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These Illustrator hacks could totally change your workflow

Even for the most seasoned creative pros, there'll always be something new to be learned about Photoshop and Illustrator. Our Photoshop tutorials and Illustrator tutorials are a great place to start, but generous digital artists can often be found sharing tips of their own. (For more general art advice, see our how to draw tutorial roundup.)

One designer has taken to Twitter to share various hacks for Adobe Illustrator, and they might just change the way you work. Matthew Lucas's (opens in new tab) tips include how to draw inside shapes, how to choose which stylings are selected along with an image, and how simply holding alt can totally enhance your pathfinder options:

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While these tips are probably a little specific for beginners, many of them seem to be new to a few Illustrator pros, with other designers rushing to thank Lucas for the intel. It seems it's never too late to learn something new about the software (check out Adobe's current Creative Cloud plans (opens in new tab) if you're just getting started). 

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Perhaps even Adobe itself could do well to check out Lucas's tips – the company's new Creative Cloud icons have recently come under fire with designers for basically all looking the same. If you're ready to start your Creative Cloud journey, check out the best deals below. 

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Daniel Piper
Daniel Piper

Daniel Piper is Creative Bloq’s Senior News Editor. As the brand’s Apple authority, he covers all things Mac, iPhone, iPad and the rest. He also reports on the worlds of design, branding and tech. Daniel joined Future in 2020 (an eventful year, to say the least) after working in copywriting and digital marketing with brands including ITV, NBC, Channel 4 and more. Outside of Future, Daniel is a global poetry slam champion and has performed at festivals including Latitude, Bestival and more. He is the author of Arbitrary and Unnecessary: The Selected Works of Daniel Piper (Selected by Daniel Piper).