17 Tips that will save you time in Illustrator

by Jay Hilgert
on February 23, 2007

I’ve put together a list of 17 quick tips that will help you save time when using Illustrator, and increase productivity as well. For some of you, this may mean breaking a habit or two, but in the long run it’s well worth exploring the options of the Illustrator interface if it means saving time (measured in clicks and curse phrases, in my case), especially when it comes to “selection” methods. Some of these are obvious, and some may not be, but I want to help enlighten even the most casual of Illustrator jockeys. In no particular order. . .

1. Select all shapes with the same fill or stroke, or both.

If you go to the “Select” menu, and click on “Same,” you can instantly select ALL of the shapes with that same fill color, stroke color, or both, in single click! I love this feature and I find myself using it more and more every day. It comes in handy especially when editing a file received from a client when trying to prepare for printing (color matching to a pantone). Also if you make a last minute color scheme decision, you can easily update all of your shapes at once. Other “select same” options include Blending Mode, Opacity, and Stroke Weight.

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Free Vector Web Page Elements – Part 2

by Jay Hilgert
on February 22, 2007

This set has a slightly less noticeable shadow, and a simplified highlight. So in general, they should appear to be more shallow (in a 3D sense of the word) than the previous set, as well as most of my other buttons, in turn making this set easier to customize. The highlight is simply a white fill with a low transparency. File formats included are AI (CS & 8), EPS, and SVG. From what I’ve heard, Inkscpe users who will be wanting to take advantage of these files via SVG format, might have to do a series of “un-grouping” before you see some of the reflections. To customize, you will need a vector graphics editor, such as illustrator, or inkscape.

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Free Seamless Vector Perforated Metal Pattern

by Jay Hilgert
on February 20, 2007

I’ve found it to be a difficult task to discover (decent) free seamless perforated metal patterns on the web. Seamless VECTOR is even harder to find. I mulled it over and the seamless vector patterns that I’ve searched for the most would be Perf metal, and Paisley, by far. I haven’t attempted paisley yet, but I thought if I made a perforated metal pattern in vector, my guess is that a lot of people would find it somewhat useful, so here it is:

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