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How to Create Comic Text Effect with Actions and Phantasm in Illustrator

In this tutorial we will learn how to create a comic text effect using the Halftone effect of the Phantasm plug-in, some native effects and the Actions feature. This is a very useful feature that helps to speed up the processes immensely. For example, a sequence of 37 actions and the use of multiple effects with lots of parameters, takes less than 5 seconds. Let’s get started!

posted by: Iaroslav Lazunov, in Illustrator Tutorials / Text Effect, on 2016 Oct 21 Read More
VectorScribe v3 Brings Even More Vector Control

Improved tools, focused learning and amazing results are all the focus of VectorScribe v3 – the latest and greatest plug-in for Adobe Illustrator developed by Astute Graphics!

posted by: nick, in Articles / News, on 2016 Oct 20 Read More
Welcome to DirectPrefs – FREE additional Illustrator control

As part of our celebrations of 10 years of plug-ins for Adobe Illustrator, Astute Graphics are pleased to announce the release of DirectPrefs. This is a new and completely FREE plug-in for Illustrator CS6 and CC (currently up to CC2015.3) that brings quick and clear control of vital Illustrator preferences.

posted by: nick, in Freebies / Free Plug-ins, on 2016 Oct 20 Read More
10 Years of Astute Graphics; a “Thank You” Giveaway!

Here at Astute Graphics we’re celebrating 10 years of our plug-ins and as you can see, it’s been a busy, productive and eventful decade! As a thank you to our customers, for a limited time we’re offering all of you a FREE Stylism license key...

posted by: Lorna, in Articles / News, on 2016 Sep 15 Read More
How to Create a Tote Bag Mock-up in Adobe Illustrator

In today’s tutorial you will learn how to create a Tote Bag Mock-up on which you can easily replace color elements, textures and even object shapes. This is possible thanks to a few plug-ins: Texturino, VectorScribe, Stylism, Phantasm, DynamicSketch and some native Illustrator effects. Let’s get started!

posted by: Iaroslav Lazunov, in Illustrator Tips / Techniques, on 2016 Aug 25 Read More
How to Create a Handmade Sackcloth Heart in Illustrator

Today using the example of creating a handmade sackcloth heart, we will explore the Shadows and Highlights functionality of Texturino v1.2 to add realism to your vector workflow. The new Convert Raster Art to Texture feature makes it even easier to work with bitmap textures. So, let’s get down to learning and applying new technologies that extend the capabilities within Adobe Illustrator!

posted by: Iaroslav Lazunov, in Illustrator Tutorials / Icon Design, on 2016 Aug 24 Read More
How to Create a T-shirt Mock-up with Texturino in Illustrator

In this tutorial we will learn how to create a T-shirt mockup with the Texture Brush Tool and Texture panel in Texturino. These methods will not only allow you to use textures in a more convenient way, but also to draw shadows and highlights to create volume on absolutely flat vector objects directly in Adobe Illustrator.

posted by: Iaroslav Lazunov, in Illustrator Tutorials / Effects, on 2016 Aug 21 Read More
How to Color Correct in Illustrator with Phantasm

In the process of creating illustrations that consist of thousands of vector objects, a digital artist may lose control over color harmony. I personally always want to slightly adjust color and contrast after completing work. Selecting and recovering objects traditionally is a long and tedious task with no guarantees that you will get the desired result. Color correction can be easily and quickly performed with the help quite familiar to Photoshop users – Levels, Curves and Hue / Saturation features that are available in Illustrator with Phantasm. Let’s see how it works…

posted by: Iaroslav Lazunov, in Illustrator Tips / Techniques, on 2016 Jun 05 Read More
4 Most Useful Apps for Graphic Designers

Most graphic designers use desktop and laptop computers when creating images. While those are useful tools, they sometimes aren't very convenient. Take your career to the next level by using these four mobile apps for graphic designers. They'll give you the power to create no matter where you are.

posted by: Todd Green, in Articles / News, on 2016 May 23 Read More
What is an Adobe Illustrator’s plug-in?

A Plug-in (or add-on, extension) is a software component that adds a specific feature or tool(s) to an existing computer program e.g. Adobe Illustrator. This is the most popular vector graphics editor that has many features and tools, which might be not enough for certain processes, moreover, not all the tools are easy to use. Plug-ins help us to work in Illustrator faster, more comfortably, and even eliminate the need for use of other applications, such as bitmap editors. Let’s look at some of the must-have features of the plug-ins…

posted by: Iaroslav Lazunov, in Articles / Inspiration, on 2016 Apr 14 Read More
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