Creating Shapes in Illustrator CS6

by Bill Cassel on June 13, 2012

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One of the great aspects a cre­ative appli­ca­tion like Adobe Illus­tra­tor CS6 is that there is often more than one way to do things, and there’s not nec­es­sar­ily a “right way” — it’s more a ques­tion of per­sonal pref­er­ence, or of the exact style that you’re try­ing to achieve.

In her recently released v2b course Get­ting Started with Illus­tra­tor CS6, Angie Tay­lor looks at two dif­fer­ent ways of cre­at­ing shapes. In this video, she cov­ers the fairly straight­for­ward approach of com­bin­ing sim­ple shapes into more com­plex ones:

And in this one, Angie looks at a more cre­ative tech­nique that involves using the Blob Brush tool to cre­ate a solid shape from which you carve pieces with the Eraser tool, much as a sculp­tor would chip away from a block of stone:

Get­ting Started with Illus­tra­tor CS6 doesn’t just cover core tech­niques like work­ing with art­boards, under­stand­ing lay­ers and objects, and mak­ing and mov­ing selec­tions; it also offers lots of tips for exper­i­ment­ing and com­bin­ing tools in unex­pected ways. Until you get in there and start play­ing around, you never know what you might end up with.

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