Win a Free Copy of Phantasm CS Studio for a Chance to Win a Free Wacom Intuos 4

Yep, it’s time for another exciting giveaway; this time sponsored by our friends at Astute Graphics, the makers of Phantasm CS, the popular Adobe Illustrator plug-in. You may remember us giving away a copy of Phantasm CS Studio several months ago during this site’s 1st Birthday Celebration. Today we’re offering practically the same deal except this time there’s a twist. The winner of this giveaway will get the chance to win a free Large Wacom Intuos 4 and several other prizes!


Phantasm CS is a powerful plug-in for Adobe Illustrator that allows you to edit colors on the fly, much like you can with Photoshop. This can come in handy especially when you need to change the color of your entire illustration in a short amount of time.

How to Win a Free Wacom Intuos 4

To commemorate the 3rd anniversary of one of Illustrator‘s most popular plug-ins, Astute Graphics is calling on all owners of Phantasm CS to design the most creative action or style using Phantasm CS software. The most creative entry will win a Wacom Intuos 4, a Pantone ColorMunki Design, or one of 5 Illustrator CS4 WOW! Books.


For more information on how to enter this contest visit the Contest Entry Page or see several examples of the types of styles or actions that you can create with Phantasm CS.

Win a Free Copy of Phantasm CS Studio

In order to win your free Wacom Intuos 4 you do have to own a copy of Phantasm CS.  That’s why our friends at Astute Graphics have donated 1 Free Copy of Phantasm CS Studio to one lucky Colorburned reader. To enter, just leave a comment below and you can be on your way to win one of several prizes!

Up for Grabs


  • Leave a comment to enter.
  • Tell us what you would use this plug-in for.
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  • Only comment once.
  • Leave a valid email address so that we can contact you.
  • This is a 2 day contest. Entries will be accepted until 11:59 p.m EST on Friday, July 17, 2009.

Good luck everyone!

Grant Friedman

Grant Friedman is a graphic design, blogger, and author. In addition to being the founder of this website, Grant is also the editor of Psdtuts, one of the world's most popular tutorial websites.

  • Ann

    I have seen this tool before, looks really great and I would really like to try it by winning (?)

    July 15, 2009 at 12:13 AM
  • Hirvesh

    I would really like to win, so that I can win the Wacom Intuos 4 :)

    Anyway, the Phantasm CS Studio would do the job it is designed for, for me.
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    July 15, 2009 at 12:55 AM
  • Victor Martinez

    I will love to be aided in my work by using this “friendly ghost”

    July 15, 2009 at 1:10 AM
  • jasonology

    We would use Phantasm CS at work, when Editorial change their mind at the last minute and want all 200+ illustrations from a book changed to a different colour.
    (I work at a book publisher.) This would greatly relieve the pain!

    July 15, 2009 at 1:12 AM
  • Steve Manatt

    Always looking for new tools to get the job done!

    July 15, 2009 at 1:22 AM
  • Mathew Ballard

    I would use it to help me with editing colors when I start using Illustrator more when I get my first WACOM tablet here soon for my birthday.

    July 15, 2009 at 1:39 AM
  • Caroline

    Really wouldn’t mind having a go with this tool! Pretty please!

    July 15, 2009 at 1:41 AM
  • budiblue

    For me Phantasm CS really helpful to create some nice effect. Hope to win.

    July 15, 2009 at 1:45 AM
  • Elena

    I had so much fun entering the last one, I’m giving it another shot! This plugin looks so cool.
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    July 15, 2009 at 1:45 AM
  • Santos Samayoa

    I would like to win to expand my artwork for creating new themes and brands for my church!
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    July 15, 2009 at 1:46 AM
  • Adam

    Three words: easy vector halftones.

    July 15, 2009 at 1:54 AM
  • Federica Cau

    Well everyone using illustrator in depth knows how much editing colors on the fly is a pain and you always keep on asking how can be Adobe the same software house that made a piece of art like photoshop and Illustrator at the same time.

    This plugin would really help to improve my Illustrator workflow and also a Wacom Intuos 4 could be a great help too :)

    Thank you.
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    July 15, 2009 at 1:57 AM
  • Clemente aka kreativeKING

    Cool, I actually never heard of this plug in before. Would love to win it. Then win the sexy WACOM!!!
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    July 15, 2009 at 2:17 AM
  • Lorna Morris

    More to create with is always handy!

    July 15, 2009 at 2:28 AM
  • Lisa

    Looks like a great plugin and would really help me with my designing and student work!

    July 15, 2009 at 2:30 AM
  • ktycat

    I had never heard of this plugin before. I would love to try it out as it looks really interesting and helping.

