Today I started and finished lesson 5 on lynda.com, Adobe Illustrator CC 2015.
I started by learning how to use the line segment tool, if you use the shift key with it it will be a straight line and you can make it vertical, horizontal, or angled. I also used the Arc tool and its where you can either freehand a arc or use the shift key and make a perfectly rounded arc. I then used the spiral tool, you can make them big or small, and you can use the up and down arrows to add more or less spiral.
I also learned the poly and star tools. The poly tools you can make more than 11 shapes with it, you click drag and create the shape and while you are still clicked down use the up and down keys to switch shapes. The star tool is similar, you can make 8 different shapes and also keep adding points to the star, you click, shift and drag and while you are clicked down use the up and down arrows to add points, and you can also use the command key to change the ‘density’ of the shapes.
I also learned how to layer the shapes easily, you click the rectangle tool and then there is a three squared option panel below the tool panel and you can choose normal, behind, or inside.