My design team is testing out a new format—”Visual Tutorials.” The goal is to use simplified visuals to communicate, instead of lots of text. We are currently testing a tutorial for masking an image in Illustrator. You can help us create the most effective content possible by following this link, looking at the tutorial, and giving us some feedback. This might be especially interesting to you if you are interested in topics of semiotics or illustration. Thanks!
Are you a person who prefers visuals in your instruction rather than a wall of words? If so, you’ll love this new visual tutorial from Adobe. Its an experiment we are trying for some of the most commonly asked “how to” questions. I think it will appeal to the people who love Lego and IKEA instructions. No words are necessary because the pictures say it all. Give it a try and let us know what you think!
This summer, I asked Adobe Digital Media intern Aron Bothman to create an animated tutorial on how to edit pdfs. Aron is a Character Animation major at Cal Arts. He decided to make a stop-motion animation using drawings he created on his white board. Believe it or not, this topic is the most requested “how to” search on Adobe.com. I think he did a beautiful job. It is simple, clean, and easy to follow. Please check out the result:
Learning creative tools should be fun! I just signed up to beta test a new learning game from Project Nimbus. It looks like a fun way to learn some common creative tools and concepts.
Here’s a friendly place to get your questions about Lightroom answered. Adobe has just launched the Lightroom for Beginners forum. It’s chock full of great info on how to get started. There are also lots of friendly people there who are waiting to answer your questions, no matter how basic.
Are you a Photoshop Beginner? There’s a friendly place for you too. Check out the Photoshop for Beginners forum.
Here’s something interesting! Looks like these folks are trying to make a learning game for Creative Cloud. Click here if you want to learn more.
Are you having trouble trying to make changes to a PDF form? One way to do this is to use the typewriter tool. So many people have asked Adobe about this that our digital media intern, Alec Molloy, created a short video tutorial, Editing Text with the Typewriter Tool, to teach you how. Check it out!
There are several ways to create an arrow using Illustrator CS6. Here are five different methods that will give you a wide variety of arrows to choose from:
- Using the Stroke Panel
- Using Symbols
- Using Glyphs
- Using Brushes
- Using Shapes
Using the Stroke Panel
In Illustrator CS6, turning any line into an arrow with arrowheads and tails is easy.
- Create any line (straight or curved) with two end points.
- With the line selected, open the Stroke panel by choosing Window > Stroke.
- Find the section titled “Arrowheads” and select your arrowhead and tail sections!
Below are some examples of arrows created using the Stroke panel:
- To use the preset symbols in Illustrator CS6, open the Symbols panel by choosing Window > Symbols.
- In the Symbols panel, open the fly-out menu, choose “Open Symbols Library” and open the Arrows Library.
- From there, just drag and drop your arrows onto your artboard.
Here are some examples of Arrow Symbols:
Note: When you make edits to the symbol on your artboard it will apply the change to the symbol in the library. To prevent this, right-click on the symbol you dragged out and click “Break Link to Symbol” before making any alterations to it.
- You can choose a typeface that contains special arrow characters. To see if a font contains arrow characters, choose Window > Type > Glyphs.
- Select the font at the bottom of the panel and scroll through the glyphs (characters) to search for arrows.
- Create a text box. Double-click the glyph you would like to use and it will appear in the text box.
- To convert the arrow from live text into a graphic icon, select your text box and choose Type > Create Outlines. Converting live text to outlines is important if you would like to edit the text in the same way that you edit objects. For example, you may want to alter the edge of a text character but cannot do so if you don’t convert to outlines.
Here are some examples of arrow glyphs in the typeface Zapf Dingbats:
- To use the arrow brushes, select Window > Brushes.
- In the panel fly-out menu, choose Open Brush Library > Arrows.
- There are three default arrow libraries in Illustrator CS6 (Special Arrows, Standard Arrows, Pattern Arrows). Open any of the libraries and select any arrow you desire.
- Use the Paintbrush tool and paint your arrow onto the artboard. The arrow will follow the motion of your brush.
Here are some examples of arrow created using the Brush Tool:
Creating your own custom arrows using shapes is very easy with the help of the Pathfinder tool. Here’s a basic example using simple shapes.
- Start by creating a rectangle and a triangle.
- Position the two so that they overlap slightly and make an arrow shape.
- Open the Pathfinder panel by choosing Window > Pathfinder. Select both shapes and choose Unite in the Pathfinder panel.
- The two pieces have united to become one! This same process can be used with any number of shapes that you create, so get creative!
There you have it… five simple methods to give you a variety of arrows for any of your designing needs! If you’d like to learn more about creating Arrows and Arrowheads using Illustrator CS6, check out these great resources:
- Add Arrowheads to Stroke
- Adobe Illustrator CS6 – Arrow Symbol Construction (Youtube video)
- Arrows & arrowheads in older versions of Illustrator
[Note from Luanne: This is a post from guest blogger, Michael Jarrott, one of the digital media interns working for me here at Adobe.]
Need to design an interactive form that contains check boxes, text fields, radio buttons, lists, etc? This tutorial is for you! Michael Jarrott, a digital media intern here at Adobe, has created a very cool tutorial that teaches how to make interactive pdf forms using InDesign CS6. This clever tutorial is actually an InDesign document that walks you through the process of creating these basic items for your form:
- Text form fields
- Radio buttons
- Check boxes
- Combo boxes
- List boxes
- Signature fields
- Submit buttons
You’ll find the tutorial here: Creating an Interactive Document with InDesign CS6. If you don’t have InDesign CS6, you can download a trial version here.
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