Welcome to a new Adobe Illustrator how-to tutorial from DMA!

DMA instructor, animator and freelance illustrator Arturo Miramontes is here to demonstrate how to use the Pathfinder tool to help you produce digital illustrations that have more professional polish because of their cleanly defined lines.

Arturo shows you how to use the Pathfinder tool to merge, cut and punch out different shapes. Add this new capability to your Illustrator skill set!

Use these tips to give your designs the clean lines and flat colors seen in iconic artwork like emojis.

Arturo gives you a quick tour of the Pathfinder tool and its functionality, including its shape modes and how to use them to more easily and more professionally create custom characters and dynamic logo treatments.

Covered in this DMA how-to tutorial:

  • How to cut and combine shapes, and pull them apart
  • Exploring functionality of shape modes
  • Using shape options (unite/minus front/intersect/exclude)

Find out how to give your logos and illustrations a professional look, from DMA instructor Arturo Miramontes!


Summer’s quickly closing in…bringing with it our biggest tech camp season yet at Digital Media Academy.

Our fantastic photography and graphic design instructors – like Arturo Miramontes – know how to help you take your photography and graphic design skills to a new level of sophistication.

DMA’s Illustrator tech camps can help you ramp up your design abilities…and you’ll have fun while you do it.

Or maybe you’d prefer an even more immersive experience? Such as our two week graphic design academies!

Take your passion for powerful images and compelling art and build on it, this summer at DMA!

Classes are nearly full; better register soon!

DMA instructor Arturo Miramontes is a recent graduate of San Jose State University’s Animation/Illustration program. Currently he serves as both a part-time illustrator and full-time 3D animator at the Defense Language Institute in Seaside, Calif. He also works as a freelance illustrator and character designer with experience working on projects for major corporations (like Adobe and United Airlines), as well as illustrating and publishing children’s books.

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