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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.
In my previous Illustrator tutorial, I explained the Knockout Group feature. Today I'll explain the Isolate Blending option which is also located in the Transparency panel.
It seems that even after all those years I work with Illustrator, I keep on bumping into a few features that I didn't know existed, or maybe better put I did notice them, but I never did the effort of finding out their true purpose. One of them is the Knockout Group feature which is kind of hidden in the Transparency panel option. High time to find out more…
A few days ago I showed you how you can create these colorful interlocking rings in Illustrator. In a next step I turned this creation into a wallpaper design. Today I'll share a little bit of that process…
With the Olympics lurking behind the corner, I thought it would be fun idea to write a tutorial on how to create interlocking rings in Illustrator. I've created a desktop wallpaper based on these interlocking rings too, but that something I'll post & explain next week.
Creating patterns in previous versions of Illustrator has always given me a bit of headache. Depending on the pattern that I wanted to create, I often chose another route to achieve the result I wanted. A lot of times there was this annoying issue of a tiny pixel gap around the pattern swatch. This alone was already a reason for me not to create a pattern if I didn't have to. However the biggest issue for most people is the complexity involved in the creation of a seamless pattern
To announce the new year in our yearly email newsletter I created this 2012 header that you can also view on dribbble or download as a wallpaper. Some people asked me if I could write a tutorial on how I created this effect. Not a bad idea, as this is perfect tutorial material. It's rather simple to create really. The hard part is actually finding the right colors. This will take some experimentation, and maybe you might need to do a bit of browsing around to spark an idea. Just in case you need a little push, there is always plenty of inspiration to be found here ;)
With the start of a new year it is a tradition to look back at what has past. I thought it would a good idea to create an overview of the tutorials that seem to get my readers' approval. I'm sure not everybody digs deep down into the archives so who knows maybe there are a few ones in here that you haven't done before.
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