Round-cornered rectangles are common shapes in many designs. We give it more love with new fine-grain controls and the ability to square-off individual corners!
In this video, we show how to clip multiple objects at once using the ‘Intersect’ command. Plus 5 new keyboard tips that are super handy. Read more
This video shows how to “tear-off” the Color Picker to apply color to individually selected text in a single text box.
This video shows how to make a patterned brush style using simple graphics and the ’Path Decorator’ settings.
This video tip demonstrates how to show and hide sidebars, and how to move Tabs within sidebars for a customized workspace.
When considering a new color scheme for your next design project, custom color palettes are a great place to start. Using Apple’s Color Picker, you can manually create new color swatch lists, or download and install pre-made custom color palettes from several sources on the web. Here’s how…
Artboard’s new ‘Skew’ function makes it easy to distort objects and add perspective. Here we combine multiple objects and apply ‘Skew’ to quickly add great looking windows to a tall building.
Lemonade Day empowers today’s youth to become tomorrow’s entrepreneurs. Children are introduced to entrepreneurship through the real world experience of starting their own business – a lemonade stand. By running their stand, they learn the business and life skills needed to set a goal, make a plan and work the plan to achieve their dreams.
An important part of any business is great presentation. Learn this super easy technique to draw a bold lemon of your own. Because vector graphics are scalable, you can use designs like this on signs, fliers, tee-shirts and more.
Cartoon clouds are fun to make and use! Sure, you can use the Freehand Path or Bezier Curve tools to draw clouds, and here we show how to use Artboard’s shape tools to get some really awesome (and super easy!) results.
This magnificent blue jay makes a great study for sketching in Artboard. Learn how to sketch using freehand lines. Read more
Create this cracked effect on text and shapes quickly by converting and combining shapes, then blowing things apart. Artboard’s simple, direct Regular Polygon ‘Star’ makes easy work out of drawing smashes.
Program : Artboard for Mac OS X
Topics Covered: Convert, Combine Objects
Estimated Completion Time: 15 minutes
The first step is to use a large blocky font with your text. Use the Text Tab to select a font and its style properties. Here we use Arial Black at 96pt.
Next add a Regular Polygon ‘star’ to drawing. With the star still selected, use the Geometry Tab to adjust number of sides (we use 12) and Inner Radius of the star.
With the text selected, choose Convert To > Shape Group from the Geometry Tab. Ungroup using the keyboard shortcut ⌘Command + Shift + G. Each letter is now an individual shape.
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With the star still selected, choose Convert To > Shape from the Geometry Tab. Click the Arrange > Move To Front button to move it on top of the text shapes, then stretch it out over letter shapes by dragging its object handles.
Next, choose Convert To > Path from the Geometry Tab (alternatively, double-click to ‘quick-convert’ it to a path). Adjust the individual points to achieve a more randomized smash pattern.
Select all the text and smash shapes and click the Combine > Difference button in the Geometry Tab.
Select again and choose Combine > Break Apart from the main menu. Now, you can begin to move fragments slightly outward (away from center) to emphasize the smashed effect. You can also try rotating them slightly to add a more scattered look.
This can be a great effect when applied to one or two words, and even other shapes (like we’ve done in our tutorial’s background image). Don’t be afraid to experiment. Tweak your design until you are happy with the overall look.
Poster print tiling comes in handy if you need to make a poster-sized proof, print, or any other over-sized output. Rather than taking the file to a printing company or service bureau, you can tile-print the drawing over multiple sheets of paper on your desktop at-home printer.
Program : Artboard for Mac OS X
Topics Covered: Printing
Estimated Completion Time: Quick
Printed drawings come in all shapes and sizes, but you are limited by the size of paper in your printer. Drawings can be larger or smaller than the physical paper size that you have in your printer. If the drawing is larger, your drawing is automatically tiled over multiple printed sheets enabling you to print large posters. Tiled sheets can be pieced together manually after printing. Choose “Crop Marks” from the print options to show the seams between printed sheets.
To Tile Print:
- Choose File > Print to open the print dialog.
- Click Show Details to reveal the print options, including “Fit to Single Page,” “Graph Paper,” and “Crop Marks.”
- Uncheck ‘Fit to Single Page’ in the application print options.
To Shrink To Fit:
When tiling a large drawing isn’t desired, you can change settings so a drawing will shrink to fit on a single page. Printing options include a simple checkbox for scaling the entire drawing to a single page.
- Choose File > Print… from the main menu.
- Check ‘Fit to Single Page’ in the application print options.
When fitting to a single page, all objects including text will be shrunk to fit.