Category: Illustrator

Saving SVG with Space Around It from Illustrator

Say you have a graphic like this in Adobe Illustrator: Note how the art doesn’t touch the edges of the artboard. Say you want that space around it, and you want to save it as SVG for use on the web. Nope: Save for Web THE CLAW! You’ll see space around here, but unfortunately the classic Save for Web dialog...

One Illustration, Three SVG outputs

Let’s say we draw the same vector graphic in different design applications and export each one as SVG for use on the web. Should we expect the same SVG file from each application? On the one hand, we might expect each file to be the same because of our past history with exporting images. Applications have typica...

Illustrating Animals With 13 Circles: A Tutorial And Drawing Challenge

    Editor’s Note: New year, new challenges! You might have set up your New Year’s resolutions already, but if not, how about designing something… different for a change? Today, we’re happy to introduce Dorota...

Inspired Collection of Bright and Colorful Illustrations

Today we are showcasing 20 incredible illustrations crafted by professional artists and designers from around the world. Hopefully, these excellent pieces of artwork will inspire your own creative work. Some of these illustrations are cute, others are ultra modern, but always an „explosion of colors“. Autumn Leaves...

Enhancing Grid Design With GuideGuide, A Plugin For Photoshop And Illustrator

    Almost five years ago, I had the honor of writing a post on Smashing Magazine about my Photoshop panel GuideGuide. Since then it has seen wild success as the most installed third-party Photoshop extension, an achievement I’m qu...

The Different Ways of Getting SVG Out of Adobe Illustrator

Let’s say you created a lovely vector illustration in Adobe Illustrator. Or you’ve used Illustrator to finesse some existing graphics. Or for literally any reason at all, you have a file open in Adobe Illustrator that you ultimately want to use on the web as SVG. There are several different ways of getting SVG...

How To Create A Dramatic Vector Illustration

    I have been drawing desktop wallpapers for Smashing Magazine’s monthly collections for over a year now, and every time it’s a very fun and challenging mission. In this article, I would like to share how I approach all...

Best Of Halloween: All Things Spooky

    Whether or not you celebrate Halloween, there is something magical about that special spooky day, surrounded by mystery, horror, scare and trick-or-treat candies for kids and adults alike. In this post, we celebrate the creative...

Mastering Skills: 30 Best Illustrator Tutorials of 2016

Recently, we have compiled a list of 30 of the best tutorials for Photoshop that were aimed to help practice your skills and extend your knowledge. Today is the turn of Illustrator, the most popular software for crafting vector artworks and designs. Traditionally, this advanced graphics program has a vector-relate...

Drawing A Cartoon In Illustrator

   Drawing a cartoon is no trivial pursuit. It turns us into a director, writer, narrator. Through a cartoon or comic, you tell a story that takes place in a certain time, a certain environment, with certain characters. This is why you will learn here not just how to draw a cartoon in Adobe Illustrator,...