Create Your Own Folded Prize Tag Vectors!

tag vectors
Announce a contest or shop giveaway’s results in style with these folded, dimensional prize tag vectors. In this tag vectors tutorial you’ll skew objects with the Shear Tool, create custom brushes, use radial gradients in the place of drop shadows, and alter an object’s Blending Mode to render objects and strokes within the image.
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Chunky Button Vectors in 20 Minutes

chunky button vectors

As these chunky button vectors get more popular I find clients requesting them more and more. If you are getting the same requests or just want to learn how to create them, you’ll be happy to know it is pretty easy. With heavy use of the Appearance panel, this tut is similar to others I have written. Like in the previous tutorials, it is easy to make a graphic style and apply the effects to other elements!

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Ho Ho Holiday Ornament Vector and Sketchy Festive Pattern!

holiday ornament vector

In this Holiday Ornament Vector and Sketchy Festive Pattern tutorial we will learn how to create an original seamless holiday pattern using the Draw Inside mode and Pattern Maker feature. In the process of creating a holiday ornament vector we will be using gradient fills and Opacity Mask. Finally, to create light accents we will be applying the Color Dodge blending mode. Have some festive fun learning with our new Adobe Illustrator tutorial…

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iStock Promo Codes – Dec 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 20% off 18+ credits at iStock
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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Tips! Quick Grunge Text Vectors

Grunge Text Vectors

For a while, it seemed liked every client wanted grungy graphics. This might sound familiar, “I like it, but can we grunge it up more”. Don’t get me wrong, having some grunge can create a great deal of depth to a design or illustration, but there can be to much of a good thing. This is the technique I use because it is quick and consistent, making it easy to create grunge text vectors.

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