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Text Styles in Adobe CS5 Illustrator

In Adobe Creative Suite 5 (Adobe CS5) a text style is a saved set of text attributes, such as font and size. Creating text styles keeps you consistent and saves you time by enabling you to efficiently [more…]

Custom Style Updates in Adobe CS5 Illustrator

The custom styles you saved in Adobe Creative Suite 5 (Adobe CS5) Illustrator can be updated. Updates to a style will apply to that original text and to all other instances. [more…]

Object Arrangement in Adobe CS5 Illustrator

New objects in Adobe Creative Suite 5 (Adobe CS5) Illustrator are placed on top of existing objects. Change their order by choosing the Object→Arrange menu options. [more…]

Adobe CS5 Illustrator Object Hiding

Hiding an object in Adobe Creative Suite 5 (Adobe CS5) Illustrator is used when the object you want to select is stuck behind something else or when you need to select one object and another repeatedly [more…]

Adobe CS5 Illustrator Drawing Modes

Adobe Creative Suite 5 (Adobe CS5) Illustrator has three drawing modes: Normal, Behind and the new Draw Inside. With drawing modes users have increased control when adding new objects to the artboard. [more…]

New Layer Creation in Adobe CS5 Illustrator

When you create a new Adobe Creative Suite 5 (Adobe CS5) Illustrator document, you automatically have one layer to start with. To understand how layers work, create a new file and then follow these steps [more…]

Layer Functions in Adobe CS5 Illustrator

In Adobe Creative Suite 5 (Adobe CS5) Illustrator, layers assist in producing complex artwork. Layers are similar to clear pages stacked on top of your artwork: You can place content [more…]

Adobe CS5 Illustrator Color Mode

You can change your preferred color mode in Adobe Creative Suite 5 (Adobe CS5) Illustrator. This allows you to create for print or web with the best color model. Every time you create a new file, you choose [more…]

The Swatches Panel in Adobe CS5 Illustrator

The swatches panel in Adobe Creative Suite 5 (Adobe CS5) Illustrator allows you to access basic color, gradient, and pattern choices. Accessing color from the Control panel is probably the easiest way [more…]

Application of Color in Adobe CS5 Illustrator

Adobe Creative Studio 5 (Adobe CS5) Illustrator objects are created from fills (the inside) and strokes (border or path). Look at the bottom of the Tools panel for the Fill and Stroke color boxes. If you’re [more…]

Adobe CS5 Illustrator Stroke Modification

Changing the width and type of stroke in Adobe Creative Suite 5 (Adobe CS5) Illustrator is done via the Stroke panel. Access the Stroke panel by clicking the Stroke hyperlink in the Control panel. [more…]

The Color Panel in Adobe CS5 Illustrator

The Color panel in Adobe Creative Suite 5 (Adobe CS5) Illustrator offers an additional method for choosing color. To access the color panel, choose Window→Color. You must custom-pick a color using values [more…]

Adobe CS5 Illustrator Color Saving and Custom Libraries

Adobe Creative Suite 5 (Adobe CS5) Illustrator has the capacity to save colors and to build custom libraries of your colors. Saving colors not only keeps you consistent but also makes edits and changes [more…]

Adobe CS5 Illustrator Color Guide and Groups

Adobe Creative Suite 5 (Adobe CS5) Illustrator Color Guide facility helps you to find colors and save them to organized color groups in your Swatches panel. You can create color schemes based on 23 classic [more…]

Pattern Building and Editing in Adobe CS5 Illustrator

Adobe Creative Suite 5 (Adobe CS5) Illustrator has the facility to build and edit patterns. To build a simple pattern start by creating the artwork you want to use as a pattern on your artboard — polka [more…]

Gradients in Adobe CS5 Illustrator

You can use Adobe Creative Suite 5 (Adobe CS5) Illustrator to create and apply gradients. Gradients are used to apply smooth metallic effects or just to add dimension to illustrations. If you’re not sure [more…]

Adobe CS5 Illustrator Use of Opacity Masks

You can use opacity masks to make more interesting artwork in Adobe Creative Suite 5 (Adobe CS5) Illustrator. Create an opacity mask from the topmost object in a selection of objects or by drawing a mask [more…]

The Live Paint Feature in Adobe CS5 Illustrator

Using the Live Paint feature in Adobe Creative Suite 5 (Adobe CS5) Illustrator, you can create the image you want and fill in regions with color. The Live Paint bucket automatically detects regions composed [more…]

Select as a Transformation Tool in Adobe CS5 Illustrator

In Adobe Creative Suite 5 (Adobe CS5) Illustrator you can use the Selection tool to scale and rotate a selected object. Drag the bounding box handles to resize the object, or move outside a handle and [more…]

The Liquify Tools in Adobe CS5 Illustrator

When you use the Liquify tools in Adobe Creative Suite 5 (Adobe CS5) Illustrator you can bend objects — make them wavy, gooey, or spiky — by creating simple to complex distortions. [more…]

The Envelope Distort Command in Adobe CS5 Illustrator

In Adobe Creative Suite 5 (Adobe CS5) Illustrator the Envelope Distort command is used to arch text and apply other creative distortions to an Illustrator object. To use the Envelope Distort command, you [more…]

The Mesh Tool in Adobe CS5 Illustrator

If you’re creating art in Adobe Creative Suite 5 (Adobe CS5) Illustrator you can turn to the handy Mesh tool to create smooth tonal variations in your illustration. Choose to blend one color into another [more…]

The Blend Tool in Adobe CS5 Illustrator

Use the Adobe Creative Suite 5 (Adobe CS5) Illustrator Blend tool to transform one object to another to create interesting morphed artwork or to create shaded objects. Using the Blend tool [more…]

The Character Panel in Adobe CS5 Illustrator

The Adobe Creative Suite 5 (AdobeCS5) Illustrator Character Panel allows easy access to text formatting customization. The panel can be used in default mode or additional options can easily be made visible [more…]

The Paragraph Panel in Adobe CS5 Illustrator

The Adobe Creative Suite 5 (Adobe CS5) Illustrator Paragraph panel has all the attributes that apply to an entire paragraph, such as alignment, indents and hyphenation. Hyphenation is not covered in this [more…]

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