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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Letterform play with Illustrator

Today I’m giving you a tutorial, not how to create the same as above but lots of things you can create to fill a letterform. They’re mostly basic mini tutorials but if you’re new to Illustrator you might find them useful.

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Make a Yin & Yang with the Shapebuilder Tool in Illustrator

The Shapebuilder Tool gives you a nifty way to either unite or delete sections of overlapping objects in Illustrator. The yin yang above takes about 5 minutes to create. Have a go: download the tutorial for the instructions:

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Clipping mask & text wrap in Illustrator

Use a text wrap to create a pretty visual effect as part of a layout. If the page lacks colour, you could also use a clipping mask to display some colourful graphics through the outline of a shape. I’ve used a lovely curvy ampersand to show you how I created the image above. Download the…

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Create a seamless repeating pattern swatch with Illustrator – the easy way

Today I’ve written a tutorial to show you how to use Illustrator’s Pattern making function. It’s beautifully quick and simple – totally pain-free. There are links to a tutorial to create a recycling symbol as well as a nifty way to make a quick heart.

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Create Faux Postage Stamps with Illustrator

Today’s tutorial shows you how to make faux postage stamps. They can be printed and made into stickers or used as fun elements on holiday letters and notelets. Make a whole sheet of them 🙂 Download the tutorial here: Don’t Miss the Post! These details are taken from the An Post website (https://www.anpost.com/Post-Parcels/Sending/Christmas-2019/christmas-2018-postal-dates)

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Create a Geometric Star in Illustrator

This effect uses Transform & Distort, Live Paint and Pathfinder functions. Change the palette to change the mood and experiment with different effects and change it up to suit yourself. 🙂 Get the pdf tutorial below:

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Define circle segment angles in Illustrator

Sometimes you need to be able to define the angle of a circle segment. Trouble is, in Illustrator, circles are not true circles; they are ellipses shaped into circles with bezier curves. I have written a tutorial detailing the two methods I use to define the angle of a circle segment. Download the tutorial here:…

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