Create Snowflakes in Illustrator

This fun video tutorial demonstrates how to draw snowflakes in Illustrator using strokes and the rotate tool. One of the most useful shortcuts you can learn in Illustrator is … [Read more...]

An Illustrator Diagonal Stripe Pattern Tutorial

My latest video tutorial demonstrates how to make an Illustrator diagonal stripe pattern that repeats on a grid. You'll learn to make a single repeat unit of diagonal stripes from … [Read more...]

Scaling Patterns in Illustrator

There are several ways to scale patterns in Illustrator. This post and the video tutorial below will outline some of the differences and advantages of each. Just like in … [Read more...]

Illustrator Keyboard Shortcuts

Right-click (or control-click) the link to download a handy one-page PDF of¬†Illustrator Keyboard Shortcuts.¬†This is an essential set of shortcuts, rather than an encyclopedic list, … [Read more...]

Illustrator How To: Paste in Place

Cutting or copying and pasting is as basic as you can get in graphics software. This past summer I was spending a lot of time working in Adobe Flash and got into the habit of using … [Read more...]

Helpful Keystrokes for Mac

I posted recently about the Glyphs panel, it's a great way to find the hidden characters you need from a font. But I've managed to memorize a few keystrokes that have saved me time … [Read more...]