Control your lines

As instructors of Adobe programs and creative professionals, we’ve assembled this blog as easy reference for our students and clients.” Miriam Selmi Reed & Michael Alan Reed

English version:
Once you’ve prepared your illustration, comes the WIDTH TOOL into play:
1. Open your Illustration in Adobe Illustrator
2. Select your outlines with the Width Tool.
3. Drag on the points to adjust your line width.

TUTORIAL for Illustrator beginners: use the Pen Tool

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Illustrations by Miriam Selmi Reed – Courtesy of Illustration Source

Deutsche Version:
Wenn deine Illustration gezeichnet ist, kommt das BREITEN-WERKZEUG ins Spiel:
1. Öffne deine Illustration in Adobe Illustrator
2. Wähle deine Linien mit dem Breiten-Werkzeug.
3. Ziehe an den Punkten um die gewünschte Linienbreite zu erhalten.

FILME & Anleitung für Illustrator Anfänger: das Zeichenstift-Werkzeug

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Courtesy of Illustration Source

View the artists’s homage on the topic: TIME!

Illustration technique: watercolor, acrylic and pencil combined with digital mixed media using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.Copyright by Illustration Source, New York City.

Illustrations-Technik: Aquarell, Acryl mit Farbstift, gemischt mit Adobe Photoshop und Illustrator. Copyright by Illustration Source, New York City.

Miriam Selmi Reed is represented by Illustration Source, New York City. Portfolio and contact: Illustration Source NYC

Todays topic: COMMUNITY

Deutsche Version siehe unten!
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English version:

Illustrator Tipp > WIDTH TOOL: When I’m using any lines as shown on my Illustration below, I usually use the Width Tool. The Width Tool in Adobe Illustrator is ideal to give your lines character: select the line and drag with the mouse to define the width of your choice.

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Deutsche Version:

Illustrator Tip > BREITEN-WERKZEUG: Wenn ich bei meinen Illustrationen (siehe unten) verschiedene Linienstärken benutze, dann benutze ich das Breiten-Werkzeug. Das Breitenwerkzeug in Adobe Illustrator ist ideal um einer simplen Linie einen Pinsel-Charakter zu geben: die Linie anklicken und mit der Maus ZIEHEN bis die Linie breiter wird.

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Miriam Selmi Reed represented and licensed by Illustration Source - Courtesy of Illustration Source

Miriam Selmi Reed represented and licensed by Illustration Source – Courtesy of Illustration Source

View the artists’s homage on the topic: COMMUNITY

Miriam Selmi Reed is represented by Illustration Source, New York City. Portfolio and contact: Illustration Source NYC

Illustration technique: watercolor, acrylic and pencil combined with digital mixed media using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.Copyright by Illustration Source, New York City.

Illustrations-Technik: Aquarell, Acryl mit Farbstift, gemischt mit Adobe Photoshop und Illustrator. Copyright by Illustration Source, New York City.

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Your source for commissioned illustration: ORIGINAL ART STUDIOS in New York City.

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Portfolio Original Art Studios, New York City: MIRIAM SELMI REED

How to draw in Illustrator

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Adobe Illustrator is primarily a vector based design tool to draw clean shapes and to create resizable Logos. Whereas Photoshop is raster based and therefore pixel dependent, Illustrator is using vector shapes made out of anchor points.

Therefore the Pen Tool in Illustrator is ideal to draw paths with anchor points:
With a simple mouse CLICK, you are setting corner anchor-points. If you are clicking AND dragging with the mouse at the same time, you’ll get round anchor-points with levers, with those are round corner points and curves possible.

The Pen Tool is ideal to draw closed shapes. It’s easy! Draw your shape while setting your points until you reach the first anchor-point again; select it to close the shape and choose a fill color.

PenTool

Video Tutorial for beginners:

The Pencil Tool draws lines which you can combine with the Width Tool.
To open the options for the Pencil Tool: Double click the Pencil Tool icon in the tool sidebar. The same way you may open the Brush options if needed.

The Pencil Tool is ideal to draw lines. If you do need to close the open path into a shape;
you either have to select both end-points and go under Menu > Object > Path > Join or use the shortcut ctrl+J for PC / command+J for Mac.

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Video Tutorial for beginners:

The Width Tool in Adobe Illustrator CS6 is ideal to give your line a Brush stroke character: select the line and drag with the mouse until the line becomes wider.

WidthTool

The Pen Tool and Pencil Tool are both ideal to draw clean shapes and lines. The Width Tool can help to simulate a brush line. Although to achieve structures and water color effects; the Brush Tool would be a better choice!

The Brush Tool and its options are easily to find under Menu > Window > Brushes.
On the bottom of the Brush-Option, you may find the icon for the Adobe Brush Library with all kinds of artistic brushes.

Brushes

How to create your own Brushes or alter existing Brushes in the Adobe Library, will be shown in a future tutorial.
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Additional tutorials for advanced users:
Drawing in Illustrator for advanced users