Author Archives: Mary Winkler

Don’t Conform! Next Level Infographic Vector Elements

Infographics can be bland, boring, and run of the mill, but you don’t have to conform! Get your message out clearly and stand out by taking your infographic vector elements to the next level. Create trendy smooth infographic vector elements and a poster design with simple shapes and limited colors in under an hour with…

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How to Create a Custom Water Font That Will Refresh Your Copy In Less Than an Hour

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to create a water-inspired font style. We’ll base the water font either on your handwriting or a brush font, create custom brushes, play with blending modes, blended shapes, gradients, and vector effects in the Appearance panel to keep your font face flowing! Tutorial Details Program: Adobe Illustrator CS6-CC Difficulty:…

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Walk the Design Line with Flat Linear Vector Icons

Get your designs in shape with this simple linear vector icon tutorial! Creating a clean, outstanding flat linear vector icon can be an easy and fun exercise in shape building. Make a whole set for your desktop or website dashboard! Tutorial Details: Flat Linear Vector Icons Program: Adobe Illustrator CC Difficulty: Beginner Topics Covered: Shape Building,…

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Wow Your Upscale Crowd with This Simple D-I-Y Ribbon Font Text Effect

In this tutorial you’ll learn how to take a “plain Jane” font and transform it into folded ribbons to create a stunning ribbon font text effect, perfect for your upscale designs. Combining use of the Shape Builder Tool and Appearance panel, you’ll have this project tied up in no time. Tutorial Details Program: Adobe Illustrator…

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30 Minutes to Custom 3D Split Text Vector Effect!

Take your text art for a spin with this split 3D split text vector effect. Add dimension to your work in as quick as 20 minutes with this tutorial! Tutorial Details: 3D Split Text Vector Effect Program: Adobe Illustrator CC Difficulty: Intermediate Topics Covered: Text Effect, Extrude & Bevel, Gradients Estimated Completion Time: 20 Minutes Final…

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All the Rage: 3D Style Retro Text Effect Tutorial

In this tutorial you’ll learn how to create dimensional text inspired by vintage packaging designs and logotypes. Pour a cup of coffee, sit back, and let’s create some text with the help of Illustrator effects, the Blend Tool, and textures fit for the branding of a coffee house. Tutorial Details Program: Adobe Illustrator CS5-CC Difficulty:…

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How to Create a Donut Font Style That Will Have Your Clients Drooling

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to create a food-inspired font style entirely from scratch by manipulating shapes with gradients, custom brushes, and various vector and raster effects within the appearance panel. Once you have the first letter, an entire alphabet of donut goodness awaits! Tutorial Details Program: Adobe Illustrator CS6-CC Difficulty: Intermediate Topics Covered:…

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Save the Date! Create an Elegant Invitation Vector Design

Create an elegant, custom save the date invitation perfect for wedding-related materials, tea parties, and more. We’ll create fanciful flowers from simple polygons, handdrawn details, and customize simple type to get this design worthy of a greeting card. Tutorial Details: Save the Date Inviation Program: Adobe Illustrator CS6 – CC 2014 Difficulty: Intermediate Topics Covered:…

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Turn it On! Neon Light Vector Text Treatment

Brighten up your day with this fantastic neon light vector text treatment! We’ll use custom brushes and the Appearance panel in order to turn any text into bright, neon light text! Tutorial Details: Turn it On! Neon Light Vector Text Treatment Program: Adobe Illustrator CS6 – CC 2015 Difficulty: Intermediate Topics Covered: Text Treatment, Custom Brushes,…

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Create a Trendy Flat Desk Mockup Vector!

