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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Create a stroke and fill embossed effect with Illustrator

Illustrator, unlike Photoshop, doesn’t have dedicated contouring capabilities. This tutorial shows you how to achieve embossing effects without having to open up PSD and rasterizing your work. You can apply the effects on shapes, including text, and you’ll be pleased to find that even after ’embossing’ your original graphics remain editable. To finish off, it…

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Colourful Words: Illustrator and PSD

Today ‘s tutorials are quick and easy techniques for filling in Illustrator and Photoshop text with background images. Illustrator Create your text. I’m using Cooper Black. Place, Copy or Import the image you want to fill your text with. Embed imported or placed graphics. Send the image to the back of the text (both are…

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Create a Leaded Window Effect in Illustrator

The individually coloured panels are what we’ll be creating in today’s tutorial. It’s a versatile effect that can be used for lots of different applications. I used it for the leafy design below. 🙂 Here’s the tutorial for you: xoxoxo 🙂

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Create a Concentric Spiral Text Path in Illustrator

The Spiral Tool in Illustrator decays into an ever tighter and smaller turn and doesn’t work as a text path. It makes text increasingly illegible or clunky as it follows the spiral. This tutorial shows you how to make a concentric spiral text path. I’ve used concentric circles to create the framework for the infographic…

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Create Blends in Illustrator

Making a blend is super quick: Draw two wavy lines with the pen or pencil tool to do this. Double-click to bring up the settings for these and set the smoothing up high for smooth curves). Select both sets of lines then go to Options>Blend. Select Colours or Steps. I selected Steps and entered 7…

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Create a Segmented Wave in Illustrator

The curvy path in the picture is made up of little segments that can be reflected and aligned to create a curvy path. Each segment can be scaled up or down to create interest and impact. You can unite them using Pathfinder to create a single colour or gradient wave. The tutorial is for Illustrator…

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