Updated: September 17th, 2014
150 Mixed colorful styles for Illustrator CC CS4 CS3 CS6 CS5 CS2 CS1 10 17 2014 includes gradients, shimmers, interlocking, pulse effect, cris cross, red glows, electric designs, solars, rings, edgesx and many more. PC (Windows 7, Windows 8, XP, Vista) and MAC OS X (all versions). They are accessible via the presets palette - apply and modify in 1000s of ways, combine with appearance palette, use with paths and text and others. Truly amazing. Use to create items for sale (basically anything). All are by Andrew Buckle (graphicxtras.com). Free sampler to download
On purchase, receive AI document + Gallery + notes + serial
Commercial use, royalty free
400 Colorful graduated including rounded, circular, padded, pulses, highlights, subtle, exclusions, tracks and many more for CC & CS 6 - 1. Perfect for RGB though they can work in CMYK in most cases. You can access all the presets via the main palette - you can modify them even further by using the powerful appearance palette tools to add additional fills and strokes etc as well and modify. For PC and MAC OS X. Commercial use
200 Aspect gradients including ripples, gradients, lines, weird, warped, rounded aspects, surreal, grayscale, glowing, spheres, rows, fiery and many more for CC & CS 6 5 4 (aspect only appear in version AI 4) PC and MAC OS X. They can be applied to paths, text as well as brushes and symbols etc. The colorful aspect gradients work best in RGB mode. They can be modified, combined, the paths can be exported to other applications and more. Vectors for all kinds of work. So what is the aspect ? Well, with recent releases of the app, the gradient dialog was extended and the gradients can now be distorted and elliptical (aspect) and the presets are amazing and unique combinations of those graduated aspect designs.
150 Scribble and hand drawn and sketches - CS1 upwards to the latest version, CS6 and the creative cloud version. CC. The wonderful scribbles can be applied to paths and text. Commercial (CU4CU) use to create items for sale and more. All are by Andrew Buckle / graphicxtras.com. Many different scribbles are included in the set such as loose, rapid sketch, roughs, thick chunky scribbles, overlapping, pencils and more. You will have to modify the scaling of the scribbles dependent on the size of the path applied to. You can modify the scribbles via the appearance palette. PC and MAC OS X.
100 Patch styles including tiles, weaves, tartans, lines and more for CC CS6 (16) CS5 (15) CS4 (14) CS3 (13) CS2 CS1 10 for use on the PC and MAC OS X. Vectors for any size of work. They can be applied in 1000s of ways to paths and text and more within the applications. The designs can be modified and re-colored via the appearance palette where you can add additional fills as well as re-color or remove or move elements. Commercial (CU4CU) use, all are by Andrew Buckle / graphicxtras.com.
900 Tile and jazzy styles as well as abstract wow patterns and more for CC CS6 CS5.5 CS5 CS4 CS3 down to version 10 (17-10). Apply the exciting tiles to the paths, text in 1000s of ways. Commercial (CU4CU) use and super colorful, all by graphicxtras.com - great for creating items for sale, books and more. They can also be exported to other applications such as Photoshop. They can be manipulated via the transform commands where the designs can be rotated and sheared and scaled and much more. Use to create millions of amazing patterns
100 Brush strokes graphic styles including random and tangled, contours, dotted, glow, random, layered, wiggled and more for use in CS2 upwards. Commercial (CU4CU) use - you can use with text and paths to create truly wow designs in seconds. The brush strokes do need to be re-scaled after use in some circumstances as the presets were created with certain paths and re-applying the strokes to a different size of path will result in a small or larger effect which might not be as required. Re-scale the effect via the appearance palette. Apply to text and symbols and paths and more. PC & MAC.
400 Color styles and weird and wonderful colors including surreal, shimmers, exclusions, satin designs, broken, rippled, glass looks and more. For CC CS6 CS5.5 CS5 CS4 CS3 CS2 CS1 10 for the PC and MAC OS X. Modify via the appearance palette. Work best in RGB color mode. Commercial (CU4CU) use - use to create items for sale such as posters, bowls, postcards, wrist-lets, mugs, note books, magnets, prints and more.
400 Color styles including metallic, dashes, chain mail effects, weaves, shimmers for CC CS6 CS5.5 CS5 CS4 CS3 PC and MAC OS X. Commercial (CU4CU) use. Use to create items for sale such as skateboards, posters, kits, templates, key chains, magnets, baby apparel, patches, prints, documents and more. On buying the linear color set, you receive them in AI format along with documentation and gallery and serial number. Apply to text, symbols, paths etc
500 Mixed color and shimmers including solar presets, surreal, shimmer gradients and more for CC CS6 - 10, PC and MAC OS X. Works best in RGB mode though they can also be used in most cases in CMYK as well. Modify them in seconds via the appearance palette. They work well with paths and text - they can be combined with existing to create truly wow designs. They can be multiplied many times over by combining them and tweaking and adding extras with additional fills and strokes. Commercial use.
160 Extrude 3D settings including 3D transformations, tangled, rotations, transformations, duplications, blurry, extruded, smudged, spins and more for CC CS6 CS5.5 CS5 CS4 CS3 CS2 (please note, not for CS1 because there was no extrude features in the earlier versions of AI). Apply them to text / paths. Commercial use, royalty free. PC and MAC OS X.
1000 Super colorful color styles including shimmers, glowing, dark themed presets, cross presets and more for CC CS6 CS5.5 CS5 CS4 CS3 CS2 CS1 10 (17- 10). PC and MAC. Commercial (CU4CU) use. use to create amazing colorful designs to sale, books, leaflets, posters, logos and more. Vector graphics for any size of work all in AI for use on the PC and MAC. Use to create amazing designs in seconds.
