Create beautiful strokes with Illustrator's Width Tool

Beautiful Strokes in Adobe Illustrator

For me, Movember’s twirly moustaches bring to mind Illustrator’s Width Tool. This flexible friend allows the width of a stroke to vary, giving a bit more creative expression. It can be used to customise a calligraphic line or try using it on a line with a brush applied (see this post for more ideas). In […]

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Illustrator Essentials #1 – Pathfinder Functions

Drawing using Illustrator’s shape tools is a fundamental step to set about creating your own graphics. Combining shapes together to create new shapes opens a vast vector landscape full of possibilities for generating custom artwork. We can combine shapes using either the Pathfinder panel or the Shape Builder tool and to give you a sense […]

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Snakes and Ladders with Illustrator’s Pattern Brush

One of the benefits of creating artwork in Adobe Illustrator is the opportunity to utilise features that allow you to “create once—use endlessly”. This would include any panel that has a library facility, including the Brushes panel. In this tutorial, I want to give you a little glimpse of the opportunities that pattern brushes in […]