Paul Bush shows us a few tips for when you’re setting up your workspace in Adobe Illustrator to design web mockups or graphics.

In an InDesign tip a while back, I mentioned that many users don’t know that the palettes can be used as calculators. Well, this is also true in Illustrator and many other graphics applications. If you’d like to increase the width of an object by 1ΒΌ” type +.1.25″ after the current width and hit Return [...]

In InDesign, you can use Type as a Frame and Place an image into it, by first converting the Type to Outline (Type > Create Outlines) and then Placing the image into the Outlined Type. Is there an easy way to do something similar in Illustrator? Yes, but because images are NOT Placed in Frames, [...]

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 [...]

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