As you know, each month, we search the web for the best vector-related content and showcase it here for you all to enjoy. This month, we found some really great tutorials on creating vector portraits with different workflows that incorporate geometric shapes, and Photoshop texturing and effects. This month has loads of other tutorials, in addition to inspiring articles, resources, and useful freebies. November was another vector month with loads of quality material to dig into.
Make Artistic and Elegant Vector Artwork with Illustrator
The results here are elegant and beautiful. In this tutorial you’ll learn a few different ways to compose vector drawings together using reference images, how to use layer transparencies, and how to give your vector artwork a color-washed look with the use of Live Paint and color gradients. The work is then finished in Photoshop.
Vector tutorial: Character superheroes illustration set
In this tutorial you’ll learn how to create a superhero icon (similar to superman) in Illustrator. It’s an interesting use of gradients and well worth spending the time to read this and then practice creating a character with this workflow.
Create Type from a Single Path
Steven Bonner shows us how to use Illustrator’s paths to connect hand written letters. He shows how learning to create type from a single path has many potential uses in design for logos and slogans, and can be used to create effective illustrations.
Create a Retro-Futuristic Poster
In this tutorial, Rogier de Boevé shows us how to create a retro-futurism image with an abstract geometric foundation. He combines fragments of landscapes with portraiture. In this tutorial you’ll use both Illustrator and Photoshop.
Photoshop & Illustrator Tutorial: Make vector portraits from photos
In this tutorial, Eelco van den Berg lets you behind the curtain to see how he creates his incredible vector portraits by turning a photo into a “popish” vector illustration. Learn to use Illustrator’s basic tools to carve out geometric shapes and then use Photoshop to add texture and feel.
Photoshop & Illustrator Tutorial: Create cartoon figures with ease
In this tutorial, Mercedes Crespo (aka YemaYema) shows how she creates her appealing cartoon characters. Though full of detail, rich in color and complex in appearance, they are simple to draw, as she reveals here.
Illustrator inset effect on text in combination with clipping mask
Veerle walks us through the process of creating an inset text effect in Illustrator. She also points out how she feel this is easier to do in Photoshop and will deliver higher quality results, as demonstrated in her tutorial Photoshop inset effect on text in combination with clipping mask.
Quick Tutorial: Create a Reusable Retro Type Treatment
In this tutorial Rype shows us how to create a simple retro type treatment. Even though its simple, it uses some powerful Illustrator features. By using the Appearance panel it makes this effect reusable with the click of a button – awesome.
How To Create a Tessellating Geometric Poster Design
Follow this tutorial by Chris Spooner, which teaches you how to create a trendy geometric poster design with a series of tessellating three dimensional cubes. The colorful shapes are created in Illustrator, and everything else is finished off with subtle textures and color casts in Photoshop.
How to Create a Spectacular Vector Film Strip in Illustrator
This is an advanced Illustrator tutorial with a high quality end result. Follow along step by step using tools such as: symbols, gradients, 3D tools, blending modes, gradient mesh, and more.