January 22, 2014
Need a closer look at the new Live Corners feature that was released as part of the Illustrator CC update on January 16? Then be sure to check out this four-part tutorial on the Illustrator CC Learn pages, created by Kevin Stohlmeyer.
Hey, there’s even a slick Illustrator CC cheat sheet you can download on the tutorial page for tool, document and keyboard shortcuts.
January 15, 2014
Illustrator CC has all-new features, available today, January 16, check it out!
If you are a Creative Cloud member, just go to the Creative Cloud desktop and update your installed version of Illustrator CC to access the latest features.
If you’re not a Creative Cloud member, you can still give the new features a test drive. We’ve reset trials for anyone who has downloaded a 30-day trial since May 2013, so give these new features a spin.
For January, 2014, Illustrator CC:
- Makes precision corner treatments as easy as a click and drag with Live Corners. Corners can be rounded, inverted or chamfered. Work directly on art, or input precise values into the Control panel or the new Corners dialog.
- Introduces an all-new Pencil tool that lets you draw curves more accurately with options to extend paths, draw straight lines, and close paths. This new curve technology is also extended to the Brush, Blob Brush, and Smooth tools.
- Provides a new Path Segment Reshape feature that lets you fluidly drag path segments into the desired shape. This new reshape technology is part of the Anchor Point and Direct Select tools, and can be accessed from the Pen tool while drawing.
- Lets you save files as responsive SVG code, which can scale across multiple devices or when browser windows are resized.
- Updates Perspective drawing so you can change the vanishing points and horizon line of the underlying grid and have your artwork dynamically update to match the new perspective.
- Offers a convenient new way to browse and sort Typekit fonts, right in the font menu. You can choose from over 900 Typekit desktop fonts, sync them through Creative Cloud, and have them immediately available in Illustrator CC.
- Supports pressure-sensitive styli on the latest Windows 8 tablet computers, as well as HiDPI displays for computers running Windows 7 and 8.
- Enables you to share Illustrator settings across multiple computers by exporting or importing settings to a folder.
- Lets you create a Custom Tools panel so you can now have just the set of tools you need for a particular task immediately at hand.
And there are are number of customer-requested enhancements, too:
- Layer states remembered
- Draw and resize artboards from the center
- Access Fill/Stroke controls in the Swatches panel
- Use sliders to control opacity settings
Visit the Illustrator CC Learn page to download a free trial, and check out the dozens of new tutorials, from Illustrator fundamentals to master class projects.
January 7, 2014
Just in time for the New Year, we’ve a special treat for illustration fans: a new Illustrator CC sample art piece, created by Don Clark of Invisible Creature.
Image detail from “Reality Reborn”
From an early love of skateboarding and snowboarding to founding a punk rock band with his brother Ryan in the 1990s, Don Clark has moved through life embracing his passions. Eventually, Don turned his attention to design.
In 2000, Don and his brother again joined forces: this time bringing their creative vision and illustrators’ touch to developing album covers, posters, and logos for many of the musicians they’d met throughout their music careers.
Don and Ryan Clark of Invisible Creature
13 years later, Don still does some work on music packaging—even having garnered Grammy nominations along the way— but that’s now just part of the focus of Invisible Creature, the highly successful creative firm Don runs with Ryan.
December 9, 2013
Brand new to Illustrator? Maybe you’re not brand new but still want to know how to best setup your document and artboards, work with colors, shapes and brushes, and how to do these fundamentals the right way.
Then you need to join Terry White, Adobe worldwide design evangelist, and tap into Terry’s deep knowledge of Adobe professional design products in his podcast on How to Get Started with Adobe Illustrator CC — 10 Things Beginners Want To Know How To Do.
And more experienced Illustrator users may just discover new tricks, too, as Terry covers the latest tools and approaches that just may help you break out of long-term habits and work more efficiently.
December 4, 2013
Design. Process. And the evolution of a career.
Ghostly International’s “SMM” Compilation front cover by Michael Cina
Graphic design, painting, photography, type design — Michael Cina’s work has spanned most every medium in his career as artist and creative director, and has made him an inspiration for a generation of younger designers.
Check out his latest interview on Grain Edit to get a unique take on his work and creative process.
You can see more of Michael’s work on the Cina Associates site.
Ghostly International’s “SMM” Compilation back cover by Michael Cina