The kind people over at GoMediaZine have previously reviewed Astute Graphics’ Phantasm CS plugin for Adobe Illustrator. However, in the past year, new blood has come aboard at GoMediaZine — and in that period Astute Graphics released both Phantasm CS version 2 and VectorScribe. So it was with pleasure when Simon H, their new editor, asked to review these tools from scratch.
The result was a great overview of both Illustrator plugins, written following Simon’s real-world use of them in a commercial design project. His comments include:
I saved so much time when building rather complex shapes for a logo thanks to VectorScribe.
I discovered Phantasm CS and Astute Graphics when looking for a way to produce decent vector halftones. To this day, it’s still the best way I know of to do this. That said, this plugin’s abilities go way beyond that.
I was working on a branding project at the same time, and the time I saved in shape construction is hard to believe.
Thanks to Simon for his review and comments!