The Pen Tool is the tool people will most associate with vector. It can take a while to master and due to this some people maybe put off learning more. However vectoring is not just about this tool. After a discussion on our VectorTuts+ Facebook page , we’ve decided to put together a post with tutorials which don’t use the Pen Tool. How to Create a Scratchboard Effect Bear Portrait This tutorial is aimed at those who are beginners with Adobe Illustrator CS (and later versions) and who also have access to a graphics tablet. In this Basix tutorial I’ll be showing you how to create your own scratchboard effect bear portrait, along the way giving you helpful hints on how to make the whole process easier. How to Create a Simple Web Button Set Using the Appearance Panel In the following tutorial you will learn how to create your own web buttons set. First, using the Rectangle Tool along with some Pathfinder and Offset options plus a Rounded Corners effect you will create the three starting shapes. Next, a linear gradient plus some Film Grain and Drop Shadow effects will complete the overall button. Finally, some text and a new Drop Shadow effect will help you finish the work. How to Make a Retro Icon Style using the Appearance Panel In the following Quick tip you will learn how to…

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16 Non Pen Tool Tutorials to Try Out on VectorTuts+