Improve your Workflow by recording an Action to run your Custom Script

Action girl for custom scripts

Actions can significantly improve your work flow and speed up design process. So today I’ll talk about how to make you custom scripts works as an Action. This is just amazing and I’m sure you will love it. The picture below shows a step by step instruction and you can download it here completely free … Read more Improve your Workflow by recording an Action to run your Custom Script

Simple trick to merge colors in Adobe Illustrator

Trees and swatch palett

Hi Today I will show you a simple trick about how to merge colors in the Illustrator swatch palette. Usually I use it if I can see, that there are two almost similar colors in my artwork. Sometimes also for other purposes, but more about this later. It really depend of the specific artwork.As a … Read more Simple trick to merge colors in Adobe Illustrator

Process, Global and Spot colors in Adobe Illustrator

Hello again, Here on Productivista I want to make a series of blog posts dedicated to the theme: Changing colors in Adobe Illustrator. First I want to make a brief introduction to the differences between Process, Global and Spot colors. I´m one of these persons, who loves autumn.  That´s why I created an autumn inspired … Read more Process, Global and Spot colors in Adobe Illustrator

How to create a seamless pattern (old fashioned way)

To my followers, welcome back. In this post I will show how to create a seamless pattern in Adobe Illustrator. Adobe introduced a new Pattern Options Dialog back in Illustrator version CS6. Users of Adobe Illustrator were happy about this new feature and in forums people commented how difficult it was to design patterns before that. … Read more How to create a seamless pattern (old fashioned way)

The Magic of Copy-Paste: Extension-Paste in Layers

Hello, I am back from my vacation. My plan was to write a post about Appearance palette, but it will wait a little bit. But for now, I want to make a little extension to my theme about Copy-Paste. By coincidence I was lucky to discover some new feature. And I want to write about … Read more The Magic of Copy-Paste: Extension-Paste in Layers

The Magic of Copy-Paste: PART 2-More tricks and spells

In this Productivista blog, I´ll continue the Copy-Paste theme by showing how you can use it together with Duplicated Artboards But before that, I just want to give another quick tip about where it is smart to use the Cut-Paste method. Sometimes it can happen, that you begin to make some changes to an object … Read more The Magic of Copy-Paste: PART 2-More tricks and spells

The Magic of Copy-Paste: PART 1-Simple tricks

This post in Productivista is about one of my favorite functions in Adobe Illustrator. It is a big time saver, easy to use and works like magic. I love it. Like in many other applications you can Copy your object or text by using the shortcut key “Ctrl/Cmd+C” You can cut your object or text … Read more The Magic of Copy-Paste: PART 1-Simple tricks

Artboards in Adobe Illustrator 3: Rearrange artboards

I’ve previously showed how you can save time by working on duplicated artboards in parallel and how to rename and save artboards with unique names for seperate files. It is also nice to know, how artboards can be rearranged. There are two cases where I often find this feature useful.  By tracking artboard up or … Read more Artboards in Adobe Illustrator 3: Rearrange artboards

Artboards in Adobe Illustrator 2: Rename and save

Last time I wrote a bit about how to duplicate and customize artboards for later working in parallel.  Usually I don´t rename Arboards, but from time to time I need to save each artboard separately. It can then be useful to give artboards a proper name to avoid confusion. The picture above shows, that when … Read more Artboards in Adobe Illustrator 2: Rename and save