I’m back with another bit of training for everyone – this one’s inspired by a special request workshop I’ll be delivering soon, and it focuses on using Illustrator to make a very basic floor plan.
One of the reasons I love Illustrator is because of how versatile it is. I’ve used it for many different tasks, from building logos to making graphics for use on a poster – I even made part of my Christmas cards in Illustrator! Another thing Illustrator can do is help you make basic floor plans, which can be helpful if you’re moving into a new apartment or house and want to plan where things go, or if you’ve got a class project that involves laying out a floor plan of some sort. For example, in an assignment for one of my Information Science classes a few years ago, we had to put together a floor plan of the old cafe in the basement of Wells Library and record information about how people interacted with the space – so the ability to make a floor plan can come in handy in unexpected places. This tutorial will walk you through setting up an Illustrator document to make a floor plan, and also share some hints that’ll help make the design process easier.
Note: This quick tutorial assumes you have some basic familiarity with Adobe Illustrator. If you’re new to Illustrator, or need a brief refresher, IT Training’s Illustrator: The Basics course will help you get started.