Learn the Basics of the Brush Tool in Adobe Illustrator

Hello everybody, and welcome to working with the brush tool in Adobe Illustrator. You’re going learn the basics of the brush tool and how to begin using it competently. You’re going learn how to use the settings that are important to making the brush tool work the way you want to. You’re going learn how to apply brushstrokes to existing artwork. And finally, you’re going to learn how to use existing artwork to create brushes.

The brush tool is very important when you’re trying to create paint like strokes in your vector drawings. This tool will allow you to create a wide array of looks and styles that make your vector illustrations look very organic and hand drawn. You can think of the brush tool has the exact opposite of the pen tool. Whereas the pen tool is used draw precise shapes, the brush tool will allow you the flexibility and freedom that most artists are used to.
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Tips! Quick Grunge Text Vectors

Grunge Text Vectors

For a while, it seemed liked every client wanted grungy graphics. This might sound familiar, “I like it, but can we grunge it up more”. Don’t get me wrong, having some grunge can create a great deal of depth to a design or illustration, but there can be to much of a good thing. This is the technique I use because it is quick and consistent, making it easy to create grunge text vectors.

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Put Design Theory to Work with These 7 Design Principles

Design Principles

What is design theory and how can you put it to work for you? I’ll cover the design principles that propel good design to great design. Superficial instruction, where you’re simply told what to do to get a specific result has its place, but you won’t find any of that here—only principles squarely aimed at applying design fundamentals to increase the effectiveness of your work. Take a look.

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Illustrator Tip: Option Erase

Illustrator Tip

When creating vectors, I often look for Illustrator tips and I sometimes need to delete large areas of artwork. Sometimes I just mask the artwork, but other times I want to get rid of it all together. This is were the Eraser tool comes in handy. Holding down the Option / Alt key with the Eraser tool creates a marquee area and anything within this area will be deleted.

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Tips for Guilloche Pattern Vectors in Under an Hour!

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Today we will talk about the technique of creating guilloche pattern vectors using the Envelope Distort, Blend Tool and Pattern Brush. Guilloche pattern vectors are commonly used to protect the securities and banknotes from counterfeiting. Usually, to generate a guilloche pattern vector, designers use special expensive software. You might not have known that Adobe Illustrator helps to create guilloche pattern vectors, using only native features. Let’s see how it’s done!

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7 Undeniable Design Principles You Can’t Ignore

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What is design theory and how can you put it to work for you? I’ll cover the principles of design that propel good design to great design. Superficial instruction, where you’re simply told what to do to get a specific result has its place, but you won’t find any of that here—only principles squarely aimed at applying design fundamentals to increase the effectiveness of your work. Take a look.

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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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