Short & Sweet Illustrator Cheat Sheet

I posted this a while ago but it was nested inside a post about something else. This morning, I couldn’t remember the easy way to make puckered stars in Illustrator and went foraging for this cheat sheet. It’s very handy and needs its own page. Here’s the link to the pdf:

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Text Animators in After Effects

I’ve written down the steps to create the animation above. It’s cute. Use your imagination to set up the scene as you wish. These instructions are just about using the text and text animators. Okay… let’s begin. Create a New Comp and import your background files to set your scene. Type in text, eg, โ€˜Motorโ€™.…

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Touching Triangles in a Circle – Illustrator Tutorial

The Transform Effect options in Adobe Illustrator are very powerful but can be hard to master. Take touching triangles in a circle. I know of two ways to create them. Using Trig or a dead simple way. Download my free pdf tutorial to learn both ways.

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Everything you need to make magic motion sparkles

Don’t we all have an inner child that sees magic in glittery sparkles streaming across a screen? Just for a second, don’t you feel the love? Everybody loves sparklers! I’ve put together a quick learning video with everything you need to make sparkle paths using Adobe After Effects. I give you the easiest, most straightforward…

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Create a Wobble-In Text Animation with After Effects

Have you ever watched a tutorial and felt a bit peed off when there was an animation that just wasn’t explained? An effect that just ‘made’ the whole thing? This happened to me when I saw the intro to a tutorial that included an uphill wobble effect that displayed some text as it moved. I…

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Create a jazzy background in a jiffy with Adobe Illustrator

How about a Rainbow Mesh overlaid with circles of varying transparency? It has vibrancy, lots of colour as juicy as you like, and offers a refreshing antidote to the grey feel of last year. You can work this up to fit in with loads of design applications. Colour yourself happy ๐Ÿ™‚ It looks like it’s…

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Ever tried to assemble flat pack furniture?

It can feel a bit like wrestling with a pig. I felt this way about getting back into animation. All those layers. Controlling timings, anchorpoints, sequencing and a big old wallop of mad effects and presets to choose from. Which bit goes where …. and when? Made that flat pack look pretty enticing. Butching up,…

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