10 Steps to Create Flat Longboards in Adobe Illustrator

12-longboardsSummer is in full swing! And it’s a perfect time to grab your longboard and go cruising outside. Let’s dedicate this tutorial to our fancy vehicles and learn to create colorful vector longboards in Adobe Illustrator! We’ll go through a descriptive process, building and modifying simple geometric shapes, working with Clipping Masks, Stroke and Pathfinder panel. Let’s get started!

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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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