When it comes to web and graphic design, Adobe Illustrator is usually the primary option to consider. However, the software package itself is a quite hard to learn — and extremely hard to master.
Why I need to look any Illustrator tutorial? Out of many reasons there are three reasons for simple explanations. First, Illustrator offers a variety of advanced tools to smooth out your design, optimize structure proportions and emphasize some beautiful details. Second, if you have some experience with Illustrator then it is easy to learn the basics and quickly produce very impressive and beautiful results. And Third, its capable of creating any type of stunning effects, all waiting at your finger tips.
It’s been months, since we have been Rounding-Up interesting, useful and creative Illustrator Tutorials which can help you to create great designs.
For those, who don’t know what is Adobe Illustrator? And what it can do? Then follow the link below for detail introduction.
Creativity means a lot in any kind of presentation. Whether it’s a logo, banner or a complete design; being able to inject creativity into it not only help in floating the message around, it also leaves solid impression on the viewer. Good design is not easy thing to emerge, or it is often a very challenging job to discover creative designs. However, there are few ways by which you can improve your designing skills. One of them is analyzing other’s work and find the inspiration behind every details. In this presentation, we present to you a Excellent Round-Up of Illustrator Tutorials for igniting your creativity.
01. How to Create a Curious Owl
In this tutorial you’ll learn how to create a little owl illustration with non-spooky scene set at dusk, with a curious owl sitting on a branch and some scenery in the background.
02. Create a Cool Vector Panda Character in Illustrator
Adobe Illustrator is my favourite tool for creating fun and cute character designs. With just a few simple shapes, a mix of gradient colours and a few shadows here and there you can build some great looking illustrations. Here’s a step by step walkthrough of the process used to create a cool Panda character, from the basic outlines through to the detailed final design.
03. Create A Cute Creature Character From A Sketch
In this tutorial you can leant how to create a cute creature from a sketch. This tutorial uses custom brushes, the Paintbrush tool, Pen tool, and the Live Paint Bucket tool. Even if your not a huge fan of the cuteness, you can use these techniques for other illustrations, logos, and vector elements.
04. Create a Owl using Dynamic Gradient Techniques
Many works that look complicated are really made from simple elements. In this tutorial, Russian artist Alexandra Zutto shows how to build up complex, beautiful images by patiently layering and building up small, straightforward segments, always varying them to prevent monotony.
05. Create the face of a goofy bunny
The following tutorial will help you create the face of a goofy bunny. You won’t need the Pen Tool. Only the Ellipse Tool and the Rectangle Tool plus some basic effects like the Inner Glow, the Drop Shadow or the Warp effect.
06. How to Design a Cheeky Koala Mascot Head
This tutorial will show you how to combine basic shapes with some clever coloring and blending to make a fantastic looking koala character using some opacity masks, brushes, gradients and effects, in addition to an easy shading technique you’ll find yourself using in plenty of other projects.
07. Cartoon Character – Dexter
Dexter is probably one of those cartoon characters that don’t need an introduction, but anyway, for those who never heard about him, Dexter is boy genius that has a giant secret laboratory filled with his great inventions. In this simple tutorial you will see how to draw this character inside Adobe Illustrator.
08. How to Make an Attractive Vector Butterfly
In this tutorial you all will learn how to make a vector butterfly using the blending mode from transparency box and the gradient mesh. The techniques shown in this tutorial will help you make shades on objects and liquid transition of colors.
09. Create the face of a greedy monkey
This tutorial will help you create a simple illustration of a monkey face. It uses the Ellipse Tool, the Pen Tool, the Rectangle Tool, the Crystallize Tool or the Gradient Tool. For the the shadow effects you’ll use some classic effects like the Inner Glow or the Gaussian Blur.
10. Create a Shaped Clipping Mask in Photoshop/Illustrator
This tutorial uses a simple clipping mask to make the image of a cruise ship appear to be split into several rounded square tile shapes. The tile effect of this design doesn’t have to be rounded rectangles-it could be circles hexagons or even some weird abstract shape nobody’s ever seen before.
11. Create Lady Bugs Insect Tutorial
Lady bugs are probably one of the cutest and most illustrated insects; that is when they aren’t swarming you. This tutorial from Tutorial Lounge demonstrates how to draw a vector lady bug in Illustrator using some easy to use illustration techniques.
12. How to Create a Cool Monkey Character in Illustrator
In this tutorial, we’re going to be creating a monkey character illustration using Adobe Illustrator. You’ll be using basic Shape Tools, the Pen Tool and various other Illustrator techniques to create the illustration.
