February 17th, 2015

Today I continued chapter 7 of the Illustrator CC Essential Training course on Lynda.com.

The first thing I did was open the document. After that I selected the ellipse tool and I formed two circles. I changed the stroke of the circles to a blue color.


I made sure both circles were selected then I found the pathfinder tab in the right side panel and selected the option Unite.




I undid that and went back to just the original two circles. I selected them and went back to the pathfinder tab and chose the option to minus front. This got rid of the object in front.



After that I pressed cmd+z to undo. I then selected the original two circles again and went to the pathfinder tab and selected intersect. This eliminated everything outside of the point where the two shapes intersect each other.


I pressed cmd+z, selected both circles, went to the pathfinder tab and selected exclude. At first it looked like nothing really happened but then I reversed the fill and this is what happened:


After that I watched another video and learned how to work with the shape builder tool. I started with this document:


I zoomed in to the circles, selected them, then selected the shape builder tool. I clicked and dragged across the circles and by default this merged them.

circles merge

I pressed cmd+z to undo that. I selected the circles again and then selected the shape builder tool again, this time I pressed alt while I dragged across the front circle. This deleted what I dragged over.

Screen Shot 2015-02-17 at 9.13.59 AM


After that I moved over to the flower shaped piece of artwork:

Flower start

I selected the piece of artwork then selected the shape builder tool. I held down the alt key while dragging over parts of the art that I wanted to remove.



After that I went over to the logo and zoomed in on it:

raa shape builder

I selected the  group, right clicked, and chose ungroup. Then I selected the R. I pressed shift and also selected the A. I selected the shape builder tool and dragged a line where the R and A intersect. This made the A a grey color.

RAA grey

Other than that it doesn’t really look like anythings changed but if I click the R and go into isolation mode you can see that the part where the R was behind the A is now gone.




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