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Focus: Graphics Designer Adobe Illustrator Quick Tip: Radial Gradients Conforming gradients to the edges of an oval
By Dave Nagel In Illustrator CS2, standard radial gradient fills won't automatically follow the edges of an object. They'll generally be circular and clipped by the bounding box of the object, rather than conformed to the object itself. However, with oval-shaped objects, there's a little trick to get the gradient to follow the edges of the object, rather than appearing completely circular and clipped by the bounding box. ...Read More »
Focus: Graphics Designer Illustrator Tips: Color Swatches Swapping swatches with Photoshop; combining libraries; setting up permanent default swatches
By Dave Nagel No matter how long you've worked in Adobe Illustrator, there's always something new to learn--even in terms of the most basic functions of the program. For the latest installment in our "Illustrator Tips" series, we take a look at ways to manipulate color swatches, from importing color swatches--selectively--from Adobe Photoshop to merging color swatches to adding new swatches to Illustrator's default Swatch library so that you don't have to import colors on a document by document basis. ...Read More »
Focus: Graphics Designer Global Color Replacement in Adobe Illustrator Working with the magic wand tool
By Dave Nagel It's easy to draw yourself into a corner in Adobe Illustrator. You may create complex illustrations involving hundreds--possibly thousands--of individual objects. And if you need to make changes (such as modifying fill color) to several objects of a particular type within your larger illustration, you might find yourself looking at hours of manual labor. But the Magic Wand tool can spare you that. ...Read More »
Focus: Graphics Designer Stroke Weight on Path Segments in Adobe Illustrator Modifying stroke weight on a segment while maintaining the original fill
By Dave Nagel How do you vary the weight of a stroke along a path in Adobe Illustrator? You can always split up the path with the Scissors tool, then adjust the stroke weights on the newly formed paths. But problems arise with this method when you path contains a fill. Fortunately, there is a simple workaround for this problem using Illustrator CS2. ...Read More »
Focus: Animators Pumpkin Bat Simple spline animation in CINEMA 4D
By Ko Maruyama Someone recently asked me why I had stopped writing holiday-based tutorials. 'Dunno. Here's another simple tutorial to illustrate spline based animation in MAXON's CINEMA 4D - I've made it a 'holiday' tutorial. Splines in this 3D application can be used for many different purposes, including shader creation. The ability to control the splines is key to many different animations. Here's how to do it. ...Read More »
Focus: Graphics Designer Clipping with Patterns in Adobe Illustrator Using raster images for fills
By Dave Nagel It's easy enough to create a clipping mask over raster images in Adobe Illustrator. However, when you do so, you might be left with a very inconvenient bounding box that can get in your way horribly while you're trying to work. And nothing you do can get rid of it beyond simply locking the object, which then makes it uneditable. ...Read More »
Focus: Graphics Designer Live Paint in Adobe Illustrator CS2, Part 2 Multi-path intersections, stroking regions and additional fill options
By Dave Nagel In our last tour through Live Paint in Illustrator CS2, we took a look at a simple method for generating multiple vector objects with a single path. But Live Paint can also be used to slice and dice existing objects using additional objects or paths. So in Part 2 of our series, we'll take a look at this more complex functionality, plus methods for stroking individual Live Paint path segments and additional methods for filling regions. ...Read More »
Focus: Graphics Designer Live Paint in Illustrator CS2 Part 1: Creating complex shapes quickly
By Dave Nagel One of the two significant new creative features introduced in Adobe Illustrator CS2 is a feature called called Live Paint. Designed primarily for scanning and converting sketches and other line art, Live Paint has, nevertheless, proved a versatile tool, one that can be especially useful in the creation of complex, segmented shapes. It can be used to cut down the time spent on the creation of original graphics and also add special effects to text and other objects. ...Read More »
Focus: Graphics Designer 3D Charts in Adobe Illustrator CS Adding transparency and depth to graphs
By Dave Nagel The default graph styles in Adobe Illustrator aren't exactly awe-inspiring. Come to think of it, graphs in general are pretty boring. But they can be critical for conveying information to an audience with a short attention span. So, when the marketing department hands you some data to "jazz up" for a meeting or your editor hands you a table to format for a sidebar, it's your God-given duty as a designer to get that thing into some semblance of presentability or die trying. ...Read More »
Focus: Graphics Designer Transparent Gradients in Adobe Illustrator Creating gradients with opacity masks
By Dave Nagel We've discussed Opacity Masks in Adobe Illustrator CS before. But what we haven't discussed is Illustrator's ability to use opacity masks to create gradients with transparency. This technique allows you not only to create gradients that transition from a solid to transparent color, but to generate complex gradients as well in which the transparency gradient can cut across the color gradient. ...Read More »
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