Archive for August, 2013

August 29, 2013

The Illustrator Pen Tool

The debut of Adobe Illustrator in 1987 introduced the world to what has since become an icon of graphic design: the Pen tool.

Adobe Illustrator CC pen tools

The Pen tool was first shown widely to users in a video tutorial by Adobe cofounder John Warnock in 1987. Some users found the Pen tool difficult to master at first.

For designers used to analog tools, the new digital Pen tool in Illustrator was confounding, as it was not used to draw and sketch freely, but was used to plot and adjust “anchor points.” But for other designers who struggled to master the technical skills and techniques needed to control a traditional artist’s pen, the Pen tool in Illustrator was their new best friend, allowing them to create, edit and perfect their designs endlessly.


“The advantage of the Pen interface is it gave you absolute control over the curve. You didn’t draw a whole bunch of points and then hope the curve would look good. You could manipulate the curve to get the finest detail. It took some getting used to, but Illustrator is the tool of choice for graphic artists.”
—John Warnock


In many ways, the Pen tool is the most important tool in Illustrator. It is used to create the anchor points that form the basis for designs created in Illustrator, and to connect lines to those points that will create the curves and shapes that are the building blocks of Illustrator.

Like any artistic tool, the Pen tool takes some time to learn. But also like other artistic tools, it encourages creativity. The Pen tool is flexible and inspiring in its broad functionality.


Adobe Illustrator Pen tool icons

Want to polish your Illustrator Pen tool skills? Check out the tutorials below.

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August 14, 2013

Adobe Illustrator tutorial by Madis Põldsaar: creating stylized hair

On the Adobe Illustrator Facebook Page, we have been featuring Fan Fridays each week where we showcase four pieces of work submitted by fans of the page. Each week one illustration receives more positive feedback along with many requests for a tutorial. That was certainly the case for this portrait we featured by Estonian-based designer Madis Põldsaar:

Madis Põldsaar illustration

We reached out Madis for a tutorial of how he created the work, and he was kind enough to create one so all of you can be inspired and try something new. His tutorial is below. Also, be sure to check his site to see more of his work on Behance.

Want to submit your work for Fan Friday? Head to the Illustrator Facebook page and submit your work to us via Facebook Messenger.

Note: you can download the brush referenced below by Madis on DeviantArt. Big thanks to Swedish artist jimro for sharing this brush.




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August 13, 2013

Top 5 Illustrator Tutorials on Vectortuts+ in July 2013


Welcome to this months showcase of our favorite Adobe Illustrator tutorials available on Vectortuts+. Vectortuts+, part of the Tuts+ network, publishes tutorials, articles and more on all things vector! We publish tutorials on techniques and effects to make awesome vector graphics in Adobe Illustrator. My name is Sharon Milne, I’m the editor of Vectortuts+, and it is my pleasure to share with the  Illustrator community five of our most interesting and popular tutorials published during July 2013.


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August 1, 2013

HOW Designcast: What’s New in Adobe Illustrator CC. Recording Now Available.


Discover What’s New in Illustrator CC — UPDATE

If you missed the live session with Rufus, you can view the recording of this webinar here

Join Rufus Deuchler, Senior Worldwide Evangelist for Design at Adobe, and get the scoop on what’s new in Adobe Illustrator CC.

Find out how you can leverage the new tools and Creative Cloud integration in Illustrator CC to design in more powerful, intuitive, and connected ways.


Want to see how you can start with a bitmap image like this…

Starting bitmap graphic





…and end up with a beautiful final graphic like the one below in just a few steps?

Final image using Images in brushes and Touch Type tool in Illustrator CC
















Then you need to a register for this free online session.

You’ll have time for direct Q&A with Adobe staff and Rufus during this session, too, so come with your Illustrator questions and the team will do their best to get you the answers you need.

Rufus is a graduate of the Art Center College of Design with a BFA in Communication Design, has worked as a corporate and editorial designer across Europe since 1992, and has taught graphic design since 1995. Based in Florence, Italy, Rufus brings a thorough understanding of creative software from a designer’s perspective.

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