As you might know, I like working in Illustrator. The fact that I've been using this application for so long, has a lot to do with that. You get so used to it, and over the years you get better and faster. Though, just like anyone else, I have my moments of frustrations too. For instance if something works differently as expected. Usually I'm simply not aware of certain options available to turn a feature or option on or off. Today I want to share 5 simple tips that I use a lot, or have helped me in the past.
For most of the design work for the web and for iPhone/iPad GUI design, I prefer to use Photoshop
, in combination with illustrator. In case of illustrations, icons, or other vector-based work, I jump into Illustrator. Once finished, I paste my creation into my Photoshop document, either as a Smart Object or a Vector Shape layer, because flexibility means everything. Illustrator has made a great step towards web oriented design work
, and a lot of things you can do in Photoshop are possible with Illustrator. Take for instance the Graphic Styles. In Photoshop you have Styles. You might think it is its counterpart, but I believe both can not be compared. Let me give you an overview of how Illustrator's Graphic Styles work and what is possible…
A while ago someone asked me on twitter how to create these kind of patterns
in Photoshop or Illustrator. With the introduction of the Pattern Maker
in Illustrator CS6, it's possible to create patterns in different tile types
instead of just a square like before. This is also the reason why I prefer Illustrator over Photoshop for these kind of geometric pattern creations. In this tutorial I'll explain 2 of the patterns shown in the example. The 2nd looks not too difficult to create, and the 3rd one is the most complex one of the two. I tried to replicate this one, but then I honestly couldn't figure out an explainable way for a tutorial. So I decided to go for the first one (using triangular shapes), and the last one (using cubical shapes).
A while ago I posted a photo on Instagram
of a water lily
which sparked the idea of writing a tutorial on how to create this flower in Adobe© Illustrator
. Hope you stick to the end, because this one is rather extensive…
Designing an infographic
on a subject that sparks more than just your interest is always a fun challenge to do. This time Grinta! magazine
asked me to design one about the Tour of France, and more particularly about the question that comes to mind of many cycling fans: 'What does a pro cycling team take with them to the Tour of France?'.
Sometimes I wish all job requests could be like this one. Then again, I'm the last person to complain as I get to do what I love on most days. What I want to say is that some projects just give me such a joy to work on. These favorites of mine usually have an illustration part. One of them was this infographic
about women and cycling for Grinta!
, a Belgian magazine all about cycling. Today I'll explain the steps I took during the design process, and also share some details on how I created some of the graphs…
Better late than never! Ages ago I posted this about the best print or web related tip
, where I requested my readers to post theirs in the comments. A lot of people did the effort and shared their knowledge by giving a ton of great tips. I made a promise back then I would write an article about it, but somehow it never came to that. Today I want to share some of those, but first… my sincere apologies for the delay. This wouldn't have been possible without my readers, you guys and gals are awesome!
Getting started in a new application is always daunting especially one like Adobe Illustrator
. I regularly receive questions about how to get started. To give newcomers a head start I'm sharing some great resources that should help overcome the feeling of frustration.
At the beginning of December I shared some Photoshop Layers tricks and shortcuts
that I collected over the years. Today I'm doing something similar in a post that is all about masks in Photoshop
. Hopefully this post will be as interesting as the layers one. That one worked its way up quite nicely. Enjoy!
When you are so used to an application you sometimes don't think about its tricks and shortcuts anymore because you are so used to them. You take everything for granted. Today I want to share some of my favorite Photoshop
layers shortcuts & tricks.