5 Free Vector Packs From Designious.com

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Designious is giving five free Vector Packs to five Vectips readers! It is easy to participate and these Vector Packs are essential tools for any designer. Moreover, Designious Royalty Free Vector Packs are full of vector wings, patterns, skulls, scrolls, buildings, florals, halftone elements, grunge elements and more! These are great for designing t-shirts, websites, print collateral and more.

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5000 Free Business Cards from UPrinting

UPrintingUPrinting, one of the leaders of online printing, is giving five Vectips readers 1000 business cards! It is easy to participate and the business cards are great for all you designers, developers, and illustrators. Moreover, you can customize your cards with various sizes and paper stocks. Head on over to UPrinting Business Cards Printing to find out more about their business card printing services.

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Create Sketchy-Style Vectors

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Illustrator is great for creating clean and precise illustrations, but some of the time you don’t want clean and precise. There are many illustrations that call for a sketchy or hand-drawn feel. Creating these effects are relatively easy with Illustrator’s Live Trace, Live Paint, Brushes and the ability to create you own brushes. Check out some of my sketchy illustrations on iStock for more inspiration.

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Create Non-Raster Drop Shadows

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Illustrator has the ability to add raster effects to elements like outer glows, inner glows, and drop shadows. Vector art is great because you can scale them to any size. That is why I try not to use the raster effects in final output. One area this creates a problem, is drop shadows, but there are a couple of easy ways to add drop shadows using blends and gradients rather than raster effects.

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