How to Use the Shape Builder Tool in Adobe Illustrator: Design Tips Post #8
How to Use the Shape Builder Tool in Adobe Illustrator
Welcome to our 8th installment of LabelValue.com’s Design Mini-Series. A series of design-focused blog posts giving you helpful tips, tricks and insight from our team of graphic designers.
If you have missed any of our previous Design Mini-Series Posts you can view them here:
- Week 1: How to Trace Objects with the Pen Tool
- Week 2: How to Equally Duplicate a Shape Around A Circle
- Week 3: How to Link and Embed Images
- Week 4: How to use the Align Tool in Adobe Illustrator
- Week 5: How to Set up Document Bleeds in Adobe Illustrator
- Week 6: How to Create a Clipping Mask using Adobe Illustrator
- Week 7: How to Type on a Circle Using the Path Tool in Adobe Illustrator
Through the past 8 weeks we have explored various options and tools Adobe Illustrator can perform. Using these design tutorials along with strong design principles, you can create excellent labels that will capture the attention of many potential consumers.
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Part 8: Using The Shape Builder Tool
For Part 8 of our Design Mini-Series, we will explore the Shape Builder Tool. The Shape Builder tool is a powerful function within Illustrator that allows you to subtract and add to simple shapes to create more complex shapes. Any combination of shapes can be used; shapes created with the pen tool, circles, squares, rectangles, etc.
It is important to note that any strokes must be expanded before being able to be combined with the Shape Builder Tool.
Now that we understand the basics of the Shape Builder Tool, let’s start creating something with it! For this tutorial, we will be using the Shape Builder Tool to create a simplistic label for a plant nursery. This will be going on a square label that a potential customer could easily customize to place on all of their sold plants and trees. For the purpose of this tutorial we will use the generic name of “Bluebird Botanical Nursery.”
We will be using Adobe Illustrator CC, be sure to check your version of Illustrator to make sure the Shape Builder Tool is supported.
Getting yourself familiar with the shape builder tool can greatly improve not only your design, but the speed at which you can create complex shapes and illustrations. We hope this tutorial proved useful and easy to follow instructions. Have any feedback, or need an answer to a design question you have? E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org, address the e-mail to “Graphics Team,” and we will get back to you with an answer shortly.
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