When 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.
8. Build Experiments Into Your Workflow (No longer available)
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.
17. Create a Retro Folded Text Effect in Illustrator (No longer available)
18. Create a Custom Paint Marker Typo using the Blob Brush in Illustrator (No longer available)
20. Design a Headline Typeface (No longer available)
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.
25. How To Map Artwork onto 3D Objects with Illustrator (No longer available)
27. Create a Professional 3D Twitter Icon in Illustrator (No longer available)
29. Video Tutorial: Use Illustrator’s 3D Capabilities (No longer available)
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.
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.
46. Create an Elegant Graphic Illustration (No longer available)
47. Drawing City Portrait Using Adobe Illustrator Tutorial (No longer available)
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.
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!