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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
Manage Auto-Open Panels for Astute Graphics Plug-ins

The respective panels of our VectorScribe, InkScribe, Texturino, WidthScribe, Stylism and MirrorMe plug-ins have always opened automatically when enabled. To disable this function, you previously needed to edit the Adobe Illustrator Preferences file, but this was for advanced users only and required Illustrator to be restarted. Now however, you can turn the automatically opening panels option on and off with DirectPrefs v1.0.2…

posted by: Iaroslav Lazunov, in Articles / Theory, on 2017 May 05 Read More
InkScribe v 1.7.1 – What’s New

Thanks to customer feedback and interaction, InkScribe has just become an even more convenient tool. We have changed the tool's location, default preferences and added new InkScribe's presets. We are always thankful for your feedback and expert evaluation as it helps us to improve our products. So thank you! We hope you enjoy this new improved product.

posted by: Iaroslav Lazunov, in Illustrator Tips / Tool, on 2017 May 05 Read More
6 Ways to Make Your Freelance Business More Professional

A freelancer's image is an important part of catching prospective clients' attention. Though not every freelancer wants to or should present his or her business in the same way, every freelancer needs to show a polished, professional image to the world. A professional freelancer presents the impression of someone who will do good work in a timely manner. Make sure your image is of someone people want to hire.

posted by: Todd Green, in Articles / Web Roundups, on 2017 Mar 30 Read More
Work with Objects in VectorFirstAid

With the help of VectorFirstAid we can automatically rejoin paths, remove unnecessary compound paths and unpainted paths, and remove duplicate art. We can also close barely-open paths and filled unstroked paths, axis-align paths and convert objects to Dynamic Shapes. In today's article, you'll learn about the functions that perform these actions.

posted by: Iaroslav Lazunov, in Illustrator Tips / Techniques, on 2017 Mar 22 Read More
Work with Anchor Points in VectorFirstAid

With the help of the VectorFirstAid plug-in, you can automatically reduce and remove points that are unnecessary or that increase the file size and make editing complicated. In today's article, you'll learn about the functions that perform these actions.

posted by: Iaroslav Lazunov, in Illustrator Tips / Techniques, on 2017 Mar 14 Read More
Getting Started with VectorFirstAid

The VectorFirstAid plug-in is designed to clean up files in Adobe Illustrator. With the use of this plug-in, you can also improve the organization and editability of vector objects. Dozens of routine, time-consuming operations are now automated. Less routine, more time for creativity! In today's article you will learn how to check and clean an open document.

posted by: Iaroslav Lazunov, in Illustrator Tips / Small Tutorials, on 2017 Mar 13 Read More
VectorFirstAid – Help Reduce Illustrator File Size

Designers who use auto-tracing of bitmap images while creating often end up with very large vector files. This problem can lead to a significant slowdown in the workflow. Large vector files are not accepted to micro stock websites, it is harder to email such files to your colleagues or customers, and finally they take up a lot of space on your computer.

posted by: Iaroslav Lazunov, in Illustrator Tips / Techniques, on 2017 Mar 09 Read More
Say “Hello” to VectorFirstAid
VectorFirstAid doesn't disappoint. It's a departure from our existing creative tools as it doesn't allow you to draw, tweak shapes or add effects. Instead it concentrates on the task of cleaning artwork and making good in a fraction of the time any professional designer could dream of to completing manually. We have never produced a tool that saves EVERY Illustrator user with ANY workflow more time!
posted by: Nicholas van der Walle, in Articles / News, on 2017 Mar 07 Read More
Infographic: Explore Shutterstock’s Global Creative Trends That Will Shape 2017

Stay one step ahead with Shutterstock’s Creative Trends infographic, our look at the styles and trends that will dominate 2017. With information gathered from billions of searches, plus expert knowledge from our design, video, and music teams, we show what’s on the rise around the world.

posted by: Eleanor Innis, in Articles / News, on 2017 Jan 31 Read More
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