Vector Illustration: 60+ Illustrator Tutorials, Tips and Best Practices

July 14th, 2008

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 the best tutorials out there and the result was 60 remarkable illustrator tutorials, tips, best practices from some of the best illustrators and artists; besides you’ll also find references to brilliant illustrator portfolios out there. Let’s take a look at some of the best Adobe Illustrator tutorials we’ve found in the Web so far.

You might be interested to check other Illustrator related posts:


1-From Sketch to Vector Illustration– A technique of vector illustrating that takes a little bit more skill is starting with a hand drawn sketches.This tutorial will focus on that technique of vector illustrating.

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2-Craft a Dramatic Vector Landscape Environment– This tutorial will show the intermediate Adobe Illustrator artist how to make a dramatic landscape environment.

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3-Draw Your Self Portrait– Learn how to transform your photo into your vector self portrait. You’ll review techniques for tracing photos.

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4-Complex Circular Design Techniques– This tutorial is split into 2 sections: The Rotate Tool, and a Custom Pattern Brush.

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5-Creating trees in Illustrator– Green is in vogue and clients everywhere want natural imagery in their promotional material. Ben the Illustrator shows you how to create a fresh-looking tree.

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6-Illustrator Tutorial: Figure Shading
Drawing the human body is never easy, but shading it and giving it depth as well can be a real headache. A nice tutorial on figure shading by Russell Tate.

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7-Texture– When working in Illustrator it’s nice to add textures that weren’t computer generated (like gradients or pattern fills). This is a step-by-step instructions on how you can create your own hand-made texture effects using a Chinagraph Pencil on simple Watercolor Paper.

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8-Realistic Curtain– How to create a realistic curtain using the gradient mesh.

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9-Wood Grain– Here is a quick way to create wood grain effect using the warp tools in illustrator.

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10-Simple organic shapes the Illustrator way– Here is a nice way to create wood grain effect using the warp tools in illustrator.

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11-Free Watercolor Brushes and Tutorial– How to create a couple watercolor brushes, and at the end of the tutorial you can download some Free Vectips Watercolor Brushes!

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12-3D Logo Tutorial– In this Tutorial you will start with the making of a logo shape, going to rough 3D, and finishing it in Photoshop.

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13-How To Create Your Own Vector Cartoon Character– Follow this tutorial to create your own vector character; Freddy the Fish.

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14-Vector Polishing Techniques– This tutorial includes 9 Photoshop techniques that will show you how to add more depth, color, contrast, and texture into your vector art.

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15-Chinese Bamboo– This tutorial will show you how to illustrate Chinese bamboo with Illustrator Symbol Sprayer and Mesh Tool.

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16-ILLUSTRATE IMAGE INTO VECTOR– Basically, it is quite simple to illustrate an animate rather than a real object. Its color tone is simple and easy to apply. Yhis tutorial will teach you how to illustrate an image into vector.

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17-Digital Art Tutorial – An old tutorial but worth every minute you spend on it.

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18-Creating a Crazy Cool Logo

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19-Create a Designer Font– How to break apart a font into vector bits that we can manipulate. This is a great way to add your style to a font or to make your own!

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20-Swirl Mania in Illustrator and Photoshop– There are lots of ways to create swirls in Illustrator, in this tutorial you will learn 4 ways to create swirls, and by mixing them you will learn some very powerful techniques that will allow you to easily make tons of different styles of swirls and crazy sperm vectors.

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21-Leather Stylin’ in Illustrator– How to create a quasi-realistic leather patch logo complete with buttons and stitching.

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22-Create a Disco Environment with Twirl Tool, Crystalize , and Envelope Tool– In this tutorial you will see how to use envelope tool to create a Disco Ball , You will also utilize Twirl and Crystallize tool to understand its options .

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23-Design Float Circle Icon– This tutorial will teach you how to create a Designer float icon using adobe Illustrator that will match with the awesome fasticon set.

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24-Using Illustrator’s Mesh Tool as Nature Intended– How to use the Mesh tool to simulate nature’s way of colorizing things—in this case, a fallen leaf.

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25-Vectoring Hair

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26- Symmetrical Illustration: Thug Bunny!– This tutorial will go through the method of using symmetry in your artwork. Learn how to do half the work but still get the full benefit from your artwork.

