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The Top 60 Free Adobe Illustrator Tutorials for 2014

The Top 60 Free Adobe Illustrator Tutorials for 2014When you create printed marketing materials, your designs are little like Alice from Alice in Wonderland. Alice is constantly shrinking or growing as she explores different parts of Wonderland. Likewise, you’ll often need your design elements to shrink or grow, depending on what the situation calls for. That’s why learning how to create scalable vector illustrations in Adobe Illustrator is absolutely essential.

Adobe Illustrator can be a tricky program to learn, but if you’ve used some of the best Photoshop tutorials, you’re already one step ahead of the curve. To help you get a little closer to mastering the Adobe suite, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite Illustrator tutorials.

Basic Illustrator Tutorials for Beginners

Whether you’re just starting out with Adobe Illustrator or need a refresher on the essentials, these tutorials are full of helpful tips, tricks and secrets to get the most from the program. From instructional lessons on how to use different tools to more advanced tips for adding texture, depth and brand cohesion to your design, we guarantee that you’ll learn at least one new thing you didn’t know about Illustrator.

1. How To Get Started with Adobe Illustrator CS6 – 10 Things Beginners Want To Know How To Do

How To Get Started with Adobe Illustrator CS6 - 10 Things Beginners Want To Know How To Do

2. Add Depth and Texture in Illustrator

Add Depth and Texture in Illustrator

3. Easy Shape Building in Illustrator

Easy Shape Building in Illustrator

4. Illustrator’s Pen Tool: The Comprehensive Guide

Illustrator's Pen Tool: The Comprehensive Guide

5. Playing Keepaway with Logos and Small Type

Playing Keepaway with Logos and Small Type

6. Tips for Working with the Gradient Mesh Tool In Illustrator

Tips for Working with the Gradient Mesh Tool In Illustrator

7. How to Reduce EPS File Size

How to Reduce EPS File Size

8. Build Experiments Into Your Workflow

Build Experiments Into Your Workflow

9. How to Create Outstanding Modern Infographics

How to Create Outstanding Modern Infographics

10. How to Create an Identity Package in Illustrator

How to Create an Identity Package in Illustrator

Illustrator Text Tutorials

We’ve provided you with some amazing text tutorials for Photoshop that can help you enhance the text in your designs—but if you really want to make an impression, try hand-crafting your own vector text art in Illustrator. These text tutorials will help you build truly unique word art and typography from the ground up.

11. Create a Vibrant 3D Pixel Type Treatment

Create a Vibrant 3D Pixel Type Treatment

12. Learn to Create a Variety of Script Lettering

Learn to Create a Variety of Script Lettering

13. Blueprint-Style Text in Adobe Illustrator

Blueprint-Style Text in Adobe Illustrator

14. Creating an Environmentally Friendly Green Type Treatment

Creating an Environmentally Friendly Green Type Treatment

15. Create a Variety of 3D Lettering Effects for Poster Design

Create a Variety of 3D Lettering Effects for Poster Design

16. How to Use Typography to Create a 3D Text Effect

How to Use Typography to Create a 3D Text Effect

17. Create a Retro Folded Text Effect in Illustrator

Create a Retro Folded Text Effect in Illustrator

18. Create a Custom Paint Marker Typo using the Blob Brush in Illustrator

Create a Custom Paint Marker Typo using the Blob Brush in Illustrator

19. Create a Polished Raised Type Treatment

Create a Polished Raised Type Treatment

20. Design a Headline Typeface

Design a Headline Typeface

21. Create a Grimy Text Treatment with a Pen Tablet

Create a Grimy Text Treatment with a Pen Tablet

Illustrator 3D Tutorials

Apart from scalability, one of the of the best reasons to use vector art is its ability to give your design elements a sense of dimension. Illustrator’s capacity for 3D design allows you to draw realistic looking objects and add visual interest to text, icons and graphs.

22. Creating 3D Cylinder Graphic in Illustrator

Creating 3D Cylinder Graphic in Illustrator

23. How to Create Advertising Billboard Using 3D Effects

How to Create Advertising Billboard Using 3D Effects

24. Create Cool 3D Infographics

Create Cool 3D Infographics

25. How To Map Artwork onto 3D Objects with Illustrator

How To Map Artwork onto 3D Objects with Illustrator

26. Create Isometric Grid-Based 3D Lettering in Illustrator

Create Isometric Grid-Based 3D Lettering in Illustrator

27. Create a Professional 3D Twitter Icon in Illustrator

Create a Professional 3D Twitter Icon in Illustrator

28. Combine 3D Effects With Blends in Adobe Illustrator

Combine 3D Effects With Blends in Adobe Illustrator

29. Video Tutorial: Use Illustrator’s 3D Capabilities

Video Tutorial: Use Illustrator's 3D Capabilities

30. Turn a Boring Bar Graph into a 3D Masterpiece

Turn a Boring Bar Graph into a 3D Masterpiece

Illustrator Logo Tutorials

It’s basically impossible to make a good logo design as a raster image because it’s destined to become distorted and grainy once you try to resize it. These tutorials will help you learn how to create scalable vector logos from concept to finished piece—a must-have skill for any professional print designer.

