Tips to Avoid Common Illustrator Mistakes

Designers, including our team at MicroCreatives, usually work with Adobe products such as Photoshop and Illustrator. Whether you’re a beginner or you’ve been working with Adobe Illustrator all your life, there will still be instances that you will commit common mistakes. You may not be using the software properly for various reasons; one is that you already have your own method you follow that may deviate from the conventional way that Illustrator should be used. Whatever the reasons are, it is better to be aware of how to maximize its potential. To work better with Illustrator and to use it to its full potential, Creative Market gathered some of the most common Illustrator mistakes and provided tips to avoid them.

  1. Use layers – Layers are usually associated with Adobe Photoshop; although Illustrator also uses layers, but not every one of its users does. Illustrator’s layer management can be really useful when it comes to organizing documents along with the shapes within the document by grouping and layering.
  2. Organize your documents – With using Illustrator, it’s easy to keep documents organized to prevent work from slowing you down. Structure and name layers appropriately and meaningfully; keep any embedded or placed images in a folder close to the master document; and keep your artboard neat and tidy. Reducing clutter helps you to be more creative.
  3. Use the Pen Tool properly – Illustrator’s Pen Tool is as useful as it’s difficult to use. Get to know its functions and practice using it. When you have mastered the Pen Tool, you’ll be amazed to find out that it can trace all silhouettes and forge all paths easily. A cool way to practice your Pen Tool skills is by playing related online games like the Bézier Game.
  4. Make sure to use the right file type – Adobe Illustrator is only as good as the files you use it with. Save yourself from all the unnecessary headache by exporting your file in the right format. Always work with an eps; a gif or jpeg does not produce good resolutions. Furthermore, make sure to begin your work with a scalable vector file, and get used to the Save for Web options.
  5. Use the right brush – Depending on the Illustrator effect you’re looking to create, the software features scatter brushes, art brushes, and calligraphic brushes, and everything in between. Along with the built-in brushes, Illustrator also allows you to custom-create your own brushes. Help is also available online.

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