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  • InkScribe Part 1: Get Started

    InkScribe is designed for fast, accurate, and smart creating and editing of the Bezier curves on which the entirety of vector graphics is based. For the past 30 years, the Pen Tool has been used for creating these objects, but it has not been essentially modified in this time. Here we will introduce you to a tool that is […] The post InkScribe Part 1: Get Started appeared first on Astute Graphics.

Astute Graphics Limited

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Generated 5 days ago

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  • Create a Vintage Nautical Label with InkScribe in Adobe Illustrator

    Today we will compare the Pen, Curvature and InkScribe tools using the example of creating a vintage nautical label. The Gif animations will illustrate the actual drawing process with these tools and show the problems that you encounter in your daily practice. If you value your time and strive to improve your workflow, then this article is […] The post Create a Vintage Nautical Label with InkScrib...

Astute Graphics Limited

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  • Astute Graphics Plug-ins Workflow by Mark Oliver

    Mark Oliver is an Award winning Illustrator and full time professional artist based in Worthing, UK. His recent work for the Smart Car campaign (among others) has benefitted from the use of our plug-ins, and here Mark talks us through a brief workflow to explain how he used them.     "I always start with a drawing, scanned and dropped […] The post Astute Graphics Plug-ins Workflow by Mark Oliver a...

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Generated 1 week ago

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  • A faster way to draw an eye in Illustrator

    #10MinSkills: Pro artist Bert Musketon walks through a faster, more intuitive way to draw an eye in Illustrator. Using the DynamicSketch plug-in, he shows how to quickly cut away paths you don’t need, and how to combine basic shapes to create an engaging illustration. “I love DynamicSketch. It’s a really fast way of working in […] The post A faster way to draw an eye in Illustrator appeared first ...

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Generated 2 weeks ago

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  • Manage Auto-Open Panels for Astute Graphics Plug-ins

    The respective panels of our VectorScribe, InkScribe, Texturino, WidthScribe, Stylism and MirrorMe plug-ins have always opened automatically when enabled. To disable this function, you previously needed to edit the Adobe Illustrator Preferences file, but this was for advanced users only and required Illustrator to be restarted. Now however, you can turn the automatically opening panels option on [...

Astute Graphics Limited

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Generated 2 weeks ago

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  • InkScribe and VectorScribe – The Differences

    InkScribe is designed to replace the Pen Tool. This tool has many useful functions that allow designers to create paths more accurately and conveniently and in a less time-consuming way. VectorScribe contains seven tools for creating basic shapes, editing existing paths, rounding corners and for measuring. The InkScribe and VectorScribe plug-ins have several identical smart features made for […] T...

Astute Graphics Limited

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Generated 2 weeks ago

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  • InkScribe v 1.7.1 – What’s New

    Thanks to customer feedback and interaction, InkScribe has just become an even more convenient tool. We have changed the tool's location, default preferences and added new InkScribe's presets. We are always thankful for your feedback and expert evaluation as it helps us to improve our products. So thank you! We hope you enjoy this new improved […] The post InkScribe v 1.7.1 – What’s New appeared f...

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  • Create vector knot in 3 easy steps

    In a new approach to extending our popular new #10MinSkills series, we have posted our new technique on Instagram using a deck of images. Please visit the Instagram post and let us know if this works for you as an alternative to YouTube and classic blog posts! Simply leave a comment below.   The post Create vector knot in 3 easy steps appeared first on Astute Graphics.

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Generated 3 weeks ago

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  • Create captivating Spirograph designs in Illustrator

    In this short video, London-based illustrator Matt Lyon walks through a quick technique that he uses to create Spirograph designs in Illustrator. He shows how to combine the Distort & Transform command with Live Paint to produce a captivating Spirograph effect. This technique is particularly beneficial when it comes to pattern design. “The process works […] The post Create captivating Spirograph d...

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Generated 3 weeks ago

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  • A quick tip for using the eraser in Adobe Illustrator Draw

    We’ve looked at all kinds of time-saving vector techniques in our #10MinSkills series of tutorials. But what about when you’re on the move? Here, freelance illustrator Dan Mumford shares a handy tip for using the Eraser tool in Adobe Illustrator Draw. For anyone who’s missed Adobe’s Make it On Mobile campaign, Illustrator Draw lets you […] The post A quick tip for using the eraser in Adobe Illustr...

