illustratorCategory Archives

Adobe Illustrator Tutorial: How to Crop an Image in AI CS6

Want to trim your drawing to the exact dimensions of the art board in Adobe Illustrator? Here's a quick step-by-step ...

  1. Start with an image that overlaps the edge of the art board.

  2. Use the Rectangle Tool to create a cropping path that is the same size as the art board.

  3. Center the cropping path on the art board and send it in front of all the other objects on the art board. (Object > Arrange > Bring to Front)

  4. Using the Selection Tool, drag a selection around the art board and and cropping path.

  5. On the Pathfinder palette, click on the Crop icon.

Your image will be cropped to the art board.

Crop 'til you drop!

Adobe Illustrator Tutorial: Setting Text Around A Circle in AI CS6

Whether you're orbiting the Earth, or circling a soccer ball, setting text around a round path is one of the most common tasks in sticker design. While Adobe Illustrator makes this a snap, the procedure can be a little daunting if you’ve never done it before.

With that in mind, here’s a cool little step-by-step tutorial that demonstrates the basics ...

  1. To put text around a circle in Adobe Illustrator, start by creating a circle shape or a round image.

  2. Center the circle on the art board, using the Align tools.

  3. Create a path for the type by selecting the circle and clicking Object > Path > Offset Path.

  4. Select the Type on a Path tool from the Type tool flyout menu.

  5. Add some type along the path.

  6. Drag a guide from the Rulers to help align the text.

  7. Drag the text path handles to the points where the guide meets the circle.

  8. Center the text, using the Align Center command.

Voilà! You now have text set around a circle.

This sticker we recently printed for the Arkansas Canoe Club is a great example of circular text:

Arkansas Canoe Club

Tutorial: How to Create an Action in Adobe Illustrator CS6

Want to save time in Adobe Illustrator when performing repetitive tasks? You can automate many procedures by creating an Action. This function can be extremely powerful when used on batches of files.

Illustrator ships with a slew of Actions pre-installed. You can create a new Action by modifying one of the standard options or by building one from scratch.

In this video tutorial, you'll learn how to create a simple Action: centering all objects on the art board.

  1. Open the Actions palette.

  2. Click the folder icon to create a new set for the action.

  3. Click the Create a New Action icon.

  4. Give the action a name.

  5. Assign a Function Key to the action for added productivity (optional).

  6. Click Record

  7. Select all the objects (Command-A) and click Horizontal Align Center and Vertical Align Center

  8. Click Stop in the Actions palette when you are finished recording steps.Apply the Action by using the Function key you assigned to it. In this example the Function key is Command-F6. You can also run the action by clicking the Play button in the Actions palette.



Raster vs. Vector: What Does It All Mean?

At StickerGiant, we strive to make ordering stickers easy. Yet sometimes, it’s the little things like submitting artwork that can be the most challenging part. Since we want every sticker to look perfect, we ask for artwork that is either a Raster or Vector Image.

Let’s explain the differences between Raster and Vector. Raster images are composed of pixels, such as photographs, and therefore the quality of the image will change when scaled. Notice all of the pixels, or boxes? Vector images, however, are composed of mathematical equations between points, using paths. Because of this, the quality of the image is infinitely scalable.

If you send us vectorized artwork, you’re more likely to receive a better quality sticker. Don’t have vectorized artwork? Don’t worry. Our Art Team can clean up your image and build your raster image into a vectorized image.

We want to make the sticker that you want. This is why before we print anything, our Art Team touches every piece of artwork submitted to StickerGiant. Did we mention we offer Free Artwork Setup?

If you want to start an order, head to our easy ordering process at

Video Tutorial: How To Outline Fonts in Adobe Illustrator

How to Outline Fonts in Adobe Ilustrator 2017 StickerGiant

  • Avoid having to find and send fonts to your printer with Illustrator files.

  • For printers to use Illustrator files that contain type made with fonts they either need the actual font file or the fonts need to be outlined.

  • First open the file that you need to outline the fonts in, select the type that needs to be outlined.

  • Then go to the font menu, and select the "outline fonts" option.

  • Then save your file.

  • Now you don't have to hunt down the fonts to send to your printer.