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27-Illustrator Shapes Tutorial – This is an Adobe Illustrator Tutorial on How to Make Shapes

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Neat Tips & Tricks

28-Illustrator: The Tilde Trick-Holding down the tilde key, (the little squiggly line above the tab key, left of the number 1 on your keyboard.) while using a drawing tool will cause Illustrator to repeat the shape rapidly as you move your mouse.

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29-illustrator Pucker and Bloat Effect– How to use the Pucker & Bloat Effect.

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30-Live Trace– This article will show you how to use Illustrator’s Live Trace tool. Live Trace will allow you to completely convert photographs and other raster graphics into Vector graphics!

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31-Save Time With Save Selection– Selecting multiple objects in Illustrator is essential to productivity. One of the best selection features in Illustrator is Save Selection.

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32-Vector Effects– How to mix a photo with vector elements using Photoshop and Illustrator.

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33-Blending Gradients in Illustrator– How do you make a gradient bend to the shape you are creating? The answer is in Illustrator’s under-used Blend tool. This tutorial will show you how.

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34-Smart Scale object or Pattern– Do you know that you can scale patterns swatches by using smart scale?

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35-Drawing with the pen tool– People often find it hard to get used to the pen tool in illustrator. Remember these three things and you will be rollin’ in no time.

36-A Gradient Brush?– Making a “gradient brushstroke,” that is, a gradient that will follow a path, rather than fill a shape.

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37-Vector Freebie: Illustrator Icons– Here are some free vector Illustrator icons! There are eight of the most-used Adobe Illustrator tools inside: both arrows, pencil, magnifying glass, hand, pen, brush, and eyedropper.

38-Sandwich Board Whitey & Wheaty

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39-Colorful Illustration– Very beautiful dream like illustration in vector .eps format

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40-The Butterfly Patch– A Sample Patch from one of the Tool Boxes available at aivault.

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41-Free Vector Art – Spring Flowers

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Best Practices

42-Midnight Terror by Matheus Castro

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43-Madam Eninette

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44-Bulgarian Jazz Festival 2008

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45-He aint showing up hun

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46-Bently Stamp

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47-Lolly Zombification

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48-Communion by Cristiano Siqueira

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49-Dior Vector

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50-The Swallowers of Pretty Things

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52-Fruit Tree

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54-Drug Free Zone

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55-Playstation 3

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Illustrators Portfolios

56-James White

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58-Cris Vector

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59-Maciej Mizer

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60-Kacper Spala

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61-Andrey Gordeev

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Further Illustrator Portfolios

The jungle is alive: Be it a collaboration between two or more authors or an article by an author not contributing regularly. In these cases you find the Noupe Editorial Team as the ones who made it. Guest authors get their own little bio boxes below the article, so watch out for these.

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81 comments for „Vector Illustration: 60+ Illustrator Tutorials, Tips and Best Practices
  1. Qvectors on July 14th, 2008 at 3:13 am

    Thanks for featuring vectors from

  2. James Abney-Hastings on July 14th, 2008 at 4:32 am

    Thanks for a great collection of resources here, will be checking out some of the as soon as I can! Bookmarked.

  3. Felicity on July 14th, 2008 at 4:42 am

    Some great resources, time for me to crack open illustrator and get experimenting!

  4. Htoo Tay Zar on July 14th, 2008 at 5:51 am

    Thanks for great collection!! I’ll share about this in friendfeed.

  5. Stefan on July 14th, 2008 at 7:08 am

    Another awesome roundup. You might want to check #24 and #25, they have the same description.

  6. Mohsen on July 14th, 2008 at 7:34 am

    Very Great Resoureces

  7. rexxgriffin on July 14th, 2008 at 7:45 am

    yes, thats awesome tut! thanx 4 share

  8. Kudos on July 14th, 2008 at 8:17 am

    What an excellent set of resources. This will be incredibly handy for learning, reference and inspiration. Thankyou!

  9. liam on July 14th, 2008 at 8:36 am

    Wow, what an epic post! Very good work!

  10. Pablo on July 14th, 2008 at 8:57 am

    OMG! What a post, guys!

  11. Noupe on July 14th, 2008 at 10:49 am

    Thank you all for the wonderful feedback.

