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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
How to create explosion text effect in Illustrator
In this tutorial we won't only find out how to create very interesting text effect, but also we'll learn how to convert raster shadows into 100% vector. That's why this tutorial is especially valuable for me, and I'm happy to recommend it to all vector graphics fans.
posted by: Iaroslav Lazunov, in Illustrator Tutorials / Text Effect, on 2013 Sep 02 Read More
Create wavy dotted seamless pattern
In this tutorial we will review the process of creating seamless geometric pattern starting from drawing the first circles to the stage of uploading the final product to microstock sites. Have fun learning one of the new Adobe Illustrator tutorials!
posted by: Iaroslav Lazunov, in Illustrator Tips / Techniques, on 2013 Aug 27 Read More
How to Create Glass Cloud Icon in Illustrator
Today we will take a look at one of the ways of creating glass objects in Adobe Illustrator on the example of the cloud icon. After studying this tutorial, you will easily be able to create a set of glass icons of any shape.
posted by: Iaroslav Lazunov, in Illustrator Tutorials / Icon Design, on 2013 May 29 Read More
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