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CreativePro.com — Illustrator WOW! Techniques: Flexible Shading and Highlighting Effects

My recent article for CreativePro.com, Illustrator WOW! Techniques: Flexible Shading and Highlighting Effects, is now posted on their website. It expands on the coloring process using the Adobe Illustrator vector art Shapebuilder tool described in my Gallery page in the … Continue reading

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Vector Art Critique: Anchor Points & Handles [video]

I just posted this screencast video on YouTube where I critique vector art created by a beginner Adobe Illustrator user. These critiques apply to any vector art software.

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Adobe Illustrator Video Tip: Quickly Add Smooth Transition Anchor Points

In this video, I am sharing with you a vector path creation technique to speed up the process of creating curved paths by adding intermediate anchor points after your corners have been created. I used to create my anchor points … Continue reading

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6 Photoshop Keyboard Shortcuts For Illustrator Users

Here are a few handy keyboard shortcuts in Photoshop for those of you out there like me who spend an inordinate amount of time in the Creative Suite primarily using Illustrator. These are not keyboard shortcuts that you can use … 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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Automated Online Estimated Tax Payments For Freelancers & Self-Employed

Just a quick tip for the freelancing and self-employed — that pain you feel paying all your taxes at once because you’re too lazy or forgetful to dole out your quarterly tax payments to Uncle Sam? It’s over. If you’re … Continue reading

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Adobe Illustrator’s Tilde Key Trick

Just saw this over at design blog BittBox: when drawing with the Shape tools in Illustrator (rectangle, circle etc.), holding the tilde key (the squiggle key to the left of the 1 key on U.S. keyboards) and then dragging the … Continue reading

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Illustrator CS3 Tip: Create A Color Group From Selected Artwork

A great quick tip, from the excellent design blog BittBox, to create a color group of all the colors in an Illustrator document: Select all the art in your document, go to the Swatches fly-out menu and choose “New color … Continue reading

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Cartoon Art & Halftones Tutorial: From Inkjet Printer to Photocopier

A cartoon illustration & design project for a friend’s party required the resulting art to be suitable for reproduction on a photocopy machine. After some trial, error, Google search, trial, error, Google search, trial, error I discovered the magic combo … Continue reading

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Digital Coloring Tutorials by MAD Magazine cartoonist Tom Richmond

If you aren’t familiar with cartoonist Tom Richmond, make yourself familiar. This guy’s work is absolutely amazing. Very much in the style of Mort Drucker from MAD Magazine — only taken to the extreme. Not only is his cartooning & … Continue reading

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Productivity Tip: Floating, Transparent Reference Images Using Screenshots & Free Software Afloat

Ever need to temporarily reference another document while working on something – this may be an image, or instructions, or a PDF file. Many times you want it floating right on top of your current document so you can refer … Continue reading

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Color Theory Resources

Primary, secondary, tertiary, complimentary, analagous, brightness, hue, value, saturation, tints, shades… do these words mean anything to you? They should. A post by cartoonist Matt Glover points out ColorFAQ – very basic web guide to color theory. It got me … Continue reading

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Pencil Grades: An Overview

I touched on the awesomeness of using multiple pencil grades in a previous post on essential cartoonist tools before, but there’s a great overview specifically on pencil grades by cartoonist Matt Glover. There’s some decent additional pencil grade classification information … Continue reading

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OS X Tip: Move Windows In The Background Without Activating Them

Here’s a quick tip for you Mac OS X users out there: you can move any window behind the currently active window (also known as the window that has “focus”) without activating it/bringing it to the front. This one’s real … Continue reading

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Tip: Increase Productivity Using Adobe Illustrator’s Layer Masks

The excellent Illustrator blog BittBox has a nice Adobe Illustrator Layer Mask tip/walkthough on how to use this highly useful, productivity-enhancing (and fairly obscure) feature of Illustrator CS and higher. Layer Masks are basically clipping masks that apply to the … Continue reading

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