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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Use a Photoshop mask to put text behind an image

This is Jess. She developed diabetes early last year and it’s taken a lot of experimentation, a couple of changes of insulin and various dietary changes to get it under good control. She’s now a new woman. Still feisty with an attitude you can hang your coat on and still loves a fishy supper. Charlie…

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Letter portraits in Photoshop

Photoshop lets you mask layers and edit images without any permanent destruction. Paint with black and you erase parts of an image. Gone too far? Then paint detail back with a white brush. It’s all made clearer in my tutorial – click below for the pdf 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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