    July 15, 2009 at 3:14 AM
  • Max R. Scheer

    Time to get in the loop for me! Got an 6 year old wacom and the plugin is the best thing you can get! – Conclusion! I am in :)

    July 15, 2009 at 3:32 AM
  • Adrian

    Product looks great – a must for all designers.
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    July 15, 2009 at 3:52 AM
  • webbografico

    I would like to win this plugin ’cause I’ve just started learning Illustrator so I want to learn also the greatest illustrator plugin of all times!!!

    July 15, 2009 at 4:43 AM
  • Maria João

    There’s no such thing as too many good work tools. And I shure would like to win this one! Thank you for the giveaway! :)

    July 15, 2009 at 5:04 AM
  • Luis Lopez

    I’m in for the free phantasm CS, and the i’ll go for the wacom tablet
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    July 15, 2009 at 6:50 AM
  • Jim MacLeod

    This sounds like a great plug in.
    Also, I almost commented on the Facebook page. Would that have worked?

    July 15, 2009 at 7:05 AM
  • Rommel Miraflores

    WOW! How exciting is this contest?! Not like other blog-giveaways, that’s for sure.

    Phantasm CS Studio is an awesome plugin for Illustrator. I’d use it on most of my projects, especially my logo designs, so I can quickly create variations and present my client(s) with logo colour (Canadian spelling) options.

    Photoshop is very useful for image enhancements, but with this plugin I’ll be able to make adjustments on-the-fly, without having to switch back and forth between the applications. Can you imagine being able to adjust the curves, levels, hue/saturatione of embedded photos and images directly in illustrator? I certainly can.

    A tool that will take care of vector halftones and duotones? Are you serious? This tool is THE plugin to have.

    Ok, not only all of that, but I’ll be able to preview colour (<- there’s that Canadian in me again) separations! Hello, t-shirt silkcreen designs!!

    Can my life get any easier? Maybe… If I win, Colorburned will give me a chance to win the Intuos 4 LARGE. How awesome would that be? I feel like I’ve found the end of the rainbow.
    Now just to get a hold of that pot… Good luck on this contest, everyone. And THANK YOU Colorburned and Astute Graphics for this AMAZING opportunity!

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    July 15, 2009 at 9:10 AM
  • hilda

    i really would love this tool! i would use soooo much during work and at home! haha amazing all adobe products, technology, oh gosh im never giving up this profession, hobby, its an addiction! :Þ

    July 15, 2009 at 9:10 AM
  • Jason

    very nice…fingers crossed

    July 15, 2009 at 9:30 AM
  • Jason Owens

    Phantasm CS Studio would really help to improve my Illustrator designs by giving me color abilities I already use so much in Photoshop and a Wacom Intuos 4 would just be so COOL!!! Thanks Colorburned and Astute Graphics!!

    July 15, 2009 at 10:11 AM
  • Sonali Agrawal

    Tweeted the message. I would love to win it to just go around and play with colors which I love to do a lot.

    July 15, 2009 at 10:34 AM
  • Leandro Devitte

    Wow. I have read about Phantasm CS Studio in a magazine review, and looks great. I really want to try it in my works!

    July 15, 2009 at 10:36 AM
  • Joe Salafia

    Would love to use both of these products to be more productive in my personal & commercial work.

    July 15, 2009 at 11:30 AM
  • Lee Christopher

    I would absolutely love to get my hands on this plug-in. So Sweet!!!

    July 15, 2009 at 12:02 PM
  • Craig

    It would definitely streamline my illustration process (and a shiny new wacom couldn’t hurt either ;)).

    July 15, 2009 at 1:19 PM
  • kara

    i only just found out about phantasm and was looking for examples in the blogosphere and this article came up. kind of perfect, colorburned and i are sharing wavelengths.

    July 15, 2009 at 1:39 PM
  • susan taylor

    geez – anything that helps stream line the Illustrator workflow is welcome around here – especially being able to change a color palette quickly. Thanks for the offer!

    July 15, 2009 at 2:47 PM
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    July 15, 2009 at 3:12 PM
  • Brad T

    This would be an amazing contest to win! Crossing my fingers!
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  • Khaled Mosli

    I am a talented designer, and hungry to learn more and more. I loved the fact of rewarding members and the online contests. I appreciate all your help and efforts. Also, love the CS like you cannot imagine.

    Thanks and regards…
    Khaled Mosli

    July 15, 2009 at 3:17 PM
  • mathea daunheimer

    anything to make Illustrator more streamlined is a boon… This plugin sounds awesome. A wacom that isn’t over 10 years old would be nice as well…

    July 15, 2009 at 3:32 PM
  • Teresa

    I am currently enrolled in a “Web Design” program at an art school and I would love to have this tool to use with Illustrator.
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    July 15, 2009 at 3:39 PM
  • lisa

    Fabulous. Plug-ins are great. Thanks!

