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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…]

Find and Replace and Spell Checker in Adobe CS5 Illustrator

Adobe Creative Suite 5 (Adobe CS5) Illustrator has text utilities which include find and replace and spell check. These text utilities enable you to easily and efficiently perform all these otherwise tedious [more…]

Text Production Utilities in Adobe CS5 Illustrator

Adobe Creative Suite 5 (Adobe CS5) Illustrator has text utilities which include a Find Font and Change Case features. These features enable you to quickly prepare text for publication. [more…]

Color Editing in Adobe CS5 Illustrator

In Adobe Creative Suite 5 (Adobe CS5) Illustrator you edit colors in the Swatches panel by using the Swatch Options dialog box. This dialog is accessed by double-clicking the color or choosing Swatch Options [more…]

3D Artwork in Adobe CS5 Illustrator

All Adobe Creative Suite 5 (Adobe CS5) Illustrator effects are excellent, but the 3D feature is even better. You can not only add dimension by using the 3D effect but also map artwork [more…]

Application of Multiple Fills and Strokes in Adobe CS5 Illustrator

Adobe Creative Suite 5 (Adobe CS5) Illustrator allows you to apply multiple fills and strokes to an illustration. You can use this feature to put differently colored fills on top of each other and individually [more…]

The New Perspective Grid Tool in Adobe CS5 Illustrator

You can create and edit artwork based on a new Adobe Creative Suite 5 (Adobe CS5) Illustrator feature — the perspective grid. The grid is a huge help in creating successful perspective illustrations. [more…]

The Symbol Sprayer Tool in Adobe CS5 Illustrator

The Symbol Sprayer tool in Adobe Creative Suite 5 (Adobe CS5) Illustrator is one you must experiment with in order to understand its full potential. In a nutshell, it works like a can of spray paint that [more…]

Blend Modes in Adobe CS5 Illustrator

In Adobe Creative Suite 5 (Adobe CS5) Illustrator there are many ways to blend a transparency in your artwork. The transparency feature changes an object to make it transparent so that what’s underneath [more…]

Blend Option Setting in Adobe CS5 Illustrator

In Adobe Creative Suite 5 (Adobe CS5) Illustrator you can change the way a blend appears by using the Blend Options dialog box: Choose Object→Blend→Blend Options. From the Spacing drop-down list, change [more…]

Adobe CS5 Illustrator Gradient Creation

You can use Adobe Creative Suite 5 (Adobe CS5) Illustrator to not only create gradients as well as apply them. Gradients are the tonal variations used to apply smoothly changing color effects. [more…]

Map Art Function in Adobe CS5 Illustrator

In Adobe Creative Suite 5 (Adobe CS5) Illustrator you have the option of adding art to your newly created 3D object. The function is called Map Art and is a special 3D effect where content from the symbol [more…]

Adobe CS5 Illustrator Live Trace Feature

The Adobe Creative Suite 5 (Adobe CS5) Illustrator Live Trace function allows you to use existing images in your new artwork. You can automatically trace bitmap images by using a variety of settings that [more…]

Adobe CS5 Illustrator Printing

Printing from Adobe Creative Suite 5 (Adobe CS5) Illustrator gives you lots of capabilities. You can print composites, separations as well as adding printer’s marks and bleeds. [more…]

Adobe CS5 Illustrator File Exporting

When saving a file created in Adobe Creative Suite 5 (Adobe CS5) Illustrator the format chosen has real consequences. If you need a file format not listed in the regular Save As dialog box, choose File→Export [more…]

The PDF File Format in Adobe CS5 Illustrator

Adobe Creative Suite 5 (Adobe CS5) Illustrator files can easily be saved in the PDF (Portable Document Format) format. PDF has many advantages; it requires only Acrobat Reader, available as a free download [more…]

Artwork for the Web in Adobe CS5 Illustrator

If you need to save Adobe Creative Suite 5 (Adobe CS5) Illustrator artwork for the Web, no feature is better than Save for Web & Devices. This dialog box opens a preview pane where you can test different [more…]

Adobe CS5 Illustrator Transparency Flattening

If your Adobe Creative Suite 5 (Adobe CS5) Illustrator artwork has many effects it may not print correctly. When you print a file that has effects, such as drop shadows, cool gradient blends, and feathering [more…]

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