Simple Silhouettes in Illustrator CS4

Corey demonstrates how to use the Blog Brush tool to create a silhouette, and how to create some quick background effects using the Gradient Mesh tool.

Roundtrip Logo From Illustrator to Photoshop

Dave Cross creates some grungy text using graphics with a texture image.

Mapping Photos to 3D Objects in Illustrator

Here’s a tutorial about mapping artwork to 3D objects in Adobe Illustrator CS3.

Illustrator CS4 Artboards

The new Artboard features in Illustrator CS4 have been long awaited by some, but there is plenty here to assist every Illustrator user.

The ability to create and use multiple artboards in Illustrator CS4 may prove to be the most popular feature in this new version.

Illustrator CS4 introduces the new Blob Brush tool to users. Instead of a regular brush stroke, painting with the blog brush gives you a filled, compound path.

Create and edit complex gradients with the new Gradient tool in Illustrator CS4, which has undergone a complete makeover. There’s a new reverse gradient button, and gradient widgets that allow users to edit applied gradients visually. There are also new transparency options. Cheryl Graham explores these new features and takes viewers through a quick design [...]

There are some great new enhancements to the Appearance panel in Illustrator CS4 that will consolidate your workflow and save users a lot of time. For instance, it’s now possible to make color and stroke adjustments right in the appearance panel, as well as add new fills, strokes, and effects. The new graphic styles panel [...]

Use a groovy font and a groovy disco girl for a …groovy 70s inspired design.

Background Designs

This effect has become increasingly popular for use in designing backgrounds. By using the live trace effect, you can take any stock image and transform it into an outline that can be placed behind your main subject.

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