Illustrator CS5

Illustrator Quick-Tip: Flexible Rounded Corners

For more flexibility when working with rounded corners in Illustrator, you can instead of using the rounded rectangle tool, use the standard Rectangle tool and draw your base shape. After that, go to Effect > Stylize > Rounded Corners. This will be saved in the appearance panel with the bonus that you can go back and change the settings whenever you want.

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#48: Halftone Background Wallpaper in Illustrator

In this weeks episode of the Creatively Using the Creative Suite podcast, Erik Bernskiold shows you how to create a cool background wallpaper with a halftone pattern effect to it, right inside of Illustrator with nothing but built-in artwork.
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#46: Wavy Line Wallpaper Using Stroke Width Tool in Illustrator CS5

In this weeks episode of the Creatively Using the Creative Suite podcast, Erik Bernskiold shows you how you can use the stroke width tool in Illustrator CS5 to create a cool effect, perfect for wallpapers.
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Illustrator Quick-Tip: Move Objects to New Layer

Many people do not use layers in Illustrator because objects still are selectable on their own. However if you are using layers you need to know how to move objects from one layer to another.

Simply select the object you want to move to another layer and open up your layers panel. You should see a little colored box (with the same color as the current layer) next to the layer that the object is on. Drag that little box and drop it on top of the new layer and the object will be moved.

Illustrator CS5

Illustrator. What to use it for?

You  may know all about Photoshop but as a creative suite owner, you are intrigued by that other app sitting there called Illustrator and what it is best used for. I mean, Photoshop must be able to do the same style of art as Illustrator right?

This is true to a certain extent. Yes, you are able to achieve many of the same styles from Illustrator as you can in Photoshop, but with one major difference. While Photoshop is the primary raster image editor, Illustrator is the very opposite. You see, what it does best, actually all it does, is vector artwork.

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