Tag Archives: Illustrator


SVG Theatre Seating Plan

I’m still doing loads of work in and around SVG at the moment, and have just finished this diagram showing the seating plan at Strode Theatre in Street, Somerset.

Using symbols appropriately in Illustrator converts through perfectly to the <symbol> markup in SVG and trimmed loads off the finished file. I’m still convinced that SVG’s day is just around the corner – with Illustrator right at the front of the field as a production tool.

Flash Catalyst

Flash Catalyst (formerly codenamed Thermo) has been around on Adobe Labs for a while now but I’m still meeting lots of people who know nothing of it – if you’ve ever wanted to create interfaces in Photoshop or Illustrator and then add simple functionality without coding (you’d need to hand over the completed project to a Flex developer to get the most out of it) then your day has arrived.

Click this link to watch a movie about it and visit the FC page here.

There are feeds from the Labs site which you can subscribe to in any feed reader – Firefox would be an excellent choice (if you’re using Apple Mail then it has a built in feed reader) so you can keep up with the latest developemnts at Adobe.

The feed URL’s are:

  • RSS 1.0: http://weblogs.macromedia.com/labs/index.rdf
  • RSS 2.0: http://weblogs.macromedia.com/labs/index.xml
  • ATOM: http://weblogs.macromedia.com/labs/atom.xml

If you’re not using the world’s most popular browser already, you can download Firefox today!

4T.19 Let It Snow!

It hasn’t snowed in London in October in more than 70 years, so it came as a bit of a surprise when I got back from a week in the Canary Islands last Tuesday, but did give me an idea for this podcast where you can learn how to make a snowflake in Illustrator, then transform it into a brush in Photoshop.

If you don’t have Illustrator, you can still work along with this exercise by placing the source file (available to registered users) as directed in the podcast, or by using another source.

It is of course also possible to use one of the snowflake vector shapes that already exist inside Photoshop – choose the Custom Shape Tool, then select the nature shape set and you should find some there.

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4T.14 3D Effects

An old friend of mine has (like so many other designers) spent so much time working away without any training on new releases of software, or the luxury of any time to explore. So we were talking on a train a little while back and he didn’t know that Illustrator has had 3D capabilities since CS! I asked him if he’d like it to appear as a topic on 4T and so here it is just for you (and all the other designers out there too busy to explore, and/or with bosses perhaps a bit short-sighted in the training and development area)!

Please don’t forget that as a signed up member of this site, you can contact me and request or suggest topics you’d like covered in future episodes of 4T – there’s a register link in the sidebar.