    This is the first part and the second part will be coming soon with more interesting tutorials.

    A couple of years ago it was really hard to find good Illustrator tutorials as Photoshop tutorials was all over the web but today many illustrators are so kind by sharing their experience and giving us those step by step tutorials.

  12. Steven Silverwood on July 14th, 2008 at 11:08 am

    Thanks alot for featuring my ‘Lolly Zombification’!!!

  13. Kiten on July 14th, 2008 at 11:56 am

    Wow great collection people :)

  14. JSHAW on July 14th, 2008 at 12:10 pm

    breath taking!

  15. Jeff Finley on July 14th, 2008 at 1:56 pm

    Great list! Thanks for featuring our tut!

  16. bangbouh on July 14th, 2008 at 3:48 pm

    Great illustrator tutorials!

  17. John Rioberts on July 14th, 2008 at 3:58 pm

    Excellent tips. Thank you for sharing them!


  18. James Kurtz III on July 14th, 2008 at 4:00 pm

    Thanks for the nice collection!

  19. mikko on July 14th, 2008 at 4:09 pm

    just wanna tip about a guy called Boete…
    check out his site @

  20. Chris Mills on July 14th, 2008 at 5:29 pm

    I always thought of “best practices” as the industry accepted process and procedure for any given task. Are the examples under the “best practices” heading meant to illustrate the result when using best practices?

  21. feroz on July 14th, 2008 at 6:05 pm

    Very informative

  22. United Voices on July 14th, 2008 at 7:07 pm

    These are great resources. I’ve had this bookmarked for my future reference as well. Thanks.

  23. ali on July 14th, 2008 at 7:50 pm

    Very good list

  24. alwazer on July 14th, 2008 at 8:55 pm

    Thank you
    The article is quite remarkable

  25. Asmaa on July 14th, 2008 at 10:17 pm

    Hey ! thanks for the mention much appriciate it .

  26. Patrick Sweeney on July 15th, 2008 at 8:18 am

    Fantastic roundup! I almost don’t have to scour the web myself anymore.

  27. David on July 15th, 2008 at 9:13 am

    Great list

  28. Chris Leavens on July 15th, 2008 at 3:53 pm

    Thanks for featuring not one, but two of my pieces (Fruit Tree and Overgrown) in your excellent round-up. Some SERIOUSLY valuable info here.

  29. Craig Farrall on July 18th, 2008 at 5:36 am

    Wow, an absolutely fantastic roundup of some great vector and illustration tutorials, you have really excelled yourself this time. Well Done, keep up the good work.

  30. Jon S on July 18th, 2008 at 11:03 am

    Thank you so much! This is an amazing list of Illustrator resources. This is the end of my free-time for awhile…

  31. Internet and Design on July 19th, 2008 at 2:39 am

    60 thats a lot!
    I like the freebies

  32. Ethelbert Pygott on July 24th, 2008 at 6:53 am

    60 remarkable illustrator tutorials, tips, best practices from some of the best illustrators and artists; besides you ll also find references to brilliant illustrator portfolios out there. Let s take a look at some of the best Adobe Illustrator tutorials we ve found in the Web so far.

  33. on July 30th, 2008 at 11:13 pm

    great! I was looking for something like that. Thank you.

  34. Max | Design Shard on August 1st, 2008 at 6:57 pm

    this is a very good resource, great

    Max | Design Shard

    • shamim on May 17th, 2010 at 2:51 am

      this is really helpful for learning.
      than you every one who made this.

  35. Freelance Web Design on August 11th, 2008 at 11:42 am

    Very slick selection here folks! Nothing like Timbaland to set the mood.

  36. Amanda on September 22nd, 2008 at 3:24 am

    I love these – its seldom that you bump into relevant tutorials that looks this good. Thanks!

  37. Daniel on September 28th, 2008 at 4:04 am

    Thank’s, I will start playing with illustrator soon, as I see there are lot’s of posibilities.

  38. vijay on October 8th, 2008 at 12:42 am


  39. Ryan G on October 9th, 2008 at 2:07 pm

    Cool list. Thanks for sharing.

  40. Alan on November 10th, 2008 at 6:55 am

    Great Tutorial for newbie like me

  41. Roger on October 14th, 2009 at 4:00 am

    Very nice materials. I prefer the clip tutorials as what is available in or in you tube, but here I found a lot of good tips.

