All the best illustrator tutorials tips and techniques

All the best illustrator tutorials tips and techniques - over 80 quality tutorials

Initially, I wanted to make an article every week with 20 Adobe Illustrator tutorials but I changed my mind. It’s easier to put them all in one big post as the illustrator tutorials are not so many. I’m refering here to the good and quality ones.


Also you can see the first 20 Illustrator tutorials that I’ve gathered on the site:

How to make 3d vintage stars

How to make 3d vintage stars

Author’s comment: “I’m going to walk you through a technique to create vintage looking 3d stars in Illustrator. You guessed it, 100% vector. By the time we’re done, there will be 0 (zero) effects, or filters. You will have a very useful vintage star vector on your artboard, and a new skill to go with it. With vector art gaining ground every day because of its long-term value and versatility, new vector art styles are constantly emerging. I’ve seen quite a few of these 3D style shapes that seem to ‘pop’ out at you being used in many different applications.”

Vectorizing Hair

Vectorizing Hair

Author’s comment: “Just came across this wonderful tutorial on vectorizing hair . I have been doing Vector portraits for my friends and they loved it but after this tutorial i am sure they are going to adore them. Just follow the tutorial the level is expert so you might want to go back to illustrator help to get understanding of a few options.”

Professional Business Card

Professional Business Card

Author’s comment: “In this 4 page indepth instructional tutorial you’ll learn the basic creation of business cards. This will be made in Adobe Illustrator but can easily be adapted to Photoshop.”

Wood Grain

Wood Grain

Author’s comment: “Here is a quick way to create wood grain effect using the warp tools in illustrator.”

Create A Wood Grain Texture

Create A Wood Grain Texture

Author’s comment: “Last up for Vectip’s Texture Week is wood grain. The steps for this technique are very similar to the previous Brushed Metal Texture tutorial. It uses the same Graphic Pen effect but stretched a little more. It also uses the Warp Tool and Twirl Tool. Also like the other texture tutorials, this technique is easy and applicable in logos, icons, interfaces or pretty much anything.”

Create a cool water effect

Create a cool water effect

Author’s comment: “n this tutorial i will walk you through the process that i have used in one of the design projects i finished recently . You will learn how to use mesh tool to create water droplets , use the symbol sprayer tool using symbol of water droplets and dispersing them”

Vector tutorial

Vector tutorial

Author’s comment: “This is a tutorial I’ve made from my own experience while teaching myself how to use the tools provided.”

3 Ways: VECTOR HALFTONES from RASTER Images

3 Ways: VECTOR HALFTONES from RASTER Images

Author’s comment: “This is by far the most-emailed question I get here at BittBox. How can you make vector halftones from raster images? Well, our friends at Adobe haven’t seen the need to throw us a bone in this situation yet, but there are some brave souls out there taking on the challenge themselves, and answering the call”

Tracing Photo

Tracing Photo

Author’s comment: “Full detailed tutorial on how to draw and trace people from a photo. Learn how to create realistic illustration with just simple gradient fill. No massive Gradient Mesh!”

Avoiding Visual Tension

Avoiding Visual Tension

Author’s comment: “When illustrating or designing for that matter you need to pay attention to how shapes either positive or negative associate with each other. Some artists lack this level of detail and it shows in their work. Others who make a habit of isolating these trouble areas and fixing them visually increase the effectiveness and quality of their work.”

Tango – Illustrative Icons

Tango - Illustrative Icons

Author’s comment: “This tutorial will walk you though the process of creating a set of presentation icons for a software company.”

28 Free Illustrator Brushes for making Swooshes and Swirls

28 Free Illustrator Brushes for making Swooshes and Swirls

Author’s comment: “This is a brush set meant for making your own custom swoosh, swirl and curl designs”

How to draw swirls illustrations

How to draw swirls illustrations

Create Web 2.0 Stickers

Create Web 2.0 Stickers

Author’s comment: “I wonder how long the Web 2.0 style will be around. All those shiny graphics are great to look at and create, but it can’t last. In some respects, it’s good to capitalize on the trend, but it the same respect it’s good to explore new techniques and styles. Regardless, there is enough demand with the Web 2.0 style to justify a tutorial on some nifty Web 2.0 Stickers!”

Stencil Illustration

Stencil Illustration

Author’s comment: “This tutorial will take you from my source of inspiration to the actual contruction and application of the stencil art. Included in this download is a layered CS2 Photoshop file which will show how I go about building my reference.”

