Tip 14
“To work as an illustrator, don’t think you need to be ‘born talented’ – it’s not about holding the best cards, but playing the ones you have well. Know yourself, work hard, and understand your weaknesses but also what you’re good at.”

Murilo Maciel, illustrator and designer for clients including Pizza Hut and Sony

Tip 15
“Paste flat shapes from Illustrator to Photoshop as Shape Layers. Smart Vector Objects are great to maintain vector information in complex art, for choosing spot colours, and for rescaling. When working on murals or billboards, you can start at a third of the finished size and later upsize without losing quality.”

Radim Malinic, art director and designer, for clients including Mini and MTV

Tip 16
“When creating complex layered compositions, stroke thickness needs a lot of attention. Use a smaller stroke thickness in a lighter colour to make background items subtler, and a thicker, slightly darker stroke for foreground items, so they appear more clearly. For the focal point, use the thickest stroke and darkest fill colour.”

Stephen Chan, vector designer and illustrator

Tip 17
“Save time creating digital artwork by learning keyboard shortcuts. In Photoshop, use Actions to record specific tasks, such as changing the resolution of a batch of images rather than amending each one manually.”

Yee Ting Kuit, pattern-obsessed illustrator