Entry 010 — Design Solutions

Topics covered: Properties bar not showing in Illustrator

To make my Medium articles a bit more interesting, I decided to make custom headers. I wanted to use Illustrator to do it so I could get to practice using the software more, because the only Adobe software I know how to use currently is Photoshop.

I came across a few issues whilst trying to do so, and have provided some solutions below each one.

(1/2) Properties bar wasn’t showing in Illustrator

Solution 1 | Change the workspace from Essentials to Essential Classic

OR

Solution 2 | Add a properties window to your layout (Windows > Properties)

(2/2) Stuck in Outline Mode

Solution | View > Preview on CPU
(Shortcut: Cmd + Y (Mac) or Ctrl + Y (Windows))

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