7 Free Editable Butcher Meat Cut Chart Illustrations

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The latest set of freebies I’ve been working on is a little unusual, but hopefully it will be the perfect resource for designers working on vintage style artwork based on the theme of BBQs, butchery, culinery or maybe even hunting. Download this free set of editable vector animal illustrations with hand lettering style text, similar to the traditional meat cut charts used by butchers.

Butcher meat cut chart illustrations

This free set of vector illustrations contains 7 animal meat cut diagrams based on classic vintage style butchery charts. Each one has been designed with editable text than can be customised to suit your own designs, which provides loads of options for how these resources can be used in real world projects.

How to customise the text

By default each illustration contains the names of the various meat cuts manipulated to fit within the relevant area of the animal. I’ve used the free font Carnevalee Freakshow for that vintage hand drawn look, but the text and fonts can be edited to suit your own designs. Right click and Ungroup your chosen illustration then select the Isolate Selected Group option.

Use the Type tool to edit the wording to suit your own design project. No matter how long or short the new word is, the text will automatically be manipulated to fit into the existing area. However, using a long word in a small area will squash the text a little too much.

After editing the text it might be necessary to carefully adjust the positioning of the text so it fits into place within the animal illustration.

You can also change the font along with the wording to alter the style of the illustration. Hand drawn typefaces look great to achieve the popular vintage style custom lettering look.

These meat cut chart illustrations are particularly popular with BBQ themed designs. By simply altering the text you can easily create smokin’ hot artwork!

Download the free meat cut chart illustrations 5.2mb

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  1. Liz Canning says:

    I love the inclusion of the t-rex! My butchers never seem to stock dinosaur meat.

  2. Adam Binder says:

    These are great. I have a client who needs a flyer for a BBQ and I think I just found the inspiration I needed. Thanks for more awesome design resources. The dinosaur is a nice touch by the way :)

  3. These are really fun, thanks Chris.

    Great type choices and textures all around.

  4. Lukas Kus says:

    this is awesome!!! :D

  5. rafael says:

    Thanks Chris

  6. Oscar says:

    Great project Chris, thanks for sharing
    the T-rex rocks :D

  7. Nice work, thanks for sharing! T-rex illustration is super. I especially appreciate the guidelines for customizing the text.

  8. Wendy Friesen says:

    Thank you, Chris!

  9. Nikolaos Chinaris says:

    thanks for this !!

  10. Anne says:

    Thank you, Chris. These are great. Love the T-Rex!

  11. Steve says:

    The text was outlined? I’d be really interested in seeing a tutorial on how you create that text effects.

  12. Rachel Weber says:

    Thanks, Chris! You’re the best!

  13. Bonita says:

    Who would’ve thought that simple meat charts could look so good?!

  14. Tals says:

    Hi Chris,

    These look great but unfortunately I’m having trouble opening the file. :(
    I’m using CS4- could that be the problem?
    Many thanks for any help you can offer.

  15. Emily says:

    Thanks so much, these are so much fun!

  16. Lucas says:

    Great stuff Chris.

  17. Dannie says:


  18. Martin says:

    This is AWESOME! Thank you so much, Mr. Spooner

  19. Aldo says:

    Hey Chris! I have a client that is a slaughter house, that little piggie is going to be really helpful! – THAN YOU SO MUCH! Beautiful work – as always

  20. Ian says:

    Argghhhh!! I’ve just done some stationery for a butchers using a cuts of a pig type illustration – if only I’d seen this sooner!!


    Good work

  21. ronald says:

    these charts are awesome!

    my favorite has to be the trex chart.

    those would be ridiculous portions. lol.

  22. Leon says:

    I’ve been looking for something like this for ages, and always too busy to do it from scratch myself. Cheers Chris, much appreciated!

  23. Safi Sarkar says:

    A great package for illustrator, very nice all design.

  24. Kirsten says:

    Hi there – I have become quite a fan of yours lately, no idea how you’re so productive!
    Can you tell me what the painterly font is that you’ve used for fab Summer Barbeque poster? Cheers.

  25. Stephen says:

    Is there a non-outlined version I can download? I can’t alter the text. Am I doing something wrong?


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