Yesterday we had our first IT session on Illustrator.
The tutor talked us through the whole program roughly. Basically, we learned the function of each tool on the toolbar.
We learned the the difference between the Select Tool and Direct Select Tool; how the first tool is for big changes and the latter is for small/direct changes.
The tutor said that the Pen Tool is one of the most important tools in Illustrator. And it is better to use the Pen Tool than the Paintbrush Tool.
The Type Tool in Illustrator is apparently better than in Photoshop. No matter how much you zoom in, it will never be pixelated. You can also do many things with the Type Tool.
Additionally, the colors will always look better using Illustrator than using Photoshop.
We also learned about the Blend Tool and I think it’s pretty cool.
We also learned some shortcuts, which I think will be very useful.
We learned how significant Layers are in Illustrator. In Photoshop, the more layers you have, the slower the program gets. But it’s basically the opposite for Illustrator. It makes it easier for you to work. And you have to always label the layers, in order to not get confused later on. And when you’re not using any layer, just lock it, so you don’t accidentally work on the wrong layer.
Pathfinder is also a very interesting and useful tool I learned.
At the end of the session, this is what I got.
I feel pretty cool.