Dec 11 2009

A Gold Mine of Adobe Illustrator Resources

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By Melissa Scroggins

What could be better than striking gold? How about a huge list of Adobe Illustrator resources? For many designers, a list of resources to help finish those design projects in a quick and easy fashion is like finding gold on the Web.

In this article, there are over 200 (mostly) free resources for Adobe Illustrator. Since many designers have made these resources free for others, please take the time to check out the license agreements before using any resources for projects.

Finally, have fun stockpiling all the brushes, patterns,, symbols, vectors, swatches, and fun additions to the Adobe Illustrator presets. After all, among these resources, there’s sure to be a few gold nuggets just waiting to be found.

1. Brushes

There are a multitude of brush sets that can add volumes of creativity to design projects. So many effects can be achieved by stylizing the appearance of paths with brushes. Check out the following brush sets which offer a variety of styles ranging from sketchy to abstract and everything in between.

17 brushes for Illustrator

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28 Free Illustrator Brushes for making Swooshes and Swirls

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33 More Paint Brush Style Illustrator Brushes

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20 Free Illustrator Art Brushes: Ink Sketch Lines

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57 Exclusive Illustrator Multi-Colored Paint Brushes

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Free-Dot Dash Illustrator Pattern Brushes

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10 Arrowhead Brushes for Illustrator

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Free Illustrator Brushes: Ink/Watercolor

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60 brushes for Illustrator

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Free Illustrator Brushes and Vectors: Foliage

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Illustrator Art Brushes

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35 Free Abstract Illustrator Brushes

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Illustrator Brushes, Series 3

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Illustrator Brushes, Series 4

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Sketchy Illustrator brushes pack (16 brushes)

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Vector Art: “Imperial Leaf” Seamless Pattern Brush for Adobe Illustrator CS4

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Feather Brushes by ~HumanNature84

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30 Illustrator Pattern Brushes for Making Flowers and Circular Designs

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ABSTRACTION by ~HumanNature84

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Thorny vine brushes by *Shurakai-Zero

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vector 3D paint brushes by ~HumanNature84

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illustrator brush set 1 by ~nrmb

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HN vector brushes by ~HumanNature84

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57 Multi-Colored Illustrator Paint Brushes

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Natural brushes by ~HumanNature84

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AI Custom Drawing Brushes 1 by ~maniacresources

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illustrator brush set 3 by ~nrmb

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Crosshatch brushes by *Shurakai-Zero

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85 Illustrator Paint Brushes

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Celtic Border brush v2 by *Shurakai-Zero

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Exclusive Illustrator Watercolor Brushes

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illustrator brush set 2 by ~nrmb

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Autorama Brush Illustrator by ~lucasribeiro

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Vector Chains by ~pica-stock

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Rope Brush by ~lucasribeiro

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Victorian vector brush pack by ~sergeypoluse

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Illustrator Light Banner Brush by ~lucasribeiro

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Candy Cane Brush by *pica-stock

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Hydronix — vector splash pack by =r2010

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100 Wonderful Water Color Illustrator Brushes

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construx by =r2010

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Links Brushes by ~Xentric

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smoke – illustrator brush pack by =r2010

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technix brush pack by =r2010

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Retro Circle AI Brushes by ~debh945

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Chalk Illustrator brushes by ~melemel

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Technix v.2 by =r2010

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Beads and Gems by ~Korat-Nibelan

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illustrator brush pack01 by ~joyologo

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Starwalt Fun Art AI Brushes by *gigistar

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Further Resources For Brushes:

30+ High Quality Adobe Illustrator Brush Sets

45 Excellent Sets of Adobe Illustrator Brushes

30 Sets of High-Quality Adobe Illustrator Brushes

45 Excellent Sets of Adobe Illustrator Brushes

Mega list of Vector Brushes- Over 1000 Free brushes and still counting!!-Artistic Inspirations AiVault graphic design blog

Adobe Illustrator Brushes, Free Illustrator Brushes, Symbols, Symbol Libraries, Illustrator CS4, CS3 Brushes, CS2, CS Vector Shapes, Illustrations, Images, More – Illustrator Tutorials Tips Books Resources – Web Site Resources, Website Tips, Websitetips.com

Adobe Illustrator Brushes downloads section

A Huge Compilation of 60 Free Illustrator Brushes – Vectortuts+

2. Gradients, Swatches, and Patterns

Gradients

Gradients allow a designer to apply a graduated blend of colors. In doing so, the artwork can change dramatically with even a subtle color change. Here are just a few samples of gradient resources.

Illustrator Metal Gradients by ~TrabzonSport

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Adobe Gradient Pack by ~magnet14

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130 gradients for Adobe Illustrator

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Swatches

25 Woven Plaid Swatches

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Illustrator Swatches

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12 Most Cute & adorable color & pattern swatches – What little boys are made of!

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55 Seamless Line & Crosshatch Swatches

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Free Illustrator Colors

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Patterns

Patterns are a great resource for a designer. Whether applied to a background or as an added detail on a character, the addition of just the right style pattern can make all the difference.

