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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
AG’s Dynamic Corners and Adobe’s Live Corners Features – The Differences

Today we will look at the differences between Astute Graphics’ Dynamic Corners found in the VectorScribe plug-in and Adobe’s Live Corners. This follows numerous request for this information following Adobe’s launch of Live Corners earlier in the Creative Cloud’s existence .

posted by: Iaroslav Lazunov, in Illustrator Tips / Techniques, on 2016 Nov 24 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 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
How to Create Space Background with Texturino in Adobe Illustrator

In today’s tutorial we’ll be working with our new Texturino plug-in, which makes it quick and easy to work with bitmap textures with a panel and annotation system. This gives us the opportunity to finish vector artworks directly in Adobe Illustrator without using bitmap editor. I hope you like it!

posted by: Iaroslav Lazunov, in Illustrator Tips / Techniques, on 2016 Mar 10 Read More
How to create Queen Elizabeth portrait in engraved style with WidthScribe tools in Adobe Illustrator

Today we will create a portrait of the Queen in an engraved style. Three tools of WidthScribe plugin, such as Width Selector Tool, Width Stamp Tool and Width Brush Tool, will help us with that. In order to accelerate and facilitate the process of drawing, we will also use other unique vector tools from Astute Graphics. It makes your drawing easy!

posted by: Iaroslav Lazunov, in Illustrator Tips / Techniques, on 2016 Jan 21 Read More
How to Create an Abstract Dynamic Background with Stipplism

Today I’ll show you how to create an abstract background, which consists of a stream of pyramids. It will consist of dynamic elements. This means that you will always be able to change the direction of the stream, to edit any particle to change the parameters of the effects to color objects with the desired color, and finally replace the elements with the newly created ones. Stipplism can provide us with such dynamics. So let’s get started!

posted by: Iaroslav Lazunov, in Illustrator Tips / Techniques, on 2015 Dec 28 Read More
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