Tutorial making a stamp

Tutorial making a stamp

Author’s comment: “This tutorials will show you how to use blend tool , pathfinder and expand tool and create a little stamp of your own.The following steps will take you through the process of creating one”

Spraying Symbols

Spraying Symbols

Author’s comment: “Say, you want to draw a tree in full Spring, a very green one. Not just an outline you want details too so that you actually see the leafs. Unless you have a ton of time on your hands or you’re paid by the hour, it would be a hell of a job to draw each leaf one by one. This would be one of the many situations where the Symbol Spaying Tool can be of assistance. ”

Create a spiral ornament Symbol

Create a spiral ornament Symbol

Author’s comment: “Today I want to show you how you can create a spiral ornament in Illustrator and reuse this ornament throughout your artwork multiple times resized, rotated, mirrored, whatever… by turning it into a Symbol. I’ve talked about Symbols before and I showed you how to use the Symbol Sprayer Tool. This time I’ll focus a bit more on the creation of the ornament itself. Like always I’ll talk you through the entire process step by step. By explaining every little detail of each step, this tutorial should be a good exercise for the beginners among you. You’ll learn to use a lot of several tools along the way and you only use the Pen Tool a tiny little bit”

Creating simple Art Brushes

Creating simple Art Brushes

Author’s comment: “Ever wondered how to create those popular, but elegant tapered lines? Or just simple lines that go from very thin to tick and back to thin? If you create an Art Brush for this, you’ve really done half the job already. So the good news is, it’s easy and it’s fast.”

Shiny Buttons Without Blends or Transparencies

Shiny Buttons Without Blends or Transparencies

Author’s comment: “I have been asked many times how I create some of the shiny buttons I sell on iStock. Although there are other tutorials out there, this one shows you how to create these buttons without blends and transparencies. It is a relatively simply technique that can be applied to many different elements other than buttons. Moreover, using this shiny effect will create a cleaner, more accessible, and consistent file.”

Create Your Own Spoof Airplane Safety Illustrations

Create Your Own Spoof Airplane Safety Illustrations

Author’s comment: “A reader commented on a previous post with the great idea of creating a tutorial on how to produce vector illustrations in the style of the safety cards found in aircraft, as seen on examples from Airtoons.com. Follow this step by step guide to creating your own illustrations, ready for the combination with comedy captions!”

Creating a ribbon

Creating a ribbon

Author’s comment: “Ever wondered how you draw a ribbon in Adobe Illustrator? A while ago a reader e-mailed me with this question. A prefect tip for a step-by-step tutorial, I hope you enjoy it”

Quick Reflections

Quick Reflections

Author’s comment: “The Create Web 2.0 Stickers and Shiny Buttons tutorials have been very popular. With their popularity came many requests for reflections, another attribute synonymous with the Web 2.0 style. Creating these reflections is simple. With Vertical Flipping and Opacity Masks you can have a reflection in no time! Moreover, Opacity Masks are versatile, easy to edit, and not just for reflections.”

Pucker and Bloat Effect

Pucker and Bloat Effect

Author’s comment: “There are lots of hidden secrets in Illustrator. Even I have the feeling I only use only a part of the application. That’s probably because I’m sometimes stuck in my old habit of doing things. If you’ve been working with the application since version 3 like I do, then you know what I’m talking about. It’s good to explore new and better ways. Ways to do things faster and in a more flexible way. Today I’ll show you how to use the Pucker & Bloat Effect”

How to Combine Pixel and Vector to Produce Striking Artwork

How to Combine Pixel and Vector to Produce Striking Artwork

Author’s comment: “I recently completed an experimental personal design project where a piece of digital artwork was created by combining pixel and vector elements. During the process of it’s production I captured screenshots and jotted down notes to present the course of the creation as a full blown walkthrough/tutorial.”

Creating pins

Creating pins

Author’s comment: “Pins are popular these days, so I thought why not write a tutorial on how to create these in Adobe Illustrator. If you’ve ever wondered how to simulate this realistic looking pin or button effect, here’s your chance to learn.”

Pen tool exercises

Pen tool exercises

Author’s comment: “People really seem to like my Illustrator tutorials, but I do receive a lot of e-mail with one common question ”How did you create those curvy lines used in motion trails?” The first thing that you need to master and become proficient in is the Pen tool.”

Old School Type – Line Gradients

Old School Type - Line Gradients

Author’s comment: “One of our readers suggested we write a tutorial explaining how to do this cool text effect. On the Dragonforce logo above, the basis of my typography was sketched on paper first and then vectored in Illustrator using the Pen Tool. The process for creating the base logo is not included in this tutorial. Instead, we are going to take the base logo and add that cool “line gradient” effect that you see inside the actual letters. This gives the text an old-school or vintage feel to it. This look is prevalent in wood engraving and sign lettering. You can do this effect with any typeface or font because the principle is the same.”

Create Non-Raster Drop Shadows

Create Non-Raster Drop Shadows

Author’s comment: “Illustrator has the ability to add raster effects to elements like outer glows, inner glows, and drop shadows. Vector art is great because you can scale them to any size. That is why I try not to use the raster effects in final output. One area this creates a problem, is drop shadows, but there are a couple of easy ways to add drop shadows using blends and gradients rather than raster effects.”

