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Useful Typography Tips For Adobe Illustrator - Smashing Magazine

Useful Typography Tips For Adobe Illustrator - Smashing Magazine
Advertisement Typography is not only an all-important aspect of design, it is also an art form in and of itself. Choosing the right font, the perfect spacing and even the correct shape of text can be an important factor as to whether a project fails or succeeds. Although Illustrator is not really used for multiple-paged projects, many would agree that it is one of the most powerful applications for creating vector graphics, such as logos, and it is also often used for one-page documents, such as business cards, posters, or postcards. Since we can easily transfer graphics from Illustrator to Photoshop and InDesign, designers often use Illustrator to create vector type that they can then incorporate into projects in another program. For instance, you can create a nice type design within Illustrator, then add some extra effects in Photoshop. 1. Kerning is an important aspect of design. To turn off kerning between selected characters, set it to “0”: 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Open Paths Closed Paths 7. 8. Related:  Typography

fonts, typefaces and all things typographical ? I love Typography (ILT) Create an Animal Print Text Effect with Adobe Illustrator Pattern Swatches In the following tutorial you will learn how to create an easy animal print text effect using Adobe Illustrator's default jaguar and cheetah patterns. You will also learn how to add with multiple fills and effects to further enhance the text. Step 1 First take the Type Tool (T) and type your chosen text using the font "JungleFever" that you can find here. The font size is 180 pt. Step 2 Next open the Swatch Libraries menu from the Swatches Panel, navigate to Patterns > Nature > Nature_Animal Skins and find Jaguar and Cheetah. At this point you can scale the pattern 60 - 70% because it looks too big. Step 3 Again, select Add New Fill and this time use the radial gradient shown in the image to fill the letters. Step 4 Now go to Effect menu > Stylize > Inner Glow and set the values like below then make sure the effect is placed under the three fills in the Appearance Panel and if not drag it at the bottom. Step 5 Step 6 Let's continue the effect. Step 7 Step 8 Step 9 Step 10 Step 11 Step 12 Final Image

100 amazing Adobe Illustrator tutorials | Illustrator Since its release, Adobe's Illustrator has grown to become the designer's right-hand man when it comes to creating premier vector graphics and elements. There's so much you can do with it that it can be difficult to know where to start. Happily, we're here to round up the best Adobe Illustrator tutorials, covering everything from illustration to logo design, adding depth to your typography and much more, to help you get the most from this amazing app. With so many to choose from, you're sure to find a project to inspire you, whether you're using an older version of Illustrator or are signed up to the Creative Cloud. Adobe Illustrator for beginners: 11 top tips If you're just starting out with Illustrator, here's a fantastic guide to some of its tools. Setting up a new document In this video tutorial presented by Angie Taylor, you'll learn how to set up a new Illustrator document. Essentials of the Pen and Pencil tools Creating objects with the Shape tools Empty list Master artwork techniques

7 Tips For More Professional Typography at Design Panoply Many people have had some kind of experience using Photoshop and a small number of those people grow to excel in graphic design. An even more minute group understands the principles of design and can tell you the reasons behind why something looks good or bad. One of the biggest areas that people struggle with when learning design is the proper use of typography. It's much more than just finding a good font. There are many attributes including color, size, weight, leading, tracking, padding, and more. Good use of typography can make or break a design and take your piece from amateur to great or from great to unbelievably fantastic. What Is Wrong With This Picture? Let's start with what most aspiring designers would create if asked to make a simple heading and a few paragraphs of text within Photoshop or Illustrator. Someone with experience in typography and design would tell you that the text lacks hierarchy and breathing room, among other things. Padding and White Space Font and Text Size

How to Create Inner Shadow in Adobe Illustrator - Illustrator Tutorials Final Image Preview In this Adobe Illustrator tutorial for beginners we will take a look at the technique of creating inner shadow. Unfortunately, unlike Photoshop there is no such function in Adobe Illustrator. But this fact is not going to be a problem for you after reading this vector tutorial. You can download the source vector file for this tutorial Step 1 Take a look at the creation of an inner shadow on the example of complex shapes. Select the text and go to Type > Create > Outlines. Step 2 Copy the created group and paste it front twice (Command / Ctrl + C, Command / Ctrl + F (2 times)). Take the Rectangle Tool (M) and create a rectangle of white color. Step 3 Move the rectangle from the Layers panel so that it is between the first and the second group with the text. For clarity purposes, turn off the visibility of the first and third group with the text in the Layers panel. We got a rectangle with cut out text. Step 4 Now we can control the parameters of the shadow in the dialog window.

Graffix plugins for Adobe Illustrator Concatenate plugin Concatenate is a plugin filter for Adobe Illustrator that connects two or more paths into one continuous path. You tell it how close the endpoints should be to combine the paths, how close to tangent the endpoints must be, and whether to average the endpoints and control handles together. It's especially useful for cleaning up CAD drawings and EPS files that have been converted to Adobe Illustrator or, for example, connecting and filling state/country borders in vector map files. The plugin also includes Assimilate , which will search out unselected paths that are within the distance and angle you specify, and concatenate them. Also included is Connect , which adds line segments connecting selected open paths. Concatenate 10.5 is recordable as an Action, and can be assigned an F-key shortcut. Download Concatenate 13 plugin Universal Binary for Mac Illustrator CS3-CS5 Download Concatenate 12 plugin for Mac Illustrator CS2 Download Concatenate plugin for Mac Illustrator 7-9

40 Best Practices of Typography Techniques Will Boost Your Skills The aim was not to make an article as such but to create a useful creative roundup resource, which can be utilized as a book portion for designers to expand their knowledge on how they can use Photoshop in say to make impressive typography techniques. The article have latest collection of typography tutorials, which if the steps are analyze it can to turn Adobe Photoshop and use you an statement on the features of great designing tool. How To Create Floral Theme Typography Using Photoshop and Illustrator Few weeks ago I stumbled on a very beautiful typography poster from Olariu Alex. Create Super Glossy 3D Typography in Illustrator and Photoshop In today’s tutorial we will demonstrate how to create super glossy 3D typography using Illustrator and Photoshop. Create an awesome broken plate typography effect In this tutorial I will explain how to realize funny letters that look like broken plates. Create Elegant, Glassy, 3D Typography in Photoshop and Illustrator Create a Graffiti in Inkscape

Quick Tutorial: Gradient Strokes After reading Lensco’s comment “Cool tip, all we need now are gradients on strokes. Pretty please, Adobe?” on the previous tutorial Quick Tutorial: Adding Gradients to Text, I decided to write a quick tutorial about how I create gradient strokes. The Problem In Illustrator, you can’t apply a gradient to strokes the way you normally apply gradients to other objects. Adding Gradient Strokes to Objects First let’s go over the steps for adding a gradient stroke to objects. Step 1 Select your object with the Selection tool, in my case an ellipse, and make sure it has no stroke applied. Step 2 Select the last fill in the Appearance panel and go Effect > Path > Offset Path and enter the size you want your stroke. Step 3 Now you can change the offset fill to a gradient and your done! Adding Gradient Strokes to Text Creating gradient strokes for text while keeping the text still editable, is similar to the steps above, but with a couple extra steps. Set the fill and stroke of your text to none. Step 4

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