How to create spherical gradient for title page Illustrator

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Say you want a nice soft glow in the background of your title page.

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Do this. Draw a square.

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Click Gradient from the Window menu

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Then click the gradient button to apply a gradient to your square. And then select ‘radial’ to make it spread out.

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Now the trick with making it spread out, it to press ‘g’ and then manually drag the end point of the gradient meter out beyond the square.

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Once you learn how to do that, you create create pretty much any gradient you want. Just grab the gradient tool, move it around, and try different things out.

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Trouble Shooting

If for some reason you find the gradient tool isn’t allowing you to change the gradient (i.e. pressing ‘g’ and then locking you out…toggle the fill stroke switch in the gradient window.

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Chances are you have stroke activated when what you really want is fill (or vice versa).

 

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Blur illustrator

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Note – becareful where you ungroup. Sometimes it doesn’t work.

How to trace, select, and crop a shape in Adobe Illustrator

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Say you have an image you want to crop the background of. Do it like this.

Trace the shape you want to crop.

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Then create a block rectangular mass to cover the entire thing.

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Then overlap them with eachother. Then click drag your mouse over both so they are both selected.

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Then select Path Finder -> Minus back to crop them.

Tada!

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Then, if you had your original image on another layer, make it visible now.

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How to make a circle of face illustrator

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Grab your face.
Draw your circle.

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Then go Object -> Clipping Mask -> Make

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Filling areas using transparent color without affecting the border, in Illustrator CS6

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http://graphicdesign.stackexchange.com/questions/30052/filling-areas-using-transparent-color-without-affecting-the-border-in-illustrat

If you ever want a transparent brush with which to color your illustrations, open up the appearance window and lower the brush opacity.

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How to specify exact size of illustrator artboard

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File -> Document Setup

Click Edit Artboards (upper right)

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Press enter

Cab then set exactly in artboard options.

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How to cut a line segment in adobe illustrator

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Select your line segment.
Slice it with the eraser.
Ungroup it if necessary.
Delete the portion you don’t want.

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