13. Create a Cute Little Tiger in Illustrator
The tiger is one of the coolest animals in the earth. It’s a very powerful, dangerous, yet fascinating animal. In this tutorial, we will be drawing the tiger, but we will be doing it a little bit different. Instead of portraying the tiger as a savage and mean creature, Here you will learn how to draw a cute little tiger that you will be able to use in your projects, as a desktop wallpaper, etc. You will also learn lots of Illustrator techniques as well.
14. Create a student character mascot with Adobe Illustrator
This is an intermediate Illustrator tutorial level where you can learn how to create a vector student character mascot from a sketch in Adobe Illustrator. The techniques can easily be applied to other character design, illustrations or icons.
15. Design a Cute Hamster Avatar
In this tutorial you all going to learn how to create this cute little Hamster Avatar character with the help of illustrator.
16. How To Draw A Funny Cop Illustration From A Sketch
Cops or Police Officers, their mission is to keep the peace and order around us. No one can escape from their batons. In this tutorial you will see how to draw a funny cop illustration from a sketch. This tutorial requires intermediate knowledge of Adobe Illustrator and advanced pen drawing skills.
17. How to Draw a Cartoon Duck
This tutorial will take you through basic shapes , using basic tools ie pathfinder , knife and eyedropper tools to create a cute duck character. Following this tutorial you can draw a step by step illustrated vector tutorial file which will help you to actually look at how it is done!
18. Draw a beautiful female character
Office life is very boring, what keeps us alive in our offices? You’re right, those hot and strict secretaries. This simple tutorial shows you how to create a beautiful female character using Illustrator.
19. How To Create a Cute and Cuddly Vector Dinosaur
this tutorial will help your Adobe Illustrator skills, and help you relax, have some fun, and give you very good overview about how to create a cute and cuddly vector dinosaur in illustrator.
Page Layout Related Tutorial
20. Design a Fun Invoice Template
If you are a designer then your invoices need not to be boring! Follow this tutorial to set up a fun yet professional-looking invoice template using Adobe Illustrator and InDesign.
21. Using InDesign to Create a Designer Resume
In this tutorial, we’ll explain how to create a resume with InDesign using paragraph styles and a grid. We’ll walk you through each step in creating this resume and introduce you to some tools and the use of styles.
Objects Related Tutorial
22. How to Create a Shiny, Vector Laptop
In this tutorial you all will see how to create a laptop in Illustrator using basic tools like the Rectangle Tool, Ellipse Tool, Pen Tool and others. We’ll construct the overall shape, keyboard, laptop monitor, and more.
23. Create A Mouthwatering Chocolate Covered Strawberry
This is very testy tutorial where we will see how to create a chocolate covered strawberry illustration. You can easily apply this illustration to your own greeting card, t-shirt, or anything else you can think of. Moreover, you can apply this tutorial to other illustrations and logos.
24. How to make Necklace in Adobe Illustrator
In this tutorial you will learn how to make necklace in Adobe Illustrator and you will also learn that how to make Pearl effect.
25. Create An Awesome Space Rocket Avatar
What? You still don’t have your own avatar? Remedy this situation immediately with this tutorial where you’ll learn how to draw a shiny, awesome-looking space rocket in Adobe Illustrator using advanced techniques such as gradient meshes, pattern brushes and opacity masks. We will then add a flare, smoke, clouds and sky to complete a fun illustration.
26. Create a Candy Inspired Vector Snowboard Design
Learn how to put together a sweet candy inspired design in Illustrator by cutting, splitting and joining vector paths to produce an intricate weave of shapes. We’ll then add some finishing touches with subtle shading and a cool striped overlay to add depth to the design. The final concept will them be ready for being mocked up as a custom snowboard design.
27. Illustrator Tutorial: Vector Handphone
In this tutorial, you will see how to draw a vector mobile phone by using simple shapes and gradients. By the looks, it seems like similar to Nokia 6300.
28. How To Create a Sleek DVD Player
In this tutorial you will see how to make an Interactive DVD player in Illustrator. To reach the final result we will use the instrument Rounded Rectangle Tool, the option 3D > Extrude & Bevel and the Map Art option.
29. How to Draw a USB Flash Drive
USB flash drive, they are now everywhere, slowly replacing compact disks. In this tutorial, I will show you how to draw an USB flash drive in Illustrator. Advanced Illustrator skills needed.