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Generated 3 weeks ago

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  • Cleaning up CAD and 3D artwork in Illustrator with VectorFirstAid

    A lot of designers working with CAD and 3D applications, need to finish working with objects in Adobe Illustrator. Such objects can be exported into vector formats, however, for complete work it is necessary to do multiple routine operations, which are often very time-consuming. VectorFirstAid and VectorScribe help to automate and speed up this process.   […] The post Cleaning up CAD and 3D artwor...

Astute Graphics Limited

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Generated 3 weeks ago

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  • Cleanup PDF, Word, Excel, InDesign, Corel and Draw files with VectorFirstAid in Illustrator

    When working in Adobe Illustrator, designers often need to work with files created in other applications, such as Adobe Acrobat and InDesign, Microsoft Word and Excel, Corel Draw and Affinity Designer, QuarkXPress, Wacom Bamboo Spark and so on. Here we are then often faced with editing problems due to the presence of a lot of unnecessary clip […] The post Cleanup PDF, Word, Excel, InDesign, Corel ...

Astute Graphics Limited

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Generated 1 month ago

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  • 10 best Illustrator plug-ins that you can try for free

    Adobe Illustrator might be the most powerful vector application around, but it doesn’t always provide the exact functionality you need. One easy way to level up its abilities – without having to remember tedious workarounds or shortcuts – is with third-party Illustrator plug-ins. However, while there are many Illustrator plug-ins, extensions and tools out there, […] The post 10 best Illustrator pl...

Astute Graphics Limited

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Generated 1 month ago

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  • Create custom lettering with the Mesh tool in Illustrator

    The Mesh tool in Illustrator is a versatile tool, and when it comes to distorting type, it can save you hours. In this short video walkthrough, designer Gordon Reid (aka Middle Boop) explains a simple trick for creating eye-catching custom lettering using the Envelope Distort command and a mesh. If you're new to envelopes, they […] The post Create custom lettering with the Mesh tool in Illustrator...

Astute Graphics Limited

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Generated 1 month ago

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  • How to create a radial pattern using the Rotate tool in Illustrator

    Looking to create an eye-catching radial pattern for a logo, crest or badge? Maybe you want to craft an intricate radial infographic, or some circular design elements. Either way, this tip for using Illustrator's Rotate tool could take days off your workflow. In this short video, designer Luke O’Neill explains how to copy and rotate […] The post How to create a radial pattern using the Rotate tool...

Astute Graphics Limited

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Generated 1 month ago

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  • Work with text objects using VectorFirstAid in Adobe Illustrator

      With the help of VectorFirstAid we can automatically replace all missing fonts, combine point text and remove empty text paths. In today's article, you'll learn about the functions that perform these actions. We can replace all missing fonts in the current document with the fonts specified by us. The button in the VectorFirstAid panel […] The post Work with text objects using VectorFirstAid in A...

Astute Graphics Limited

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Generated 1 month ago

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  • How to vectorize hand lettering with Illustrator’s Pen tool

    Illustrator’s Pen tool might be one of the software’s most powerful, but it’s also notoriously tricky to master. When it comes to vectorizing hand lettering, knowing exactly where to place the anchor points and handles will shave hours from your workflow. In this short video, designer Will Paterson shares a valuable ‘box’ technique that will […] The post How to vectorize hand lettering with Illust...

Astute Graphics Limited

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Generated 1 month ago

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  • Illustrator CC2017.1 has landed

    Today, Adobe has released a series of software product updates including Illustrator CC2017.1. Good news! Our current CC2017 version plug-ins remain compatible with this latest update. There should be no need for CC2017.0.X users to uninstall, re-install or re-license your favourite Astute Graphics tools. If you're already part of the Creative Cloud, simply go to your […] The post Illustrator CC20...

