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Oct 30

Creating a Leopard folder in Illustrator

82 comments 2007 at 09.19 am posted by Veerle Pieters

As promised before, here is how I would create my version of the Leopard folder in Illustrator. This time no screenshots but a screencast with voice-over.

Oct 22

Deadlines sometimes affect inspiration

25 comments 2007 at 03.23 pm posted by Veerle Pieters

It seems that my deadlines article has sparked an interesting discussion. One of them being an article entitled “The Tao of Deadlines” by Andy Rutledge. To be honest I had to look up the meaning of Tao (Taoism) to understand its true meaning. Hey, I’m just a simple girl and don’t believe in making things sound smart or fancy job titles as those aren’t making you a better designer. The strength lies in what you create and not in what you call it :)

Oct 16

Photoshop Smart Objects, smart but not always that smart

36 comments 2007 at 08.43 am posted by Veerle Pieters

One of my favorite Photoshop features is the Smart Object one. It has saved me a lot of time because you can avoid repetitive tasks. It’s perfect when you design template web pages with temporary content placeholders etc. But that’s just one advantage…

Oct 10

Apple Leopard text effects

34 comments 2007 at 09.20 am posted by Veerle Pieters

One thing I’m impressed with about Apple’s new system GUI in Leopard is the “inset effect” on the text in combination with the new window chrome. Several people asked me about my opinion on Leopards GUI and I thought I combine this with another question I received on how to create this “inset effect” on text.
So I’ve decided to investigate this subtle effect further via Photoshop layer effects as well as Illustrator’s effects.

Oct 02

Creating a coat of arms in Illustrator

32 comments 2007 at 10.06 am posted by Veerle Pieters

Here is another step-by-step tutorial (per reader’s request) where I show you how to draw the basic shape of a coat of arms and a banner by using the Pen tool and Reflect tool in Adobe Illustrator. For those who are struggling with the Pen tool or readers that are just starting to use Illustrator, this is a prefect exercise. I’ll explain every move and step on how you draw the path.

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