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Vector Drawing Basics - Bezier Curves and Paths

Tutorials and techniques for drawing with bezier curves, working with paths, and using the pen tool in vector-based illustration software such as Illustrator, CorelDRAW, Freehand, Xara, Canvas, and more.
  1. Illustrator Tutorials
  2. Vector-Based Software
  3. CorelDRAW Tutorials
  4. Canvas Tutorials
  5. Xara X Tutorials
  6. Expression Tutorials
  7. Zoner Draw Tutorials

Re-create a Logo from a Poor Quality Scan with Illustrator
Learn several different ways to recreate a logo in Adobe Illustrator, even if your only source is a poor quality scan.

How to Draw a Christmas Tree in Inkscape
This tutorial shows you how to draw a simple Christmas tree graphic with Inkscape, but the techniques used here apply to many drawing projects and are vital basic skills to possess.

"The Book of Inkscape: The Definitive Guide to the Free Graphics Editor" Review
Review of "The Book of Inkscape: The Definitive Guide to the Free Graphics Editor" by Dmitry Kirsanov. The Book of Inkscape is a resource for all Inkscape users, whether they have never used the application before or have been using the editor for a while and want to expand their knowledge to ensure that they are making the most of the power that Inkscape offers them.

Vector Drawing Terms - The Language of Curves
Whether working with curves and paths and vector-based shapes in painting or drawing software, it is helpful to understand some of the terminology used for this type of computer drawing. Get to know paths, Bezier curves, spline curves, nodes, and handles.

Facts About Vector Images
Learn about the qualities of vector-based and metafile images, one of the two major types of 2D graphics.

Paint Shop Pro Vector Basics and Path Anatomy Tutorial
Learn the basics of bezier curves and node editing in Paint Shop Pro. Ron Lacey walks you through the various types of nodes used for editing vector paths in Paint Shop Pro.

What are Bezier Curves?
A Bézier curve is a curved line or path defined by mathematical equations. It was named after Pierre Bézier, a French mathematician and engineer who developed this method of computer drawing in the late 1960s

Mastering Illustration Programs
An in depth look at the common features between the major illustration products: Illustrator, CorelDRAW and Freehand.

Anatomy of an Illustration
This series helps provide an understanding of vector illustrations by examining the most basic elements.

Pen Tutorials
Download these practice templates to improve your skills with the pen tool in your illustration software.

Bezier Curves
An in-depth explanation and exploration of bezier curves from webreference.com.

Gary Priester's Vector Studio Series
Lots of tutorials from Gary Priester, a master of vector drawing software.

IsoCalc.com
Resources for technical illustrators with an emphasis on axonometric and isometric illustration in CorelDRAW.

What is a Bezier Curve?
Learn about one of the most powerful tools in graphics software.

Keyboard Pen Shortcuts
These keyboard shortcuts will help you draw paths in a fluid manner in Illustrator, Photoshop, and Freehand.

Pen Tips
Shortcuts and tips for using the pen in Illustrator, Photoshop, CorelDRAW, and Freehand.

Zen of the Pen Seminar
"De-mystifying Bézier Curves in Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Macromedia Freehand and Macromedia Fireworks -- this interactive, off-line seminar will boost you from Pen-phobic, to Pen Zen-master." $29.95 US

Freehand Tutorials
Tutorials and techniques for Macromedia Freehand. Also see Freehand Resources.

Dripping Blood Text Tutorial in Inkscape

This Inkscape dripping blood text tutorial is ideal for Halloween projects. The technique can also be easily adapted to produce the effect of dripping wet paint text for occasions when you want the appearance of graffiti.

Being a vector-based application, the technique for producing this effect in Inkscape is quite different to the dripping blood text tutorials for GIMP and Paint.NET.

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