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Working with Clipping Masks and Free Transform in Adobe Illustrator

"You’ve probably heard of a Clipping Path in Photoshop. Well, a Clipping Mask in Illustrator is pretty much the same thing (Corel Draw calls it a “Powerclip,” and in Freehand, “Paste Inside”). It’s a vector path that masks, or “clips” out part of the image. Clipping Masks provides vector artists with more flexibility when building and organizing files. For designers, they can be scary at first, but are easy to de-mystify... Here we go:

In Photoshop and InDesign, Clipping Paths are often used to isolate an irregular shape in a photo to create a “cutout”. Since irregular vector shapes can be easily made, why would you need to use a Clipping Mask in Illustrator? Most of the time, they’re used to crop a set of irregular shapes into a neat, simple shape. In this regard, it can be helpful to think of them as “cropping masks.” Except with one benefit: the cropped or excluded part of the image doesn’t really go away, it’s just hidden. Let’s have a look. Full Article (via iStockPhoto)

Fabulous Las Vegas Vector Design Elements

Glitz, Glamour & Gambling. Since 1959, the "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign welcomes you to the heart of the Strip, where heart-pounding excitement, the amazing shows and non-stop gaming action await you at every turn...

No wonder Las Vegas has been called Sin City, because the seven deadly sins are all-over the place. Let us entertain you with this "Las Vegas Show" vector elements, free to download and use under the Creative Commons Attribution.

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10 Stunning Vector Pattern Sets for Adobe Illustrator

Here we have a collection of consistent, unique and interesting seamless patterns for Adobe Illustrator users. You can use them for digital artwork decoration or brainstorming.

Below you will find image previews, artist info, download links and usage instructions. If you use some of them, don't be shy and post a link to your work in the comments section...
The resources have been released under CC Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 License

Retro Flower Patterns
A floral pattern for Adobe Illustrator from Water Pistol.This set contains three variations of the pattern you see above. To use, expand the ZIP file, open the PDF with Adobe Ilustrator and bring up the swatches palette (Window>Swatches). Download

Vector Target Swatches

A free seamless pattern resource from Chibiki. The pack includes red, orange, blue, green, purple, yellow and gray versions of the swatch. To use, load the PDF file with Adobe Illustrator and open the swatches palette. Download

Flowered Pijamas

A cute five-color pattern from Jill Schwegel. You can use it for designing a web background, decorate a clothing design concept or just fill negative space with something fresh. To use open the PDF with Adobe Illustrator and bring up the swatches window (Window>Swatches>. Download

Cherry Background

A free vector background design resource from Julia Syrykh. You might find use of it as a web background or as an environment for your latest flash animation. Customizable with Adobe Illustrator. Download

Aloha Seamless Pattern

Another seamless pattern for Adobe Illustrator from Jill Schwegel. The swatch is constructed by hibiscus flower and pineapple shapes, available in large (300x300) and small (150x150) tiles. To use, expand the ZIP archive, open with Adobe Illustrator, and bring up the swatches palette. Download

Floral Pattern

A free EPS flower from Skeedio. You can customize the artwork with almost any popular vector graphics editor (Corel Draw, Inkscape, GIMP, Adobe Illustrator, etc.). Download

Damask Pattern

A free damask pattern for Adobe Illustrator from Grunii. To use, expand the ZIP archive and open the AI file with Adobe Illustrator. Download

Seamless Bubbles

A collection of seven seamless bubble pattern swatches for Adobe Illustrator from Chibiki. To use, load with Adobe Illustrator, draw a vector object, select it, bring up the swatches window (Swatches>Window) and apply a pattern of your choice. Download

52 Seamless Halftone Patterns

A collection of 52 seamless halftone patterns for Adobe Illustrator by Faerie Dreamer. To use, load the PDF file in Adobe Illustrator by selecting File>Open>Browse (Don't use click+drag) and bring up the swatches panel. Download

45 Degrees Stripe Patterns for Adobe Illustrator

A free pack of 28 vector pattern swatches for Adobe Illustrator Nagash. Stripes in 7 different sizes, rotated left and right; Straight line and faux-pixilated line; Black-transparent, and black-red variations; To use, load the PDF file in Adobe Illustrator and open the swatches palette (Window>Swatches). Download

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"Waterproof Your Music" Poster Ad Campaign by LOWE Egypt

Two Of the posters from an adcampaign for H2O Audio waterproof cases and Virgin Megastores. The concepts feature caricatures of Snoop Dogg as a surfer and Scuba Diver Madonna...

