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Looking through some of my past work, I noticed I used the font Myriad a lot. At first I wondered why, then I came to the realization, it might be because Myriad is the default font in Illustrator. After that, I changed my default font for new documents. It is really easy to do, so read on to find out how. Step 1 Chose File > Open and navigate to the folder Username/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Adobe Illustrator CS4/New Document Profiles (Mac) or Documents and Settings/User/Application Data/Adobe/Adobe Illustrator CS4 Settings/New Document Profiles (Windows). Here, you can open one of the default document profiles you want to change the default font of (Basic CMYK, Basic RGB, Mobile and Devices, Print, Video and Film, or Web). Step 2 For this step you will have to open the Character Styles panel by choosing Window > Type > Character Styles. Select the Normal Character Style in the Character Styles panel, choose Basic Character Formats from the panel menu, choose the desired font from the Font Family menu, and press
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Change Default Fonts for New Documents
Actions are a set of commands or a series of events that you can record and playback in the Actions panel. Actions are great for complex or repetitive tasks. I use the Actions all the time, especially when working with icon sets or buttons, like in the previous tutorial . If you are familiar at all with the Actions panel in Photoshop, you will have no problem with the Actions in Illustrator. Notes I am working in Adobe Illustrator CS3. I’m note sure when Actions became a feature of Illustrator. For some reason I am thinking it was CS2, but that is probably wrong. I couldn’t find the answer anywhere so if someone knows, please share. Action Panel When you open the Actions panel you will see a list of predefined Actions . Look through them, there are some useful ones. One I like is the Reflect action. To activate the action, press play. You can also set a Function key to play the Action , this comes in handy. To set the Function key, double-click on an Action…
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How to Automate Actions in Illustrator
I like illustrating characters, icons, and other highly representative illustrations. I do this kind of work the majority of time in Illustrator, so it’s nice to break out and create my own abstract background vector. Abstract backgrounds are easy to create in Illustrator with a couple of simple techniques. Using Gradient Meshes, Steps Blends and Opacity Masks you can quickly create an abstract background. Notes: 4 Ways to an Abstract Background Vector This tutorial was created with Illustrator CS3. Keyboard shortcuts are displayed in orange. ⌘ is displayed for the Command key (mac), with the Ctrl key being the Windows equivalent (not displayed). Abstract Background Vector with Gradient Meshes This is the technique that I find to produce the quickest results but has great potential for exploration. First, draw a rectangle with the Rectangle Tool (m) . I start with a deep violet for the color, but use any color you like. Next, go Object > Create Gradient Mesh to bring up the Gradient Mesh dialog. In the dialog, change Rows to 10 and Columns to 1 . Press Ok , and now the rectangle has ten rows separated by 11 Mesh Points on the left and right side of the rectangle. With the Direct Selection Tool (a) you can grab and drag these Mesh Points . Start with the second Mesh Point from the top left. Hold shift, and drag the point …
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Four Quick Ways To Create Your Own Abstract Background Vector!
I love working in Illustrator, but every once and a while, I need to export PSD files from Illustrator. Illustrator gives you the ability to export to Photoshop while preserving important information. You can export Layers , Color Profiles , Resolution Specification , and Text Preservation . This is great for exporting website wireframes or sprucing up illustrations. Export PSD Files from Illustrator To export PSD files from Illustrator go File > Export and choose Photoshop (psd) for the Format option, to bring up the Photoshop Export Option dialog. Here you can change the Resolution , Color Profile , Layer Options , Text Edibility , and so on. One thing to note is that your Document Color Mode has to match the Color Model in the export options for the ability to Write Layers . The post Simple How To: Export PSD Files from Illustrator appeared first on Vectips .
