Ben O’Brien (aka Ben the Illustrator) has recently been illustrating from the loft studio he shares with his product designer wife on everything from advertising work for GQ, pattern designs for urban cyclewear and packaging designs for Candyland.

He also takes his colourful skills to fabrics which his wife developes into bags, fashion accessories and homewares. This year one of their quirky fabric designs has won a prestigious 3x3 award.

I’ve been using Adobe products professionally for over a decade now, and each new version brings us some improvements and new toys to play with. This year with the launch of the Creative Cloud, things have really moved on.

My favourite new toy/tool is Adobe Kuler, the colour-palette creating iPhone app and its integration with Illustrator CC. 

In this tutorial I’ll guide you through getting started with Kuler and then using your colour palettes in Illustrator.  We’ll also go through another new function in Illustrator CC, the Image Brush tool, where we’re able to apply a jpg or bmp image to a brushstroke.

In order to get started you will need an Adobe ID, without which you can’t sync all your apps together and pass information (ie. your Kuler colour palettes) from one app to another.

Time to complete

3-4 hours

Software needed

Adobe Kuler (on the iPhone), Illustrator CC

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