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Best of the Vector Web – December 2009

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As you know, each month we round up some of the best vector content on the web. This month, we found a ton of amazing tutorials, freebies, and inspirational posts including some excellent holiday themed tutorials and freebie sets, screencasts, and stunning round ups. Please take a moment to review some of the fantastic vector content released during the month of December.

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  • How to Draw a USB Flash Drive

    This day and age just about everyone I know carries around a USB Flash Drive. I remember the days when everything had to be put onto a floppy drive or CD. Flash drives make our lives so much easier. This tutorial from Ai Monkey demonstrates how to use advanced Illustrator skills to create a vector USB Flash Drive.

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  • Reader Tutorial: Geometric Flower Effect Logo in Illustrator

    This stunning tutorial from Abduzeedo demonstrates how to create a flower effect for a logo or icon. This flower effect uses colors and shadows to create a really amazing effect.

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  • Create a Vector Christmas Ball

    You know it’s that time of year when holiday-themed tutorials start showing up. This really nice tutorial from PeHaa demonstrates how to create a vector Christmas ornament using Illustrator’s 3D revolve tool and a bit of creative mapping.

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  • Screencast: Create Intricate Patterns in Illustrator Using SymmetryWorks 5

    Pattern creation in Illustrator is not exactly the easiest thing to do. In fact, it can be darn right impossible without the proper tools and experience. SymmetryWorks 5 is a plug-in that makes the whole process very easy. This short screencast that I recorded demonstrates the abilities of SymmetryWorks 5.

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  • Illustrator Revolve Tool To Evolve You

    I always enjoy seeing articles and tutorials written in a fresh and new ways. This tutorial from Democrazy uses some fun illustrations and a bit of humor to demonstrate how to use Illustrator’s pen and 3D revolve tool to create some interesting effects.

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  • Turn a Sketch Into a Crazy Santa Illustration

    This fantastic Santa Clause Illustration tutorial marks Ai Monkey’s second appearance in this round up and demonstrates how to turn a sketch of a crazy Santa Clause into a very nice vector Illustration which can be used as a guide for creating complex characters.

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(FREE!) Download Picks

  • Free Christmas Themed Sketchy Vector Graphics Pack

    You probably already guessed that there would be at least a couple holiday-themed vector freebies this month. This free Christmas-Themed vector graphics pack from Spoon Graphics includes some nice sketchy illustrations of snowmen, reindeer, and yes, even a penguin.

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  • Free Christmas Vectors – Santa, Snowman and Reindeer

    Santa Clause, snowmen, and reindeer are 3 essential ingredients to any holiday illustration. This free set of Christmas vectors from Pattern Head includes all three. Feel free to use this set in your next holiday design.

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  • Social Networking Icons (10 Colors/2 Styles)

    Our friends at Think Design Blog have always created nice social networking icons. Their latest set includes a whole lot of social networking icons available in all sorts of styles. Each set can be used on your website for free.

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  • Detailed Vector Weapons Pack

    There’s only 1 thing cooler than vector skulls and that’s vector weapons. This set of detailed vector weapons from ArtAmp on DeviantArt can be used to chop, slice, and shoot your way through your next design. These vectors are perfect for t-shirts, posters, and anything else you can think up.

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  • Drawn Floral 2

    It wouldn’t be a vector freebie round up without including a nice set of vector floral designs. This set of vectors from Stock Graphic Designs on QVectors includes two really nice, hand-drawn, floral vectors to include a decoration in your next design.

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Vector Inspiration

  • 40+ Vintage Posters to Inspire Your Next Designs Color Palette

    Complimentary color palettes, hand-drawn typography, and one-dimensional graphics are hallmarks of vintage design. This round up of over 40 vintage posters on The Design Cubicle demonstrates several examples of exceptional vintage or vintage inspired designs.

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  • 38 Inspiring Vexel Artworks & Tutorials

    The word vexel is a combination of the words vector and pixel and is used to describe a style of digital art which is entirely pixel-based but looks like a vector drawing. It is created using stacks of certain shapes to create amazing and realistic images. Vexel images can take days or weeks to create. This round up from Vector Diary includes some wonderful works.

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  • Out of This World Typography

    I don’t know about you, but I'm a sucker for stunning typography. This round up of “Out of this World Typography” from the Design Informer includes some amazing retro and retro-cosmic typography that can be used to inspire your next work.

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  • 35 Awesome Vector Illustrations

    From photo-realistic to abstract art, this round up of 35 awesome vector illustrations from Noupe includes some incredibly impressive pieces of art. Take a look at this fantastic round up for a little inspiration for your next project.

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  • Vectips: Weekly Vector Inspiration

    Our friends at Vectips never cease to impress us with their amazing weekly showcase of inspirational vector art. In fact, it can be tough sometimes to pick out which one to display. This month we decided to choose post #49. Check it out, it’s definitely worth a visit.

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