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Simple How To: Export PSD Files from Illustrator
In this tutorial we’ll learn how to create a Cardboard Vector Texture by using the Wrinkle Tool and graphics texture. Today you’ll also find out how to edit and apply native Adobe Illustrator’s patterns. Cardboard vector textures are pretty hot these days and they are being used in abstract backgrounds and product designs and that’s why creating your own texture will be super useful for you in future. Have fun going through our new vector tutorial! Tutorial Details Program: Adobe Illustrator CS2 – CC Difficulty: Beginner Topics Covered: Wrinkle Tool and native Adobe Illustrator’s patterns Estimated Completion Time: 15 minutes Final Image Step 1 Open Adobe Illustrator and create a new document (Cmd/Ctrl + N) . Your artboard can be any size. The cardboard vector texture we’ll create will work equally well in the RGB and in the CMYK color modes, even though I worked in the RGB mode. Step 2 Take the Rectangle Tool (M) and create a rectangle with no stroke and light-blown fill (R= 223, G= 196, B= 165) . The size of our rectangle corresponds to the size of our cardboard vector texture which you’re going to get. Step 3 Create one more rectangle stretched in horizontal direction as it is indicated…
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More Than a Box: Tips for Creating a Cardboard Vector Texture
In today’s tutorial, we will find out how to create retro sunbursts by using Transform effect and stroked paths. The techniques described here allow you to edit previously-created sunbursts that can result in an infinite number of variations. Have fun learning our new vector tutorial! Tutorial Details Program: Adobe Illustrator CS5 – CC Difficulty: Beginner Topics Covered: Stroke panel, Transform live effects Estimated Completion Time: 10 minutes Final Image Step 1 Open Adobe Illustrator and create a new document ( Cmd/Ctrl + N ). Your artboard can be any size. The sunbursts we’ll create will work equally well in the RGB and in the CMYK color modes. Step 2 Take the Pen Tool (P) or the Line Tool () and draw a horizontal path by holding down Shift . This path has a stroke (of any color) and has no fill. Set the stroke width – 4px in the Stroke panel ( Window > Stroke ). Still in the Stroke panel , choose the Arrowhead and reduce the scale to 43%. Step 3 Group the created path ( Cmd/Ctrl + G ). Select the entire created group, then go to the Effect > Distort & Transform > Transform… . In the Transform Effect dialog box set an angle of 360/20 , where 20 is a number of rays of which our sunburst will …
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How To Create Tons of Unique Retro Sunbursts In 10 Minutes or Less!
In today’s tutorial, we will take a closer look at the techniques used to create a long shadow design with the help of some live effects and Appearance panel in Adobe Illustrator. Taking long shadow effects as a basis, we’ll create two graphic styles which can be applied to single paths and to groups of objects. Have fun and enjoy our new tutorial!
After four years of creating tutorials, tips, and hunting for vector art inspiration for Vectips, I’m taking a break and putting Vectips on a hiatus. I didn’t come to this decision easily and below I outline some of the reasons that I made this decision. I also talk about the future of Vectips and other possibilities. I really have enjoyed creating and maintaining Vectips. My career path is changing but I hope Vectips will still have a bright future! Why The Hiatus? Let me start out by saying Vectips has been a really wonderful experience. Without Vectips, I would have never been introduced to so many awesome people and amazing career building opportunities. When I first started Vectips, I wanted to give back to the community that has helped me so much. I really hope that I have helped people and have been an inspiration for some. Maintaining Vectips is a big job. It takes a lot of time each day to create tutorials, write tips and tricks, find vector art inspiration, chat with vector artist, moderate comments, respond to email, and in general maintain the brand. In addition to Vectips, I am the owner, designer and illustrator of my own design studio Rype Arts. I also run the online Illustrator resource …
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The Vectorian Vintage Vector Pack is a mammoth pack including 930 vector ornaments, 465 vintage frame borders, and 92 antique illustrations. Vectorian is giving away 5 packs to 5 lucky Vectips readers! You really need to check out the site to see all the elements. About the Vectorian Pack With the Vectorian Pack , you can save time and create distinctive wrappings, refined wedding invitations and elegant stationary designs. The possibilities are endless with this oversized library of 930 vector ornaments, 465 vintage frame borders, and 92 antique illustrations all hand-picked from nineteenth century type foundry catalogs. Click here to view the embedded video. How to Enter There are a couple of ways to enter the giveaway. Enter both to increase your odds! See below for details. Facebook To enter the giveaway with Facebook, go to the Vectorian.net site and press the Facebook Like button. Then update your status with: “Hey Vectorian and Vectips, count me in for the giveaway! http://vecti.ps/LgdA85″ Twitter To enter the giveaway from Twitter, tweet the message “Hey @webalys @Vectips count me in for the Vectorian giveaway! http://vecti.ps/LgdA85″ Selecting the Winner The giveaway will end on Wednesday, May 30 at 1pm MST. We will randomly select 5 winners from all the entries. The winner will be announced later that same day. Samples Below are some sample images of the elements included in the pack, but there is a lot more! Ornaments Frames Borders Antique Illustrations
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Vintage Vector Vectorian Pack Giveaway
Nathaniel Kelso created a couple of really handy scripts to fit text boxes to their content. This might seem like a really basic problem, but these problems are usually the most annoying. There is a script for a text box’s Depth and a script for the text box’s Width. If you work with a bunch of typography in Illustrator I’m sure they will come in handy. Thanks to John Wundes for pointing it out. Download the script here (you need to scroll down a little ).
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Fit Text Frame to Content Script