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

Illustrator CC2017 minor updates – January 2017

  At the beginning of January 2017, Adobe released a minor update to Illustrator CC2017 (to v21.0.1) followed less than a week later by a second "stability fix" Adobe release (now to v21.0.2). These have affected a small number of Astute... read more

AG Plug-ins Workflow Tutorial by Mathieu Persan

We had a chat this week with Illustrator Mathieu Persan, he shared some secrets of his creative workflow with us and explained how our plug-ins fit in to this. Mathieu says "Astute Graphics plug-ins have been a part of my workflow for 3 years now and I couldn’t... read more

2016 – A Few from the Astute Graphics Family Album

2016 was a good year for us, and with 2017 bringing exciting changes and growth, we’re looking back through the Astute Family album at some of the highlights from the past 12 months…     We welcomed 3 new members to the Astute Family last year. Gemma,... read more

Texturino Workflow Tutorial by Charlie O’Brien

The latest photo art from Charlie O'Brien recently caught our eye and we were interested to learn that these images were created with some help from Texturino. The result is very effective and rather unique in all the examples that we have seen of Texturino to... read more

InkScribe and DynamicSketch call for feedback

Following the creation of improved learning videos for Phantasm earlier in 2016 which was very well received by new and existing customers, we are looking to enhance the experience for DynamicSketch and InkScribe users in 2017. Please help us by providing quick... read more

Seeking a Navigator

In this special blog post, Astute Graphics founder Nicholas van der Walle opens up about how our unique company will thrive in the next 10 years… presenting a rare and exciting opportunity!   As founder of Astute Graphics, creating is what I do. Have always... read more

Want to be a Featured Artist?

  With 20k + followers on social media and an impressive mailing list, we would love to showcase the work of our oh so talented customers! Not only will your work be viewed by thousands of other creatives, but it will also help newbies to understand how plug-ins... read more

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