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Image Trace with Phantasm

Today we will talk about the combination of automatic and manual tracing of raster images with Phantasm. Image Trace feature and Phantasm’s tools will help you to achieve amazing effects that you can not get by using Image Trace options only. Do you want to work faster and more efficiently? Then this article is for you.

posted by: Iaroslav Lazunov, in Illustrator Tips / Tool, on 2014 Jul 25 Read More
Free Mesh Tormentor plugin is now available for Adobe Illustrator CC 2014

Today we are introducing an update for free Mesh Tormentor plug-in for Adobe Illustrator. This plug-in allows you to make the manual and tedious work with gradient mesh automatic, extending the standard features of Adobe Illustrator. Now a new version of the Mesh Tormentor plugin is available for Adobe Illustrator CC 2014 for Mac and Windows 32 and 64.

posted by: Iaroslav Lazunov, in Articles / News, on 2014 Jul 23 Read More
Create oblique projection with OPO plug-in for Adobe Illustrator
OPO plugin is designed to create a simple Parallel 3D Effect. This effect is also known as oblique projection. Oblique projection is often used in design, for example, to create the long shadow effect and typography. But Adobe Illustrator, unfortunately does not yet have such a function, and we have to use blend objects or Transform effect for such constructions. Both of these methods create steps at the edges of these projections, the removal of which can be a time consuming process. OPO plugin avoids these drawbacks and has a number of additional options. Let's check this out.
posted by: Iaroslav Lazunov, in Illustrator Tips / Techniques, on 2014 Jul 14 Read More
How to Create GIF Animated Images with Camtasia Studio

Recently we started to increasingly encounter hybrid tutorials, that are written tutorials with animated images, demonstrating different actions of the author. And I’m sure that this is the best possible kind of tutorials today. Therefore, in today’s article we will cover one of the methods to create GIF animated images using Camtasia Studio software.

posted by: Iaroslav Lazunov, in Illustrator Tips / Techniques, on 2014 Jul 08 Read More
Vary Width Markers Feature in WidthScribe Plug-in

Vary Width Markers Tool allows adding width markers randomly to your selected paths. This feature has several parameters which allows us to adjust variation and create thousands of new width markers in a few seconds. In this article we will discuss how to manage and use the Vary Width Markers feature.

posted by: Iaroslav Lazunov, in Illustrator Tips / Tool, on 2014 Jul 07 Read More
Using The Contour Control Feature in Stylism
In todays article you will learn how to use a flexible contour control in the Stylism plug-in to achieve the levels of subtlety direct in vector art. Take a look at the ability to apply the Contour Control feature on the example of Abstract Crystal artwork, which consists of regular paths with gradient fill and Flare object.
posted by: Iaroslav Lazunov, in Illustrator Tips / Tool, on 2014 Jul 03 Read More
9 Ways to Minimize File Size in Adobe Illustrator
Large files can significantly slow down your workflow. Editing, zooming of the screen and just saving the file may take several minutes. Therefore it is important to know how to reduce the file size for ease of use with the minimum of delay. In todays article, you will learn about 9 ways of minimizing the source vector file.
posted by: Iaroslav Lazunov, in Articles / Theory, on 2014 Jul 01 Read More
The Fundamentals for a Freelance Start up

It seems like the modern economy is changing our conventional working habits; a phenomenon which some people are beginning to make into a positive. There are a lot less ‘normal’ 9 to 5 office jobs these days, so more and more of us are becoming self-employed or freelancers.

Freelance writers, builders, designers, decorators IT firms and website developers are all becoming much more commonplace. At first the groundwork may seem more hassle than its worth, and you might miss the diminished responsibility of working in an office where all of your working needs were catered for by big HR departments, but you’ll find that the whole bureaucracy of self-employment isn’t actually very taxing.

posted by: Jack, in Articles / News, on 2014 Jun 26 Read More
How to Create a Long Shadow Effect with Stylism in Adobe Illustrator
In this tutorial we will cover a technique for creating a Long Shadow effect using the Stylism plug-in, which will allow us to control the parameters of the effect using the annotation system. Long Shadow is a popular trend today which is why I think this tutorial will be useful for you. I’m hoping that you have already experienced using Stylism if not, download a 14 day free trial now!
posted by: Iaroslav Lazunov, in Illustrator Tutorials / Web Design, on 2014 Jun 25 Read More
New features of Adobe Illustrator CC version 2014

Congratulations to all users of Creative Cloud with regular updates of Adobe's applications! Of course, our favorite Illustrator received several new features and enhancements. Now we can use live rectangles, preview the created paths, run the application in safe mode to diagnose crashes and use the graphic processor to speed up editing and displaying of the images. Working with anchor points has become much easier and the Pencil Tool received regular improvements. Let me tell you more about this ...

posted by: Iaroslav Lazunov, in Articles / News, on 2014 Jun 19 Read More
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