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Illustrator: The Tilde Trick

by Jay Hilgert
on December 19, 2007

BittBox Reader Jeff F tipped me off about this neat little Illy trick. It just so happens that if you hold down the “tilde” key on your keyboard, you can get a neat effect using any of Illustrator’s drawing tools. Holding down the tilde key, (the little squiggly line above the tab key, left of the number 1 on your keyboard.) while using a drawing tool will cause Illustrator to repeat the shape rapidly as you move your mouse. Examples after the jump. Thanks Jeff!

Illustrator: The Tilde Trick
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Ice Storm Woes

by Jay Hilgert
on December 14, 2007

Sorry for the slow week everyone. Oklahoma City (my home) got hit with a wicked ice storm and I haven’t had power for more than 5 days. And I’m told it could take up to 2 weeks to get the internet back up for everyone in the city. Hopefully I’ll be back up and running full-speed soon : (

Ice Storm Woes

5 Free Textures: Rock

by Jay Hilgert
on December 3, 2007

I’ve never given away textures before, but if everyone likes them, I’ll start making more. (I actually get quite a few requests for textures via email) The first set just happens to be rock, but let me know if you crave more. I’m still getting the hang of the photography thing, but I’m trying because I want to give away more images in the future.

Click on the images to get to the goodies ;)

5 Free Textures: Rock
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Found Freebies: Swirly Curls

by Jay Hilgert
on

jlwDesign has released some killer vector freebies into the wild, and I mean killer. Definitely going in my file vault, these vectors kick ass. (and I think some of them were made with a few BittBox Brushes). Awesome job jlw! and Thanks!

Found Freebies: Swirly Curls
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Get More-Natural Adjustments with the Illustrator “Reshape” Tool

by Jay Hilgert
on November 28, 2007

A hidden gem in my opinion, Illustrator’s “Reshape” tool can come in very handy in a variety of situations. In a nutshell, the Reshape tool allows you to drag a single point on a path and it tries to retain the overall shape of the entire path, while you only move the one anchor point. What? I’ll explain below.

The Illustrator Reshape Tool
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Found Freebie: Monthly Free Vectors from iStock

by Jay Hilgert
on November 27, 2007

I knew iStockPhoto.com gives away a free (high-res) image each week, but I was completely unaware that they also give away a free vector each month (and video, if you’re into that). I’m not sure how long this has been going on, but I stumbled onto the vector freebie in one of the latest iStock email newsletters. Oh, and I should probably mention that you need to create an account in order to download all the free stuff. Thanks iStock!

Found Freebie: Monthly Free Vectors from iStock
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Workflow: Preview Fonts in Finder [Leopard Only]

by Jay Hilgert
on November 26, 2007

A very welcome new feature in Leopard is the ability to view fonts directly in the finder (Yay!). You can get a full-alphabet-preview in two places: Column view, and Quick Look. The rest of the views display an icon with the letters “Ag.” Hitting spacebar from any view will give you and alphabet preview (in Quick Look). No need to open Fontbook, or a 3rd party browser anymore whoohoo! Anything that saves a little time, and makes my life a little easier is worth a post. Hope it makes your life easier as well :)

Source: macosxhints

Click on the images for a larger view.

Workflow: Preview Fonts in Finder [Leopard Only]
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Free Vectors: Paper/Notepads

by Jay Hilgert
on November 23, 2007

For those of you that read BittBox via RSS, I’m dropping the “Random Free Vectors – Part X” and simply shortening it to “Free Vectors.” This gives me more room for description, and you probably don’t care which set it is anyway. You’d probably find a description much more useful. As for this set of vectors, it’s pretty simple. I made some paper/notepad vectors for everyone. I like the jagged edge of the ripped-out notepad pages, and I tried to reduce the complexity as much as I could so you can change the colors easily. I did, however, include one pretty complex vector that has the wrinkled texture of the paper intact. Hope you like ’em :)


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