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Vector Illustration: 60+ Illustrator Tutorials, Tips and Best Practices

July 14th, 2008

Adobe Illustrator is a powerful tool for illustrating various elements one can use for web pages and print design. However, it’s important to know what to do in order to powerfully use its tools and achieve certain effects. So, step-by-step tutorials can provide a lot of help, thats why we spent a lot of time searching for the best tutorials out there and the result was 60 remarkable illustrator tutorials, tips, best practices from some of the best illustrators and artists; besides you’ll also find references to brilliant illustrator portfolios out there. Let’s take a look at some of the best Adobe Illustrator tutorials we’ve found in the Web so far.


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Tutorials

1-From Sketch to Vector Illustration– A technique of vector illustrating that takes a little bit more skill is starting with a hand drawn sketches.This tutorial will focus on that technique of vector illustrating.

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2-Craft a Dramatic Vector Landscape Environment– This tutorial will show the intermediate Adobe Illustrator artist how to make a dramatic landscape environment.

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3-Draw Your Self Portrait– Learn how to transform your photo into your vector self portrait. You’ll review techniques for tracing photos.

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4-Complex Circular Design Techniques– This tutorial is split into 2 sections: The Rotate Tool, and a Custom Pattern Brush.

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5-Creating trees in Illustrator– Green is in vogue and clients everywhere want natural imagery in their promotional material. Ben the Illustrator shows you how to create a fresh-looking tree.

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6-Illustrator Tutorial: Figure Shading
Drawing the human body is never easy, but shading it and giving it depth as well can be a real headache. A nice tutorial on figure shading by Russell Tate.

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7-Texture– When working in Illustrator it’s nice to add textures that weren’t computer generated (like gradients or pattern fills). This is a step-by-step instructions on how you can create your own hand-made texture effects using a Chinagraph Pencil on simple Watercolor Paper.

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8-Realistic Curtain– How to create a realistic curtain using the gradient mesh.

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9-Wood Grain– Here is a quick way to create wood grain effect using the warp tools in illustrator.

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10-Simple organic shapes the Illustrator way– Here is a nice way to create wood grain effect using the warp tools in illustrator.

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11-Free Watercolor Brushes and Tutorial– How to create a couple watercolor brushes, and at the end of the tutorial you can download some Free Vectips Watercolor Brushes!

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12-3D Logo Tutorial– In this Tutorial you will start with the making of a logo shape, going to rough 3D, and finishing it in Photoshop.

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13-How To Create Your Own Vector Cartoon Character– Follow this tutorial to create your own vector character; Freddy the Fish.

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14-Vector Polishing Techniques– This tutorial includes 9 Photoshop techniques that will show you how to add more depth, color, contrast, and texture into your vector art.

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15-Chinese Bamboo– This tutorial will show you how to illustrate Chinese bamboo with Illustrator Symbol Sprayer and Mesh Tool.

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16-ILLUSTRATE IMAGE INTO VECTOR– Basically, it is quite simple to illustrate an animate rather than a real object. Its color tone is simple and easy to apply. Yhis tutorial will teach you how to illustrate an image into vector.

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17-Digital Art Tutorial – An old tutorial but worth every minute you spend on it.

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18-Creating a Crazy Cool Logo

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19-Create a Designer Font– How to break apart a font into vector bits that we can manipulate. This is a great way to add your style to a font or to make your own!

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20-Swirl Mania in Illustrator and Photoshop– There are lots of ways to create swirls in Illustrator, in this tutorial you will learn 4 ways to create swirls, and by mixing them you will learn some very powerful techniques that will allow you to easily make tons of different styles of swirls and crazy sperm vectors.

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21-Leather Stylin’ in Illustrator– How to create a quasi-realistic leather patch logo complete with buttons and stitching.

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22-Create a Disco Environment with Twirl Tool, Crystalize , and Envelope Tool– In this tutorial you will see how to use envelope tool to create a Disco Ball , You will also utilize Twirl and Crystallize tool to understand its options .

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23-Design Float Circle Icon– This tutorial will teach you how to create a Designer float icon using adobe Illustrator that will match with the awesome fasticon set.

