Illustrator: Rid Yourself of Pesky "Expand Appearance" Woes

Illustrator: Rid Yourself of Pesky "Expand Appearance" Woes

In the spirit of April Fools day, I wrote a tutorial on something I once considered “tricky.” If you’ve ever run into problems while trying to “Expand Appearance” on your brushes in Illustrator, you’re not alone. Expanding the appearance of your brush work has many helpful uses because you can get paths that outline your…

Illustrator Workflow: "Persistent" Brush Palettes

Illustrator Workflow: "Persistent" Brush Palettes

Workflow is always important for productivity. Avoiding as many clicks as possible is an everyday battle, and, with this little Illy tip, I hope to help you avoid yet another 3 clicks. For some reason, the folks at Adobe decided that Illustrator shouldn’t have a ‘Preset Manager’ like Photoshop, so here we are working around…

Dingbats Roundup: 16 Incredibly Detailed, Useful (and free) Dingbat Fonts

Dingbats Roundup: 16 Incredibly Detailed, Useful (and free) Dingbat Fonts

Now, before I start, not everyone is going to think these are all useful, so if you don’t ever use tree silhouettes, fine. But some of us do. Personally, I love dingbats because (most of the time) I convert them to vectors in Illustrator and use them as very large elements in some cases. All…

Have a Website? It’s Time to Add a WebClip Icon

Have a Website? It’s Time to Add a WebClip Icon

WebClip Icons are strictly for iPhone & iPod Touch users, but since they are quite the popular little devices, website owners might want to think about adding a WebClip icon soon. A WebClip icon is the icon that the iPhone/iPod Touch uses if a user adds your site to their (now customizable) homescreen/s. I would…