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How to Create Metal Chair Using Gradient on Strokes in Adobe Illustrator CS6

Adobe Illustrator CS6 has a new feature which is called Gradient on Strokes. It is the first time since Adobe Illustrator’s creation we have an opportunity to apply the gradient fills to the strokes. There are two more types of the gradient fills beside the linear and radial gradient fills. I think this feature has lots of creative potential. Let’s examine the gradient on strokes in more detail and figure out how to use it.

posted by: Iaroslav Lazunov, in Illustrator Tips / Techniques, on 2012 May 16 Read More
SubScribe Designer – (Plugin for Adobe Illustrator) - My Top 5 Favorite Features

I think that SubScribe Designer is an irreplaceable tool for anyone who creates detailed graphics. And it is even free to all DrawScribe, VectorScribe and Phantasm CS v2 customers! With its help, you can create tangents and perpendiculars to the paths, create a circle according to given points, quickly align objects relatively to horizontals or verticals, create circumscribed and inscribed circles, and much, much more.

posted by: Nicholas van der Walle, in Illustrator Tips / Techniques, on 2012 May 11 Read More
How to Rotate the Bounding Box in Adobe Illustrator

More than once you’ve probably experienced a situation when the Bounding Box was located at "inconvenient” angles and you needed to change it to make a correct transformation of one or multiple objects. It is quite natural if you come up with a question: how to rotate the Bounding Box in Adobe Illustrator? If you were looking for an answer, you probably won’t have found it. Until now… where I recently discovered a new trick which I want to share it with you.

posted by: Iaroslav Lazunov, in Illustrator Tips / Techniques, on 2012 May 10 Read More
How to Considerably Reduce the Source EPS File Size in Illustrator?
Probably you have been searching for the answer to this question many times. Standard proposals as to this problem solving can provide your source file size reduction only by a few hundred kilobytes, and it is doubtful whether this would satisfy you. Today let me tell you how to make the source EPS file much smaller. The solution is very simple and original. Hope you find it interesting!
posted by: Iaroslav Lazunov, in Illustrator Tips / Techniques, on 2012 Apr 12 Read More
How to Close Paths Using Standard Functions of Adobe Illustrator

For a long time it’s been discussed on the forums devoted to the work of Adobe Illustrator how to close paths quickly. The designers often face with the problem that the clients do not except the vector works because of the open paths. Search and closing of paths manually is a tiresome work. Today I will tell you how to close paths with standard Adobe Illustrator’s means and about other ways of solving this problem with scripts and plug-ins. 

posted by: Iaroslav Lazunov, in Illustrator Tips / Techniques, on 2012 Apr 04 Read More
How to Combine the Dynamic Sketch Tool and Illustrator CS5′s Width Tool to Fine-tune your Vector Artwork

In this article I’ll tell you how to customize the Dynamic Sketch Tool for an improved workflow, and how to edit the created outline with the help of the Width Tool found in Illustrator CS5. Paths created with the help of the Dynamic Sketch Tool have not only dynamic properties, but can also be edited with the standard tools of Adobe Illustrator that shows the flexibility of this tool. Learn more at the jump!

posted by: Iaroslav Lazunov, in Illustrator Tips / Techniques, on 2012 Mar 27 Read More
How to Create a Template Document with Default Path Settings in Illustrator

If you already have some experience working in Adobe Illustrator, then you probably already have some settings that are often used in daily work. It may be colors, symbols, sets of brushes, graphic styles and path settings. There is no need to add all these resources to each document; you can simply create a template with all the necessary settings and graphics. In this article we will discuss how to do this and look at some of the interesting properties of the Appearance panel. Let’s reduce your design preparatory process down to the minimum…

posted by: Iaroslav Lazunov, in Illustrator Tips / Techniques, on 2012 Mar 21 Read More
Effective Methods of Working in Adobe Illustrator (Part 4)
Natalie Ulrich shares some very interesting tricks with us. In today’s article we will talk about the Layers panel. I always knew that this is a powerful tool of Adobe Illustrator, but I had no idea about some of the functions and how to work with them. Do you know how to speed up your work with Adobe Illustrator for displaying objects with effects and blend objects while they move or zoom? Learn at the jump
posted by: Natalie Ulrich, in Illustrator Tips / Basix, on 2012 Mar 20 Read More
How to Quickly Recolor Complex Objects with the Appearance Panel in Illustrator

Vector designers often faced with a problem when they need to change the colors in their work. The usage of the Recolor Artwork function is not very effective sometimes, and some of the changes can’t be done that way. Today I will tell you how to quickly recolor a difficult vector object using the Appearance panel. You will also be able to change the lighting and texture. Let’s begin!

posted by: Iaroslav Lazunov, in Illustrator Tips / Techniques, on 2012 Mar 15 Read More
InkScribe Tool Use Tutorial Part 2 – Fast and Accurate Work

Today we’ll talk about how using InkScribe allows you to work faster, smarter, more accurately — in other words, more efficiently. As it was already discussed in Part 1 of this series, we can easily choose the type of segment to be created; curved (Bezier) or straight. But now I should say that working with straight segments in InkScribe has one unique feature — Ghost Handles.

posted by: Iaroslav Lazunov, in Illustrator Tips / Techniques, on 2012 Mar 14 Read More
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