Create An Editable Metal Type Treatment in Illustrator I am a huge fan of the updated Appearance panel in the Illustrator CS4. I have really found the Appearance panel to be useful when creating type treatments that I constantly need to repeat. One of these styles is a metal type treatment. Final Image Below is the final type treatment we will be working towards. Tutorial Detail Program: Adobe Illustrator CS4Difficulty: BeginnerEstimated Completion Time: 15-20 minutes Step 1 Choose a font (I am using Museo Slab 700) and type out some text with the Type tool (T). Step 2 From the pop-up menu of the Appearance panel, choose New Fill. Step 3 For this step we are going to add two Color Stops to the gradient to give us the metal effect. Step 4 Now that we have the correct Color Stops, we need to adjust the gradient. Step 5 From the pop-up menu of the Appearance panel, choose New Fill. Step 6 With the new fill still selected in the Appearance panel, go Effect > Path > Offset Path. Step 7 Step 8 Step 9 Step 10 Step 11 Step 12 Step 13 Step 14 We are done!
Create a Furry Calligram in Illustrator In this tutorial I will walk you through creating your own calligram inspired by a dog named Poppy. You'll learn how to manipulate a typeface through to rendering fur, adding doggy features, and various details. Introduction I've got an obsession with my cat and have done numerous vectors featuring her. The wonder that is Wikipedia states: A calligram is a poem, phrase, or word in which the typeface, calligraphy or handwriting is arranged in a way that creates a visual image. To expand my portfolio of animals, I decided to start vectoring dogs, which are a similar process to cats, but for the most part have more shaggy, coarse hair. In this tutorial I'm going to walk you through the creation of a piece of text art that is inspired by my "Meow" calligram, but this one is based on a dog. Typeface Theory The word I'm going to render is "WOOF" and this is for two reasons: Stereotypically cats are seen more as a feminine creature, illustrated with curves and very few harsh lines. Step 1 Step 2
Creating Seamless Textures In Illustrator I think you’ll all agree that Illustrator is just plain awesome, and with the continual improvements we see with each new version, it keeps getting better and better. Previously, I created seamless textures for typography and seamless backgrounds for my web and illustration projects with Photoshop. But we’ve seen large improvements with the Appearance panel in more recent versions of Illustrator, so now I create these textures and backgrounds solely in Illustrator–it’s actually super easy! So in today’s tutorial, I’ll walk you through the steps on how to create a variety of seamless textures and backgrounds all in Adobe Illustrator. Tutorial Details: Seamless Textures and Seamless Backgrounds Program : Adobe Illustrator CC (You should be able to create this tutorial in CS4+ but some of the tutorial images might look different.)Difficulty: Beginner/IntermediateTopics Covered: Appearance Panel, Effects, Pattern Fills, Graphic StylesEstimated Completion Time: 15-20 minutes each Raster Effects
30 Excellent Pixel Art Tutorials For Pixel Lovers If you’re born in 90s, I am sure that you have witnessed the glorious age of the pixel art. It exists on the old-school gaming platform, mobile phone and other digital devices. It’s one of the greatest technological inventions that dominate the digital world for several years, and now it rises again as a definitive art form within the artist community. Doing the pixel art could mean that you’re striving for perfection, as you even need to manually craft out the shading, dithering and even anti-aliasing. That means you have to draw the artwork pixel by pixel! Therefore it’s called pixel art. Today, with the aim to provide you a solid understanding of the pixel art and its essential techniques, we want to showcase to you 30 detailed and inspiring tutorials by talented pixel artists to help you carve out possibly one of the most detailed works in your life. Try on them and you’ll know, full list of tutorials after jump! Recommended Reading: 50 Beautiful and Creative Pixel Arts Textures Tree