Advertising Agency: LOWE Egypt, Cairo, Egypt

Creative Director: Hisham Kharma

Art Director: Montasser Khalil, Hisham Kharma

Copywriter: Hisham Kharma, Montasser Khalil

Export AI to XAML. Adobe Illustrator CS4 Plugin

A freely available plug-in that enables Adobe Illustrator to export WPF and Silverlight compatible XAML Created by Michael Swanson...

"If you use Adobe Illustrator and would like to get your artwork into a WPF or Silverlight application using XAML, you've come to the right place. I've been updating my freely available plug-in since 2005, and there are now versions that work with both the PC and the Mac." More Info & Download Links

What is Typography?

A lesson by from the Vancouver film school.

Typography is the art and technique of arranging type, type design, and modifying type glyphs. Type glyphs are created and modified using a variety of illustration techniques.

The arrangement of type involves the selection of typefaces, point size, line length, leading (line spacing), adjusting the spaces between groups of letters (tracking) and adjusting the space between pairs of letters (kerning). Read more

Abstract Art Brushes for Adobe Illustrator

A collection of five abstract brushes for Adobe Illustrator by HumanNature84. Perfect for drawing abstract graphics. If you experiment with different stroke colors, size and layer transparency you can get all sorts of visual effects...

To use, load the PDF file in Adobe Illustrator (use the "File>Open" method, not "Click n' Drag") and bring up the brushes palette from the Windows menu (Windows>Brushes) of press F5.Download

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License.

Vector Art Design Elements of Freedom - Pack #01

The best things in life are free. This amazing vector artwork by UltraVivid for Vector-Art Blog contains over 60 vector design elements, free to download right now. The zip contains Illustrator ai, eps, pdf and svg files...

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HUGO Graphic Design & Vector Art Contest Round 10: “SimpliCity”

"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication”, Leonardo da Vinci
The theme of HUGO Create Round 10, the creative contest by HUGO Fragrances, is SimpliCity. Today’s world is a fairly complicated place, and this can make life pretty stressful. Get rid of the noise, stress, density, chaos, cost of living and limits of space and focus on the uncomplicated parts of city life. The quiet wilderness within the urban jungle. We want you to show us how you imagine an urban universe where the focus is on clarity, purity, freedom and beauty. Even if your style is all about more-is-more, multiple layers, and an explosion of colors, surprise us and take a new approach...
Simplify your concept and style in unexpected ways and strip down your urban universe to its most essential features and passionate activities. We are looking forward to receiving your clean (but strong) ideas, simple but great designs: basic, bold & beautiful. The 10 best entries of every round will receive cash prizes of 500 US-$. The work of the round winner will be published in i-D magazine. Deadline of Round 10 is August 31, 2009. Winners will be announced on October 1.
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Seamless Hibiscus Pattern

Free vector resource from Jilbert. This pack contains a seamless hibiscus floral pattern in large and small tiles in EPS and Adobe Illustrator file formats...

To use, expand the ZIP archive, load the AI file in Illustrator and bring up the swatches panel (Window>Swatches). The artwork has been released under CC Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 License. Download

Racing Track Pattern Brush for Adobe Illustrator

A free pattern brush for Adobe Illustrator from Lucas Ribeiro . You can use this resource to quickly draw vector racing tracks. All you have to do is to apply the brush to your path.

By default the brush will create grey tracks but you can experiment with different colors by changing the stroke color of your path...

To use load the PDF file in Adobe Illustrator (use the "File>Open" method, not click+drag) and bring up the brushes palette. Download

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