Creating Dashed Lines in Illustrator CS5

In Illustrator CS5, there are some new features in the stroke panel for creating dashed lines. Follow along with Jeff Witchel as he goes through options for setting up a dash pattern, creating rounded dashes, dotted dashes, and adding color to dashes and even the gaps in between the dash marks.

Applying a Gradient to Editable Type in Illustrator

Jeff Witchel has worked out a backdoor workaround to apply a gradient to type while keeping it editable. Watch this video to learn Jeff’s method.

Illustrator Symbols, Part 2

In part two of this series, AJ goes over the symbol tools and their tool options. He covers the sprayer, the sizer, the shifter, stainer, and the screener tools.

Illustrator Symbols, Part 1

In part one of this series, AJ Wood goes through the symbols panel which allows Illustrator users to reuse artwork quickly throughout their Illustrator document. In this video, AJ covers making symbols edits in the isolation editing mode, creating new symbols, using multiple instances of one symbol, and exploring the symbol libraries.

Working with Outline Fonts in Illustrator

What do you do when you want to use a font, but it is only available as an outline font? This tutorial will show you a quick and easy way to make the most of it.

Sculpting Signatures in Illustrator

Create a stylized digital signature in Illustrator to drop onto your artwork when you are finished. Use Illustrator’s width tool to add some calligraphy style to your signature.

Give Your Logos Some Shine in Adobe Illustrator

Dave Cross opens up Illustrator and shows viewers how to add some reflective shine to text or an object using an opacity mask.

Illustrating with the Gradient Mesh Tool

Learn the secrets to mastering the gradient mesh tool in Illustrator. This tutorial covers techniques like transparent overlay and adding anchor points, as well as sampling color.

3D Gears with the Shape Builder Tool in Illustrator

Use a combination of simple circles and rectangles to create a 3D gear in Illustrator using the shape builder tool.

Using Photoshop and Illustrator Together, Part 3 of 3

In this video series, Dave Cross shows off some creative ways to use Photoshop and Illustrator together. In the third video, Dave talks about Illustrator’s vast collection of shapes, symbols, textures, etc. that can be copied into Photoshop. Dave also explain how these symbols and textures can be used to create brushes in Photoshop.

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