If you’re new to Adobe Illustrator, the first thing you would need to familiarize yourself with are the tools. They may seem very alien to you right now, but this quick guide will help give you a clearer view of what each tool is and what they’re used for.
As there are so many tools, I’m splitting up the tutorial into 6 parts so that it gives you time to digest and practice
1. The first most basic tool is the Selection Tool.
2. The Direct Selection Tool
3. The Magic Wand Tool
If you’ve been using Photoshop, taking one look at this tool tells you that this is the magic wand tool. But don’t be mistaken. In Illustrator, its functions and uses are not at all the same as how you’d use it in Photoshop.
4. Lasso Tool
A helpful tool that lets you select areas of a complicated object quickly.
5. Pen Tool
The pen tool is probably the most intimidating tool for beginners, but it’s also one of the most valuable tools.
Since I want to make it as simple as possible for beginners, I’ll just provide the very basics of using the Pen tool for the time being. I will do another more detailed post on the Pen tool in the near future
6. Add Anchor Point Tool
7. Delete Anchor Point Tool
8. Convert Anchor Point Tool
Well, that’s it for the time being. In Part 2, we will cover the rectangle tool, the line segment tool, paintbrush and pencil tools as well as the blob and scissors tool. I’m also giving you the free vector bee for practice purposes. Download vector bee here.