Archive for April, 2010

Make guides

Another quick Illustrator tip suggested by my buddy Mike at Apple Water Creative. This one in response to the previous post covering non-printing layers.  Basically, he suggested that my workflow could be cleaned up by switching from non-printing layers to instead making guides out of my margin shapes and he is absolutely right. This completely eliminates the need for my non-printing layers and works really well, with only a couple of very minor snags.

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1 comment - What do you think?  Posted by Hector Chimpletion - April 28, 2010 at 7:07 pm

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The appearance panel (part 3)

In the previous posts, we covered the basic functions of the appearance panel.  If you’ve just landed here, you might want to go back to the first in the series.

In this post, I’ll show a more complex example – how you how you can get editable Icy type or Ice covered type in Illustrator using only one type object.

Here is the other text in the sample file (You’ll want to get it here) along with it’s expanded appearance panel to show you what’s going on:

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2 comments - What do you think?  Posted by Hector Chimpletion - April 20, 2010 at 8:16 pm

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The appearance panel (part 2)

In the previous post, we covered what the basic function of the appearance panel is and went over how to add an additional fill to some text and add some effects that only apply to that added fill.

I mentioned that attributes could be added to 4 places – Here we’ll cover…

Adding a stroke, fill or effect to an entire layer

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The appearance panel.

The appearance panel, or as it used to be known, the appearance palette. This is where it all goes down.  The key to making versatile, live art that will allow you to shrug off your boss changing the name of the project from “Penguin Playset” to ” Arctic Adventure”  This will allow you to create art that can rival the raster effects you get in Photoshop and at times do it better and more extensibly (Did I just make that word up?  Nope!)  So, instead of setting your text, copy/pasting it behind, adding your stroke, copying to the front, adding a glow, etc… and making a stack of objects to get one result, you can do this all from within one object.  Multiple strokes, multiple fills, effects applied specifically to a single fill or stroke. Gradients on a stroke. Live text with a gradient. Yeap.

That’s live text. Grab the live .ai file. Use your own fonts if you don’t have these.

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Better drop shadows with Rich Black

If you’ve ever had your drop shadows look gray instead of black, try using a “rich” black instead of a pure K black and be sure that your drop shadow’s blending mode is set to “multiply”

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1 comment - What do you think?  Posted by Hector Chimpletion - April 7, 2010 at 9:20 pm

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