Setting Up Adobe Illustrator for Tutorials
It will be easier to follow along if what is on your screen looks like what is on mine. Here are the settings I use when I’m making a tutorial:
Set Default Black
If it’s not already, set your default black to R=0, G=0, B=0. This will make the darkest black on screens, and print nicely on laser printers. If you’re working in monochrome, you don’t need to worry about the complexities of CMYK.
I use points for line weight and inches for general units. This is because I am old and American. The inches also work well with D&D map conventions. (Preferences > Units)
Set up Grid
Command-’ toggles grid visibility. You’ll be better able to judge scale with the grid turned on.
My grid is set to 1 inch, with 4 subdivisions (Preferences > Units & Grid)
I uncheck Grids in Back so that artwork doesn’t obscure my grid.