How to crop an image in Adobe Illustrator

Crop tool Adobe Illustrator
It used to be that if you wanted to use pixel based images in your Adobe Illustrator files you had o create clipping masks to crop them down to certain sizes. This is still true if you want to crop them to a specific shape in Adobe Illustrator e.g a circle or a triangle but if you want to crop the image as a square or a rectangle and permanently delete the rest of the image and not just hide it you can use the new widget controls to edit and only have visible the part of the image you require on your Adobe Illustrator Art board. To crop an image in Adobe Illustrator you firstly need to ...
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Diffuse Gradients in Adobe Illustrator

Adobe illustrator diffused gradient
Adobe have given us a sneak peek at what they are calling Diffuse gradients. Ive not been able to have a go at it as it has not yet been added to the latest release of Adobe Illustrator CC and Adobe have not yet even told anyone when it will be released! By looking at the video it looks very interesting, at first I was unsure what the benefits would be over using the gradient mesh tool in Adobe Illustrator but after a closer look it really does look good. You access the Diffuse gradients from a drop down in the Adobe Illustrator Swatches panel and it looks like it enables you to bend...
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Using the Adobe Illustrator Swatches Panel

Adobe Illustrator Swatches
Adobe Illustrator Swatches Panel Today I'm going to have a closer look at the Adobe Illustrator Swatches panel, we are going to load all the different type of Swatches and also create Swatches from scratch. We will start by looking at the basic solid Adobe Illustrator Swatches, loading in Pantone Swatches and CMYK Swatches then move on to loading and adding Gradient Swatches and Pattern Swatches. We will also cover how to load Swatches from other Adobe Illustrator files. Adobe Illustrator Solid Swatches The most basic type of Swatch we have in Adobe Illustrator is the solid Swatch, this...
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5 Benefits of Learning Adobe Illustrator

Adobe Illustrator Logo
So last week I wrote about the benefits of learning Adobe InDesign, today I'm going to talk about Adobe Illustrator. Again this is probably a programme you have heard of but maybe unsure of its actual uses.  Adobe Illustrator is used for creating a variety of graphics you can produce logos, detailed illustrations, leaflets, web page designs and many more. Unlike Adobe InDesign it is built more for creating graphics and artwork and doesnt have the power to handle multiple page documents like Adobe InDesign does. Vectors not Pixels So this is the big one, everything we create in Adob...
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Placing Adobe Illustrator files in to Adobe Photoshop

using Photoshop and Illustrator Together
Placing Adobe Illustrator files in to Adobe Photoshop Following on from my blog post a few weeks back on using Adobe Photoshop with Adobe InDesign today I'm going to have a look at using Adobe Illustrator with Adobe Photoshop effectively. There are two ways these file types can be integrated with each other, we can convert the vector Adobe Illustrator file in to a pixel based Adobe Photoshop layer and use it just like any other Adobe Photoshop layer which is the simplest way to merge them together. The other way is to embed the Adobe Illustrator file in to the Adobe Photoshop layer ...
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Adobe Illustrator Puppet Warp Tool

Adobe Illustrator Puppet Warp Tool
Adobe Illustrator has introduced the Puppet Warp tool that has previously been seen in Adobe Photoshop but its arguably a much more useful tool in Adobe Illustrator! To use the Puppet warp tool in Adobe Illustrator is actually very simple but highly effective particularly if you are an Illustrator  creating character animations or a Graphic Designer wanting to manipulate text. To get started with the Puppet Warp Tool you need to select all of the artwork that you want to manipulate using your main selection tool. Then in your main tool bar select the Puppet Warp tool (Looks like ...
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Adobe Illustrator – Using the symbol sprayer.

Adobe Illustrator Symbol Sprayer
  The Symbol sprayer in Adobe Illustrator is a great way to repeat instances of your artwork multiple times quickly and efficiently. In this example Im going to use a snowflake vector that I created using the pathfinder but the same technique can be applied to any artwork that you have created in Adobe Illustrator. To use the symbol sprayer in Adobe Illustrator you need to select a symbol in the symbol panel. Any symbol can be used and if you wish to use your own Illustrator artwork as a symbol all you need to do is drop your artwork on top of the panel and it will be come available...
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Adobe Illustrator – Perspective grids explained

perspective grid example adobe illustrator
Since the CS5 version of Adobe Illustrator, the Adobe team incorporated a new tool known as the Perspective Grid, this tool allows you to easily create artwork in different perspectives, essentially when you spart creating vectors on your Adobe Illustrator Artboard they will stick to the perspective planes, it is really good at showing items disappearing in to the background. With the perspective grid tool in Adobe Illustrator we have  three vanishing point perspectives and you can draw directly on to each one. To activate the Perspective Grid simply click in View>Perspe...
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Whats new in Adobe Illustrator CC 2018 release

Adobe Illustrator CC 2018
So its that time again when Adobe do an update to its Creative Cloud applications, there have been some really good and useful updates rolled out this week in a lot of the Adobe Software, in this blog however I’m going to concentrate on the new offerings from Adobe Illustrator and I think you are going to be quite pleased with the work that the Adobe boffins have been putting in for us. As usual when Adobe give us an update there is a list as long as your arm telling us all the Adobe Illustrator changes that have been made but Ive narrowed this right down to just two major changes that ...
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