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80 Best-Of Adobe Illustrator Tutorials, Brushes, .EPSs and Resources

January 18th, 2009

For months, we have been bookmarking interesting, useful and creative Adobe Illustrator tutorials and Resources, so you can now rest assured that you will have the necessary tools to get the job done.

Due to this phenomenally vast amount of vector packs, brushes, patterns available, you can now add dirt, rust, floral effect, swirls, mold, oil stains in your artwork and to give it any look you want.

So in today’s post, you’ll find an assortment of top-notch tutorials, brushes, patterns, vector packs, tips & tricks and .EPS downloadable files that others have freely contributed to the design community.

To make your job a little bit easier, we have categorized this post into 6 section, the links below will get you to your desired section.

  1. Adobe Illustrator Tutorials
  2. Adobe Illustrator Patterns
  3. Adobe Illustrator Tool Tips & Tricks
  4. Adobe Illustrator Brushes
  5. Vector Packs
  6. Vector Sources

Adobe Illustrator Tutorials

– Create a Gang of Vector Ninjas

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


In this tutorial, we will learn how to construct a group of cool vector ninja characters using just the basic shapes and a variety of simple tools, making it a good start for Illustrator beginners.

– Logo Design Project Step by Step Walkthrough

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


Follow this step by step documentation of the whole process of the logo design from conception to completion.

– Logo Design Project Step by Step Walkthrough

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


– How to Draw Your Own Vector Wings

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


This tutorial is all about how to make those really cool hyper detailed wings that all those bro-dawg brands are rocking.

– Master Painting in Illustrator

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


Transform your sketches into stunning textured artworks.

– Woman and Cats How-To Advanced

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


– Experimental text effects

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


Twist your words out of recognition to create cool and unusual illustrations, with these great tips.

– Create A Wood Grain Texture

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


Twist your words out of recognition to create cool and unusual illustrations, with these great tips.

– How to make retro/futuristic curves in 10 Steps

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


Achieve the space like scenery with the glowing lines using Illustrator and Photoshop. You’ll learn how to add subtle effects using textures and different blending modes.

– Twitterlove Bird, from sketch to vector in Photoshop and Illustrator

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


– Create an envelpe icon with a satin feel

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


In this tutorial you will learn how using the basic tools of illustrator , ie gradient , rectangle , pathfinder and line can create a simple looking envelope.

– 3D Text Tutorial

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


5 Steps tutorial describing the process of 3D Typography creation without any 3D software. You’ll need only Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.

– Create the First Page of a Fairy Tale Story Book, with a Hint of Kitsch

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


A tutorial which told of magical and enchanting ways to create Fairy Tale pages in Adobe Illustrator.

– How to Create a Cute Bunny Vector Character

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


In this Illustrator tutorial, you will learn how to create a cute bunny character. This tutorial uses simple shapes and gradients that are easy to apply to other character illustrations. The great thing about his tutorial is you don’t have to be an amazing artist to create it!

– 30 Tutorials That Will Teach You Illustrator

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


thirty Illustrator tutorials that will teach you the nuances and subtleties of Illustrator.

– Use Adobe Illustrator to Create a Clean Website Layout

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


This tutorial is perfect for the beginning to intermediate Adobe Illustrator artist. Learn how to create a layout of a website and prepare it for use on the web.

– Easily Make Shiny Realistic Vector Hair

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


This tutorial will show the intermediate Adobe Illustrator artist how to easily make realistic-looking shiny vector hair. You will learn how to create S shapes and using them to construct natural looking hair.

– Vectoring Hair

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


– Creating A new Typeface in illustrator

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


In this tutorial you will learn how to create a nice typeface using Illustrator CS4 and its new, and very useful, features for editing anchor points.

– Super cool abstract vectors illustrator and photoshop

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


In this tutorial you will learn how to create a abstract sort of flower using the Blend Tool in Illustrator then playing with it in Photoshop to produce a very colorful wallpaper.

– Crazy cool vectors illustrator and photoshop

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


In this tutorial you will create a very nice image inspired by the amazing work of Andy Gilmore.

– Creating vector characters in Illustrator

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


– Character Illustration

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


– 20 Exceptional Websites for Learning Adobe Illustrator

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


In this collection, you’ll find 20 excellent websites and blogs that provide high-quality tutorials and information on vector illustration and Adobe Illustrator.

