Illustrator

Illuminated buttons created with Illustrator
Create Vector Pressed Buttons with Adobe Illustrator
Create Vector Pressed Buttons with Adobe Illustrator 800 470 Nick Saporito

In this tutorial I’ll be demonstrating how to create vector pressed buttons with Adobe Illustrator. This exercise is a good example of how you can use gradients to create appearance of depth and reflective light. The buttons are illuminated with neon light to indicate whether they are on or off. I’ll be demonstrating how to…

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Create a transparent gradient mask with Illustrator
How To Create A Transparent Gradient Mask with Illustrator
How To Create A Transparent Gradient Mask with Illustrator 800 470 Nick Saporito

In this tutorial I’ll be demonstrating how you can create a transparent gradient mask with Illustrator using an Opacity Mask. This would be useful if you’re trying to apply a gradient of transparency to an image, an object, or a grouping of objects. To create a transparent gradient mask with Illustrator, select your object, open…

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Trace an image to vector with Illustrator
How To Trace An Image To Vector with Illustrator | Color and Monotone
How To Trace An Image To Vector with Illustrator | Color and Monotone 800 470 Nick Saporito

In this tutorial I’ll be demonstrating how to trace an image to vector with Illustrator, both in color and in monotone. For this lesson I’ll be using the Image Trace feature in Adobe Illustrator, which allows us to make auto tracings of images as opposed to manually tracing them with something like the Pen Tool.…

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Create a circular infographic with Adobe Illustrator
Create A Circular Infographic with Adobe Illustrator
Create A Circular Infographic with Adobe Illustrator 800 470 Nick Saporito

In today’s tutorial I’ll be demonstrating how you can create a vector infographic design with Adobe Illustrator. Once the design is completed you can plug in your own information and data as you please. The following is a brief overview of the steps taken to create this infographic. For complete step-by-step instructions, please watch the…

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Illustrator low poly effect
How To Create A Low Poly Portrait in Illustrator
How To Create A Low Poly Portrait in Illustrator 800 470 Nick Saporito

In this tutorial I’ll be demonstrating how you can create a low poly portrait from any image using Adobe Illustrator. This is a neat little trick that you can use to create some cool vector designs. I’ve actually used this effect myself for my own profile pictures and avatars. The following is a brief overview…

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Illustrator smoke effect
How To Create A Vector Smoke Effect with Adobe Illustrator
How To Create A Vector Smoke Effect with Adobe Illustrator 800 470 Nick Saporito

In this tutorial I’ll be demonstrating how to create a vector smoke effect with Adobe Illustrator. For this we’ll be using the Blend Tool to create a series of lines interpolated between two manually drawn lines. The end result is somewhat of an abstract version of whimsical smoke. The following is a brief overview of…

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Create line style letter logos with Illustrator
Create Line Style Letter Logos with Illustrator
Create Line Style Letter Logos with Illustrator 800 470 Nick Saporito

In this tutorial I’ll be demonstrating how you can create simple line-style letter logos using Adobe Illustrator. The following is a brief overview of the steps taken to create these logos. For complete step-by-step instructions, please watch the video tutorial at the top of the page. Creating Line Style Letter Logos with Illustrator To get…

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3D letters created with the Blend Tool
Make 3D Calligraphy Letters with Adobe Illustrator
Make 3D Calligraphy Letters with Adobe Illustrator 800 470 Nick Saporito

In this tutorial I’ll be demonstrating how you can create 3D-style calligraphy letters using the Blend Tool in Adobe Illustrator. This is a really cool technique that you can let your creativity run wild with once you know how to do it. The following is a written overview of the steps taken to create this…

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Illustrator vs Inkscape
Illustrator VS Inkscape | The Complete Guide for Vector Designers
Illustrator VS Inkscape | The Complete Guide for Vector Designers 800 470 Nick Saporito

One of the most common questions I receive is how Inkscape compares to Illustrator, and if one is better than the other. The two applications are very similar and have a lot in common, but despite that there’s still enough differences between them for a worthwhile comparison to be made. In this post I’m going…

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Vector drip effect with Adobe Illustrator
How To Create A Vector Drip Effect with Adobe Illustrator
How To Create A Vector Drip Effect with Adobe Illustrator 800 470 Nick Saporito

In this tutorial I’ll be demonstrating how you can add a drip effect to any of your vector designs using Adobe Illustrator. This is something that can be applied to text, individual letters, logos, icons, or any other vector object. The following is a brief overview of the steps taken to add a dripping effect…

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