How to Automate Actions in Illustrator

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Actions are a set of commands or a series of events that you can record and playback in the Actions panel. Actions are great for complex or repetitive tasks. I use the Actions all the time, especially when working with icon sets or buttons, like in the previous tutorial. If you are familiar at all with the Actions panel in Photoshop, you will have no problem with the Actions in Illustrator.

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Four Quick Ways To Create Your Own Abstract Background Vector!

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I like illustrating characters, icons, and other highly representative illustrations. I do this kind of work the majority of time in Illustrator,  so it’s nice to break out and create my own abstract background vector. Abstract backgrounds are easy to create in Illustrator with a couple of simple techniques. Using Gradient Meshes, Steps Blends and Opacity Masks you can quickly create an abstract background.

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iStock Promo Codes – July 2015

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 3+ credits at iStock

There are other great sites doing this as well like Vecteezy, and DryIcons so 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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Create a Cylindrical Loading Bar Vector in Illustrator

loading barIn the following tutorial you will learn how to create a detailed cylindrical loading bar vector in Adobe Illustrator. For starters you will learn how to setup a simple grid and how to create the stand using basic vector shape building techniques and some neat linear gradients. Using a complex linear gradient, blending techniques and some Drop Shadow effects you will learn how to create the cylinder. Moving on, taking full advantage of the Snap to Grid feature, you will learn how to create a pixel perfect text. Finally, you will learn learn some neat Stroke tricks and some basic masking techniques.

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Create Your Own Modern GPS Map Vector!

GPS IconEvery smartphone has built in map software, and designers are sure to need GPS map vector icons. So, In this beginner/intermediate Illustrator tutorial, I will show you how to create a stylized GPS icon using simple shapes and gradients. Using these basic techniques, you can easily create other icons, logos, and illustrations.

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