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6 Essentials to Setting Up Your Illustrator Documents. A quick thanks to Josh Bunts who suggested this post on Go Media’s Facebook page. Technically, he asked for advice on “…document set up and color pallets.” I thought I should expand the post to speak generally about all things Illustrator pre-work. 1. When setting up your document specs, keep the end in mind When creating a new Illustrator document, the very first thing you’ll be confronted by is the New Document (profile) window that asks you a bunch of questions. Name Duh. New Document Profile Adobe has been kind enough to create document spec cheat sheets. Number of Art Boards If you will need multiple art boards of the same size, go ahead and select how many you’ll need. Spacing If you have multiple art boards Adobe wants to know how much space to put between them.

Columns This is NOT column guides on your art boards, this is simply how Adobe arranges the art boards on your work area. Size Obviously, this is the size of the art board. Width and Height Units Orientation. 6 Tips to Making Great Flyers. In the modern world, we are constantly bombarded with media messages.

6 Tips to Making Great Flyers

To capture our attention a good flyer therefore needs to be attention-grabbing, succinct and memorable, all of which is easier said than done! Designing flyers can be subsequently be a daunting activity but breaking the task down into a series of smaller steps it can be far simpler than previously thought. 1. Most importantly, make sure that you are clear about the flyer’s purpose, as this will directly impact its design and layout. Resist the temptation overload a flyer with too much information. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Don’t be afraid to adopt the ‘less is more’ philosophy and remember that you need to grab attention very quickly and make sure that your key message / offer is going to be very clear and memorable.

This article was sponsored by Solo Press. About Grant Friedman Grant Friedman is a graphic design, blogger, and author. Before & After magazine. Tutorial: How to extract a colour scheme from a photograph. Today I picked up on a neat little trick on how to extract a colour palette from a photograph. Imagine you stumble upon a gorgeous photo (or piece of digital art) which has this special colour scheme. You could use the eyedropper tool to extract each colour individually but there’s a slicker way of doing it. This tutorial teaches you how to convert a photo into a fully functional colour swatch palette using photoshop and illustrator. this is the photograph I got from flickr with nice warm colours which I want to use in a vector design. The first step is to open it in Photoshop. For CS3 users only: make a duplicate and convert the picture into a smart object.

Go to filters > Pixelate > Mosaic and vary the cell size until you’re happy with the result. The next step is to import our mosaic grid into Illustrator. This is were the magic happens. Choose the “Photo High Fidelity” Preset from the Live Trace options.