Vector Art Resource: All Silhouettes

This FREE vector art resource is for silhouettes of people in action that can save time. My architect husband shared the website with me, it's one of his … [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...]

Where Are My Illustrator Swatch Libraries?

When you save your swatches as Illustrator swatch libraries, you can retrieve them in the swatches panel library menu under User Defined. Illustrator stores your user swatch … [Read more...]

Resetting Illustrator Defaults

Illustrator default Preferences are saved in a file on your system that is launched when you start Illustrator. This is why every time you restart Illustrator, you'll see the … [Read more...]

How to Show User Library in Mountain Lion

Looking for how to show the user library in Mountain Lion and Lion? See the instructions below. I recently upgraded my Mac OSX from Snow Leopard and suddenly couldn't find the … [Read more...]

Illustrator CS6 : What’s New

Illustrator CS6 was released recently and I've been using it for my client work. As I work in my usual routine, I'm experiencing some of the small improvements that have been made … [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...]

Eyedropper Color in Illustrator

A fellow artist introduced me to a blog called design seeds where visitors are treated to a steady stream of inspiring color palettes. Each palette is "packaged" beautifully by … [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...]

Modify Shapes with the Arrow Keys

A week or so ago, I had a question in my online Illustrator class where someone was having trouble using the up and down arrow keys to change the number of sides on a polygon in … [Read more...]