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In this tutorial we’ll learn how to create a Cardboard Vector Texture by using the Wrinkle Tool and graphics texture. Today you’ll also find out how to edit and apply native Adobe Illustrator’s patterns. Cardboard vector textures are pretty hot these days and they are being used in abstract backgrounds and product designs and that’s why creating your own texture will be super useful for you in future. Have fun going through our new vector tutorial! Tutorial Details Program: Adobe Illustrator CS2 – CC Difficulty: Beginner Topics Covered: Wrinkle Tool and native Adobe Illustrator’s patterns Estimated Completion Time: 15 minutes Final Image Step 1 Open Adobe Illustrator and create a new document (Cmd/Ctrl + N) . Your artboard can be any size. The cardboard vector texture we’ll create will work equally well in the RGB and in the CMYK color modes, even though I worked in the RGB mode. Step 2 Take the Rectangle Tool (M) and create a rectangle with no stroke and light-blown fill (R= 223, G= 196, B= 165) . The size of our rectangle corresponds to the size of our cardboard vector texture which you’re going to get. Step 3 Create one more rectangle stretched in horizontal direction as it is indicated…
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More Than a Box: Tips for Creating a Cardboard Vector Texture
In today’s tutorial, we will find out how to create retro sunbursts by using Transform effect and stroked paths. The techniques described here allow you to edit previously-created sunbursts that can result in an infinite number of variations. Have fun learning our new vector tutorial! Tutorial Details Program: Adobe Illustrator CS5 – CC Difficulty: Beginner Topics Covered: Stroke panel, Transform live effects Estimated Completion Time: 10 minutes Final Image Step 1 Open Adobe Illustrator and create a new document ( Cmd/Ctrl + N ). Your artboard can be any size. The sunbursts we’ll create will work equally well in the RGB and in the CMYK color modes. Step 2 Take the Pen Tool (P) or the Line Tool () and draw a horizontal path by holding down Shift . This path has a stroke (of any color) and has no fill. Set the stroke width – 4px in the Stroke panel ( Window > Stroke ). Still in the Stroke panel , choose the Arrowhead and reduce the scale to 43%. Step 3 Group the created path ( Cmd/Ctrl + G ). Select the entire created group, then go to the Effect > Distort & Transform > Transform… . In the Transform Effect dialog box set an angle of 360/20 , where 20 is a number of rays of which our sunburst will …
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How To Create Tons of Unique Retro Sunbursts In 10 Minutes or Less!
In today’s tutorial, we will take a closer look at the techniques used to create a long shadow design with the help of some live effects and Appearance panel in Adobe Illustrator. Taking long shadow effects as a basis, we’ll create two graphic styles which can be applied to single paths and to groups of objects. Have fun and enjoy our new tutorial!
After four years of creating tutorials, tips, and hunting for vector art inspiration for Vectips, I’m taking a break and putting Vectips on a hiatus. I didn’t come to this decision easily and below I outline some of the reasons that I made this decision. I also talk about the future of Vectips and other possibilities. I really have enjoyed creating and maintaining Vectips. My career path is changing but I hope Vectips will still have a bright future! Why The Hiatus? Let me start out by saying Vectips has been a really wonderful experience. Without Vectips, I would have never been introduced to so many awesome people and amazing career building opportunities. When I first started Vectips, I wanted to give back to the community that has helped me so much. I really hope that I have helped people and have been an inspiration for some. Maintaining Vectips is a big job. It takes a lot of time each day to create tutorials, write tips and tricks, find vector art inspiration, chat with vector artist, moderate comments, respond to email, and in general maintain the brand. In addition to Vectips, I am the owner, designer and illustrator of my own design studio Rype Arts. I also run the online Illustrator resource …
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The Vectorian Vintage Vector Pack is a mammoth pack including 930 vector ornaments, 465 vintage frame borders, and 92 antique illustrations. Vectorian is giving away 5 packs to 5 lucky Vectips readers! You really need to check out the site to see all the elements. About the Vectorian Pack With the Vectorian Pack , you can save time and create distinctive wrappings, refined wedding invitations and elegant stationary designs. The possibilities are endless with this oversized library of 930 vector ornaments, 465 vintage frame borders, and 92 antique illustrations all hand-picked from nineteenth century type foundry catalogs. Click here to view the embedded video. How to Enter There are a couple of ways to enter the giveaway. Enter both to increase your odds! See below for details. Facebook To enter the giveaway with Facebook, go to the Vectorian.net site and press the Facebook Like button. Then update your status with: “Hey Vectorian and Vectips, count me in for the giveaway! http://vecti.ps/LgdA85″ Twitter To enter the giveaway from Twitter, tweet the message “Hey @webalys @Vectips count me in for the Vectorian giveaway! http://vecti.ps/LgdA85″ Selecting the Winner The giveaway will end on Wednesday, May 30 at 1pm MST. We will randomly select 5 winners from all the entries. The winner will be announced later that same day. Samples Below are some sample images of the elements included in the pack, but there is a lot more! Ornaments Frames Borders Antique Illustrations
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Vintage Vector Vectorian Pack Giveaway
Nathaniel Kelso created a couple of really handy scripts to fit text boxes to their content. This might seem like a really basic problem, but these problems are usually the most annoying. There is a script for a text box’s Depth and a script for the text box’s Width. If you work with a bunch of typography in Illustrator I’m sure they will come in handy. Thanks to John Wundes for pointing it out. Download the script here (you need to scroll down a little ).
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Fit Text Frame to Content Script
I love using Illustrator’s Width Profiles (CS5 and up) but I hate accidentally deleting the custom widths I’ve created. There’s no great way to save custom profiles like you do when saving other custom libraries like brushes, swatches, and graphic styles. The best way I’ve found to save them is by applying the custom profile to an object and saving a graphic style. From there you can save a custom graphic style library.
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Save Width Profiles
Thanks to John Wundes , I learned Matthew Erickson created an awesome Artboard/Layers exporter script called MultiExporter . The script handles exporting of selected layers, artboards, or a combo of both into PNG, JPG, PDF, and EPS formats. This script is a little more extensive than other exporting scripts and worth checking out!
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I like scanning a bunch of different brush strokes to create custom Illustrator Art Brushes. When I create these brushes from the outlined scanned artwork I sometimes get this weird overlapping effect that’s really annoying. I’ve been hunting around for a solution and finally found one. To be honest, I’m not really sure I understand why it works, but it does, so I guess that’s fine. The Problem Take a look at the image below from a scanned custom Art Brush I made. See were the path overlaps and you seen the reversed effect? That’s what I don’t want to happen. The Fix The fix is pretty easily, but again, I’m not complete sure what Illustrator is doing or what these functions mean. Select the artwork you’re
Fix Overlapping Custom Art Brush Strokes
The Gradient Annotator is an essential part of Illustrator’s Gradient tool (G). That’s why it’s such a pain when it seemingly disappears! I get emails about this all the time so I think it justifies a quick post. If you don’t see your annotator when using the Gradient tool (G) then choose View > Show Gradient Annotator (Command-Option-G/Ctrl-Alt-G). I tend to sometimes turn it off and on by accident when I’m using the keyboard shortcuts for grouping and ungrouping objects.
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Where is My Gradient Annotator?