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Inking in Adobe Illustrator Part I

Inking in Adobe Illustrator Part I

Use the Rectangle tool to draw in your panels (for simplicity, my demo here only has one panel). If your panels have an irregular shape, you can also use the other shape tools or the pen tool.

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Getting Started

Create a new document in Illustrator. Place your sketch by going to File–>Place.

In the resulting window, find your sketch file, check the box that says “Template,” then click Okay.

Your sketch will be placed at the center of your document at 50% transparency on a locked layer.

Creating Your Panels

1. Select the Rectangle tool. Draw a rectangle that covers your document.

2. Make sure you have a stroke on your box, and no fill (so you can see your sketch underneath).

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3. Use the Rectangle tool to draw in your panels (for simplicity, my demo here only has one panel). If your panels have an irregular shape, you can also use the other shape tools or the pen tool.

4. When you are finished, Select All (Command+A) to select all your shapes. Then go to the Pathfinder window. If you do not see it, go to Window–>Pathfinder. Find the button that says “Exclude overlapping shape areas” and click on it.

5. All of the shapes you’ve drawn will now be combined into one shape. Thicken the stroke and change the fill color to white (or black, for a “frame” look). You can see that your panels have been cut out of your larger rectangle shape, so you can see your sketches in all the panels.

6. If you need to tweak the size or position of your panels, use the Direct Selection tool (the white arrow) and click on the center of the panel. Then use the free transform tool to modify it.

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