The holidays are fast approaching, but there is still time to get gifts for that special vector lover in your life. Moreover, if you are as picky as me, you can refer your loved one to the list below for gifts for you. There is a range of prices for the items, so there should be something for everyone!
I think it is only fair to let everyone know about some of the associations I have with some of the products on this list. To start, Astute Graphics (makers of the Phantasm CS Plugin) advertise on Vectips and I have done contracted illustration work for them. Still, I have used the Phantasm CS plugin long before our relationship started. I also contributed lessons and artwork to the Adobe Illustrator CS4 WOW! Book. Again I have used this series of books long before out relationship started. As I’m sure most of you know I have also written numerous tutorials for Vector.TutsPlus.com.
I highly recommend any Illustrator user get a pen tablet. I use the Wacom Intuos4 Medium and love it! I find using the pen tablet is an intuitive way to interact with Illustrator and it opens up some great features in Illustrator (check out my Wacom Settings Post). Wacom offers the Intous4 line, Cintiq line, and Bamboo line.
Phantasm CS Plugin
Phanstasm CS, my favorite plugin, makes color manipulation simple in Illustrator. Some of the color adjustment tools include: Curvers, Levels, and Hue and Saturation. Another great feature is Phantasm’s Halftone tools. Phantasm creates nice halftones that expand out clean (check out my Halftone Effect article). Moreover, Astute just released their Publisher version with more features!
Artlandia SymmetryWorks is an essential plugin for quickly and easily making repeating patterns in Illustrator. You can create a pattern with a click, edit interactively, add new object to patterns easily, and much more.
Xtream Path Plugin
If you are coming into Illustrator from Freehand you probably miss some of the path editing features in Freehand. Luckily, there is the Xtream Path plugin for Illustrator. With the Xtream Path plugin you can literally grab anywhere on a path, making editing paths in Illustrator much easier and flexible.
I hate it when you are working on a huge document in Illustrator and Illustrator crashes, losing all you wonderful vector art! If this has happened to you, check out ForeverSave. ForeverSave is Mac software (sorry windows users, I’m sure there is something similar) that automatically creates versions of your documents. In case you lose one, just restore it and continue your work.
Real World Illustrator Series
The Real World Illustrator series is great for beginners and advanced Illustrator users. This book series details all aspects of Illustrator. The series goes all the way back to Illustrator 7 so there is a version for almost every Illustrator user.
Adobe Illustrator WOW! Series
The Adobe Illustrator WOW! series is another great series of Illustrator books. This series features tips, tricks, and tutorials from actual projects of more than 100 Illustrator artists. It is packed full of useful information. Moreover, I am wrote some lessons for the new CS4 book!
VectorTuts Plus Subscription
Vectortuts has some great tutorials and I’m not just saying that becuase I have writen for them. The Tutplus section is even better with in-depth tutorials, source file downloads, and more.
If you prefer to watch video rather then reading, Lynda.com is the place to go. Lynda has great beginner and intermediate videos for Illustrator versions 8 to CS4.
Go Media Ultimate Vector Collection 1 and 2
Grab both the Ultimate sets from Go Media Arsenal and have all the amazing stock vectors Go Media provides.
Adobe Illustrator Pillow
I love this pillow! Great for the couch, office chair, or pillow fights.
Designer Set Coasters
Great for my many cups of coffee and tea throughout the day.
Adobe Illustrator keyboard stickers
These stickers are great if you are just starting in Illustrator. Using keyboard shortcuts are essential for productivity in Illustrator.
Moleskine and U Moleskine Case
Sometimes I forgot the best inspirations for illustrations, client projects, and tutorials come from being away from the computer. That’s why I always carry my trusty Moleskine. To dress up you Moleskine, I suggest getting a Hard Graft U Moleskine Case!
Pen Tool T-Shirt
I know this is a product I sell, but if you are a Illustrator nerd, there is no better way to show it off then with a Pen tool t-shirt. Check out the Vectips shop for other vector geekery.
Is there some amazing vector or Illustrator gift I missed? If so, leave and comment and let everyone know what it is!