» Vector Tutorials from Different Sources

This will be an on-going post, meaning, any time I come across a new vector tutorial I really like, I’ll edit this post to link to it.

Some of the tutorials have practical uses, others are just pure eye candy or for fun.

★ VecTips

★ Learn Adobe Illustrator – by Envato

★  26 Best Adobe Illustrator Portrait Tutorials

★ 120+ of the Best Illustrator Tutorials EVER!

★ 68 Finest Adobe Illustrator Tutorials

★ 42 Best Illustrator Tutorials

20 Illustrator Tutorials – Learn to Make Fabulous Vector Graphics

Includes but is not limited to:

how to create vector glass objects / simple menu bar / draw a realistic cassette tape / design an isometric infographic / create old cinema ticket / create geometric – WPAP portrait

From EnvatoTuts:

★ Design & Illustration Tutorials > Adobe Illustrator

✦ Create a Burning, Vector Match Using Gradient Meshes

✦ How to Create a Simple Geometrical Pattern in Adobe Illustrator 

✦ How to Create Animated Vector Icons in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop

✦ How to Create a Blueprint Text Effect in Adobe Illustrator 

✦ How to Scale Icons Correctly in Adobe Illustrator

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» Photoshop Tutorials for Extracting Fine Detail Areas (such as hair) from Backgrounds – for Photoshop CC and Earlier Releases

Depending on what version of Photoshop you are using, there are different ways to extract fine selections, such as hair or fur, from a background.

Somewhere along the way, around version CS5 or CS6, Adobe put a new selection tool or menu item in Photoshop that makes removing detailed areas from backgrounds much easier.

Yet another source says that Refined Edge was introduced in version CS3. That same source also says:

 In Photoshop CS4 you can access Refine Edge through the new Adjustments panel (Black & White Adjustment Layers).

I personally own an older version of Photoshop, version CS4, and if I am understanding all these tutorials and articles correctly, versions of Photoshop prior to CS5 or 6 lack Smart Radius and Edge Selection choices in the Refine Edge dialog box.

Adobe Photoshop version history (via Wikipedia)

Version CS4 – released 2008

Version CS5 – released 2010

Version CS6 – released 2012

Version CC – released 2014

Here, I am compiling a list of links to tutorials – both posts and videos – that demonstrate how to remove detailed areas from backgrounds.

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» Large Scale Design – Billboards etc (Tutorial Links)

Large Scale Design – Billboards etc (Tutorial Links)

I will update this post as I find new links. If you are a visitor to this blog and know of any good tutorials, please feel free to leave comments on this post with links to those. I  would appreciate it, and maybe any visitors to this blog would find it helpful.

I don’t have any experience in designing billboards – design, yes; I know how to use Photoshop and so on, but I’m not aware of the technical aspects involved in creating designs specifically for billboards (or other very large formats), and I’ve been seeing more and more graphic design job wanted ads asking for designers to create billboards as part of the job description.

The links to the tutorials:

Billboard Designing: Why design at higher resolution instead of the actual, lower print resolution?

Designing large scale projects—trade shows and billboards: beginner tips and tricks


So then, what size imagery is necessary? 

Well, they still need to be rather large in file size, but most request a file to be designed using anywhere from 100dpi-150dpi (depending on project/printer specs). This is the case for any image that is created using the pixel based design program, Adobe Photoshop.

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