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Time-Saving Tips Using Illustrator

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Get time-saving tips to speed up your Illustrator workflow and build more precise and flexible artwork.

Saving time on routine tasks in Illustrator CC means you have more time reserved for creativity. Learn time-saving tips and tricks to speed up your Illustrator workflow and build more precise and flexible artwork that can be easily adapted to meet client needs. Adobe Certified Instructor Chad Chelius shows how to invoke commands with keyboard shortcuts, build layer efficiencies into your artwork, save selections, and reuse artwork by duplicating objects and leveraging symbols. Plus, learn how to create swatches, styles, and libraries that you can use globally, in any Illustrator file you open, and work more efficiently with objects and type.


  • Save time and boost creativity with Illustrator
  • What you need to know
1. Shortcuts
  • Illustrator tool shortcuts
  • Pen tool shortcuts
  • Duplicate objects
  • Draw shapes with control
2. Efficiencies
  • Save and use custom views
  • Select objects
  • Save selections
  • Isolation mode
  • Work with object stroke and fill
  • Global swatches
  • Graphic styles
  • Creative Cloud libraries
3. Work with Objects
  • Transform objects
  • Align and distribute objects
  • Layer efficiencies
  • The Width tool
  • The Appearance panel
  • Symbols
  • Blend tricks
  • Puppet Warp tool
  • Drawing modes
  • Create a ring chart
  • Create a donut chart
  • Create a 3D object
4. Typographic Tips
  • Types of type in Illustrator
  • Adjust type properties
  • Type on a path
  • Next steps

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Chad Chelius


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