Large Format, Crops & Bleeds…

Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Tutorials

Thanks To Spoon Graphics Blog for this sweet Crop & Bleeds Tutorial

Came across this while looking for a way to get bigger bleed settings out of Illustrator, I have been designing Large format Banners lately and cs6 seems to have a hard limit of a 3in bleed max limit which seems too small for these big jobs. it looks like the best way its to follow the technique described in this

Second tutorial. by dreaminfinity.com

How to get Your Illustrator Files Print Ready!

But this Tutorial, I found via Creative Curio filled in quite s few gaps in my knowledge, and may end up being the most useful to me.

How to Setup Large Format Files

The quest goes on…

So I just Accidently Discovered the Perspective Grid Tool in Illustrator…

Adobe Illustrator

I missed a button press and activated the tool by accident and clicked in my work area and there it was in all it’s glory, I cant wait to get home ad play with these tutorials i found on it. I think it is really going to help me advance my skill set in illustrator big time.

For those of you who don’t know what I’m on about, check out this Video from Adobe.

What the Heck is he on about?

The Tutorials

Create a Shimmering Cityscape in Perspective using Illustrator

How to Use the Perspective Grid to Create a Modern TV & Stand

I’m planning on incorporating this into my next piece!

 

 

Found a Few Sweet Illustrator Typography Tutorials Today

Adobe Illustrator, Tutorials

I work with the Adobe Suite Daily at my current job and usually at least once or twice a day i will run into some thing that requires me to do some research to figure out how to pull it off. So i have to got tutorial /forum diving to find it and every know and then i find some really great stuff.

I’m always trying to be better with my typography, and this tutorial i found really makes it simple to think with type in new ways. I love that it jumps right into modifying a font to make it unique, and gives several easy examples that can make a huge difference in look.

http://designshack.net/articles/graphics/5-super-easy-illustrator-typography-tricks/

This one is more of breakdown of how type works in Illustrator, I learned few things i didn’t know…

http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2011/02/15/useful-typography-tips-for-adobe-illustrator/

The real gem though, i found in a  forum, how to break up a text block without converting to outlines or using a complicated script

This is how you do it, dead simple. from the http://www.signs101.com forums.

“Try “Flatten Transparency” and make sure the “CONVERT TEXT TO OUTLINES” is off… then ungroup and Bobs yer uncle…

Forgot to add that it’s still editable text.

There’s the winner.
simple – fast

thanks

wayne k”

The post i found this in was from 2009, but i just tried this is CS5.5 and it works like a charm! break up the text box by line, which since i was coppying numbers sequences from Excel is perfect!