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....

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....

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...

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...

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...

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...

How to Create a Tote Bag Mock-up in Adobe Illustrator

In today's tutorial you will learn how to create a Tote Bag Mock-up on which you can easily replace color elements, textures and even object shapes. This is possible thanks to a few plug-ins: Texturino, VectorScribe, Stylism, Phantasm, DynamicSketch and some...

How to Create a Handmade Sackcloth Heart in Illustrator

Today using the example of creating a handmade sackcloth heart, we will explore the Shadows and Highlights functionality of Texturino v1.2 to add realism to your vector workflow. The new Convert Raster Art to Texture feature makes it even easier to work with bitmap...

How to Create a T-shirt Mock-up with Texturino in Illustrator

In this tutorial we will learn how to create a T-shirt mockup with the Texture Brush Tool and Texture panel in Texturino. These methods will not only allow you to use textures in a more convenient way, but also to draw shadows and highlights to create volume on...

How to Color Correct in Illustrator with Phantasm

In the process of creating illustrations that consist of thousands of vector objects, a digital artist may lose control over color harmony. I personally always want to slightly adjust color and contrast after completing work. Selecting and recovering objects...

What is an Adobe Illustrator’s plug-in?

A Plug-in (or add-on, extension) is a software component that adds a specific feature or tool(s) to an existing computer program e.g. Adobe Illustrator. This is the most popular vector graphics editor that has many features and tools, which might be not enough for...

Power up with Phantasm!

Halftone | Live Colour Control | Filters Made up of two key components Phantasm makes light work of much sought-after vector halftones and tricky colour adjustments. Easily adjust vector artwork, text, effects and embedded images with curves, levels and other...

Featured Artist: Texturino Sea Horse by Liz Anderson

Liz Anderson is a designer and illustrator based in Atlanta, GA who loves learning new things just as much as a good rhubarb pie! Visit her at: www.e-m-anderson.com. Below Liz talks about her experimentation with the new texture plug-in – Texturino.  I am always...

How to Create Destroyed Text Effect with Stipplism

In today's tutorial we will create the effect of destroyed text with the help of Stipplism. The unique technique of using symbols for the text will enable us to keep it editable, even after applying  an opacity mask and multiple effects to different objects. Step...

Astute Graphics tutorial videos now in German with Monika Gause

Hi I'm Monika Gause and I'm a graphic designer and I like to find out how things work and then explain it to others. That has brought me to design info terminals for technical history museums, teach page layout classes in University, write magazine articles...

New Texturino Video – Combining with Phantasm

This video looks at extending the reach and results possible with Astute Graphics' Texturino plug-in for Adobe Illustrator CS6 and CC when used in combination with other live Effects. In this case, we'll be concentrating on the color adjustment effects made...

Learn more about WidthScribe with Sean Ferguson

Hello again my friends and neighbors. I was sitting in my office, minding my bees and my knees, when Astute Graphics rang me up. I was, of course, delighted to hear from them and when they asked me if I’d share some of my favorite features of WidthScribe 2 with...

Vector Black Belt Videos

Happy New Year Everyone! Here at Astute Graphics we're always trying our best to provide you with the most useful and dynamic tools to assist you with Adobe Illustrator. Not only do we create plug-ins from feedback given by customers and designers from around the...

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