5 Amazing Illustrator Plugins

Adobe Illustrator is one of the most popular vector-graphics editors in the world. It is used by professionals and amateurs alike. You can enhance your artwork and work faster through the usage of plug-ins. Knowing which plug-ins to choose can be hard but here are 5 of the best to get you started.

VectorScribe

Previously know as Better Handles, it has now be renamed as VectorSribe. This plug-in is an exceptional and affordable one. It makes it easy to edit corners in Illustrator. Everyone that uses Illustrator knows how limited corner editing can be. With VectorSribe, you can do plenty of editing and customization without a ton of excess work. You can edit corner radius, apply corners, change corner types, removing corners and many more.

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CADtools 5

This plug-in is a powerful time saver that adds CAD capabilities to Illustrator. Users can “snap” their artwork onto special grids and draw isometric projects in 3D easily. It comes with 67 drawing, editing, labeling and dimensioning tools that consists of 8 groups –  2D Drawing, 2D Dimensioning, Isometric Drawing, Isometric Dimensioning, CAD Walls, 2D Editing, Labeling, Construction. There are numerous tools that it adds to the application, making your artwork take less time and enhancing the look overall.

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Phantasm CS 2

This fantastic plug-in combines the best of Photoshop and Illustrator. It allows you to change the curves, hue and saturation easily and efficiently. It is also fairly affordable and affordable. This tool is a must have for print designers as it gives you total control on spot colors and print output previews.

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SymmetryWorks 4

If you frequently work with repeating patterns, then SymmetryWorks 4 is a plug-in you need. It allows you to work on greeting cards, flyers and other printable graphics easily. This plug-in contains brushes, vectors, symbols and patterns to incorporate into your artwork. The extras and little bonuses in this collection are fun to play with and may be just what you need. It’s cheap, easy to use and could make or break your project. The plugin costs less than $80.

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Andrew’s Vector Plug-ins Collection

This little plug-in contains brushes, vectors, symbols and patterns to incorporate into your artwork. The extras and little bonuses in this collection are fun to play with and may be just what you need. You can create lots of random and stunning abstract shapes without much effort in Illustrator. It gives you more than 1000 ways to use and open new doors to abstract art.

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  1. The “Smart remove points” feature in VectorMagic is worth the cost alone. It lets you select and remove a point in a curve while automatically adjusting the handles on the adjacent points to closely reproduce the curve that was there previously. I use this constantly to simplify shapes for laser cutting.