What Is a Path in Illustrator?

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When it comes to Illustrator, a "Path" is a term used to describe one very particular aspect of the program. Learn about a path in Illustrator with help from a well-versed web, graphic and illustrative designer in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name is Alex Cecilio. I'm a graphic artist and I'm going to show you how to use the path in Illustrator. Now what the path is is the definition of your line of your illustration in Illustrator so I'm going to start by using the pen tool and you can use the line tool as well but the pen tool is usually what is more defining in your path. So for example, I'm going to draw two, well first you're going to want to go to the pen tool on the left of your screen here and there's a couple different ones and I'll tell you about those in a minute but I'm going to select that and you're just going to make two points but if you want it to be straight you can leave it the way it is, but if you want it to be bent, you can to the left will curve your line a little bit further left and to the right will curve it further right. So I'll make a curved shape and then I'll just close this shape off and make it something else for now. Okay, so if you join those two points, those two endpoints you can go into your fill panel and you can select a color. So I'm going to select turquoise and it will fill in your shape. Now suppose that your shape isn't closed off entirely, like this, and you still want it to be filled in, you just select the two anchor points that you want to be joined, go to object path join and it will join it and then you can select a color and it will fill. And there you have it. My name is Alex Cecilio and this is how you make a path in Illustrator. Thank you very much.


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