Learning Astute Graphics for Illustrator

Learning Astute Graphics for Illustrator

The Astute Graphics plugins can help you be more precise, efficient, and creative with Adobe Illustrator. In this course, learn how these plugins can revolutionize the way you draw and edit artwork in Illustrator. Instructor Mike Rankin explains what each plugin does and discusses how these plugins can offer more efficiency and features not available in the native Illustrator tools. Mike covers drawing and editing with VectorScribe and InkScribe, aligning and arranging objects with ColliderScribe, creating beautiful symmetry with MirrorMe, and adjusting color and applying effects with Phantasm. He also goes over tools in DynamicSketch and WidthScribe that make drawing with a tablet even more natural and intuitive.

Topics include:

  • Working with dynamic corners and shapes
  • Moving points along a path
  • Cleaning up vector artwork with redundant points
  • Drawing with symmetry
  • Connecting and straightening objects
  • Adjusting colors with filters and effects
  • Creating vector halftones
  • Sketching with brushes and variable width strokes
  • Configuring autosaves and automatic backups
  • Stippling vector graphics, photos, and text
  • Applying and editing texture effects


  • 英文名称:Learning Astute Graphics for Illustrator
  • 时长:5小时21分
  • 字幕:英语


  1. Welcome
  2. How to use the exercise files
  3. Overview
  4. Work with dynamic corners
  5. Work with dynamic shapes
  6. Edit paths with PathScribe
  7. Move points along a path
  8. Close paths
  9. Use the Extend Path tool
  10. Use the Smart Remove Brush tool
  11. Use the Dynamic Measure tool
  12. Connect and straighten objects
  13. Draw tangents and perpendiculars
  14. Draw circles and arcs
  15. Use the Snap to Collisions tool
  16. Use the Rotate at Collision tool
  17. Use the collision spacing
  18. Mirror artwork
  19. Draw with symmetry
  20. Mirror text and images
  21. Adjust colors with filters and effects
  22. Create vector halftones
  23. Apply effects to photos
  24. Create duotone effects
  25. Draw with InkScribe
  26. Edit path segments with InkScribe
  27. Add, remove, and change points with InkScribe
  28. Draw and modify paths
  29. Sketch with variable width strokes
  30. Sketch with brushes
  31. Use pulled cursor control
  32. Use Repeat Sketch
  33. Use Intellingent Join
  34. Use Gesture Trim
  35. Use the Width Brush tool
  36. Use the Width Gradient tool
  37. Use the Width Selector tool
  38. Use advanced controls for width markers
  39. Use the Width Stamp panel
  40. Use Width Stamp presets
  41. Use custom contours
  42. Overview
  43. Work with drop shadows
  44. Work with feathering
  45. Work with Inner Glow and Outer Glow
  46. Work with Transform effects
  47. Work with Free Distort effects
  48. Work with Offset Path
  49. Work with Gaussian Blur
  50. Configure autosaves and backups
  51. Understanding stippling
  52. Use the stipple controls
  53. Stipple vectors
  54. Stipple text
  55. Stipple photos
  56. Create stipple effects with symbols
  57. Understanding Symbol Stipple settings
  58. Use symbol registration points
  59. Texturino overview
  60. Use the Opacity Brush
  61. Apply and edit texture effects
  62. Combine multiple textures
  63. Import textures
  64. Apply textures with graphic styles
  65. Create effects with Knockout mode
  66. Use the Texture Manager
  67. Use the Texture Brush
  68. Convert embedded images to textures
  69. Distort textures
  70. Package textures for collaboration
  71. VectorFirstAid overview
  72. Remove redundant points
  73. Fix broken paths
  74. Clean up text
  75. Use checkup profiles
  76. Use custom checkups
  77. Next steps