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Illustrator Quick Tip: Adjusting Line Width with Stroke Profiles

Illustrator Quick Tip: Adjusting Line Width with Stroke Profiles

I’m constantly in search of adding hand drawn touches to vector illustrations. I recently stumbled across stroke profiles, which are new to Illustrator CS5. Using stroke profiles you can instantly adjust line weight from think to thin, giving it a hand drawn calligraphy appearance.

Illustrator Quick Tip: How to Create Pop Art Using Live Trace

Illustrator Quick Tip: How to Create Pop Art Using Live Trace

If you’re a fan of of Andy Warhol, then you’re familiar with the screen printed look of pop art. Screen prints typically have a limited number of colors. Those colors are specifically chosen to represent shadows, highlights and midtones. Pop art is typically very bright and colorful which makes it very appealing and fun to create.

Illustrator Quick Tip: 3D Type in Perspective

Illustrator Quick Tip: 3D Type in Perspective

The perspective grid in Illustrator is a powerful tool, but when you throw in a little type and 3D beveling you can create some very appealing typography for posters, book covers or whatever you choose. This quick tip will walk you through placing type on the perspective grid and applying a 3D effect.

Illustrator Quick Tip: Painting Shapes with the Blob Brush

Illustrator Quick Tip: Painting Shapes with the Blob Brush

In this Illustrator tip I’m going to show you how easy it is to paint vector shapes with the Blob Brush. This brush was new to Illustrator CS4, and allows for very fast and easy creation of vector shapes using a “Photoshop style” of painting.

Creating a Vintage Typography Layout in Adobe Illustrator

Creating a Vintage Typography Layout in Adobe Illustrator

Vintage style typography is classic and remains popular still today. There’s something about the hand drawn and hand placed feel of these types of layouts that is appealing and draws your eye. Lets take a look at how to create a vintage style type layout in Adobe Illustrator.

Illustrator Quick Tip: Using the Zig Zag Filter to Create Vector Seals

Illustrator Quick Tip: Using the Zig Zag Filter to Create Vector Seals

Below is an awesome tip for creating a vector seal. Seals and badges are a classic staple in design and especially branding. There’s sort of a throw back aspect to using a seal that always appeals to me. So lets jump right in and learn how to create one in Adobe Illustrator.

Illustrator Quick Tip: Using the Blend Tool to Create Repeating Patterns

Illustrator Quick Tip: Using the Blend Tool to Create Repeating Patterns

Creating even the simplest repeating patterns in Illustrator can be time consuming. But knowing a couple of easy tricks can greatly reduce the time it takes. In this quick tutorial we’re going to explore using the Blend Tool to quickly create a repeating pattern for background elements in Illustrator. This method makes it easy and can save you a ton of time.

Illustrator Quick Tip: Working With Grunge Splatters as Symbols

Illustrator Quick Tip: Working With Grunge Splatters as Symbols

If you’re used to creating grungy splatters in Photoshop because you’re not familiar with the flexibility of vector symbols in Illustrator, this article may change your workflow dramatically. Not only are symbols incredibly flexible they can also reduce the file size dramatically over using standard vector graphics repeated over a design. Lets take a closer look.

Illustrator Quick Tip: Creating a Color Spirograph

Illustrator Quick Tip: Creating a Color Spirograph

Using the Rotate Tool in Illustrator you can create some awesome radial designs. Today we’re going to look at using the tool to create a color spirograph. Spirographs are always elegant and impressive, and creating them is quite simple with just one tool in Illustrator and a little bit of simple math.

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