How to Create a Handmade Sackcloth Heart in Illustrator

Today using the example of creating a handmade sackcloth heart, we will explore the Shadows and Highlights functionality of Texturino v1.2 to add realism to your vector workflow. The new Convert Raster Art to Texture feature makes it even easier to work with bitmap... read more

Be a Pro and Go Faster with Shortcuts

Keyboard shortcuts form the natural reflexes of pro designers. Join the elite by learning these key shortcuts found in both our free and commercial plug-ins for Adobe Illustrator, as well as for all Illustrator users!   Astute Graphics plug-in shortcuts SubScribe... read more

From Paper to Vector – Including the Clockwork Method

Before I wrote this blogpost, I decided to fully investigate the many recommendations and workflows that exist to draw "The perfect Vector". My inspiration appeared after seeing the amazing hand-crafted typography our colleague Gemma Goode made. How could I... read more

Adobe Illustrator CC2015.3 now fully supported

On 21 June 2016, Adobe released the latest major round of updates for its Creative Cloud desktop apps. Within the updates was Adobe Illustrator CC 2015.3. Curious about what's new? have this covered… Here is all you need to know about updating... read more

Brexit and Astute Graphics

Today's news has been dominated by one story – Great Britain is out of the EU. I will not attempt to address the social or general economic ramifications here, nor represent the personal opinions of myself or any colleague, but I want to give you an update from... read more

How to Color Correct in Illustrator with Phantasm

In the process of creating illustrations that consist of thousands of vector objects, a digital artist may lose control over color harmony. I personally always want to slightly adjust color and contrast after completing work. Selecting and recovering objects... read more

New Grunge Pro Texture Pack for Texturino Customers

Astute Graphics has released a major new Pro Texture Pack free to Texturino customers. Grunge textures are a fantastic way to quickly introduce a real-world "edge" to your vector designs. This Pro Pack ensures a selection of 12 high quality professional... read more

Texturino v1.2 FREE upgrade

Texturino version 1.2 is now available as a free upgrade to all customers! Hot on the heels of our recent successful introduction of Texturino v1.1 comes a great new release bringing the following benefits to customers: New feature: "Convert Raster Art to... read more

Competition: Win your design on a Tee!

Did you see our Webinar on "T-Shirt Mock Ups – How-to in Adobe Illustrator"? If so go ahead and send us your t-shirt design either to or tag us @astutegraphics on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook and you could win your design on a... read more

Carlos Garro: Gekos

When I started analysing the possibilities of what I could create with the new Texturino, I decide to take a risk and illustrate something that did not look "vector" at all. The source of inspiration came in December when I was doing a back up of my old... read more

Voucher to say “Thank You!”

Place an order for £50 (approx. $73 / €65) or more on to receive a free voucher code to spend on a future purchase on Simply Spend £50 – £99.99 in a single transaction between 18 to 25 May 2016 and you'll receive a £5... read more

Featured Artist: Chris Coffin

Chris Coffin is a 24-year-old Freelance graphic & web designer. Born and raised in Montreal, he graduated with a college degree in Graphic Design in 2012, and has worked in the industry for over 5 years. He has an incredibly creative & artistic mind, with a... read more

What is an Adobe Illustrator’s plug-in?

A Plug-in (or add-on, extension) is a software component that adds a specific feature or tool(s) to an existing computer program e.g. Adobe Illustrator. This is the most popular vector graphics editor that has many features and tools, which might be not enough for... read more

Power up with Phantasm!

Halftone | Live Colour Control | Filters Made up of two key components Phantasm makes light work of much sought-after vector halftones and tricky colour adjustments. Easily adjust vector artwork, text, effects and embedded images with curves, levels and other... read more

Featured Artist: Texturino Sea Horse by Liz Anderson

Liz Anderson is a designer and illustrator based in Atlanta, GA who loves learning new things just as much as a good rhubarb pie! Visit her at: Below Liz talks about her experimentation with the new texture plug-in – Texturino.  I am always... read more

Texturino just got better!

Texturino version 1.1 is now available as a free upgrade to all customers! Here's how you will benefit… Knockout opacity mode for instant "eroded" effects "Package" export of textures used in current document; will be placed by default in... read more

New Pro Texture Packs for Texturino Customers

Astute Graphics has just released two new Pro Texture Packs free to Texturino customers. For details of the contents and to download, customers need to sign-in into their Astute Graphics account (the same account used to purchase Texturino) and click on the new Pro... read more

How to Create Destroyed Text Effect with Stipplism

In today's tutorial we will create the effect of destroyed text with the help of Stipplism. The unique technique of using symbols for the text will enable us to keep it editable, even after applying  an opacity mask and multiple effects to different objects. Step... read more

New Texturino Video – Combining with Phantasm

This video looks at extending the reach and results possible with Astute Graphics' Texturino plug-in for Adobe Illustrator CS6 and CC when used in combination with other live Effects. In this case, we'll be concentrating on the color adjustment effects made... read more

Our New Plug-in Texturino has Landed!

Texturino is  our new plug-in for Adobe Illustrator (versions CS6 to CC) for helping to create more natural, organic artwork with depth. Never again resort to using photo editing software to finish off vector work you’ve crafted in Illustrator! Watch the following... read more

Why Illustrator plugins still have a role

As Featured on Creative Bloq, October 1, 2015: Why Illustrator plugins still have a role Despite constant Creative Cloud updates, designers still need Illustrator plug-ins, argues Nicholas Van Der Walle. Didn't know Adobe Illustrator plugins were a thing?... read more

Featured Artist: Charlie O’Brien

Charlie O’Brien is a retired Canadian radio announcer/presenter who has always loved photography. He has also done a range of graphic work including website design. Most recently he has focused on digital photoartistry utilizing Photoshop and Illustrator. His work has... read more

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