October 2010

A cool vector resource at Vector Lady.

VectorLady shares various free vectors (eps, ai): floral designs, fairy motives, silhouettes, icons, heraldic illustrations, grunge pictures. Besides vector freebies, she publishes some of the best Illustrator tutorials.

A free Stock Vector – Water Drop.

A Water Drop can be a useful graphic element in so many situations, and CssHunt has three EPS files of Water Drops to give away. You never know when you’ll need them so go get ‘em.

Five super easy Illustrator Typography Tricks.

Beautiful typography goes much further than finding the right font. DesignShack will help you break out of the nasty habit of simply typing out a headline and calling it a day by showing you how to craft standard text in Illustrator into something more interesting and unique.

2011 Vector Calendars.

FreeVectorsDaily have four different 2011 calendar designs, as a freebie for anyone to download. These files are perfect to use as a base for your own calendar designs. They take the hard work out of writing up all the days and months and can be scaled and re-colored in any way you like, it’s all 100% vector.

30 beautiful free and premium Japanese Vector Illustrations.

Japan’s amazing and rich culture stands as inspiration for designers all over the world to create beautiful designs with motifs like: samurai warriors, dragons, tigers, snakes, cherry blossoms, geishas, Buddhas, koi fishes, and Japanese musical instruments and weapons. Just take a look at these absolutely amazing Japanese inspired designs at DesigniousTimes.

How to create a glassy text effect in Illustrator.

There are a lot of design works that need a good text effect to be really professional, so in the following tutorial WeGraphics show you how to create a glassy text effect in Illustrator. We’ll learn some simple techniques to enhance our type giving them gloss and shine.

25 excellent sets of free Illustrator Brushes.

Illustrator Brushes are very useful for Designers, but there are not many freely available. Fortunately, DjDesignerLab share some excellent and high quality free Illustrator Brushes that will be useful for your next design.

Mastering Variable Width Strokes in Illustrator CS5.

DesignShack goes over how to use one the many new features in Illustrator CS5: variable width strokes. With the new “Width Tool” you can make complex line shapes in seconds using only a few quick click and drag motions.

Creating Graphs With Adobe Illustrator.

If you’re unfamiliar with the process of creating graphs in Adobe Illustrator, this article at SmashingMagazine will help in giving you some insight into the work-flow. It might also help you decide whether Illustrator is the right tool for this kind of assignment.

September 2010

Free and Lovely Vector Frames.

Vectorious has put together a collection of free vector frames for you to use in your design work.  It is a great set, especially for projects that use the floral swirls.