January 25, 2009

Swashes are decorative extended strokes. You see this quit often in wedding invitations. I created some swashes in a flyer below. This tutorial outlines how I created this swash in Illustrator.



1.)   The fastest way to get your ideas out is to sketch with pen and paper. Sketch out your type with swatches. Then scan it into your computer as I have done below.


2.) Open the scanned image in Illustrator. Lock the layer and create a new layer. This will allow you to trace over top of the type without moving the scanned image.


3.) Next select your text with the move tool and create outlines.(right click  and select outlines) Also,choose another color other than black for better visibility. 



4.) Begin outlining your sketched swashes.


4.) Select another color and create the holes. Make sure your pen tool is on outline and not fill.

5.) Select both color outlines and use your pathfinder pallet to cut out the shape. To open your pathfinder pallet go to windows –> pathfinder.


6.) Use the pathfinder pallet again to group them together. (When they are grouped together a selection on any part of the type selects all.)


7.) Continue using this same technique through out. Using your pen tool and pathfinder pallet.

8.) Lastly change the color back to your choice color.

If you are having trouble with this tutorial check out the pathfinder tutorial or pen tool tutorial. Below is the end result and how I used my swashes in a flyer.




Using the Pen tool

December 9, 2008

Using the pen tool in illustrator:


The Pen tool at first can be a bit tricky but with some practice
it is a very powerful tool.

The short cut to select the pen tool (on default settings) is the
letter P on your keyboard.



1.)Create a shape with the pen tool by selecting your starting point
first by left clicking.

2.)Then move your pen to the next spot and left click.



3.)A straight line will be drawn. To curve the line hold down the left
click and pull outward. Release the left click when you
are satisfied with the curve.


4.)Close the shape by clicking on your first anchor point.
That is how you create a shape in illustrator.

To change the color of the circle
1.)Select your move tool by hitting the letter V


2.)Select your shape by left clicking and draging over the shape.
A box will appear to let you know what is selected.

Your color chips tell you the color of the fill and stroke.
3.)Select the arrows to flip flop the colors.


Double click on the fill to open up the swatch pallet and select
a different color.


This is how you change colors in illustrator.

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