    July 15, 2009 at 4:10 PM
  • Aaron Scamihorn

    I like win your prize.
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    July 15, 2009 at 4:19 PM
  • N8I

    It has been my dream to own my very own copy of Phantasm CS Studio
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  • Jenny

    I’d love to win it cause it has some very interesting plugins that I think are very useful. And just today I was searching from which place to buy a pen tablet to use with photoshop, so it’s the perfect opportunity to take place in the Wacom Intuos 4 giveaway.

    July 15, 2009 at 5:39 PM
  • pdainfo

    great great great
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  • Jorge Junior

    Wow, my dream will come true with this phantasm plugin.

    Using Phantasm i will enhance my logo and illustration, saving a lot of design time.

    July 15, 2009 at 7:43 PM
  • JR

    I just started getting into seamless patterns and this would be awesome.

    cheers to another awesome giveaway (sucking up completely intentional, HA).
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    July 15, 2009 at 7:52 PM
  • Annette D

    Awesome giveaway. I would love to win this! My son would really enjoy using this plugin. Thanks for the chance to win.

    July 15, 2009 at 8:24 PM
  • Heather G

    This looks like a GREAT product and would be really beneficial to a college student like myself majoring in Design. : )

    July 15, 2009 at 8:54 PM
  • Dustin

    Wow this looks awesome i especially like the halftone effects

    July 15, 2009 at 10:31 PM
  • Ali Kamran

    With Phantasm i will enhance my illustration and save a lot of time.

    July 15, 2009 at 10:33 PM
  • Nic Brownlee

    This looks great and would really speed up my illustrator workflow!
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    July 16, 2009 at 12:51 AM
  • Ed Dempsey

    I think Christmas has come early this year. Pick me Peaseeeee!

    July 16, 2009 at 1:32 AM
  • Dape

    Give me a chance, Big Dude
    I need to get some food.
    Im all out of cash,flicking ash.
    Breaking out in a rask
    Need to win your tool
    Live life by the rule, So cool…
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    July 16, 2009 at 4:06 AM
  • Miguel de Sousa

    I would use this to conquer and rule the world by making the most freaking cool websites EVER!!!

    July 16, 2009 at 7:32 AM
  • David P Crawford

    Those color adjusting tools could come in handy :) Sign me up!

    July 16, 2009 at 8:13 AM
  • Ali Alavi

    It is such a interesting plugins.
    I would love to have a pen tablet to use with photoshop.
    It’s s perfect opportunity.

    July 16, 2009 at 8:16 AM
  • Tim

    I would like to win this plugin for world peace!

    July 16, 2009 at 8:26 AM
  • Tim

    I would like to win this plugin to win the tablet also… might as well be honest :-)

    July 16, 2009 at 8:30 AM
  • Yourmung

    Wow, amazing, Im trying to expand my skills to illustration and I think this plugin will be great.

    July 16, 2009 at 9:07 AM
  • Stephanie

    I am a graphic designer who looooves this plug in, especially for logo design. I have been spoiled with it at my full-time job, but now that I am doing freelance work, it would be great to have it at home…
    I am drooling over that tablet too…

    July 16, 2009 at 11:01 AM
  • Daniel

    Sign me up
    I would like to enrich my Illustrator technics and hopefully share it with others

    July 16, 2009 at 11:10 AM
  • Codrin

    Awesome giveaway. I would love to win this!

    July 16, 2009 at 11:23 AM
  • Justin Woods

    As a little child growing up in the old country with nothing but a nickle in my pocket and the sweat on my back, I dreamed of one day owning just this very thing. Now my dream can become a reality thanks to you.

    July 16, 2009 at 11:25 AM
  • Dillon

    i would use it for vector halftone madness!

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    July 16, 2009 at 1:35 PM
  • haZel

    Cool contest/concept/product.

    And now a quote for the day:
    “Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.”
    Scott Adams

    July 16, 2009 at 3:35 PM
  • Jason Colvin

    I would use it for Better designs and to enhance my skillset.
    Awesome contest!

    July 16, 2009 at 3:41 PM
  • Patrick R Hill

    This is an amazing plug-in! Because these features weren’t available to me, I have been kept in photoshop a lot of times when I would rather have been using illustrator. I would use it for my web designs and illustrations.
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    July 16, 2009 at 4:11 PM
  • Keehun Nam

    Wow! Sounds great!

    July 16, 2009 at 4:20 PM
  • Al Kam

    It’s amazing.
    I would love to win


    July 16, 2009 at 5:39 PM
  • Frojo

    Hah, i would really like to enter this but i’m clearly missing the plug-in which is only a little essential ;)

    July 16, 2009 at 11:28 PM
  • Tyson Junkers

    I have always wanted these plug-ins! Wow they would help speed things up for me!

    Pleas pick me!!!

