N.S.L: WEEK 165 – Adobe Illustrator CC 2014 “Appearance Panel Basics”

Back to basics! The Appearance Panel is the backbone of Adobe Illustrator.

Adobe Illustrator CC 2014

Appearance Panel Basics

This is the place you go to find out what is going on with your artwork and you can also edit your artwork from this panel.


In the video above, we start off with the basics and end on some more intermediate techniques. I’ll show you how to navigate the panel, make some changes to your appearance, and even adding effects.


Design in Adobe Illustrator
Adding multiple strokes and changing looks in Appearance Panel

For this weeks exercise I focused on adding multiple strokes at different sizes to get the hang of how the panel works. You can do the same with Fills, but they’re a little bit more tricky. In the video I ended up using a gradient fill on top of a solid fill and got them to interact with each other by playing with the Opacity and Blend Modes.


I really like this approach because I find my objects are easier to manage, my file sizes are smaller and it makes editing my objects a lot easier. You can make some super elaborate appearances by adding different types of effects but I’ll get to that in the weeks to come =)


Checkout: SebastianBleak.Tumblr


Twitter: @SebastianBleak #AdobeGrind #NSL #WacomWED  Images looked best on FireFox when this post was created.


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