Gigposter Design: The New Sex

Gigposter Design: The New Sex

Author’s comment: “A lot of people are making them. A lot of people suck. We don’t suck, and neither do you. This tutorial requires NO drawing talent… so don’t trip folks. You will however need Adobe Photoshop 7.0 or higher and Illustrator CS2 or higher. My name’s Dave, and this is my first ever solo tutorial. I’m very unorthodox and direct… so forgive me if I lose you guys during any part of this. I’ll do what I can to answer questions for people who think my tutorial is too confusing.”

Night Lights: Creating a Glowing Neon Effect

Night Lights: Creating a Glowing Neon Effect

Author’s comment: “This compelling effect really draws in the eye. Using a technique that emulates glowing neon in your illustration can do exactly what a real neon sign is designed to do-grab an audience’s attention with its beauty and uniqueness. Plus, it’s just a lot of fun to play around with!”

Creating light motion trails & glowing sparks

Creating light motion trails & glowing sparks

Author’s comment: “A technique often used in advertising these days, is these glowing lines. They look like light motion trails. If you ever wondered how to create these kind of lines, here is how I do it…”

Illustrate a Fun Magnify Zoom Icon

Illustrate a Fun Magnify Zoom Icon

Author’s comment: “In this tutorial, we’ll create a unique Magnifying Glass shown enlarging a selection of text. We’ll work primarily with the pathfinder and basic shape tools to cut out our shapes for this illustration, though the pen tool will also be used. We color the elements along the way using various gradients.”

Web 2.0 Logo Reflection in Vector format with Illustrator

Web 2.0 Logo Reflection in Vector format with Illustrator

Author’s comment: “You will probably find dozens, if not hundreds of tutorials on how to do this in Photoshop, but I’m going to show you how to do it in Illustrator (vector). The advantage? You can scale it up for a roadside billboard if you like. That’s the power of vector graphics. All you have to do is make it once and you can change the size as many times as you like, without losing quality. I’m tempted to say that this (logo reflection) effect might actually be easier to do in Illustrator in the first place. Man, the web is definitely a creature that likes to follow trends.”

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Creating Lips using Mesh tool

Creating Lips using Mesh tool

Line Art Brushes

Line Art Brushes

Inking Tutorial

Inking Tutorial

Author’s comment: “One person I know has been trying to learn Illustrator the last couple of months…I’m not very helpful trying to explain things verbally, so I thought this might help…of course I’m hoping this’ll help anyone interested.”

Four Ways to Convert to Grayscale

Four Ways to Convert to Grayscale

Author’s comment: “Sometimes you need to convert a Illustrator file to grayscale. This could be for a print ad, logo option, or even just to try something different. In Illustrator CS3 you have several options to easily change and edit any artwork to grayscale. There are a couple of simple options and a couple of options that give you more control of how the artwork will look.”

Create a Rotatable Globe

Create a Rotatable Globe

Author’s comment: “Adobe Illustrator has some nifty built in features when it comes to working in three dimensions. This example gives a quick walkthrough on using such features to create a 3D rotatable globe, allowing the earth to be revolved in order to show the desired countries and continents.”

Surprise Gift

Surprise Gift

Author’s comment: “There are times when you will need to do gift box and effects for special occasions. This tutorial will give you an idea how this can be done using brushes and some other techniques. I will not be going into details how each step is done but I will illustrate on some of the techniques used to create this illustration.”

Creating geometric patterns in Illustrator

Creating geometric patterns in Illustrator

Author’s comment: “Sometimes when I create a pattern background in Illustrator I don’t end up with a Pattern Swatch. Instead, I create a Symbol of the repeating element and I create a whole background repeating this Symbol: duplicating 1, then 2, 4, 8, 16 and so on. It’s just not always that simple to create perfectly seamless patterns, especially with geometric forms. Today I’ll show you how to create a geometric pattern shape and fill a background with it using the method I just described.”

How to make funky illustrative backgrounds and florishes

How to make funky illustrative backgrounds and florishes

Author’s comment: “The world is going crazy i mean so much and so many of those flowery florishes are seen everywhere . Here is a simple tutorial on how to make one of your own”

An expressive shining eye tutorial: Part 1

An expressive shining eye tutorial :Part 1

Author’s comment: “The tutorial will be in two parts , in the first part i will explain how to create the eye drawing and then creating the pupil ….We will start by drawing out an eye in outline using the pen tool . Since i will be more concentrating on other tools rather than pen tool i am begining by understanding that you have basic knowledge of pen tool .”

An expressive shining eye tutorial: Part 2

An expressive shining eye tutorial :Part 2

Envelope Distort

Envelope Distort

Author’s comment: “In this tutorial, I will show you how to use Illustrator CS Envelope Distort tool to make a trendy fashion ad.”

