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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
Tools rarely used in Illustrator. The Knife Tool

We begin a new series of articles about the time-tested, but rarely used Adobe Illustrator tools. As far as possible, these articles will help beginners to reveal hidden potential in these tools. Let’s talk about the Knife Tool.

posted by: Eugene S. Chiayinickh, in Articles / Theory, on 2015 Aug 24 Read More
Shortcuts to run scripts in Adobe Illustrator

Although we cannot assign shortcuts to a particular script in the Keyboard Shortcuts dialog box, still there is a little trick which allows you to use keys to run a script. Here you’ll find out how to do it.

posted by: Iaroslav Lazunov, in Articles / Theory, on 2014 Oct 31 Read More
Useful quizzes and on-line games for designers

Let’s play a little bit today! I want to say straight away that such games are not without benefit. By performing simple tasks you can test your eye, your color perception, improve your skills in Bezier’s curves manipulation and test your knowledge of Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.

posted by: Iaroslav Lazunov, in Articles / Theory, on 2014 Sep 24 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
New Features of Adobe Illustrator CC/17.1. Live Corners
Today we begin a series of articles devoted to new features of Adobe Illustrator CC/17.1, which to my point of view are long-expected and more useful than the features of the previous, 17.0, release. Let’s take a closer look at these features - on the stage of Live Corners.
posted by: Iaroslav Lazunov, in Articles / Theory, on 2014 Jan 24 Read More
Customizing the Tool Panel in Illustrator CC(17.1)+
In Illustrator version CC(17.1) and above, we have the opportunity to create custom Tools Panels where we can gather the essential tools and avoid wasted toolbox space. The purpose of custom Tools Panels is to make the tools we personally use more accessible.
posted by: Iaroslav Lazunov, in Articles / Theory, on 2014 Jan 23 Read More
New Features of Adobe Illustrator CC
New features of Adobe Illustrator CC will be available in the end of June this year only in Creative Cloud. We will be able to use raster images to create brushes; it’s easier to manage text objects with the help of the new Touch Type Tool; to import multiple images into the document simultaneously; to convert vector artwork into CSS code with the help of new CSS Extension; deform objects with the help of Free Transform Tool using intuitive elements of control, and more.
posted by: Iaroslav Lazunov, in Articles / Theory, on 2013 May 09 Read More
What to do when you want to become  illustrator and do not know what to begin with
I often get e-mails with the same question: Tell me, please, how a young beginner illustrator can begin a career in the right way? What programs should be used, etc.? In my creative life there was a time when I thought that I already knew all the details of the job. I stopped thinking like that :))). Now I definitely know that I know nothing. I am in military reserve and never learned to draw professionally, but this is what I am doing for living now. Passing by a complex path of creativity, I think that some of my thoughts and observations will be useful to you.
posted by: Ilya Esaulov, in Articles / Theory, on 2013 Mar 06 Read More
Why Consistency in Visual Metaphors is Vital for Graphic Design

In any graphic design project, the two most common elements that you are likely to come across are drop-shadows and gradients. When used correctly, these visual metaphors are attractive and useful but, when used incorrectly, they can make the whole project appear off skew and out of sorts. This article aims to outline what drop-shadows and gradients actually achieve in our designs and why consistency is vital for ensuring success.

posted by: zeemo, in Articles / Theory, on 2012 Aug 27 Read More
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