    July 17, 2009 at 12:05 AM
  • Luis Ruiz

    I didn’t know about it so I’ll try it out to see if it makes my life easier :^)

    July 17, 2009 at 1:28 AM
  • Simon

    i’m making some vector halftones to give away and Phantasm would be a great help. then i can replace my age-old tiny Wacom tablet (hopefully)!


    July 17, 2009 at 1:49 AM
  • Keith Aric Hall

    Crazy! I was just talking about both of these with a buddy of mine tonight. He recently bought the Wacom Intuos 4 and is about to purchase Phantasm. I’m dying to get a Intuos 4. I would use it and Phantasm to explore digital art and illustration. It’s something I’ve been interested in since I was a kid, before I made the mistake of getting a degree in accounting instead of following my passion (art and design). It took me years to finally start creating again. Now, I’m like a kid in a candy store. I just love exploring as many different mediums as I can.


    July 17, 2009 at 2:09 AM
  • Karen Bryant

    I’ve realised, over the years, that I’ve missed out on so much that could have made my workflow much faster, so I’d love to give this software a try. I’m about to start some line art illustrations for a client’s website and I bet this would really help me creatively. Thanks for the comp, colourburned!

    July 17, 2009 at 2:15 AM
  • Rachel

    This plugin would speed up my workflow so much, making it much easier to complete projects and experiment in so many different ways.

    July 17, 2009 at 8:24 AM
  • Dave

    I guess I should! I have no experience with the plug-in or anything but anything that makes illustrator a little bit easier is welcomed by me!

    July 17, 2009 at 8:35 AM
  • ansley

    Would be quite beneficial! Great contest too!

    July 17, 2009 at 9:20 AM
  • Chris Bishop

    This looks like an excellent plug-in. I’ve seen some pieces using it and they are spectacular. I hope to win so I can be spectacular too.

    July 17, 2009 at 9:28 AM
  • Marcie

    Great tool for creative and efficient work flow. Thanks!
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  • Homero

    what a magical contest…..phantasm and maybe a wacom!

    July 17, 2009 at 10:50 AM
  • Glenn Van Bogaert

    Wow, If I would win this copy of Phantasm CS Studio, I would really enter the contest of Phatams. Then I’ve got the chance to win two things. That would been really great.

    July 17, 2009 at 12:38 PM
  • Glenn

    Wow, a great contest. If I would win this Phatans CS Studio, I would use this great plug-in for redesigning my website. It really needs a new lay-out. And a free Wacom Intuos 4 Large would been great for my job.

    July 17, 2009 at 12:44 PM
  • Kyle Gallant

    If I won… I’d be using Phatans CS to rekindle my love of drawing, and start creating some seriously awesome vectors… which much more ease.

    You always have the best freaking contest… a freaking Wacom tablet too, DAMMMMMMNNNNN… I don’t even know how happy I’d be if I won… but it’d be a lot.

    July 17, 2009 at 1:54 PM
  • Stephanie

    Phantasm looks pretty sweet, and of course who could resist a chance at a Intuos4? Silly me for buying an Intuos3 shortly before 4 came out.

    Sign me up!
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  • Gary

    I would love to have one of these babys, it would definitely help me with my deigns.

    July 17, 2009 at 3:37 PM
  • Dawnielle Rene'

    This looks amazing. :-)

    July 17, 2009 at 4:21 PM
  • elena

    uao! discover this plug in is already a winning! i’ll use it for discover and change color scheme for my websites!!

    July 17, 2009 at 5:05 PM
  • Amy

    I would use this to complete the redesign of my website. I like Illustrator, but I do prefer photoshop’s method for color changes

    July 17, 2009 at 11:48 PM
  • rohin

    let me win ! boo-ya
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  • cyndy allard

    Yes! i am a visual artist that would like to try this—

    July 18, 2009 at 1:06 AM
  • Juan

    I would use it to make my vector art.

    July 18, 2009 at 1:18 PM
  • andreeib

    This will be a great a great plugin for my collection.
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  • Will Strieff

    I design vehicle wraps at my workplace and could use this amazing tool to quickly change colors when a client asks for an entire wraps color and feel be changed in mere seconds while they stand over my shoulder ready to pounce on my MacBook Pro the second they like the result :P

    July 19, 2009 at 6:50 PM
  • Ahmed Mahmoud

    I would use this to make nice websites
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  • Mikah Sargent

    It was almost the death of me to have to return my graphics tablet after it stopped working, but they were out of stock, so now I’m stuck. I’d love to win the tablet as well as an Illustrator book.

    July 22, 2009 at 9:49 AM
  • e11world

    I would love to have this plugin because it speeds up my workflow (with special effects).

    July 23, 2009 at 4:21 PM
  • benjamin randall

    i could be so much more productive in my work with the plugin

    September 7, 2009 at 11:41 PM