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Round-up of the Best Vector Tutorials – March 2012

posted by: Iaroslav Lazunov, in Articles / Inspiration/ Comments:

Each month, we'll search the web for the best vector-related content and showcase it here for you all to enjoy. This month, we showcase high quality tutorials on creating photorealistic vector illustrations, drawing with a graphics tablet, designing vector characters, and more. We have loads of tutorials and useful vector freebies inside. Dig into March's illustration and design material for vector lovers.


Vector Tutorials

Create a Detailed Restaurant Chalkboard

In the following new Adobe Illustrator tutorial you will learn how to create a detailed restaurant specials style chalkboard. We’ll start with the Rectangle Tool and some simple vector shape building techniques. Once you have your starting shapes you can continue and add the colors. We’ll use multiple fills and strokes along with a bunch of new effects and some simple blending techniques. For the finishing touches, we’ll use several built in brushes and patterns along with some simple masking techniques.

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Create jewel-encrusted gold 3D type

As Polish illustrator Karol Gadzala jokingly puts it: "We live in hard times, so we have to learn how to fake our gold and diamonds”. In this tutorial, he reveals how to add bling to typography, while retaining a sense of fun. The ‘off-axis front’ perspective, vector look and repeated elements give it a style that draws on 16-bit computer games.Gadzala explains how to extrude type in 3D, apply metallic materials to give it a golden sheen, and add gems, sparkles and gleams. The look is totally over the top, but retains an innocence that stops it looking cheesy.

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How to Create a Vector Character Using the Dynamic Sketch Tool and Adobe Illustrator

Today we will learn a new drawing tool for Adobe Illustrator called the Dynamic Sketch Tool — one of the tools of the new DrawScribe plugin. The Dynamic Sketch Tool has many convenient features that makes your daily creative work much easier. Mastering the new tool should not take you much time as it’s easy to manage and its user-friendly features are quite understandable.

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How to Illustrate a Vector Vacuum Cleaner

Do you want to illustrate a vector vacuum cleaner? You’ll learn some excellent vector illustration techniques in this tutorial, as well as use powerful Illustrator tools, such as: 3D tools, Opacity Masks, and Blends. Follow along, while creating your own impressive artwork.

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Creating a Swinging 60s Room in Adobe Illustrator CS5

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to go from basic sketch concept, which was inspired by a past era, as well as stock, and then set to vector an aged retro living room. The final artwork is complete with vector textures, a television, chair and folded fabric using gradients and the ever wonderful Appearance panel.

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Create a Fairy Castle Using Adobe Illustrator

Create a Fairy Castle Using Adobe Illustrator and DrawScribe Plugin – InkScribe Tool: In this tutorial we will meet a new friend, the DrawScribe plugin, which is developed by Astute Graphics for a more convenient creative workflow in Adobe Illustrator. It consists of two tools; the InkScribe Tool and the Dynamic Sketch Tool. This first part deals with the InkScribe Tool. This tool is designed to create vector paths consisting of Bezier curves and straight segments, and not only combines the features of drawing and editing tools, but also contains a number of features that you’ll learn about after the jump.

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Create a Fairy Castle Using Adobe Illustrator and DrawScribe Plugin – Dynamic Sketch Tool: Today we will talk about the features of the Dynamic Sketch Tool, which is a fully-featured drawing tool and combines the functions of the Pencil Tool and the Paintbrush Tool, while possessing dynamic properties and other advantages at the same time. The properties of this tool and applying it in practice will be discussed in this part of the tutorial, as we complete our castle illustration.

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How to Quickly Recolor Complex Objects with the Appearance Panel

Vector designers often faced with a problem when they need to change the colors in their work. The usage of the Recolor Artwork function is not very effective sometimes, and some of the changes can’t be done that way. Today I will tell you how to quickly recolor a difficult vector object using the Appearance panel. You will also be able to change the lighting and texture. Let’s begin!

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How to Create a Vector Grass Text Effect

Follow this quick tip and learn how to create a simple grass text effect. We will use the Note Paper effect then with the help of the Live Trace options to obtain the vector shapes that we need. The Pucker & Bloat effect can be used successfully in this case to create a pretty realistic grass look. Let’s begin!

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Roller Blades

In this Illustrator tutorial, you will learn how to draw a pair of high-detailed roller blades from scratch, new useful drawing techniques and you could consider it a great chance to practice your Pen Tool skills. So let’s get to work and hope you will enjoy it.

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How to Create a Mail App Icon Using Adobe Illustrator

In this tutorial I’ll tell you how to create icons for iOS-applications, we will also talk about the technical requirements that are applied to this kind of products. In the process we will be using unique techniques that will allow you to create light and shade and soft play of colors. Let’s begin!

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Mayan glyphs vector

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College Courses Symbols

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Glossy Ball SocialMediaIconSet

This icon set contains 66 social media icons designed in Adobe Illustrator in a pure vector format. These are 60x60 px icons but being vector, can be resized to any possible size. This set includes the following social media platforms among others: addthis, aim, blogger, yahoobuzz, delicious, deviantart, digg, facebook, feedburner, flickr, google, gtalk, lastfm, linkedin, metacafe, mister wong, myspace, newsvine, picassa, reddit, rss, scribd, skype, soundcloud, stumble upon, technorati, tumblr, twitter, vimeo, yahoo, youtube, amazon, bebo, behance, designfloat, virb, wordpress, friendfeed, googlebuzz, hyves, icq, mixx, netvibes, sharethis.

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Calligraphic Ornaments

Calligraphic art is widely used in graphic design, web design and logo design. In this post I shared you guys 12 beautiful calligraphic ornaments that can be used in graphic designs. These are very creative calligraphic arts in vector formats.

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Free Stamp Social Icon Pack

This is a vector illustration of Stamp Social Media Icon and can be scaled to any size without loss of resolution. This image will download as a .eps file. You will need a vector editor to use this file (such as Adobe Illustrator).

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Total comments: 1
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1 Santa Gill   (2012 May 30 05:22)
I think this collection is enough

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