After my post about the Adobe Illustrator Symbols earlier today, I decided to give away a couple more. Actually, they are on my Graphics Downloads page, but for the sake of making things easier on my friends that don’t like to click much, I am adding links to the downloads right here. You can download the Radials Symbols zipped file by clicking here or just click on the image.
One of the libraries is a set of Illustrator Symbols. I created a whole bunch of radial designs one day while trying to come up with something else entirely for a client project. In the process I ended up with a series of different radial graphics that actually make interesting little pieces of art on their own, and with a little help from some other designer who sees things from a different perspective, they could become something really interesting. They are symbol instances, so use them as I described in my earlier post and do with them what you want! Break the symbol link (control + click on a simple that’s on your artboard, select the “break link to symbol” option) and they are fully editable vector graphics that you can pick apart, rearrange, merge into other stuff, or whatever. Knock yourselves out.
The next one, as long as I’m in a generous mood, is a bunch of patterns that I created for my website backgrounds. Several of the patterns look like a carbon fiber texture (same as the background pattern of my site), some are dot patterns of varying frequencies, and there’s a diamond plate pattern also. Here’s the link to the zipped file: Patterns, or click on the image to get the download.
The same process applies for installing the pattern swatches into Illustrator: just drop the .ai file (after you’ve unzipped it of course) into your Illustrator app folder > Presets > en_US > Swatches. Notice the only difference is that it goes into “Swatches” rather than “Symbols”. You can also drop it into your User > Library > Application Support > Adobe > Adobe Illustrator CS4 (or CS3, or CS2) > en_US > Swatches. Activate it by going to your Menu > Window > Swatch Libraries > Patterns or User Defined (depending on which folder you put them in), and you’re good to go.
One more time in case you missed it; to get into all of my free vector graphics, vector textures, photo textures, and Adobe Photoshop/Illustrator Presets, just jump over to my Graphics Downloads page and take what you want. It’s all free. One day I’ll have enough money to pay the extra fees to get my ecommerce shopping cart active on my site and I will be charging actual American dollars for some of the more complex stuff. If I were you, and obviously I’m not, I would loot the whole damn page while I’m still mentally ill.
Who knows when I’ll come to my senses? It could be tomorrow (but the improbability factor there is very high), or it could be next month. Don’t be like me; do it before it’s too late!