30. How to Illustrate a Professional Looking Apple iPad
In this tutorial we will learn how to make a realistic looking illustration of an Apple iPad using the Rounded Corner Rectangle, Gradient Mesh and Gradient Tool. Don’t let the professional finish fool you; this tutorial is perfect for beginners and experts alike.
31. How to Make Super-Sharp, Vector Swords
In this tutorial we will see how to draw a sword in Illustrator, using the Rectangle Tool, gradients, and other Illustrator tools. Actually the tutorial isn’t very hard, let’s see the final result that is our goal first!
32. Create an illustration of a fountain pen
In this first tutorial you’ll learn to create an illustration of a fountain pen. It is more of an advanced tutorial. Hopefully you’ll understand the exact steps author followed to reach this final illustration.
33. How to Create an Elegant, Vector Pen in Illustrator
In this tutorial, you will see how to draw a vector pen, in an elegant box using Illustrator. We’ll pull out the Pen Tool, Rectangle Tool, and gradients in this one. Let’s see the final result which is our goal.
34. How to Create Realistic, Vector Bubbles
His Majesty the Bubble! In this tutorial we will learn how to create realistic colorful bubbles. We’ll cover numerous techniques and build this illustrations step by step. Set aside a couple hours for this one!
35. create a 6-egg box
In this tutorial you will learn how to create a 6-egg box (full of eggs). We will use 3D Rotate and Revolve Effects. We will also play a lot with masks. You may download the source file (created in Illustrator CS4, back-saved to CS2+).
36. Draw a Glowing, Vector Pocket Watch
In this tutorial you will learn how to draw the front and the back side of a pocket watch from scratch. This tutorial is detailed and by the end you will know how to draw all kinds of shapes, like cog-wheels and small screws. You’ll learn to create the scatter brushes used for the designs on the watch and how to use some of the existing patterns and gradients in Illustrator’s library to your advantage.
37. How to draw a delicious Burger
A burger, the king of fast foods! Who doesn’t like burgers? Everyone does! For those designers that are hungry a new tutorial, how to draw a burger in Adobe Illustrator.
Logo, Symbol or Icon Related Tutorials
38. Creating a Toaster-Popping Illustration
With this tutorial, learn how to apply some effects not often used in Illustrator, like the Chrome effect, which is used to create metallic look with a realistic aspect. Also, notable in this tutorial is the use of Texturizer to create toast texture. We will also use 3D effect and the Mesh tool, which bring depth to the this illustration.
39. Geometric Flower Effect Logo in Illustrator
This is an Illustrator tutorial that explains how author made this nice logo for one of his clients in Czech Republic. Feel free to use it as inspiration, but please do not copy it in any form. All copyrights belong to the owner. Last but not least, please excuse Czech language appearing in the dialog boxes on pictures; author use a localized version of illustrator.
40. Create a Tasty Burger Icon in Illustrator
In this delicious tutorial you all going to see how to create a three-dimensional, scrumptious burger using Adobe Illustrator. Remember that I’m a vegetarian, so you should definitely appreciate the effort!
41. Create a simple paperclip icon
This is a really fast tutorial. In only seven steps you’ll learn to make a paperclip icon. You will only need the Rounded Rectangle Tool, the Direct Selection Tool and the Gradient Tool. Also you might learn some basic stuff about working with grids and strokes.
42. Design a Stylish Wallet Icon
In this simple tutorial you will see how to create the wallet icon from my Women’s Icons using Adobe Illustrator CS4.
43. Create a Stylized First Aid Icon
In this tutorial we’ll use a combination of craft and Illustrator’s 3D tools to create a first aid icon. You can use the techniques you learn in this tutorial to create realistic rounded box icons of your choice. This works well for complex icons at large sizes and scales down nicely.
44. Abduzeedo 2010 Logo Design
In this tutorial/case study you will see how author created the symbol and what the inspiration behind it was. We will use Adobe Illustrator for the tutorial.
45. Create a classic calendar icon
In this tutorial you’ll learn to create a classic calendar icon. It’s a pretty simple and fast tutorial. You only need to know how to use the basic tools and some effects like the Inner Glow, the Drop Shadow, the Transform effect, the Rounded Corners effect or the Warp effect.
46. Create A Briefcase Icon
In this tutorial, we will see how to create a briefcase icon with rectangles, ellipses, and gradients. This briefcase icon is great for web designs and user interfaces. Moreover, you can easily apply these techniques to other icons, logos, and illustrations.
