Create a jazzy background in a jiffy with Adobe Illustrator

How about a Rainbow Mesh overlaid with circles of varying transparency? It has vibrancy, lots of colour as juicy as you like, and offers a refreshing antidote to the grey feel of last year. You can work this up to fit in with loads of design applications. Colour yourself happy 🙂 It looks like it’s…

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Make interesting backgrounds with Adobe Illustrator

Inspiration for graphic design is everywhere but sometimes our enthusiam gets damped down with decision fatigue or deadline pressure. We all want to produce something creative, something to give the eyes a real feast. And show off our skills. Today’s tutorial will give you all that and more. It shows you how to use 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 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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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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Make any font look ‘hand rendered’ in Illustrator

This tutorial is about how to turn a font into a hand-rendered effect font and how to fill selected elements within the font with colour or gradients.  1. Open a new document in Illustrator. The size is up to you. 2. Type in some text using any font you like. I can’t remember which font…

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Use circles for Non-Trig Trigonometry

There is a German word ‘Sitzfleisch’ that describes the ability to endure or persist in a task (literally translates to ‘sits flesh’ meaning the ability to sit at something for lengthy periods). I could think of no better word to describe the persistence and endurance of somebody I recently witnessed trying to rotate a triangle…

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