There are so many tools and assets designers and artists can add to their virtual toolbox that it’s hard to know where to begin! Stop the guessing game and check out this must-have list of fantastic and fun digital assets from ThemeKeeper Market and ThemeKeeper Elements for Adobe Illustrator users everywhere.
The Must-Have Adobe Illustrator Assets for Digital Artists and Designers
From actions to textures, you’ll never know what the next job calls for, so take this list for a spin!
Actions are a fantastic way to create, save, and do interesting or complex things in the click of a button. Below you’ll find a selection of interesting and fun actions that would be a great asset to any artist or designer’s toolbox.
This extruder vector actions pack is one of my favorites for making any text, icon, or vector object into a polished 3D design with the click of a button. I find it especially helpful for creating three-dimensional logo designs quickly and easily.
This is a fun action that transforms vector content into distressed designs. You can easily convert it to transparent objects or full vector objects, depending on your file needs. I find actions like these great for creating marketing content for clients.
There is something to be said for designing with efficiency, especially where trendy design styles are concerned. Cut down your work time with a quick long shadow action set.
Whether you’re in need of a fun design style for your work or want to present flat designs as 3D sketches, this action pack has multiple designs and angles perfect for your portfolio.
Actions like this pattern maker are especially useful for designers running an older version of Adobe Illustrator or when you want to create quick and simple patterns without fussing with the Pattern Options panel. Tile, mirror, rotate, and more in order to create quick and easy seamless patterns.
This action set is fantastic for creating round ornaments. Spend more time designing and less time rotating elements in order to create fantastic artwork perfect for print and web use alike.
Whether you literally need to make shields or simply want to add shiny, glorious borders to your design work, this shield maker action set saves the time and bother of creating majestic text designs or icons.
Have fun with 3D cubes with this cube builder action set! Easily transform a flat object into a variety of 3D objects, ready to be built into cubic scenes.
A quick and easy action set that gives your objects or text a sleek style in the click of a button. Perfect for creating a second or third set of icons from a previously created set, or adding something fresh to a simple logo design.
I love a good set of shadow actions, especially for adding dramatic flair to a piece of design work or typography. This set features over 40 shadow actions sure to save you time in creating dimensional work.
Get decorative with this quick and easy border maker action. Add flair to stationery designs, web elements, and more without having to create complex brushes or worry about copying and pasting into infinity.
This one-click action creates beautiful Christmas-inspired lights quickly and easily. Create a fun and festive environment with this all-in-one package that includes amazing details available in six different colors. Simply create a vector path and hit the play button to turn it into a string of lights!
Graphic Styles are another fantastic time-saver. Instead of replaying recorded actions, however, this time-saving group of design elements comes courtesy of the Appearance panel. Apply a variety of design effects with ease when you stock up on Graphic Styles.
This set of graphic styles is perfect for transforming content into all things shiny and chrome.
Transform your text or object into a variety of styles with this bundle. I find it a perfect fit for creating app mock-ups or putting the finishing touch on a UI design.
Do you need a gold graphic style? Of course you do. Do you need extra gold? Definitely. Sparkling, shining, glorious gold at the click of a button!
All that glitters might just be glitter. Waste no time sprinkling fairy dust on your vector objects with this glittering graphic style.
A metal and chrome collection for those that need more than just one look to their metallic text and objects. I love bundles like this for creating content for event fliers, apps, and more.
This logo style bundle picks up where the one listed above left off. It combines several smaller bundles into a huge pack of 80 Graphic Styles ready for event fliers, mobile app designs, packaging mock-ups, and more!
Quickly transform text and objects into dimensional metallic vector pieces with this style set.
Whether you’re creating fliers or advertising content for a craft store or creating illustrated content for a children’s book featuring fabric stitched characters, fun graphic style sets like this one are sure to speed up your design process.
Keep things warm and toasty with a fun knitted Graphic Style pack. Perfect for creating fun knit textures in a snap!
Beautiful vector wood textures at a click of a button abound in this style set. Imagine every icon you design rendered as a beautifully crafted wooden masterpiece.
