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Adobe Illustrator Tips N Tricks 2023

Okay I clicked when I should have clacked and everything went haywire. It doesn’t happen very often and I can fix it. But here is the problem, I can’t remember how I fixed it last time. So I have to research the question again. I have to find the answer again.

Well, I have a better idea. I am going to create this blog post instead. It is going to be an ongoing post project. This way I will not have to research the questions each and every time the problem comes up.

And the best part, you will benefit as well.

In these Tips N Tricks I am going to include the things that I did right and the things that I did wrong. This way you will understand why something isn’t working. The purpose of these Tips N Tricks is not only to help you with your work flow and learn new things, but to also reduce the frustration found in so many other tutorials that leave things out of their instructions.

Adobe Illustrator Workspace - User Interface is White

This is annoying. I like working in Adobe Illustrator with a gray User Interface. But sometimes I open a file and the User Interface is White.

Sometimes this happens because it is the way the file is uploaded. But there are also times when I clicked on something and didn’t realize it. Either way, it needs to be fixed.

I will usually start by checking the User Interface itself. You can find the User Interface by going to the top tool bar.

Edit  – Preferences – User Interface

This will open a separate dialog box. This is where you find all the setting for customizing your User Interface in your Illustrator Workspace.

See Pic Below for Clarification.

Adobe Illustrator Tips N Tricks 2023 - Edit User Preferences

Editing the preferences in the User Interface does not always solve the problem. When this happens, you need to check to see if there is a White Overprinting Issue.

This is a very easy fix. It just has a fancy name and sounds intimidating.

Go to the top tool bar and select View. Now look for the word “Overprint Preview”.

When there is a check beside the Overprint Preview, you will see the White Background. When this is unchecked, then you will be able to see the User Interface that you selected in your Preferences under User Interface.

See Pic Below for Clarification.

Adobe Illustrator Tips N Tricks 2023 - Overprint Preview

Adobe Illustrator Guides

Did you know that any path can be turned into a Guide in Adobe Illustrator? Yes, it is very easy to do.

Select that path that you wish to turn into a guide.

Right Click – Select Make Guides from the drop down menu.

Quickly turn any path into a guide with this Adobe Tips N Tricks.

There are times when I right click on the path and I am not getting the right drop down menu.

Check out the pic below. In both cases I right clicked. But I got two different drop down boxes.

Take notice of the examples in the pic. In one image you can see the anchor points and in the other image you can’t see any anchor points.

I believe this is happening because the path isn’t selected.

See Pic Below.

Quickly turn any path into a guide with this Adobe Tips N Tricks.

Before I move on to the next Tips N Tricks, I want to look at the Guide Settings for a moment.

The Guide Settings are found in the Preference Panel. The Preference Panel is located in the Toolbar at the top of your workspace.

From the side menu you will selection Guides and Grids.

Color for your Guides and Grids are controlled from this panel and specific to the entire document.

There are a couple of options here that I would like to point out.

The Guides and Grids do not have to be the same color. You can set your Guides to be 1 color and your Grids to be another. I like doing this because I don’t get the confused, especially when I am zoomed in.

The other thing that you can do from this tool panel is set your Grids to be lines or dots. But this is going to be an either or scenario on any given document. These preferences apply to all the Guides and Grids.

So have fun with this Tips N Tricks, I know that it comes in handy when I am trying to get my work done.

Creating a Two Color Path is quick and easy with Adobe Tips N Tricks.

Add Two or More Colors to a Path

When I first saw this Adobe Tips N Tricks I thought that it would be as simple as using the Direct Selection Tool, selecting the path, and then recoloring that path. It didn’t work. Even using the Direct Selection tool, I wasn’t able to isolate a specific portion of the path to recolor just that section. But then I came across this tips n tricks and it is a great way to turn any path into two or more colors.

The first thing that  you are going to want to do is create the desired path and duplicate it.

To duplicate, I selected the entire path, Ctrl / Cmd C to copy.
Then I did Ctrl / Cmd F to paste in front.

Notice in the pic below that I have turned off the bottom layer. I did this by turning off the “eyeball” for that layer.

Creating a Two Color Path is quick and easy with Adobe Tips N Tricks.

With the bottom copy of the path hidden, I can modify the top copy.

This tips n tricks involves using the Direct Section Tool. This will allow you to select the anchor points that  you wish to delete, thereby modifying the path.

