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Add Personal Signature to Digital Art star
Several of my readers have asked me how to add their personal signature to their digital art. You can trace your scanned signature with the Pen tool in Photoshop or Illustrator, or use the Live Trace feature in Illustrator.

Add Perspective to Candle Jar Graphic star
In this tutorial, we will work on the top opening of our candle jar. We will create this opening with several ellipse shapes and determine the point of view or perspective for our graphic.

Candle Jar Graphic In Illustrator CS3 star
In this tutorial, we will create a graphic of a jar candle in Adobe Illustrator CS3. We will use the Inner Glow effect to give the jar a transparent glass appearance.

Clip Art Heart in Illustrator star
In this tutorial, we will create a basic heart shape using the Pen tool in Illustrator. Once we have this basic shape, we can use it as a starting point when creating many variations of clip art hearts.

Clipart Heart and the Illustrator Brush Library star
In the last tutorial, we created a clipart heart graphic in Illustrator. Now that we have drawn the basic heart shape, we can change the Stroke and Fill to create several versions of our clipart heart.

Creative Suite InDesign and Illustrator Templates star
One of the easiest and quickest ways to start a new project in Adobe Creative Suite CS3 is to begin with one of the many prebuilt InDesign or Illustrator templates. What makes these templates so very useful are the preset layout and design settings.

Custom Template in Illustrator star
In this tutorial, we will make a template for a greeting card and matching envelope. Adobe Illustrator and the Pen tool are perfect for this task.

Digital Scrapbook Alphabet in Adobe Illustrator star
Alphabets, or alphas, are a very popular scrapbook embellishment. In this tutorial, we will use the Pen tool in Adobe Illustrator to draw the letters of our alphabet and then create variations on the letters by changing the stroke and style characteristics.

Draw a Christmas Tree in Adobe Illustrator CS3 with the Pen and Blend Tools star
In this tutorial for Illustrator CS3, we will draw a Christmas tree on an Artist Trading Card but you can use the same steps for a greeting card. We will use the Pen, Star and Line tools to draw the basic shapes for the tree and then finish the tree with the Blend tool and Ornamental Border brush.

Draw the Candle Wax Inside the Candle Jar star
We completed the candle jar in Illustrator. Now, we will add the wax candle inside the jar and use the Inner Glow Filter to add a waxy appearance.

Drawing a Pumpkin Shape in Adobe Illustrator CS3 with Pen Tool star
This tutorial will introduce you to the Pen tool in Illustrator CS3. We will draw a simple pumpkin shape using only the Pen tool.

Illustrator Candle Jar Graphic Photoshop Post Work star
By now, we have a nice candle jar vector graphic which can be resized without loss of any detail. But it does have that vector look which might not be good for some projects. Letīs see if we can soften that vector look for our graphic in Photoshop.

New Crop Area and Color Tools for Illustrator CS3 star
If I had to pick the best new feature in Illustrator CS3, it would be the new Live Color.

New Workspace, Integration and Drawing Tools for Illustrator CS3 star
Let's check out a few new features in Illustrator CS3.

The Brushes Panel and Applying Brush Strokes to Paths in Illustrator CS3 star
We will draw the base of our Christmas tree, learn how to use the Brushes Panel to view thumbnails of the brushes and to apply a brush stroke to a path.

The Illustrator CS3 Line Segment and Star Tools star
We will create the star in two steps. First, we will draw a semi-transparent glow with the Star tool. Then we will build the star from several lines that we will draw with the Line Segment tool.

Using Illustrator CS3 Live Trace to Create a Logo star
There are many ways to make a logo in both Photoshop and Illustrator. I decided to use Illustrator CS3 and the Live Trace feature to make a one-color logo from a full-color vector image.

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