Create a Highlighter Text Effect Vector in Adobe Illustrator

Highlighter Text Effect VectorIn the following tutorial you will learn how to create a simple highlighter text effect vector in Adobe Illustrator using a set of detailed pattern brushes. For starters you will learn how to setup a simple grid and how to create your highlighter using basic blending and vector shape building techniques along with some warp and transform effects. Next, you will learn how to save a set of simple patterns and how to create your four pattern brushes. Finally, using your brushes and a neat pattern you will learn how to create your text effect and a nice background.

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Custom Dusty Grunge Font Vector Treatment

grunge font vector

Just because we’re working in Illustrator doesn’t mean we have to create clean geometric artwork all the time. With just a couple tips and some custom artwork you can create 100% vector artwork that is grainy, dusty, and dingy – an awesome grunge font vector. Plus, these grunge font vector techniques are easy to apply to all kinds of graphics other than typography.

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iStock Promo Codes – October 2015

istock promo codeWe know everyone could use some extra change in their pockets these days, so that’s why we’re happy to continue bringing you exclusive promo codes from our friends over at iStockphoto. They just sent over two new exclusive promo codes for our readers to use and enjoy from now through the end of December. Through these two great offers, you can save up to 14% off iStock’s credit packs.

We hope you enjoy these special offers! Feel free to leave a comment below with how much you saved with these coupon codes.

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35 Amazing Fonts Now Available in This October Font Bundle!


We are always excited to see the latest bundle from the guys over at, and we are never disappointed! The Beautiful October bundle is definitely no exception. The 33 fonts included are all so unique that we don’t know which to use first! Plus there are two bonus fonts and lots of bonus goodies such as funky catchwords, watercolour backgrounds and much more. This pack isn’t just fonts though..

Those of you who love premium graphics will be in their element as this bundle includes 19 huge packs, from banners, doodles and florals to papers, nautical graphics and photography overlays! As always, all items come with commercial licences and useful documentation to help you know exactly what’s included in your purchase so you get the most out of your latest bundle. See some of the awesome items included here:
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Creating Seamless Textures and Seamless Backgrounds in Illustrator

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.

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Create a Simple Stopwatch Illustration in Adobe Illustrator

Preview In the following steps, you will learn how to create a simple stopwatch illustration in Adobe Illustrator. For starters, you will learn how to prepare your document and how to set up a simple grid. Next using basic tools and effects along with the Appearance panel and the Pathfinder panel, you will learn how to create the main shapes of the stopwatch. Taking full advantage of the Appearance panel and using several Transform and Warp effects, you will learn how to make the smaller stopwatch components and how to add subtle shading and highlights. Finally, you will learn how to easily recolor your stopwatch.

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