– 50 Excellent Adobe Illustrator Video Tutorials

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


50 excellent Adobe Illustrator video tutorials.

Creating Adobe Illustrator Patterns

– Create a Themed Repeating Pattern in Illustrator

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


Follow this Adobe Illustrator tutorial to create a range of simple vector objects based around the theme of a designer’s lifestyle, then tile them together into a cool looking repeating pattern.

– Memory Lock

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


– Design your own pattern swatches

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


Create your own cool repeating patterns from combinations of vector elements, using Illustrator & Photoshop.

– 3 ways to apply a line pattern effect on text in Illustrator

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


3 different technique on how you can apply a line pattern effect on text in Illustrator.

– Creating-Pattern

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


Create your own cool repeating patterns from combinations of vector elements, using Illustrator & Photoshop.

– Creating geometric patterns in Illustrator

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


How to create a geometric pattern shape and fill a background with it.

– Create a Burberry Style Plaid with Illustrator in 4 Steps

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


– Pattern Maniac

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


– How to Create a Seamless pattern in 10 steps

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


– Patterns and Shapes in Adobe Illustrator

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


This tutorial is based on an advertisement that uses patterns and shapes to create a unique design effect.

– 450+ Abobe Illustrator Patterns

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


Adobe Illustrator Brushes

– 30 Illustrator Pattern Brushes for Making Flowers and Circular Designs

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


A set of 30 Pattern brushes for a fast way to get perfectly spaced, intricate circular designs.

– 105 More Delicious Water Color Illustrator Brushes

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


105 amazingly realistic-looking water color Illustrator brushes.

– Floral n Veins Brushes

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


– 81 Amazing Argyle Illustrator Brushes

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


– 50 Killer Retro Starburst Brushes

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


– Hair and line art brush for AI

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


– Swirly Curls – Sick Brush Kit

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


– Thorny vine brushes

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


– 10 custom vector-based Art Brushes

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


– 16 “Sketchy” Illustrator Brushes

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


– Ink/Watercolor

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


Adobe Illustrator Tool Tips & Tricks

– Illustrator’s Blend Tool: A Comprehensive Guide

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


This comprehensive guide can help you unlock your creative potential and teaches the features, shortcuts, and in depth methods that the Blend Tool has to offer.

– How to Use Effects to Create a Cool Design

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


Effects are similar to filters, but the key difference is that they are non-destructive, meaning you can remove or modify them later on (through the appearance palette). Here is a review of a few quick Illustrator tips.

– 10 Illustrator Resolutions for 2009

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


10 features most people don’t use in Illustrator, but should.

– Transform Again in Illustrator

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


You can achieve surprisingly cool results using the Transform Again feature in Illustrator starting from a simple shape. As you all know simplicity is my motto. Here is a step-by-step tutorial using this simple feature.

– Illustrator Pen tool exercises

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


– Using the Blend tool and Distort Zig Zag Effect

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


– Recolor artwork using Illustrator’s LiveColor

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


How you can recolor your artwork in Illustrator CS3 using the LiveColor feature.

– Colorful Waves

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


This is a common trick to produce abstract colorful waves in illustrator.

– Realistic Curtain

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


Create a realistic curtain using the gradient mesh.

– Simultaneously Expand When Creating Compund Shapes

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


– Illustrator’s Pen Tool: The Comprehensive Guide

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


This comprehensive guide aims to introduce or remind you of features, shortcuts, and methods for working with what is arguably Adobe’s most essential tool.

– Adobe Illustrator Shortcuts
– Huge List of Adobe Illustrator Plugins & Filters & Tools

Free Vector Packs & Resources

– Safari and Zoo Animals

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


A free collection of vector animal silhouettes, featuring a range of land based mammals alongside some aquatic life.

– Free Vector Icon Set 1 – 25 Icons

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


– Free character pack

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


– The Ultimate Collection Of Free Vector Packs

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


60 of the best and most useful free vector packs.

– Transportation Silhouettes

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


– Vector Elements

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


– Ornate, Floral, Swirly and Curly Vector Roundup

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


– 60 Free Vector Icon Packs for Design Professionals

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


– Seamless Swirls

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


– Free Floral Vector Ornament

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


– Illustrator pattern swatches and textures

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


– 64 Vector Arrow Icons

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


– Free Vector Social Icons

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


– 125 free Japanese Patterns

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


– 10 Vector Sets of Flowers

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


– 17 Exclusive Web Icons

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


– Flourish Vector Ornaments

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


Vector Sources

– Free Vectors

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


An online gallery of free to use vector graphics.

