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N.Design Studio | Design Blog & Portfolio The Complete Guide to Adobe Illustrator Tools – Pt. 1 — Mariah Althoff, Visual Branding Expert + Graphic Designer Rectangle Tool (M) This tool makes squares and rectangles. If you want a perfect square you can hold down the shift key as you click and drag. Otherwise just click and drag normally to make a rectangle. - Rounded Rectangle Tool This tool works exactly the same as the rectangle tool, but the corners are rounded instead of squared. If you want to adjust the roundness of the corners, use the direct selection tool and click and drag on the little circular points that show up on the insides part of the corners and adjust them accordingly. - Ellipse Tool (L) Fun fact: an ellipse is a circle. To create a circle, hold down the shift key. - Polygon Tool The polygon tool makes any number of sided shapes – from triangles to hexagons to octagons and beyond. With the tool selected, all you need to do is click once on your artboard and define how many sides you want your shape to have. - Star Tool This tool obviously makes stars. -Flare Tool

Astute Graphics Blog : DrawScribe preview News doesn’t get much bigger for us. We are really excited to preview our all-new plugin DrawScribe for Adobe Illustrator in full for the first time! As each major plugin takes a long time to develop, polish and test, this event doesn’t come around very often for us. Click here to read more about DrawScribe and view the new preview movie… What is DrawScribe? DrawScribe is an Illustrator CS3 to CS5.1 plugin for Mac OS 10.5+ and Windows XP/Vista/7 that contains two major vector artwork creation tools; InkScribe and Dynamic Sketch. InkScribe is a replacement to the Pen tool, which celebrates its 25th birthday this year. The Dynamic Sketch tool is instantly inspirational when seen it action. When can I try or buy it? We are currently finishing off the support documentation. A full 14 day trial will be released along with the chance to buy DrawScribe from the beginning of March.

Super Star Logo Welcome to! If you find this site useful, you might want to subscribe to our free newsletter for updates on our new Photoshop Tutorials and Articles. Wanna be a super star? Start by making a new document in Photoshop, something like 500×300 pixels and fill it with gradient (use colors of #c0cfcc and #e2e5de). After that you should stylize your background. After hat get out the Brush Tool and a hard round brush about 1 pixel with white color. A little dialog box will appear as in the screenshot. See the result on my picture below. Ok, now apply the Drop Shadow layer style for current layer. Looks better than before. Ok, move to the next step. In the above image I’ve used a font called AG ForeignerULB (65 pt, Crisp), which is sadly a commercial font. Now, your image should now look like the image shown below: Ok, I think it is very good logo. Print a couple of white stars on the words. Now, we have something like my picture below: I like it so much and what about you?

PictureCode: Noise Ninja legacy downloads Version 2.4.1 For Photoshop CS3/CS4/CS5, Elements 6-10 Please note: The Noise Ninja plug-in only works with in 32-bit mode on Mac. Download instructions: For OS X 10.5 and later (Leopard, Snow Leopard, and Lion), click here to download the plug-in. For OS X 10.4 (Tiger), click here Unzip (decompress) the downloaded file if your web browser didn't automatically unzip it already. Vectips - Illustrator tips, tricks, and tutorials Design a Simple Textured Typographic Poster in Photoshop In this Photoshop tutorial, I will demonstrate how to design a simple, textured and clean typographic poster. Following the steps in this tutorial, you will find techniques for creating a beautiful textured background and working with type in Photoshop. Preview Click on the image below to see the final result in full scale. Tutorial Resources Step 1: Create the Photoshop Document Let’s start by creating a new document. Note: If your work will be printed, you’ll need a high resolution (at least 300dpi) and you should use CMYK color mode. Step 2: Create the Blue Gradient Background Double-click on the Background layer to unlock it. Now create the gradient from the top left corner to the bottom right corner of the canvas. Right-click on the layer and select Blending Options from the contextual menu that appears; this is one way of accessing the Layer Styles dialog window. Create a new layer (Shift + Ctrl/Cmd + N) and then name it "Blue". Step 3: Add Texture to the Blue Background Tutorial Summary

Subtle Patterns Photoshop plugin Astute Graphics: VectorScribe: Movies NEW: Version 2.1 – FREE upgrade to VectorScribe2 customers! Great new functionality: Extend Path Tool spiral mode and Wacom pressure-sensitivity with the Smart Remove Brush Tool. Learn more by watching the version 2.1 video… Be super fast, super smooth and super dynamic VectorScribe2 brings you new toolsets plus enhancements on existing features… NEW: Smart Remove Brush Tool Make a clean sweep of your artwork by effortlessly removing excess points with this magic brush. NEW: Path Extend Tool Imagine your artwork suggesting to YOU where to go — like the paths are growing and extending themselves! SUPER: Dynamic Corners Tool Amazing ability to add AND NOW detect rounded corners to one or more points on a path dynamically. SUPER: Dynamic Shapes Tool Create, recognise, convert and control shapes — and do it dynamically! PathScribe Tool – Edit Vector Paths Makes editing and refining vector paths far quicker and easier than with Illustrator’s pen tool. Protractor – Draw at Set Angles Dynamic Corners

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Kelso Cartography Scripts for automating Adobe Illustrator ShareThis Also check out my Plugins page for Adobe Illustrator automation. Last update: 17 February 2009 I work for the Washington Post newspaper as a cartographer creating maps for daily publication. KEEP UP-TO-DATE with new EMAIL LIST If you would like to stay informed of changes to any of my scripts or be alerted if I release new scripts: Table Of Contents Calendar Wizard - Version 5 Download (100k) View blog post. Create five types of calendars in Illustrator including page, wall, tabloid, compact, and mini business card sizes. Text is live and includes character styles and tab stops for customization. Varient: DetachTextFromPath A work in progress... DeleteEmptyLayers Varient: UpdateLayerNames Selecting paths with LESS than X points Useful for selecting sliver park or water polygons and generalizing them out of existance. SelectPathsLessXpoints Fit to Text Box to Text Content FitToTextContent (version 2) Varient: FitToTextContentWidth Close Paths