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Best of the Web – September 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. This month we had a lot of fun identifying the best vector tutorials, freebies, and articles. Take a moment and review some of the best vector content from around the web for the month of September.

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  • How to Design a Skate Deck with a Cool Skull Pattern

    Illustrator’s built in Symbol Sprayer can be a highly useful tool for quickly creating awesome pattern graphics. This tutorial from Spoon Graphics demonstrates how to create an intricate pattern using a skull graphic that can be used to customize a skateboard deck.

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  • Zee Logo in Illustrator

    Not too long ago our friends at Abduzeedo redesigned the logo for Zee, the umbrella company for their blog. This tutorial demonstrates the techniques used to create their new brand in Illustrator and is an excellent example of how to create custom typography using some of Illustrator’s basic tools.

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  • Using Transform Again in Illustrator

    Transforming objects at even intervals by hand in Illustrator can be an impossible task. This quick tip from the Go MediaZine demonstrates how to use the transform feature in Illustrator in combination with a keyboard shortcut to quickly transform objects at even intervals.

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  • Illustrator 101: Superfast Spacing with the Blend Tool (Video)

    As you become more versed in the Illustrator application you will find out that there are several ways to produce the same effect. Each method provides certain benefits over the other. This quick video tutorial from BittBox demonstrates another method for repeating shapes; this time, using the blend tool.

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  • Create a Cartoon Monster Eye in Illustrator in 5 Easy Steps

    One of the really nice things about Illustrator is how easily it allows you to quickly combine shapes to create illustrations. This beginner’s tutorial from Little Box of Ideas demonstrates how to create a cartoon monster eye illustration in just 5 easy steps and in less than 5 minutes.

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  • Creating a Dotted Line in Illustrator

    Sometimes in order to get Illustrator to produce a desired effect, you have to think up creative ways to tweak some of the options. This beginner’s tutorial from The Design O’ Blog demonstrates how to create a dotted line using Illustrator’s stroke palette.

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  • 12 Floral Borders & Dividers

    These gorgeous vector floral borders from Vector Diary were actually created in August after we wrote last month’s Best of the Web article. Since we know how much you guys love floral vectors, we decided to include this set in this month’s round up. Feel free to download this set to decorate your designs.

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  • Bitchin Blobs – 30 Free Vectors

    Sometimes all your illustration needs to go from good to great is an interesting abstract graphic. In those situations these “bitchin’ blobs” from Media Militia might be the perfect fit. Use these graphics as a frame or as a background for your design. You might even try dropping them into your designs just to make an area a bit more interesting.

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  • 10 Free Geometric Abstract Vectors

    Speaking of abstract vectors, this set of 10 fun, original, abstract vectors from My Ink Blog were inspired by Picasso’s blue period. This set can be used to add all sorts of fun to your web or print designs. Feel free to download them and try them out for yourself!

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  • Drips and Spray Paint Pack – 30 Free Vectors

    Reproducing the look of spray paint in your designs can be more difficult than you think. This set of 30 drips and spray paint vectors from Media Militia may solve your spray paint problems. Drop these free vectors into your illustration to see how they work.

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  • Vector Pattern

    Seamless patterns have an endless amount of uses; from fashion design, to package design; from print graphics to web. Use these phenomenal seamless pattern from Qvectors to dress up your designs.

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Vector Inspiration

  • 25 Inspiring Examples of Abstract Vector Design

    There are a lot of amazing vector artists and designers out there. Each month we include a section in our monthly round up dedicated to vector inspiration. This post from PSD Fan includes 25 inspiring examples of abstract vector design.

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  • 30 Typography Posters That You’ve Probably Never Seen Before

    Typography is the art of arranging, designing and modifying type. Creating a well-designed typography poster isn’t exactly easy. This inspirational post from Web Designer Depot includes 30 typography posters that you’ve probably not seen before.

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  • Photo-Realistic Vectors from 10 Illustrators

    When most people think of photo-realistic graphics, most people think of the 3D graphics that we see from Hollywood or some of the amazing work done by digital painters. When people think of photo-realistic graphics however, the last thing they think about is Adobe Illustrator. This post from 10 Steps displays some amazing work from artists who have learned to master the gradient mesh tool. If you're looking for tutorials on this subject, then check this post out 30 Illustrator Gradient Mesh Tutorials to Help Enhance Your Vector Realism here on Vectortuts+.

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  • Interview with Rod Hunt

    Our friends at Vectips are always coming up with amazing tutorials, articles, and interviews. This interview with Illustrator Rod Hunt displays some amazing retro-isometric styled vector landscapes and characters.

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  • 50 Awesome Examples of Triangles in Design

    Triangular elements can completely transform a rather lame and uninteresting illustration into a magical masterpiece. This inspirational post from Abduzeedo celebrates the triangle with 50 awesome examples of triangles in design.

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