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How To Create Hand-Drawn Details For Your Patterns Using Image Trace

How To Create Hand-Drawn Details For Your Patterns Using Image Trace

    I have done a lot of blog posts lately about not needing a design tablet to use Adobe Illustrator and this is no different. It’s one of my favorite topics to discuss because when you start out in Adobe Illustrator and surface pattern […]

Top 7 Skillshare Classes on Surface Pattern Design

Top 7 Skillshare Classes on Surface Pattern Design

If you want to learn surface pattern design, the cheapest way to do so outside of figuring it out yourself through trial and error would be to get yourself a Skillshare account. Skillshare is a subscription service where you pay $15 a month or $99 […]

Things I Wish I Knew Before I Got My Wacom Tablet

Things I Wish I Knew Before I Got My Wacom Tablet

    I didn’t really do a lot of research before I decided to get a Wacom tablet and I wish I had taken the time to do so. I knew I didn’t want to settle on a cheaper Wacom tablet and regret not spending […]

How to Master Adobe Illustrator Without a Tablet

How to Master Adobe Illustrator Without a Tablet

    I have been wanting to make this tutorial for a while now. When I started using Adobe Illustrator I didn’t have a tablet for about 5 months and I thought this meant I had to avoid certain things like using paintbrushes and blob […]

4 Ways to Use Adobe Illustrator’s Rotate Tool

4 Ways to Use Adobe Illustrator’s Rotate Tool

  One of my favorite tools to use in Illustrator is the rotate tool simply because it makes things easier. If I want to make a simple flower I can use the rotate tool and know that the petals are evenly spaced. Instead of making […]

Design talk: Is it ok to teach other people’s tutorials?

Design talk: Is it ok to teach other people’s tutorials?

I want to make this a regular series on my blog where I talk about controversial or debated topics in design. The first topic has to do with teaching design. In teaching design on the internet, there is bound to be overlap. Someone might unintentionally […]

How to Color Your Artwork in Illustrator

How to Color Your Artwork in Illustrator

Adding color to your artwork is one of the hardest things to master in Adobe Illustrator because you tend to want to think of colors realistically. For instance, if you are creating a carrot you want to make it orange, however, mastering color in Illustrator […]

3 Adobe Illustrator Functions/Tools That Are Really Annoying

3 Adobe Illustrator Functions/Tools That Are Really Annoying

I got the idea for this post after many months of struggling to figure things out in Adobe Illustrator. We’ve all had those times when we accidentally pressed something and it messed up our whole document. Back in February, I was working on one of […]

How to Make a Waffle in Adobe Illustrator

How to Make a Waffle in Adobe Illustrator

I had a busy few days so I thought I would post a quick tutorial today and teach you how to make a waffle. I chose a waffle because it is a good lesson in using simple shading to create depth so if you are […]

How to Weave a Ribbon Through Letters in Adobe Illustrator

How to Weave a Ribbon Through Letters in Adobe Illustrator

  I’ve seen a lot of cool artwork lately where the artist makes it look like something is weaving in and out of an object. It gives a lot of dimension to the drawing with minimal effort so I thought I would show you how […]