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Stephen Vincent, Ian Lynam
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Kimbo Adobe Illustrator plug-in
Kimbo is a plug-in for Adobe Illustrator that adds 13 new tools in 2 tool groups to Illustrator’s tool palette. These tools permit the creation of artwork that would otherwise be difficult or time-consuming to create. The new icons appear in Illustrator’s toolbar. All the path/mesh creation tools plus the mirror and cut tools are actionable!

New version for Adobe Illustrator CC2023/CC2024 for both Mac and PCout now!

We created a new micro-site devoted to Kimbo which you can check out here.

Within, you can download a demo version of the plug-in and read the extensive user manual.

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A quick overview of Kimbo’s tools:

Mirror tool

The Mirror tool reflects and duplicates art in a specified line, then rejoins it to form a symmetrical construct. The Mirror tool is essential for designing vector objects which are symmetrical in nature – it is a terrific time-saver for pattern design, illustration, type design and image-making.

Cut tool

The Cut tool crops art against a line and is very useful for quickly getting rid of unwanted art—no more hours of cleaning up stray vectors. It’s perfect for cleaning up vector art for the web, tidying Illustrator files for print production, and quick everyday cropping.

Rectangle Cut tool

The Rectangle Cut tools crop art against a rectangular or square guide. It’s extremely helpful for cropping imagery for use as the base for pattern design, creating concise artwork for the web, and cleaning up stray paths.

Tile tool

The Tile tool allows the creation of repeating patterned art in 17 different styles. The possibilities are endless – you just need to play with this tool to discover its capabilities.

Polar Mesh tool

The Polar Mesh tool creates circular polar meshes colored according to the existing fill color or gradient. This tool helps extend the potential of mesh-based coloring in Adobe Illustrator, and allows users to create mesh-based coloring with far more detail.

Within, you can download a demo version of the plug-in and read the extensive user manual.

Rose tool

Create floral shapes with varying radii. You can choose the number of lobes within each shape. Perfect for creating complex ornament and intricate bursts.

Rosette tool

The Rosette tool operates in a similar way to the tile tool but creates patterns with circular (and, optionally) mirror symmetry. Perfect for creating abstract ornament, compositions based on repetition, and general visual form.

Wave tool

Create wiggly lines as popularized as of late in The Wave tool allows you to determine the width, height, and number of waves in each vector shape.

Grid tool

Instantly create custom grids with predetermined amounts of cells, columns, and rows, as well as absolute sizing. An insane time-saver for web design and print design.

Golden Rectangle tool

Draw Golden Rectangles on the fly—just select the tool and drag on the canvas to make sacred geometry in real time!

Rhombus tool

Create rhomboid-shaped paths by entering values or by merely drawing on the canvas.

Spike tool

The Spike tool is an interactive tool that, as its name suggests, can be used to add spikes to selected paths and gradient meshes.

Archimedian Spiral tool

Selecting this tool and then clicking and dragging allows the creation of a curve called an Archimedean spiral, different from the spirals natively made in Illustrator.

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