How to trace, select, and crop a shape in Adobe Illustrator

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Say you have an image you want to crop the background of. Do it like this.

Trace the shape you want to crop.

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Then create a block rectangular mass to cover the entire thing.

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Then overlap them with eachother. Then click drag your mouse over both so they are both selected.

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Then select Path Finder -> Minus back to crop them.

Tada!

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Then, if you had your original image on another layer, make it visible now.

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How to make a circle of face illustrator

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Grab your face.
Draw your circle.

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Then go Object -> Clipping Mask -> Make

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Filling areas using transparent color without affecting the border, in Illustrator CS6

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http://graphicdesign.stackexchange.com/questions/30052/filling-areas-using-transparent-color-without-affecting-the-border-in-illustrat

If you ever want a transparent brush with which to color your illustrations, open up the appearance window and lower the brush opacity.

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How to specify exact size of illustrator artboard

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File -> Document Setup

Click Edit Artboards (upper right)

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Press enter

Cab then set exactly in artboard options.

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How to cut a line segment in adobe illustrator

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Select your line segment.
Slice it with the eraser.
Ungroup it if necessary.
Delete the portion you don’t want.

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How to fill in a shape that you have drawn with a brush – illustrator

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Sometimes when I draw shapes in illustrator with the brush, and then join the paths, it doesn’t fill in the way I want it to.

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It colors outside the lines, and looks pretty ugly.

The problem is some of the anchors points on my path are not completely lined up. I need to join them.

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Fortunately this is pretty easy, just go around your shape grabbing x2 segments at a time, and then join them.

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Now when you invert the paint, you should see them fill in nicely.

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Happy painting!

How to convert an image into vector illustrator

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When copying or converting images, it’s very handy to create uneditable opaque layers to trace over. You do this by:

Creating a new layer

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Then make it transparent

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Then you can start tracing

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