35 Free Abstract Illustrator Brushes | BittBox 35 Free Abstract Illustrator Brushes If our freebies have benefited you personally or have helped you earn a profit please consider donating via paypal. Donate Now In my opinion, one of the most underused features of Illustrator is the creation of custom brushes. No, I wasn’t kidding when I said that all of the detail above was made from brushes, and brushes alone. Download the Brushes: Here is a Screenshot of some of the brushes in this set. Includes: – AI Brush Library(1) Installation: Even though it has an .ai extension, the file you downloaded is an “Illustrator Brush Library,” not an actual Illustrator file. 1. 2. 3. Loading the Brushes: 1. 2. 3. Download the Example Source File: In order for you to view the example file properly in Illustrator, you must have the brushes installed. Includes: – AI (2) EPS (1) SVG (1) PNG (1) Brushes Source Shapes: This file contains the shapes I made the brushes from. Includes: – AI (2) EPS (1) SVG (1) Tips for exploring this on your own: About Jay Hilgert
Let’s Make a Playful Yet Robust 3D Letter Design A few times a each month we revisit some of our reader’s favorite posts from throughout the history of Vectortuts+. This tutorial by Jonathan was first published on February 24th 2009. This tutorial is perfect for the advanced beginner who wants to take her skills to the next level. We'll explore how to create 3D text and use depth-of-field to enhance a design. Want access to the full Vector Source files and downloadable copies of every tutorial, including this one? Step 1 Start by typing each letter separate so you can adjust the angle and 3D qualities of each. Also, use a grey or light color so when you proceed to the next step you'll be able to see what your 3D text looks like. Step 2 Go to Effect > 3D > Extrude & Bevel... Step 3 Even after you apply 3D effects that you would like your letter to have you can also continue to rotate the letter to whatever angle you like, as I've done below. Click on a color and the shading will automatically be applied to the different faces of the letter.
Turn Any Font Into a Sketch Font in Illustrator This blog post was previously published on our blog in 2009, and since it was so popular with our readers, we wanted to be sure the instructions were up-to-date. So we’ve updated this tutorial to be current with the most recent versions of Illustrator. Hope you enjoy revisiting this helpful tutorial in Illustrator CS6 & CC style. Want to see other articles revamped? Let us know by leaving a comment below. Here are some popular sketch fonts available that are great for grungy and hand-drawn designs and illustrations. Tutorial Details Program: Adobe Illustrator CS6 – CCDifficulty: BeginnerTopics Covered: Appearance panel, Graphic StylesEstimated Completion Time: 10 minutes Final Image Below is an example of the sketch font we will be creating. Step 1 Create a new document and with the Text tool (T), type out some text with the font of your choosing. Step 2 With the text selected, take off any stroke and fill. Step 3 Step 4 Step 5 Step 6 Step 7 Now, we have a custom sketch font. Step 8 Experiment
Use the Scribble Effect to Transform Common Everyday Symbols Follow this quick tip and learn how to give some personality to common everyday symbols with the help of the Scribble effect. We will use the Appearance Panel, the Offset Path and Feather effects and we will play with the Scribble settings to turn symbols into fun colorful objects or even labels. Step 1 I will use the first symbol in order to explain the method in detail and for the others I will highlight only the essential steps. Step 2 Fill the arrow with a linear gradient shown and also give it a 1 pt white Stroke. Step 3 Having the dark arrow in back selected, go to Effect menu > Stylize > Feather and apply a 12 px Radius to obtain the shadow. Step 4 Let's continue with the main arrow. Note: The selected Offset value is not a fixed value and should be chosen depending on the size of the symbol and the Scribble settings. Step 5 Make sure that the second fill is selected in the Appearance Panel then go to Effect menu > Stylize and apply the Scribble effect. Step 6 Step 7 Step 8 Step 9 Step 10
Illustrator Understanding the concepts of a new software program is usually a challenging activity. This is especially true when you are dealing with a program which is as powerful as Adobe… Share Illustrator users develop expertise with the aid of time intensive and more costly classroom classes. An attractive and impressive text has the potential to do wonders to your ordinary text. When a website is appealing, the site visitors and readers will be in comfort when browsing. Adobe Illustrator is an effective drawing tool when it concerns scalable vector artworks. Adobe Illustrator is now a widely used software in the field of design. Vectors are widely used in designing. Adobe Illustrator is a powerful resource not just for graphic designers but also to everyone as it allows us to create cozy, vague, glowing, gelatinous, sleek, shimmering, vintage and groundbreaking… Graphic designers work on their designs using different programs but there are some who haven’t tried using Adobe Illustrator yet.
