Cheryl Graham
Cheryl Graham trained as a traditional artist in drawing and painting. These days she spends more time in front of the computer than the easel. She's been using Adobe Illustrator for over 15 years. Her Illustrator work has been featured in the "The Adobe Illustrator WOW! Book" and "Real World Illustrator."
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    Quick Tip: Introduction to the Mesh Tool and Creating a MeshDiffshapes 4001
    In this overview, you'll learn three ways to create a Gradient Mesh, how to use the Mesh Tool, and learn some terminology you might encounter along the way.Read More…
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    10 Tips for Avoiding Rejections When Uploading to Stock SitesStocktips retina
    Uploading vector illustration to sell as stock can be rewarding both creatively and monetarily. Some artists sell their work on many microstock sites, while others remain exclusive at one. Part of the appeal of microstock is the potential to sell the same item to many buyers. In this regard, being a successful stock illustrator is in large part a numbers game – the more files you have online, the more sales you can make. Each upload must pass a review to meet the technical, aesthetic and legal requirements of the agency. If these standards are not met, the file is rejected. In this article we outline some top tips to get your acceptance rate up so you can spend more time creating – and selling – new items.Read More…
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    Quick Tip: The Difference Between Vector and RasterVectorraster retina
    Vector. Raster. You’ve surely heard these two terms before when working with digital graphics. But you may wonder which format you should use when. And even if you’re a pro with vectors and rasters, you still may have difficulty explaining the difference to other people. In this screencast, we look at the basic differences between the two.Read More…
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    Quick Tip: Create a Geometric Pattern With a Hexagon in IllustratorHexagon retina
    By using the Transform effect on a single, simple polygon, you can make a sophisticated background pattern that looks like it took hours to create. It actually only takes a few steps in Adobe Illustrator – the trick is using overlapping copies and transparency.Read More…
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    Quick Tip: Create a Gradient Spiral Using a Single Circle in IllustratorSwirl retina
    Harness the power of the Transform effect by turning a simple circle into a psychedelic, swirling vortex, using Adobe Illustrator. We'll start with a simple gradient filled ellipse and then we'll see what happens when you play with the Transform effect.Read More…
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    Quick Tip: Using the Gradient Tool and Gradient Panel in IllustratorGradient retina
    By reader request, we take an in-depth look at the gradient features in Adobe Illustrator. Starting with the Gradient panel, then examining the Gradient Tool, you'll learn how to create and apply gradients to strokes, objects and compound paths.Read More…
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    Quick Tip: Create a Bat Scatter Brush in Adobe IllustratorBatbrush retina
    Scatter Brushes are a quick way to get multiple instances of the same shape into your illustration, and apply those shapes randomly. Learn how to create a Scatter Brush from a vector object in Adobe Illustrator, then paint the night sky with a swarm of bats.Read More…
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    Understanding the Different File Types in Adobe Illustrator's Save for WebSfwretina
    The purpose of the Save for Web feature in Adobe Illustrator is to optimize graphics for use on a Web site or other screen display, such as a phone of tablet. The word "optimize" refers to the optimum balance between file size and quality. We want small file sizes so they'll load quickly on a Web page, but we don't want to sacrifice their appearance. Save for Web lets you preview how an optimized  vector graphic will look, so you can choose the best compromise. In this article, I'll go over the file formats available in Save for Web, and show you which formats are best suited for different kinds of artwork.Read More…
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    Quick Tip: New Features of the Free Transform Tool in Adobe Illustrator CCRetina
    Adobe has revamped the Free Transform Tool in Adobe Illustrator CC. The most notable difference is the addition of a large widget, which allows you to perform various distortions without the use of keyboard modifiers. The widget is geared toward touch devices, but if you prefer the old school finger dance, all of that functionality is still there.Read More…
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    Quick Tip: Four Ways to Crop a Vector Illustration in Adobe IllustratorCrop preview r
    A reader asked how he could trim off the objects outside his artboard. There is no Crop tool in Adobe Illustrator, but there are a few ways to remove or hide excess shapes that overlap the edges of the artboard – if you want to. In this screencast, we show you four methods: the Pathfinder, Clipping Masks, Opacity Masks and marquee-erasing.Read More…
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    Quick Tip: Exporting to Other File Formats in Adobe IllustratorRetina preview
    Did you know that there are 13 different file formats to choose from when exporting an Adobe Illustrator file? You can export your illustration to any of these formats so it can then be opened in other applications for further editing. So for example if you need to create a large, high-quality JPEG from your vector illustration, you'd use Export, rather than Save for Web. You can also use the Export function to create PSD files that preserve the layers and live type in your Illustrator document. In this screencast, we look at three of the most common file formats and how to export to them.Read More…
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    Create a Coffee Cup Mock Up in Adobe Illustrator Using the 3D Revolve EffectCoffee cup retina preview
    Adobe Illustrator's 3D effects can be a used to create quick, yet realistic product mock-ups. While not a full ray-tracing 3D application, Illustrator's 3D feature is quite sophisticated, and it has some advantages over its more expensive counterparts. For starters, vector objects and effects can be scaled to any size without loss of quality. It's easy to re-purpose vector art you've already created, plus you don't have to leave the friendly confines of Illustrator. And as you'll see in the following steps, the learning curve is not nearly as steep. Let's get started!Read More…