How to – Create a Printer Icon

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Welcome back to another Illustrator based tutorial, in which we’re going to take a look behind the process of creating a printer icon, using nothing more than a couple of basic shapes that we’re going to adjust here and there. So, assuming you already have the software running in the background, bring it up and let’s jump straight into it!

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Create A Four Leaf Clover Vector for St. Patrick’s Day – Adobe Illustrator Tutorial

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In celebration of St. Patricks Day, I wanted to do a four leaf clover vector tutorial. Some of you might not celebrate St. Patricks Day or have no use for a four-leaf clover, but still take a look at this tutorial. This tutorial combines some good techniques. You will Divide, Transform, and add Warping Effects. These techniques will help you quickly and easily create with Illustrator!

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Get Organized and Create Your Own Folder Vector Icon!

Folder Vector IconEver have problems staying organized? I know I do, so I’m here to help! In the following tutorial you will learn how to create a detailed folder vector icon in Adobe Illustrator. For starters you will learn how to setup a simple grid and how to create the main shapes using basic tools and effect. Moving on, you will learn how to add subtle shading and highlights using basic blending and vector shape building techniques along with some linear gradients and simple effects. Using the Rounded Corners effects and some basic stroke features you will learn how to create a simple paperclip and how to easily mask it. Finally, you will learn how to add a subtle shadow for the overall icon and how to easily recolor it. Getting all your things in order will be up to you. ; )

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Turn Any Font Into a Sketch Font

Sketch Font ThumbnailThis blog post was previously published on our blog in 2009, and since it was so popular with our readers, we wanted to be sure the instructions were up-to-date. So we’ve updated this tutorial to be current with the most recent versions of Illustrator. Hope you enjoy revisiting this helpful tutorial in Illustrator CS6 & CC style. Want to see other articles revamped? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

Here are some popular sketch fonts available that are great for grungy and hand-drawn designs and illustrations. My problem is, I want to be able to use this sketchy style in any font. Turn’s out, it is actually really easy to do in Illustrator. Moreover, you can create a Graphic Style and easily apply the style to other editable fonts to create your very own custom sketch font!

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Create a Grungy Web Badge

Preview In the following tutorial, you will learn how to create a grungy web badge in Adobe Illustrator. For starters you will learn how to setup a simple grid and how to easily center the starting shapes using the Align panel. Next, taking full advantage of the Appearance panel and using some basic masking and vector shape building techniques, you will learn how to create the two main shapes. Moving on, using a built-in art brush and some new masking techniques, you will learn how to add a that grungy effect. Using some Type tools along with several Drop Shadow effects, you will learn how to add the text. Finally, you can learn how to easily recolor your entire web badge.

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Turn Drab Text Into an Amazing Design Using This Simple USB Vector Text Effect

Preview In the following tutorial, you will learn how to create a wire pattern brush and how to use it to create a nice USB vector text effect in Adobe Illustrator. For starters, you will learn how to set up a simple grid and how to create a bunch of pixel perfect shapes using basic tools and effects. Using basic blending and vector shape building techniques along with some simple Transform effects, you will learn how to create the usb connector. Finally, you will learn how to turn all these shapes into a simple pattern brush and how to create the USB vector text effect.

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