47. Create a Metallic Star in Illustrator
This tutorial will show a technique to create a segmented star that, when gradient fills are applied, takes on a basic metallic appearance. A future tutorial will take these same techniques and elaborate on them to create a more realistic looking star… if you think that’s possible.
48. Create a documents icon
In this tutorial you’ll learn to create a pretty common icon. To reach this result you need to know how to use the Rectangle Tool, the Pen Tool or the Type Tool. The Drop Shadow, the Warp effects or the Clipping Mask will help you create some discrete details.
Sketch, Painting, poster, graph Related Tutorials
49. Create Character Driven Book Cover Art
In this two part tutorial on creating the “Let’s Go To Monster School!” book cover, We will see a complete process from initial sketch to the final artwork, using an Illustrator to Photoshop integrated workflow. In Part 1 we will employ Illustrator to trace our hand drawn sketch, lay down the shapes and define the basic colors. In Part 2, we’ll take the vector drawing into Photoshop, where we will refine the shading, add some textures and complete the book cover with the appropriate typography.
50. Explore new-folk illustration styles
In this tutorial you’ll learn how to combine, merge, and manipulate ships in Illustrator to create an intricate illustration based on a Russian doll.
51. How to Make an Inspired, Golden Painting
In this tutorial we will travel back in time to recreate the painting style of one of the most outstanding symbolism artists – Gustav Klimt. His works are full of warm golden colors, simple ornaments, irregular patterns, natural symbols, and asymmetric shapes. We will work to produce this style with the help of Adobe Illustrator tools.
52. How to Make a Map in Illustrator
In this tutorial you will see how to make a nice little map using illustrator. The author of this tutorial was called to make a map for the university which was tedious but still fun. This can also be a neat little add-on to a party invitation or the like. First and most importantly turn on some music! Some Armin van Buuren thumping in the background helps the creative process.
53. How to Create a Cubist Masterpiece in Illustrator
Cubism is one of the most outstanding movements in abstract art. Geometric shapes, vivid colors, simple figures, and textures are all distinctive features of this style. Let’s try to recreate the cubist painting in Illustrator inspired by works of Pablo Picasso – after learning some simple techniques you’ll be able to easily paint your own cubist composition.
54. make watercolor and marker style portraits with illustrator
With this tutorial, we are going to work through ways of creating digital portrait illustrations that have a unique and somewhat tactile feel of marker and watercolor. This tutorial will focus on using a drawing tablet and Adobe Illustrator. There will be a focus on technique and technical settings, but the overall product will rely on your own personal style and taste.
55. Dot Matrix Effect
Here is a technique for creating dot matrix style images which is helpful for learning about selection tools and the basics in Illustrator. First you will create an LED display and then make a simple mosaic landscape.
56. How to Create a Cute Vector Bear T-Shirt Design
One of the great things about designing with vector shapes is that any design, especially characters, can be developed out of basic shapes, giving a simple and stylized style. Let’s get busy with Adobe Illustrator and design a cute bear character and surrounding scenery in just two colours, ready for use as a cool t-shirt design.
57. How to make a shiny transparent 3D graph in Illustrator
In this tutorial you all going to learn how to make a simple graphic become a graphic art.
58. How To Create Outstanding Modern Infographics
Merge form and function to create outstanding modern infographics. In this tutorial you will learn that data doesn’t have to be boring, it can be beautiful! Learn how to use various graph tools, illustration techniques and typography to make an accurate and inspiring infographic.
59. Design a character for a T-shirt print
Character creation is a personal thing. Anyone can doodle stick drawings and scrappy characters, but armed with an insider’s knowledge of cracking character design, you can breathe life into any design. For this tutorial, Ben the Illustrator reveals the process he goes through to create one of his famed characters – and he has created a special character just for Digital Arts readers.
60. How to Create a Vintage Ocean Liner Poster
The period between the end of the 19th century and World War II is considered the golden age of the ocean liner. In this tutorial we’ll be starting with a basic sketch of an ocean liner author drew up. Of course author encourage everybody to create their own sketch. If you do decide to use your own drawing, you might want to alter or skip a few of the steps. In this tutorial we’re going to create a vintage ocean liner poster. The main tools you’ll get to know in this tutorial are the Pathfinder and the Transform Effect.
61. An Illustrator’s Project: From Start to Finish
In this tutorial, We’ll walk through the steps of how to create an illustration art piece so that you can witness what goes behind a digital illustrator’s work, as well as gain some new insights for your own projects’ workflow. We’ll go through conceptualization and idea gathering, creating illustrations in Illustrator, and then finishing the piece in Photoshop.