Vector Mill — Mid-Century Modern Mid-Century Modern The Mid-Century Modern crate is my favorite and most extensive crate to-date and it's packed with over 200 graphic styles, over 100 seamless pattern swatches, 60 brushes, 3 sets of 32 icons, 1 font and more! These elements are 100% vector art and optimized for Adobe Illustrator CS4-CS6. Required Program: Illustrator CS4-CS6 Ideal Experience Level: Intermediate - Expert Check Out the Booty Vintage Mill Icons The Vintage Mill Icon set contains 32 icons in 3 different color palettes. Heritage UI Graphic Styles The Heritage UI set of graphic styles is brimming with 30 graphic styles for buttons, typography, sliders, radio buttons, check boxes, drop downs, and more. Vintage Wood Seamless Pattern Swatches The Vintage Wood seamless pattern swatches consist of 4 wood styles in 6 colors oriented vertically and horizontally making a total of 48 pattern swatches. Murky Neon Graphic Styles Dusty Daze Seamless Pattern Swatches Vintage Gadget Graphic Styles Stamps & Stationery Graphic Styles
Wet Ink Typography Effect in Photoshop This post was originally published in 2009 The tips and techniques explained may be outdated. Follow this Photoshop tutorial to create an awesome distorted type design. Using a range of Photoshop brushes we’ll create the appearance of printed type that has come into contact with drops of water, breaking up the text with oversaturated drips, runs and splats. I was recently out at the clothes store and came across a cool t-shirt by Diesel. The design featured some nice typography that had been treated to some image manipulation to give an awesome effect of wet ink, as if the design has come into contact with drops of water that distorted the print. I remember originally seeing a similar design by Craig Ward, with his amazing ‘Ink and water don’t mix’ design. Start work in Photoshop by creating a new canvas. Split the words into their own layers and move them into position to form a balanced layout, align elements of the words with the letters above and below to give structure.
How To Create Outstanding Modern Infographics In this tutorial you will learn that data doesn't have to be boring, it can be beautiful! Learn how to use various graph tools, illustration techniques and typography to make an accurate and inspiring infographic in Adobe Illustrator. Start by using the Rectangle Tool (M) to draw a shape. The entire design is based on a grid of four columns. Condense the shape so it fits within the left-most guide and centre guide. Move the shape over to the right and add another guide to the centre here. Using the Rectangle Tool (M) draw a thin white box on the centre line that will be the width of the gap between the columns. Repeat the process for the other columns with your final result being below. I like to place the most important graphics first and work-in the ancillary charts and graphs afterwards. Early on you can experiment with placing a main graphic that will help give the piece some visual interest. Give the circles a variety of gradients. I'm using a variety of graphs in this infographic.
Fabulous Paintings of a Total Amateur Fabulous Paintings of a Total Amateur Ukrainian artist Vladimir Moldavsky, although not a professional painter, has its own peculiar style in his paintings. His art, which is not a commercial, and it should be considered more deeply to understand the message, in the style of modern symbolism. Burden Compasses Man on a Bridge Very Strange Tree Yalta ‘remake’ After the Rain Autumn Coctail Cube Entrance Exquisite Corpse Family Fishing For Vlad Friday, 21 Inspiration Mass Media Perpendicularity Something about Realty + Fuel The Full Electrification The Route Unidirectional Contrast Wrong Choice Cool stuff on other blogs