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Best of the Web – October 2009

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Each month we round up some of the best vector content on the web and post it here for everyone to enjoy. Three is quite alot of awesome vector content this month. Take a moment and review some of the best vector content from around the web for the month of October.

Tutorial Wrap

  • Create a Happy Sun Character

    In the spirit of Blog Action Day and climate change, our friends at Vectips put together a really nice tutorial detailing the steps it would take to create a happy sun character in Illustrator. This tutorial is great for logos, children’s illustrations, as well as other projects.

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  • Scale Objects in Adobe Illustrator via Keyboard

    Keyboard shortcuts are a true blessing. Using them effectively can save countless hours in the creative process. This quick tip from the GoMediaZine shows how to scale objects using keyboard shortcuts in Illustrator – a real time-saver!

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  • How to Effectively Clean Up a Logo in Illustrator With the Pathfinder Tool

    The pathfinder palette is one of Illustrator’s most powerful tools. Using it effectively can make a huge difference in the quality of your designs and workflow. This tutorial from the Design O’Blog shows how to “clean” a logo in Illustrator using the Pathfinder.

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  • Rad Pattern in Illustrator that Makes you Dizzy

    Creating patterns in Illustrator is fun and sometimes challenging. This tutorial from Abduzeedo demonstrates how to create a “dizzying” pattern based from a skateboard graphic.

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  • How To: Create a Seamless Diagonal Pattern in Illustrator

    There are several ways to create a seamless diagonal pattern in Illustrator. Some methods work but don’t always leave you with the most flexible result. This tutorial from Bittbox explains how to easily create a seamless diagonal tile in Illustrator.

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  • Create a Seamless, Textured, Spade Pattern Using Illustrator and Photoshop

    In another pattern-making tutorial, this tutorial from Colorburned (Me) demonstrates how to create a seamless spade pattern in Illustrator and then how to apply a seamless texture to it using Photoshop.

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(FREE!) Download Picks

  • Free Citrus Vectors

    This time of the year, anything that gets my mind off the cold weather is always nice. These great citrus vectors from Vector Jungle display a wide-range of citrus illustrations and includes slices of lemons, oranges, and limes.

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  • Freebies: Foliage Flourishes – Vectors & Brushes

    Everybody loves vector flourishes, right? These really nice vector flourishes from My Ink Blog and Artbox7 are really nice examples of vector swirls and flourishes. They can easily be used to add interest to your designs.

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  • Stencil Pack

    Real-life stencils are a lot of fun to play with. These vector stencils are as close to real-life as you can get and are a lot of fun to play with, especially if you try combining them with some really nice spray paint vectors.

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  • Halloween Freebies – Pumpkin Patterns

    It may be too late for Halloween vectors but there is always next year to look forward to. These vector pumpkin and jack o’lantern patterns are tons of fun and would make excellent backgrounds for next year’s Halloween designs.

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  • Free Vector Seamless Patterns – Retro Set 4

    Our friends at Pattern Head are always churning out cool vector patterns. This set of seamless vector retro patterns are pretty cool. Head over to Pattern Head and check these out. They will make great backgrounds for your next retro design.

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Vector Inspiration

  • 30 Superb Examples of Infographic Maps

    As you search the web, you will find that there are a lot of ways to display really cool and creative interactive maps. This round up from Web Designer Depot displays some of the best examples out there.

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  • Weekly Vector Inspiration #40

    In another fantastic inspirational post, our friends at Vectips put together a round up of some excellent vector designs. Check out this post if you’re looking for inspiration.

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  • Amazing Vectorific Inspiration #1

    There really is no such thing as too much vector inspiration. This terrific post from Vectorific showcases some more excellent examples of vector design.

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  • Colorful and Organic Illustrations by Alexander Tyapochkin

    Russian-based illustrator Alexander Tyapochkin’s work is full of life. This post from Abduzeedo showcases some amazing examples of vector art.

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  • Von Glitschka – Adobe Illustrator CS4 Guru

    Von Glitschka is a well-know Illustrator master. You probably recognize him from the several tutorials he has written for Vectortuts+. This interview from the GoMediaZine goes a little more in-depth into his background and explains his thoughts and experiences as an illustrator.

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