Line Segment Tool Illustrator | Illustrator Cc | Line Tools | 04 Line Segment Tool

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Illustrator Cc | Line Tools | 04 Line Segment Tool


At this point, you should have two layers. You should have guidelines and line art, and you should have a perfect four quadrant cut out guidelines. We’re going to be using our line tools, so I’m gonna hold down on the line and pull this little sub panel out, and I want my line segment tool to be active and we’re going to start and we’re gonna draw kind of a factory, all right, using just lines, so we’re gonna have a slope building some smokestacks and Windows stuff like that, so I want a roof with a series of three kind of sloping roofs, so I’m going to come from the intercept here in the middle. Right right in the middle, Smart guides are on Intersect and I’m gonna hold shift, so I can do this at a perfect 40 degree angle and I’m gonna drag out and I want a two inch roof, right so I can drag out like that. I also want to make sure that I have no fill, but my stroke. My stroke is black, all right, and I want to be able to see that line better, so I’m going to make my stroke a little bit thicker like five points and then with the selection tool, I can click off and I have that two inch line at a 45 degree angle. Remember you can also? I’m just gonna delete it for a minute to show you the other way. I can have the line segment tool and I can click right here. I want to be really precise. Make sure it says 2 inches 45-degree angle click. OK, and it will make it exactly that I want to draw a nother one, so I’m gonna command Click right, so I have the line tool if I command. If the command key, it gets me the black arrow. It gets me the last tool used last while I use before the line to us a selection tool, so without having to switch tools, I’m just going to temporarily switch to the command tool command, and I’m gonna click off anywhere, not touching the line that deactivates the line. You can also hit escape. I do command click. That’s what I got in the habit of doing. I want to draw a new line going from here to here. Alright, so right at that anchor. And then I’ll hold shift and I’m gonna drag down until I hit that guide. Alright, so I’m gonna be right on that guideline like that, and I’m gonna let go. It’s gonna give us. A little stack. Have a sloped kind of roof. I’m going to hit command to get that black arrow, and I’m gonna click and drag over these two lines, just a part of them just so they’re both highlighted. And you notice that that has selected both of those lines, okay. I want to hit the V key to get the black arrow or the selection tool and I want to make two copies of this, so I’m gonna click with the black arrow active both of them selected, and we can see the bounding box. And I’m gonna click. I’m gonna start dragging while I’m dragging. I’m gonna pause for a second. Hold the shift key. This is gonna make sure that it doesn’t move up or down and I want to move it right to our seat intersect. But I’m not letting go of anything yet because that wouldn’t move it. We’re making a copy so with another finger, we hold option and look at the cursor really quick. It changes from black to a black and white, and I’m gonna let go of the mouse before the keyboard and that drags over and creates a copy of those two lines. I want to do one more. I could do that again or as Im. Starting to learn illustrator, there’s another way there’s duplicate. What duplicate does is. It does the exact same move You just did which is copying these things. Move them over perfectly duplicate starts with a D. So our shortcut for that would be command duplicate, and that now gives us kind of three stacked kind of like you’ll see when it comes together like part of a roof. Okay, from here. We want to continue the sides of this building down. So what I’m gonna do is I’m gonna take my line tool and right at this intercept right there. I’m going to, whoops. I messed up on that. It’s still selected so command, click to click off, so no paths are selected. Now we take our line tool and right over that anchor. We’re going to hold shift, drag down and let’s go for. Let’s see 3.75 inches, Okay, 3.75 inches. I’m gonna take my white arrow. Which is the a tool for direct select and I’m going to click on the bottom of this line this Anchor. Point right here. Well, I’m holding shift. I’m going to drag down. Alright, so I’m gonna drag down. I’m going to hold shift after I start dragging. And since I have smart guides turned on, I’m gonna drag until I see a little square like that, Right, It lines me up exactly to have a little purple line to the left and is it. It has aligned itself exactly to the other anchor point. I’m gonna let go so now. We kind of have a side of a building or it kind of could look like maybe like Bart’s hair or something like that If you know the Simpsons anyhow, and we now have the start of a building. I want to create two smokestacks over here. So take my line tool again and right next to this, lets. See somewhere up here. Maybe something like that. You don’t have to be exact, but I’m gonna start right at the bottom here, and you can see with smart objects on it. Kind of gets me lined up soon as I hit the right spot. All right, the right level. It’s a little tricky boom, and then I’m gonna click and drag. Hold shift. Get a smoke stack. Let’s say we make this six and a half or somewhere thereabouts. You don’t have to be exact. Just get it close command, Click off, drag over. We’ll make our smoke stack one inch wide command, Click off new line. Hold the shift key. Come all the way down, using our smart guides and let go take our selection tool, which is V. Marquis select all three paths, right, one two and three and then we’re going to option drag that over while holding the shift key, so we can make a copy. I’m gonna go. I don’t know, one point one. Five, get it close. Close enough is fine. Let go the mouse before the keyboard. And now you have two smokestacks and this building. I think it’s too far apart, so I’m going to. With the selection tool. The black arrow highlight all of those and using the shift key and the arrow key. Move it over twice. Alright, get it closer to our other part of our building right now. We have a series of paths a series of lines. We can’t fill these in because they’re not connected. You see these and let me zoom in? I’m gonna take the zoom tool right here. All right, that’s the magnifying glass. I’m gonna click and drag just kind of went a little too far, but it’ll work. You don’t have to do that. I just want to show you this right here. See, that’s a path that’s a path. They’re not connected. That means technically, even though we can’t see it. There’s like a gap, they’re not connected. If you were to pour milk into this container, that’d be holes in the good in the corners. The milk would come out, right. Milk is like filth. So we need to close the corners. We need to close the gaps. We need to join these paths, so I’m gonna hit command zero to zoom back out with my selection tool. I’m going to highlight all right, highlight something like that, and I want to connect those paths so anything we’ve drawn is called an object, so if you were to look in the menu beyond our object and we know that lines our path and there’s this option to join right object, paths, join or command J. So what that is done and let me zoom in just so you can see you’ll notice that since we highlighted these two that that is now a corner, there’s not that little gap if I were to select it with the black arrow or actually here. Let’s do the white arrow. You can see that the line is now connected, so lets. Go ahead and do that for the rest command. J Command J. Command-j. And then I’m gonna command zero to zoom out if we were to pour milk in it. Fall out of the bottom. We don’t want that. We can draw a line or since those are lined up perfectly. We can let illustrator do. It’s magic! I want to highlight these two paths. I don’t want to highlight that third. One, it’s gonna mess us up. I just wanna highlight these two. All right, I’m clicking and dragging over them, so they’re both selected command. J puts a line in for us. Nice and easy here command. J connects our path. Lastly, we want to reverse the fill and the stroke. So right, now we have a black stroke and a no fill. That’s what the red line means. No fill, so we want no stroke in a black fill. Easiest way to do that is over here on the left on the toolbar. There is this little arrow, says swap fill and stroke. Or if you look at the shortcut key, it says shift. X, so I swap it now. We have the black fill and no stroke. If I were to click on this object, I can do shift X, which is swapped and now we have a black fill, no stroke and two smokestacks.