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24-Using Illustrator’s Mesh Tool as Nature Intended– How to use the Mesh tool to simulate nature’s way of colorizing things—in this case, a fallen leaf.

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25-Vectoring Hair

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26- Symmetrical Illustration: Thug Bunny!– This tutorial will go through the method of using symmetry in your artwork. Learn how to do half the work but still get the full benefit from your artwork.

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27-Illustrator Shapes Tutorial – This is an Adobe Illustrator Tutorial on How to Make Shapes

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Neat Tips & Tricks

28-Illustrator: The Tilde Trick-Holding down the tilde key, (the little squiggly line above the tab key, left of the number 1 on your keyboard.) while using a drawing tool will cause Illustrator to repeat the shape rapidly as you move your mouse.

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29-illustrator Pucker and Bloat Effect– How to use the Pucker & Bloat Effect.

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30-Live Trace– This article will show you how to use Illustrator’s Live Trace tool. Live Trace will allow you to completely convert photographs and other raster graphics into Vector graphics!

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31-Save Time With Save Selection– Selecting multiple objects in Illustrator is essential to productivity. One of the best selection features in Illustrator is Save Selection.

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32-Vector Effects– How to mix a photo with vector elements using Photoshop and Illustrator.

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33-Blending Gradients in Illustrator– How do you make a gradient bend to the shape you are creating? The answer is in Illustrator’s under-used Blend tool. This tutorial will show you how.

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34-Smart Scale object or Pattern– Do you know that you can scale patterns swatches by using smart scale?

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35-Drawing with the pen tool– People often find it hard to get used to the pen tool in illustrator. Remember these three things and you will be rollin’ in no time.


36-A Gradient Brush?– Making a “gradient brushstroke,” that is, a gradient that will follow a path, rather than fill a shape.

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Freebies

37-Vector Freebie: Illustrator Icons– Here are some free vector Illustrator icons! There are eight of the most-used Adobe Illustrator tools inside: both arrows, pencil, magnifying glass, hand, pen, brush, and eyedropper.


38-Sandwich Board Whitey & Wheaty

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39-Colorful Illustration– Very beautiful dream like illustration in vector .eps format

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40-The Butterfly Patch– A Sample Patch from one of the Tool Boxes available at aivault.

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41-Free Vector Art – Spring Flowers

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Best Practices

42-Midnight Terror by Matheus Castro

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43-Madam Eninette

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44-Bulgarian Jazz Festival 2008

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45-He aint showing up hun

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46-Bently Stamp

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47-Lolly Zombification

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48-Communion by Cristiano Siqueira

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49-Dior Vector

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50-The Swallowers of Pretty Things

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51-Naketano

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52-Fruit Tree

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53-Overgrown

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54-Drug Free Zone

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55-Playstation 3

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Illustrators Portfolios

56-James White

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57-Eendar

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58-Cris Vector

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59-Maciej Mizer

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60-Kacper Spala

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61-Andrey Gordeev

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Further Illustrator Portfolios

The jungle is alive: Be it a collaboration between two or more authors or an article by an author not contributing regularly. In these cases you find the Noupe Editorial Team as the ones who made it. Guest authors get their own little bio boxes below the article, so watch out for these.

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Qvectors
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7 years 10 months ago

Thanks for featuring vectors from Qvectors.com.

James Abney-Hastings
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7 years 10 months ago

Thanks for a great collection of resources here, will be checking out some of the as soon as I can! Bookmarked.

Felicity
Guest
7 years 10 months ago

Some great resources, time for me to crack open illustrator and get experimenting!

Htoo Tay Zar
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7 years 10 months ago

Thanks for great collection!! I’ll share about this in friendfeed.

Stefan
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7 years 10 months ago

Another awesome roundup. You might want to check #24 and #25, they have the same description.

Mohsen
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7 years 10 months ago

Very Great Resoureces
thanks

rexxgriffin
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7 years 10 months ago

yes, thats awesome tut! thanx 4 share

Kudos
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7 years 10 months ago

What an excellent set of resources. This will be incredibly handy for learning, reference and inspiration. Thankyou!

liam
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7 years 10 months ago

Wow, what an epic post! Very good work!

