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...

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...

Cómo crear una Mandala en Illustrator con MirrorMe y DynamicSketch

Hoy aprenderemos como crear una Mandala con MirrorMe y DynamicSketch. La combinación de estas herramientas harán que tu dibujo sea más confortable, ya que puedes ver al instante el reflejo de la línea que trazas. También encontrarás algunas recomendaciones prácticas...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

InkScribe Part 2: Tools Explained

InkScribe Part 2: Tools Explained Today we'll talk about how using InkScribe allows you to work faster, smarter, more accurately and in other words more efficiently. Ghost Handles As discussed in Part 1 of this series, we can easily choose the type of segment to...

InkScribe Part 1: Get Started

InkScribe is designed for fast, accurate, and smart creating and editing of the Bezier curves on which the entirety of vector graphics is based. For the past 30 years, the Pen Tool has been used for creating these objects, but it has not been essentially modified in...

Create a Vintage Nautical Label with InkScribe in Adobe Illustrator

Today we will compare the Pen, Curvature and InkScribe tools using the example of creating a vintage nautical label. The Gif animations will illustrate the actual drawing process with these tools and show the problems that you encounter in your daily practice. If you...

Astute Graphics Plug-ins Workflow by Mark Oliver

Mark Oliver is an Award winning Illustrator and full time professional artist based in Worthing, UK. His recent work for the Smart Car campaign (among others) has benefitted from the use of our plug-ins, and here Mark talks us through a brief workflow to explain how...

Manage Auto-Open Panels for Astute Graphics Plug-ins

The respective panels of our VectorScribe, InkScribe, Texturino, WidthScribe, Stylism and MirrorMe plug-ins have always opened automatically when enabled. To disable this function, you previously needed to edit the Adobe Illustrator Preferences file, but this was for...

InkScribe and VectorScribe – The Differences

InkScribe is designed to replace the Pen Tool. This tool has many useful functions that allow designers to create paths more accurately and conveniently and in a less time-consuming way. VectorScribe contains seven tools for creating basic shapes, editing existing...

InkScribe v 1.7.1 – What’s New

Thanks to customer feedback and interaction, InkScribe has just become an even more convenient tool. We have changed the tool's location, default preferences and added new InkScribe's presets. We are always thankful for your feedback and expert evaluation as...

Cleaning up CAD and 3D artwork in Illustrator with VectorFirstAid

A lot of designers working with CAD and 3D applications, need to finish working with objects in Adobe Illustrator. Such objects can be exported into vector formats, however, for complete work it is necessary to do multiple routine operations, which are often very...

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...

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