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Best of the Vector Web - January 2010

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Guess what? It’s the time of month again where we round up the best vector content from around the web and post it here for you all to enjoy. There was a ton of amazing content to choose from this month, but we managed to narrow the choices down to just a chosen few.

In this round up you will find some amazing tutorials, freebies, and inspirational articles from some of the best design blogs on the web. Take a moment to review top January's top vector content from around the web.

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  • Create a Cute Little Tiger in Illustrator

    Character illustration is one of the most fun tasks in Illustrator. There is something very satisfying about creating a character from scratch and watching it all come together as a complete illustration. This tutorial from Design Informer walks you through the process of illustrating a cute little tiger in Adobe Illustrator.

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  • Cafe Style Coffee Art in Adobe Illustrator

    Coffee is probably one of the most popular drinks in the world. Needless to say the coffee cup has become one of the most recognizable icons on the planet. This tutorial from Tutorial9 demonstrates how to illustrate a café style cup of coffee using Adobe Illustrator and some of its 3D tools.

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  • Create An Editable Metal Type Treatment

    Trying to figure out how to create metallic type is a task that just about every designer has struggled with at some point in their career. The problem is that metallic type isn’t as easy to create as it looks and to make matters worse, trying to create metallic items in Illustrator is even harder. This tutorial from Vectips demonstrates how to create stylistic editable text in Illustrator by making heavy use of the appearance panel in CS4.

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  • How to Create a Cute Vector Bear T-Shirt Design

    Textile designers will tell you that they are often limited to just a few colors when they create their designs. Illustrator is well-suited for this type of work because it allows you to easily create vector illustrations and manipulate the colors to suit your needs. This tutorial from Spoon Graphics demonstrates how to create an adorable bear t-shirt design using simple shapes and colors.

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  • Illustrator Tutorial: Vector Handphone

    As a designer, you may often be called upon to produce mockups of mobile phones or electronic devices for your designs. Sometimes you may be able to find illustrations of popular devices online, but more often than not you may have to do these yourself. This tutorial from Vector Diary demonstrates how to draw a mobile phone using simple shapes and gradients.

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  • How to Create a Seamless Argyle Pattern in Illustrator

    It would be tough to walk through a department store without running into some familiar textile patterns. Argyle patterns are one of the most popular designs, especially when it comes to sweaters and socks. This video tutorial from Colorburned (Me) demonstrates how to create a seamless argyle pattern in Illustrator.

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  • Grungy Fleur De Lis Free Seamless Vector Pattern

    The Fleur de Lis is a classic vintage design element. They can be used in any number of ways, but one of my favorite uses is as a seamless pattern. This vector freebie from Pattern Head includes a grungy, distressed fleur de lis pattern that can be used to dress up your vintage designs.

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  • Radial Pack – 50 Elements (Vectors & Brushes)

    Radial-based shapes are always fascinating elements to look at. They are also very useful as well. You can use them to spice up your composite illustrations or even as part of a pattern or background. This set of fifty radial elements from Media Militia can be downloaded and used in your designs for free.

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  • Simple Ornament Patterns for Photoshop and Illustrator

    If you haven’t already noticed, I’m rather partial to seamless patterns. This set of simple ornament patterns for Illustrator and Photoshop from Pehaa will make a really nice addition to your design arsenal. Give it a download and try it out for yourself.

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  • 4 Fabric Inspired Vector Pattern Swatches for Illustrator

    I am always inspired by textile patterns. You'll often find me staring at interesting fabrics while I walk through clothing shops. I created this set of four fabric inspired vector pattern swatches after walking through a quilting exhibit at a state fair. This set includes a vector houndstooth pattern, a basket weave, a mosaic, as well as a really nice rectangular pattern that you can use in your work.

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  • 11 Free Scaffolding Grunge Vectors & How-To

    There are a lot of ways to add grunge to your vector designs. One method is to find a nice image, run live trace, and use the leftover elements to punch out what you don’t need. This set of 11 scaffolding vectors from Fudge Graphics is perfect for creating grungy text and also includes a tutorial on how to use them.

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Vector Inspiration

  • 25 Outstanding Character Illustrations

    Designing characters is a lot of fun but sometimes it can be difficult to come up with just the right idea. This inspirational article from DesignM.ag is packed with loads of inspiration to help grease your creative wheels.

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  • Weekly Vector Inspiration #53

    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 #53. Check it out; it’s definitely worth the time.

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  • 35 Fantastic Vector Illustrations That Tell A Story

    When we compose illustrations it is often our task to not only create a great looking illustration but to also tell a story. This roundup of 35 illustrations from Spyre Studios includes many fascinating examples of vector illustrations that tell a story.

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  • Mind-Blowing Female Vexel Illustrations

    The word Vexel is a combination of the words vector and pixel and is a technique that artists use to create highly realistic raster images. This round up from Noupe includes several extraordinary female vexel illustrations.

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  • Illustrations of the World's Finest: Batman and Superman

    Superman and Batman are two of my favorite super heroes. This round up from our friends at Abduzeedo includes some fantastic illustrations of these iconic super heroes.

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