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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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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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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Brandy Cream Liqueur

Keep the liqueur in the fridge and it will last 3 to 4 weeks, if you can wait that long. It’s much less expensive than the branded Irish Cream liqueur so you could always make another bottle, or two 🙂 Substitute whisky or Southern Comfort for the brandy, if you prefer. They work just as…

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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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Cut Out Paper Effect: Photoshop

This effect is really easy to create. I’ve written up a tutorial and you’ll see how quick & easy it is. 🙂 You can play around with the basic settings and create lots of other fun effects like the waves below. Click below to download the pdf tutorial:

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