Drawing Face

Drawing Face

Author’s comment: “This is a video tutorial (Flash format) to show my technique on how to trace a human face from photo.”

Design Float Circle Icon

Design Float Circle Icon

Author’s comment: “In this tutorial i will create a Designer float icon using adobe Illustrator that will match with the awesome fasticon set…”

Complex Circular Design Techniques

Complex Circular Design Techniques

Author’s comment: “Creating intricate circular designs and patterns may look difficult because the shapes can be very complicated, but you will be surprised at just how easy making these shapes can be. I will go over some neat tricks, tools, techniques, and settings that will have you pumping out perfect circular designs in no time using Illustrator.”

Create A Four-Leaf Clover

Create A Four-Leaf Clover

Author’s comment: “In celebration of St. Patricks Day, I wanted to do a four-leaf clover tutorial. Some of you might not celebrate St. Patricks Day or have no use for a four-leaf clover, but still take a look at this tutorial. This tutorial combines some good techniques. You will Divide, Transform, and add Warping Effects. These techniques will help you quickly and easily create with Illustrator!”

Christmas Hat

Christmas Hat

Author’s comment: “In my previous tutorial I showed how to make a Christmas tree, this tutorial shows you how draw a furry Christmas hat.”

3 methods to make a realistic CD

3 methods to make a realistic CD

Author’s comment: “Here is a collection of 3 cool methods to illustrate a realistic CD. Be sure to read all the 3 different methods to have a better understanding of the different advance tricks to imitate the cone gradient reflection on a CD.”

Create a Detailed Camera with Photo Icon

Create a Detailed Camera with Photo Icon

Author’s comment: “This tutorial will show the intermediate Adobe Illustrator artist how to make a sleek web 2.0 style icon. You should have a basic understanding of Adobe Illustrator tools before you begin this tutorial, as the tutorial moves at a rapid pace.”

Bona-fide Textures

Bona-fide Textures

Author’s comment: “This tutorial takes an existing illustration of mine and using found surfaces textures I apply them to the art to create a uniquely textured final illustration. Icluded in this download is source files for both CS2 Illustrator and Photoshop.”

Beautiful Vector Illustration

Beautiful Vector Illustration

Author’s comment: “One thing we do regularly at Go Media is create beautiful vector people. Having illustrated hundreds of these, I have worked out a few tips that I would like to share with you. This will make your job much easier.”

Chinese Bamboo

Chinese Bamboo

Author’s comment: “Do you like the bamboo scene on my Flash site? Well, here is the quick tutorial. This tutorial will show you how to illustrate Chinese bamboo with Illustrator Symbol Sprayer and Mesh Tool.”

Automate Actions

Automate Actions

Author’s comment: “Actions are a set of commands or a series of events that you can record and playback in the Actions panel. Actions are great for complex or repetitive tasks. I use the Actions all the time, especially when working with icon sets or buttons, like in the previous tutorial. If you are familiar at all with the Actions panel in Photoshop, you will have no problem with the Actions in Illustrator.”

Editorial Illustration: Alien Skull

Editorial Illustration: Alien Skull

Author’s comment: “Based on my observations within the creative community, and my own personal passions when it comes to creating artwork, I have compiled a top ten list of favorite themes that artists adore illustrating.”

Swirly curls

Swirly curls

Author’s comment: “Let me start by wishing you all a very happy new year! May 2007 be a year full of inspiration and creativity! Today I’ve picked another topic from my list of requests that readers of my blog send in: swirly curls. Lets add some trendy elegance to your illustrations! Here we go…”

Abstract Background

Abstract Background

Author’s comment: “In my previous tutorial, I’ve showed you how to make stylish flower with Blend Tool. This tutorial shows you how to make hi-tech style abstract background with Illustrator Blend Tool. Very cool and simple!”

Create Abstract Backgrounds

Create Abstract Backgrounds

Author’s comment: “I like illustrating characters, icons, and other highly representative illustrations. I do this kind of work the majority of time in Illustrator, so it’s nice to break out and create abstract backgrounds. Abstract backgrounds are easy to create in Illustrator with a couple of simple techniques. Using Gradient Meshes, Steps Blends and Opacity Masks you can quickly create an abstract background.”

3D logo

3d logo

Author’s comment: “Many people asked me how to do this, heres your awnser, with only illustrator and photoshop you can do almost anything. In this Tutorial you will start with the making of a logo shape, going to rough 3D, and finishing it in Photoshop. This is so easy that even the starting beginner can do it.”

Christmas Tree

Christmas Tree

Author’s comment: “This tutorial shows you how to make a beautiful Christmas tree with Adobe Illustrator.”

 
 
 
 
 

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