400 Color styles include many different shimmery, perspective presets, curtains, pulses, smudged and many more for CC CS6 CS5.5 CS5 CS4 CS3 CS2 CS1 10 as well as including the latest versions for the Adobe Creative Cloud - all for the PC and MAC OS X. Combine in millions of ways.
What are the effects?
Illustrator graphic styles are stored effects for AI. Simply click and apply the presets to paths or text. They are a useful toolkit for countless effects - superb time savers and can used in many different projects. Of course, the effects are only the initial point and various effects can be applied as well as added to the effect via the appearance palette and you can always remove elements such as a fill or stroke - literally creating millions of truly wow designs.
How to access ?
Go to the window menu and select the Illustrator graphic style menu option - the palette will then appear and will be filled with all the current effects though this varies from version to version of AI. Select a path or text and then apply an effect.
1) Display palette via windows menu
2) go to the right side of the palette
3) Select the open library menu command
4) Select one of the sets
5) Select the other library option
7) They are now added to the document library and can be used any time you open the document / artboard.
How are the effects stored ?
How to use tiles as an effect ?
Apply a tile to a selected path and then go to the palette and select the new option. You can combine multiple tiles and fills either by creating new fills in the appearance palette or duplicating tiles in the appearance palette. The tiles can be further combined by using blending modes and effects and transparency.
With CC CS6, you can now also use the effects as a source for tiles - the example on the left is the source design with a scribble effect applied via the styles palette. The example on the right is a path with a tiles applied based on that live effect (multiple scribbles overlapping). Use the new tile editor in CS6 to create 1000s of unique tiles from the wonderful live effects
Creative cloud ?
Yes, they work perfectly well with the latest version of AI. You can also copy the designs including the effects to other applications in the set such as Photoshop and Fireworks.
How to use visual effects to paths ?
Select a path and then go to the palette and apply the required effect. you can also then modify the effect via the appearance palette such as adding a new fill or stroke as well as offset or live effect.
1) Select a path
2) Window menu and display palette
3) Open library
4) Select and apply
5) Window menu followed by appearance palette
6) Select one of the fills or one of the strokes
7) Modify color effects by using stop tool
8) Or add a new fill via the right side menu
9) Or drag a fill or stroke to the delete (or click)
How to use all the styles in one go
If you have a number of the sets and lots and lots of AI documents, you might like to create one super library of all the effects. Not particularly recommended as that will probably make quite a hit on the addons of AI but if you have a lot of memory and a super powerful machine you can always create that AI document. Just open a completely new AI document and then open each of the libraries in turn via the palette and then select all the live effects required (many are made up of fill / stroke / scribble combinations) and these will be added to the current open file. On finishing all the file sets, you can then save that file as a massive AI document of all the effects. I am not sure it is a great idea but I have been asked a number of times for this. Perhaps not so much the saving of the file (and it might corrupt) but I would imagine it will be fairly slow on opening - certainly slower than going to the individual files.
Another option, and probably better, just place all the AI documents in the presets folder and then access the preset library (one of them) and at the bottom, you will see an arrow back and forward, you can click that to go from one AI document to another file and another set of effects. You can also use the search option though as the names as not particular descriptive, this might be of less use
Combine / blend / merge with paths
You can merge paths with effects by applying different blending modes to different overlapping paths containing the same or different effects and create even more stunning and unique graphics (these can then be added to the symbols palette for future use). Go to the transparency panel and then change the blending mode for the top path (or top paths if you have more than one). You can change the live effect applied as well as the blending mode and also the opacity to create a near infinite range of unique and wonderful color effects applied to any path. As the paths are independent designs, the appearance palette is not so useful in this case but you can still modify the individual components of the effects for the individual designs. You can also just apply the effects to the same path with slight offsets to create a more surreal color design. You can also apply the presets and then add live effects such as blurs or grain effects to the same designs and merge those to create even more wonderful hi-impact effects.
Applied to border / frame
The AI effects can be used to apply to paths and can be used to create stunning border designs.
1) Draw rectangle
2) Draw a smaller rectangle path
3) Align (via the align palette) so the latest path is on top of the earlier path
4) Pathfinder palette menu followed by minus front option
5) Select combined path
6) Apply preset via the palette
7) Place border above any image
You don't have to use an effect with just a square for a border, a border can be created with spherical designs as well as triangles and many other shapes. The borders do not need to be just a single frame. You can always duplicate the border design and then apply a totally different effect to the border and then perhaps apply a rotation or another live effect.
Scaling effects presets
Some of the AI effects / presets might be great with a 600 x 600 path (they are generally designed with that in mind) but if set to 10 x 10 path or 4000 x 4000 size path then you might need to scale the settings. To do this you must go to the appearance palette and set the extrude or scribble settings with a smaller or larger value. The effects do not store the initial size of the path and scaling is definitely required sometimes. This is the same for native effects as well - some post work is often required to set the effect to the correct size of the path. What works for a small path will not often work for a huge path especially if it contains strokes.
The presets can be used with any size of document or path. Most require no tweaking but some such as the scribbles will require some scaling and this can be done via the appearance palette. The scribble effects can be radically changed by a slight modification of the scribble settings
If you are using CS5 CS4 etc you can also use the vector wand from us, it includes an option to directly modify the scaling factor of any preset. Sadly this scaling option is not directly available via the appearance or any setting (why still baffles me)
If the style includes a pattern tile then you can always apply scaling to the tile design via the edit menu and transform followed by scale command. Always remember to de-select the OBJECT option and leave the other option to ON otherwise the object will increase or decrease in size as well.