Shape Builder Tool as Paint Bucket – Adobe Illustrator Tutorial

Shape Builder Tool as Paint Bucket

When the Shape Builder tool came out in CS5, it wasn’t really on my radar. I have a set of actions and keyboard shortcuts setup for the different Shape Modes from the Pathfinders panel. I didn’t really need a new tool to replace my workflow. After using it more and more, I’m coming around to thinking it’s a pretty powerful tool and I really like to use it as a Paint Bucket.

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Fix Overlapping Custom Art Brush Strokes

Fix Overlapping Custom Art Brush Strokes

I like scanning a bunch of different brush strokes to create custom Illustrator Art Brushes. When I create these brushes from the outlined scanned artwork I sometimes get this weird overlapping effect that’s really annoying. I’ve been hunting around for a solution and finally found one. To be honest, I’m not really sure I understand why it works, but it does, so I guess that’s fine.

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Quick Tip: Quickly Navigate Artboards

I use multiple Artboards on my Illustrator documents consistently and don’t know how I could work without them. I use them for versioning, multiple concepts, logo variations and more. If you’re like me, sometimes navigating multiple Artboards on a document can get cumbersome. Luckily, there is a keyboard shortcut!

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