Adobe Illustrator

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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How To Apply A Distressed Texture with Illustrator
How To Apply A Distressed Texture with Illustrator 800 470 Nick Saporito

Texture masking is a great way to add a worn, aged look to your vector designs. In this tutorial I’ll be demonstrating how you can apply a distressed texture with Illustrator. This is something that can be done in just a few clicks. The following is a written overview of the steps taken to apply…

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Remove a white background with Adobe Illustrator
How To Remove A White Background with Adobe Illustrator
How To Remove A White Background with Adobe Illustrator 800 470 Nick Saporito

Trying to work with an image that doesn’t have a transparent background can be a pain, especially if it has a white background and you need to overlay it onto a backdrop that isn’t white. In this tutorial I’ll be demonstrating how you can remove a white background with Adobe Illustrator. This method can also…

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How to use the pen tool in Illustrator
How To Use The Pen Tool in Illustrator | The Complete Guide
How To Use The Pen Tool in Illustrator | The Complete Guide 800 470 Nick Saporito

There’s many tools and techniques that need to be learned in order to master the art of vector illustration, but none may be more important than knowing how to manually create freehand lines and shapes. In Adobe Illustrator, the tool that allows you to do that is the Pen Tool, and in today’s tutorial I’ll…

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Fit artwork to the artboard in Illustrator
How To Fit Artwork To The Artboard In Illustrator in 3 Simple Steps
How To Fit Artwork To The Artboard In Illustrator in 3 Simple Steps 800 470 Nick Saporito

In this tutorial I’ll be demonstrating how you can easily fit artwork to the artboard in Illustrator. This is something that’s particularly useful if you’re doing something like finalizing logo files for yourself or a client. The following is a written overview of the steps taken to accomplish this. For a more immersive learning experience…

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Make a clipping mask with text in Illustrator
How To Make A Clipping Mask with Text in Illustrator
How To Make A Clipping Mask with Text in Illustrator 800 470 Nick Saporito

In this tutorial I’ll be demonstrating how you can use a photo to make a clipping mask with text in Illustrator. It will create the appearance that your text is made of a photo. We’ll also be utilizing a simple trick to make a pop-out effect where it appears as if certain areas of the…

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