Another fun style set. This one includes three letter press styles, fantastic for a quick text effect or icon set variation.
This set of styles goes the distance with fantastic designs, backgrounds, and additional elements included. A fantastic set for quick packaging mock-ups, app designs, and more!
Just when you thought you had enough logo styles, there’s the best set ever! I love how this set looks like every other arcade game of the 90s and album cover of the 80s. Get nostalgic and have some fun with event fliers and logos for games and apps.
Create beaming designs perfect for showstopping art with this set of neon and bulb text graphic styles. Inspired by the glamorous lights along the Las Vegas strip, this package includes 36 graphic styles you can easily customize with your favorite colors.
Are you a budding entrepreneur with a great idea for a video game? Check out this awesome collection of 12 game logo text styles. Transform your text with just one click with this incredible set that includes 12 different logo styles along with 100% vector backgrounds.
Brushes in Adobe Illustrator are absolutely fantastic. From Art Brushes to Scatter and Pattern Brushes, the design style of each can range from fun images to real media. It’s hard to say that you have too many brushes in your tool kit. Maybe if you run out of room on your machine.
These low-poly brushes are fantastic and fun for creating low-poly or origami styled borders and paths. Fantastic and fun for a variety of print and web design needs. I especially like these as borders for note cards or labels.
Frame everything in beautifully crafted wood borders with this set of vector borders. I love this set for its beautifully designed wood textures and well-crafted pattern brushes.
Real-media brushes are a must-have for transforming vector paths into handmade masterpieces. This set of pencil brushes is fantastic for showcasing vector sketches or creating an alternate icon set.
These ink and watercolor styled vector brushes are fantastic for keeping on-trend with your vector work.
For a retro illustration look, this set of ink brushes mimics the look of textured brushes perfectly. With 205 brushes included, this set is a must-have for your tool kit.
Transform text and logo designs into glowing neon lights in a snap with this neon brush set. I love this set for making drawing with neon lights quick and easy.
This set of stitch brushes makes easy work of creating apparel illustrations or mock-ups for sample and sell sheets. A must-have when you’re working up apparel designs or are creating illustrations for a catalog or manual.
This set of real-media styled brushes combines everything from watercolors to ink to pencils and more. It’s a must-have for recreating traditional styles in a digital format.
This set of 105 decorative borders is fantastic for creating frames, badges, and more in print and web designs. In particular I find them to be a nice touch to stationery design sets or wedding invitations.
Create stunning woodcut designs with that original handmade look with these linocut Illustrator brushes. This set features 35 amazing handcrafted brushes designed to look like traditional woodwork. Download this package today to bring your art to the next level!
If you love that traditional marker look but want an effect that is actually scalable then look no further! This incredible Illustrator brush set includes 25 high-quality digital marker brushes perfect for that professional look. Enjoy these brushes and use them for your illustration projects and more!
Play around with your designs and add a little splatter to your creative projects. This splatter and smear set includes 49 must-have illustrator brushes to satisfy all your splat, swipe, and drip needs. Also included in this package is an alternate version that allows you to enable brush pressure sensitivity.
Whether you’re running against a deadline or are in need of a fresh design style for your work, infographic sets are wonderfully useful for adding a touch of graphic design to corporate reports or creating content for a client. Having some sets ready to be modified in your arsenal is a no-brainer.
In need of clean charts and diagrams? This set of infographics has just that in easily editable files.
It’s quite often that I find various clients need world or even local maps for report layouts or documents. Make easy work of incorporating maps into your design work with a set of ready-made world maps.
This set of infographics is clean and simple, which I love. It’s easily editable, and you’ll find running through a variety of projects to be a breeze when you have simple, modern designs ready.
This set of infographic elements features several fun design styles that can be used as-is or serve as a jumping off point for larger design sets.
This bundle includes 1,050 elements sure to meet all of your object needs for infographic creation. Whether you’re simply adding elements to a larger project or compiling something fresh and new from these elements alone, this bundle hits most every mark you could possibly have.
