All plug-ins updated with Unified Installer v1.2.6

Last week, Astute Graphics released Phantasm v4 which has been snapped up by many enthusiastic customers old and new! But you don't just have to want color control and vector Halftone artwork requirements to benefit from our latest Unified Installer (v1.2.6).... read more

Phantasm v4 is available today!

Phantasm, Astute Graphics' first plug-in, has received its biggest update in 12 years! Here are the highlights of what's new in version 4 NEW Phantasm Panel for instant and intuitive color control IMPROVED vector Halftone engine for greatly improved quality... read more

Improved Phantasm v4 Halftone Engine

Phantasm v4 is here, and this release now has a fantastic new Halftone engine, which gives wonderful new, accurate results. Let's take a closer look at these improvements. A vastly improved algorithm for the Halftone effect To demonstrate the work of the... read more

Phantasm NEW vs OLD – Panel Overview

The new Phantasm v4 is built from ground up to make its functions more accessible and easily manageable, with the help of a common for all effects Phantasm panel. Let's take a closer look at how this works now. In the previous version of the plug-in, to use the... read more

New Phantasm Prepress Correct Effect

Phantasm v4 is here along with the wallet and reputation-saving Prepress Correct effect! Here we'll take a closer look at this new function. Phantasm v4 also has a new effect – Prepress Correct. Its options are located at the bottom of the Phantasm panel. An... read more

Astute on the Road

    Astute Graphics will be out and about on the road a lot in 2018! In-between working on exciting product upgrades and a brand new installer, our diary is filling up fast. Among the events that we currently have lined up are: April –  Creative South... read more

5 Ways to your Heart with Astute Graphics Plug-ins

  Today, we'll look at five ways to draw stylized hearts that will be useful for creating greeting cards. It will be a simple and quick job if you use the tools I recommend in this article. Happy Valentine's Day! 1. Creating a Valentine's Day Card... read more

Rasterino and Mac OS 10.13 – Update

  In October, Astute Graphics released its update for compatibility with CC2018. Unfortunately however, following the coinciding release of Mac OS 10.13 we received feedback from a small number of customers who were experiencing issues when... read more

Autosaviour Free and Autosaviour Pro – The Difference

The Autosaviour plug-in is designed to automatically save your artwork and create backups in Adobe Illustrator at regular time intervals. It helps to avoid the loss of the entirety or part of the work as a result of the unexpected closing of the application. Two... read more

20+ Good Habits in Illustrator that Everyone Should Know

20+ Good Habits in Illustrator that Everyone Should Know  There are many functions and techniques that speed up the workflow in Adobe Illustrator. In today's article we have put together the most efficient ones. Hopefully here you will find tricks that will be... read more

Cheat your way into 2018

Founder, Nicholas van der Walle would like to say a huge "Thank you" for an amazing 2017 with a great new free resource, plus a tease… One of our most frequent requests by customers was for a series of "Cheat Sheets". These are printable... read more

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

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

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