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Best of the Vector Web – February 2010

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Hello everyone! It's time for yet another monthly round up of the vector design community. As you know, each month we round up some of the best vector content from around the web. It seems like each month it gets harder and harder to choose which articles to showcase, but this month we managed to narrow the choices down to just a few.

In this article you will find some amazing vector tutorials, freebies, and inspirational articles from some of our favorite design blogs. We really enjoyed reading through some of these articles and we hope that you will too. Please take a moment to review some of these fantastic vector design articles from around the web.

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  • Create A Mouthwatering Chocolate Covered Strawberry

    Strawberries might be one of the most delicious and aesthetically pleasing fruits. Drawing a realistic strawberry however isn't as easy as it looks. This beautiful tutorial from Vectips demonstrates how to easily draw a strawberry dipped in chocolate using Illustrator.

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  • Create Lady Bugs Insect Tutorial Using Adobe Illustrator

    Lady bugs are probably one of the cutest and most illustrated insects; that is when they aren't swarming you. This tutorial from Tutorial Lounge demonstrates how to draw a vector lady bug in Illustrator using some easy to use illustration techniques.

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  • Create An Editable Stitched Label Type Treatment

    Our friends at Vectips are always coming up with some amazing Illustrator tutorials. That is why today they are being showcased not once, but twice. In this tutorial, they demonstrate how to create some really nice stitched typography in Illustrator making heavy use of Illustrator CS4's appearance palette.

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  • Cartoon Character – Dexter

    Character illustrations are always fun to do. Our friends at Ai Monkey have been cranking out tons of fantastic character illustration tutorials. This tutorial demonstrates several important techniques used to create your own fantastic vector character or mascot.

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  • Lego Bricks Typeface

    What better way to demonstrate drawing in perspective than by using Lego bricks to spell out words? This tutorial from Vector Diary demonstrates how to create Lego-style typography in Illustrator.

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  • The Abduzeetles Rockband Website in Fireworks

    Fireworks is a fantastic tool to create website interfaces. What a lot of people don't know however is how powerful of a tool it is to create and edit vector shapes. This tutorial from Abduzeedo demonstrates how to create a rockband website using this fantastic vector application.

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(FREE!) Download Picks

  • Free Seamless Vector Pattern – Earthy Floral

    Our friends at Pattern Head are always producing fantastic seamless vector patterns. This earthy floral pattern will make an excellent addition to your design arsenal and can be used to create backgrounds for your designs for free.

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  • 5 Free Valentine’s Day Themed Vector Patterns for Illustrator

    As you know, last month was Valentine's Day. At Colorburned we celebrated Valentine's Day by producing a series of Valentine's Day tutorials and freebies. This freebie includes a set of 5 Valentine's Day inspired heart patterns some of which we demonstrated in a video tutorial.

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  • High-Quality Vector Musical Instruments

    If you design long enough, eventually you will need a nice set of musical instruments to include in your designs. This set of high quality vector musical instruments from Think Design Blog includes several types of instruments including drums, guitars, bass, microphones, and even saxophones. This set is definitely worth a download, head over to Think Design Blog to check them out.

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  • Vector Flames

    Vector flames are some of the most useful, but at times, hardest to produce vector objects. This set of vector flames from Wegraphics includes a really nice selection of vector flames, both in color and black and white for use in your designs.

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  • Vector Social Media Icons

    Web designers often need to include social media icons in their designs. Producing them independently however takes time, which is something that web designers have little of. This set of social media icons from Icon Dock includes some of the most popular social media icons that you can use to produce graphics for your next design project.

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Vector Inspiration

  • Showcase of Floral Typography

    Typography is an essential element of any design. This showcase of floral typography from Vandelay Design includes some excellent examples of illustrated floral typography illustrations.

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  • 55 Examples of Huge Typography in Web Design

    Choosing the correct typography for your website is a very important part of the design process. You can use typography in a number of ways. HUGE typography, for example, will get a lot of attention and will also look cool. This showcase from Web Designer Ledger includes 55 examples of huge typography in web design.

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  • 25 Beautiful Examples of “Coming Soon” Pages

    Most web designers have had to create a coming soon page at some point in their careers. Over the years coming soon pages have come a long way. This showcase from Six Revisions includes 25 beautiful examples of coming soon pages for websites to help inspire you.

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  • Stunning Info Graphics and Data Visualization

    Let's face it, most info graphics are boring. As designers, it is our job to make them visual appealing, interesting, and of course useful. This showcase from Noupe includes some stunning examples of info graphics and data visualizations.

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  • Beautiful Vintage Advertisements

    To know where design is going in the future, it is always helpful to understand where it has been. This showcase from Think Design Blog includes some excellent examples of vintage advertisements for inspiration.

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