There are a number of great tutorials, freebies, and articles related to vectors coming out on the web daily. Each month, I roundup some of the best posts that I have found useful. I can’t include everything I’ve seen throughout the month, but you can follow my Twitter feed to get all the daily links. Post comments with links that I have missed so everyone can see them!
Transfuchsian shows us how to create a vibrant lighting effect in Illustrator by using some 3d effects, brushes, and meshes.
Vectordiary created a great tutorial for using the Mesh tool, a sometimes challenging tool master.
This Indian inspired paisley pattern tutorial is a great way to brush up on your pattern making skills.
This tutorial by Maurizio Russo uses great techniques and workflow tips for creating an illustrative header image for a website.
I use Illustrator almost exclusively for designing for the web. If you are a little hesitate about using Illustrator for the web, this is a great tutorial to check out.
Other Tutorial Links For April
Tips and Tricks
A great list of techniques to boost your Illustrator CS4 productivity.
In response to some readers questions, Bittbox answers some common Illustrator questions.
The Inside Adobe Illustrator blog breaks down the intricacies of the Eraser tool. You can’t go wrong with tips from the people that created Illustrator
Jesse Hora Dot Com breaks down the simplicity of creating custom vector textures.
Other Tips and Tricks Links For April
You might recognize John Wundes name from the numerous scripts in the 10 Free and Extremely Useful Illustrator Scripts. Wundes adds another amazing script to his library with this halftone script.
Originally, this image by LimKis appeared in the Weekly Vector Inspiration #11 post and now it is available to download! You can quickly get lost in exploring how LimKis creates her illustrations.
I always love a fun pattern and Red Million never disappoints.
If you are to lazy to create you own grunge vector from the tutorial above, just download this set of 15 grunge vectors.
Social icons always come in handy (sorry for the pun, I had to do it), and there are a lot of icons in this set.
Other Vector Freebie Links For April
Vector Inspiration and Articles
This AiVault post list some of their past articles to help you get started in Illustrator or brush up on some of you Illustrator knowledge.
This article from Cheryl Graham addresses some of the “Open Path” problems that are common when contributing to various stock vector sites.
This post is not really an article or vector inspiration, but buy one of the Illustrator pillows, and it might spark some vector inspiration!
This article breaks down the differences, benefits, file types, and more between vector and raster art.
Not everyone can afford or wants to work with Illustrator. Check out this continuously updated list from Alternative To, to find other vector editing programs.