Look around your desk for inspiration and let’s create a trendy, flat desk mockup vector design comprised mostly of rectangles with manipulated Live Corners in under 20 minutes! Tutorial Details: Trendy Flat Desk Mockup Vector Program: Adobe Illustrator CS6 – CC 2015 Difficulty: Beginner Topics Covered: Live Corners, Transparency, Shape Building Estimated Completion Time: 20 Minutes Final…

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Knock ‘Em Out! 3D Knocked Over Vector Text Effect

Give your text that total knockout effect! Learn how to transform lettering into a fantastic dimensional effect with this knocked over vector text tutorial. Great for text art and print media. Tutorial Details: 3D Knocked Over Vector Text Effect Program: Adobe Illustrator CC 2014 Difficulty: Intermediate Topics Covered: 3D Effects, Text Effect, Gradients Estimated Completion…

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Create an Easy Stipple Illustrator Brush From Scratch

Create a quick and easy set of stipple Illustrator brush files perfect for craeting vector flash art designs ready for tattoos, posters, and more! The techniques explored in this tutorial can be applied to other styles of brush creation as well. Tutorial Details: Stipple Illustrator Brush Program: Adobe Illustrator CS5 – CC 2015 Difficulty: Beginner Topics Covered:…

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How to Create an Abstract Topographical Map Icon

Transform a simple geometric shape and wavy lines into a topographical map icon in minutes! Tutorial Details: How to Create an Abstract Topographical Map Icon Program: Adobe Illustrator CS6 – CC 2015 Difficulty: Intermediate Topics Covered: Design Theory, Shape Building, Rendering Estimated Completion Time: 20 Minutes Final Image: Abstract Topographical Map Icon Step 1 Let’s…

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How to Create Vintage Cocktail Icons in Adobe Illustrator CC

Using basic shapes and a fun grainy texture we’ll create vintage-styled cocktail icons in no time flat. Cheers! Tutorial Details: How to Create Vintage Cocktail Icons in Adobe Illustrator CC Program: Adobe Illustrator CS6 – CC 2015 Difficulty: Intermediate Topics Covered: Design Theory, Shape Building, Rendering Estimated Completion Time: 20 Minutes Final Image: Vintage Cocktail…

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How to Create A 3D See Through Text Effect

Give dimensional text this fun twist by rendering outlined text into a 3D see through text effect. Perfect for poster designs, greeting cards, and more! Add gradients to really make your design pop out from the page in under 30 minutes flat. Tutorial Details: 3D See Through Text Effect Program: Adobe Illustrator CS4 – CC…

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How to Create a Stripes and Flowers Pattern From Scratch in Adobe Illustrator

What You’ll Be CreatingRoses and flowers can be a daunting task without photographic reference. Take the guesswork out of designing beautiful floral patterns in Adobe Illustrator with this seamless pattern tutorial! Together we’ll create flowers, a unified color palette, and arrange a fantastic pattern in a snap! Need some floral inspiration? Check out floral stock photos…

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Serve Up Sweetness With Your Own Cake Vector!

Create something on the sweet side with custom brushes and the Rotate Tool in Adobe Illustrator CC. We’ll speed up the process of illustrating a decadent cake vector with a couple useful techniques, ready for a plethora of designs. Tutorial Details: Rotated Cake Vector Program: Adobe Illustrator CS5 – CC 2014 Difficulty: Intermediate Topics Covered: Custom…

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How to Create Gingerbread and Candy Inspired Graphic Styles in Adobe Illustrator

What You’ll Be CreatingFollow the trail of breadcrumbs to creating some delicious and fun Graphic Styles inspired by the classic Brothers Grimm fairy tale “Hansel and Gretel”. In this tutorial we’ll create a peppermint, chocolate, gingerbread, and bread graphic style fantastic for text effects and transforming objects. Check out Envato Market for a plethora of…

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10 Steps to a Bright Smile with this Sparkle Toothpaste Text!

Keep your teeth (err, designs) bright and white with this sparkle toothpaste text effect tutorial! Perfect for advertisement and packaging design needs. Tutorial Details: Smile! It’s a Sparkle Toothpaste Text Tutorial Program: Adobe Illustrator CC Difficulty: Intermediate Topics Covered: Effects, Custom Brushes, Appearance panel Estimated Completion Time: 30 Minutes Final Image: Smile! It’s a Sparkle…

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