March 2010

Grunge Splash EPS backgrounds.

Check out these fantastic examples of  Grunge Splash Backgrounds at Desigg. You can download the EPS files. It’s kind of rare to find files such as these.

An Illustrator’s Project: From Start to Finish.

In this tutorial, DesignInstruct walks you through the steps of how to create an illustration art piece so that you can witness what goes behind a digital illustrator’s work, as well as gain some new insights for your own projects’ workflow. We’ll go through conceptualization and idea gathering, creating illustrations in Illustrator, and then finishing the piece in Photoshop.

A collection of free Illustrator Floral Vector files.

NaldzGraphics presents a free Adobe Illustrator Floral Vector Collection with .AI and EPS Files. They’re recommended to all designers who are looking for top quality floral vectors for their designs and creations.

Free Vector Musical Graphics.

Looking for incredible graphics to use for a band flyer or musical ad? Well look no further! Airopia presents an outstanding collection of 14 musical graphics. Also included in the download is a JPG preview for each individual graphic.

February 2010

40 free Vector Pack Collections.

YouTheDesigner presents 40 absolutely Free Vector Pack Collections that you can add to your growing pile of resources… These vectors are best used in Illustrator designs and can be resized without sacrificing quality.

Make Watercolor and Marker Style Portraits with Illustrator.

With this tutorial at DesignInstruct, we are going to work through ways of creating digital portrait illustrations that have a unique and somewhat tactile feel of marker and watercolor. This tutorial will focus on using a drawing tablet and Adobe Illustrator. There will be a focus on technique and technical settings, but the overall product will rely on your own personal style and taste.

Create an editable Stitched Label type treatment.

If you found the previous Letterpress, Sketchy, and Metal type treatment tutorials useful, then you are going to like this Stitched Label Type tutorial. Like the previous tutorials at Vectips, this one relies heavily on the Appearance panel, making it easy to edit the text and apply the treatment to other fonts and vector elements.

High-Quality Vector Musical Instruments.

ThinkDesign presents a set of 11 high-quality Musical Instrument Vectors. It includes: Guitars and Bass Guitars (Acoustic & Electric), a Drum Set, Microphones, a Keyboard and more. They are also easy to edit and change colors.

How to create a vector rubber stamp effect – quickly!

BurningMe presents a really simple and quick way of creating a vectorized rubber stamp effect using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop (CS4).

The power (and ease) of Patterns in Illustrator.

BittBox shows you four easy ways, in detail, to use a seamless vector pattern in Illustrator, easily and quickly. These methods are by no means advanced, so please keep reading, or bookmark this for later. You may find that the hardest part (besides FINDING Free seamless vector patterns) is aligning/repeating/tiling them at your desired scale. I have a few tips to help you with this so you can make better use of those few precious vector patterns you stumble across.