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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    Why Are Open Paths an Issue With Stock Sites? (And How to Fix Them)Open paths preview400
    When you create vector illustrations to sell on stock sites such as GraphicRiver, your file must be compliant with several technical requirements. One of the requirements states that there should be no open paths in your file. But nobody tells you why. In this article, I'll show you why open paths can be a problem, how to find and close open paths, and how to avoid them in the first place.Read More…
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    Quick Tip: The Character Panel in Adobe IllustratorQt character thumbnail 400
    In this Quick Tip screencast, we take a look at the Character panel in Adobe Illustrator. This comprehensive guide will show you what each field does, and you'll learn some time-saving keyboard shortcuts for setting the character attributes of your text.Read More…
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    Quick Tip: Combine 3D Effects With Blends in Adobe IllustratorPreview
    Adobe Illustrator's 3D Effects are powerful tools for the vector artist. When combined with other effects and tools, the results can be surprising and fun. In this Quick Tip screen cast, see how to map art to 3D objects, then use those objects in a blend. Adjust the number of steps in the blend to reveal its other sides, then manipulate the blend's spine for a cascading effect. To learn more, check out the Tuts Premium course, Illustrator Effects in Depth.Read More…
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    Quick Tip: Learn How to Create Corner Tiles for Pattern Brushes in Adobe IllustratorPreview4
    A Pattern Brush is more than a repeating shape. It can have inner and outer corners, plus starting and ending shapes. In this Quick Tip, see how to deconstruct an exiting Pattern Brush and create your own.Read More…
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    Quick Tip: Using the Print Booklet Feature in Adobe InDesignPreview7
    The Print Booklet feature lets you create printer spreads for professional printing. For example, if you've created an 8-page booklet, the pages appear in numerical order as you're designing. Printer spreads are used so that when the booklet is printed, the pages end up in the correct order after the pages are folded and the booklet is bound.Read More…
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    Quick Tip: Create a Custom Texture Directly in Illustrator for use with the Texturizer EffectPreview21
    Any grayscale PSD (Adobe Photoshop document) can be used as a custom texture in Adobe Illustrator. In this screen cast, learn how to create a Photoshop texture without ever leaving Illustrator, then use it with the Texturizer effect. Illustrator has tons of built-in textures under the Effects menu that you can apply to any object. But why use an out-of-the-box texture when you can easily create your own?Read More…
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    Quick Tip: How to Create Dynamic Labels Using the Convert to Shape EffectPreview
    Learn how to create text labels using Illustrator effects. Once you create this effect, you can apply it to any text and the size will update automatically.Read More…
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    Quick Tip: How to Create a Comet with the Blend Tool and BlursCheryl qt comet preview
    Learn how to create a comet or shooting star by using the Blend Tool, combined with a Blur effect in Adobe Illustrator. We'll finish the quick illustration off with the not often used Flare Tool.Read More…
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    Help with Selling Vector Stock in EPS10 FormatPreview
    All of the major stock image sites, including GraphicRiver, require that vector files be submitted in the EPS10 or earlier format. This ensures compatibility with the various software applications used by the people who download your work. But what is EPS10? And how do you make your vector files EPS compatible? What should you pay attention to in Adobe Illustrator? Here's how to ensure your files meet the technical requirements of EPS (Encapsulated PostScript), and are fully editable by the buyers who download them.Read More…
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    Quick Tip: How to Create a Text Wrap in InDesignText wrap
    There are a lot of options and flexibility for text wrap in Adobe InDesign, giving you more ways to be creative. Learn all about text wrap and how to achieve some of these effects in this video Quick Tip. Let's begin!Read More…
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    How to Create a Rainy Window Vector BackgroundPreview
    Using the Symbolism Tools, plus a bit of Gradient Mesh, learn to make a realistic window covered with raindrops. This is an advanced tutorial that assumes a fair amount of Illustrator experience, but everyone should be able to follow along. It can be done with earlier versions of Illustrator, but takes full advantage of newer features in CS4. Let's get started! Read More…
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    Create an Illustrative Logo From a PhotographDesign and illustration
    In this tutorial, we'll start with a photographic reference, then through some manipulation in Photoshop and careful tracing by hand, pare it down to its essential elements. The result is a stylized mark that is representative, yet bold and graphic. Let's get started!Read More…