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Create your own handwriting font : Fontifier

Illustrator art brushes : Veerle’s Blog


Should keep this in mind for my next design that should be printed…

www.blog.spoongraphics.co.uk – designing for print setting up crops and bleed

A list of very interesting tutorials here.

As simple as it may seem, cropping an image in Illustrator is not that obvious.  Illustrator has a vector based workspace, as opposed to Photoshop which uses a canvas.

A simple solution is to first crop the image in Photoshop to its desired dimensions, and then import the image into Illustrator.

If you really want to do it using Illustrator, you can use a clipping mask to hide the part of the image you don’t need:

  • draw the area you want to crop (using pen tool for instance)
  • select both the path and the image
  • go to Object > Clipping Mask > make

Remember that this is only hiding the part outside the path.  You can get the original image back by releasing the clipping mask.

I found some posts on how to really crop the image (so that the undesired parts are really deleted), but I found them a bit strange:

Nice tutorial on creating a road map in Illustrator : www.blog.spoongraphics.co.uk creating road maps in adobe illustrator

My first attempt (see below) is very minimal and not very fancy, but I got the idea.
Weegbreelaan map

If you’re used to working with Photoshop, you’ll probably know the ‘skew’ transform option. Illustrator doesn’t have this option directly, but it can be done using the following steps:

  • select the object you want to skew with the direct selection tool (A)
  • select the free transform tool (E)
  • press the shift key and hold it pressed
  • while holding the shift key, click one of the corners, or a center point (if you want to skew the entire line)
  • now press control key (while still holding the shift key and holding the mouse clicked) and move the mouse in the desired direction