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Basic Character Animation  (link broken)   (PDF)

Have a character you want to animate? Let Jose show you how to use your Illustrator art to create SWF animations.

Gonzalez, Jose Luis. Illustrator World (2005). Design>Multimedia>Software>Adobe Illustrator

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Blurring the Boundaries   (PDF)

For years, the desktop-publishing landscape has been characterized by sharp boundaries - PC vs. Mac, vector vs. bitmap, page-layout vs. illustration, and so on. But Illustrator provides the perfect example of how that is changing.

Kvern, Olav Martin. Adobe Magazine (1997). Design>Graphic Design>Software>Adobe Illustrator

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Cleaning up the Mesh!  (link broken)

It's the subtle transitions in color that give the illusion of three dimensions in two-dimensional artwork. Gradients are used to simulate light hitting a curved or angular surface. The gradual blending from one color to another is the key. Linear and radial gradients can be used effectively to show flat and rounded shapes, but Illustrator's gradient meshes are best for creating complex shapes.

Bauer, Peter. Illustrator World (2005). Design>Graphic Design>Technical Illustration>Adobe Illustrator

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Draw and Order   (PDF)

If you create technical art in Illustrator, check out these tips - in fact, check them out even if you don't.

Alspach, Ted and Jennifer Alspach. Adobe Magazine (1996). Design>Graphic Design>Technical Illustration>Adobe Illustrator

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Idea Generators   (PDF)

Stuck for design ideas? Try messing around with plug-in filters for Illustrator.

Kvern, Olav Martin. Adobe Magazine (1995). Design>Graphic Design>Software>Adobe Illustrator

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Illustrator’s Live Trace: Sketch to Vector

In this post we will take a drawn design, scan it and clean it up in Photoshop, then trace it using the Live Trace feature in Adobe Illustrator. Live Trace was introduced in Adobe Illustrator CS2 but is still a powerful tool available in Illustrator CS5. This process really gives an artist the freedom to digitally experiment with drawings of any kind. The vector art it produces can be used in numerous ways and is easily customized. My motivation for trying this was originally to make a “growing vine”-type animation in Adobe After Effects.

Hart, Sharon. Smashing (2010). Articles>Graphic Design>Software>Adobe Illustrator

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Illustrators Unite!   (PDF)

An under-the-hood look at Illustrator's versatile unite filter.

Zeitman, Randy. Adobe Magazine (1995). Design>Graphic Design>Technical Illustration>Adobe Illustrator

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Layers Tutorial  (link broken)

Layers can be a big help in keeping your files organized and your work flow moving along. Plus, the benefit of being able to go back and edit a file quickly is huge when a deadline is looming over your shoulder.

Sellers, Mike. Illustrator World (2005). Design>Graphic Design>Software>Adobe Illustrator

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Rough Stuff   (PDF)

Is your Illustrator artwork too smooth-looking? Try adding patterns and textures to your work.

Alspach, Ted and Jennifer Alspach. Adobe Magazine (1996). Design>Graphic Design>Software>Adobe Illustrator

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Save For Web

The purpose of the 'Save For Web' dialog is to allow you to tweak optimization settings for web file formats and show you how those settings will affect your artwork. This allows you to find a good balance between file size and image quality.

Welton, Aaron. Illustrator World (2005). Design>Graphic Design>Web Design>Adobe Illustrator

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Unexpected Text   (PDF)

I know, I know, Illustrator is a drawing program - but its text-handling features can be handy, too. Here's a guide to using them.

Kvern, Olav Martin. Adobe Magazine (1996). Design>Graphic Design>Image Editing>Adobe Illustrator

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Using Streamline with Adobe Illustrator

I've been doing pen and ink illustration for years. It's part of my comic book roots I guess. It's taken a while but I've figured out how to combine pen and ink skills along with Adobe Illustrator to create a completely digital illustration, with a little help from Adobe Streamline and a dash of Photoshop.

Sellers, Mike. Illustrator World (2005). Design>Graphic Design>Software>Adobe Illustrator

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