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I am graphic designer and for many years I have been working with Shutterstock. You can see my portfolio here - Roman Volkov on Behance

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Xpiks - Free Keywording & Uploading Tool

Xpiks is a free and open source keywording and uploading tool for microstockers. You can upload photos, vectors and videos by Xpiks. Mission of Xpiks is to provide microstock photographers and illustrators with free tool for everyday work over all major platforms as Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.

Xpiks provided FTP upload to predefined or custom hosts. XMP/IPTC/EXIF metadata editing. Support of StarDict dictionaries for translation. Auto completion of words in English. Extensive filtering and search though local files. Keywords suggestion based on services from Shutterstock, Fotolia and iStock or local library. Checks for potential problems before upload such as insufficient resolution, missing metadata etc. Spellchecking, autocorrection and semantical duplicates detection. And other useful features.

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How to Draw a Rainbow in Adobe Illustrator

Hello! New useful trick for Adobe Illustrator is ready.
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Do you know how to make a rainbow in Adobe Illustrator? It's easy! Just apply a Gradient to a Stroke and rainbow is ready.

1. Make the ellipse.
2. Cut in half with Scissors Tool (C).
3. Apply the Linear Gradient to a stroke with rainbow colors.

You should make the stroke thicker. And you can use Width Tool (Shift+W) to get the perspective rainbow.

You can change order of the colors with Reverse Gradient by the way.

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Create a Security Guilloche Vector Ornament in Adobe Illustrator

In this tutorial you'll learn how to create a security Guilloche ornament. This decorative engraving technique that is typically used in banknote design and other documents to prevent them from being forged. We will use simple trick to create the Guilloche. And you will get intricate ornament fast and easy.

You can find all Illustrator tutorials from my blog here → Ai tutorials

First of all you need to download mirror templates: Magic Wheel or Live Mirror.

There are a lot of AIT files. Open one of them - Live-Mirror-Template-24.

You can see a lot of sectors with sample text. Delete this text and draw something. You will get a copy in each sector. So you should draw a circle in the center for our Guilloche.

You will get a copy of the smaller circle. Next go to the menu Effect > Distort & Trunsform > Pucker & Bloat. And you will get the circular ornament.

Guilloche is ready! But you can experiment. Move the circle to the side a little bit.

And you can see how the Guill…

How to Draw Oblivion Drone in Adobe Illustrator

Hello! In today’s tutorial, we will draw Oblivion Drone in Adobe Illustrator. Flat style and long shadows are very dramatic. Have you watched the movie Oblivion by the way?

You can find all Ai tutorials from my blog here → Adobe Illustrator tutorials

Create the body of the drone
Take the Ellipse Tool(L) and draw the circle. Then draw three vertical lines by the Line Segment Tool (\). Select middle line and turn it to the Guide. Go to the menu View > Guides > Make Guides (Ctrl+5).

Select the circle and vertical lateral lines and use the Divide function of the Pathfinder panel to cut the circle. Ungroup all and move pieces a little bit.

Add four circles to your drone. Use the Reflect Tool(O) and the middle Guide to reflect some circles.

Use the Line Segment Tool (\) to draw the cross. You can turn on the Smart Guides (Ctrl+U) for convenience.

Increase the Weight of the stroke in these lines.

Next go Object > Expand and use Shift+X to swap fill and stroke.

Now draw the rectangle…

Free Christmas Vector Images

We wish you a merry Christmas,
And a happy New Year!

Glad tidings we bring
To you and your kin;
Glad tidings for Christmas
And a happy New Year!

We want some free vector images :)
Here you are!

Click to the pictures to go to the Vectorstock for free downloading.
Free license for personal use only.

Free Merry Christmas vector

Free northern girl vector

Free snowflakes set three colors background vector

Free Christmas flat vector

Free merry christmas design elements vector

Free merry christmas santa ice skating vector

Free christmas penguins vector

Free christmas background vector

Free christmas tree from paper ribbon vector

Happy Holidays vector

How to Create Seamless Pattern in Adobe Illustrator

In today’s tutorial, you’ll learn how to create a seamless pattern in Adobe Illustrator. You can use such seamless texture as a fill in your design.

You can see all Illustrator tutorials from my blog here → Ai tutorials

Create an ornament
Create new document Ctrl+N with dimensions 500x500 px. Take the Ellipse Tool (L) and draw the circle. Turn off the Fill.

Then go to menu Effect > Distort & Transform > Pucker & Bloat. Set Bloat 30%.

Next go to the Object > Expand Appearance.

And again Object > Expand.

Now right click to the figure and Transform > Rotate.

Set 30 degrees and click the Copy button.

Press Ctrl+D hotkeys to repeat rotation.

Select all Ctrl+A and click the Unite button in the PathFinder panel.

Create seamless pattern
Copy the original ornament Ctrl+C and paste it to the same place Ctrl+F. Then reduce the size.

Use copy and paste to create different ornaments.

Now you can create the seamless pattern by the Magic Pattern Pro Illustrator script

You can us…