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February 26, 2012

Vector Art from France


In today’s “Vector Art from…” article, we’re looking at vector art from France with Adobe Illustrator users Nastasia Peters and Dhella Rouat, two talented female illustrators. We’ll learn more about the artists behind the work and their processes, and, in addition, Nastasia has shared some great insight into the process for creating one of her fantasy inspired pieces that is line art oriented. So let’s get to it and meet the girls.


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May 20, 2010

Ruler updates in Illustrator CS5

Based on PostScript model, Illustrator’s artboard position was defined in the first quadrant. This means that the rulers originated from the bottom left of the artboard. In Illustrator CS4, we introduced multiple artboards, but ruler-origin remained the same – at bottom left of the first artboard.


In Illustrator CS5, there has been a significant functional update in ruler. Illustrator CS5 now has a new kind of rulers, called the Artboard Rulers. The origin of these new rulers are at the top-left of ‘each‘ artboard. Which means that each artboard can have its own custom ruler-origin.



If usage of rulers is common in your design process in Illustrator, here are a few things of interest in AiCS5:

  • With this update positive vertical increment happen in the Y-axis when going from top to bottom, similar to other applications like InDesign and Photoshop.
  • When changing the ruler origin, pattern fills used to get re-tiled and their appearance changed. With Artboard Rulers, ruler-origin changes do not affect pattern fills.
  • For those using scripts, the existing scripts from older versions would continue to work the same way. They need not be modified to updated coordinates.

Here a great video on Adobe TV by Mordy Golding that explains this.

Contributed by Neeraj Nandkeolyar, Illustrator Workflow Team

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February 5, 2010

Enabling Editable Crop Marks Filter in AICS4

The Crop Marks filter is now available for download for those AICS4 customers who wished the CS3 Crop Marks functionality in CS4. This will enable the CS3 crop-marks functionality in CS4 but the CS4’s Crop Marks Effects functionality will not work with editable Crop Marks.

The filters are available at

For Mac filter go here.
For Windows filter find it here.

Here are the instructions to install and use this filter:

1. Quit Illustrator CS4, if it is running.
2. Remove the Crop Marks.aip plug-in from the Illustrator Filters folder (save a copy of this plug-in separately if you wish to use the Crop Marks effect in the future). It is located at Adobe Illustrator _CS4/Plug-ins/Illustrator Filters.
3. Download the provided CS3 Crop Marks plug-in to any accessible location on your computer (such as the desktop) and uncompress/extract the contents.
4. Place the Crop Marks.aip plug-in inside the Illustrator Filters folder (same path as in step 2).
5. Delete the Illustrator preferences. The Illustrator preferences file is located at Users\\Library\Preferences\Adobe Illustrator CS4 Settings.
6. Relaunch Illustrator CS4. The filter will be available at Object > Filters > Create > Crop Marks.
7. If the filter is not available, check to see if you placed the plug-in in the correct folder.

Important points to note:

• After switching to the Illustrator CS3 Crop Marks filter the Illustrator CS4 Crop Marks effect will not be available. Opening any Illustrator CS4 files that contain objects with the Crop Marks effect created using the Illustrator CS4 Crop Marks effect will require expanding the object to proceed with further editing. This is a standard Illustrator behavior when a plug-in is missing.
• If you wish to get the CS4 Crop Marks effect back, you just need to switch back to the original CS4 Crop Marks effect plug-in following the same steps and deleting preferences before restarting the application (resetting preferences is essential every time the Plug-in folder is modified).
• When reinstalling Illustrator CS4, you will need to perform the above steps again to install the Illustrator CS3 Crop Marks filter.

-Anil Ahuja
(Illustrator Team)

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May 3, 2009

Weekend Wrap—Random Musings

Contributed by Terry Hemphill, Illustrator Product Marketing Manager

The complexity of the important issues of today and the reduction of these topics to sound bites, invective and the outright misrepresentation of facts by print and broadcast media, as well as blogs and other social media, is so commonplace today it’s a cliché, a banal sideshow that we’re bombarded with at most every turn in our modern lives.

But we are still faced with the issues, and no matter how involved and convoluted, we still struggle to extract the facts and craft our own opinions, at least those of us who care or who are threatened in some way by either the issues themselves or their possible outcomes.

Good graphic design can make these complex subjects more clear. Just as a good teacher can make even the most difficult subjects exciting, thoughtful graphic design can combine the mediums of print, motion graphics, video and interactivity to bring clarity to convoluted problems, and be visually elegant, entertaining and downright fun as well.

Two cases in point:

Jonathan Jarvis, and his video The Crisis of Credit Visualized, is an ingenious explanation of how our credit markets ended up in the mess we’re still struggling to understand and dig ourselves out of today.

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The Crisis of Credit Visualized from Jonathan Jarvis on Vimeo.

In addition to being a lively thinker and dissector of issues, Jonathan’s a wonderfully talented designer. Check out his Process as Drawing, where he’s captured 24 30-minute illustrations created using Illustrator and Photoshop into lively 90-second videos that are just pure fun to watch. His inspiration for these exercises came from participating in the Cut & Paste Design Tournament last year. Cut & Paste 2009 is just wrapping up in Europe before heading to the Asia-Pacific, and back to New York City for the final, global championship June 20.

Jonathan evolves this rapid illustration technique in The Stimulus: Unpacked to deliver an on-the-fly analysis of a speech by President Obama.

Jonathan’s work in The Stimulus: Unpacked called to mind sosolimited, a group of designers and artists who used their custom software to remix the 2008 presidential debates into Reconstitution 2008, a live performance that deconstructs both the spoken words and the body language of the candidates. And does so beautifully.

We may face a noisy, often hostile world of “news” and “entertainment,” but it’s a delight to discover designers and artists who are turning this media barrage inside out, in ways equally thoughtful, provocative and beautiful.

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March 26, 2009

The Joy of Charting

Contributed by Brenda Sutherland, Illustrator Team Rowing Captain

Last Friday Terry talked about some of the exciting new libraries and How To’s that we shipped with Illustrator CS4. I wanted to take time today to focus on some additional new CS4 Sample Art Files that show how Illustrator can be used to create visually intriguing, creative flow charts. Yes, you heard me right, I did say “Visually Intriguing” and “Flow Charts” in the same sentence!

Jennifer Willis
is one of those rare designers who doesn’t cringe when taking on information graphics. Instead she has found a way of infusing her creative style into flow charts, while obviously having a great time doing it. Jennifer uses a variety of symbols and arrowheads that she creates. This adds a personal touch that reflects not only the designer but the client as well.



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