Smart Adobe Illustrator tip: Make a Custom Default Graphic Style

Corners in default graphic style vs customized

In this blog post I want to show how to create your own customized Default Graphic Style. This way you can assign the custom style to a path just by pressing D-key. Designers, as well as a lot of other people, prefer visual information. So I have made a one page visual PDF for some … Read more Smart Adobe Illustrator tip: Make a Custom Default Graphic Style

Easy Way to Add Effects to Editable Text Using the Appearance Panel

Text Appearance gif

In this blog-post, I’ll show the easy way to add effects to editable text.  By using the Appearance panel you can keep your text editable while still adding effects. It will give you a lot of flexibility to work with it.   Many times I’ve been asked to show some Adobe trick again and again … Read more Easy Way to Add Effects to Editable Text Using the Appearance Panel

Artificial intelligence vs Photoshop: Quick experiment with upscaling of a product photo

There is a big focus in our days on AI: How it works? What can we use it for? My husband, Esben, works with combining chemistry with AI and has his own blog (Danger! Nerdy stuff!). Together we decided to make a little experiment, and test if AI can enlarge a product photo better than … Read more Artificial intelligence vs Photoshop: Quick experiment with upscaling of a product photo

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