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Illustrator CS6

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How to Create a Template Layer in Adobe Illustrator CS6

You can use a template layer in Adobe Illustrator CS6 to trace an image manually. A template layer is a locked, dimmed layer you can use to draw over placed images with the Pen tool, much like you would [more…]

How to Create a Clipping Mask in Adobe Illustrator CS6

Creating a clipping mask in Adobe Illustrator CS6 may sound complex, but it’s really easy. Similar to peering through a hole in a piece of paper to the objects underneath it, a [more…]

How to Use Image Trace in Adobe Illustrator CS6

With the Image Trace feature in Adobe Illustrator CS6, you can take raster (bitmap) artwork and automatically trace it to convert it into vector artwork. This means that you can take scans of sketches, [more…]

How to Build and Edit Patterns in Adobe Illustrator CS6

Using patterns in Adobe Illustrator CS6 can be as simple or as complicated as you want. If you become familiar with the basic concepts, you can take off in all sorts of creative directions. [more…]

How to Save Your Artwork for the Web with Adobe Illustrator CS6

If you need to save artwork for the web, no feature is better than Save for Web in Adobe Illustrator CS6. This dialog box opens a preview pane where you can test different file formats before you save [more…]

How to Save to PDF with Adobe Illustrator CS6

If you want to save your Adobe Illustrator CS6 file in a format that supports more than a dozen platforms and requires only Acrobat Reader, available as a free download at [more…]

How to Save to EPS with Adobe Illustrator CS6

Adobe Illustrator CS6 allows you to save documents in an EPS format. Encapsulated PostScript File (EPS) is the file format that most text editing and page layout applications accept; EPS supports vector [more…]

How to Use the New Perspective Grid in Adobe Illustrator CS6

In Adobe Illustrator CS6 you can create and edit artwork based on the perspective grid feature (introduced in CS5). The grid is a huge help in creating successful perspective illustrations. To show or [more…]

How to Create Multiple Artboards in Adobe Illustrator CS6

In Adobe Illustrator Creative Suite 6, the page itself is referred to as the artboard. Illustrator allows you to create multiple artboards in one document. To create a document with multiple artboards, [more…]

How to Print from Adobe Illustrator CS6

Printing from Adobe Illustrator CS6 gives you lots of capabilities, such as printing composites to separations and adding printer’s marks. To print your illustration, follow these steps: [more…]

How to Create 3D Artwork in Adobe Illustrator CS6

All effects in Adobe Illustrator CS6 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…]

How to Add a Drop Shadow Effect in Adobe Illustrator CS6

Creating a drop shadow in Adobe Illustrator CS6 is a quick and easy way to add dimension and a bit of sophistication to your artwork. The interaction between the object with the drop shadow and the underlying [more…]

How to Use Opacity Masks in Adobe Illustrator CS6

You can use masks to make more interesting artwork in Adobe Illustrator CS6. Create an opacity mask from the topmost object in a selection of objects or by drawing a mask on a single object. The mask uses [more…]

How to Use the Transform Tools in Adobe Illustrator CS6

Transformations you can give to objects in Adobe Illustrator CS6 include scaling, rotating, skewing, and distorting. The Rotate, Reflect, Scale, and Shear tools all use the same basic steps to perform [more…]

How to Use the Life Paint Feature in Adobe Illustrator CS6

Don’t worry about filling closed shapes or letting fills escape from objects with gaps into unwanted areas. Using Adobe Illustrator CS6’s Live Paint feature, you can create the image you want and fill [more…]

How to Use Advanced Pattern Editing in Adobe Illustrator CS6

In Adobe Illustrator CS6, you have more control over patterns than ever before. Once you start your pattern, what if you want to create the perfect repeat? Or what if you want to align your repeated tile [more…]

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