Astute Graphics Limited

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Generated 1 month ago

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  • Create complex shapes with Illustrator’s Shape Builder tool

    Design ninja Tony Harmer demonstrates a quick way to create compound shapes in Illustrator, in this two-minute video walkthrough from our #10MinSkills series of time-saving tutorials. The Shape Builder is a powerful tool, giving you Pathfinder capabilities in a fraction of the time. You can create unique forms in seconds by merging, extracting or erasing […] The post Create complex shapes with Ill...

Astute Graphics Limited

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Generated 1 month ago

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  • Quickly add texture to a vintage logo in Illustrator

    Designer Chris Spooner explains how to add authentic distressed effects to a vintage logo – without leaving Illustrator. This pro time-saving technique is the first in our new #10MinSkills series of tutorials, which help you boost your skill set in just 10 minutes. You can follow the tutorial by downloading a free 14-day trial of […] The post Quickly add texture to a vintage logo in Illustrator ap...

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  • Astute Graphics on the Catwalk – Workflow Tutorial by Kitty Florido

      Based in Guatemala City, Freelance Designer Kitty Florido enjoys producing work for a variety of markets. Her work was most recently showcased in fabrics used by Guatemalan fashion designer Eduardo Figueroa. Kitty used our plug-ins in the making of these fabrics, which were then used in three collections developed by Figueroa for the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Shows in Guatemala City. […] The post As...

Astute Graphics Limited

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Generated 2 months ago

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  • Unified Installer v1.1.8 important update

    Last week, Astute Graphics was proud to release its wonderful new vector clean-up Adobe Illustrator plug-in VectorFirstAid. It's already received glowing feedback… I’ve had it 10 minutes and I already know it’s going to be fantastic. It instantly fixed all the issues I had with an exported PDF – these are the bane of my […] The post Unified Installer v1.1.8 important update appeared first on Astut...

Astute Graphics Limited

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  • Say “Hello” to VectorFirstAid

    VectorFirstAid is with us! As our 16th Adobe Illustrator plug-in, it's very easy to imagine that we have become blasé witnessing the creation of each amazing new vector new tool. And yet… we have remained like kids in a candy store, all wide-eyed and expectant of new and amazing things. VectorFirstAid doesn't disappoint. It's a departure […] The post Say “Hello” to VectorFirstAid appeared first on...

  • Getting Started with VectorFirstAid

    The VectorFirstAid plug-in is designed to clean up files in Adobe Illustrator. With the use of this plug-in, you can also improve the organization and editability of vector objects. Dozens of routine, time-consuming operations are now automated. Less routine, more time for creativity! In today's article you will learn how to check and clean an […] The post Getting Started with VectorFirstAid appea...

  • VectorFirstAid – Help Reduce Illustrator File Size

    Designers who use auto-tracing of bitmap images while creating often end up with very large vector files. This problem can lead to a significant slowdown in the workflow. Large vector files are not accepted to micro stock websites, it is harder to email such files to your colleagues or customers, and finally they take up […] The post VectorFirstAid – Help Reduce Illustrator File Size appeared firs...

Astute Graphics Limited

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Type: Blog Article

Generated 3 months ago

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  • Fin Sin Fin by Malte Kebbel – Made with the use of WidthScribe

      This week we have been admiring the work of Malte Kebbel  who used WidthScribe in the making of his beautiful installation ‘Fin Sin Fin’ – 2016.   About the work, Malte says: “The installation resembles a 3D puzzle made of uniform, flat, and oval elements. All parts of each sculpture slot together, causing an effect […] The post Fin Sin Fin by Malte Kebbel – Made with the use of WidthScribe appe...

Astute Graphics Limited

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Generated 3 months ago

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  • Texturino Workflow Tutorial by Charlie O’Brien

    The latest photo art from Charlie O’Brien recently caught our eye and we were interested to learn that these images were created with some help from Texturino. The result is very effective and rather unique in all the examples that we have seen of Texturino to date! Charlie was kind enough to fill us in on the tricks of his […] The post Texturino Workflow Tutorial by Charlie O’Brien appeared first...

