Recently, one of my Illustrator students complained about the Bounding Box that appears when using the Selection tool. He said, “Sometimes the Bounding Box just gets in the way of seeing what’s going on with a selected object. Is there a way to temporarily turn the feature off?” It’s simple! Just go to your View [...]

In this tutorial, Dave Cross shows you how to take advantage of using the grid inside of Illustrator.

You’re working with the Direct Selection tool; editing the anchor points of an object. What’s the fastest way to select the WHOLE object? Using your Direct Selection tool, just click on the Fill of the object to select the entire object. If it doesn’t have a Fill, select an Anchor Point, press the “v” key [...]

You’re working with the Direct Selection tool; editing the anchor points of an object. What’s the fastest way to select the WHOLE object? Using your Direct Selection tool, just click on the Fill of the object to select the entire object. If it doesn’t have a Fill, select an Anchor Point, press the “v” key [...]

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 [...]

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