Would I presume too much if I were to say you could stand to work faster in Illustrator? I could—and I wrote the book on Illustrator, literally. Illustrator is a big program with lots of tools and features, but we all get stuck in our ways, don’t we? In this article, I really wanted to expose a bunch of time-saving features in Illustrator—some widely used, some not so much—explain what each is, and point you in a direction where you could find out more if needed.
So let’s stop wasting time reading this opening, and get to saving time in Illustrator. The list of time saving features we will cover is as follows:
- The Appearance Panel
- Global Colors
- Recolor Artwork
- Graphic Styles
Yes, I had to start the list with layers. Why? Because although most of us have pretty good intentions when it comes to layers, we usually don’t live up to our own hype. How many times have you cursed at a file because you couldn’t somewhat quickly select a series of objects or you wanted to add a mask to only certain artwork? Well, layers are the unsung