August 2011

Examples and tips for using Illustrator’s Warp Tools.

Although similar to Photoshop’s Liquify tool, Illustrator’s Liquify package contains seven different tools: Warp, Twirl, Pucker, Bloat, Scallop, Crystallize and Wrinkle. Such choice can be confusing until you understand the effect that each tool can produce. SmashingMagazine has a simple tutorial that explains each of these special effects, and tips on how to use them.

July 2011

Free Vector Graphics designers would actually download and use.

Finding vector graphics is easy; they are everywhere, posted daily on certain sites. But a lot of them are too eclectic or of questionable quality. DesignResourceBox has found a bunch of vectors that you’re likely to actually use in your designs. Worth a look.

June 2011

Ten things you should know about Adobe Illustrator.

You have the Adobe Creative Suite installed on your computer and have seen Illustrator sitting there quietly begging to be played with but you’ve never jumped in. DesignShack go over ten basic things you should know before starting. This post is ideal for newbies.

May 2011

Free Illustrator Brush Sets.

Illustrator brushes can be applied to paths and strokes and are excellent for creating unique stroked designs in seconds. TripwireMagazine has more than 70 beautiful Illustrator brush sets for improving and speeding you design process!

Illustrator’s Pen Tool: The Comprehensive Guide.

If you use Adobe Illustrator, then it’s almost certain that you use the Pen tool when creating your paths. This comprehensive guide at VectorTutsPlus aims to introduce or remind you of features, shortcuts, and methods for working with what is arguably Adobe’s most essential tool.

Quick tip: How to use Illustrator Blend Options.

CreativeNerds present a great illustrator quick tip tutorial on how to use one of illustrators simplest tools. The tutorial is an easy to follow screencast and is only few minuets long, and will show you two great techniques which you can implement within your designs.

Royalty Free Abstract Vectors.

This set at Blueprint includes seven high quality royalty free abstract vector shapes in Illustrator format, fully editable. The shapes are elegant and can be used in a variety of projects.

Tutorials for learning Illustrator’s Warp Tools.

The following list at Inspiredology includes tutorials for CS5 as well as for earlier CS versions of Adobe Illustrator. Try some of your favorites and see the incredible uses available with the Warp Tools.

Best Free Grunge Background Vectors.

It’s quite rare to find backgrounds in a vector format, not surprising considering the work involved in their creation. Fortunately, WebDesignish has 15 free and beautiful background grunge vector images for you to use.

April 2011

Halftone Vector Graphics.

FreeVector has some nice vector halftone patterns dots for your background graphics or design elements. Download the halftone vector art pack for free as Illustrator EPS and AI files.