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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
InkScribe, a Tool for Creating and Controlling Bezier Curves

I think it’s time to introduce a new tool that is able to work more flexibly and quickly. Today we begin a series of articles that will introduce you to new tools of the DrawScribe plugin and their functions.

posted by: Iaroslav Lazunov, in Illustrator Tips / Techniques, on 2012 Mar 11 Read More
Create a Mosaic Portrait Using Scriptographer Plug-in in Illustrator
In today’s Adobe Illustrator tutorial we will learn how to create a vector mosaic from a raster image using a Scriptographer plug-in, which allow us to widen the standard functions of Adobe Illustrator. To create a vector portrait we will use the scripts developed by Russian designer Vladimir Seregin.
posted by: Iaroslav Lazunov, in Illustrator Tutorials / Effects, on 2012 Feb 28 Read More
How to Apply a Duotone Effect to Vector Artwork in Adobe Illustrator

With the help of Phantasm CS, you can apply a Duotone Effect or Filter to both vector artwork and embedded images directly in Adobe Illustrator. It is the equivalent function of Photoshop’s Duotone tool, even with the ability to directly exchange settings.We will look how to apply this effect to your vector artwork in this article.

posted by: Iaroslav Lazunov, in Illustrator Tips / Techniques, on 2012 Feb 10 Read More
How to Quickly Find Raster Images and Effects in Vector Files in Illustrator
You probably know that such sites as Shutterstock or Istockphoto do not accept vector works that have raster images or objects to which the raster effects have been applied. Today I'll tell you how to quickly find the raster images and effects in the vector file for replace or remove them.
posted by: Iaroslav Lazunov, in Illustrator Tips / Techniques, on 2012 Jan 18 Read More
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