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40+ Vector Characters Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop Tutorials

July 23rd, 2009

Having a unique design is a must to get your visitor’s attention. Vector characters can establish a memorable image of your site in the reader’s mind. Adobe Illustrator & Photoshop are great for a sketchy or hand-drawn feel. Creating these effects are relatively easy with Live Trace, Live Paint, Brushes and the ability to create you own brushes. This article contains a mixture of Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop tutorials that will be a great help to you to create visually appealing cartoon characters.

At the end of this post you will find breathtaking & interesting illustrations from some of the best graphic designers and artists.

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Create a Cute Furry Vector Monster in Illustrator

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How to Illustrate a Cute Emo Kid

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Create a Twitter Style Bird Mascot

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Drawing Kirby

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How to Create a Web Site Mascot

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How to Create a Cute Hippo Character!

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Drawing a character’s face in Illustrator

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Draw figures in an anime style

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Kimcool
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6 years 9 months ago

Nice Photoshop tutorials..love so much.

joyoge designers' bookmark
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6 years 9 months ago

beautiful characters and nice tuts, thanks for the list..

Jash Sayani
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6 years 9 months ago

I LOVE ALL OF THEM !!

umiar
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umiar
6 years 1 month ago

Jash u r right all good thems

Atlanta Printing Company
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6 years 9 months ago

Wow. this list is amazing

Brant
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6 years 9 months ago

Nice post, lots of cool digital art.

Rick
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6 years 9 months ago

Always looking for these type of roundups. Thanks

Freelancer Crowd
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6 years 9 months ago

Thanks for the very nice selection!

derp
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derp
6 years 9 months ago

these types of tutorials are of no use to anyone. all they will show you how to do is copy someone elses drawing. and especially in the case of the ’emo kid’ the drawings are horrible.

doruman
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6 years 9 months ago

Very intersting idea and very nice Photoshop tutorials, many thanks for the share

Nilson Saavedra
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Nilson Saavedra
6 years 9 months ago

hey derp, in my opinion, im sorry but ur wrong, copy makes u understand how the draw was made, so u know the procees u can apply for ur own, not necessarily u need to copy, or u gonna tell me that when ur learning to play piano, u dont play Mozart pieces, Chopin or else, see, ur playing someone else´s composition, here its the same, thanks!

pelfusion
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6 years 9 months ago

I will try the twitter characters first…nice roundup

mamdouh
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6 years 9 months ago

good,thanks

Promoteware
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6 years 9 months ago

This is a great collection of characters. Could come in very useful for many things down the road.

Eric Shafer
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6 years 9 months ago

Really nice tutorials, thanks for the roundup!

Featured here: http://www.presidiacreative.com/best-of-the-web-30/

Kaplang
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6 years 9 months ago

really love the tutorial and especially the image of kirby :) thanks for this.

shravan
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6 years 9 months ago

Love the characters and whole collection.

Web Overhauls
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6 years 9 months ago

Wonderful characters and tutorials, thank you! Too bad I’m not a graphic designer, but can keep tryin’.

DesignDazzling
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6 years 8 months ago

nice vector graphics

Diane
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Diane
6 years 8 months ago

Nice collection, but not all look neat

Andrey
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6 years 8 months ago

Creative!

Priti
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Priti
6 years 8 months ago

amazing tutes…

Luis Lopez
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6 years 8 months ago

Excellent collection, some of those are my favorites, thanks for the quality.

Ezuca
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6 years 8 months ago

This is such a cool list. I wish I could try creating one.

Commander Selvam
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6 years 7 months ago

The designs are amazing, thanks for giving tutorial on illustrator

dandy
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6 years 7 months ago

Very nice. Illustrations are cool as always.

Regards.

Honey Singh
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6 years 6 months ago

Very informative for creating an unique design with these vector characters for Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.

Tanjila Jesmeen
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6 years 4 months ago

itz really great.thanks for sharing.

PSDDude
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6 years 1 month ago

Very cute characters !

Kevin
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6 years 1 month ago

Can you update the tutorial links please. Some tut dont have tut at all…

Narender
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Narender
5 years 6 months ago

Very nice and easy to understand tutorial!

Brett Widmann
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5 years 6 months ago

Very nice selection here. Thanks for the post

warawat
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5 years 5 months ago

very good lighting effiects.

designerdorsey
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designerdorsey
5 years 4 months ago

Great tutorials! Thank you :-)

Preston Racette
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5 years 4 months ago

Amazing tuts! Keep it up!

Cgbaran
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5 years 4 months ago

Great tutorials thanks;)

Katheleen Mailman
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5 years 3 months ago

Aw, this was a very nice post. In thought I want to put in writing like this additionally – taking time and actual effort to make an excellent article… but what can I say… I procrastinate alot and not at all appear to get one thing done.

Erica
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4 years 7 months ago

This post was phenomenal. I am doing a lot of research for my own blogging project and hope to create my own graphics for it.

Praveesh
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4 years 5 months ago

Wow! I was looking for such a tutorial. Thanks for posting…

Harish Kotra
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4 years 4 months ago

Well, these kinda tutorials inspire people to create their own mascots and icons :) Thanks mate ;)

Steve
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3 years 11 months ago

You definitely forgot to mention these vector characters: http://vectorcharacters.net/ (Btw – these are all free)

Anna
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3 years 10 months ago

Just what i was looking for, thanks mate!

M.Mohamed Rafi
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M.Mohamed Rafi
3 years 7 months ago

Nice.. super Vector tutorial…thanks for the post… keep on post …

Pete
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Pete
3 years 6 months ago

The furry monster is great! Keep posting more vector characters!

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