Keep Away from this Halloween Lantern Vector Tutorial! Or Don’t…

Halloween lantern vectorIn the following Halloween lantern vector tutorial you will learn how to create a paper bag lantern vector illustration in Adobe Illustrator. For starters you will learn how to set up a simple grid and create the main shape using basic vector shapes. You will learn how to add shading and highlights using the Pathfinder panel and some simple blending techniques. Using built-in brushes and raster effects along with some basic masking techniques, you will learn how to add subtle textures. Add some glowing spookiness and you’ll have the perfect Halloween lantern vector for the month of scares.

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iStock Promo Codes – October 2014

istock promo codeMy goal here at Vectips is to create a site that offers more than just vector tutorials. I want to create a unique resource that offers helpful resources for everyone in the vector space. That means in the coming months we have plans to start rolling out more useful content besides vector tutorials.

Part of that useful content involves additional tools and resources that creatives often use. While we encourage everyone here to create their own illustrations, we know that often times isn’t ideal for certain projects. We’ve all had those clients need artwork “yesterday” and you may not have time to illustrate a custom piece yourself. So the next best thing is to purchase a stock illustration.

Based on our survey we ran a few weeks ago, we found that many of our readers still spend several hundred dollars on stock vectors each year. It’s always handy to have some credits in your account when your budget doesn’t permit custom illustration.

Since iStock is one of the leading microstock marketplaces in the industry, we thought it would be helpful to start aggregating promo codes we find around the web and post them to this page. Here are two iStock promo codes to get you started:

Click to Reveal iStock Promo Code for 15% off 18+ credits at iStock
Click to Reveal iStock Promo Code for 10% off for new customers at iStock

There are other great sites doing this as well like Vecteezy, so our we want to share those with you too incase they have a better offer than ours. Our goal is to keep this page updated so you always have a go-to source for a discount before you make your purchase. We plan to update this post once or twice a month with a new iStock promo code to keep things fresh. If it turns out to be popular then we will turn it into a category an put it in the top navigation on the home page.

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Warm Fuzzies and a Quilted Text Vector

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Fall is here! Along with all the warm fuzzies, pumpkin spices, and delicious drinks. Time to cuddle up in the best quilted blankets! For your designs, there’s no need to spend countless hours cutting fabric and sewing designs over and over again to get that amazing quilted text vector look. With a quick and easy technique mostly comprised of effects added in the Appearance panel, you’ll have quilted text vector designs done up in a snap!
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Mummified! Mummy Text Vector for Halloween

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Fall is here and that means Halloween is right around the corner! Why not celebrate and get your designs mummified by creating a mummy text vector treatment? In this mummy text vector tutorial you will learn how to create this spooky treatment with some gradients and, of course, heavy use of the Appearance panel.

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The Classics: Gingham Pattern Vector

gingham pattern vectorIn the following tutorial you will learn how to create your own gingham pattern vector in Adobe Illustrator, and you’ll get some tips for using it. For starters you will learn how to set up a simple grid for your gingham pattern vector. Using this gingham pattern, a single rectangle and taking full advantage of the Appearance panel you will learn how to create a menu cover that you could edit and take in any direction.

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