How To Work Adobe Illustrator

For the design enthusiast or the creative professional, Adobe Illustrator is a must-have tool in your software arsenal. This vector graphics editor allows you to create and edit images, logos, icons, typography, and complex illustrations for any medium, be it print or digital. Let us walk you through the basics of working with Adobe Illustrator.

1. Getting Started

Before you can start creating, you need to have Adobe Illustrator installed on your computer. You can download it from the Adobe Website. Once you have it installed, open the application.

2. Understanding the User Interface

Illustrator’s interface may seem intimidating at first, but it is pretty straightforward once you get the hang of it. The main components are the Tools Panel, the Control Panel, and the Document Window.

3. Creating a New Document

Go to File > New or press Ctrl+N (for Windows) or Cmd+N (for Mac) to create a new document. A dialog box will appear where you can set the parameters for your document such as width, height, color mode, and resolution.

4. Working with Tools

The Tools Panel houses a variety of tools for creating and editing your artwork. To use a tool, click on its icon in the Tools Panel. For example, the Selection tool (V) is used to select entire objects or groups, while the Direct Selection tool (A) is used to select individual anchor points or paths.

5. Layers

Illustrator uses layers to help you manage complex artwork. To create a new layer, go to the Layers panel, click the Create New Layer button, and name it. You can lock a layer to prevent it from being edited by clicking the Lock icon next to the layer’s name.

    //To create a new layer
    var doc = app.activeDocument; //Reference to the active document
    var newLayer = doc.layers.add(); //Adds a new layer = "My New Layer"; //Names the new layer

6. Saving Your Work

Once you’re happy with your artwork, go to File > Save or press Ctrl+S (for Windows) or Cmd+S (for Mac) to save your work. Illustrator offers several formats to save your work in, such as .ai (Adobe Illustrator), .pdf, .eps, .svg, and more.


This post has only scratched the surface of what you can do with Adobe Illustrator. There’s a lot more to explore, including advanced tools and techniques, as well as a multitude of Illustrator tutorials available on the web. Happy designing!