Post # 1
What are the best websites for downloading free vectors or Photoshop or Illustrator brushes or symbols? I seem to remember Mrs. Penguin writing a post about her fav. vector site, but I don’t remember what it is now. I want to get into designing some items on Photoshop for a future business, but I’m not sure how to go about making the objects I’m interested in (like vines, lace, or cats). Do most graphic designers use vectors to do this?
Post # 3
There are tons of free sites for this stuff! Some of my favorites are as follows:
Free brushes for Photoshop, Illustrator and Paint Shop Pro, Free fonts, free textures, free stock photos — the works!
her brushes are a dollar each, but they are beautiful and well worth it!
And also never forget about dingbat fonts! They are some of the easiest ways to get artwork and work in just about every desktop publishing program.
Post # 4
Can I ask a question here? What exactly is a vector? I’ve never used any publishing programs, but have been looking around at ways to create my own invites and I saw vectors all over the place. Please educate me : )
Post # 5
traditionally, vectors are images that are scalable to any size without losing quality. they are very good formats for logos and monograms because you can make them as small or as large as you want (with the right printer of course) and you will not get a blurred or pixelated result.
vector is also a style of sorts, and where photoshop brushes are concerned, usually it means the brushes are made from images created in a vector drawing program such as adobe illustrator, corel draw, etc.
fonts are also a form of vector art as fonts are usually made with vector programs to allow for size increases with crisp results.
if you are gonna DIY for wedding stationary, look for free fonts and brushes that work with your program of choice. if using a photoshop like program, do a google search for brushes. if you are using something like publisher, look for fonts, especially dingbat fonts. they look better than clip art and come in lots of varieties and are easy to use — you simply type the letter of the alphabet that corresponds to your chosen symbol. that’s it!
Post # 6
Also try deviantart.com > Resources and Stock Images. Theres a lot under vector resources and application resources > Photoshop Custom Shapes. Good luck!