Illustrator’s Pencil tool is ideal for sketching out freeform designs, and to give a hand-drawn look to existing shapes and paths. For Illustrator CC, new technology under the hood delivers better curves, you also have new options for creating both curved and straight lines, and more.
Welcome to this month’s catch up showcase of our favorite Adobe Illustrator tutorials available on Tuts+. We publish tutorials on techniques and effects to make awesome vector graphics in Illustrator. My name is Sharon Milne, the Vector and Drawing Editor on Tuts+ and it is my pleasure to share with the Illustrator community five of our most interesting and popular tutorials published during January 2014.
Have you ever wanted just the tools you need for a specific task right at hand in Illustrator?
The new Custom Tools panel feature in Illustrator CC lets you do just that, whether it’s tools for drawing and editing paths, working with type, or just having your everyday tools a convenient click away: no digging into hidden tools required.
You can add, delete and rearrange the tools in your custom panel with simple drag and drop actions, and they can be saved with workspaces, too.
“Concert Undersea,” by Shadow Chen http://www.behance.net/saltyshadow
Check out this short video by Rufus Deuchler to see Custom Tools panels in action:
Michael Chaize, senior Creative Cloud Evangelist, gives you a deep dive into using Illustrator for the web, from creating pixel-perfect graphics, to working with smart Symbols, to extracting CSS properties directly from Illustrator.
The latest features of Illustrator CC are covered as well, such as saving responsive SVG files, and Michael shares some fun tips too, such as playing with color in Kuler and Recolor Artwork.
Be sure to check out this and other stories in this month’s Inspire, either on the web, or get the enhanced, interactive version of Adobe Inspire Magazine for Apple iPad and Windows 8.1 devices.
We’re kicking off a series of posts on the Illustrator team, to share a bit about who they are and how new features are developed. Our first article focuses on the team behind the new Live Corners in Illustrator CC with an interview with product owner, Yogesh Sharma. You can discover more about Live Corners on the Illustrator CC Learn pages.
Yogesh and his Royal Enfield motorcycle.
Tell us about yourself and your role on the Illustrator team.
My name is Yogesh Sharma, one of the product owners on the Illustrator team. I joined Adobe and the Illustrator team as a quality engineer in November, 2006. I have a degree in engineering but no background in art or design. During my stint with the Illustrator team, I have learned to draw — and am no longer scared of a blank artboard.
Away from work, I am an avid motorcyclist and have done some incredible tours, such as riding one of world’s highest roads in the Himalayas.
Do you have a favorite illustration/graphic design style?
I like almost all types of design, but I am particularly intrigued by the more psychedelic artwork styles.