31. Illustrator Type Technique Using Shapes

Illustrator Type Technique Using Shapes

32. Create An Editable Stitched Label Type Treatment

Create An Editable Stitched Label Type Treatment

33. Vintage Badge in Illustrator and Photoshop

Vintage Badge in Illustrator and Photoshop

34. Create a Cool Ribbon Style Logo Graphic in Illustrator

Create a Cool Ribbon Style Logo Graphic in Illustrator

35. How To Create a Cubist Style Logo Design in Illustrator

How To Create a Cubist Style Logo Design in Illustrator

36. How To Create a Colorful Logo Style Icon in Illustrator

How To Create a Colorful Logo Style Icon in Illustrator

37. Create a Badge using Free Resources

Create a Badge using Free Resources

38. Creating a Crazy Cool Logo

Creating a Crazy Cool Logo

39. Create a Colorful Sliced Sphere to use as a Logo Design

Create a Colorful Sliced Sphere to use as a Logo Design

40. Geometric Flower Effect Logo in Illustrator

Geometric Flower Effect Logo in Illustrator

Illustrator Pen Tool Tutorials

The name of the program says it all—Illustrator was made for illustration. These tutorials will help you create colorful, vibrant images, even if you’re not that good at drawing. You’ll learn the basics, like how to convert a raster image into a scalable vector illustrator, as well as advanced illustrative tutorials that will transform you from designer to da Vinci.

41. From Sketch to Vector Illustration

From Sketch to Vector Illustration

42. Tracing a Vector Face From a Reference Photo

Tracing a Vector Face From a Reference Photo

43. 5 Tips for Drawing in Adobe Illustrator CS5

44. Create a Sketchy Hand-Drawn Camera Illustration in Illustrator

Create a Sketchy Hand-Drawn Camera Illustration in Illustrator

45. How To Create a Simple Landscape Scene in Illustrator

How To Create a Simple Landscape Scene in Illustrator

46. Create an Elegant Graphic Illustration

Create an Elegant Graphic Illustration

47. Drawing City Portrait Using Adobe Illustrator Tutorial

Drawing City Portrait Using Adobe Illustrator Tutorial

48. Create a Drip-Effect Portrait in Illustrator

Create a Drip-Effect Portrait in Illustrator

49. Merge Vectors with Photographic Imagery

Merge Vectors with Photographic Imagery

50. Design Retro Isometric Illustrations

Design Retro Isometric Illustrations

Illustrator Pattern Tutorials

Sometimes it’s the little things that can elevate a print design to the next level—such as a cool textured background or a funky abstract pattern that draws the eye. These pattern tutorials for Illustrator demonstrate that you don’t have to be good at actual illustration to create a design that’s a true work of art. All you need are a few simple tools and the know-how to use them.

51. Create a Repeating Pattern in Illustrator

Create a Repeating Pattern in Illustrator

52. How To Create Seamless Patterns Using Illustrator CS6

How To Create Seamless Patterns Using Illustrator CS6

53. Create a Retro Triangular Pattern Design in Illustrator

Create a Retro Triangular Pattern Design in Illustrator

54. Create a Vibrant Abstract Vector Design Illustrator

Create a Vibrant Abstract Vector Design Illustrator

55. How to Create Perfect Radial Shapes in Illustrator

How to Create Perfect Radial Shapes in Illustrator

56. Simple Organic Shapes the Illustrator Way

Simple Organic Shapes the Illustrator Way

57. Adding Texture to Your Vector Illustrations

58. Illustrator Full Spectrum Spirograph

Illustrator Full Spectrum Spirograph

59. Trendy Geometric Lines Design Tutorial

Trendy Geometric Lines Design Tutorial

60. How to Use Effects to Create a Cool Design

How to Use Effects to Create a Cool Design

Conclusion

Here’s the bottom line: the more you know about design, the more valuable you are as a designer. If you haven’t gotten to know Adobe Illustrator before now, then take this as a sign that it’s time to buckle down and learn something new.

Do you have any tips for working with Illustrator? Got a favorite tutorial that belongs on our list? We want to hear from you, so leave your comments below!

Vladimir Gendelman Author: Vladimir Gendelman

As CEO of CompanyFolders.com, Vladimir is a knowledgeable authority in print marketing and graphic design for businesses. He leads a team of talented designers and experts dedicated to helping customers create print collateral that puts forth the best possible impression. You can keep up with Vladimir by connecting with him on Google+ and Twitter.

Discussion

  1. Wow, what a great collection of illustrator tutorials! Seriously… I have about a third of these open in new browser tabs ready to bookmark and try out. Thanks for a great roundup!

  2. Dezignhd says:
  3. MCSawhorse says:

    the smooth tool is the best tool for me, especially when wanting organic lines and cleaning up rough drawings.

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