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How to Calculate an object’s area with Phantasm and InkQuest in Illustrator

In this article we will look at a universal way to calculate the area of all object types, including compound paths, editable text, groups and even images using the Ink Coverage tool found in the InkQuest plug-in for Adobe Illustrator. The Phantasm Duotone effect will help us to prepare objects for such calculations.

posted by: Iaroslav Lazunov, in Illustrator Tips / Small Tutorials, on 2015 Sep 14 Read More
How to Set Hot Keys for the Pathfinder Palette

If you need to work a lot with the Pathfinder panel, you are interested in the acceleration your actions, aren't you? The decision is the setting of shortcuts for the most frequent operations. Open the Illustrator, create there the new document and let's see how to do this...

posted by: Alexander Egupov, in Illustrator Tips / Small Tutorials, on 2015 Jul 27 Read More
Visualization of keyboard shortcuts in Adobe Applications with the Help of New Interactive Tool

In Adobe CC applications the special place is given to combination of keys for every conceivable task. Unfortunately, not very many designers understand what a powerful tool these key combinations are.

posted by: Eugene S. Chiayinickh, in Illustrator Tips / Small Tutorials, on 2015 Jun 01 Read More
Organic Texture Actions with Phantasm

In this tutorial we will learn how to create organic texture using Phantasm Halftone effect, some native effects and Actions feature. The resulting action can be used to generate a wide variety of vector textures in your future projects. Why spend time searching for the right texture, when it can be easily created!

posted by: Iaroslav Lazunov, in Illustrator Tips / Small Tutorials, on 2015 Feb 27 Read More
Save the Seamless Pattern in the Swatches Panel in EPS10 format

Most of you probably noticed that the sample of the seamless pattern in the majority of cases disappears from the Swatches panel after you save your file in eps10 format. This is a minor problem but if you take care of your client and count on long term cooperation then you’ll need to think more about it. Moreover, some microstock websites demand saving the seamless patterns in the Swatches panel (I think Graphicriver for example). Let’s study this problem and try to solve it.

posted by: Iaroslav Lazunov, in Illustrator Tips / Small Tutorials, on 2015 Feb 25 Read More
Live Mirror Drawing in Illustrator
Some of the graphic and 3D editors have a Live Mirror Drawing feature, which allows you to draw simultaneously on both sides of one or more axes of symmetry. Ufortunately, Adobe Illustrator does not have this feature although it is a very powerful and multi-feature application. We can, however, implement Live Mirror Drawing in Illustrator by using only its basic features. You will learn how to do it from reading today’s article.
posted by: Iaroslav Lazunov, in Illustrator Tips / Small Tutorials, on 2013 Oct 29 Read More
How to quickly create an abstract 3D paper background
In this tutorial we will find out how to create an abstract 3D paper background. It is pretty popular topic today, to make sure it's true, take a look at top sales of any microstock websites. In order to create this type of backgrounds, one needs a minimum of technical skills and doesn't necessarily need to know how to draw. So let's get started!
posted by: Iaroslav Lazunov, in Illustrator Tips / Small Tutorials, on 2013 Sep 09 Read More
Graphicxtras reviews MirrorMe with extensive tutorials!

This is Astute Graphic’s best plug-in yet. I don’t know how they do it but they regularly come up with plug-ins and ideas that should be in the application itself. This is one amazingly impressive software company and I can warmly recommend this plug-in as well as all their plug-ins. Five stars out of five - Andrew Buckle

posted by: Nicolas Van Der Walle, in Illustrator Tips / Small Tutorials, on 2013 Jul 17 Read More
How to Create Textures in Illustrator
Vector artworks containing textures always look more natural simply because all objects that surround us also have textures. The texture can show itself through surface roughness and color and irregularity of objects. Moreover, the vector with some texture always looks professional, that’s why in today’s tutorial we will check out several ways to create texture in Adobe Illustrator.
posted by: Iaroslav Lazunov, in Illustrator Tips / Small Tutorials, on 2013 Jul 03 Read More
How to Control Gradient Fills in Adobe Illustrator
Gradient fills are used to create transitions between colors. Most often they are used to add volume to flat vector objects, creating light and shadow. Today we’ll learn how to create gradients and control them.
posted by: Iaroslav Lazunov, in Illustrator Tips / Small Tutorials, on 2013 Apr 22 Read More
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