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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.

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.

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.

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

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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

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.