Native Simplify Paths vs VectorFirstAid Super Smart Remove Points

  Many designers are confronted with the removal of unnecessary points in their daily workflow. Today we will compare the native Simplify Paths feature of Illustrator and the Super Smart Remove features of VectorFirstAid, which are used for these purposes. You...

Replace Missing Fonts in Adobe Illustrator

  When working with documents that were created on another computer, designers often face the problem of the lack of fonts in the edited text. In this article, you will learn how to replace such fonts with the help of the native Illustrator feature and with the...

Creating Actions for VectorFirstAid

  Actions are your friends in Adobe Illustrator. It truly is automation without the need to engage the brain and it can help you to save hours on standard production tasks. The features of VectorFirstAid are actionable, which means that the common workflow tasks...

How to Create Filled-line Avatars with Scott Lewis

How to Create Filled-line Avatars Drawing faces in a simplified, iconic style can be challenging because typically icons use fewer details and do not use the tonal values that give the illusion of three dimensions. In this tutorial I will share my technique for...

VectorFirstAid v2 is here!

VectorFirstAid version 2 is mainly about working with text. The combined text engine has been entirely revamped so that it is more useful that ever. We have added some new features – Alignment of point text, Breaking text apart, Remove text transforms and...

Stipplism 1.2 free update – Overview

  Our update to Stipplism is now available. If you already own this plug-in then the update to v1.2 is entirely free. To install it: Existing customers – Please login to your account and download and run our latest Unified Installer v1.2.9 (installation...

How to Create Festive Fireworks with Stipplism and Illustrator

This article was updated on 30 July 2018. Today you will learn how to create fireworks using Stipplism. To do this, we will only need two circles and one straight-line segment. The entire working process only takes a few minutes. Let's stipple fireworks together!...

New Features and Improvements of VectorFirstAid and VectorScribe

New features and improvements of VectorFirstAid and VectorScribe As of today our popular VectorScribe v3 and VectorFirstAid plug-ins have got some great new features and improvements. These updates are free to existing VectorScribe v3 and VectorFirstAid customers!...

How to Create Lego Art with Phantasm and Adobe Illustrator

The little colored bricks are more than mere toys. Some artists create sculptures and paintings from them. Today we will create a portrait of Lego bricks in 5 simple steps, and Phantasm will help us with this. Step 1 Here are some examples of lego art pictures. Even...

How to Create Star Wars Icons in Line Art Style

In this tutorial I will describe the process of creating a Star Wars icons in a Line Art style in Adobe Illustrator. Our vector assistants are MirrorMe, VectorScribe and ColliderScribe; they will make the work more convenient and quick. "The Force will be with...

Explore all that SubScribe has to offer!

These tools play an essential role for designers who require accuracy. SubScribe is useful for technical illustration, logo and font design. With its help, you can create tangents and perpendiculars to the paths, create a circle according to given points, quickly...

How to create color variants of your artwork with Phantasm

How to create color variants of your artwork with actions panel and Phantasm In today's tutorial, I'll show you how to automatically create color variants of your artwork using the Actions feature and Range controls of Phantasm's Hue/ Saturation effect....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Tips, Tricks and Helpful Hints – Get More Astute in 2018

    As you may already know, as well as our Blogs we offer a wide range of video tutorials for each of our plug-ins over on YouTube. Here we have gathered together a selection of these to help you get the most out of your plug-ins in 2018.    ...

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...

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