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Catch up on the latest from GTP Designs, featuring news, tips, tutorials, and design related information. Feel free to join in the discussion. Your comments are welcome.

Main Street Insurance Agency website launched

GTP Designs recently launched a new website for Main Street Insurance Agency. Main Street Insurance Agency is an Independent Insurance Agent locally-owned and operated in Christiansburg, VA.

The mystery of disappearing fonts in Adobe CS (lllustrator, InDesign, PhotoShop, etc.)

If you are using any of the Adobe CS (Creative Suite) line and some of your fonts have mysteriously disappeared or you are all of the sudden getting dreaded missing fonts warning when you open a document that you created on your machine (with the fonts that you USED to have), your problem might be associated with having upgraded to a newer version of your CS product.

Illustrator Tutorial: How to create an orange peel effect

The question of how to create this effect came up over in the Adobe forum for Illustrator. The “orange peel” example serves as a good introduction to using map art with the 3D Revolve Effect, so I decided I’d go ahead and do a step-by-step tutorial of how to create this effect. This tutorial is intended for intermediate Illustrator users and above.

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Orange Peel Effect created in Adobe Illustrator

Tutorial – Create realistic clouds in Adobe Illustrator

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This tutorial will teach you a method to create realistic clouds using Adobe Illustrator (CS4 or higher). Since these clouds are created using vector graphics, they can be scaled to any size without a decrease in image quality. This tutorials is intended for intermediate to advanced Adobe Illustrator users. If you get lost on using some of the palettes or tools in this tutorial, you might want to try one of my Beginner tutorials. Also, due to the fact that the technique used in this tutorials takes advantage of variable opacity gradients, this method will only work in Illustrator CS4 (if you are using an older version, a work-around would be to use opacity masks).

Tutorial: Creating an RSS icon in Adobe Illustrator - 2

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This is second part of the “Creating an RSS icon” tutorial. In Part 1, we used the basic Shape Tools along with the Pathfinder – Divide option to create an “outline” of an RSS icon. This tutorial will focus on using strokes and fills to bring some color to our RSS icon.

Tutorial: Creating an RSS icon in Adobe Illustrator - 1

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This will be a simple Illustrator tutorial on how to design a basic RSS icon. Part 1 will only deal with creating the shapes (paths) needed for the icon. This tutorial is intended for Adobe Illustrator "beginners."

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