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100 amazing Adobe Illustrator tutorials | Illustrator

100 amazing Adobe Illustrator tutorials | Illustrator

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Since its release, Adobe’s Illustrator has grown to become the designer’s right hand man when it comes to creating premier vector graphics and elements. There’s so much you can do with the tool that it can be difficult to know where to start.

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Here, we round up some of the best Adobe Illustrator tutorials, covering everything from illustration to logo design, adding depth to your typography and much more.

With so many to choose from, you’re sure to find a project to inspire you whether you’re using an older version of Illustrator or are signed up to the Creative Cloud. Here goes!

For beginners

Setting up a new document

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In this video tutorial presented by Angie Taylor you’ll learn how to set up a new Illustrator document. She looks at options in the New Document dialog box like Width and Height, Color Mode, and Transparency Grid.

Using the Selection tools

This tutorial explores the various options for selecting items in Illustrator, including the Selection and Direct Selection tools, the Select Similar options, and the Layers panel.

Essentials of the Pen and Pencil tools

The Pen and Pencil tools are very useful but require a little practice to get comfortable with. This video tutorial explains how to start using the Pen tool to create clouds and the Pencil tool to create hills.

Creating objects with the Shape tools

In this video tutorial you’ll see how to use Illustrator’s shape tools to create primitive shapes that you can use as the basis for objects. You’ll also learn how to use the Shape Builder tool to combine shapes.

10 Things Beginners Want To Know How To Do

In this episode of the Adobe Creative Suite video podcast, Terry White shows you how to get Started with Adobe Illustrator CS6.

5 tips for drawing in Illustrator

In this video, artist Mordy Golding explains five tips to make drawing easier in Adobe Illustrator CS5. These are great tips for beginners as well as experienced users that are new to CS5.

Use a column grid to align your typography

Mark Bloom walks through how to create perfectly aligned typography using a column-grid system for guidance.

Get to know the toolbox

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Use the Live Color tool to create a colour group for a logo or brand mark

Create a colour group with Live Color

As enjoyable as it might be, choosing a colour palette for a new brand or design can prove time-consuming. In this Illustrator tutorial, Lee Barnes demonstrates how you can use the Live Color tool to create a colour group for a logo or brand mark.

How to use the all-new Pencil Tool in Illustrator

The revamped Pencil tool in Illustrator CC offers a new way to draw vector paths. These videos from Adobe show you how to use it.

Examples and tips for using Illustrator’s Warp tools

The warp tools, also known as the liquify tools, are not dissimilar to Photoshop’s Liquify tool but instead are set out into seven different categories. Master their art with this Illustrator tutorial.

Create custom brushes in Illustrator CS6

Illustrator comes with a selection of default brushes but it’s really easy to create your own too. This tutorial explains how…

Creating graphs with Adobe Illustrator

If you’re unfamiliar with the process of creating graphs in Adobe Illustrator, this article will help in giving you some insight into the work-flow. You’ll be a pro in no time!

Gradient opacity masks in Illustrator

This quick video tutorial will show how you to use a basic gradient as an opacity mask over text. Once you know this method, you can utilise it in different ways to benefit your designs – as an easy-to-use alternative to a clipping mask, for example.

Bring a fluorescent transparency to life in Illustrator

Using Illustrator with finesse and perfecting the finer details can take  practice. This tutorial looks at a selection of transparency and gradient tools and uses them to create a lifelike but contemporary animal study. The techniques covered can be applied to any subject matter that requires a striking dynamic look or an elegant subtle shine.

How to edit drawings in Illustrator with Image Trace

Retain the hand-drawn, linear quality of your artwork in Adobe Illustrator. Artist Anna Wray shows you how to get to grips with the Image Trace tool.

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