERY OBJECT YOU MAKE. You never know when you might use something
- Most important thing: shortcuts shortcuts shortcuts. Illustrator is all about speed, experimenting with pathfinder and repeated transforms
Remember isolation mode. Introduced (I think) in CS5 meaning you can double-click any item to edit it without catching other objects' points. Prior to CS5 I used to group every item in their own group to achieve the same functionality.
Oh man! I use Ai more than any other program in the Suite. Always learning something new and teaching new tricks. I had a professor in college that went through with pain staking detail every book and cranny of illustrator. I was very lucky to learn from him. Photoshop on the other hand, I could always use more work in that.
When using [pathfinder>divide], you'd do well to make friends with [select>same>fill colour] to delete the bits you don't need.
Use Sketch, bro!
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