Tag Archives: Software

Blue Goon

Just  quick post to show the “blue goon” drawing I did for tonight’s artcast. Unfortunately I forgot to hit “Record” for the show, so it was a live event only. Next time! The “blue goon” character was created in Adobe … Continue reading

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Flattening Transparency Properly When Using Layer Appearances in Adobe Illustrator

For longer than I can remember, I have been flustered with the Flatten Transparency feature in Adobe Illustrator CS3 and CS4. Very often I use the excellent Layer Targeting feature introduced into recent versions of Adobe Illustrator, however I found … Continue reading

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Video: Photoshop CS4 Drag-Resize Brush Keyboard Shortcut

Another brief video in my series introducing some great new features in Photoshop CS4 for artists, cartoonists, illustrators and anyone else who sketches or draws using Photoshop. This video features the excellent new keyoard shortcuts that allow you to drag-resize … Continue reading

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Adobe Illustrator Eraser Brush Tip: Option-Erase

Hold down the Option key when erasing using the Eraser Brush, and you’ll get a marquee that you can drag to erase a perfectly rectangular area. Bonus Eraser Tool tip: edit the keyboard shortcuts so the Eraser uses the “E” … Continue reading

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Video: Photoshop CS4 Spring-Loaded Keys

Another brief video in my instructional series introducing some great new features in Photoshop CS4 for artists, cartoonists, illustrators and anyone else who sketches or draws using Photoshop. This video features the excellent new Spring-Loaded Keys feature that allows you … Continue reading

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Wacom: Bamboo Dock

Wacom has a new online service and free companion software tool download called  Bamboo Dock. The apps available so far are basic — a drawing/doodling app, a map you can draw on and a handwriting recognition app. The others I … Continue reading

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Zen Of The Pen

Sharon Steuer’s free “Zen Of The Pen” PDF is an excellent introduction to the inner mysteries of the vector pen tool in Adobe Illustrator. Update: Sharon has kindly asked me to remove the link to that PDF, she’s working on an updated version. … Continue reading

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“I Heart Illustrator” T-Shirt

Vector artists and Adobe Illustrator users – rejoice! You no longer have to toil away in obscurity. Let the world know where your heart lies. This t-shirt will get a knowing wink from those in-the-know. If you look closely, you’ll … Continue reading

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Symmetries – Vector Path Software Tool

Symmetries from Earthlinksoft Software is an interesting symmetrical vector object generator tool. The control system is very intuitive, requring no knowledge of how to manipulate vector paths. While simplistic, it gives one a high level of control over exploring interesting … Continue reading

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That Little White Triangle In The Corner: Global Process Color Swatches In Adobe Illustrator

I thought global colors in Illustrator were something everybody knew about, but perhaps not. Doesn’t anyone read the manuals for their software? James Dempsey over at The Graphic Mac just posted a brief overview of the global process color swatches … Continue reading

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The Beziér Artist’s Liberation Front: Adobe Illustrator Feature Requests

After an engaging exchange on Twitter with illustrators: Garth Bruner and Von “Vonster” Glitschka, who are constantly Twittering about their frustrations with being forced to switch from Freehand to Illustrator after Adobe’s acquisition of Macromedia, things reached the point where all involved thought … Continue reading

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Essential Adobe Illustrator Plug-in: Select Menu

A plugin that I always forget to tout, since the functionality it provides seems so intrinsic to Illustrator once it’s installed, I forget it’s a third-party enhancement. Select Menu for Adobe Illustrator (Mac and Windows, free) from Graffix Software is available … Continue reading

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Wacom Bamboo Graphics Tablet: Nice Entry-Level Tool, But Limited

I recently had the opportunity to try out a Wacom Bamboo graphics tablet, having purchased one for my Dad this holiday season. Dad is not a graphics guy by any means, but I use my Wacom tablets for so much … Continue reading

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Color Blindness Software Tools for Artists

Just stumbled across these handy Mac OS X software applications to help designers and artists simulate the effects of color blindness on-screen: Sim Daltonism and Color Oracle. Sim Daltonism works as a floating palette which converts an area under your … Continue reading

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Default Folder X – Essential Mac Productivity Utility Software

Default Folder X is one of those shareware utility applications that seem pretty handy while you are demoing, but until you use another Mac without Default Folder installed (or the demo runs out), you don’t realize exactly how perfect the … Continue reading

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