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This is an Adobe Illustrator Tutorial on How to Make Shapes

I can confirm the usage of versions as early as 9/10. Everything is there, it might look or be labeled slightly different (noted in tutorial). Everything works the same on a mac and a pc only the combination of alt/shift/control/command/apple changes.

Although I go over some very basic principles, this tutorial is meant for people with somewhat of a grasp on the fundamentals of Illustrator. If you are just starting the best tutorial is self taught so keep playing around.

Please note, this tutorial is not a definitive guide on how to make shapes. I'm only providing a foundation to learn that there is more than one way to do anything and it can be done with precision.

Thanks, enjoy the tutorial! n__n

EDIT: Thanks so much ^znow-white for giving me a DD... so fast too...! :hug:

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Illustrator Shapes Tutorial by *milkbun is a clear and well explained tutorial that will give you excellent tips for creating clean and symmetrical basic shapes in Illustrator. ( Featured by znow-white )
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kenngsimply Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015
Awesome! :)
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ana182 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014  Professional Photographer
Just starting with Illustrator, very useful thanks! Huggle! 
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tiffakneepham Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014
Thanks!
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capo4designe Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
cool
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aru-aizo Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014
Thank you :)
let's see if I can make something nice with this
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FleshCoat Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you. This helped me figure things out in illustrator! <3
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:iconcdgrant:
cdgrant Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014
Thank you for one of the best Illustrator shapes tutorials I've ever read!
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Lehira-Rutherford Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for this tutorial. Here my work --> fav.me/d7rx81h
I add your credits on description.
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GreySnake Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
Hi, shape-making humans!  I still use this tutorial when throwing together quick images for presentations at my job, and I wanted to add for anyone like me who had trouble with it, as of CS5.5, you have to shift-click a given point to be able to edit the angle of the path attached to it.  That should let you created altered shapes like the strawberry in the second example.
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issique Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Student Filmographer
Thank you so much!!! This is the most helpful thing!!!
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fabioknife Featured By Owner May 7, 2014
thank you so much for this tutorial, now i will practice for have a much better work
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JEricaM Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing tutorial!
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Circus-of-Dreams Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you, this tut is wonderful :)!!!
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syedaliraza Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
great great. thank you for the tutorial :)
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odcinki Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Professional Writer
Simple yet priceless.
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EnjoyMyHate Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Have been using this for years, still one of the most useful tutorials I know.
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danwin4peace Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013
This helped me a lot in my studying AI. Thank you!
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drlight113 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013
Thank you, very useful
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RaphaelaDesign Featured By Owner May 27, 2013
very interesting, thanks! <3
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muelglory Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Student General Artist
woow.. i learnt a lot from your tutorial. thanks..!!!
love it..:D
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FruityRainbowX Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013
Nice tutorial, but I have a question: How to apply round corners?
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Kitsunekon13 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013
The tutorial is amazing and it helped me with a lot of things, but what I can't get is the '3' mouths. You say to delete the top line with the direct selection tool, yet I have no clue what to do at that point. I am literally lost. But that is the only thing I couldn't get in this whole tutorial. Thank you for it ♥
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SilveriMoonlight Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thankyou very much for this tutorial!
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necoragha Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013
Thank you very much. Very clear instructions and very helpfull.
I don't know how to color the different parts in the pencil.
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Argobargo Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
im a beginner trying to get around illustrator to begin my graphic design course (im used to photoshop). I would have to say THIS IS the BEST and simple tutorial for shape making EVER. And i have viewed and tried ALOT!
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i-draw-on-something Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Student Artist
I do not have an Ellipse tool in my AI (using AI CS6) , how is that so?
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snowyMelon Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
thanks for this *____* it will be really helpful!
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NikkiTNicole Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Student General Artist
2 very enthusiastic thumbs up!![link]
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spidermonkeycat Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012
Such a cute tutorial! Some shapes look easy but there's quite some steps to make them :(
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Saira--chan Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Student General Artist
I love this! Thanks a lot!
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wishcraftz Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
best for beginners! tnk u!
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goto911 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
very useful, thank you
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pepperzmintz Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Student General Artist
Hello, I'm really sorry but I really have to ask (I'm new to this :)). In the triangle portion, how do you rotate the shape 90 degrees? Thanks :)
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raptorcsw Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012
cute :D thank you so much
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sakurayamada Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
cute love it ! thanks :D
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yvesdakempo Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012
thanks!,may i download this pic?
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Rsign Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Will try it out today!
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NOA-GREEN Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you !
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Jeaninamage Featured By Owner May 24, 2012
thanks guys! :"3
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alikkandhi Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thankyou sooo much it really helps me! ^^
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rittesora Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Student General Artist
Really helpful, thanks so much!
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doloy13 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012
this tutorial is very useful for me as beginner [link]
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petitchat03 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
the layout is just too friggen adorable.
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Astraflux Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Student General Artist
I love this.
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innocent-rebel Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Student General Artist
This is really cute and helpful. ^^
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kcwuji Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Student General Artist
wiii :3 thank youuu
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xX-PumpkinQueen-Xx Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Student General Artist
this is gonna make my university assignments so much more easier, thank you so much!!!!!
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RavenVonBloodimir Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much for this tuturial , it help me a lot thank you
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LilynnWong Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
may i allow to use your tutorial to show on how to make shape for my portfolio?
(>__<) ur tutorial is simple and easy to follow up
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Tarnacis-Charmega Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012
How do you do that eraser tip in the pencil one?
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