Posts Tagged ‘Freebie’

Free seamless retro texture

I put this together based on the old countertop in my kitchen that was probably built in the 1950’s or 60’s.  It’s a seamless, repeatable texture that you can use however you choose.  I left it transparent, so you’ll probably want to use the appearance panel to add a background color.

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Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Hector Chimpletion - September 14, 2011 at 9:42 am

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Fill in the counters on live text

Here’s another post drawing on the strength of the Appearance Panel (previously explained here, here and here)  This one to help you automagically fill in or close the counters on live text.

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1 comment - What do you think?  Posted by Hector Chimpletion - May 29, 2010 at 9:47 pm

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Embroidered Text Effect

For this to make sense, you might want to refer back to the previous posts on the Appearance Panel.

Once you’ve read over those 3 posts, download this file and have at it.  You might like to adjust the stroke some to make the “holes” a bit more realistic.

This is live editable text, made awesome, by the appearance panel.

3 comments - What do you think?  Posted by Hector Chimpletion - May 11, 2010 at 8:29 pm

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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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Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Hector Chimpletion - April 20, 2010 at 8:15 pm

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