Take Vector Paths from Photoshop into Illustrator

by Jay Hilgert
on March 29, 2007

Many times in the past I had found that I wanted to take a vector path from Photoshop (CS) and somehow get it to Illustrator for further use. There are lots of great and free Photoshop custom shapes out there, many of which might be more useful to you in Illustrator, if that’s what you prefer. That’s what Illustrator is for, right? Vectors.

Photoshop custom shapes come in vector format, just like drawing with the rectangle tool. Unfortunately, there aren’t as many custom shapes available for Illustrator, in the form of symbols. (at least not that I have encountered) I want to show you an easy way to get a vector path from Photoshop into Illustrator so you can take advantage of all those free custom shapes available out there, and possibly save you some time drawing.

Take Vectors from Photoshop to Illustrator
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Opacity Mask Basics: Illustrator

by Jay Hilgert
on March 27, 2007

Hi all, I just got back from 4 days away from home, so here is something to chew on while I get back into the swing of things. If you have ever downloaded (or not) one of my free sets of buttons or webpage elements, you might notice that I use a lot of opacity masks in my Illustrator files. I do this for a number of reasons, some of which may be obvious, but I would like to clarify a little better on how to use these (opacity masks), and why.

Illustrator Opacity Mask Basics
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The Power (and ease) of Patterns in Illustrator

by Jay Hilgert
on March 23, 2007

In my last post I gave away some seamless vector patterns, and one in this post. Many of you have questioned how to put these to use, and the answer is: Lots of ways. I’m going to illuminate a few different ways to take a seamless vector pattern and put it to use. And believe me, these are not the only ways. Hopefully you can take these tips and find some unique uses for your own personal designs.

The Power (and ease) of Patterns in Illustrator
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