– QVectors

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


– Cool Vectors

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


– Vector4free

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


– AllSilhouettes
– 123FreeVectors
– Vecteezy
– VectorVault

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Sigurdur Armannsson
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7 years 8 months ago

I absolutely love it when someone puts in labour and collects this kind of lists. I have seen some of this before, but many not and I thank very much for this source.

Raymond Selda
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7 years 8 months ago

Truly incredible effort. Now I know where to go whenever I will need some illustrator tutorials and vectors. Thank you.

Jorge Linares
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7 years 8 months ago

Amazing stuff here guys, I’m bookmarking this thread to use it later on. There’s a bunch of tutorials I would totally want to give it a try.

Brandon Cox
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7 years 8 months ago

Wow, what a post – lots to bookmark – thanks!!

Dainis Graveris
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7 years 8 months ago

Awesome collection You got one more time here – I think in this list everyone can find some tutorial to learn, thanks for share!

Narendra.s.v
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7 years 8 months ago

WoW! that’s a great collection :D
Thanks for the share!

mikki
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7 years 8 months ago

wow..thanks a lot for this tutorial..

mprose
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7 years 8 months ago

Where else but on the internet could you tap into so many great resources. I’m planning on delving into the advanced painting techniques and some of the brushes to enhance my illustrator skills.

This is a must bookmark for all graphic and web designers.

Nick
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7 years 8 months ago

Awesome collection. Good timing – I’ve just been getting more into Illustrator lately. Thank you!

usd6
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7 years 8 months ago

Very good article, it gives a lot of imagination. Thanks!

andrew
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andrew
7 years 8 months ago

thanks in million for posting this:):)…

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v-render
7 years 8 months ago

great collection, thanks !

Vector Lady
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7 years 8 months ago

Wow It’s Great! It’s a pity that you didn’t include my site… maybe you didn’t heard about it?

Colorburned
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7 years 8 months ago

Great roundup! Thanks for including some of my work in the post! I really appreciate it!

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7 years 8 months ago

helpful list thanks a lot..

One8edegree
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7 years 8 months ago

Real cool roundup , i must bookmark it , Thanks for mentioning my website much appreciate it

Sigurdur Armannsson
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7 years 8 months ago

Hope I am not too rude to add one tutorial to the list: http://font.is/?p=48
It is a little tutorial on how to use Illustrator in combination with FontLab. Draw your fonts in Illustrator and move it correctly into FontLab.

Timothy
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7 years 8 months ago

Wow. Really nice list. Thank you.

Digital Overcast
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7 years 8 months ago

Excellent collection of IL tuts. Will definitely be going over a few of them. Great post.

Toni
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7 years 8 months ago

Great collection. This posting can be a great starting point for digital illustration beginners. Digg !

Alin
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Alin
7 years 8 months ago

really amazing….thanks

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7 years 8 months ago

Great article. Thanks for the information.

Abrishca Digital Media
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7 years 8 months ago

What a great collection! Bookmarked immediately.

insicdesigns
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7 years 8 months ago

wow awesome list! love the designs

Wosebasa
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Wosebasa
6 years 11 months ago

Really awesome guys! There is just much more to explore!

Altinbalik
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7 years 8 months ago

Your website perfect :)

Martin Lewis
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7 years 8 months ago

Nice collection. Thanks for sharing these. Very handy indeed.

noobr
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7 years 8 months ago

WTF! it’s the best collection I’ve ever seen. Thanks for pulling out

Dave
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7 years 8 months ago

thanks, i think i have almost all of them, i appreciate!

best regards

Rana
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Rana
7 years 8 months ago

If the world had lots of ppl like you, it would’ve been a much much better place!

Thanks for the great effort girl !!!!

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123freevectors
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7 years 8 months ago

Great list! Thanks for adding us!

Chris
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7 years 7 months ago

Looks like the very first tutorial is down.

Dedushka
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7 years 7 months ago

Patterns and 3D-tutorials are really great, thanks!

eddie yang
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7 years 7 months ago

oH,It is very good for my photoshop and vector learning.
thanks ~

Baking Chef
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7 years 7 months ago

why are there so many blank comments on here. anyway great tutorials

Matt
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7 years 7 months ago

Complete list

Thank you soo much!

