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Offset path

I use it for die lines and for margins among other things. You’ll find uses for it. I use it often enough that I’ve given it a keyboard shortcut.

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3 comments - What do you think?  Posted by Hector Chimpletion - March 29, 2010 at 9:18 pm

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Non-printing layers

What are they, why are they, and how do you use them?

Simply put, they are layers that are visible on screen as you’re working with your file but won’t print. I use them mainly to create margins that I can snap to with smart guides (that’s a whole other post…) I also use them as a place to hold elements of my art that I’m working with bits and pieces of.  Things to eyedropper and such…

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2 comments - What do you think?  Posted by Hector Chimpletion - March 23, 2010 at 9:14 pm

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Find the area of an irregular object

A sneaky backdoor that will crash Illustrator if you use it wrong (or occasionally, right) so save everything before you use this trick.  My old buddy Mike from Apple Water creative reminded me of this one we used to use when deciding which size choke warning needed to be on toy packages. Read more…

4 comments - What do you think?  Posted by Hector Chimpletion - March 8, 2010 at 7:34 pm

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How to install scripts

Just a followup to the previous post linking to those scripts – here’s where to install them: Read more…

2 comments - What do you think?  Posted by Hector Chimpletion - February 28, 2010 at 6:09 pm

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Viewing your images as you move them

This isn’t so much of a hint as it is a trick.  No, it’s not a trick, it’s just a badly named preference.

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Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Hector Chimpletion - February 23, 2010 at 8:59 pm

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