Adobe Illustrator CS6
Boken Background in Illustrator
One of the best techniques to use in Illustrator for Christmas and holiday graphics is a Bokeh background. There are several ways to do this in Illustrator but this technique doesn't result in rasters in the final vector file.
Border Pattern Brush in Illustrator
In this tutorial, we will create a custom pattern brush in Illustrator, which we will use to created a border for a circular tag. This tag will eventually become an SVG print and cut design.
Chalk Text Effect In Illustrator CS6
The Chalkboard style is very popular and I wanted to create an animated chalkboard style logo in Apple Motion. The first step was to create the text for the logo image in Illustrator and give it a chalkboard effect with an Illustrator brush.
Digital Stencil in Illustrator Gingerbread Man
In this tutorial, we will create a digital stencil for a gingerbread man in Illustrator. This stencil will be used in the digital watercolor software Rebelle.
DIY Digital Stencil in Illustrator Gingerbread Man
Let's continue to work on the digital stencil for our gingerbread man. This stencil will be used in the digital watercolor software Rebelle.
Draw a Candle in Illustrator
We can use the Merge feature in the Illustrator Pathfinder to draw a wax melt candle in Illustrator.
Draw a Christmas Ornament in Illustrator
In this tutorial, we will draw a Christmas ornament in Illustrator and learn a little about working with gradients.
Draw A Dinner Napkin In Illustrator
In this tutorial, we will draw a folded napkin in Illustrator. We will start with a plain napkin and then add a border stripe for a second option.
Draw A Dinner Place In Illustrator
In this tutorial, we will draw a dinner plate in Illustrator. Once we have the basic dinner plate, it will be easy to add some highlights or change the colors of the plate.
Draw a Pine Cone in Illustrator
In this tutorial, we will draw a pine cone in Illustrator. There are several ways to draw a pine cone but this method breaks the design down to the simplest element, which is the scale or leaf of the pine cone.
Draw a Spiral Christmas Tree in Illustrator
In this tutorial, we will create a spiral Christmas tree path. It has many applications depending what you apply to the path. Have fun with the brushes in the Brushes pane.
Drawing Shooting Stars in Illustrator
In this tutorial, we will create the shooting stars graphics that will be used in the marketing campaign for the Children’s Storybook Template Series. As these graphics will be used in an iBooks Author book, in a marketing video and on the web, we will draw vector graphics in Illustrator.
Gingerbread Cookie in Illustrator - The Cookie
In this tutorial, we will draw a gingerbread cookie in Illustrator and learn a little about rounding corners.
Gingerbread Cookie in Illustrator - The Icing
In this tutorial, we will decorate our gingerbread cookie and learn a little about the Roughen Effect in Illustrator.
How to Create Patterns in Illustrator
Creating patterns in Illustrator is my version of doodling. It's easy to build a seamless repeating pattern in Illustrator using just about any repeatable motif, from a simple circle to a more complex motif. In this tutorial, we will build a simple pattern of repeating circles in Illustrator.
Illustrator Cleanup for Microstock Sites
Are you interested in selling your vector images on microstock sites such as iStock (previously iStockphoto). iStock has an extensive online training manual, including a quiz, that will help you understand the guidelines for submitting your IllustratorR artwork to iStock. Below is a summary.
Illustrator Spiral Tool
In this tutorial, we will complete the first step in creating an SVG cut line for a swirl design element. Swirls are very popular in scrapbooking and other paper craft projects. We will take a look at the Spiral tool and how to use it to draw a spiral in Illustrator.
Moving From Photoshop to Illustrator - Layers
Recently, I started designing SVG cut files for the Silhouette cutting machine. These cut files need to be in SVG format in order for the cutting machine to make the correct cuts. Of course, Photoshop does not create SVG files, but Illustrator does. So let's take a look at moving to Illustrator.
Scatter Brush Confetti in Illustrator
One trend in styled photography is the use of confetti. It is an easy way to add a little color to any scene. Well, why not use the same technique in your vector mock-ups. Let's make a scatter brush in Illustrator and create some confetti.
Sunburst in Illustrator
In the last article, we discussed the sunburst background image that I used in the YouTube channel art for Mygrafico. In this tutorial, we will create that sunburst graphic in Illustrator.
Tangled Heart with Illustrator
It's my anniversary and I wanted to tangle something in Illustrator, for the front of a card. Starting with a simple heart shape, here are the steps to create the design, which will eventually be used as a raster image in a SVG print and cut file for Silhouette.
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