While I have tried shift clicking and selecting both anchor point, then hitting the delete key, I usually have more luck deleting the anchor point one at a time.

Creating a Two Color Path is quick and easy with Adobe Tips N Tricks.

Once you have the segment that you are wanting to recolor, it is just a matter of selecting a new color.

Once the segment is recolored, just turn on the bottom layer using the “layer eyeball” and watch the impressive magic happen.

Creating a Two Color Path is quick and easy with Adobe Tips N Tricks.

With this awesome Tips N Tricks, you have not created a multi-colored path. I am in love with this Tips N Tricks.

The final step to this process is to Group the Paths together so that they can be moved and resized as a group. This isn’t necessary, it just makes life easier.

Creating a Two Color Path is quick and easy with Adobe Tips N Tricks.

If you are wanting more than 2 colors, just repeat the process however many times you need to get the desired number of colors.

Global Colors

The benefit to using Global Colors is that you can change a single color in an entire document with one click.

The tricks n tips for Global Colors is simply. You just need to assign a color as a Global Color BEFORE you use it in the document.

You can get to Global Colors from the Swatch Option Panel.

See Pic Below.

Understand the Swatch Tool Panel with this Adobe Tips N Tricks.

When you open the Swatch Option Panel, there are several things that you can do.

You can change the name of the Swatch.

You can assign the Swatch as a Global Color.

You can adjust the Color Mode and the HEX Code.

You can also preview your changes. I like keeping the preview boxed checked and find it very helpful.

Just remember to always click on the OK Tab to save any changes.

Okay, now what happens if you double clicked and the Swatch Option Panel doesn’t open.

That will happen when you click in the wrong area.

See Pic Below.

Understand the Swatch Tool Panel with this Adobe Tips N Tricks.

Double clicking on the name of the swatch is a very good way of changing the name. It is not necessary to open the Swatch Option Panel if this is the only thing that  you want to do.

Deleting Anchor Points

This Tips N Tricks is about  deleting anchor points on a closed shape.

For this you can use either the Direct Selection Tool or the Delete Anchor Point Tool. These 2 tools each achieve a different result. Therefore it is important to know the difference between them.

Let’s start by looking at 2 different shapes.

See Pic Below.

Know the difference, deleting anchor points can create either an open shape or a closed shape with this Adobe Tips N Tricks.

Both of these tools for this Tips N Tricks can be found in the side Tool Bar. For the Selection Tool and the Direct Selection, notice the difference in the color of the arrow.

Know the difference, deleting anchor points can create either an open shape or a closed shape with this Adobe Tips N Tricks.

Adobe Mosaic

Are you familiar with Mosaic Designs? This next Tips N Tricks can take any photo and turn it into a Mosaic. You will be amazed at just how easy it is.

So why would you want to use the Mosaic Design Feature?

Aside from the obvious reason of turning a image into a mosaic, there are a couple of reasons why you would want to use this feature. Most of the time I use it when I want to create swatches. It is a real easy way of isolating all the colors in a picture without having to hunt and peck with the eye dropper tool. It just makes finding and creating swatches a lot easier.

Yes, it is possible to use the swatches panel and create swatches from an image, but usually goes overboard so I tend to stick to the mosaic feature for making swatches.

Before using the Mosaic Feature, you need to Rasterize.

This is done by selecting the image, Object – Rasterize.

See Pic Below.

Create stunning Mosaic Designs with this Adobe Tips N Tricks. Learn the difference between Rasterized and Non Rasterized Photos.

Be aware that if you select multiple images and then Object Rasterize, that those images will be rasterized as a GROUP and you will not be able to work on them separately. This is one of those Tips N Tricks that I found this out the hard way.

See Pic Below.

Create stunning Mosaic Designs with this Adobe Tips N Tricks. Learn the difference between Rasterized and Non Rasterized Photos.
Create stunning Mosaic Designs with this Adobe Tips N Tricks. Learn the difference between Rasterized and Non Rasterized Photos.
Create stunning Mosaic Designs with this Adobe Tips N Tricks. Learn the difference between Rasterized and Non Rasterized Photos.
Create stunning Mosaic Designs with this Adobe Tips N Tricks. Learn the difference between Rasterized and Non Rasterized Photos.

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I will be adding more Tips N Tricks shortly.

So be sure to check back often. You never know what I am going to discover in my daily adventures. But it is usually something interesting.

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