Ryan Putnam
With a rich background in fine art, graphic design, and illustration Ryan is Rype Arts’ rampant right brain – the branding medicine man with the right recipes for distinguishing imagery. He is fluent in multiple design disciplines and technologies. In addition, Ryan is the owner and operator of VectorMill, Vectips and Amperbranch. His personal passions for lettering, illustrating, and wheel-throwing pottery imbue his brand designs with a distinctive sense of organic artistic expression.
Latest Posts
  • Design & Illustration
    Text Effects
    How to Create a Smokin' Western Type Treatment in IllustratorPreview
    In this easy tutorial, I will show you how to create a western type treatment primary using Illustrator's Effects. Using the effects from this tutorial, you can easily apply them to other type treatment and logos. Let's get started!Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Illustration
    Create a Vector Film Slate IconPreview
    In this tutorial, I'll show you how to create a vector film slate icon. The tutorial uses some basic shapes, some gradients, and even a blend. Moreover, you can easily customize this tutorial with your own logo or typography.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Illustration
    Create a Super Happy Octopus CharacterOcto400
    In Illustrator it's really easy to create fun characters with some simple shapes and the Pathfinder panel. In the following tutorial I will explain how to create a Happy Octopus Character. You can use these techniques and elements to create whatever character you want!Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Text Effects
    How to Create a Trendy Retro Type TreatmentPreview
    A few times a each month we revisit some of our reader’s favorite posts from throughout the history of Vectortuts+. This tutorial by Rype was first published on September 11th 2008. In this Illustrator tutorial, I'll show you how to create a trendy retro type treatment with a free font, gradients, blends, and some scatter brushes. It's a relative easy tutorial containing techniques that can be quickly applied to many other type treatments and various graphic elements.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Illustration
    How to Create a Cute Bunny Vector CharacterBunny400
    In this Adobe Illustrator tutorial, I will show you how to create a cute bunny character. This tutorial uses simple shapes and gradients that are easy to apply to other character illustrations. The great thing about his tutorial is you don't have to be an amazing artist to create it! Check Chris Spooner's post 70 Cute and Cheeky Vector Animal Characters for more character inspiration.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Tools & Tips
    A Comprehensive Guide: Illustrator's Paintbrush Tool and Brush PanelPreview
    A few times a each month we revisit some of our reader’s favorite posts from throughout the history of Vectortuts+. This tutorial by Ryan Putnam was first published on September 20th 2008. Illustrator's Paintbrush Tool (B) and Brush Panel are some of it's most powerful tools. With the Paintbrush Tool (B) and Brush Panel you can dress up your vector paths into compelling flourishes, patterns, tapered edges, and more. In this tutorial, I will break down the basics of the Paintbrush Tool and Brush Panel and show you how to create your own brushes.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Text Effects
    Creating an Environmentally Friendly Green Type TreatmentLeaf400
    With oil prices the way they are today, everybody is thinking Green. I have done many projects recently that require a Green style applied to the design. In the following Illustrator tutorial, I'll teach you how to create a Green type treatment. It works great for logos and other design elements.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Illustration
    How to Create a Vector SketchbookPreview
    A few times a each month we revisit some of our reader’s favorite posts from throughout the history of Vectortuts+. This tutorial by Rype was first published on May 4th 2009. In this tutorial, I will show you how to create a customizable vector sketchbook. This intermediate tutorial uses some basic shapes, Shear transforms, and Effects to create a leather texture. Let's get started!Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Illustration
    How to Create a Textured Vector LandscapePreview
    A few times a each month we revisit some of our reader’s favorite posts from throughout the history of Vectortuts+. This tutorial by Rype was first published on October 31st 2008. In this tutorial, I will show you how to create a stylized textured vector landscape. The techniques are simple and easily translated into other illustrations. Check out Chris Spooners post 40 Stunning Vector Landscape Illustrations for more vector landscape inspiration.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Illustration
    Create a Happy-Bright, Children's Coloring Book CoverDesign and illustration
    In this intermediated tutorial, I show you how to create a children's coloring book cover from sketch to finished vector art. We'll use gradients, custom brushes, and typography. You can easily put together a book cover and use the techniques learned on other projects.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Designing
    How to Create an Identity Package in IllustratorPreview day6
    In this Illustrator CS4 tutorial I'll show you how to create an Identity Package including: business cards, letterhead, and envelopes, all in Illustrator. In the tutorial you will set up your document, design the identity package, and learn best practices for proofing and sending to the printer. This tutorial will focus more on setting up your document to create this package, rather than focusing on the creative aspects of the design.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Illustration
    How to Create an Alarm Clock IconPreview
    With simple shapes and gradients, this easy tutorial will show you how to create an alarm clock icon. We'll be using Illustrator CS4 for this tutorial, but those of you with older version should be able to follow along as well. Let's jump into this tutorial, which beginning illustrators will find especially useful!Read More…