When you apply a Gradient Fill to text, nothing seems to happen. It’s still black text, yet in the Swatches palette, the Color palette, and the Tools palette, the Fill is showing as a Gradient. Is this a bug? No! ‘You can’t fill editable text with a Gradient in Illustrator. You have to outline the [...]

Recently, I had a call from a former student asking for a solution to a most annoying problem. She said, “Every time I try to select or edit text it gets a blueish glow over all the characters.” I asked, “Do you have any Effect applied to the type?” “No,” she answered. “It’s just plain [...]

Recently, I had a call from a former student asking for a solution to a most annoying problem. She said, “Every time I try to select or edit text it gets a blueish glow over all the characters.” I asked, “Do you have any Effect applied to the type?” “No,” she answered. “It’s just plain [...]

In this video, Dave Cross gives some tips on how to use the blend tool to create some fun designs with objects along a shape path.

Just in time for the holidays. Learn how to create a string of 3D, multi-colored Christmas lights and turn them into a custom pattern brush that you can draw with along any path.

When you’re new to Illustrator, it can be a little difficult at first to tell exactly where a particular tool is going to start drawing when you click with your mouse. To get a better feel for positioning these tools, select the Pen, Pencil, or Brush tools, and take a look at the tool’s icon. [...]

The usual way to adjust a curve is to select an Anchor Point with the Direct Selection tool and then click-drag a Handle in or out, up or down, or from side to side. Sometimes, when editing a curve in this way, it can be hard to get the exact results you want. When this [...]

With so many new things in Illustrator, it’s easy to overlook things that have been around for a while and forget what powerful tools they still can be. For instance, in this tutorial we are going see the precise control we can have on distorting an object by using Envelope Distortion.

When a student sends me a “problem” Illustrator file, the first thing I do is open up the Document Info palette (Window > Document Info). Using this tremendous resource, I find out virtually everything I could possibly need to know about a document. The kind of information that can answer lots of questions, which can [...]

With Transparency included as a feature within InDesign, it’s easy to create a ghosted panel as a design element in your layout. But, if you want to make a ghosted panel for text by lowering the Opacity of a Text Frame in the Transparency palette (Window > Transparency), everything in the frame, including the type, [...]

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