The Simplest Glossy Button Vector Tutorial: Only 4 Steps!

Glossy Button Vector

I have been asked many times how I create some of the glossy button vectors I sell on iStock. Although there are other glossy button vector tutorials out there, this one shows you how to create these buttons without blends and transparencies, and an added bonus – in only four short steps! It is a relatively simply technique that can be applied to many different elements other than buttons. Moreover, using this shiny effect will create a cleaner, more accessible, and consistent file.

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Color Wheel Basics: Complementary Color Illustrator

Complementary Color Illustrator

It’s easy to pick the Complementary Color in Illustrator of the current Fill or Stroke in the Color Panel. From the Pop-Up Menu of the Color Panel select Complement. If you are keyboard shortcut freak, like me, you can change to the complement color by Command Shift-clicking (Mac) or Ctrl-Shift-clicking (Win) on the Color Ramp at the bottom of the Color panel.

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Rise Up & Create Your Own Raised Text in Illustrator!

raised text in illustrator

Raised text is about as classic as it gets. Creating your own raised text in Illustrator, you can instantly create a super elegant or modern typeface or logo. Using the Appearance panel, some gradients, and transforms, you can create a polished lifted type treatment. Using the Appearance panel makes it super easy to apply the treatment to other fonts and vector elements.

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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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