Shft + Cmd + ; Rearrange artboards
Cmd + Opt + A Select all artwork in artboard
Illustrator windows won’t fit on screen
Press ‘f’ – should bring all windows back and resized correctly
Select black and white object you want to color.
Press ‘i’ to get the eye dropper thingy.
Then tap the shape you want the color from.
And it will apply to your shape!
To get illustrator to gives you snap guidelines go: Command – U
Shift – O
Window -> Stroke -> Arrow heads
How to make a speech bubble
Esc-V to deselect
Path finder (square within square) (Window -> Pathfinder)
– from menu on right hand side
Shape modes unite
Centering an object on the clipboard
Window -> Align
Check ‘Align to Artboard’
Then just select and center your object/image.
object -> path -> offset path (rounded)
increase line spacing
Option -> up or down arrow
increase letter spacing
Option -> left/right arrow
Turn font into image
(select text) Type -> Create Outlines
Window -> Type -> Glyphs
Select a color
Use the eye dropper, then click on the part of the image you want to sample
Then select on the (closed image) you want to paint. That color should appear in the pallette for you to select.
Select the shape you want to color. Press ‘i’ for wand, then click the image you want to sample. Voila!
Move shape forward and back
If you can’t scale for some reasons, make sure the ‘bounding box’ is on.
This is what lets’s you grab a corner, hold shift, and stretch it out.
Adobe Illustrator Short Cuts
shift command increase / decrease font size
option -> <- kerning
Create an explosion
To stretch anchor points go Direct Selection Tool (A)
And then double click the on the anchor point you want to strech out
Cut or slice a path
Grab the scissors and tap where on the line you want the cut to be made.
Then select and remove.
If you love the snapping guidance of how to line things up check:
View -> Smart Guides is turned on.
Radial Gradient Background
– draw fill box of color
– Window -> Swatch Libraries -> Gradients -> Fades
– Select fade to black
– Make it radial
– Type ‘G’ to bring up your gradient slider and then slide the buttons to change gradient
Multiple art boards (annoying ‘page’ box)
File > Document Setup > Edit Artboards (delete)
Effect -> Stylize -> Round corner
How to get ride of annoying 3d perspective grid
Shift -> Command -> I
View -> Perspective Grid -> Hide Grid