Rated 3.93 out of 5 based on 15 customer ratings


Live effects made easy in Illustrator

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Click-and Drag Live Effects 

Click-and Drag functionality Live Effects | Live Preview Adjustments | User Defined Style Presets | Flexible Curve Controlled Effects

Access Live Effects through a intuitive interface allowing you to break away from Illustrator’s numerical control which can be tedious. Simply open the Stylism Panel, select your chosen effect then just click-and drag and view the live adjustment in realtime. The power of the plug-in lies within with the simple ability to adjust artwork visually allowing you to explore new ideas whilst retaining ultimate control.

Stylism - apply and modifying a native Illustrator Drop Shadow live Effect

Benefits to you

Save time by unleashing Illustrator’s native effects, welcoming intuitive creation and adjustments. For the first time use Click-and-Drag to interactively control your favourite enhancements including drop shadows, transformations and blurs.

Stylism - applying a live Transform Effect using click-and-drag

Precision and Possibilities

Delve into creative possibilities whilst benefiting from increased precision. Break away from tedious numerical control and embrace the freedom Stylism releases.

Stylism - controlling the contour of a Drop Shadow, Feather, Outer Glow and Blur live Effect

Contour Control

Fine tune your effects for added realism and true impact! With flexible contour control* you can now achieve levels of subtlety direct in vector art.
*Contour control in Stylism requires Phantasm version 4 (trial or fully licensed). Available separately or as part of our bundles, saving you money. Contours can be applied to Drop Shadow, Feather, Outer Glow and Blur Effects.

Stylism - User-defined style presets

User Defined Styles

Master your own unique styles by stacking several effects. Your personal combination of effects can be quickly applied to any creation and viewed by all others. Maintain continuity across multiple workflows by sharing your user defined styles between colleagues.

Cheat Sheet

Never forget a shortcut again with this handy printable cheat sheet for Stylism!


Example Artwork

The artwork above was created using Stylism.

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  • Control native live effects instinctively
  • Native Adobe Illustrator live effects supported:
    • Drop Shadow*
    • Feather*
    • Inner Glow
    • Outer Glow*
    • Transform
    • Free Distort
    • Offset
    • Blur*
  • *Contour control (requires Phantasm (v3) – available separately)
  • Quick control of effect resolution
  • 4 user-defined styles stored between sessions
  • 4 user-defined contours stored between sessions
  • Optional automatic resolution reduction for more responsive editing
  • All standard effects remain editable on computers without Stylism (see this article for details regarding contours)

Using our plug-ins

Color-coded Panels
Installation, Licensing & Activation

To install, please refer to our step by step guide to installing with Astute Manager.

Software Requirements

Mac OS
Illustrator CS6 to CC2019
macOS 10.10 to 10.14

Adobe Illustrator CS6 to CC2019
Windows 7/8/10

Example Artwork

Example Artwork

The artwork on the right was created with the Stylism plug-in.

Download Artwork

Download all our sample artwork source files and have a look at them in Adobe Illustrator.
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15 reviews for Stylism

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Amazing! If you are an illustrator you must have this, it would speed up your workflow.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    I am really exciting that I now have stylism. It helps me in big range of my work problems. Most useful are transform and free transform features – my everyday helpers.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Love it. Simple but it has functions that are needed on a daily basis and some of them i was dreaming about for a period of time as they save my time 🙂
    I am new to graphics and illustrator and after getting your free products i am considering buying others in future. They are cool!
    Thanks a lot!! 🙂

  4. Rated 1 out of 5

    It wasn’t a nice experience since i couldn’t download the file, probably due to the amount of people trying. Anyhow I dont think the promotion sticked long enough for it to be effective and give the giveway for everyone. Even more now that the “re-request” page is broken. I just feel frustrated with the promotion and will opt out from the newsletter.

    • Lorna

      Hi Hugo,
      We are sorry to hear that you didn’t receive your free license key, we have resent the original email containing your key and a link to the installer. If you don’t see it in your Inbox or your Junk/Spam/Promotions folder, please let us know.

      Please note that because it is a giveaway, the Free Stylism License key won’t show in your account, only in the e-mail sent to you. For this reason we would advise that customers make a note of the key for future reference. If you do misplace the key you can contact us to request the details, however, as the offer has now expired the re-request page is not necessary.

      We feel that the making the plug-in available for free for 3 weeks gave ample opportunity to those interested to receive it. If you’re not already following us on social media ( Facebook / Twitter / Instagram ), you can do so in order to receive updates and early notification of future offers and discounts.

  5. Rated 1 out of 5

    My free plug-in never came…? Not in my junk either.

    • Lorna

      Hi Guylaine,
      We have resent the original email containing your free license key. We’re sorry to hear that you haven’t received it already.
      If you don’t find the email in your Inbox or Spam/Junk/Promotions folder, please let us know.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Much more intuitive while still maintaining a fine control over the effect. Once again, I wish this was a core feature of Illustrator.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    If you like using effects in illustrator than you will like this plugin. It allows you very easy and intuitive use of the effects. You can control and see the intensity of the effects very natural in real time bevor you apply them. I started using the illustrator effect more frequently because of Stylism. Thanks for giving it away for free!

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    Great plugin, works very good and faster as well, i’ve tried for 14 days and buy another plugins, now i need this plugin in my collection, congrats astute for the great job in your products. Brazilian greetings ;]

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    Wonderful plugin for productive people….

  10. Rated 1 out of 5

    Made repeated requests from my alternative email address but never received my free copy so I am unable to give a review!!

    • Lorna

      Hi Andrew,
      We’re sorry to hear that you didn’t receive your key.
      We have resent the original email containing your free license key. If you don’t see it in your Inbox, please check your Spam/Junk/Promotions folder.

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    i love it

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    grate work. I love it.

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    Great plugin for people who use illustrator. It saves a lot of time and accuracy of settings where there is great. I strongly recommend the plugin. Almost half resembles the effects of Photoshop that made in vector format allows incredible flexibility. Me personally very often I have to design a billboard ads and working with different sizes and vectors is more than easy with products astute.

  14. Rated 5 out of 5

    Stylism is Excellent plugin and helpful for illustrator.

  15. Rated 1 out of 5

    🙁 i can´t activate, i don´t have the codes for the free trial 🙁

    • Lorna

      Hi Catarina

      License key numbers are not necessary when you trial our plug-ins on the Free 14 Day Trial. When you are presented with the window asking you to enter a license number, please click on OK to close the page.  Please note that in the trial installation process, you can use the tick options to select only the plug-ins you wish to trial, in case you cannot use them all in the 14 day period.

      If you have requested a free SubScribe license key, you will be able to enter this into the relevant license key activation window to allow you full use of the product and limit the number of further splash screens from appearing (a maximum of 3 times for SubScribe).

      DirectPrefs does not require any license key or product activation. Simply download our latest unified installer by either requesting a 14 day trial of our plug-ins, or visiting your account page.
      When you run the latest installer, DirectPrefs will be one of the default plug-in installation options.
      Due to the lack of licensing for this plug-in, it will not be listed on your account page or the Astute Graphics Licensing Summary window (Help > Astute Graphics > Licensing Summary).

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