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Adobe Illustrator

Adobe Illustrator

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Published by Nikita Garg
ABOUT adobe illustrator
ABOUT adobe illustrator

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Published by: Nikita Garg on Nov 26, 2011
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Adobe Illustrator 
is avector graphics editor developed and marketed byAdobe Systems.
Using the tools
The first time you start Illustrator, the toolbox appears on the left side of the screen. The tools in thetoolbox let you create, select, and manipulate objects in Illustrator.When you select most tools, the mouse pointer matches the tool's icon. For example, choosing the paintbrush tool changes the pointer to a paintbrush. You can also change a tool pointer to a precision pointer, such as a cross hair , for greater precision when aligning or working with detailed artwork.
To move the toolbox:
Drag the toolbox by the top bar.
To show or hide the toolbox:
To show or hide the toolbox, choose Window > Tools. When the toolbox is showing, a check mark appears before the name.
To display hidden tools on-screen:
1.Press a tool in the toolbox that has hidden tools underneath it. (Tools that have hidden tools areidentified by a triangle in the lower right corner.)2.When the toolbar of hidden tools appears, hold down the mouse button and drag to the arrow at theend of the toolbar. The toolbar detaches from the toolbox.
To close a detached toolbar:
Click the close box.
To change the pointer to a precision pointer:
Do one of the following:
While the tool is selected, press Caps Lock on the keyboard.
Choose Edit > Preferences > General (Windows and Mac OS 9) or Illustrator > Preferences >General (Mac OS X), select Use Precise Cursors, and click OK.
Using palettes
Adobe Illustrator includes a number of palettes to help you monitor and modify your work.By default, these palettes appear stacked together in several groups. You can also dock palettes sothat you can move them together.The selection tool (V) selects entire objects.The direct-selectiontool (A)selects pointsor path segmentswithin objects.The group-selection tool selects objects and groupswithin groups.The magic wand tool(Y)selects objects of similar attributes.The direct-select lassotool (Q)
selects pointsor path segments withinobjects.The lasso tool
selectsentire objects.The pen tool (P)drawsstraight and curved lines tocreate objects.The add-anchor- pointtool (+)adds anchor  points to paths
The delete-anchor- point tool (-)deletesanchor points from paths.The convert-anchor- point tool (Shift+C) changes smooth points to corner pointsand vice versa.The type tool (T)createsindividual type and typecontainers and lets you enter and edit type.The area type tool changes closed paths totype containers and letsyou enter and edit typewithin them.The path-type tool changes paths to type paths, and lets youenter and edit type onthem.The vertical type tool creates vertical typeand vertical typecontainers and letsyou enter and editvertical type.The vertical area-type tool changes closed paths tovertical type containers andlets you enter and edit typewithin them.The vertical path-typetool
changes paths tovertical type paths andlets you enter and edittype on them.The line segment tool(\)draws individualstraight line segments.The arc tooldrawsindividual concave or convex curvesegments.The spiral tool
drawsclockwise andcounterclockwise spirals.The rectangular grid tooldraws rectangular grids.The polar grid tool draws circular chartgrids.The rectangle tool (M)draws squares andrectangles.The rounded- rectangle tool draws squares and rectangleswith rounded corners.The ellipse tool (L) draws circles and ovals
draws regular, multi-sidedThe star tool
drawsstars.The flare toolcreates lens-flare or solar-flare-likeThe paintbrush tool (B)draws freehand and
shapes.effects.calligraphic lines, aswell as art and patternson paths.The pencil tool (N) draws and editsfreehand lines.The smooth tool smooths bezier paths.The erase tool
erases pathsand anchor points from theartwork.The rotate tool (R)rotates objects around afixed point.The reflect tool (O) flips objects over afixed axis.The twist tool
twirlsobjects around a fixed point.The scale tool (S)
resizesobjects around a fixed point.The shear toolskewsobjects around a fixed point.The reshape tool smooths or changes a path while retaining the path's overall shape.The warp tool(Shift+R)moldsobjects with themovement of thecursor (like moldingclay, for example).The twirl toolcreatesswirling distortions within anobject.The pucker tooldeflatesan object.The bloat toolinflatesan object.The scallop tooladdsmany curved details tothe outline of anobject.The crystallize tooladdsmany spiked details to theoutline of an object.The wrinkle tooladdswrinkle-like details tothe outline of an object.The free transform tool(E)
scales, rotates, or skews a selection.The symbol sprayer tool (Shift+S)placesmultiple symbolinstances as a set onthe artboard.The symbol shifter toolmoves symbol instances.The symbol scruncher toolmoves symbolinstances away fromeach other.The symbol sizer tool resizes symbolinstances.The symbol spinner toolrotates symbolinstances.The symbol stainer tool colorizes symbol instances.The symbol screener toolapplies opacity tosymbol instances.The symbol styler tool applies the selectedstyle to symbolinstances.The column graphtool (J)
 positionscolumns vertically.The stacked column graphtool
stacks columns on top of one another.The bar graph tool  positions columnshorizontally.The stacked bar graphtool
stacks columns and positions themhorizontally.The line graph tool shows the trend of oneor more subjects over time.The area graph tool emphasizes totals as well aschanges in values.The scatter graph tool  plots data as paired setsof x and y coordinates.

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