Articles by Vectortuts

  • Geometric Design: Tenfold Star in a Rectangle

    What You’ll Be Creating For our 15th and last lesson in this series, I chose a motif with a complex construction that requires you to pay close attention to join the correct points. The central “star” crops up often in Islamic geometry, but the number of its arms varies constantly, from six to more than […]

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  • 50% Off Hosting and Free Envato Tuts+

    Until 18 March, you’ll receive a free year subscription to Envato Tuts+ when you purchase a hosting plan from SiteGround. With up to 50% off, SiteGround offers three plans to get you on the way to hosting bliss. Whether you’re just starting or already have a few existing sites, you’ll receive the following support: Easy Start One-click […]

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  • 10 Tips for Improving Your Photo Manipulation Skills

    Over it’s 20+ year history, Photoshop has proved itself useful for a great many things. One of the primary applications is photo manipulation. In fact, it’s photo manipulation that is meant by the colloquial term “to Photoshop”. Yet pulling off a successful photo manipulation isn’t quite as easy as it sounds.  So whether you are […]

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  • How to Draw Vehicles: Trucks & HGVs

    What You’ll Be Creating Trucks are seen by many as the kings of the road and they are very imposing, so for this tutorial we are going to look at how to draw one in perspective, and we’ll also compare different types of these big rigs. 1. Establish Perspective Step 1 For this tutorial, we […]

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  • 10 Top Tips for Fashion Illustration

    Fashion Patterns From clothes to accessories, fashion illustrations have a long history as a visual reference for a designer’s concepts or current fashion trends.  What makes a good fashion illustration, though? With help from content from Envato Market, let’s count down 10 top tips for creating great fashion illustrations to better your own sense of […]

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  • Illustrator in 60 Seconds: How to Use the Layers Panel

    Welcome to our Illustrator in 60 Seconds series, in which you can learn an Illustrator skill, feature, or technique in just a minute! The Layers Panel Creating detailed compositions will often prove to be a tedious task since you’ll almost always have to deal with a lot of objects and paths, making it impossible to […]

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  • How to Create a Futuristic Metal Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

    What You’ll Be Creating In this quick tip, we are going to create a simple Layer Style text effect, similar to the text effects that can be purchased on Envato Market. So you’ll be just using a texture, a pattern, and a couple of layer styles to create a bright, futuristic-themed text effect. Let’s get started! Tutorial […]

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  • How to Make a Flat Design Birthday Cake in Affinity Designer

    What You’ll Be Creating Whether you’re making a birthday card for your nearest and dearest or you want to congratulate yourself, this tutorial is for you! You will learn how to make a simple yet detailed flat-style birthday cake in Affinity Designer, using basic shapes and operations.  Once you start making this festive birthday cake, […]

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  • Photoshop in 60 Seconds: The History Panel

    Vintage on the road Welcome to our Photoshop in 60 Seconds series, in which you can learn a Photoshop skill, feature, or technique in just a minute!  This time around we explore the History panel. The History Panel We all know that one of the best benefits to working digitally is that there’s an undo […]

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  • Free Coffee Break Course on Adobe Illustrator’s Curvature Tool

    The Curvature Tool in Adobe Illustrator gives you a new way of drawing smooth curves and straight lines to get just the results you want quickly. In this Coffee Break Course, How to Use the Curvature Tool in Adobe Illustrator, you will learn how easy and useful the Curvature Tool is. If you’ve always had trouble […]

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  • How to Design a Classic Book Cover With a Modern Twist!

    What You’ll Be Creating Redesigning covers for classic and beloved novels is big business in publishing. A well-tuned redesign can help a book reach new audiences across different generations and demographics.  In this tutorial, we’ll dip a toe into the world of classic covers and create a redesigned cover for Moby Dick that’s modern, stylish […]

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  • How to Create a Font Using Fontself and FontForge

    What You’ll Be Creating If you’re a designer or illustrator who’s more comfortable creating glyphs in Adobe Illustrator, this tutorial is right up your alley! This tutorial is part two of two. Check out part one if you haven’t already! We’ve planned out our letter set, gone over ways to refine the font design, and […]

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  • Photoshop in 60 Seconds: What Are Histograms?

    Vibrant Welcome to our Photoshop in 60 Seconds series, in which you can learn a Photoshop skill, feature, or technique in just a minute! What’s a Histogram? In Photoshop, histograms are those graphs that are visible behind the Levels and Curves adjustments. We’ve all seen them, but what do they mean? Take just a minute […]

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  • How to Create a Font in Adobe Illustrator

    What You’ll Be Creating If you’re a designer or illustrator who’s more comfortable creating glyphs in Adobe Illustrator, this tutorial is right up your alley! We’ll plan out our letter set, go over ways to refine the font design, and prepare files for use in a font-making program, all from the comfort of Adobe Illustrator. […]

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  • Create a Hill Scene Using Gradients in Adobe Illustrator

    What You’ll Be Creating Recently I came across an inspiring photograph by Felicia Simion, featuring hills with a gradient appearance. Once I fell in love with the image, I just had to create a version in vector. Felicia has been kind enough to grant me permission to use her artwork as inspiration for this tutorial. Photography by […]

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  • 23 Must-Have, Free Fonts for Graphic Designers

    Do you need a font that will make your design sparkle? Low on dough? As you probably already know, there are plenty of free fonts on the Internet. Like anything free, quality varies. With a little research, it’s possible to find a few gems out there that won’t cost you a dime. This article highlights […]

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  • Create a Quick and Easy Skyscape Using Image Trace in Adobe Illustrator

    Image Trace in Adobe Illustrator is handy for many reasons. If you use the program for illustrations mostly, it’s one of the tools usually avoided as you can easily recognize images that have been traced in Adobe Illustrator and because it has it’s own “style”, it often clashes with whatever style you’re working with. I […]

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  • Quick Tip: Using the Gradient Tool and Gradient Panel in Illustrator

    By reader request, we take an in-depth look at the gradient features in Adobe Illustrator. Starting with the Gradient panel, then examining the Gradient Tool, you’ll learn how to create and apply gradients to strokes, objects and compound paths. The artwork used in the screencast is “Brown Owl” by GraphicRiver author seamartini

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  • Human Anatomy Fundamentals: Basic Body Proportions

    If you’ve practiced capturing energy in the previous tutorial, you’ll have acquired a good feel for loose sketching of people. We’re going to start giving structure to that feeling-based groundwork by studying the body with a more scientific eye. Let me say that it will take many sessions to cover the wonders of the human […]

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  • Use Basic Shapes to Create a Complex Catrina Poster in Illustrator

    In this tutorial, we are going to create a Catrina poster illustration in Adobe Illustrator, by using mainly geometric shapes like the rectangle, circle, polygon, etc. We will also be using the Pathfinder panel, the Outline Stroke option, Offset Path and the Zig Zag effect, all this while using only three colors. So let’s get started. […]

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