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."
Tutorials
  • Design & Illustration
    Quick Tip: New Features of the Free Transform Tool in Adobe Illustrator CCRetina
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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…
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    Why Are Open Paths an Issue With Stock Sites? (And How to Fix Them)Open paths preview400
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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…