Vector Art: 10 Amazing Baroque Style Patterns for Adobe Illustrator

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new pattern by ~grunii

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Paisley Seamless Pattern by ~jilbert

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textures_poluse by ~sergeypoluse

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Vector Patterns

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Free Seamless Vector Pattern Set 2

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pop art vector texture by ~sergeypoluse

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Eyes of Miice by ~jilbert

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Batik is Beautiful – Free Vector Swatches UPDATED « ClickPopMedia

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10 Seamless Vector Patterns

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Kaleidoscope Dreams by ~jilbert

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Baroque Seamless Pattern

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15 Seamless Animal Print Patterns

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5 Free Seamless Vector Patterns

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High-Resolution Photoshop Brushes, Vectors, Illustrator Swatch Patterns and Vinyl Decals

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Free Seamless Patterns – Paisley

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Free Textures and Vector Pattern Set

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125 Vector Japanese Patterns

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20 Seamless Plaid Patterns for Illustrator

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MonochromeGeometric

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Further Resources For Patterns:

450+ Abobe Illustrator Patterns

Huge Collection of High Quality Patterns

Squidfingers / Patterns

Kaliber10000 { The Pixel Patterns Collection }

Vector Art – A Digital Illustration Blog

3. Symbols

The use of symbols in a project can save time and file size. Check out some samples of quality symbol sets which are sure to be useful resources for a variety of design projects.

Drips and splatters Vector Symbols Library

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33 Free Illustrator Symbols by =namespace

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Simbolos3 by ~Cherryflip

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Vector Garden Symbol Set by =namespace

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14 Glossy boxes by ~Anya82

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Bugs Vector Pack by ~formatdelete

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Illustrator Christmas Symbols by ~bcre80v

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Further Resources For Symbols:

Top 10 Free Adobe Illustrator Symbols Resource Sites

Symbols for Illustrator ® CS4 CS3 CS2 CS1 10, royalty-free: 1000s of stunning designs

4. Vectors

The range of styles in the following vector resources are just a sample of the huge amount of free vectors a designer can find on the internet. Not only is the artwork superb, but imagine the time saved by not having to create each design element.

21 Amazing Splats for Illustrator

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Tattered Banners « ClickPopMedia

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Vector grunge style package

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Vector package of hearts

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Exclusive Freebie: VectorLab Sample Pack

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30 vectors of cities

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Silhouettes of business people

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Geometric Abstract Vectors Pack 2

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Birds in Flight

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Free Vector Doodles – Women’s Clothing & Fashion

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10 Free Grungy Spray Vectors

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Free Keep Fit Vectors – Give Your Designs a Workout!

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Vectors and dogs

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Vector Splats

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Winter Cabin

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Vector Heraldy 2 Design

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Safari Logo

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Vector Illustration for Musical Theme

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40+ Free Vector Stickers

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Flying Birds

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Vector Vitruvian Man

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90’s Technology

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Vector Design 3

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Polaroid

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Snowflake Vectors

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Super-Fun Monsters

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5 Floral Ornaments

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Floral Colorful Illustration

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Hummer

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Green Cityscape Art

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Free Vector Pack 15 Sampler

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Alfred Doodle Set 6

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Korean Vector Flowers

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Colorful Pattern Background Vector

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Colorful Backgrounds

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41 Animals

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Pink Cherry Blossom Tree

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Christmas Tree

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Vietnam Airplanes

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Floral Ornaments

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Abstract Vector Series

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Paint Brush Vector

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Modern Mouse

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Free Twitter Drops

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School Mega Pack

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Orange Landscape

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Further Resources For Vectors:

46 Excellent Free Vectors by vectorvaco

49 Amazing Resources for Free Vector Graphics

The Ultimate Collection Of Free Vector Packs

Vector Art: 10 Stunning Vector Pattern Sets for Adobe Illustrator

Conclusion

There are always more Adobe Illustrator resources popping up every week. Keep an eye out at the sites for their weekly freebies, giveaways, and “free” sections. In doing so, one might just find pure vector-based gold!

Further Resources

About the author

Melissa Scroggins, of PeachPoPs, is a freelance graphic designer who loves designing icons, creating vector illustrations, and playing survival horror video games. You can follow her on Twitter.

About the Author

Comments and Discussions
  • Waheed Akhtar, 11 December 2009

    Definitely bookmarking this huge gold mind of adobe illustrator :) excellent post

  • Rocky, 11 December 2009

    Its awesome collections. Its difficult to collect such a huge collection.

  • Mels Brushes, 11 December 2009

    Thanks for including my dot dash brush set :) Such a huge collection, my head is spinning! Loads of good stuff

  • Dpatt, 11 December 2009

    Thanks guys! It is like an early x-mas gift.

  • Azterik Media, 11 December 2009

    Well this post was certainly the end of the rainbow! Thanks for taking the time to put this list together. Always on the lookout for new tools to give website designs that extra little something special. Definitely bookmarking this page.

  • M.T, 11 December 2009

    Wow, what an collection.. “thumbs up”
    Really appriciate you shared, and this will help alot of people with their search of improving their skills in mostly everything..