Pablo
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7 years 10 months ago

OMG! What a post, guys!

Noupe
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7 years 10 months ago

Thank you all for the wonderful feedback.

This is the first part and the second part will be coming soon with more interesting tutorials.

A couple of years ago it was really hard to find good Illustrator tutorials as Photoshop tutorials was all over the web but today many illustrators are so kind by sharing their experience and giving us those step by step tutorials.

Steven Silverwood
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7 years 10 months ago

Thanks alot for featuring my ‘Lolly Zombification’!!!

Kiten
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7 years 10 months ago

Wow great collection people :)

JSHAW
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7 years 10 months ago

breath taking!

Jeff Finley
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7 years 10 months ago

Great list! Thanks for featuring our tut!

bangbouh
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7 years 10 months ago

Great illustrator tutorials!

John Rioberts
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John Rioberts
7 years 10 months ago

Excellent tips. Thank you for sharing them!

JT
http://www.FireMe.to/udi

James Kurtz III
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7 years 10 months ago

Thanks for the nice collection!

mikko
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7 years 10 months ago

just wanna tip about a guy called Boete…
check out his site @ http://www.boete.nu

Chris Mills
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7 years 10 months ago

I always thought of “best practices” as the industry accepted process and procedure for any given task. Are the examples under the “best practices” heading meant to illustrate the result when using best practices?

feroz
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7 years 10 months ago

Very informative

United Voices
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7 years 10 months ago

These are great resources. I’ve had this bookmarked for my future reference as well. Thanks.

ali
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7 years 10 months ago

Very good list

alwazer
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7 years 10 months ago

Thank you
The article is quite remarkable

Asmaa
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7 years 10 months ago

Hey ! thanks for the mention much appriciate it .

Patrick Sweeney
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7 years 10 months ago

Fantastic roundup! I almost don’t have to scour the web myself anymore.

David
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7 years 10 months ago

Great list

Chris Leavens
Guest
7 years 10 months ago

Thanks for featuring not one, but two of my pieces (Fruit Tree and Overgrown) in your excellent round-up. Some SERIOUSLY valuable info here.

Craig Farrall
Guest
7 years 10 months ago

Wow, an absolutely fantastic roundup of some great vector and illustration tutorials, you have really excelled yourself this time. Well Done, keep up the good work.

Jon S
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7 years 10 months ago

Thank you so much! This is an amazing list of Illustrator resources. This is the end of my free-time for awhile…

Internet and Design
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7 years 10 months ago

60 thats a lot!
I like the freebies

Ethelbert Pygott
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7 years 10 months ago

60 remarkable illustrator tutorials, tips, best practices from some of the best illustrators and artists; besides you ll also find references to brilliant illustrator portfolios out there. Let s take a look at some of the best Adobe Illustrator tutorials we ve found in the Web so far.

onecss.com
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7 years 9 months ago

great! I was looking for something like that. Thank you.

Max | Design Shard
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7 years 9 months ago

this is a very good resource, great

Max | Design Shard

shamim
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6 years 8 days ago

this is really helpful for learning.
than you every one who made this.

Freelance Web Design
Guest
7 years 9 months ago

Very slick selection here folks! Nothing like Timbaland to set the mood.

Amanda
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7 years 8 months ago

I love these – its seldom that you bump into relevant tutorials that looks this good. Thanks!

Daniel
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7 years 7 months ago

Thank’s, I will start playing with illustrator soon, as I see there are lot’s of posibilities.

vijay
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vijay
7 years 7 months ago

I LIKE THIS COLLECTION.I HAVE SOME WORK LIKE THIS.

Ryan G
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7 years 7 months ago

Cool list. Thanks for sharing.

Alan
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7 years 6 months ago

Great Tutorial for newbie like me
Thanks

Roger
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6 years 7 months ago

Very nice materials. I prefer the clip tutorials as what is available in aiblog.it or in you tube, but here I found a lot of good tips.

