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.

Using Photoshop and Illustrator Together, Part 2 of 3

In this video series, Dave Cross shows off some creative ways to use Photoshop and Illustrator together. In the second video, Dave talks about taking basic shapes from Photoshop’s shape tool bibrary of presets and copying them over to Illustrator to use as starting points for vector illustrations.

Using Photoshop and Illustrator Together, Part 1 of 3

In this video series, Dave Cross shows off some creative ways to use Photoshop and Illustrator together. In the first tutorial, Dave creates a dashed line around an image by turning a basic selection into a path in Photoshop, then taking the path into Illustrator to create the dashed line, and finally bringing it all back to Photoshop as a smart object that can be edited quickly and easily.

Pen Tricks in Adobe Illustrator

A.J. Wood shows Illustrator users how to utilize the direct selection tool along with the pen tool group to edit shapes by adding, deleting, and converting anchor points.

Design a Coffee Brand Label in Adobe Illustrator

Follow this step by step tutorial to create a label design for a premium coffee brand. We’ll combine the styles of old and new with a mix of vintage patterns and contemporary typefaces to create a modern and sophisticated design. The final design will then be laid out on a printable template and mocked up on a Photoshop document.

Creating Quick Graphic Elements in Adobe Illustrator

Corey shows designers how to create some quick graphic elements using Illustrator’s new Width tool, the rotate tool, and keyboard shortcuts.

Illustrator CS5 Tool Tips

AJ Wood runs through a collection of tool tips for use with Adobe Illustrator. Learn things like shortcuts for the color swatch, scaling strokes along with object size, shape key shortcuts, and much more.

Adobe Illustrator: Live Trace for Better Gradient Meshes

AJ Wood shows Illustrator users a technique for using the Live Trace and gradient Mesh functions to create a colored illustration.

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