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Learning Astute Graphics for Illustrator

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Discover how to use the popular and powerful set of Astute Graphics plugins to be more precise, efficient, and creative with Adobe 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.


  • Welcome
  • How to use the exercise files
1. Use VectorScribe
  • Overview
  • Work with dynamic corners
  • Work with dynamic shapes
  • Edit paths with PathScribe
  • Move points along a path
  • Close paths
  • Use the Extend Path tool
  • Use the Smart Remove Brush tool
  • Use the Dynamic Measure tool
2. Use SubScribe
  • Connect and straighten objects
  • Draw tangents and perpendiculars
  • Draw circles and arcs
3. Use ColliderScribe
  • Use the Snap to Collisions tool
  • Use the Rotate at Collision tool
  • Use the collision spacing
4. Use MirrorMe
  • Mirror artwork
  • Draw with symmetry
  • Mirror text and images
5. Use Phantasm
  • Adjust colors with filters and effects
  • Create vector halftones
  • Apply effects to photos
  • Create duotone effects
6. Using InkScribe
  • Draw with InkScribe
  • Edit path segments with InkScribe
  • Add, remove, and change points with InkScribe
7. Use DynamicSketch
  • Draw and modify paths
  • Sketch with variable width strokes
  • Sketch with brushes
  • Use pulled cursor control
  • Use Repeat Sketch
  • Use Intellingent Join
  • Use Gesture Trim
8. Use WidthScribe
  • Use the Width Brush tool
  • Use the Width Gradient tool
  • Use the Width Selector tool
  • Use advanced controls for width markers
  • Use the Width Stamp panel
  • Use Width Stamp presets
  • Use custom contours
9. Use Stylism
  • Overview
  • Work with drop shadows
  • Work with feathering
  • Work with Inner Glow and Outer Glow
  • Work with Transform effects
  • Work with Free Distort effects
  • Work with Offset Path
  • Work with Gaussian Blur
10. Use Autosaviour
  • Configure autosaves and backups
11. Use Stipplism
  • Understanding stippling
  • Use the stipple controls
  • Stipple vectors
  • Stipple text
  • Stipple photos
  • Create stipple effects with symbols
  • Understanding Symbol Stipple settings
  • Use symbol registration points
12. Use Texturino
  • Texturino overview
  • Use the Opacity Brush
  • Apply and edit texture effects
  • Combine multiple textures
  • Import textures
  • Apply textures with graphic styles
  • Create effects with Knockout mode
  • Use the Texture Manager
  • Use the Texture Brush
  • Convert embedded images to textures
  • Distort textures
  • Package textures for collaboration
13. Use VectorFirstAid
  • VectorFirstAid overview
  • Remove redundant points
  • Fix broken paths
  • Clean up text
  • Use checkup profiles
  • Use custom checkups
  • Next steps

Taught by

Mike Rankin

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