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: Create a Computer Key Icon Using Linear GradientsPreview
    Illustrator's Gradient Panel gives you several options to create and fine-tune multi-stop gradients. Put a few together for a computer key with a satin sheen.Read More…
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    Quick Tip: Data-Driven Graphics Using Illustrator's Variables PanelPreview
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    Illustrator's Variables panel lets you create data-driven graphics in a fraction of the time it would take to do them by hand. In this Quick Tip, learn about Variables and see how to create and save 100 different business cards in under two minutes.Read More…
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    Quick Tip: How to Create a Bullet Hole in Five StepsPreview
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    You know those joke bullet hole decals you see on cars? Well, it's super easy to make one in Illustrator in just five steps. Follow along with this Quick Tip to find out how.Read More…
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    Create a Vintage Art Deco Poster with Illustrator's Grain EffectPreview
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    You might not know the name A. M. Cassandre, but you've surely seen his work. His early 20th century French advertising posters have become iconic images of the Art Deco movement, and have inspired a new generation of designers worldwide. One of the characteristic aspects of Cassandre's work is the grainy texture used to shade objects. In painting, this technique is achieved by the artist using his thumb to flick paint off the end of a toothbrush. In printmaking, the grainy tone is created with aquatint. Illustrator users can keep our hands clean and duplicate this technique with various texture effects. This is a beginner tutorial, which starts with basic shape-building methods. More experienced users can skip ahead to the texture part. Let's get started!Read More…
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    Quick Tip: Create an Emboss Effect Using the Appearance PanelPreview
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    Illustrator doesn't have a built-in emboss effect, but you can make one yourself, with few quick steps, using the Appearance panel. Then you can apply it to just about anything.Read More…
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    Quick Tip: Wrap a Ribbon Around a Cone to Create a 3D Christmas TreePreview
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    This is a fun and simple tip using Illustrator's 3D Revolve effect. You'll create a symbol, which will then be mapped to a 3D object, creating the illusion of a single ribbon wrapping around a cone.Read More…
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    Create a Wireframe Face with the Envelope Distort ToolPreview
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    This tutorial is a response to a request for a more in depth lesson on using Illustrator's Envelope Distort function with the Rectangular Grid tool. I demonstrated the basic technique in this video. Check it out if you have time, if not, jump right in!Read More…
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    Quick Tip: Create the iCloud Icon in IllustratorPreview
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    Learn how to create a radial mesh and a brushed metal effect as the basis for this stylish icon. Then make a beveled graphic style, which can be applied to any shape.Read More…
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    Quick Tip: Quickly Convert CMYK to PantonePreview
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    Have you ever found yourself rushing a file for the printer but your client hasn't specified a spot color for their design? Finding a spot color equivalent to CMYK can be difficult. What your client sees is often different to what you see. Here's a quick way to find the Pantone© equivalent for a CMYK process color without the use of a color book. This tip is perfect for designers who need to use professional offset printing.Read More…
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    Quick Tip: Create a Moustache Using Custom Art BrushesPreview
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    Learn how to make custom Art brushes in Illustrator, then use them to create a hipster moustache. This is the perfect tutorial for a last minute costume, just print it out on some paper and you're ready to go! Let's get started.Read More…
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    Create a Set of Artist IconsDesign and illustration
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    There are many reasons why Adobe Illustrator is an excellent application for creating icons. The same elements can be used as building blocks to ensure consistency and speed up your workflow. Learn a range of techniques, from basic shape-building to more complex lighting effects.Read More…
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    Quick Tip: How to Create a Beautiful Vector Bokeh EffectPreview
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    In this video Quick Tip, learn how to use Symbols and the Symbolism tools to create a luminous autumn background. Let's get started!Read More…