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With Adobe Illustrator CC’s Blend tool, it’s easy to turn two simple lines into a minimalistic yet intricate vector illustration.I was inspired by Italian artist Andrea Minini, who can make a menagerie with just a few lines. See his work in “Andrea Minini’s Artful Blending.”
Step 1: Begin by drawing a petal that consists of two parts. From Illustrator’s Toolbar, select the Pen tool and draw two base lines. We’ll use these lines to make a blend.
Step 2: Select your lines and go to the Stroke panel, where you’ll change your stroke width and profile. To give your lines a more refined look, select a profile that resembles a calligraphy stroke.
Step 3: To make a blend and to fill the space between your lines with more lines, select the Blend tool and click anywhere on each original line.
Step 4: You can change the number of lines created in the blend by double-clicking the Blend tool, which opens the Blend Options dialog box. Specify the number of steps and check the Preview box to see the changes.
Step 5: To change the shape of the blended object and to close the corners, select your base lines with the Direct selection tool, move the anchor points, and adjust the handles
.Step 6: Repeat the steps above to create the second half of the petal. Continue adding more blends to shape your flower. Once all of the parts are done, bring them together to complete your art.
Source: Simple Yet Stunning: How To Create Artwork with Illustrator’s Blend Tool | Create
This an amazing tip. I tried it with my own images and it worked perfectly. If you use InDesign give it a try.
Courtesy of Erica Gamet
You can use two of InDesign’s lesser-known tools to create a quick and easy grid of photos or other images. Well, one is a tool and the other isn’t so much a tool, but more of a hidden function. Semantics aside, use these two helpers to create a photo grid either as empty frames on master pages, or create them on-the-fly as you place images in your document.
Setting Frame Fitting Options
First, let’s set a preference or two to make our work easier down the road. Let’s set the image fitting preferences before even creating a frame or placing any images. This way you won’t have to adjust each image’s frame after placing.
- With nothing selected—or with no document open to set this behavior for all new docs—choose Object > Fitting > Frame Fitting Options.
- Choose Fill Frame Proportionally (or another option that works better for you) from the Fitting drop-down menu.
- If you’d like to have the image continually fill the frame as you re-size it, check the Auto-Fit checkbox.
- Set any universal crop amount, if desired.
Set Grid Spacing
Next, set the amount of spacing you’d like to automatically create between your images in the grid. It’s nearly impossible to do this numerically after the fact, so now is a good time to set the value.
- If you already have your document created, choose Layout > Margins and Columns.
- Under Columns, set the Gutter amount to the desired amount of spacing.
- You can also set this amount in the New Document dialog box when first starting a document.
Place the Images
Now, let’s place some images. Remember, you can create a grid with empty graphics frames, as well. But having some images already populating the frames makes it easier to see the results.
- Choose File > Place and navigate to your images. Select as many as you need (we will use 12 in this example). Click Open.
- With your loaded cursor, click and drag out your first frame, but don’t release the mouse, yet.
- With the mouse button still held down, click the right arrow key twice to add two columns (you should see a grid of rectangles on your page). Click the up arrow key three times to add three rows.
- Increase or decrease spacing between the frames by holding down the Command/Ctrl button while clicking the arrow keys (and while still holding down the mouse button…I call this a “bring a friend” shortcut).
- Still holding the mouse key, drag the lower right edge to set the overall size of the grid. Finally, release the mouse button (and there was much rejoicing!). Each photo will be placed into a frame in the grid.
Drag out a shape while using the Up and Right Arrow keys to add rows and columns.
Adjusting the Grid
Lastly, we’ll use the Gap tool to add some variety to our rigid grid.
- Choose the Gap tool from the Tools panel (it’s the 4th tool along)
- Roll over any gap—between two objects or objects and a page edge—to highlight it.
- Click within the gap and drag to re-size objects while maintaining the gap between them.
- Shift-click to move and re-size only the objects immediately opposite the gap. By moving individual gaps, you can create variety and break up the monotony of the grid a little bit.
Get the Most Out of the Grid
Note that the frames aren’t linked or connected to each other in any way. Once created, the individual frames in the grid are independent, normal graphic frames. Move, size, split, or combine them manually to add even more variety. Save the layout as a master page by dragging the document page up into the master page section or save the document as a template for re-use.
Today I come to you with gorgeous ideas how to personalize your Christmas tree with DIY ornaments that you can make with your friends or family.
The Christmas ball ornaments are a must have on your Christmas tree. But have you ever thought to improve or to change the design of clear glass ornaments? With these 30 DIY ideas for clear glass ornaments, you can add lots of fun and creative effects to them and make the tree truly shine during the holidays. We’ve selected a few very beautiful DIY projects for you to try this year. Enjoy!
via 30 Creative Ideas for Decorating and Filling Clear Glass Ornaments
These are made with Ranger Alcohol Inks canned air and clear GLASS ornaments. Click the link below for the video that shows you how. This speaks to my love of color. After watching it, it seems pretty easy. I am going to try this, like I need something else to do, right!?
via Alcohol Ink Ornaments | LulaBelle Handicrafts
How cool is this one? You can get glass stain at all the big box craft stores. And it isn’t very expensive!
via DIY Colored Christmas Ornament | DIY & Crafts
These are beautiful and easy. You use clear ornaments you can get from craft store. I’ve also heard that you can use Glitter It and Minwax Polycrilic.
via Easy 6 Step Pledge Glitter Ornaments / Craft-e-Corner: Blog