Adobe Illustrator tips and tricks: the best advice and shortcuts

Adobe Illustrator is a complete application specialized in the creation of vector illustrations. It was launched in 1987 by Adobe Systems. This software lets the user handle files in PDF, EPS, SVG, or AI format. Its interface is based on the concept of the work table, showing a canvas where you can add objects, texts, or images. Currently, you must pay a monthly or annual subscription to use it.

Illustrator is part of the Adobe Creative Cloud, a suite of graphic design and video editing tools. Some of them are, in addition to Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, or Premiere Pro. All of them are mainly used in professional environments.

Given the complexity of using Adobe Illustrator, we have written some articles that will let you take your first steps with it. Therefore, we explain how to use this application, focusing on the key points of its interface. We also explain what exactly Illustrator is and what it is used for, how you can install it on your computer, and how to activate it correctly to use it without limitations. We also focus on basic tools, such as the pen, to tell you how to apply it in your projects, and we tell you in detail what a vector file is. Finally, we propose the best alternatives, some of them free, that you can find today to Adobe Illustrator to install on your PC.

As we have already mentioned, Adobe Illustrator is a paid application. However, the company lets the user use it for seven days free of charge. This way, you can evaluate whether it meets your needs or not. If you wish to obtain its installer safely and reliably, click on the link on this page.

How to activate Adobe Illustrator

Adobe Illustrator is a highly complex software, mainly focused on professional use. As usual in this type of product, this tool is fee-based. Although Adobe offers you the possibility to use it for seven days to evaluate its features, after that time, you will have to pay a subscription fee. By doing so, Adobe will activate Illustrator, which will allow you to continue using it.

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How to crop an image with Adobe Illustrator

In Adobe Illustrator, you have several tools to help you crop images. The first one lets you select a rectangular area and delete the rest of the content. First, select the image and open the Object menu. There, click on Crop Image.

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What is Adobe Illustrator and what's it for?

Adobe Illustrator is a graphic design application. It is focused on vector file management, letting the user create, modify, and export files in AI, SVG, PDF, or EPS format. It is based on the "work table" concept, which includes a canvas on which objects, images, and text, can be added. This is an application developed by Adobe, owner of other well-known design applications such as Photoshop. Its first version was released in 1987.

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What is a vector in Adobe Illustrator

A vector image is a file type that uses various mathematical attributes to graphically display different geometric shapes. They include lines and polylines, polygons, circles and ellipses, text, and bezigons. Some of the data that a vector file holds are shape, position, radius, or line thickness. This type of graphics is completely different from bitmaps, which are made up of pixels. To display vector files on the screen, devices translate mathematical formulas into bitmaps. Vectors have been present in the world of computing since the beginnings in the 1950s.

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How to use the Pen tool in Adobe Illustrator

The pen tool lets you design custom shapes with straight and curved lines. It is also perfect for creating a specific selection on an image and cropping that section. If you want to create shapes with straight lines, use the pen. It is located in the Illustrator tools area.

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How to install Adobe Illustrator

To start the installation of Adobe Illustrator, the first step is to download its installation file in EXE format. You can use the download link on this page. You will be redirected to the Adobe Illustrator tab on Malavida. There, click on Download.

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How to use Adobe Illustrator

Adobe Illustrator is a powerful software. It is difficult to cover all its functions in a single article, as some of them are too specific or complex. Below, we will show you how you can get started with Adobe Illustrator and the basic elements of its interface.

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How to vectorize an image with Illustrator

To vectorize an image with Adobe Illustrator, just follow the instructions below. First, open the file you want to vectorize. You can use the File menu, and then, the Open option. Then, simply select your image in the file explorer. You can also drag the file to the work area. In any case, when you have loaded your image into Adobe Illustrator, open the Window menu.

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The best Adobe Illustrator alternatives for PC

When we talk about vector graphics, there is a name that immediately comes to mind, Adobe Illustrator. However, the truth is that there is a wide variety of alternatives, in some cases, free and open-source, that will help you create your logos, icons, or publications with the most common functionalities. The vector graphics files, encapsulated in the famous SVG file, are capable of storing infinitely scalable images without losing quality. Of course, the fact that Adobe Illustrator is the undisputed leader has made it almost a standard software. However, if you think it is time to make a change, these 5 alternatives may be perfect for you.

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March 24, 2021. Translated by Manuel Sánchez