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show user profile  antoin_currie
Hello there,

Been using for reference images, mainly for cars and other vehicles.
But, I've always had trouble with the free images, in that they're mostly a bit shite and the fronts don't match the sides.
I always end up struggling with them, trying my best to match them up, stretching them when a polygon doesn't match the way I've pulled it out in one perspective vs another.
Anyway, does anyone know if the vector images on there, that you have to pay for, are any better?
I was considering sinking 20 quid on credits to buy some vector images, but thought I would ask first before spending money on something that might not meet expectations.

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11/9/2015 12:35:44 PM (last edit: 11/9/2015 12:35:44 PM)
show user profile  9krausec
It would be my guess that you are still going to get the same images as the free version, but in a vector format. So if the free versions don't line up, the vector images aren't going to do much more for you although they will provide you with better defined lines.

Just what I would guess.

- Portfolio-

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11/9/2015 4:19:25 PM (last edit: 11/9/2015 4:19:25 PM)
show user profile  antoin_currie
OK 9krausec,

Thanks for the reply, it's what I thought might be a possibility.
Does anyone know of any good vehicle reference sets that I can rely upon?

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11/9/2015 5:10:13 PM (last edit: 11/9/2015 5:10:13 PM)
show user profile  FX
From my experience with that site, most can be found at

...a model I've just started working on today:

Blueprint link


If you google image search the blueprint preview on that site, usually a link to the source is one of the first results.
Open the PDF in illustrator and save out to whatever format and resolution you need.
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11/10/2015 4:40:51 PM (last edit: 11/10/2015 4:43:45 PM)
show user profile  antoin_currie
Great advice FX, thanks for that
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11/16/2015 11:03:47 AM (last edit: 11/16/2015 11:03:47 AM)
show user profile  antoin_currie
Call me stupid!

But, I can't find any sources for these blueprints using google image search at all.
If I search for the blueprint preview of your truck in good image search, all I get is the blueprint preview from ''

I can't find any source for it at all.
I must be doing this wrong.
I go to google images, type 'Volvo a30d blueprint' - I get this result:

If I paste in the blueprint preview page
I get this:-

Also, in the PDF file that you posted as the source, where about in that document are the actual blueprints?

I am totally confused!!

Thanks for your help this far though!
Very much appreciated.

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11/16/2015 1:42:23 PM (last edit: 11/16/2015 1:42:23 PM)
show user profile  Pil

"Also, in the PDF file that you posted as the source, where about in that document are the actual blueprints?"

On page 24 :-)

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11/16/2015 1:44:53 PM (last edit: 11/16/2015 1:44:53 PM)
show user profile  antoin_currie
Oh wait, I see them on page 24. Tiny! But must be really Hi resolution because keeps good quality when zoomed into.

Still don't know how you found it via google images though!! :)
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11/16/2015 1:46:33 PM (last edit: 11/16/2015 1:46:33 PM)
show user profile  FX
Hi rez because they are vector format ;) Pil said page 24, when you open in illustrator you get a choice of which page to open, delete all unnecessary and save.

re: searching, I meant right click on the image and "search google with image", usually an extension for chrome or FF.


you'll get web results as opposed to image.

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11/16/2015 2:03:17 PM (last edit: 11/16/2015 2:03:48 PM)
show user profile  antoin_currie
Why did I not know about this?
This is...awesome!

thanks a lot !
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11/16/2015 2:47:52 PM (last edit: 11/16/2015 2:47:52 PM)
show user profile  FX
trial, error, patience and google...along with the realization someone wants to charge me 6 euro a pop for something I can do myself in 5 mins. :p

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11/16/2015 10:29:27 PM (last edit: 11/16/2015 10:29:27 PM)
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