Illustrator starburst

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Adobe Illustrator is the industry-standard program for the creation of professional-quality visual artwork and illustration. By combining various tools and techniques we can produce quite complex and interesting imagery, like the Starburst Effect shown here. We show you how to create stunning artwork like this in all our Illustrator training courses. First create a new document in Illustrator via the... Read more...

Illustrator Textile Printing

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Exporting Illustrator files for the purpose of textile printing is a straight-forward process, but requires a little setting up initially. We show you how in our Illustrator for textiles courses. For example, first create a new document 100 x 100mm, with a color mode of either RGB or CMYK, depending on what your print provider requests in their FAQ sheet.... Read more...

Illustrator Perspective Grid

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The Perspective Grid tool is a handy function in Adobe Illustrator for creating perspective drawings or in order to map two-dimensional artwork onto drawn planes. We explore this tool in our Adobe Illustrator training courses. First go to the File menu and create a new document, A4 size page, for example, with a landscape format. Return to the File menu... Read more...

Illustrator pattern brush

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Creating pattern brushes in Adobe Illustrator is a quick and easy way of creating interesting repeat patterns. We demonstrate this useful skill in our Illustrator training courses. To create this interior design for a mosaic floor tiling, first we turned on our document grid via the Grids & Guides section of the View drop-down menu at the top of the... Read more...

Illustrator technical drawing part 2

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In the last Illustrator blog post we looked at how to create technical drawings in Adobe Illustrator. We continue this theme by exploring how to make the drawn objects three-dimensional. We show you the whole process in our Adobe Illustrator training courses. To create the hexagonal nut we first need to measure the gap between the top and the bottom... Read more...

Illustrator technical drawing

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Creating technical illustrations in Illustrator is a matter of getting the correct workflow. We show you how in our Adobe Illustrator training courses. To create a professional-looking 3D mock-up of an engineering part like this spark-plug, first create a new document, A4 size, for example. Change the orientation to landscape. Next we need to import our reference, whether this is... Read more...

Illustrator menus

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Adobe Illustrator is an ideal program for creating menus, given it’s easy manipulation of graphics, text and multiple pages (known as Art boards). We demonstrate how to go about creating stunning menus in our Adobe Illustrator training courses. To create a menu design like the one illustrated here, first go to the File menu and choose New document, select the... Read more...

Illustrator clipping mask 2

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To complete the packaging design, it’s often a good idea to tidy the artwork up with a Clipping Mask. This is a technique which we fully explore in our Adobe Illustrator training courses. In the artwork shown here we want to first add some text, which we perform with the Type tool. In this case we add the text Super... Read more...

Illustrator place image

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Although Illustrator is primarily a vector program used in the creation of clean line work and solid colours, we do occasionally want to place bitmap images into our designs. We cover this topic in all our Adobe Illustrator training courses. First of all we create a new document, A5 in size for example. Now go to the File drop-down menu... Read more...

Illustrator pathfinder

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The Pathfinder set of tools in Adobe Illustrator is a very useful collection of functions which assist in the creation of complex shapes. We show you how to use these handy tools in our Illustrator training courses. To create the snowflake shape illustrated here on the bottom right we would first of all create a square 25 by 25 mm... Read more...