Apr 01 2009

30+ Fresh & Useful Adobe Illustrator Tutorials & Neat Tips


Adobe Illustrator is a powerful tool for illustrating various elements one can use for web pages and print design. However, it’s important to know what to do in order to powerfully use its tools and achieve certain effects. So, step-by-step tutorials can provide a lot of help, thats why we spent a lot of time searching for Fresh and New high quality tutorials out there and the result was 30 remarkable illustrator tutorials and tips. Let’s take a look at some of the best and Fresh Adobe Illustrator tutorials we’ve found in the Web so far.

Gradient Strokes

New Illustrator tutorials

A quick tutorial about how to create gradient strokes. This simple technique uses the Appearance panel and effects to create editable gradient strokes in Illustrator.

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How to Create Vector Clouds with the Gradient Mesh Tool

New Illustrator tutorials

Create impressionistic, infinitely-scalable vector clouds with the Gradient Mesh tool. It’s easy to start, but it takes a lot of time to master. There are several ways of approaching the Gradient Mesh – this one may be new to you.

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Design amazing mosaic effects

New Illustrator tutorials

This tutorial shows how to create a cool look using Illustrator’s Symbols and Global Colors. It’s not as tricky as it sounds. It will guide you through the process of creating a more stylized mosaic that uses smaller, vector shapes rather than images to make up the final piece.

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The Making of Abe

New Illustrator tutorials

The Making of Abe, The Are My Sites Up Mascot.

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Logo Design Process and Walkthrough for Vivid Ways

New Illustrator tutorials

Here’s the design process and a walkthrough of how to create this breathtaking logo in Adobe Illustrator.

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Bling Bling Text Effect

New Illustrator tutorials

Learn how to create this eye catching bling bling effect in illustrator. You will learn how to create the texture and apply it to any text.

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Create a Classic Vector Painting with Watercolor Washes and Line Art

New Illustrator tutorials

Using Illustrator’s Art Brushes, we’re going learn how to layer watercolor “washes” underneath black-and-white line art. This technique can be used with just about any kind of imagery however, including original artwork, clip art and silhouettes.

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Doodle Style Tutorial

New Illustrator tutorials

This is a tutorial for making cartoon doodle illustrations in Adobe Illustrator.

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Create a Gang of Vector Ninjas

New Illustrator tutorials

In this tutorial, we’ll take a look at constructing a group of cool vector ninja characters using just the basic shapes and a variety of simple tools, making it a good start for Illustrator beginners.

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Illustrate a Malevolent Skull in 8 Steps

New Illustrator tutorials

In the tutorial you will learn how to create a cool looking malevolent skull that can be used for bands, t-shirts, or just vector art of your choosing.

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Illustrator full spectrum spirograph

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Illustrator diamond flower

New Illustrator tutorials

In the tutorial Veerle shows us how to create a really cool vector flower using a variety of shapes, colors and transparency modes.

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How to Have a Heart

New Illustrator tutorials

In the tutorial you will learn how many shortcuts and simple techniques can make the process of vector illustration so much easier.

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Tutorial for Colorful Lighting Effect In Illustrator

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How to create some really awesome futuristic light wispy effects using illustrator.

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Isolation Mode

New Illustrator tutorials

Dave Cross talks about the new-and-improved Isolation Mode in Illustrator CS4 which is now easier to use and understand.

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Create Fun, Eye-catching Text with Adobe Illustrator

New Illustrator tutorials

Explore the many ways you can manipulate text in Illustrator, combining color and effects, to create really fun and eye-catching text.

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Retro Geometric Vectors in Space

New Illustrator tutorials

Learn how to create an abstract image for a poster using Illustrator and Photoshop. All the vectors and shades will be done in Illustrator.

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Vector Build Methods 1

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Learn how to get such precise vector shapes with the pen tool.

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Basic Shading and Lighting

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This tutorial goes over the elementary fundamentals when it comes to shading and lighting within a digital illustration

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Working with type in Illustrator

New Illustrator tutorials

Adobe Illustrator is an essential tool in a designer’s kit. In this tutorial we are going to learn how to produce a self-promotional poster using Adobe Illustrator CS3.

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Drawing a Piano Keyboard

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This step by step tutorial demonstrates drawing a keyboard illustration using rectangles, grids, move and transform effects.

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Seamless Illustrator pattern brushes with outer corner tiles

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Learn how you can use seamless Illustrator pattern brushes with outer corner tiles…

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Tips for Working with the Gradient Mesh Tool In Illustrator

New Illustrator tutorials

One of the most amazing and confounding tools in Adobe Illustrator is probably the Gradient Mesh tool. Working with this feature allows the user to divide almost any shape into a mesh. Each intersection of two lines (horizontal/vertical) can be colored with a solid color. This tutorial takes a different format than some of our other tuts, and will help you work with the Mesh tool better.

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Neat Tips and Tricks

Cropping Images

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When you export an image, illustrator will calculate the bounding box of the whole area taken up by your image including the clipping mask and set that as the image area. This normally leaves a lot of white spacing around the image. The solution to this problem is simple. Draw a box in the canvas and define it as the crop area by going to Object>Crop Area>Make. This will define the crop area. So when you export our the image will show only the crop area.