    A giant golden star for you!!

    Regards
    M.T

  • vectorss, 11 December 2009

    Great resources. Thanks share!

  • Tutorial Lounge, 11 December 2009

    excellent list of illustration resources and really like to share with my mates for better inspirations. thanks

  • Anna, 11 December 2009

    Amazing collection, thanks a lot! :)

  • BKIM, 11 December 2009

    Wow~~ These are really helpful resources. Thank you!!

  • Jon Crim, 11 December 2009

    Wow, this is sweet collection – great future resource for our designer!

  • theComplex, 11 December 2009

    -phew- I never thought I’d reach the end! Great list!

  • Julie Herold, 11 December 2009

    Wow! These are awesome. Thank you, thank you, thank you :)

  • ManuelC, 11 December 2009

    Excelent! Great Post!

  • Boong, 11 December 2009

    Superb!
    Thank you very much.

  • Jason, 11 December 2009

    This is awesome! Thank you.

  • Richie, 12 December 2009

    awesome collection. it is definitely a gold mine…

  • Deepak, 12 December 2009

    Great! Awesome collection

  • Zen White, 12 December 2009

    Awesome Collection. -Thanks!

  • Cinzia, 12 December 2009

    Wow marvellous collection. Thx for sharing

  • PeachPoPs, 12 December 2009

    Thank-you for all the positive feedback! :-)

  • Jenny, 13 December 2009

    Wow. Thanks for sharing.

  • Waasys, 13 December 2009

    Good list, but too big

  • lC, 13 December 2009

    Fantastic collection! Much needed in the time of the PSD

  • Sam Logan, 13 December 2009

    Really is a gold mine of Illustrator resources! Thanks for putting all of them together. Definitely enough to be keeping me busy.

  • chaitrax, 13 December 2009

    Gooooooooooood Collection…………

  • Emilis, 14 December 2009

    great collection, thanks a lot… ;)

  • Renato, 14 December 2009

    Woooooooow, no words!

  • BigM75, 14 December 2009

    wow is great for working

  • Darklords, 15 December 2009

    Fantástico. Una gran recopilación. Muy buen trabajo.
    Muchas gracias.

  • J Broström, 16 December 2009

    Possibly the best resource of all time!!!

  • Bjoern, 18 December 2009

    A big thanks for that big collection from Hamburg

  • You are a Star! Great content and worth adding to Favourites ;)

  • ocio y entretenimiento, 24 December 2009

    Muchas gracias por la recopilación de recursos para illustrator !!!!
    Great collection !!! Big thanks for your work in this post !!

  • Frank Calco, 25 December 2009

    ——these are the catalyst to get me back to
    —projects …..

  • Tanjila Jesmeen, 26 December 2009

    very nice :-)

  • Rhonda Brown, 12 January 2010

    I love Illustrator and when I stumbled upon this I was so excited. Thanks for the resources!

  • jilbert, 13 January 2010

    Thank you for including some of my vector patterns …
    ~jilbert

  • Dwight, 18 January 2010

    You Rock, period. Thanks again for all the great resources.

  • Deskontexto, 22 January 2010

    Mil gracias ta muy bueno esto!!!!:)

  • Deskontexto, 22 January 2010

    Ta muy bueno esto!!!!1Mil gracias

  • Katie, 21 February 2010

    hyped!

  • christoph, 25 March 2010

    Thanks! bookmarked.

  • Hamid Ebrahimnezhad, 24 April 2010

    Thanks for the resources :)

  • Corinne Brattain, 01 September 2010

    Hi I was digging for trustworthy knowledge on inks for grand format printers. Your site was listed on Alta Vista in this category, you have an informative site.

  • Brett Widmann, 24 October 2010

    Thanks for the great collection of resources!

  • Excelente nota. Muy interesante lo que dices, adios!

  • Grace, 12 November 2010

    This is a great page, I downloaded heaps of things from these links. The Japanese Prints is a dud page: just full of adds, no download of Japanese prints.

  • Kyle Webs, 20 November 2010

    Incredible list, thank you! (:

  • ZuZu, 25 April 2011

    Simply Awesome Collection !
    Thanks a lott for sharing !

  • Web design, 11 May 2011

    Nice! Great article! Thank you.

  • G.D. Abir, 23 July 2011

    Thanks a lot :)

  • atul patel, 20 October 2011

    Very good design,
    i like thish

  • patricia, 21 December 2011

    An amazing collection! Thank you!

  • kabeer, 10 August 2012

    really helpfyl & awesome stuff

  • AfroMerry, 28 September 2012

    Amazing collections of illustrator patterns and brushes you’ve got here. Beautiful!

  • Natuka75, 23 January 2013

    Thanks!!!!!!

  • Zannat, 04 February 2013

    Incredible post!!!
    Really awesome….thanks to share..

  • Tump, 05 March 2013

    Thanks for essential information about illustrator !!!!!

  • Eric, 16 May 2013

    Wow, this is an awesome list, thanks for sharing!

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