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10 Adobe Illustrator Tools Designers Love to Use

Adobe Illustrator is a graphic design software primarily used for creating vector graphics. Adobe Illustrator is used to craft logos, graphics, cartoons, and fonts. When combined with the companion Photoshop, designers can produce high-quality, photo-realistic layouts. Illustrator’s robust features and seamless compatibility with Adobe products make it the leading vector image editor.

The most useful Adobe Illustrator tools every designer must know and use include:

• Ruler: The Ruler feature in illustrator helps you to place and measure objects in an artboard with accuracy. Illustrator offers you separate rulers for diverse documents and. By default, the Ruler remains hidden from view until revealed with the keyboard shortcut,

• Blend Tool: The Blend tool in Adobe illustrator allows you to blend objects together. Helpful in creating and distributing shapes evenly between objects, this tool permits you to blend two open paths as well, allowing for multiple color blends.

• Offset Path: This powerful feature is extremely helpful in creating graphics. Use it to create a larger copy of an existing object or when you want to simply outline shapes. This tool works by pushing the path of a selected object towards outer boundaries, resulting in a larger version underneath the object.

• Clipping Mask: The Clipping Mask tool works on the same principle as the conventional Film mask. The use of this handy tool gives you the ability to hide the area outside of the mask. Adobe Illustrator allows you to hide parts of objects with a clipping mask, edit the clipping mask, edit paths within a clipping set, add or remove an object from masked artwork, and release objects from a clipping mask.

• Artboards Panel: The Artboard Panel in Illustrator allows designers to set the orientation and rearrange artboards. Artboards are essential to streamlining the design process as it provides an efficient area to lay out designs. The Artboards can be used as crop areas and for creating multiple page PDFs, printed pages with different sizes or different elements, independent elements for websites, video storyboards and much more.

• Layers Panel: This tool helps designers to list, organize, and edit objects in a document. It designates the power to create a detailed composition made of smaller elements. You can easily identify and adjust different sections of the artwork. You have the power to lock, hide, rename, and reposition each layer, giving you a better view and understanding of your creation.

• Pathfinder Panel: The Pathfinder Panel helps you combine multiple objects using interaction modes. When you use preset Pathfinder effects, you can’t edit the interactions between objects. Unite, Subtract, Intersect, and Exclude are some options of the Pathfinder Panel that enable you to create new and interesting shapes.

• Align Panel: The Align Panel helps you align an object to the Artboard and distribute multiple shapes at specific distances.

• Grid: This is the most indispensable tool of Adobe Illustrator. It allows you to create better compositions. The Rectangular Grid tool creates rectangular grids, while the Polar Grid helps in creating concentric circles of a specified size. Together, these options work to create engaging designs built around balance and symmetry.

• Pixel Grid: Illustrator allows users to opt for a special option, Snap to Grid, that allows you to snap each object to the Grid. This creates a straight-forward design flow and saves on time. The tool leads to the creation of intuitive compositions with the help of the underlying grid line structure to gradually snap every shape to space gaps of varying size.

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