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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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Create a Pie Graph in Illustrator


For this next graph, we will be creating a Pie Graph, a graph used to show how something (in this case certain work activities for our fictional coffee shop) is divided up from a whole – mathematically represented as 100%. Towards the middle of this tutorial, we will ungroup the graph from the original data to make some design embellishments.
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Create a Bar Graph in Illustrator


With this next tutorial, we will be creating a bar graph. We will be using the bar graph to compare between quarterly sales, so it’s not important to rank these biggest to smallest like in the previous tutorial. We want our viewers to understand at a glance which quarters are up and which are down. Furthermore, we’ll embellish the bar graph with a custom graphic to connect the data to the actual product. Continue reading