Devanshee
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Devanshee
6 years 7 months ago

hey thanks,i m searching something like this!!!!

designium
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6 years 6 months ago

Very nice collection :D

Umar
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6 years 5 months ago

Hi,

Nice work. This is an amazing list of Illustrator resources.

Thanks

David Jonsson
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6 years 5 months ago

Awesome list of tutorials, I wrote my first tutorial the other day on how I turn my sketches into vectors. I’d love some feedback http://davidjonsson.com.au/my-design-blog/index.php/tutorial-from-sketch-to-vector

nadia
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6 years 5 months ago

this is one perfect and clean tutorials, thanks for sharing

Zoltán
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6 years 3 months ago

Szuper Grafika :)

Pooja Madhu
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Pooja Madhu
6 years 3 months ago

Thanks for a great collection of resources here.. Thanks a Lot

Narender
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Narender
4 years 8 months ago

awesome nice work….

Richard
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6 years 2 months ago

What can I say for, wow wow and wow. Great list buddy I love all of it. Keep it up and share more great list and probably some interesting tutorials about web 2.0 styles.

Billy
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6 years 1 month ago

Thanks for sharing, this really cool stuff. Love it. Keep it up.

Master
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6 years 28 days ago

Very good list but This is a bit old list.
My personal choice is tutorials99.com

where all tutorials have a Higher page rank and professional.Very helpful for beginners…

ali
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6 years 18 days ago

very good…

Sarah
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Sarah
5 years 9 months ago

wow! fantastic mxaaaaaaaaa! i love it. well done.

jinson rajakumary
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jinson rajakumary
5 years 8 months ago

very nice tutorial . learn with simple…………
……………thanks…………………

andreitasoto
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5 years 7 months ago

me encanta todo lus tutoriales, las aplicaciones las imagenes y los recursos que nos empapan de imagen visual.

Shelton Igwe
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5 years 7 months ago

Do you have twitter account sir ? So i can follow your blog

Garmahis
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5 years 7 months ago
Abdur Razzak
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Abdur Razzak
5 years 6 months ago

It’s really effective!

Al Bayangos
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Al Bayangos
5 years 6 months ago

Great list! I am truly inspired! :)

raghu
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raghu
5 years 5 months ago

thanks! its really informative

Cgbaran
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5 years 4 months ago

Great tutorials thanks

mastoore
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mastoore
5 years 4 months ago

thanks!clear & useful

dustin
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5 years 3 months ago

Thanks for taking the time to make a valuable post.

barbara
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5 years 1 month ago

Thanks a lot! this article is very good, cant find one also on internet! Be sure!

Zia
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5 years 25 days ago

Great!! I was looking for something like that..Thanks for posting such a unique post.

Ranji
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4 years 11 months ago

This article is very gud…

Creative Alys
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4 years 10 months ago

These are great :)

JOHN
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JOHN
4 years 9 months ago

these are awesome, good job on posting, this would help a lot, thanks

Rebeen
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4 years 7 months ago

Wow! Nice colection! I was looking for something like that. Thank so much! :)

melanie
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4 years 6 months ago

so many things to learn, thank you for all inspiration. Great list! :)

murtaza
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murtaza
4 years 6 months ago

Wow sooooooo nice.

Santhosh
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4 years 5 months ago

Extremely useful tutorials for amateur vector artists like me! Need so much time to finish all these, but I will..

image2vector
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4 years 4 months ago

Thank you for sharing, these amazing tutorials!

eibici
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4 years 4 months ago

i like this soo muchh :))

anabelle
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3 years 11 months ago

cool design. I love the 3d logo tutorial. Easy to follow and great results

tom
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tom
3 years 9 months ago

ya’ll are my inspiration

Esharat
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Esharat
3 years 6 months ago

Wow! Awesome your sharing! Thanks for sharing.

Kiran
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Kiran
3 years 5 months ago

Hi,

Some of the images are linked to JPEGs and not tutorials…. :(
Help please!

mhatzapa
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mhatzapa
3 years 2 months ago

thanks for sharing…:)

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