NSL WEEK 247- Adobe Illustrator “Embedded Image Trace AG”

This time we’re working with an embedded image and Image Trace in Adobe Illustrator

Along with the help of Astute Graphics. Continue reading

NSL WEEK 229- Adobe Illustrator “Phantasm Halftone Live Effect”

More halftone stuff! This time we’re looking at Phantasm by Astute Graphics

Check out the video above to see the basics in action. NSL week 227 was on the native halftone live effect that ships with Adobe Illustrator. Continue reading

N.S.L: WEEK 151 – Adobe Illustrator CC: “Opacity Mask Workflow Updated w/Phantasm”

Last week I showed you how to create Distressed text in Adobe Photoshop so I figured I’d show you how to do it in Adobe Illustrator. I changed things up a bit since I did it in NSL week 96 so I thought I’d bring you up to speed =)

Opacity Masks in Adobe Illustrator CC
My updated workflow with Opacity Masks

I like to use an Opacity Mask to create distressed text in Adobe Illustrator. Back in week 96 I showed you how to use a linked image and Adobe Photoshop to edit your Opacity Masks to create different effects. Continue reading

N.S.L: WEEK 127 – Illustrator CC: “Zooms and New Views”

Little by little, my Adobe Illustrator projects are getting progressively bigger. Sometimes it’s the actual size of the piece and others, it’s the details that make it big.

Adobe Illustrator CC Astute Graphics
Ornament in Mirrorme

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N.S.L: WEEK 113 – Adobe Photoshop CC: “Generator” New Feature 14.1

The big news this week!!! “Generator” for Adobe Photoshop 14.1. Everywhere I went, people were asking me what I thought of this new feature. I decided to check out a couple videos and give it a try today. Here’s my first run at it:


What is it and what does it do???

It’s more Adobe Magic =D The way I understand it is Continue reading

Just 4 Fun: 04072013 Rocky Sketch w/ Astute Graphics Dynamic Sketch Tool AiCS6

My goal is to practice more often to get better at drawing. This was created using Adobe Illustrator CS6,  Dynamic Sketch Tool, Phantasm CS by Astute Graphics, and my Wacom Intuos4. WORKFLOW!!! =D

Adobe Illustrator Dynamic Sketch
Rocky Sketch 04-07-2013

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