62. How to Create a Vector Optical Illusion
In this tutorial we’ll learn to create three types of optical illusions. Learn how easy it is to fool our brains. You’ll not believe there is no curved lines on the chessboard.
63. Create a Fun Print-Ready Doodled Business Card Design
There’s nothing more unique to your creative talent than a series of your own doodles and sketches. Let’s use the good old doodle to represent our design services by combining quick and fun doodles with a print ready business card design. We’ll be drawing our doodles directly in Illustrator, and using the application’s print abilities to set up our business card document with the correct margins and bleed to build a complete print-ready PDF document.
Text Related Tutorials
64. How to create a Typeface Character
In this tutorial author started a character design project that merges typefaces into unique monsters, cute animals, and various other font inspired character creations. The method is simple, Author take different sections of the characters of a specific font and he put them together, giving birth to different kinds of creatures. The interesting thing about Typefaces is that each font gives a different aspects to the characters. That is the essence of Typefaces, Faces with Type. Learn the basics of how to create these fun characters!
65. Lego Bricks Typeface
The well-known LEGO plastic parts offer endless possibilities to create all types of objects. This tutorial will show you how to digitalize your toys and build a logotype for your favorite website without running out of bricks.
66. Create a folded paper text effect
This is an Illustrator tutorial that explains how to create a simple folded paper text effect. Also, to improve the look of the final result, Author will show you how to create some ink blobs and stains from some simple ellipses and brushes.
67. Shakespeare Text Illustration Tutorial
Author created this text illustration of the ‘Bard’ as an ironic play on the idea of making pictures out of words. Something Shakespeare is one of the best at.
68. Retro 3D Arcade Text Effect in Illustrator
In this tutorial we’ll make clever use of Illustrators built in 3D capabilities, gradients and opacity masks to design a Retro 3D Type Effect.
69. Create An Editable Stitched Label Type Treatment
In this tutorial you going to learn how to create a stitched label type. This tutorial relies heavily on the Appearance panel, making it easy to edit the text and apply the treatment to other fonts and vector elements.
70. Create An Editable Metal Type Treatment
The writer of this tutorial is a huge fan of the updated Appearance panel in the Illustrator CS4. He have really found the Appearance panel to be useful when creating type treatments that he constantly need to r epeat. One of these styles is a metal type treatment. This tutorial is pretty similar to the Letterpress Font and Sketchy Font tutorials in that it uses the Appearance panel to create a type treatment that is fully editable when it is done.
71. Create a Grimy Text Treatment with a Pen Tablet
This is an Illustrator tutorial that explains how to create a grimy text treatment utilizing Illustrator’s Blog brush, Live Paint, and a pen tablet. You can easily apply these techniques to other illustrates, type treatments and logos.
Patterns and Texture Related Tutorials
72. Create quirky repeating patterns
In this tutorial you will see how to make a repeat pattern based on map-like imagery. Author uses simple shapes and icons to illustrate geographical features from a bird’s-eye point of view similar to those used in OS maps.
73. How to create a baroque pattern in Illustrator
In this tutorial we will see how to create a decorative pattern in Illustrator starting from a sketch. The process is really easy to follow. You’ll need only 10 steps to create a baroque stylished pattern.
74. How to create funny swirls
This is an Illustrator tutorial that explains how to create decorative swirls that can be easily integrated in your works. The creative process is easy to follow and the result is a vivid, outstanding image.
Other illustrator Tutorial
75. 3D prototype mock up in Adobe Illustrator
This tutorial shows you how to use Adobe Illustrators 3D feature to mock up prototypes. For this example we will be mocking up a label for a pill container but the techniques used can work for many things including box packaging.
76. Japanese Sushi
This tutorial will teach you how to create a plate of yummy Japanese sushi in illustrator. Sounds like a lot of work, but I will show you how to make the details like the rice, the spawn and the sesame seeds easily just using Symbols. This technique will speed up the process of your work. Hope you enjoy this tutorial.
77. Learn gorgeous new shading skills
In this tutorial, Yuta Onoda shows how you can transform a pencil sketch into a gorgeous, textured digital artwork using layer masks and blending modes. You’ll also learn how to add realism to your artwork by faking print offsets and paint spatters.
78. Envelope Distort
Ever wanted to wrap some text inside a shape? The way you do it is with Illustrators handy “Envelope Distort” which can produce some very creative and exciting shapes to make your designs that extra bit special!
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