Advertise here with BSA Adobe Illustrator is a powerful vector program made for digital and print designers. Vector shapes are made to scale without any quality loss, which makes them quite different from pixel graphics. This means vector graphics can be manipulated differently and under different contexts which may be confusing for new designers. In this post I’d like to cover a brief how-to process of vector manipulation in Adobe Illustrator. I’ll explain the absolute basics of shape tools and how to manipulate them. Photoshop users who are familiar with vectors will recognize some of these terms. Others who are brand new to Illustrator will just need time to practice the fundamentals of this powerful design suite. Shape Fundamentals Shapes can be created in any Illustrator document using any resolution. The startup screen offers a number of presets so choose any of them, or create your own new document. From here try dragging a rectangle onto the screen with the rectangle tool(shortcut M). You’ll notice a blue box surrounds the rectangle when it’s selected. Choose the move tool(shortcut V) and click elsewhere on the document. Your shape should now have a simple outline. Grab the direct selection tool(shortcut A) and try clicking once on…
The Basics of Illustrator Vector Manipulation
What You’ll Be Creating In today’s tutorial I’m going to show you how to create a set of flat productivity icons that might come in handy in future projects. We’ll be using Adobe Illustrator, and the process of recreating them will be based mostly on the Rectangle Tool used in combination with Pathfinder and a dash of the Direct Selection Tool here and there. 1. Setting Up Our Document The first thing we need to set up before we start building the icons themselves is our document. Assuming you’re already inside Illustrator, create a new file ( File > New ) and use these settings: Number of Artboards : 1 Width : 600 px Height : 500 px Units : Pixels And from the Advanced tab (that you can toggle by clicking on the right facing arrow on its left): Color Mode : RGB Raster Effects : High (300 ppi) Align New Objects to Pixel Grid : checked Quick tip : If you’re wondering why we chose 300 for the Raster Effects , you should know that this setting affects the way Drop Shadow, Inner Glow and other similar effects look once they are printed (if for some reason you need to have your artwork on paper). On a digital medium (a screen) the quality of your artwork will remain the same no matter whether you go with 72 or 300 ppi. 2. Setting Up the Grid Because we want everything to look as crisp as possible, we will have to change Illustrator’s Grid settings to something that allows us to do just that. So go to
I have a photography themed Photoshop tutorial for you today, showing how to create a washed out matte photo effect that mimics the analog photography techniques of split toning. With just a few steps we can transform a photo into a moody image with unusual tones. Subscribe to the Spoon Graphics YouTube Channel The post Video Tutorial: Matte Split Toning Effect in Photoshop appeared first on Blog.SpoonGraphics .
If you found the previous Letterpress , Sketchy , and Metal type treatment tutorials useful, then you are going to like this Stitched Letter Vector Effect tutorial. Like the previous tutorials, this one relies heavily on the Appearance panel, making it easy to edit the text and apply the treatment to other fonts and vector elements.
To paint art realistically is to make it almost real. Hardly poetic, I know, but for many beginners the journey to realism is full of confusion and disappointment. Realism is the oxygen of digital art. It breathes life into your work by associating it with things we already know. We connect to it because we see ourselves in it. So it’s no wonder that so many artists spend a lifetime trying to master realism in all its beautiful glory. In today’s article, we’ll tackle a handful of useful tips to help you incorporate different realistic elements into your digital paintings. Whether you’re just starting out or are a little more experienced, have a go at these time-saving techniques for more realistic
What You’ll Be Creating Get your 30-day free trial now! You will be downloading a 30-day, fully functional trial version of CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X7 . This trial is available in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions. The 64-bit version has been optimized for those with 64-bit versions of Microsoft Windows 8/8.1 or Windows 7. In this tutorial we’ll be creating an elegant seamless pattern with precious gems in CorelDRAW® X7. Follow the process together with me and learn how to make a set of shiny gems with basic shapes and then build up a repeating pattern using the Duplicate feature and Pattern Fill function in CorelDRAW. We’ll finish up by recoloring our pattern in a few clicks with the versatile Color Styles docker and using the Find and Replace function. Interested? Let’s get started!
Here’s the harsh reality: the job market is competitive. For any enticing position you apply for, you’ll be up against dozens of other highly qualified candidates. What makes it worse is that even if you’ve got the most talent, you still might not get the job. Research shows that half of all interviewers make their minds up about a candidate in the first five minutes. The decision is based on lots of factors, from how you shake hands to how you present your portfolio. So in this tutorial, you’ll hear what creative directors and recruiters are looking for when they step into the interview room and sit down opposite you. You’ll find out how you can best prepare, what you should do, and what key mistakes you should avoid. You’ve got the skills, after all. You’ve worked hard, and you know you could do a good job if given the opportunity. So maximize your chances of negotiating that final, awkward hurdle of the job interview by following these strategies. 1. Have an Opinion As a Senior Creative Director at Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Stephen Gates has interviewed hundreds of candidates, and one thing he expects is for them to “show up with something to say, some insights you want to share and some ideas of how you are going to make our work better.” Having an opinion shows that you’ve really done your research and know the company and its work, he wrote on his website . It also helps him see how you think about design and branding, and how you communicate your ideas. So the first step is to immerse yourself in the work of the firm you’re interviewing with. Don’t just browse the website, but really dig deep to look at as many of their projects as…
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How to Get Hired: Advice From Creative Directors
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