Quick Tip: Quickly Reset 3D Options

Quick Tip: Quickly Reset 3D Options

The 3D features in Illustrator come in handy when creating logos, illustrations, and other graphic elements. I’ve found experimenting with different settings within the 3D Options dialogs, can yield some unexpected but welcoming results. When experimenting with the 3D options, sometimes it is frustrating trying to get back to the original settings without closing the dialog. But there is an easy answer!

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Quick Tip: Selecting All Artwork In An Active Artboard

Quick Tip: Selecting All Artwork In An Active Artboard

Here is another quick tip when using Multiple Artboards in CS4. When you Select All (Command + A), Illustrator will select all the artwork in every artboard. This is great in some situations, but sometimes you want to select all artwork in an active artboard and not in others. No problem! Simply use the keyboard shortcut Command + Option + A (Mac) or Ctrl + Alt + A (Win)!

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Quick Tip: Guides In Multiple Artboards

Quicktip: Single Artboard Guides

I have been using the new Multiple Artboards feature in Illustrator CS4 more and more lately. I use it for setting up identity packages, multiple logo options , illustration variations, and so on. One thing that annoyed me, was using guides with multiple artboards. By default, guides span all artboards. Luckily, there is a simple solution to set guides to only span a particular artboard.

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Transform Tool Trick

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This is one of those tricks that I felt stupid I didn’t know after I learned about it. I’m sure others out there know about it, but there must be some that don’t. This transform function works in CS3 and CS4. I’m not sure about earlier versions of Illustrator, so if anyone knows, post a comment. I came across this trick when watching episode 58 of Layers TV, a great Adobe videocast.

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Awesome Multiple Artboard Scripts for Illustrator CS4

Awsome Multiple Artboard Scipt for CS4

Mordy Golding, author of the Real World Adobe Illustrator series (I can’t wait for his Real World Illustrator CS4 book), has posted a couple of amazing Illustrator CS4 scripts from Shane Stanley to his blog. Mordy was the Product Manger for Illustrator from 2001 to 2004, so you know these will be quality scripts. Upon using the scripts, the usability of Illustrator CS4’s Multiple Artboard function skyrockets.

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20% Off Purchases of $30 or More From the Vectips Shop

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I love vectors, and if you are reading this, I’m pretty sure you love them as well. Show how much you love vectors by getting a geeky Vectips t-shirt. Sport your favorite tool or let everyone know that rasters suck! If you haven’t checked out the shop lately, now is a good time. There are more t-shirts in more colors. Also, get 20% off purchases of $30 or more until the end of October!

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Adobe Illustrator CS4 Review

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I have been working with the new Illustrator CS4 everyday for the past week. To test out the functionality and new features of CS4, I worked on logos, illustrations, web designs and more. There are some great improvements in the CS4 version of Illustrator. What are the new functions? How do they work? Is it worth it to upgrade? I’ll answer these questions in my review of Illustrator CS4!

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