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Illustrator Trick #2: Tilde Fun

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illustrator tilde trick

Many beginners may not have heard of the “tilde” key trick. It’s the ~ key just beside the number 1 keypad. By holding the tilde key, you can drag to create new shapes following your mouse direction. You can only use it with other shape tools in your tool palette. Combine it with Alt/Option, Shift/Command and spacebar to create new effects. Have fun with the tilde key, below are some experiments I have done with it.

6 months of iStockdiary

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After 6 months of hard work on working on my website, I’m finally getting a PageRank for my website! And it’s a PageRank of 4 which I think is quite good for a start. My current Alexa Rank is 414,513 and I’m working hard to hit the 100,00 mark by end of year. Thanks for everyone who has been linking to my blog and being supportive for my illustrator tutorials.  If you have been enjoying my blog, do help spread the blog by giving a link or spreading to your friends.  Thanks!

Illustrator Tutorial: Stamp

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Illustrator Stamp Tutorial

Let me show you how to draw a nice vector stamp in this Illustrator tutorial. We have seen how others draw circles and blend to specified steps to create the dotted lines and subtract it from a rectangle. But I find it too much of a hassle and work. So why am I rewriting on this since there’s so many tutorials written on it? Cos I’m showing you my unorthodox way of creating a stamp easily. So let’s get the ball rolling!

Illustrator Blend Tool Experiments

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illustrator blend tool

Do you share the same woes when the shapes just go crazy after you blend you shapes? Fret not, Uncle Luc will show us some of his experiences on using the Blend Tool in illustrator. Some of his workarounds include:

  • Reversing the start and end points of one of the two images
  • Adding new anchor points
  • Adding a third object in the blend
  • Blending two identical shapes

To see the full article with examples visit Adobe Illustrator’s Blend Tool

Illustrator Tip #1: Dotted Lines in Illustrator

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You can get interesting dotted lines with your Stroke Palette. Open up your Stroke Palette from Window>Stroke. Draw a line and select it. Enter the dash and gap value as shown. Experiment with different dash and gap values for different effects. To create a square dotted line, make sure the dash and weight is the same value.

illustrator stroke tip

Illustrator Tutorial: Disco Ball

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Disco Ball Illustrator Tutorial


I did a quick search to find an illustrator tutorial on creating a vector disco ball but I couldn’t find one. So I’ve decided to write this tutorial to help those interested in creating this awesome disco ball effect. It is actually quite simple, the technique is to create the texture first and map it onto the 3D sphere. However, we will require Illustrator CS and above to create this awesome Illustrator effect.

The First Adobe Illustrator

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This is the VHS tape that was shipped with Illustrator 1.0. It’s amazing to see that Illustrator 1.0 is already so powerful.

Illustrator tutorial: The Perfect Diamond

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illustrator diamond tutorial

Drawing a vector diamond is pretty simple in Adobe Illustrator. First, let’s do some research on the anatomy of a diamond. We don’t want to do some fancy cut and get rejected by our clients. Here’s a proportional diamond line art taken from the website. We will use this as a guide to help us create a perfect diamond in this Illustrator tutorial.

Color Theory

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color composition

Here is a short article on color from iStockphoto. Recommended reading for beginners learning about color.

Excerpt: When creating a very dense composition with lots of elements stuffed into a single image, it’s easy to let color overwhelm the viewer. The trick is not to use as many bright colors as possible, but to use color to draw the viewer’s eye to whatever you want to in your composition.

Color Emotions in Advertising

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Color relates to emotions. Find out what color to use for your design with this reference chart!

