New Improved Unified Installer

Improved Unified Installer Astute Graphics' Unified Installer has been improved based on user feedback. Only the completely free DirectPrefs plug-in is now installed by default for Adobe Illustrator. See the ticked products in the installer step highlighted in... read more

Smart Point Remove tech now faster and better than ever

Following months of intensive development, we're proud to announce that one of our core technologies – Smart Point Removal – has been improved and is now available. These updates are FREE to customers of VectorScribe v3, VectorFirstAid and InkScribe! If you are... read more

InkScribe Part 2: Tools Explained

InkScribe Part 2: Tools Explained Today we'll talk about how using InkScribe allows you to work faster, smarter, more accurately and in other words more efficiently. Ghost Handles As discussed in Part 1 of this series, we can easily choose the type of segment to... read more

InkScribe Part 1: Get Started

InkScribe is designed for fast, accurate, and smart creating and editing of the Bezier curves on which the entirety of vector graphics is based. For the past 30 years, the Pen Tool has been used for creating these objects, but it has not been essentially modified in... read more

Astute Graphics Plug-ins Workflow by Mark Oliver

Mark Oliver is an Award winning Illustrator and full time professional artist based in Worthing, UK. His recent work for the Smart Car campaign (among others) has benefitted from the use of our plug-ins, and here Mark talks us through a brief workflow to explain how... read more

A faster way to draw an eye in Illustrator

#10MinSkills: Pro artist Bert Musketon walks through a faster, more intuitive way to draw an eye in Illustrator. Using the DynamicSketch plug-in, he shows how to quickly cut away paths you don’t need, and how to combine basic shapes to create an engaging illustration.... read more

Manage Auto-Open Panels for Astute Graphics Plug-ins

The respective panels of our VectorScribe, InkScribe, Texturino, WidthScribe, Stylism and MirrorMe plug-ins have always opened automatically when enabled. To disable this function, you previously needed to edit the Adobe Illustrator Preferences file, but this was for... read more

InkScribe and VectorScribe – The Differences

InkScribe is designed to replace the Pen Tool. This tool has many useful functions that allow designers to create paths more accurately and conveniently and in a less time-consuming way. VectorScribe contains seven tools for creating basic shapes, editing existing... read more

InkScribe v 1.7.1 – What’s New

Thanks to customer feedback and interaction, InkScribe has just become an even more convenient tool. We have changed the tool's location, default preferences and added new InkScribe's presets. We are always thankful for your feedback and expert evaluation as... read more

Create vector knot in 3 easy steps

In a new approach to extending our popular new #10MinSkills series, we have posted our new technique on Instagram using a deck of images. Please visit the Instagram post and let us know if this works for you as an alternative to YouTube and classic blog posts! Simply... read more

Create captivating Spirograph designs in Illustrator

In this short video, London-based illustrator Matt Lyon walks through a quick technique that he uses to create Spirograph designs in Illustrator. He shows how to combine the Distort & Transform command with Live Paint to produce a captivating Spirograph effect.... read more

A quick tip for using the eraser in Adobe Illustrator Draw

We’ve looked at all kinds of time-saving vector techniques in our #10MinSkills series of tutorials. But what about when you’re on the move? Here, freelance illustrator Dan Mumford shares a handy tip for using the Eraser tool in Adobe Illustrator Draw. For anyone who’s... read more

10 best Illustrator plug-ins that you can try for free

Adobe Illustrator might be the most powerful vector application around, but it doesn’t always provide the exact functionality you need. One easy way to level up its abilities – without having to remember tedious workarounds or shortcuts – is with third-party... read more

Create custom lettering with the Mesh tool in Illustrator

The Mesh tool in Illustrator is a versatile tool, and when it comes to distorting type, it can save you hours. In this short video walkthrough, designer Gordon Reid (aka Middle Boop) explains a simple trick for creating eye-catching custom lettering using the Envelope... read more

Illustrator CC2017.1 has landed

Today, Adobe has released a series of software product updates including Illustrator CC2017.1. Good news! Our current CC2017 version plug-ins remain compatible with this latest update. There should be no need for CC2017.0.X users to uninstall, re-install or re-license... read more

Quickly add texture to a vintage logo in Illustrator

Designer Chris Spooner explains how to add authentic distressed effects to a vintage logo – without leaving Illustrator. This pro time-saving technique is the first in our new #10MinSkills series of tutorials, which help you boost your skill set in just 10 minutes.... read more

Unified Installer v1.1.8 important update

Last week, Astute Graphics was proud to release its wonderful new vector clean-up Adobe Illustrator plug-in VectorFirstAid. It's already received glowing feedback… I’ve had it 10 minutes and I already know it’s going to be fantastic. It instantly fixed all... read more

Say “Hello” to VectorFirstAid

VectorFirstAid is with us! As our 16th Adobe Illustrator plug-in, it's very easy to imagine that we have become blasé witnessing the creation of each amazing new vector new tool. And yet… we have remained like kids in a candy store, all wide-eyed and expectant of... read more

Work with Objects in VectorFirstAid

With the help of VectorFirstAid we can automatically rejoin paths, remove unnecessary compound paths and unpainted paths, and remove duplicate art. We can also close barely-open paths and filled unstroked paths, axis-align paths and convert objects to Dynamic Shapes.... read more

Work with Anchor Points in VectorFirstAid

With the help of the VectorFirstAid plug-in, you can automatically reduce and remove points that are unnecessary or that increase the file size and make editing complicated. In today's article, you'll learn about the functions that perform these actions.... read more

Getting Started with VectorFirstAid

The VectorFirstAid plug-in is designed to clean up files in Adobe Illustrator. With the use of this plug-in, you can also improve the organization and editability of vector objects. Dozens of routine, time-consuming operations are now automated. Less routine, more... read more

VectorFirstAid – Help Reduce Illustrator File Size

Designers who use auto-tracing of bitmap images while creating often end up with very large vector files. This problem can lead to a significant slowdown in the workflow. Large vector files are not accepted to micro stock websites, it is harder to email such files to... read more

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