20 Basic Illustrator Tutorials Every Beginner Should See Learning a new software application can be a daunting task, especially when tackling an application that’s as deep as Adobe Illustrator! Thankfully there’s a colection of Illustrator veterans who are generous enough to take the time to document the basics, allowing new users to grasp the initial workings and gain a know-how of the tools and core techniques. This collection of hand-picked tutorials cover various tools, and provide plenty of useful hints and tips. Together they form a super handy resource for any beginner looking to get their brains wrapped around Adobe Illustrator. Learn Illustrator CS3 in 30 Days This in-depth 30 day course from Vector Diary is one of the most useful courses out there. Illustrator Beginner’s Series IllustrationInfo’s Illustrator beginner’s series covers the most common tools with insights into their uses. Adobe Illustrator Guides and Tutorials The collection of tutorials and guides from klethegr8 include various hints and tips for all kinds of tools.
Needle Lace Skeleton Leaves Skeleton leaves are a scrapbooking/paper art supply that are very beautiful but also incredibly fragile. I wanted to make something that was pretty in the same way, but wasn’t going to crumble if I used on an apparel or accessory item. This needle lace skeleton leaves method is the perfect way to create the look in a way that would hold up to a lot. Supplies: - embroidery floss - basic sewing thread (will not be part of the finished project) - sharp scissors - needles - glue – rubber cement and E6000 are good choices - paper (the ordinary stuff you use for your printer is perfect) - printed pattern (or your own line art) Download the Needle Lace Skeleton Leaf Pattern by clicking here. Stitch The Framework Loosely cut out the leaf you want to stitch. Pre-punch your stitching holes with your needle. Fill in with extra holes so that they’re all about 1/4 inch/3mm apart. Thread your needle with a couple of feet of sewing thread and tie a large knot at the end. Stitch back to the center line.
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How To Create a Realistic Money Effect in Photoshop The classic illustration style used on money is something I’ve always wanted to figure out how to replicate in Photoshop. There’s plenty of Photoshop tutorials that show how to create a basic halftone line effect, but they never quite capture that authentic engraved look with plenty of shading and tone. After lots of trial and error I finally managed to figure it out, so here’s an in depth tutorial on how to create a realistic money illustration effect in Photoshop (with some help from Illustrator!). The effect we’ll be creating in today’s tutorial is this vintage engraved or etched illustration style that builds up the tonal areas of an image with lots of tiny lines. Unlike the basic halftone line effect used in other tutorials, this method actually uses curved and wavy lines that vary in weight to produce an accurate replica of this classic illustration technique. Enter 4mm in the Size option and apply 11 ridges in the settings. Change the Selection option to Shadows then hit OK.
Design Inspiration | Abduzeedo Illustrator’s Live Trace: Sketch to Vector - Smashing Magazine Advertisement In this post we will take a drawn design, scan it and clean it up in Photoshop, then trace it using the Live Trace feature in Adobe Illustrator. Live Trace was introduced in Adobe Illustrator CS2 but is still a powerful tool available in Illustrator CS5. This process really gives an artist the freedom to digitally experiment with drawings of any kind. The vector art it produces can be used in numerous ways and is easily customized. My motivation for trying this was originally to make a “growing vine”-type animation in Adobe After Effects. Scan and Clean Up Scan your sketch and bring the image into Adobe Photoshop. Cleaning up the image is important for getting a good trace in Illustrator. Go to Select -> Color Range: Use the Eyedropper Tool to click on your image and to sample the colors you want included. Add to Sample and Subtract from Sample: Use these Eyedropper Tools (to the right of the main Eyedropper Tool) to select or take away from the preview image. Touch-Ups
Tips on Making Temari Balls Simple and inexpensive materials are easy to find and fun to combine. A Styrofoam® ball forms the core, a layer of batting is applied and trimmed to the ball, thin yarn is randomly wrapped over, then sewing thread is randomly wrapped on the outside of the ball. These layers produce a cushioned surface to stitch into. Preparation of a ball takes only about 20 minutes. The Secret... A plain paper strip with no numbers creates all of the patterns! First, the strip is pinned to the ball with the North Pole pin. Any number of divisions may be made around the Equator - 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, etc. This simple method of measuring gives perfect precision to mark the patterns of Temari! Steps: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38.
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Tut > Illustrator >> The Blend Tool Last updated The blend tool is a great way to build out shapes and design elements in Illustrator. Here's a quick overview of how it works and some techniques to apply. Table of contents What the blend tool does The blend tool joins two or more different objects together. Illustrator 101 - The Blend Tool from George Ornbo on Vimeo. Once you have created your blend you can modify it by double clicking on the Blend Tool to bring up the options. Not just for blending lines The blend tool is not limited to lines. In this example I’ve used some of Bittbox’s custom brushes. So get working with the blend tool and you even end up making something like this! Have an update or suggestion for this article? Tags Recent Posts Listening to BBC Radio with mpvThe BBC publishes high quality 320 kbps HLS AAC streams that can be used to listen to radio from the command-line using mpv.
50 Portrait Retouching Tutorials To Take Your Photoshop Skills To A New Level Email Is it something that often happens to you? You just sit and keep on looking through your photos on the computer screen trying to take a closer look at your full-size pictures. And then it occurs to you that they didn’t really suck that much during the actual shoot? Of course, what you see during the shoot with your eyes and what you get after the photo session is not the same thing. Photoshop is capable of making slightly imperfect photo into an awesome shot. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. \24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38. 39. 40. 41. 42. 43. 44. 45. 46. 47. 48. 49. 50.
Brody Associates How to open an ai or eps file in Photoshop Many of you have asked me if it is possible to open and use our vector resources (.ai and .eps files) in Photoshop. Well, it is, even if with evident limits. In this brief tutorial I’ll show you how to manage vectors using Photoshop and which are the advantages of using a vector software like Illustrator to work with these kind of files. Both with a Mac or a Pc, the process of opening a file with a specific software is the same. At the end of this first step, this is what you should see (I’m using Photoshop CS4): The most important thing to consider is the size. This is why I suggest you to choose a very large size. I’ve opened the vector file with Photoshop…and now? Once opened the vector file with Photoshop, you’ll have all the objects on the same layer. To extract and import one of the objects, simple grab a selection tool – in my case the Rectangular Marquee Tool – to select it, and press ctrl+C to copy it (cmd+C if you’re using a Mac). Now let’s enlarge the two images.