Did You Know: Wacom Eraser?

This post is like a quick tip, but it focuses on helpful Illustrator features. Did you know, if you have a Wacom tablet, you can flip the pen over and Illustrator will automatically switch to the Eraser tool. It’s a cool little feature that can make drawing in Illustrator a little more natural. Remember, you can also set your Eraser tool to use your pen tablet pressure sensitivity.

Did You Know: Join More?

This post is like a quick tip, but it focuses on helpful Illustrator features. Did you know, in CS5 it is now possible to join more than two anchor points at the same time? In previous versions of Illustrator you were only allowed to join two anchor points. I’m sure a bunch of you know this, but it’s handy info if you didn’t!

Did You Know: Symbol Layers

Symbol Layers

This post is like a quick tip, but it focuses on helpful Illustrator features. Did you know that Illustrator CS5 Symbols contain their own layers! Symbols in CS5 have an independent layer order so you can create sublayers in the Layers panel for symbols when in symbol editing mode. Pretty cool.

Quick Tip: Persistent Libraries

This was a tip I mentioned on Vector Mill but it’s worth repeating if you haven’t heard about it. Here is the thing, I use a bunch of custom swatch, brush, graphic styles, and symbol libraries but they will disappear every time you exit Illustrator. Do not fear, there is a easy solution to keep these available¬†every time¬†you launch Illustrator!

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Quick Tip: Quickly Preview Graphic Styles

Preview Graphic Styles in Illustrator

I’m sure by now you all know that I love using the Appearance panel and Graphic Styles in Illustrator. In one document I can have a number of similar and complex graphic styles and the thumbnail image in the Graphic Style panel doesn’t always represent the style as good as I would like. Luckily you can quickly preview a graphic style on a selected object!

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