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Sculpting Signatures in Illustrator. How to use textures in your art better. Horizontal & Vertical Bezier Handles. 17 Apr Have you ever seen Illustrator progress shots from your favourite designers and wondered how and why their bezier handles are so obsessively arranged?

Horizontal & Vertical Bezier Handles

We’re hoping to shed a little light on this seemingly unnecessary process. Note: this tutorial assumes a solid grasp of Illustrator & the pen tool. Until recently, I definitely belonged to the What’s the point of that? Club—and perhaps secretly the How did they do that? Imaginism Studios Blog: FREE 1 Hour Tutorial on Painting in Sketchbook Pro with Bobby Chiu on Schoolism.com.

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Smoothing Out Your Path Automatically > Vector Drawing with Illustrator: Easier Than You Think. Until you get used to adjusting control points to manage curves, you’ll appreciate a feature that Illustrator provides to smooth out a jagged path.

Smoothing Out Your Path Automatically > Vector Drawing with Illustrator: Easier Than You Think

Choose Object > Path > Simplify to open the Simplify dialog box and clean up selected curves. The Simplify dialog box has a number of useful options: Curve Precision. A higher Curve Precision value increases the number of anchors that will be left after simplifying.Angle Threshold. This slider can be used to prevent some angle anchors from being smoothed into curves.Straight Lines. How to make Smooth Lines in Illustrator. Illustrator * Editing paths. Select paths, segments, and anchor points Before you can reshape or edit a path, you need to select the path’s anchor points, segments, or a combination of both.

Illustrator * Editing paths

Select anchor points If you can see the points, you can click them with the Direct Selection tool to select them. Shift-click to select multiple points.Select the Direct Selection tool and drag a boundary around the anchor points. Photoshop: Prep & Color Scanned Drawings. For years now, we have been using and teaching a slightly more powerful approach to digitally coloring scanned sketches/drawings/artwork (art) in Adobe Photoshop.

Photoshop: Prep & Color Scanned Drawings

The de-facto technique for coloring scanned art in Photoshop is to switch the document color mode to ‘RGB Color,’ set the blending mode of the layer containing your artwork to ‘Multiply’, and create multiple layers containing color underneath your artwork.

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Illustrator: Abstract Vector Art. This Adobe Illustrator tutorial will show you how to create an abstract art that can be used for wallpaper, website header or background images.

Illustrator: Abstract Vector Art

It is fun and easy. You will learn how to use the Warp and Twirl tool to create abstract vector art in minutes. Users with basic skills should be able to handle this tutorial. To continue on this tutorial, you need Adobe Illustrator CS or above. View Final Artwork Understanding The Tools (Warp and Twirl) Run Illustrator and create a new document, 8 x 10 inches, CMYK color mode. We will be using the Warp tool a lot, so tear off the tool set for quick access. How to use Blending Tool in Adobe Illustrator to create psychedelic designs. Hey guys!

How to use Blending Tool in Adobe Illustrator to create psychedelic designs

Some time ago I was asked a question how am I doing the lined artwork. #30 Pressure-Sensitive Drawing with a Tablet > Tips for Drawing with Brushes in Illustrator CS2. If you are drawing with a tablet, such as a Wacom tablet, you can select drawing tools like the Pencil, Pen, brushes, or shapes tools, and draw freehand using your tablet.

#30 Pressure-Sensitive Drawing with a Tablet > Tips for Drawing with Brushes in Illustrator CS2

By tweaking Pencil tool smoothness settings, you'll probably find the Pencil tool and a tablet the closet thing in Illustrator to simply sketching on a drawing pad. Calligraphic brushes take on special attributes when you hook up a drawing tablet. When your operating system detects your drawing tablet, Illustrator provides additional pressure and pen stroke options for using your tablet's pen. The most widely supported feature is pressure—the harder you press, the thicker the calligraphic brush stroke. You'll find a special palette of brushes that match the Wacom Intuos3 tablet on the second disk of the Illustrator CS2 install set of disks.

Two Thousand Man » Illustrator’s Blob Brush Tool: WTF? Pressure-sensitive freehand drawing of vector paths that are editable with the Illustrator Width tool. Reiterating a bit of what you've posted in your question.....

Pressure-sensitive freehand drawing of vector paths that are editable with the Illustrator Width tool

By far the best tool I know of for Illustrator where natural drawing is concerned is DrawScribe from www.astutegraphics.com. Edit as of Jan 2014 DrawScribe has been folded into Astute's DynamicSketch plug in, same functionality shown here (plus more) but with a new name. This does everything you've outlined, as well as remaining standard AI art. It merely provides a different method for creating that AI art. (Of course it's easier if you zoom in to select those finicky width points. ;) ) I realize this is a third-party, $$$, solution.

Illustrator CS5 Variable Width Stroke Tool: Perfect for Making Tribal Designs! Adobe Illustrator CS5 features a slew of fantastic new tools and functionality, but the one that jumped out at me and really grabbed my attention was the Variable Width Stroke Tool.

Illustrator CS5 Variable Width Stroke Tool: Perfect for Making Tribal Designs!

The concept was great. And when I actually put it to use – the experience was even greater than my expectations. In part one of this two part series we'll be creating a tribal design and improving our Illustrator work flow along the way. Illustrator CS5 Variable Width Stroke Tool: Gestural Sketches and Digital Inking! Hey Vectortuts+ faithful!

Illustrator CS5 Variable Width Stroke Tool: Gestural Sketches and Digital Inking!

Welcome back for part two of my tutorial series on the advantages of using the Variable Width Stroke Tool. If you haven't read the first tutorial, I suggest you go back and read: Illustrator CS5 Variable Width Stroke Tool: Perfect for Making Tribal Designs! , which covers how to use the tool, and then shows how to create tribal designs with it. You'll need to know those basics before proceeding with this part two of the series, where we use it to create gestural sketches and digital inking.

Digital inking

Itchy animation - quirky illustration and characters by Richard Yot. Digital Inking Creating pleasing looking line work on the computer can be quite a frustrating experience for artists who have come from drawing with pen and ink on paper. It’s taken me a few years of trial and error to get to the stage where I am happy with the line work I can now create in software. Since I’m sure many artists have had similar experiences to mine, I have written this article to share my experiences and hopefully help others who may be frustrated with this particular aspect of digital artwork. Manga Studio For Dummies Cheat Sheet. Cheat Sheet Manga Studio provides everything you need to create captivating Manga cartoons — or any type of cartoon you want to create. The numerous palettes you use can show appear or hide at the touch of a key. Of these, the tools palette may be the one you show most often. And, of course, Manga Studio offers a full range of keyboard shortcuts to make creating and changing your creation quick and easy.

The Manga Studio Tools Palette.