Illustrator Keyboard Shortcuts for Foreign Languages

Posted on Mar 30, 2011 in adobe, productivity | No Comments

One good thing to remember is that this Set file can be found on the mac in ~/User/Preferences/Adobe Illustrator CS4 Settings/En_US (The En_US may be different for countries). … (If you are using CS3 or older you will get a yellow triangle saying that this already in use by Apply Last Filter command.

Grid Systems : Calculate grids for layouts in InDesign with the help of the Easy Grid Calculator

Posted on Dec 1, 2010 in adobe, design, grid systems, tutorial | 9 Comments

Set Left to 3 units and you will see from the Closest match that now we only need only to add one more unit to the Margins. … In the case when you want to use greater leading, smaller page size or even more columns and rows you will find it harder to make things fit.

Love relationship between Illustrator and FontLab broken with CS5

Posted on Sep 26, 2010 in adobe, type | 6 Comments

In the article Using Illustrator to draw fonts for importing into FontLab , which I wrote several years ago, I describe how nice it is to use Illustrator and FontLab together. … The only workaround I can think of so far is to make little box (let’s say 10×10 pt) within the glyph slot along with the glyph, position it on the 0.0 point corner and copy it over to Illustrator along with the glyph.

How to make a circle color spectrum in Illustrator

Posted on Nov 23, 2009 in adobe, tutorial | 5 Comments

You could also do all this by clicking with the mouse on the center of the guide lines to get a dialog box to fill in the measurements but I thought it would be worth it to show you both methods. spectrum09    Select the grid and make it to guides with Command + 5 or go the long way via the View menu down to Guides and to Make Guides in the sub menu. … The first division is there. spectrum13 Then click approximately into the center of the top edge. spectrum14 And after that add two vertical dividers on each half so we have six sections in total horizontally. spectrum15 Using the Direct Selection Tool, (the white arrow) select all the anchor points, except those who align with the circle.

Close your fonts to fix Illustrator freeze, crash and sluggishness

Posted on Sep 6, 2009 in adobe | No Comments

That means what even if you delete font sets (a set of aliases/links to the fonts) the correct fonts will open in Illustrator when it calls for it even if you closed all your fonts to start with. … I hope this persuades you to let go and close all your fonts when Illustrator is really acting up because this is fast, no risk and you don’t have to be a tech geek to do this.

Convert CMYK swatches to Pantone numbers in Illustrator

Posted on Jul 24, 2009 in adobe, design, tutorial | 38 Comments

But notice the white triangle that is added to the swatches, which means that the colors are now Global. convertpan07 This results in a new Color Group , where the selected colors are grouped together inside the Swatches panel. convertpan09 Select the Color Group inside the Swatches panel. … The Pantone Swatch Libraries are under Color Books and as an example choose: Pantone solid coated and let go. convertpan12 Now watch the difference we have here: Over the button we just released it says: PANTONE solid coated and in the upper left corner you see that a dot has been added to the white triangle , meaning that we now have changed the Color Group to spot colors, which Pantone colors are . convertpan13 Before you click OK be sure that Recolor Art is checked.

Grid Systems – Making grids in Illustrator 2

Posted on Jun 29, 2009 in adobe, grid systems, tutorial, type | 16 Comments

As I mentioned before, if we are going to have the same width of margins on both left and right we have to use a number of Document Grid units that the number of columns divides into, minus one.

…The only thing we needed to do if we wanted to have the f-line all over the page (might be useful in some other grid you make later) we select this line, go to Obejct > Transform > Move and put -4.477 pt in the vertical field and we are done.

Grid Systems – Making grids in Illustrator

Posted on Jun 2, 2009 in adobe, grid systems, tutorial, type | 21 Comments

It only allows you to set it for even sided squares, while InDesign lets you set different measurements for horizontal and vertical lines. iddocumentgrid On the other hand Adobe Illustrator which is a one-page program (although CS4 has multiple artboards) has some other tools that are just as great in its own way, tools that can really speed up the making of the grids. … Do the same with the horizontal guides using 210 mm for the width and turn them also into guides. makeguides When you make your next grid, after this tutorial you might consider if it suits you better to keep the lines in their green color and not to make them into Illustrator guides, but at least you should move them into their own Layer.

Using Illustrator to draw fonts for importing into FontLab

Posted on Oct 22, 2005 in adobe, type | 45 Comments

This is my first posting here in English. It has always been the plan to write some articles in English and also to translate some of my previous writings from Icelandic to English. The reason is quite obvious. The Icelandic population is less than 300.000, so there is a limited number of people who actually […]