Adobe Illustrator Tutorial with Wacom Tablet
In this Adobe Illustrator Tutorial for Beginners, we will be using our Wacom Tablet to practice using drawing in Illustrator. Pencil Tool is actually my preferred method of teaching a new user to Adobe Illustrator while using their Tablet. It is very user friendly since it has a two-step approach to adding variation with Brushes. I love workflows that start out with the direction “just trace it.” Marker Test: if I hand you a marker and said to trace your drawing in Illustrator?
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1. Open Brush Panel (Under View)
2. Click on Open Brush Library (Bottom Left Corner – Stack of Books Icon)
3. Select Other Library
4. Click on the Brush Set you want to use.
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The pencil tool is one of the easier tools to use and master with the tablet. It comes with a lot of other tools in the sub menu to help you out, but the main settings are enough with smoothing and keep selected on.
We will be keep selected turned on so we can join paths that are next to each other, especially corners. Just note that you can still join paths in the same manner but you just have to select them first to get the join icon by your pencil.
The keep selected is great for joining and corners but it does come with its issues if you don’t want paths to join. So a little trouble shooting is zoom in enough to see the start and finish of each stroke. I also go long with strokes to avoid unnecessary joining and to allow for line variation later.
Here are some of the Pencil Tool Options that I recommend. I will go through some of them so you can modify them depending on your drawing style.
The first slide bar is the Fidelity or Smoothing setting. This one is great for those of you who want to go fast and hate hitting Control/Command + Z (undo) all the time in other programs. This will clean up the line as you draw and will remove unnecessary anchor points.
The main 2 Options that I want to cover is the Keep Selected and Edit Selected Paths down at the bottom. This is so we can edit and join as we go. The ability to join helps a lot and allows us to get back corners that the smoothing will potentially round out. Notice the bottom and the within 0 (zero) pixels. This will remove the rewrite or auto correct which is pretty frustrating if you don’t want it.
1. The Direct Download will make it very easy to download the zipped brushes file. Simply Extract All of the contents and follow along with the rest of the video.
Open Other Library
2. In your Brushes Panel, Window – Brushes. In the Bottom Left Hand Corner you will see a Brushes Library icon that looks like books. Click on it and scroll down to Other Library. Open Brush Library from folder.
Adding Line Weight
3. Depending on your own Style or preference, I would recommend adding a little more line weight to your artwork. The mistake I see a lot of beginners make is keeping the line weight at 1pt.
4. We have 17 Brush Libraries in our folder. You can use any one of them during this tutorial. All you have to do is line up the thin edge which will be floating in space. The Thick ends will represent our values which will be merging into other areas and strokes.
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