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10 Arrowhead Brushes for Illustrator

If you have ever tried to create arrows in Illustrator you probably know that there are a lot of ways it can be done.  If you’ve ever explored some of the menus in Illustrator you probably have noticed quite a few options that allow you to create arrows rather quickly.  The problem is that each option has some pros and cons.  For instance, if you need a quick arrow, you can create one from scratch using basic shapes.  This is pretty easy to do but if you need a lot of them it can become rather inefficient.  Another way to do it is to do so by adding effects to paths. You can do this by going to Effects > Stylize > Add Arrowheads. This is a fairly decent way of adding arrowheads to lines but this too can be time-consuming and cumbersome if you are adding arrowheads to lots of lines in an illustration.

You may also have noticed a couple of art brush sets that ship with Illustrator.  These work great unless you need your arrows to have corners tiles.  As you may have noticed, art brushes don’t do corners that well.  Pattern brushes however can.  That’s why I decided to create a set of 10 arrowhead pattern brushes for Illustrator. These brushes will enable you to quickly draw arrows in Illustrator with very few draw backs.  I hope you enjoy them and can use them in your designs.

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25 Seamless Polka Dot Pattern Swatches

This week I have another cool set of vector freebies for you. Lately, I have been doing a lot of experimentation with seamless patterns. I have found that pattern design is both fun and challenging so this week I put together a set of 25 seamless polka dot pattern swatches for you guys.

Feel free to use these patterns in any number of ways including invitations for baby showers, birthdays, package design, website design or any other project that you are working on.

Click on the following link for a quick tutorial on how to install and work with pattern swatches in Illustrator.

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50 Krazy Kaleidoscope Doodad Vectors

If you’ve looked at my gallery, you may have noticed my fascination with kaleidoscopes. I think they’re amazing to look at and I’ve been experimenting for some time in Illustrator trying to come up with the best way to replicate that effect. Lately, I’ve had some success with this so I decided to post the resulting vectors on my site and of course give them away for free.

Included in this set are 50 high quality vector kaleidoscope shapes.  You can use these shapes in any way you like either as a logo, as part of a design you’re using, as a brush or pattern; maybe even as part of a tattoo.  I hope you guys enjoy this set and find a place for them in your work.

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17 Free Water Color Blob Brushes for Photoshop & Illustrator

Last week I was working on a design project for a website I was working on and created a nice set of water color Photoshop brushes in the process. I’ve been swamped with freelance projects lately so I decided to give this set of brushes away because I haven’t had as much time to work on freebies as I usually do.

After I created the set of Photoshop brushes, I decided to go ahead and
create another identical set of brushes for Illustrator as well.
Anyhow, I hope you enjoy these sets and I look forward to seeing what
you guys make with them!

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25 Woven Plaid Swatches

Earlier this week I posted a set of 50 Plaid Pattern Swatches. As I explained in that post, plaid patterns have countless uses for fashion design or textiles, graphic or web design, package design and more. What makes this set different from the last set however is the simulated twill texture that I applied to it. Applying that texture took a little extra time so instead of creating 50 swatches like I did last time, this time, I only created 25. What makes swatches so great is the flexibility that they provide. You can perform a number of transformations on them including scale and rotate without affecting the shape of the object they are applied to. You can find a detailed tutorial on how to install and work with pattern swatches here.

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50 Killer Retro Starburst Brushes

If you have already downloaded my broken line brushes, these brushes may look somewhat familiar to you. If they do, it’s because they are nearly identical. There are two fundamental differences however. In this set, the corner tiles have been removed and the patterns have been rotated 90 degrees. I did this so that these brushes will produce radial patterns when you apply them to a circular shape.

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104 Incredible Retro-Style Pixelated Illustrator Brushes

After designing last week’s HUGE set of Retro Line Brushes I went right to work on a new set of retro-style Illustrator brushes. At first I wasn’t exactly sure how they would turn out but the more I started to play with them, the more I realized how incredibly awesome they actually were. Today’s set of retro-style pixelated brushes includes 104 Illustrator pattern brushes, complete with corner pieces and a swatch palette for you to use in your commercial or personal work for free. Like the last set of retro line brushes that I released, each brush in this set is completely unique and should come in handy for a number of tasks. I’ve never seen any Illustrator brushes like these online so I am hoping that they go over well.