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Create oblique projection with OPO plug-in for Adobe Illustrator
OPO plugin is designed to create a simple Parallel 3D Effect. This effect is also known as oblique projection. Oblique projection is often used in design, for example, to create the long shadow effect and typography. But Adobe Illustrator, unfortunately does not yet have such a function, and we have to use blend objects or Transform effect for such constructions. Both of these methods create steps at the edges of these projections, the removal of which can be a time consuming process. OPO plugin avoids these drawbacks and has a number of additional options. Let's check this out.
posted by: Iaroslav Lazunov, in Illustrator Tips / Techniques, on 2014 Jul 14 Read More
How to Create GIF Animated Images with Camtasia Studio

Recently we started to increasingly encounter hybrid tutorials, that are written tutorials with animated images, demonstrating different actions of the author. And I’m sure that this is the best possible kind of tutorials today. Therefore, in today’s article we will cover one of the methods to create GIF animated images using Camtasia Studio software.

posted by: Iaroslav Lazunov, in Illustrator Tips / Techniques, on 2014 Jul 08 Read More
How to Create Super Dynamic Shapes with VectorScribe2
In this tutorial I want to show you how to create a modern abstract background using standard shapes. Then I’ll show you how to  transform these standard shapes into dynamic ones. This will allow you to smoothly manage their settings and even transform them into other objects so you can achieve new artwork in just seconds. All this has become possible thanks to the release of the new VectorScribe2 plug-in.
posted by: Iaroslav Lazunov, in Illustrator Tips / Techniques, on 2014 Feb 05 Read More
Vector Artwork Color Adjustments with Phantasm and Adobe Illustrator
If you use Photoshop’s Curves, Levels and Hue/Saturation for color corrections then you will love using the Phantasm plug-in for Adobe Illustrator. In this tutorial I’m going to share with you how to achieve tonal and color correction in vector images with the same ease as Photoshop’s tools. We will even be able to adjust the Alpha channel and spot colours with this amazing plug-in.
posted by: Iaroslav Lazunov, in Illustrator Tips / Techniques, on 2014 Jan 30 Read More
How to create hexagonal grids for making patterns in Illustrator
In this tutorial we will take a look at several ways to create grids, including hexagonal grids, which will be a basis for seamless geometric patterns. Such types of patterns are relatively easy to create; they remain, however, in demand in different design spheres, such as print design, textile design and web design.
posted by: Iaroslav Lazunov, in Illustrator Tips / Techniques, on 2014 Jan 11 Read More
How to Create a Pearl Brush from Gradient Meshes in Adobe Illustrator
In today’s tutorial we will learn how to control transparency of gradient meshes with the help of blending modes, and by adjusting color transition between mesh points and changing its opacity. Moreover after reading this tutorial, you’ll be able to create Illustrator brushes from gradient meshes of any difficulty with the help of free Mesh Tormentor plug-in. Let’s get started!
posted by: Iaroslav Lazunov, in Illustrator Tips / Techniques, on 2013 Dec 05 Read More
How to create inner shadows for editable text in Adobe Illustrator
As we all know, Adobe Illustrator doesn’t have a feature to create inner shadows. Some time ago, on our website we suggested a method to create inner shadows with the help of the Clipping Mask and the Drop Shadow effect, which, unfortunately, cannot be applied to editable text. Today, we will consider a method allowing creation of inner shadows for editable text, which was suggested by one of our readers- Prophet. Thank you very much; I’m very pleased that you share your interesting ideas and solutions with us.
posted by: Iaroslav Lazunov, in Illustrator Tips / Techniques, on 2013 Nov 27 Read More
How to distribute shapes within another shape in Illustrator
A dozen of times I came across this question which is conformable to the topic of the present tutorial. I also participated in discussions couple of times trying to solve this problem. And only today I’ve got the answer the key question  - How?  I’m sure, some designers distribute objects within another object manually, but we’d prefer to do everything quickly and automatically, wouldn’t we?
posted by: Iaroslav Lazunov, in Illustrator Tips / Techniques, on 2013 Nov 07 Read More
How to Control Gradient Mesh in Illustrator
I met a lot of graphic designers who avoid working with a gradient mesh by a reason of the complexity of controlling the object. I also met real fans of gradient meshes that create real photorealistic artworks with their help. Even though they accept that this process is very time consuming, which is unsuitable for commercial projects. Despite this, gradient mesh can become an integral part in daily workflow of the graphic designer, as with its help we can reproduce the light distribution over the surface of a complex shape.
posted by: Iaroslav Lazunov, in Illustrator Tips / Techniques, on 2013 Sep 23 Read More
Some ways to simplify path or reduce extra points in Illustrator

In this article we'll check out a couple of ways how to reduce extra points on the Bezier curves or paths using Adobe Illustrator standard tools and plug-ins. You can easily compare the proposed methods, as I evaluated them qualitatively and quantitatively.

posted by: Iaroslav Lazunov, in Illustrator Tips / Techniques, on 2013 Sep 11 Read More
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