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I’ve been exploring different ways to create random toss patterns with a seamless repeat in Adobe Illustrator. I tried a bunch of methods before happily stumbling upon Astute Graphics and the Space Fill plugin. It can’t create a repeat all on its own, but it does most of the heavy lifting and is a brilliant time saver.

I’ve been using Illustrator to create some textures. This involves applying live effects and blending modes – things that employ transparency. When you export to an image format, the effect’s transparency needs to ‘flattened’. This is where I ran into a color issue that took 2 days to figure out. Turns out my problem relates to how Illustrator defines a pixel and what happens to a live effect when its flattened. Here’s what I learned 🙂

Every few months I go on a print & cut project spree. I almost always start with Adobe Illustrator and vector art. Each time I have to remember the best way to set up cut paths and print bleeds all over again. So I never waste this time again, here are some notes-to-self – I hope you find them helpful.

Graph paper with 1/8 inch, 1/4 inch, 1/2 inch, 1 inch, 0.5 cm, and 1 cm grids. Sized to print on 8.5″ x 11″ paper. Great for homework & project planning. Print as much as you need. Print only what you need.

I do paper & knotting projects and have found lots of uses for these circular ‘pie slice’ guides – especially the odd numbers. Sized to print on 8.5″ x 11″ paper. Outer circle is 7.5″.

A few months ago, I began using Node.js to compile my WordPress themes. Today, GitHub began warning me about security vulnerabilities in one of my projects. Whenever I do something for the first time, I document it. Here’s how to update NPM Packages.

I love interweaves but I can’t do them from sight or memory yet – I absolutely need a reference image and run list.  Here’s how to use Advanced Grid Maker to create instructions for the gaucho fan and herringbone knots.

One of the most useful features of Advanced Grid Maker is the ability to create custom designs. The Set Over and Set Under features let you switch individual crossings anywhere in a knot and are a great way to add detail or stability to a pattern.  Here’s a quick example.

When using Advanced Grid Maker to design a knot, it can be hard to tell if the knot is properly formed. Here’s a quick example of using the Remove Non-Loop Strands feature to tell if a strand’s working end meets its standing end, forming a loop.

One of the most helpful things about Advanced Grid Maker is using Strand Width and Strand Gap to estimate the size of a knot and the length(s) of cord needed. Here’s a quick example – combine these with Resize and Stretch for even better estimates.