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Create a Winter Olympics-Inspired Sports Poster in Illustrator with Astute Graphics Plug-ins

Today we will draw a sports poster dedicated to the Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang. To make some stages of the work more effective, DynamicSketch will help us to create an athlete's body, Stipplism will help with quick creation of ice fragments and Phantasm will help with color correction.

posted by: Iaroslav Lazunov, in Illustrator Tutorials / Illustration, on 2018 Feb 20 Read More
5 Ways to your Heart with Astute Graphics Plug-ins

Today, we'll look at five ways to draw stylized hearts that will be useful for creating greeting cards. It will be a simple and quick job if you use the tools I recommend in this article. Happy Valentine's Day!

posted by: Iaroslav Lazunov, in Illustrator Tips / Techniques, on 2018 Feb 13 Read More
How to Start and Build Your Freelance Design Business

If you have a passion for graphic design, the thought of starting your own freelance design business likely may have crossed your mind before. Of course, there are plenty of challenges to starting a business no matter what field it is in, and these challenges are far-too-often enough to discourage many designers from ever striking out on their own.

posted by: Joe Daley, in Articles / News, on 2018 Feb 07 Read More
20+ Good Habits in Illustrator that Everyone Should Know

There are many functions and techniques that speed up the workflow in Adobe Illustrator. In today's article we have put together the most efficient ones. Hopefully here you will find tricks that will be useful and help make your work easier.

posted by: Iaroslav Lazunov, in Illustrator Tips / Techniques, on 2018 Feb 06 Read More
How to Create Vector Cacti in a Flat Style with VectorScribe

Today you will learn how to create a vector cacti in a flat style with the help of the Dynamic Shapes tool which is part of VectorScribe. This tool allows you to quickly create shadows on objects and modify ready-made elements. The combination of Dynamic Shapes and native Illustrator effects makes it possible to transform one kind of cactus into another, by managing only the parameters in the dialog windows and the Dynamic Shapes panel.

posted by: Iaroslav Lazunov, in Illustrator Tutorials / Illustration, on 2017 Nov 20 Read More
How to create a Mandala in Illustrator with MirrorMe and DynamicSketch

Today you will learn how to create a Mandala pattern with MirrorMe and DynamicSketch. The combination of these tools allows you to make drawing more comfortable, as you can see the reflection of the stroke preview. Here you will also find some practical recommendations that will help you to facilitate your creative process when creating similar patterns.

posted by: Iaroslav Lazunov, in Illustrator Tutorials / Illustration, on 2017 Nov 20 Read More
How to apply textures to 3D objects using Texturino in Adobe Illustrator

In this tutorial you will learn how to apply bitmap textures to 3D vector objects using a simple technique. This has become possible thanks to Texturino plug-in, which allows you to quickly convert any embedded images into textures and easily manage them with the help of Texture panel, Texture Manager, and annotation system. Let's get started!

posted by: Iaroslav Lazunov, in Illustrator Tips / Techniques, on 2017 Nov 06 Read More
Paint Brush and DynamicSketch – The Differences

In today's article you'll learn the difference between the Paint Brush and DynamicSketch functions. Although both of these tools are used for the same purpose, DynamicSketch has many convenient and intelligent functions that Paint Brush doesn’t.

posted by: Iaroslav Lazunov, in Articles / Theory, on 2017 Oct 30 Read More
Using Brushes in Adobe Illustrator – 7 Useful Tips

In this article you will learn how to quickly set up brushes, how to select the appropriate colorization method, how to quickly modify only the selected stroke, the compatibility of brushes with the variable width path and much more.

posted by: Iaroslav Lazunov, in Illustrator Tips / Techniques, on 2017 Oct 19 Read More
DynamicSketch v2 – What’s New

DynamicSketch v2 has just been released making sketching a true joy in Adobe Illustrator! Regardless whether you use a mouse, trackpad, Wacom, Surface Pro or any other Mac or Windows device, it will bring a whole new dimension to your creative and illustrative...

posted by: Iaroslav Lazunov, in Articles / News, on 2017 Jul 05 Read More
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