This large bundle set is fantastic for simple, colorful design pieces, boasting 2,400 design possibilities.
Sometimes you need an infographic set that’s focused on one type of design or an area of expertise. This set of communications-related infographic elements is the perfect item to fill that niche.
Create trendy, hipster-inspired infographics with this fun and informative set. Included in this package are 100% fully editable vector graphics with everything you need to create an infographic. Enjoy this great collection of banners, badges, and matching insignia for trendy modern graphics.
Patterns and Swatches
Patterns and Swatch sets are fantastic and fun. From classic geometric designs to complex floral patterns, you’ll find a variety of design sets ready to be used or edited in most any project.
This set of black and white patterns makes easy work of adding a simple patterned or textured touch to a final design.
When in need of something minimal, this set of 40 patterns is perfect!
Keep your design style nostalgic with this set of vintage and retro-inspired color and gradient swatches.
Whether used as a texture overlay or as a pattern in its own right, this set of 300 vector grunge patterns is a fantastic addition to your tool kit.
Add some sparkle to your design work with this set of sparkle pattern swatches.
Always a handy addition to your pattern archives, this set of halftone patterns makes easy work of creating vintage-style print designs in vector form.
These floral patterns are fantastic for vintage-styled stationery or wedding designs.
Elevate any design with this gorgeous set of seamless geometric patterns. Created with an exquisite assortment of shapes and angles, this package includes 20 seamless vector patterns. Use them for website banners, print work, and more for incredible geometric designs.
When you need to add a bit of flair to your work, textures are often a go-to asset. Whether you need to mimic real media in vector form or simply want to add some retro flair to a design, textures are there for you!
This set of textures mimics realistic, organic items in rich detail. With 30 textures in the pack, you’ll find a variety of uses for this set in your design work for sure.
I like textures like this set of crumpled paper, rendered in full vector objects, perfect for transforming a simple flat icon set into something fun and crafty.
Add touches of grunge style to your vector work with this set of vector grunge textures. With 25 different textures that are easily editable, you’ll find this set fills all of your grunge texture needs.
Abstract and geometric pattern textures are fantastic additions to any designer’s arsenal. This set includes 23 textures in a variety of colors and styles.
This set of handmade woodcut textures comes with both vector and raster files, allowing you to create beautiful realistic design pieces for both web and print use.
These canvas textures are fantastic for adding a grunge style to your work or for pairing with real-media brushes within larger design pieces.
There are a variety of realistic textures to play with in your designs. These water painting textures give your work a water marbled look with the quick addition of an AI file to overlay your design or to use within a Clipping Mask.
Who doesn’t love vintage design? And with this unique texture set, you can get access to eight handy textures inspired by books found from the 1800s. It’s perfect for backgrounds, illustrations, and more, so add a unique vintage charm to your designs with this awesome texture pack!
Finally we look at a small selection of design kits. Compile vector characters, badges, and more with ease!
Whether you need to brand a beer label or an apparel line, this badge construction set makes quick work of creating a variety of designs.
From web assets to marketing materials, speed up your work process with this gorgeous set of 2,000 vector icons.
Have some fun with this mascot creator bundle. Combine an assortment of features in order to quickly and easily create fun mascot designs perfect for marketing materials or social media content.
Utility sets are a great way to focus in on a particular design need and use assets to your advantage. This set is great for catalog designs, marketing materials, and more!
Get crafty with this incredible Adobe Illustrator sewing kit. This kit features an awesome collection of letters, numbers, and design elements for all the essentials you need for crafty design. Download this kit today to get access to over 230 vector elements.
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This list of fantastic resources aims to highlight useful and must-have content for graphic designers and artists who use Adobe Illustrator. Chances are we’ve missed some ThemeKeeper Market and ThemeKeeper Elements items that you think would be an excellent asset to any graphic designer’s toolbox. Share those links in the comment section below, and let this kit be a jumping-off point for building your ultimate digital asset kit.