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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5 Free Seamless Vector Patterns

by Jay Hilgert
on March 22, 2007

I will elaborate on multiple ways to use these patterns in upcoming posts with both Illustrator and Photoshop, but for now, here are 5 seamless vector patterns for your designs. Formats: AI, EPS, SVG, PNG. Tip: instantly turn these 5 patterns into 10 by reversing the fill into a stroke. For those of you without a vector graphics editor, check out InkScape (free) or you can use the PNG provided with a transparent background.

5 Free Seamless Vector Patterns
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