Yearly Archives: 2015

DRAWING WITH LIVE SYMMETRY IN ILLUSTRATOR

Drawing and editing symmetrical shapes in Illustrator is relatively straightforward when working with simple forms like ellipses and rectangles. However, things get more challenging as shapes become more complex. One option is to use the Reflect Tool but this means creating a reflected copy each time an edit is made and deleting the previously flipped […]

CONTROLLING GRADIENTS WITH THE BLEND TOOL IN ILLUSTRATOR

Illustrator’s Gradient Tool is perhaps the best available in the current Adobe line-up when compared with InDesign and Photoshop’s gradient functions and gives us a lot of control over how the gradient is positioned and scaled within an object. That said, it can still sometimes be challenging to get colours to sit exactly where you […]

COPY AND PASTE BETWEEN ILLUSTRATOR AND INDESIGN

Whilst doing some research the other day I came across a thread on a related issue on the Adobe forums. The poster of the problem happened to mention ‘pasting’ some Illustrator artwork into InDesign and was advised that you should always ‘place’ into InDesign. In fact there are cases where it’s perfectly acceptable to copy […]

TRANSFORM AS AN EFFECT IN ILLUSTRATOR

If you’ve been using Illustrator for any length of time you’ll be aware of the Transform functions that reside under the Object menu. Go to Object>Transform and you’ll find Move, Rotate etc all grouped in one submenu. However, Transform functions can also be applied as Effects. Go to Effect>Distort & Transform and you’ll see Transform… […]

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