By Melissa Scroggins
What could be better than striking gold? How about a huge list of Adobe Illustrator resources? For many designers, a list of resources to help finish those design projects in a quick and easy fashion is like finding gold on the Web.
In this article, there are over 200 (mostly) free resources for Adobe Illustrator. Since many designers have made these resources free for others, please take the time to check out he license agreements before using any resources for projects.
Finally, have fun stockpiling all the brushes, patterns,, symbols, vectors, swatches, and fun additions to the Adobe Illustrator presets. After all, among these resources, there’s sure to be a few gold nuggets just waiting to be found.
There are a multitude of brush sets that can add volumes of creativity to design projects. So many effects can be achieved by stylizing the appearance of paths with brushes. Check out the following brush sets which offer a variety of styles ranging from sketchy to abstract and everything in between.
60 brushes for Illustrator
Sketchy Illustrator brushes pack (16 brushes)
Feather Brushes by ~HumanNature84
ABSTRACTION by ~HumanNature84
vector 3D paint brushes by ~HumanNature84
HN vector brushes by ~HumanNature84
Natural brushes by ~HumanNature84
Crosshatch brushes by *Shurakai-Zero
Links Brushes by ~Xentric
Starwalt Fun Art AI Brushes by *gigistar
Further Resources For Brushes:
Adobe Illustrator Brushes, Free Illustrator Brushes, Symbols, Symbol Libraries, Illustrator CS4, CS3 Brushes, CS2, CS Vector Shapes, Illustrations, Images, More – Illustrator Tutorials Tips Books Resources – Web Site Resources, Website Tips, Websitetips.com
2. Gradients, Swatches, and Patterns
Gradients allow a designer to apply a graduated blend of colors. In doing so, the artwork can change dramatically with even a subtle color change. Here are just a few samples of gradient resources.
Patterns are a great resource for a designer. Whether applied to a background or as an added detail on a character, the addition of just the right style pattern can make all the difference.
Vector Art: 10 Amazing Baroque Style Patterns for Adobe Illustrator
10 Seamless Vector Patterns
Baroque Seamless Pattern
Further Resources For Patterns:
Vector Art – A Digital Illustration Blog
The use of symbols in a project can save time and file size. Check out some samples of quality symbol sets which are sure to be useful resources for a variety of design projects.
33 Free Illustrator Symbols by =namespace
Vector Garden Symbol Set by =namespace
Further Resources For Symbols:
The range of styles in the following vector resources are just a sample of the huge amount of free vectors a designer can find on the internet. Not only is the artwork superb, but imagine the time saved by not having to create each design element.
30 vectors of cities
Geometric Abstract Vectors Pack 2
Vectors and dogs
Vector Heraldy 2 Design
Vector Illustration for Musical Theme
Vector Vitruvian Man
Alfred Doodle Set 6
School Mega Pack
Further Resources For Vectors:
Vector Art: 10 Stunning Vector Pattern Sets for Adobe Illustrator
There are always more Adobe Illustrator resources popping up every week. Keep an eye out at the sites for their weekly freebies, giveaways, and “free” sections. In doing so, one might just find pure vector-based gold!
- Great Adobe Illustrator Resources
A Good Selection of vectors and other resources.
- 80 Best-Of Adobe Illustrator Tutorials, Brushes, .EPSs and Resources – Noupe
Collection of Patterns, Brushes, Vector Packs, and Vector Sources.
- 50 Best-Of Designer’s (NEW) Download Picks and Resources – Noupe
Collection of vector packs, brushes, patterns, fonts, and icon sets.
- Adobe Illustrator Toolbox
Articles, Brushes, Vectors, and other resources.
- Free Downloads for Adobe Illustrator – brushes actions clip art more
Free Illustrator downloads of brushes, actions, symbols, etc..
- 80 of the Best Vector and Illustrator Free Resources
Collection of brushes, symbols, plug-ins, vectors, and more.