  • InkScribe and DynamicSketch call for feedback

    Following the creation of improved learning videos for Phantasm earlier in 2016 which was very well received by new and existing customers, we are looking to enhance the experience for DynamicSketch and InkScribe users in 2017. Please help us by providing quick feedback in this special questionnaire…   Please do not post comments on this post discussing the technicalities of these changes […] The ...

  • Seeking a Navigator

    In this special blog post, Astute Graphics founder Nicholas van der Walle opens up about how our unique company will thrive in the next 10 years… presenting a rare and exciting opportunity!   As founder of Astute Graphics, creating is what I do. Have always done… making something from nothing. In 2005, I started on the biggest professional […] The post Seeking a Navigator appeared first on Astute ...

  • AG’s Dynamic Corners and Adobe’s Live Corners Features – The Differences

    Today we will look at the differences between Astute Graphics’ Dynamic Corners found in the VectorScribe plug-in and Adobe’s Live Corners. This follows numerous request for this information following Adobe’s launch of Live Corners earlier in the Creative Cloud’s existence . We will analyze and compare the features for accuracy, convenience and number of functions. 1. Let’s begin […] The post AG’s ...

  • Illustrator CC2017 minor updates – January 2017

      At the beginning of January 2017, Adobe released a minor update to Illustrator CC2017 (to v21.0.1) followed less than a week later by a second “stability fix” Adobe release (now to v21.0.2). These have affected a small number of Astute Graphics customers, with Illustrator refusing to load after the update has been applied with the […] The post Illustrator CC2017 minor updates – January 2017 appe...

  • How to create Gear Infographics using VectorScribe and Adobe Illustrator

    In this article we will introduce you to the Dynamic Gear options presented in the VectorScribe plug-in. You will also learn how to create the perfect gearing which can be animated using Adobe After Effects. Accurate meshing of teeth will be provided by the ColliderScribe plug-in and thanks to the tools and options in both this and […] The post How to create Gear Infographics using VectorScribe an...

  • AG Plug-ins Workflow Tutorial by Mathieu Persan

    We had a chat this week with Illustrator Mathieu Persan, he shared some secrets of his creative workflow with us and explained how our plug-ins fit in to this. Mathieu says “Astute Graphics plug-ins have been a part of my workflow for 3 years now and I couldn’t work without them. They are practical, time savers and creative”. “I work […] The post AG Plug-ins Workflow Tutorial by Mathieu Persan app...

  • 2016 – A Few from the Astute Graphics Family Album

    2016 was a good year for us, and with 2017 bringing exciting changes and growth, we’re looking back through the Astute Family album at some of the highlights from the past 12 months…     We welcomed 3 new members to the Astute Family last year. Gemma, Pete and Lorna joined the team, and they were immediately trained to understand that biscuits are a […] The post 2016 – A Few from the Astute Graphi...

Astute Graphics Limited

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Type: Blog Article

Generated 7 months ago

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  • We are ready for Mac OS Sierra

    With the recent public release of Mac OS 10.12 “Sierra”, we have been testing compatibility with our current plug-ins operating with Adobe Illustrator CC2015.3. The good news is that no issues solely relating to this upgrade have been found or reported. Therefore, when operating with the Creative Cloud, we are suggesting it’s fine to upgrade […] The post We are ready for Mac OS Sierra appeared fir...

Astute Graphics Limited

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 8 months ago

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  • Installing and activating your plug-ins.

    This guide will take you through the process of downloading and installing your plug(in)s. Here we will use the installation of VectorScribe as an example, although the process for installing all plug-ins is the same.   To begin, login to your Customer Account.     Here you will be able to download and run the latest installer […] The post Installing and activating your plug-ins. appeared first on...

Astute Graphics Limited

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 8 months ago

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  • 10 Years of Astute Graphics; a “Thank You” Giveaway!

      Here at Astute Graphics we’re celebrating 10 years of our plug-ins and as you can see, it’s been a busy, productive and eventful decade! As a thank you to our customers, for a limited time we’re offering all of you a FREE Stylism license key (normally sold for £35 – approx. $46/€41) ! What is […] The post 10 Years of Astute Graphics; a “Thank You” Giveaway! appeared first on Astute Graphics.

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