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Saving Brushes, Object-Expand, Raster Effects Settings and more

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a) How to make AI choose fonts more visual, like flash. b) How to convert and illy doc from 72dpi to 300 c) Using Object > Expand… to make a uniform space around text after creating outline.

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Editing a pattern

New Illustrator tutorials

Have you ever come across a pattern that you really loved the design, but really wish you could alter it just a little bit. Here is a way to change a pattern in Illustrator without having to completely re-do it

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Scatter Brushes

New Illustrator tutorials

Creating brushes is really simple: just drag a shape to the brush panels and that’s it! You got yourself a brand new brush.

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7 More Things You Didn’t Know Adobe Illustrator Could Do

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Drawing a coil in Illustrator

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Learn how to draw a coil using a stroke.

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Everything you wanted to know about the blend tool…

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Comments and Discussions
  • Josip, 01 April 2009


  • very nice selection of illustrator tutorials, thanks..

  • cssah, 01 April 2009

    great tutorials i want to start to learn illustrator
    thank you

  • dylan, 01 April 2009

    Very helpful and useful. Thank you. Please check out my blog for what amazing type treatments you could do with these tutrials. Thanks

  • M@U, 01 April 2009

    ¡Wow!, Increible recopilación, que aunque no utilizo AI seguramente les podre sacar provecho.


  • okoknoway, 01 April 2009

    does anyone have any nifty tutorials like these for INDESIGN?

  • Frederick Mixell, 02 April 2009

    Hey thanks for putting all these out there I’m a new at all the adobe programs and its really hard to find quality tutorials! Thanks again!

  • Elvin, 02 April 2009

    Thnx great tuts!

  • Jen Mathis, 02 April 2009

    I’ve been wanting to learn Illustrator, but have been frustrated with trying to find the right tutorials. Thanks for putting together a really good-looking list!

  • Katia, 02 April 2009


  • sean steezy, 02 April 2009

    awesome thanks!

  • Danh ba web 2.0, 02 April 2009

    thanks for excellent post. Keep up !

  • John, 02 April 2009

    Thanks for the collection!

  • designcode, 02 April 2009

    Loved the list. Vivid ways logo tut and gradients strokes is awesome.

  • brtak, 02 April 2009

    Nice, well.done :)

  • freedy, 02 April 2009

    Good Selection :D

    Keep up the good work ;)

  • ProductionPrints, 02 April 2009

    Cool boot! Nice illustrations…

  • samuelreis, 02 April 2009

    gr8 tutors!!!

  • Sachin, 02 April 2009


  • Sathish, 02 April 2009

    This is awesome list… thanks

  • Jamie Allsop, 03 April 2009

    I have only tended to use Illustrator to create logos and have not used it to do much else, that Vivid Ways logo looks really good as well as some other things in this list.

  • CarlosB, 03 April 2009

    Thanks for all these nice tutorials!

  • seeal, 04 April 2009


  • Jahangir Agha, 04 April 2009

    Excellent tutorials. I am not very good in Illustrator but these are really very impressive :)

  • Cristhian Bedon, 06 April 2009

    This is great I started to use Illustrator just recently so this is great.

  • Amber Weinberg, 07 April 2009

    I really need practice with the gradient mesh tool, there are some awesome things I’ve seen done with that, thanks for the tuts!

  • Eric M Chicago, 07 April 2009

    Really helpful.. thanks!

  • Alex, 09 April 2009

    Great summery of tutorials!

  • Nicole Foster, 09 April 2009

    Amazing list of Illustrator tutorials! I will have to check out the tutorials on the Mesh tool, it is an amazing tool, but hard to figure out at first.

    I’ll recommend this list to my Advertisement Design class, we mainly work with Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.

  • 4UP, 10 April 2009

    great tutorials.thanks

  • Webomatica, 10 April 2009

    Great list of tutorials – bookmarking.

  • Michael, 11 April 2009

    I guess these are for experts, not beginners, because I can’t figure out even one of these damn tutorials.

  • Designers, 11 April 2009

    Nice article, some of the lessons too basic. Enjoyed Adobe Illustrator tutorials.

  • KSK, 24 April 2009

    Awesome tutorials…Thank you very much..

  • Jalal, 27 April 2009

    I’ve become a successful person after learning
    some tricks & tips from your website..
    I might not be a good talker..
    You are a reason of making someone greater..
    Thank you deeply & I appreciate all your working..

    There’s No Ctrl+Z in Life ;)

  • Logo Designer, 29 April 2009

    great post… thank you for sharing all of these wonderful tutorials.

  • Location Ile Rousse, 02 May 2009

    Very useful thanks

  • Marvin, 02 May 2009

    Good webdesigners stuff, thanks

  • dana, 01 November 2009

    very useful.. :)

  • psmaniac, 02 April 2010

    Hats off..

  • Location villa Ile Rousse, 01 November 2010

    great tutorials ,thank you

  • zubair artist, 15 December 2010

    superb tutorial.thank you for sharing all of these wonderful tutorials

  • Theraisa K, 25 March 2012

    Definitely checking out the cloud tutorial, looks so life-like! Thanks for sharing. I have a bunch of Illustrator tutorials on my blog if anyone is interested in checking them out; they’re mostly for beginners.

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