Drawing is a common method for making different designs, arts, and illustrations. Everyone starts drawing on paper. But being a designer as we grow up, we need software that can help us well to Draw and save our drawings so that we can use them whenever we want.
Adobe Illustrator is the best software that also offers different drawing tools. These tools help to fasten the work and you can work efficiently.
If you are new or don’t have any idea to Draw in Illustrator then don’t worry. We are here to help you. In this tutorial, we are going to tell you how to Draw in Illustrator with step-by-step guidelines.
So Let’s Start.
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Which tools can be used to Draw in Illustrator
There is a variety of tools available in Adobe Illustrator that can be used to draw. You can draw freehand easily with these tools in Illustrator.
- Pencil Tool
- Pen Tool
How to Draw in Illustrator
Draw any shape or design using Pencil Tool, Pen Tool in Adobe Illustrator.
Illustrator How to Draw
In Adobe Illustrator, you can draw with different tools. The Pencil Tool can help to make smooth lines as you draw them. The paintbrush tool fills the drawing easily. The Pen tool can also help to make outlines.
As you are new to Drawing in Illustrator, you can place the image that you want to draw first on the artboard and draw by making its sketch. So that you can learn more efficiently and quickly.
Placing Image on Artboard
Click & drag the image from its location.
Place it on the artboard.
This is the quickest method to place any image in Illustrator.
Embed the Image
If the image appears with cross lines, it means the image is with its link.
To embed it go to Properties > Embed.
As you embed, two cross lines will disappear from the image.
Reduce Image Opacity
Select the image with the Selection Tool.
Go to Properties > Appearance > Opacity and reduce it to 20%.
Here is the image after reducing opacity. Now we can draw easily and the drawing will appear clearly on the top of the image.
On the right side of your workspace, go to Layers > Lock the image.
Here we have locked the image so that when we draw the image remains locked in its place.
Draw using Pencil Tool
First of all, we are using the Pencil Tool to draw in Illustrator. “Pencil Tool” can help to draw as you draw on the paper. The pencil is the basic drawing tool that every designer starts with.
From the left toolbar right click on the Paintbrush Tool, from the list select Pencil Tool. You can also “N” from the keyboard to use Pencil Tool.
Make sure to set the Stroke color first. So that, when you draw the draw, appears on the artboard. Otherwise, there will be nothing visible after drawing.
To set the Stroke go to Properties > Appearance > Stroke > Select any color.
We have selected the Green Stroke color so that it is visible.
Start drawing by left click and start drawing as we draw with a normal pencil.
Here is what it looks like after drawing.
Draw with Pen Tool
Pen Tool can also be used to draw in Adobe Illustrator. You can create smooth curved lines with the Pen Tool but you should know the right way to make curved lines.
Step 1: From the left toolbar grab the Pen Tool. You can also press “P” from the keyboard to use the Pen Tool.
Step 2: Click first at the area from where you want to start drawing.
As you click, the Anchor point will be added.
How to Draw a Curved Line in Illustrator
Step 3: Now click at the second place to add the second anchor point, but don’t release the click.
Drag the line and move it to make a curved line that can adjust the rounding edge of the cup.
Note: Don’t release the left click button while dragging to make a curved line.
When you are done, release the Click.
As you can see that the pen line is still curved.
Click on the second anchor point that you have already created so that the roundness ends there.
Now it’s the straight line.
Now trace it completely to make a full drawing of the cup.
Here is the drawing after completing it.
You have Learned to Draw in Illustrator.
In this tutorial, you have learned to draw in Adobe Illustrator. Drawing is the basis of graphic designing. Many designers first sketch their design and then make it a completely colorful and bright design. In this way, a designer can know what to add to the design to make it look perfect.
There are many drawings tool available. But Pen and Pencil tools are most commonly used to Draw in Illustrator. You can use a pen or pencil tool to draw before you make a complete design.
You can also watch the complete video tutorial to learn how to draw in Illustrator that is given at the start.
Have More Questions?
If you have any questions related to drawing in Illustrator, you can ask in the comment section below.
How to Freehand Draw in Illustrator
In Adobe Illustrator, you can draw freehand using the Pencil Tool.
You can select the Pencil tool under the Paintbrush Tool from the left toolbar. The shortcut key to select Pencil Tool is N in Adobe Illustrator.
How to Draw Characters in Illustrator
In Adobe Illustrator, any character can be drawn easily by using the Pen, Pencil Tool and combining different shapes as well.
If you combine different shapes to make a character, then you must use the Shape Builder Tool to remove the line that is not needed inside the Character.
How to Draw in Illustrator with Mouse
The mouse can be used to draw in Illustrator with the help of the Pen and Pencil Tool. Grab the Pen or Pencil Tool and draw freehand by making different anchor points then setting those anchor points as a drawing by adding some fill colors and stroke colors.
How to Draw a Straight Line in Illustrator
A line can be drawn by using the Line Segment tool that is under the Rectangle Tool in Adobe Essential mode.
In Adobe Essential Classic mode you can find the line segment tool in the Toolbar as a main Tool. You can also press \ from the keyboard to use the Line Segment Tool.
Press and hold the Shift key while drawing a line and the line will be straight in Illustrator. Read the complete tutorial about drawing a straight line in Illustrator here: How to Draw a Straight Line in Illustrator.