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Create a Dynamic Seamless Pattern with MirrorMe

Today we will talk about shapes of pattern tiles and how to combine the dynamic features of MirrorMe and Pattern Maker to produce complex-looking but easy to make seamless patterns. Let’s create something interesting!

posted by: Iaroslav Lazunov, in Illustrator Tips / Techniques, on 2015 Mar 27 Read More
Create Symmetrical Objects in Adobe Illustrator

Today we’ll talk a little bit about the two most common types of symmetry and using tools so you can quickly and easily create symmetrical objects in Adobe Illustrator. And this is important, because symmetry is used in all kinds of design, architecture, painting and other visual arts.

posted by: Iaroslav Lazunov, in Illustrator Tips / Techniques, on 2015 Mar 18 Read More
Create Halftone shading with Phantasm Actions

In this tutorial you will learn how to create a Halftone shading effect in a matter of seconds using Phantasm. Using the Actions feature and native Pathfinder effect will allow us to limit the dots using object’s outline.

posted by: Iaroslav Lazunov, in Illustrator Tips / Techniques, on 2015 Feb 21 Read More
Quick change of number value to ten and one-tenth with the help of shortcuts

While working in Adobe Illustrator we often need to pick out the value of a parameter in the dialog box or in the panel. It’s long and not comfortable to use a mouse and keyboard for it. There are shortcuts which allow changing the value to one, to ten and even to 0.1…

posted by: Iaroslav Lazunov, in Illustrator Tips / Techniques, on 2014 Oct 31 Read More
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
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