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The Best Illustrator Books & Videos For Learning

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Here is a list of Illustrator books and videos I find it useful for beginners to pick up Illustrator. The best way to learn is still through Lynda’s video tutorials as you can follow the instructors steps.

Illustrator Tips #4: 7 Exceptionally Useful Text Shortcuts

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Illustrator text shortcuts

Here are 7 text shortcuts I find it very useful in Illustrator. It is very handy when you are dealing with typography. The shortcuts help you make slight adjustments to your text very easily. The good news is that most work in Photoshop and Indesign too. So what’s your favourite text shortcuts?

Premium Tutorial: Illustrator Rope Brush

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illustrator rope brush tutorial

How to Make Rope Brush in Illustrator

Making a rope brush can be very tricky if you are creating from scratch. In this tutorial, I will be showing you my secret technique of making a brush rope easily. Step by step, I will show you how to create the pattern for the rope and move on to making the rope ends. Finally, we will apply the rope brush a path to create a pile of rope.

And when you order today, I’m topping up a bonus tutorial to teach you how to weave a rope text as shown above. Using this technique, you will be able to weave through ship anchors or any objects your like. See more examples below of what you are able to achieve using this technique.

TemplateMonster’s Lottery: Vote & Win a Template

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monstertemplate elections

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TemplateMonster is holding its own lottery and elections to celebrate the Independence Day. With elections for the U.S President just around the corner, TemplateMonster came up with the idea of holding its own elections. However, you won’t be voting for Barack Obama or John McCain. But you will be voting for the design that you find more suitable for America-the-beautiful. The design that gets the most votes will win. And 6 lucky winners who voted for the winning design will be announced. The winner gets to win fabulous discount coupons and web templates from TemplateMonster. On top of that, TemplateMonster is giving away a set of FREE Patriotic Iconset (worth $50) for every voters.

So hurry and cast your vote. Your every vote counts!

 

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Switching Host to Media Temple

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Finally, I’m done with migrating my website to Media Temple. The experience at Lunarpages was great until they suspended my account after it was using up too much resources. I needed a new plan, hence I decided to give Media Temple a try after hearing all the hype about it in the design industry. Currently I’m on their Grid-Service plan ($20/month), which is a big improvement over the previous shared server plan. If you plan to sign up, don’t miss the fabulous 15% off discount code: Kirupa07, when you are filling the order.

Server upgrading this week

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You may have noticed my website is down for 2 days. The technical side sent me an email that my server was overloaded and I need to upgrade to support the heavy traffic. At the mean time, I’m planning to move to a new host. So just hang on there for a few days. Here is a list of things you can do if you are feeling bored:

  1. Read my latest tutorial on creating a cool water ripple effect at Vectortuts
  2. Subscribe to my RSS so that you won’t miss any interesting tutorials or tips coming out once I finish upgrading my server
  3. Download my free tutorial on seamless tiles before I start charging for it
  4. Cast a vote in my poll
  5. Give me ideas how to improve my blog
  6. Link to my website if you like it

Premium Tutorial: Illustrator Seamless Patterns

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illustrator seamless patterns

Secrets of Making Illustrator Seamless Patterns

If you ever tried making your illustrator seamless pattern, you probably have failed to make it tile perfectly. Things get even harder when the pattern is random and chaotic.

In this tutorial, I will show you my own unique technique of creating seamless patterns and tiles effortlessly. I will start with a leaf and show you how to create a pile of leaves with different shades. After that, I will reveal my trick to make it tile seamlessly. With this technique in hand, you will be able to create your own wallpaper patterns.

REVIEW: Brochuremonster

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brochure monster templates
Creating a brochure from scratch used to be a daunting task. Now with Brouchuremonster all this can be easily done by using their templates and customization services. The large variety of brochures will definitely provide you with one that meets your business needs. You can save more time and money by just selecting your preferred design and purchasing it directly at an affordable cost. On top of that, all the brochures come with 100% licenced photos & illustration so that you don’t have to worry about image license.

iStockdiary is Now Open for Advertising

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iStockdiary is now open for advertising for 125×125 banners on my website. For interested advertisers, hurry up and buy the ad space at an affordable price of $50/month. Grab this irresistible offer now!

Filterit 4.2 Plugin Review

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filterit 4.2 plugin

FILTERiT plugin offers a range of different cool effects for illustrator. Some of the effects like live trail and radial wave which might take some time to create, can now be easily done with this plugin. Below is a list of functions that can be found in FILTERiT4.2 plugin.

Illustrator Trick #3: Repeated Patterns

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Repeated dot patterns in illustrator

Do you have any idea how this repeated pattern is done in illustrator? If your answer is using Ctrl/Command+D to duplicate circles into rows, throw that idea away! Corey from Layers TV Episode will be showing his trick on created repeated pattern tiles easily using Effect>Distort & Transform>Transform. This is much powerful as you can make further adjustments under Appearance Palette. Here is a summary how it is done:

Illustrator Tutorial: 3D Gear

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3D Gear

I will be showing you how to draw a 3d gear easily in this Illustrator tutorial. To make things more interesting, I will be using opacity mask to show through the wireframe of the gear. After this tutorial you will have a better understanding on drawing gears and 3D extrude tool in Adobe Illustrator.

