In this section, I cover the essentials of creating new graphics in Illustrator. You meet the various tools that create new graphics:
The basic shape tools that you use to whomp up stars, rectangles, ellipses, and so forth in a jiffy
The Pencil tool, your handy friend for drawing free-form lines (get it? — hand-y?)
The Line and Arc tools, which enable you to create quick and easy lines and curves
The Pen tool, which gives you the power to create lines and shapes with astonishing precision
The Brush tool for painting complex objects on-screen with ease
You also discover how to add solid colors, patterns, and gradients to your graphics. Finally, I slide you the skinny about some cool effects that you can create in Illustrator, such as fading out your artwork by using the Transparency feature; coloring a single piece of artwork with multiple colors, gradients, or patterns; and making your viewers’ eyes bug out with 3D effects that’ll have them wearing red and blue glasses.