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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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.

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