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Learning about typography: Where to start?

I always hate to see a gorgeous illustration marred by a poor font choice, but it happens all the time. The thing is, if you choose to add text to your vectors, you should really take some time to study the basics. 118 more words

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Cuban Salsa: Three Way Stop

The “Three Way Stop” is a good move for training because the Lead really must be up to the task to get it going. We don’t have many formalized moves using this technique of turning the Follow by her shoulders. 107 more words

Cuban Salsa

How to use the Pen Tool in Adobe Illustrator

How to use the Pen Tool

Making the leap from traditional illustration mediums (pencil, pen and ink, paints, etc) to vectors is tough. Your first foray into vector software can leave you frustrated, disappointed and confused. 3,636 more words

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Do's and Don'ts for Microstock Illustration

There’s a lot of confusion about things that microstock sites like iStockphoto.com® do and don’t accept (blends? meshes? text? unclosed strokes?). Contributors who’ve been around a while have learned over the years, and iStock does have a great Illustrator Training Manual… Still, we figured it’d be a great time to put together a list of not-so-well-known do’s and don’ts to keep in mind when submitting your vector illustrations. 2,878 more words

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Vector Newbie Tips for Microstock Applications

In the iStockphoto Critique Request Forums, we often see illustrators confounded after their contributor application was declined.  As an administrator on iStockphoto, I’ve heard literally thousands of complaints and questions regarding microstock applications, so I figured it was about time to compile some of the most commonly experienced rejection reasons in one place! 717 more words

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The Pathfinder Palette

My nomination for the ‘most useful ever’ tool in Adobe Illustrator is, of course, the Pathfinder. Here’s a guide to which tool does what, as well as some suggestions on how they can be useful as you draw. 548 more words

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Fix for misaligned cabinet doors

From my IGTV Channel (@scotthamiltonwoodworking): Saggy cabinet doors are a pet peeve of mine. If they are for you to, here’s what you need to know. 21 more words