9 Ways to Minimize File Size in Adobe Illustrator

Large files can significantly slow down your workflow. Editing, zooming of the screen and just saving the file may take several minutes. In addition large file sizes are often the reason of application crashes resulting in the loss of all or part of the work. Using... read more

Edit and Relink Embedded Images in Adobe Illustrator

After reading this brief article you will discover how to edit an embedded image whether it be an photographic image or raster effect, as well as how to relink embedded images, all with the help of our image editing plug-in Rasterino. Embedded images are raster (or... read more

How To Crop A Photo in Adobe Illustrator

Probably one of the most frequently asked questions from Illustrator users is 'How can I crop an image?'. Whilst the developers introduced the Image Crop function in CC2017, anyone using previous versions of Illustrator such as CS6 won't have this option.... read more

Math + Magic

This will probably be the biggest technology preview announcement I will ever make whilst at the helm of Astute Graphics. It’s been a long time coming. Nicholas van der Walle, Founder of Astute Graphics If you want to bypass the background story, simply jump straight... read more

Free Retro Supply textures with Texturino

Exciting news! We’ve teamed up with the fine folks over at Retro Supply Co. to offer an exclusive free texture pack for all existing Texturino customers and NEW Texturino customers! The Texture Snack Pack, as we call it, contains a total of 23 high resolution textures... read more

Guest Blog – Valerya Aranovich

Today we have a guest blog from Valerya Aranovic, who tells us about her passion for design and why she loves to use Astute Graphics plug-ins in the creative process.   Hi! My name is Valerya Aranovich and I'm 24 years old. I started drawing at an early age... read more

Rasterino and Mac OS 10.13 Important Announcement

Last week, Astute Graphics released its update for compatibility with CC2018. Unfortunately however, following the recent release of Mac OS 10.13 we have received feedback from a small number of customers who are experiencing issues when running Rasterino.... read more

We are Adobe CC2018 compatible!

  Adobe have announced the immediate availability of the Creative Cloud CC2018 at Adobe MAX 2017. Can I upgrade to CC2018 and keep my latest Astute Graphics plug-ins? Yes! We have issued an upgrade to all current-version plug-ins. The following plug-ins are now... read more

ColliderScribe keyboard shortcuts

ColliderScribe keyboard shortcuts ColliderScribe is a simple toolset for Adobe Illustrator that enables you to position shapes accurately, placing any object precisely next to another when it touches. If you would like to try it out, you can download a 14 day free... read more

Using Rasterino with Linked and Embedded images

Using Rasterino with Linked and Embedded images Some users have faced problems using Rasterino with bitmap images. Let's see where is it not possible to utilise the functionality of this plug-in. Before applying functions of Rasterino you will need to understand... read more

Texturino Keyboard Shortcuts

    Texturino is intended to quickly and easily work with bitmap textures. This gives us the opportunity to finish vector artworks directly in Adobe Illustrator without using bitmap editor. In this short guide I'll give you a few tips to help you further... read more

How to Create a Neon Light Text Effect in Illustrator

Today you will learn how to create a neon text effect using blend objects, art brushes, blending modes and the DynamicSketch plug-in. Using art brushes with DynamicSketch allows us to create an accurate and easily editable path that contains fewer points. In addition... read more

MirrorMe v1.3.0 and DynamicSketch v2.1.0 updates

Today sees the release of a host of updates, the main of these being free upgrades to both DynamicSketch v2 and MirrorMe. Along with these free upgrades, there are also a host of improvements and bug fixes for DirectPrefs, VectorFirstAid and VectorScribe. What's... read more

Prices are melting in our BIG Summer Sale

  Grab yourself a sweet deal in the Astute Graphics SUMMER SALE!   We've got the scoop on an offer that will whip you into a frenzy! For a limited time* you have the opportunity to save 50% when completing the Elite set, this includes all 16 of the... read more

Paint Brush and DynamicSketch – The Differences

Paint Brush and DynamicSketch – The Differences In today's article you'll learn the difference between the Paint Brush and DynamicSketch functions. Although both of these tools are used for the same purpose, DynamicSketch has many convenient and... read more

Using Brushes in Adobe Illustrator – 7 Useful Tips

  In this article you will learn how to quickly set up brushes, how to select the appropriate colorization method, how to quickly modify only the selected stroke, the compatibility of brushes with the variable width path and much more. This should enable you to... read more

DynamicSketch v2.0.0 Keyboard Shortcuts

Today's guide aims to speed up your vector workflow with DynamicSketch by using keyboard shortcuts. This information, along with the DynamicSketch instructional product movies, will help you get the most from this extremely effective plug-in!    Please note... read more

DynamicSketch v2 – What’s New

DynamicSketch v2 has just been released making sketching a true joy in Adobe Illustrator! Regardless whether you use a mouse, trackpad, Wacom, Surface Pro or any other Mac or Windows device, it will bring a whole new dimension to your creative and illustrative... read more

New Pulled Cursor Feature of DynamicSketch Tool

New Pulled Cursor Feature of DynamicSketch Tool In today's article we will talk about the Pulled Cursor Feature, which will help you to draw smooth paths with DynamicSketch in an easy way. In addition, it allows you to easily control Stylus Pressure, getting the... read more

Deactivating or Uninstalling your Plug-ins

You may wish to either Deactivate or Uninstall your plug-ins, depending on whether you want to remove them temporarily or more permanently. This guide will talk you through the processes for both.    Please note that we allow installation and activation on up to... read more

InkScribe part 3: Customizable Preferences

Adobe Illustrator is used in various areas of design — fashion design, technical drawing, web design, art, and more. Each designer should set up the program to cater for their own specific needs, and InkScribe's extensive options allow for this. Now I want to tell... read more

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