Create an Ikigai Venn diagram in Illustrator

The Japanese philosophy of Ikigai is the pursuit of happiness through being busy in a way that brings meaning and joy to your life. If you know there is a passion inside you and a talent that gives your life meaning but don’t yet know what your Ikigai is, then your mission is to find…

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Create a Celtic Knot with Adobe Illustrator

Today I’m going to show you how to create a ‘triquetra’, also known as a “trinity knot”, a popular design element in Irish jewelry such as Claddaghs and wedding or engagement rings. Like all Celtic Knots, it’s comprised of interwined loops and lines that may look difficult to reproduce. Illustrator has the tools to make…

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Create a tesselated triangle design with Adobe Illustrator

Today’s tutorial shows you how to create a spread of tesselated triangles and fill them with colour using the Live Paint Tool. Download the free tutorial here:

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Make interesting backgrounds with Adobe Illustrator

Today I’m publishing a tutorial to create a background image or banner using Adobe Illustrator. This tutorial will show you how to use the Blend Tool and the Envelope Distort Mesh (monster). It also demonstrates how easy it is to create glowing particles and save them as Symbols. There are lots of tips and techniques…

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Create a Bokeh Background with Illustrator and Photoshop

Today’s tutorial walks you through the process of creating a gradient mesh in illustrator to make a coloured backdrop. It then takes you through the steps to make a bokeh brush in Photoshop and how to apply bokeh over your backdrop. Create a beautiful background image suitable for loads of different applications. The free pdf…

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Create a Reflective Glassy Ball in Adobe Illustrator

Today I’m posting a tutorial on how to create the reflective glassy ball as seen in the image above. It’s based on kdigits video but has lots of changes all detailed in a step-by-step illustrated set of instructions. Mine is created with Illustrator cc but don’t think there are any new tools it uses that…

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Mandala Element Brushes in Illustrator

Happy Earth Day! Today I’m giving you a set of free Illustrator brushes to create some stunning pattern designs. You don’t have to create mandalas, of course, draw any curve or line or shape and use the pattern brushes to decorate them any way you want. I’ve saved them as Tints so you can change…

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Make an animated download arrow with Illustrator and Photoshop

Today’s tutorial shows you how to make an animated download arrow (.gif) using Illustrator & Photoshop. 🙂

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Make a ‘jigsaw’ pencil using Illustrator

We’ve all seen those super infographics where shapes are broken into jigsaw pieces to denote stages in progress, etc. They can fool you with their seeming simplicity but there’s a bit more than meets the eye. Learning the techniques is worth a little bit of effort and I’m sure you’ll come up with brilliant designs…

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Use Live Paint to Intertwine Objects in Illustrator

Today, I’m giving you a pdf tutorial to intertwine objects in Illustrator. Bear in mind, Livepaint is destructive in its effects – so take a copy of the original if it’s important. Download my free tutorial here:

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