A

action—brown

affliction—purple

anger—red, orange

authority—black

autumn—brown

award—blue

B

beauty (divine)—yellow

beauty (human)—green

belligerence—red, orange

C

chaos—violet

cold—blue

confidence—yellow

constancy—blue

contentment—green

D

dawn—pink

death—black, violet

dedication—violet

demon—blue

dignity—purple

distinction—yellow

dominance—red, orange

E

earthiness—brown

enchantment—violet

enlightenment—yellow

envy—green

esteem—yellow

eternal life—green

excellence—yellow

excitement—red

F

faith—blue

fellowship—brown

fertility—brown

fever—red, orange

fidelity—blue

fire—yellow

flesh—pink

friendship—green

frugality—purple

fruitfulness—green

fulfillment—red

fury—red, orange

G

gold—yellow

gourmet—brown

grief—black

H

health—green

holiness—white

honor—blue

hope—green

human emotions—red

humility—blue, black

I

immateriality—blue

immortality—blue

impressive—violet

innocence—silver, white

intangible—blue

intelligence—yellow

intimate—pink

introverted—blue

J

joy—pink, silver, green

K

knowledge—yellow

L

leisure—green

love (human)—red

love (divine)—violet

love (physical)—red, orange

loyalty—black

lurking catastrophe—violet

M

masculinity—brown

maturity—brown

melancholy—purple

menace—violet

mourning—blue, black

mystery—blue, violet

N

nothing—blue

O

oppression—violet

P

passion—red, orange

passivity—blue

piety—violet

playfulness—yellow

power—blue, black

purity—white, yellow

R

radiance—yellow

recessiveness—blue

royal—black

S

sacrifice—red, orange

sadness—blue, black

serviceability—black

sex—pink

shadow—blue

slaughter—red, orange

solitude—violet

sorrow—black

spirituality—blue, violet

sport—brown

strength (fiery)—red, orange

strength (physical)—brown

superstition—violet

T

tenderness—blue

terror—blue, violet

triumph—red, orange

truce—white

truth—blue

U

understanding—yellow

V

valor—red, orange

value—yellow

vegetable—green

vegetable growth—red, orange

victory—red, orange

virility—brown

W

warmth (atmosphere)—brown

warmth (inner)—red, orange

wisdom—silver

Learn more about color theory in design with this book below!

Illustrator Tutorial: Surprise Gift

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There are times when you will need to do vector gift box and effects for special occasions. This Illustrator tutorial will give you an idea how this can be done using brushes and some other techniques. I will not be going into details how each step is done but I will illustrate on some of the techniques used to create this vector gift box illustration.

Start Digging!

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I have just added a nice digg button on my blog. If you find my tutorials and posts useful, pls help spread it by digging it. Your every dig means a lot to this website. Thanks.

Illustrator Trick #2: Tilde Fun

49

illustrator tilde trick

Many beginners may not have heard of the “tilde” key trick. It’s the ~ key just beside the number 1 keypad. By holding the tilde key, you can drag to create new shapes following your mouse direction. You can only use it with other shape tools in your tool palette. Combine it with Alt/Option, Shift/Command and spacebar to create new effects. Have fun with the tilde key, below are some experiments I have done with it.

6 months of iStockdiary

0

After 6 months of hard work on working on my website, I’m finally getting a PageRank for my website! And it’s a PageRank of 4 which I think is quite good for a start. My current Alexa Rank is 414,513 and I’m working hard to hit the 100,00 mark by end of year. Thanks for everyone who has been linking to my blog and being supportive for my illustrator tutorials.  If you have been enjoying my blog, do help spread the blog by giving a link or spreading to your friends.  Thanks!

Illustrator Tutorial: Stamp

30

Illustrator Stamp Tutorial

Let me show you how to draw a nice vector stamp in this Illustrator tutorial. We have seen how others draw circles and blend to specified steps to create the dotted lines and subtract it from a rectangle. But I find it too much of a hassle and work. So why am I rewriting on this since there’s so many tutorials written on it? Cos I’m showing you my unorthodox way of creating a stamp easily. So let’s get the ball rolling!

Illustrator Blend Tool Experiments

0

illustrator blend tool

Do you share the same woes when the shapes just go crazy after you blend you shapes? Fret not, Uncle Luc will show us some of his experiences on using the Blend Tool in illustrator. Some of his workarounds include:

  • Reversing the start and end points of one of the two images
  • Adding new anchor points
  • Adding a third object in the blend
  • Blending two identical shapes

To see the full article with examples visit Adobe Illustrator’s Blend Tool

Illustrator Tip #1: Dotted Lines in Illustrator

48


You can get interesting dotted lines with your Stroke Palette. Open up your Stroke Palette from Window>Stroke. Draw a line and select it. Enter the dash and gap value as shown. Experiment with different dash and gap values for different effects. To create a square dotted line, make sure the dash and weight is the same value.

illustrator stroke tip

Illustrator Tutorial: Disco Ball

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Disco Ball Illustrator Tutorial


I did a quick search to find an illustrator tutorial on creating a vector disco ball but I couldn’t find one. So I’ve decided to write this tutorial to help those interested in creating this awesome disco ball effect. It is actually quite simple, the technique is to create the texture first and map it onto the 3D sphere. However, we will require Illustrator CS and above to create this awesome Illustrator effect.

