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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How to stop illustrator from smoothing your brush lines

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Adobe Illustrator brush tool is great in that when you draw something, it smoothes your lines.
That’s great if you want that. But sometimes we want illustrator to respect the jaggedness of your drawing, and not smooth things out so much (like if you are drawing a box by hand).

To reduce the smoothness, double click the brush and drop the fidelity down to 0 (or as low as you can go).

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This will remove the smoothness, and make your lines less smooth, and more jagged.

Wacom Bamboo Tablet Pressure Brush Adobe Illustrator

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In order for your Wacom Bamboo tablet to be able to draw pressure sensitive lines, you need to create a new pressurized brush in adobe illustrator. Here is how you do it:

  1. Open brush window.

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  1. Select new brush.

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  1. Select ‘Calligraphic Brush.’

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  1. Choose it’s attributes.

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We only need to set it’s ‘Size’ parameters.

Give it a name and choose some attributes. Click OK.

Then try drawing with your stylus on your bamboo pad.

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Voila! Pressure.

To make the line more pronounced increase the size of the stroke

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How to cut a circle in half with illustrator

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Say you want a semi-circle and you want to split it in half.

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Here’s how you do it.

Draw your circle

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Select the knife tool

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Holding down the ‘Option’ key on your Mac, with your shape selected, drag the knife across the circle in a straight line.

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Now you should be able to drag one shape away from the other. Except this doesn’t always work for me (sometimes the whole shape wants to move).

In that case bring up the ‘Path Finder’ Window and with your newly cut shape highlighted select the ‘Minus Front’ option. That should cut away the bottom half of your shape.

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And Voila! Half a circle with a nice contour around all the edges.

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Links that help
http://jenniferbrowndesigns.blogspot.ca/2010/04/knife-tool-in-illustrator.html

How to add curves to a straight line in illustrator

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Say you have a shape that you want to add some curves to.

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Here I want to add some curves to the bottom straight line (it’s the outline of a super hero cape). Here’s how you do it.

1. Add some anchor points.

Select your shape, find the straight line you want to add a curve to, and add anchor points where you want the curves to appear.

First select the ‘Add anchor point tool’

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Then add your anchor points by clicking on the line where you want them to appear (more dots should appear on the line).

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See where the straight line used to have no anchor points between the ends. Now it has two.

2. Add some curve.

Select your direction tool (shortcut – A)

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then select the anchor point(s) you just added, and pull them in the direction you want your line to curve.

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See how that bent our line? Next let’s smooth it out.

3. Smooth it out.

If you want jagged lines, you are done. If you want these to be curved, we need to convert these anchor points to ‘smooth’.

Using the same selector tool (short cut – A), select the anchor point you want to convert and then go to the top Illustrator and select ‘Convert Selector Points to Smooth’.

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That should now smooth out your line and give it some nice curve.

Happy drawing!

Links that help

http://help.adobe.com/en_US/illustrator/cs/using/WS714a382cdf7d304e7e07d0100196cbc5f-6246a.html#WS49B38026-E630-4b8e-8ABF-2AA6C629AE59a

How to draw a line with arrowheads at both ends adobe illustrator

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1. Draw your line using the pen tool.

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2. Open the Window > Stroke panel.

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If you don’t see the arrowhead section try toggling the ‘Show Options’ by hitting the little arrow with squiggly lines.

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3. Add your arrowheads.

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http://luanneseymour.wordpress.com/2012/10/30/creating-arrows-and-arrowheads-in-illustrator-cs6/

How to make a cropped image Adobe Illustrator

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Say you want to draw a shape in Adobe Illustrator

and you want to do it by drawing one picture, and then subtracting another from inside it.

Using the pen tool…
draw your outside image
draw your inside image

Go Window -> Path Finder

Select both paths

Select Minus front

Done

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