The Best Illustrator Books & Videos For Learning

8

Here is a list of Illustrator books and videos I find it useful for beginners to pick up Illustrator. The best way to learn is still through Lynda’s video tutorials as you can follow the instructors steps.

Illustrator Tips #4: 7 Exceptionally Useful Text Shortcuts

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Illustrator text shortcuts

Here are 7 text shortcuts I find it very useful in Illustrator. It is very handy when you are dealing with typography. The shortcuts help you make slight adjustments to your text very easily. The good news is that most work in Photoshop and Indesign too. So what’s your favourite text shortcuts?

Premium Tutorial: Illustrator Rope Brush

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illustrator rope brush tutorial

How to Make Rope Brush in Illustrator

Making a rope brush can be very tricky if you are creating from scratch. In this tutorial, I will be showing you my secret technique of making a brush rope easily. Step by step, I will show you how to create the pattern for the rope and move on to making the rope ends. Finally, we will apply the rope brush a path to create a pile of rope.

And when you order today, I’m topping up a bonus tutorial to teach you how to weave a rope text as shown above. Using this technique, you will be able to weave through ship anchors or any objects your like. See more examples below of what you are able to achieve using this technique.

TemplateMonster’s Lottery: Vote & Win a Template

0

monstertemplate elections

[am4show have=’p3′]

TemplateMonster is holding its own lottery and elections to celebrate the Independence Day. With elections for the U.S President just around the corner, TemplateMonster came up with the idea of holding its own elections. However, you won’t be voting for Barack Obama or John McCain. But you will be voting for the design that you find more suitable for America-the-beautiful. The design that gets the most votes will win. And 6 lucky winners who voted for the winning design will be announced. The winner gets to win fabulous discount coupons and web templates from TemplateMonster. On top of that, TemplateMonster is giving away a set of FREE Patriotic Iconset (worth $50) for every voters.

So hurry and cast your vote. Your every vote counts!

 

[/am4show]

Switching Host to Media Temple

0

Finally, I’m done with migrating my website to Media Temple. The experience at Lunarpages was great until they suspended my account after it was using up too much resources. I needed a new plan, hence I decided to give Media Temple a try after hearing all the hype about it in the design industry. Currently I’m on their Grid-Service plan ($20/month), which is a big improvement over the previous shared server plan. If you plan to sign up, don’t miss the fabulous 15% off discount code: Kirupa07, when you are filling the order.

Server upgrading this week

0

You may have noticed my website is down for 2 days. The technical side sent me an email that my server was overloaded and I need to upgrade to support the heavy traffic. At the mean time, I’m planning to move to a new host. So just hang on there for a few days. Here is a list of things you can do if you are feeling bored:

  1. Read my latest tutorial on creating a cool water ripple effect at Vectortuts
  2. Subscribe to my RSS so that you won’t miss any interesting tutorials or tips coming out once I finish upgrading my server
  3. Download my free tutorial on seamless tiles before I start charging for it
  4. Cast a vote in my poll
  5. Give me ideas how to improve my blog
  6. Link to my website if you like it

Premium Tutorial: Illustrator Seamless Patterns

13

illustrator seamless patterns

Secrets of Making Illustrator Seamless Patterns

If you ever tried making your illustrator seamless pattern, you probably have failed to make it tile perfectly. Things get even harder when the pattern is random and chaotic.

In this tutorial, I will show you my own unique technique of creating seamless patterns and tiles effortlessly. I will start with a leaf and show you how to create a pile of leaves with different shades. After that, I will reveal my trick to make it tile seamlessly. With this technique in hand, you will be able to create your own wallpaper patterns.

REVIEW: Brochuremonster

1

brochure monster templates
Creating a brochure from scratch used to be a daunting task. Now with Brouchuremonster all this can be easily done by using their templates and customization services. The large variety of brochures will definitely provide you with one that meets your business needs. You can save more time and money by just selecting your preferred design and purchasing it directly at an affordable cost. On top of that, all the brochures come with 100% licenced photos & illustration so that you don’t have to worry about image license.

iStockdiary is Now Open for Advertising

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iStockdiary is now open for advertising for 125×125 banners on my website. For interested advertisers, hurry up and buy the ad space at an affordable price of $50/month. Grab this irresistible offer now!

Filterit 4.2 Plugin Review

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filterit 4.2 plugin

FILTERiT plugin offers a range of different cool effects for illustrator. Some of the effects like live trail and radial wave which might take some time to create, can now be easily done with this plugin. Below is a list of functions that can be found in FILTERiT4.2 plugin.

Illustrator Trick #3: Repeated Patterns

11

Repeated dot patterns in illustrator

Do you have any idea how this repeated pattern is done in illustrator? If your answer is using Ctrl/Command+D to duplicate circles into rows, throw that idea away! Corey from Layers TV Episode will be showing his trick on created repeated pattern tiles easily using Effect>Distort & Transform>Transform. This is much powerful as you can make further adjustments under Appearance Palette. Here is a summary how it is done:

Illustrator Tutorial: 3D Gear

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3D Gear

I will be showing you how to draw a 3d gear easily in this Illustrator tutorial. To make things more interesting, I will be using opacity mask to show through the wireframe of the gear. After this tutorial you will have a better understanding on drawing gears and 3D extrude tool in Adobe Illustrator.