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Best of the Vector Web - November 2011


Each month, we search the web for the best vector-related content and showcase it here for you all to enjoy. This month, we showcase high quality tutorials on creating interactive magazines in InDesign, which are destined for the iPad. We also work with basic geometric shapes in Illustrator, learn the secrets behind creating beautiful vintage style caricatures, and more. We have loads of tutorials, in addition to inspiring articles, resources, and useful vector freebies inside. Dig into November's illustration and design material for vector lovers.

Vector Tutorials

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    Illustrator Tutorial: The Secrets of Beautiful Caricatures

    Stanley Chow reveals his caricature illustration process. Learn about his workflow in Adobe Illustrator as he illustrates a classic character from a popular British TV show. Learn details that make for iconic portraits with a vintage style. Discover how to create striking caricatures of your own with Stanley's tips.

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    InDesign Tutorial: Create an Interactive Magazine for the iPad

    For this tutorial you'll need InDesign CS5 or later, Photoshop, and the Mag+ plug-in. Publishing on a tablet device is in vogue now. This tutorial will get you up to speed with a workflow for creating iPad destined digital magazines. Learn how a popular fashion magazine is brought to fruition on the iPad and how you can do it with your own publication.

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    Create a Geometrical Shape in Illustrator

    Learn how to create a geometric shape, which when placed inside a gear/cog shape feels like the front chain ring on a bicycle. Veerle was inspired by shapes in a vintage restored bicycle. Learn how to create an interesting symmetrical design that would be great for a logo or, as Veerle uses it, for a wallpaper design.

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    Design and Produce a Letterpress Print

    If you're interested in improving your custom print sales, then consider utilizing old craft methods that add unique qualities to your prints. Graham Jones shows how to make letterpress prints that add a textured and embossed finish to prints. This tutorial starts with Illustrator for creating the design, then shows you how to have plates made, and then the basics of inking up a letterpress print run are covered.

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    Design a Headline Typeface

    Tom Muller shows us step-by-step how to create a custom headline typeface in Illustrator CS4 or later. First you'll work on your letters, x-height, and basic letter designs in your sketchbook. Then transfer them into vector format glyphs in Illustrator. Creating your own letter forms are great for unique logotypes, masthead design, and if your ambitious full custom fonts.

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    Create a Simple Vector Ninja Character in Illustrator

    Chris Spooner delivers another great Adobe Illustrator tutorial aimed at beginners. In this one he shows how to create a simple ninja character. He uses simple lines and heavy strokes to compose the character. The workflow is easy to follow and results in a fun, stylized character.

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    How to Create a 3D Film Strip Using Adobe Illustrator and VectorScribe

    Follow along with Iaroslav Lazunov to learn how to create a complex 3D object based illustration in Illustrator with the help of the VectorScribe plugin. Use basic 3D modeling techniques to create your basic shapes, then polish the illustration with gradients and gradient meshes.

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    Create a Business Icon from Scratch an Adobe Illustrator Tutorial

    Jasmina Stanojevic shows us how to create a 3D business icon composed of arrows and a globe. The final results are stunning and the workflow is a must read through, as it's applicable to creating loads of other icons. Learn how to speed up your workflow with Illustrator's Blending Options. Illustrators 3D Tools are a big part of this tutorial as well, showing you how to set up the angles and graphics realistically.

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    RAWZ Logo Design Process

    Over on Abduzeedo they have a case study on creating simple lettering with an interesting style. Learn how to create a simple logotype using vector lines and shapes in Adobe Illustrator. Go from sketch to vector in this tutorial aimed at beginning designers.

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    Introduction to InDesign

    In this beginner InDesign tutorial learn the basic concepts behind simple page layout. Get up and running with Adobe InDesign CS5, familiar with the workspace, and page setup procedures. Then learn to create text boxes, format text, place images, and preflight for output.

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Vector Inspiration, Articles, and Resources

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    Make Digital Projects Seem Hand-Made

    This article looks at the advantages of creating digital artworks that appear handmade. It's often quicker to work digitally, but hand crafted techniques can bring a unique artist's flair into the work, as well as some textured soul. A combination workflow works well for the successful artists here.

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    Designer Spotlight: Interview With Web and Graphic Designer Veerle Pieters

    Veerle is one of my favorite designers. It was an honor to work with her on a poster design tutorial for Vectortuts+. I'm a regular on her site checking out her latest work and Illustrator tutorials. In this interview over on, learn more about her inspiration, work ethic, and how she blends design, illustration and web design in her career.

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    Weekly Vector Inspiration #146

    Ryan Putnam of Vectips delivers another assortment of vector awesomeness. He has a great eye for exciting vector work. If you’re looking for inspiration, then check out this roundup, which showcases vintage creature posters, dynamic packaging design, unique vector text effects, and more.

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    Tips And Tricks: Increase The Realism Of Your Vector Images In Adobe Illustrator

    Learn Adobe Illustrator techniques from Jasmina Stanojevic that will transform flat images into graphics that pop. She reviews how to control perspective, smooth lines, colors, edge highlights, reflections, shadows, and the tools you need to master to bring your work life.

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    15 Illustrator Tutorials for Creating Isometric Illustrations

    Getting familiar with how to use Adobe Illustrator to create isometric drawings will improve your technical illustration skills greatly. Learning how to use Illustrator to create isometric diagrams, set up isometric grids, and design isometric cubes are fundamental skills that you can build upon. We’ve assembled a collection of tutorials that will teach you the basics of creating isometric illustrations in Illustrator, as well as more complicated tutorials on the subject.

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(FREE!) Vector Downloads

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    Trees Vector Collection Pack

    This pack of 10 detailed vector trees are filled with detail. You can download them for free. They are promoted on Creattica and released by Pixeden. The vector AI and EPS formats can be adjusted with ease. Use these to create a vector forest scene in no time.

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    3 Vector GUI Design Sets Including 95+ UI Elements

    If you're in need of high quality vector graphic user interface elements, such as keyboard and buttons, then download this free set now. It's loaded with a boatload of vector graphics you can use for your next GUI design. This set is promoted on Creattica and created by WordPressThemeShock.

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    Colorful Christmas Tree Vector Graphic

    The holidays are coming so grab this Christmas freebie today. It's filled with colors that bring to mind the abstract glow of holiday lights. This simple, elegant graphic would make a great centerpiece for your holiday card or other design element for the festive season.

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    Vector Shopping Elements

    I love finding free characters. These two shopping gals feature an ample score of goods on their last trip to the mall. There are also extra isolated elements you can use in your designs as well. These vector freebies are available in AI format.

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    Massive Collection of Vintage Vector Graphics: Floral Borders, Corners, and Frames

    If you're in need of vintage vector floral graphics that have antique floral borders, classic ornate corners, and decorative frames, then we have a truckload of freebies available for free download in this collection. These lovely vector frames, borders, and corers are available in EPS, SVG, AI and other vector formats. Download these free vintage vector graphics today.

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