The First Adobe Illustrator

0

This is the VHS tape that was shipped with Illustrator 1.0. It’s amazing to see that Illustrator 1.0 is already so powerful.

Illustrator tutorial: The Perfect Diamond

66

illustrator diamond tutorial

Drawing a vector diamond is pretty simple in Adobe Illustrator. First, let’s do some research on the anatomy of a diamond. We don’t want to do some fancy cut and get rejected by our clients. Here’s a proportional diamond line art taken from the website. We will use this as a guide to help us create a perfect diamond in this Illustrator tutorial.

Color Theory

4

color composition

Here is a short article on color from iStockphoto. Recommended reading for beginners learning about color.

Excerpt: When creating a very dense composition with lots of elements stuffed into a single image, it’s easy to let color overwhelm the viewer. The trick is not to use as many bright colors as possible, but to use color to draw the viewer’s eye to whatever you want to in your composition.

Color Emotions in Advertising

0

Color relates to emotions. Find out what color to use for your design with this reference chart!

A

action—brown

affliction—purple

anger—red, orange

authority—black

autumn—brown

award—blue

B

beauty (divine)—yellow

beauty (human)—green

belligerence—red, orange

C

chaos—violet

cold—blue

confidence—yellow

constancy—blue

contentment—green

D

dawn—pink

death—black, violet

dedication—violet

demon—blue

dignity—purple

distinction—yellow

dominance—red, orange

E

earthiness—brown

enchantment—violet

enlightenment—yellow

envy—green

esteem—yellow

eternal life—green

excellence—yellow

excitement—red

F

faith—blue

fellowship—brown

fertility—brown

fever—red, orange

fidelity—blue

fire—yellow

flesh—pink

friendship—green

frugality—purple

fruitfulness—green

fulfillment—red

fury—red, orange

G

gold—yellow

gourmet—brown

grief—black

H

health—green

holiness—white

honor—blue

hope—green

human emotions—red

humility—blue, black

I

immateriality—blue

immortality—blue

impressive—violet

innocence—silver, white

intangible—blue

intelligence—yellow

intimate—pink

introverted—blue

J

joy—pink, silver, green

K

knowledge—yellow

L

leisure—green

love (human)—red

love (divine)—violet

love (physical)—red, orange

loyalty—black

lurking catastrophe—violet

M

masculinity—brown

maturity—brown

melancholy—purple

menace—violet

mourning—blue, black

mystery—blue, violet

N

nothing—blue

O

oppression—violet

P

passion—red, orange

passivity—blue

piety—violet

playfulness—yellow

power—blue, black

purity—white, yellow

R

radiance—yellow

recessiveness—blue

royal—black

S

sacrifice—red, orange

sadness—blue, black

serviceability—black

sex—pink

shadow—blue

slaughter—red, orange

solitude—violet

sorrow—black

spirituality—blue, violet

sport—brown

strength (fiery)—red, orange

strength (physical)—brown

superstition—violet

T

tenderness—blue

terror—blue, violet

triumph—red, orange

truce—white

truth—blue

U

understanding—yellow

V

valor—red, orange

value—yellow

vegetable—green

vegetable growth—red, orange

victory—red, orange

virility—brown

W

warmth (atmosphere)—brown

warmth (inner)—red, orange

wisdom—silver

Learn more about color theory in design with this book below!

Illustrator Tutorial: Surprise Gift

62



There are times when you will need to do vector gift box and effects for special occasions. This Illustrator tutorial will give you an idea how this can be done using brushes and some other techniques. I will not be going into details how each step is done but I will illustrate on some of the techniques used to create this vector gift box illustration.

Start Digging!

0


I have just added a nice digg button on my blog. If you find my tutorials and posts useful, pls help spread it by digging it. Your every dig means a lot to this website. Thanks.