Illustrate more effectively with Kuler - part 2

Ben the Illustrator concludes his Kuler tutorial by adding some type, finishing up, and showing you how to upload directly to Behance to get feedback…

In the second part of our Creative Cloud Kuler tutorial, we'll continue where we left off by looking at Illustrator CC's time-saving Touch Type tool before running through the process of uploading your artwork - whether it's a work-in-progress or the finished article - to Behance.

Behance is a free online portfolio resource, with a bustling and ever-growing community of artists, designers, illustrators, animators, typographers, photographers and art directors. It's full of talented new creatives looking for inspiration; clients searching for professionals to collaborate with; and designers who wish to discuss their work with others.

Here you'll find steps 1-16, now we'll continue with step 17...

17. Use editable type

Another improvement to your workflow in Illustrator CC comes courtesy of the new Touch Type tool, which enables you for the first time to adjust individual letters in a piece of type while keeping the type editable - in other words, without converting it to outline. Simply hold down the Type tool in the toolbar to select the Touch Type tool.

18. Quickly resizing type

Here, I needed the type to become a little smaller and then taller as it follows the banner. To do this, select the Touch Type tool and click an individual letter, as you would with any shape. You can now use the bounding box to resize the letter using the corners, or rotate it using the circular handle just above the letter.

19. Automatic kerning

As you adjust an individual letter, Illustrator conveniently shifts all the other letters to allow for the resizing. On the most part, it keeps the kerning correct across the lettering as a whole. However, if you're drastically changing the sizes of letters, or putting type on a curved path as I am here, you might need to manually tweak the kerning to ensure that it's perfect.

20. Share via Behance

Once you've finished your illustration, it's time to share it using Creative Cloud's excellent new Behance integration. The Work in Progress portfolio in Behance means you can share your designs and illustrations, whether the pieces are finished or not, and gather some valuable feedback from your peers.

21. Log your artwork

First, navigate to File>Share On Behance. A browser window will open, asking for the title, tags and any additional comments regarding your artwork. If you're doing this for the first time, you will be prompted to connect your Behance account with your login details.

22. Ask for feedback

A key benefit of being part of the Behance community is that creatives can share and discuss their work with each other. One of the best ways to take advantage of this is by building up your 'feedback circle'. Find talented, like-minded creatives and invite them to join your inner circle, and join those of others.

23. Choose a cover image

Click Continue and you will be given an opportunity to create a cover image for your post on Behance. As a regular Behance user myself, I recommend ensuring that you carefully choose your cover image: it should be striking and clear so that it catches the eye and attracts the Behance community to your work.

24. Promote your work via social media

Once you publish your work, you can then share the post via any social network accounts that you have connected to your Behance account, enabling you to also request feedback from your online friends and followers. Showing works in progress and asking for constructive criticism can additionally serve as great online promotion.

25. Check client work before sharing

In your internet browser you are now able to view your project in your Behance profile. One thing to remember regarding the Work in Progress section of your profile is that it might be visible to clients, so be careful what you share and what you ask for comments on, especially if it’s work that isn’t to be shown publicly while in production.

26. Update as you go

Once published, if you click on the new project you'll see that you are able to edit it, add comments and monitor how many views it has received. In addition, you can handily add a revision, or a selection of updated or amended images to show viewers how and in which direction your project is progressing.

27. Push your work further

You should now be able to make use of Illustrator CC and its newly integrated facilities to make your workflow more efficient, from creating and curating colour palettes in Kuler, and importing them for use in Illustrator, to using the improved stroke profiles and Touch Type tool, and improving your industry visibility with Behance.

This feature first appeared in The Ultimate Guide To Adobe Creative Cloud.

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