Converting 2D to 3D

You would think it was simple to extrude a 2D black & white image into 3D space.  I tried a number of avenues.  They all pretty much have two large steps: 1) Provide a vector file like SVG or DXF and 2) Extrude in a 3D. I tried out a number of 3D modeling programs.…

Illustrator masks

In the world of art, design, and 3D – there are so many kinds of masks.  With Illustrator, I came across two so far.  The first is a clipping mask.  This is a mask that works off of the object paths/shapes. The second is an opacity or alpha mask.  This works off of the colors.…

Using gradients in Illustrator

It appears that using a gradient in Illustrator is not very straightforward.  More specifically, trying to activate the Gradient Annotator with the mouse simply did not work for text.  Eventually, I found some instructions – the key steps to remember are as follows: Select the desired text. Press / Press Ctrl + / Press . Voila!…

Thematic fonts

Google fonts is a pretty awesome collection of web fonts.  There must be at least 500 of them.  Recently, I’ve gone through all of them for a project and, because it is such a time-consuming task, I took note of fonts that could possibly be used for very specific themes.  For reference, I am listing…