Tag Archives: Illustrator

Ghosts, Pac Man and the Shape Builder Tool

Apparently, the ghosts in the game Pac Man had distinct personalities that were put to use within the game’s logic. Blinky followed Pac Man wherever he went, Inky was Blinky’s follower, Pinky tried to think ahead of where Pac Man would be and Clyde wasn’t very bright. I always thought it might be pretty entertaining if someone created a video game from the ghost’s perspective.
But I digress, in this tutorial, you will be introduced to the Shape Builder – a newish tool that makes building complex shapes from simpler ones very straightforward. Think of it as an interactive version of the Pathfinder’s Unite and Minus Front features. We’ll be using to Shape Builder to create the ghosts as well as Pac Man.

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Tracing an Egg with the Pen Tool

This tutorial demonstrates some of the fundamentals of using the pen tool to draw curves. In it, we will trace an egg (yes, that very same egg that has become the most popular Instagram post ever) and will consider best practices for drawing curves as well as strategies you can use in determining how to trace curves for your own projects.

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Subtle Textures in Illustrator – Double Trouble


For this next tutorial, we won’t be making new patterns but will be recycling patterns we’ve already made and combining them in the Appearances Panel to make more even complex patterns.
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Subtle Textures in Illustrator – the Appearances Panel

In this next tutorial, we will be working with the Appearances Panel. The possibilities with the Appearances Panel and using multiple fills is truly endless. Take advantage of this in order to make fills and backgrounds that fit the design approach for any of your projects.
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Subtle Textures in Illustrator – Diamonds 02


For this diamond texture, you can use any diamond size you prefer, just use the grid and snap to grid to keep it well organized and predictable.
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Subtle Textures in Illustrator – Diamonds


The next in a series of subtle textures – this one uses diamonds and can be endlessly modified, I’ve included some variations at the end.
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Subtle Textures in Illustrator – Polka Dots


This is the beginning of a series of tutorials for creating simple and subtle textures in Illustrator. These tutorials are designed to be embellished and improvised upon to open up all sorts of design possibilities. They can be combined with other textures, colors or gradients within the same objects using the Appearance panel, something we will look at in future tutorials.
These tutorials repeat a lot of the same changes and settings, many keyboard shortcuts are introduced that will greatly speed up your work. It is worth your while to commit these to memory.
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Create an Area Graph in Illustrator


For this tutorial, we will be creating an area graph to chart the average weekly sales of take-out coffee in our fictional coffee shop. We will be creating a custom swatch for its fill and further modify the Area Graph to suit our aesthetic needs.
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Create a Comparison Line Graph in Illustrator


This tutorial is similar to the last one, except it uses a line graph to compare quarterly sales between two years.
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Create a Comparison Column Graph in Illustrator


For this next tutorial in this series, we will be creating another Column Graph, but this time there is a comparison between two sets of data. To make it easy for our viewer to understand, we will be making two separate graphics for the columns and will learn some further ways to customize their look.
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