Rajita - Logo Design
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7 years 7 months ago

WOW superb designs.. the tutorals are excellent for learners like me

The mighty Grav
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7 years 6 months ago

Wonderful,marvellous,thank you very much!x

Laura Stafford
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6 years 9 months ago

Awesome list. Extremely helpful.

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6 years 8 months ago

Sweet stuff I love that wood grain texture tutorial form vectips. They always have some rick tuts.

Nilimesh
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6 years 8 months ago

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olfa
6 years 7 months ago

Merci pour ce trésor!!!!! :)

Real
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6 years 7 months ago

really like that.

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Alan
6 years 6 months ago

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sutha
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6 years 5 months ago

amazing collection.tq

AH
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AH
6 years 4 months ago

Thanks so much for compiling this list! I just downloaded illustrator, so I can’t wait to get started :)

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6 years 2 months ago

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Richie Fitz
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6 years 2 months ago

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Ilie Ciorba
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6 years 2 months ago

Great list and great tutorials. Good work with picking them up.

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ziezo
6 years 15 days ago

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6 years 14 days ago

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Andrew Buckle
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5 years 9 months ago

Lovely brushes designs, also some superb Illustrator tutorials – love the designs

apriean
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5 years 9 months ago

what a lovely site………..thanks for collecting this all of tutorial…. very helpful indeed…….

Geoff McMahen
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5 years 8 months ago

Amazing collection of great resources!
Thanks!

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5 years 8 months ago

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5 years 8 months ago

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Kathleen
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Kathleen
5 years 7 months ago

Many things to look at here. THanks.

Gianni
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5 years 6 months ago

Thanks a lot ! Amazing collection ! Gianni from france

3d model
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5 years 6 months ago

A good brush, very grateful! I love

Adina Duane
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Adina Duane
5 years 5 months ago

Boy i just started out with Illustrator and I must say this list is one of the fullest I came across, Good work And thanks ^_^

frontline
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5 years 5 months ago

Thanks for this, after redesigning all my desktop icons i think ive become obsessed with vectors.

brushes
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5 years 5 months ago

Thank you very much, I really need!

Fabroon
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Fabroon
5 years 4 months ago

I Liked it!!!!
Thanks

Lohith Raj
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Lohith Raj
5 years 4 months ago

Really awesome! good collection.

Jordan Kingsman
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Jordan Kingsman
5 years 2 months ago

I Really like these is there anyway you could a add a warhammerpattern or something with a bagguette. with love J

corla
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5 years 2 months ago

oh! it is really good collection.

habibi
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5 years 29 days ago

great tutorial I have benefited greatly from this tutorial, thanks a lot

kuldeep tiwari
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kuldeep tiwari
5 years 14 hours ago

it is really good collection

jeanette
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4 years 11 months ago

Thanks for sharing this great collection. Just what I was looking for!

Dave
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4 years 9 months ago

Awesome, was in need for some curly vine brushes. Much appreciated!

jaydeb
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jaydeb
4 years 8 months ago

very nice tutorials good

VectorPile
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4 years 8 months ago

Great list!

Just wanted to make you aware of another source for vectors – maybe you can add it to the list?

Thanks.

image2vector
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4 years 8 months ago

Thanks for these.. Verry usefull!

Rodvel
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Rodvel
4 years 8 months ago

thanks for putting this kind of list that is sure to help many people.

Deepika
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Deepika
4 years 7 months ago

thanks…:) :) innovative designs

Nguyen Best
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4 years 6 months ago

Hope more tutorial, thanks :)

Joao Rocha
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Joao Rocha
4 years 3 months ago

Nice tuts!

Bern
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Bern
4 years 1 month ago

Thanks! Tis a good compilation! :)

Nona
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Nona
4 years 1 month ago

This is a big help for all starters, specially to my partner..Hope to have more tutorials..Thanks!

Maxence
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Maxence
3 years 7 months ago

Great Collection! page bookmarked, thanks for sharing, i’ll sure find something for my next projectst :)

Khola Asif
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Khola Asif
3 years 7 months ago

Awesome collection .Helpful list thanx a lot :)

ALsyie
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ALsyie
3 years 5 months ago

OMG, This website contains everything needed by beginners.. (y)

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