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Video Tutorial — Reviewing Adobe Illustrator's Extensive Gradients Toolset Advertisement While vector based artwork lets designers take advantage of small file sizes and lossless scaling it can also be limiting when trying to add depth and richness to a design. Adobe Illustrator offers a plethora of gradient tools that can help artist produce more organic and vivid pieces. This extended video tutorial covers a wide variety of topics including basic gradient tools (0:30), the appearance pannel and multiple gradient fill layers (2:30), creating gradients with the blending tool (3:45), gradient strokes (6:30), gradient mesh (7:45), using gradients with type (14:00), wrapping gradients with envelope distort (16:30), and using opacity masks. Highlights and Takeaways:

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A Curated List of Facebook Marketing Reference Guides Facebook’s library of guides and resources is vast, yet these references can be a bit intimidating to navigate. Fortunately, for advertisers who are in need of case studies, best practice guides, tips, resources, updates, and industry-specific information, Facebook offers a trove of helpful information presented in visually-appealing formats. After I put together A Short Reference of Facebook One-Sheeter Guides, I realized there were some advertisers who could use some help in navigating Facebook’s reference resources in general. Sometimes, an advertiser simply needs some pre-built documentation for themselves, or to help educate colleagues, clients, or partners about a specific topic. Below, I’ve curated a variety of Facebook’s resource pages for topics that are relevant to a wide range of advertisers. I focused on resources that have been updated within the past two years to help ensure the information is as current as possible.

Preparing Artwork for Screen Printing in Adobe Illustrator Advertisement Getting t-shirts printed is an ideal way to promote your business, organization or event. They are a promotional item that people can actually use, and they have the added bonus of being an advertisement for you. 100+ Attention-Grabbing Blog Post Title Templates That Work You’ve probably heard this a lot of times. But YES. Having a catchy title is the key to grabbing people’s attention. It's your golden ticket to increased traffic and wider audience. You need to elicit interest, emotion, and curiosity in your potential readers to make your blog post title as irresistible as possible. Plus, it plays a crucial role in improving your search ranking.

2017 Social Media Trend Report: Volume 3 Over the past 10+ years, social media platforms have changed drastically and successful marketers have responded by being adaptive and questioning. Following the days of organic content and community being key (Social 1.0), we shifted into 2.0 when platforms built out robust paid offerings creating a pay-to-play environment. We have entered a new landscape 360i calls Social 3.0 or People First (at scale). This is a marriage of the best learnings of Social 1.0 and 2.0 and focuses on amplifying content and experiences around a key audience’s interests and consumption habits.

5 Simple Tricks To Bring Light and Shadow Into Your Designs Advertisement There’s just no escaping light and shadow — it’s everywhere you look. Everything you see reflects light and casts some sort of shadow. Archive - Malan Hey – Thousands of people are getting my private newsletter each week. Want in? Click the little link right there —> Sign up here. Browse or search the full archives below. Instagram Sponsored Post (Influencer Money Calculator) The Instagram Money Calculator allows you to calculate your estimated earnings from your Instagram account if you believe you are an influencer, based on your engagement and number of followers. Below are some stats relating to engagement on Instagram, followed by the Instagram Influencer Earnings Calculator. Summary: Ways to Make Money on Instagram Instagram Influencer Earnings Calculator The tools below are not official Instagram tools and not in any way associated or endorsed by Instagram.

The Secrets of the Appearance Panel: Multiple Fills In this tutorial, we'll explore the Adobe Illustrator Appearance panel and learn to create objects that look like groups of many shapes, but consist of only one shape with multiple fills applied, with no brushes used. We'll dive really deep into the the Appearance panel and unlock its secrets. Illustrator enthusiasts will love this detailed tutorial! Final Image Preview Below are the images we'll be creating in this tutorial using the Appearance panel. Want access to the full Vector Source files and downloadable copies of every tutorial, including this one?

The Finch Blog: PPC best practices and industry trends Details Written by Bjorn Espenes The paid search industry is riddled with broken promises. If you have hired an agency or an in-house search guru you have probably been burned; these people tend to promise the world but deliver very little. It seems there are unlimited promises made: we’ll give you amazing PPC exchange for an upfront fee, a fixed monthly price tag and a long-term contract, or a high fixed salary for an in-house guru. How to boost spotify plays Spotify playlist curators Archives - New Artist Model “How to get your music on Spotify playlists?” That’s the hot question in the mind of just about every indie musician on the planet. And with good reason. There are plenty of inspiring stories of musicians who got one song on a crazy-popular playlist and can now pay all their bills with their Spotify checks. It can definitely be the best way to get your music heard if you can get on a popular playlist.

How to Control Gradient Fills in Adobe Illustrator Topic: Adobe IllustratorDifficulty: beginnerEstimated completion time: 15 minutes Gradient fills are used to create transitions between colors. Most often they are used to add volume to flat vector objects, creating light and shadow. Today we’ll learn how to create gradients and control them. Adobe Illustrator has only two types of gradient fills. These are linear and radial gradients.