  42. Devanshee on October 24th, 2009 at 4:51 am

    hey thanks,i m searching something like this!!!!

  43. designium on October 27th, 2009 at 8:09 am

    Very nice collection :D

  44. Umar on December 4th, 2009 at 2:54 am


    Nice work. This is an amazing list of Illustrator resources.


  45. David Jonsson on December 15th, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    Awesome list of tutorials, I wrote my first tutorial the other day on how I turn my sketches into vectors. I’d love some feedback

  46. nadia on December 16th, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    this is one perfect and clean tutorials, thanks for sharing

  47. Zoltán on January 28th, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    Szuper Grafika :)

  48. Pooja Madhu on February 25th, 2010 at 12:29 am

    Thanks for a great collection of resources here.. Thanks a Lot

    • Narender on August 29th, 2011 at 9:06 am

      awesome nice work….

  49. Richard on March 9th, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    What can I say for, wow wow and wow. Great list buddy I love all of it. Keep it up and share more great list and probably some interesting tutorials about web 2.0 styles.

  50. Billy on March 28th, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    Thanks for sharing, this really cool stuff. Love it. Keep it up.

  51. Master on April 26th, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    Very good list but This is a bit old list.
    My personal choice is

    where all tutorials have a Higher page rank and professional.Very helpful for beginners…

  52. ali on May 7th, 2010 at 12:30 am

    very good…

  53. Sarah on August 5th, 2010 at 1:30 am

    wow! fantastic mxaaaaaaaaa! i love it. well done.

  54. jinson rajakumary on September 15th, 2010 at 5:57 am

    very nice tutorial . learn with simple…………

  55. andreitasoto on October 2nd, 2010 at 4:09 am

    me encanta todo lus tutoriales, las aplicaciones las imagenes y los recursos que nos empapan de imagen visual.

  56. Shelton Igwe on October 10th, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    Do you have twitter account sir ? So i can follow your blog

  57. Garmahis on October 19th, 2010 at 9:20 pm
  58. Abdur Razzak on November 6th, 2010 at 5:42 am

    It’s really effective!

  59. Al Bayangos on November 12th, 2010 at 3:02 am

    Great list! I am truly inspired! :)

  60. raghu on December 9th, 2010 at 3:25 am

    thanks! its really informative

  61. Cgbaran on January 2nd, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    Great tutorials thanks

  62. mastoore on January 5th, 2011 at 11:47 am

    thanks!clear & useful

  63. dustin on February 8th, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    Thanks for taking the time to make a valuable post.

  64. barbara on April 1st, 2011 at 4:47 am

    Thanks a lot! this article is very good, cant find one also on internet! Be sure!

  65. Zia on April 30th, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    Great!! I was looking for something like that..Thanks for posting such a unique post.

  66. Ranji on June 21st, 2011 at 10:07 am

    This article is very gud…

  67. Creative Alys on July 22nd, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    These are great :)

  68. JOHN on August 11th, 2011 at 9:43 am

    these are awesome, good job on posting, this would help a lot, thanks

  69. Rebeen on October 21st, 2011 at 9:33 am

    Wow! Nice colection! I was looking for something like that. Thank so much! :)

  70. melanie on October 31st, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    so many things to learn, thank you for all inspiration. Great list! :)

  71. murtaza on November 1st, 2011 at 7:35 am

    Wow sooooooo nice.

  72. Santhosh on November 30th, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    Extremely useful tutorials for amateur vector artists like me! Need so much time to finish all these, but I will..

  73. image2vector on January 4th, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    Thank you for sharing, these amazing tutorials!

  74. eibici on January 11th, 2012 at 10:09 am

    i like this soo muchh :))

  75. anabelle on June 6th, 2012 at 11:48 am

    cool design. I love the 3d logo tutorial. Easy to follow and great results

  76. tom on August 16th, 2012 at 8:09 am

    ya’ll are my inspiration

  77. Esharat on November 15th, 2012 at 10:11 am

    Wow! Awesome your sharing! Thanks for sharing.

  78. Kiran on December 6th, 2012 at 4:16 pm


    Some of the images are linked to JPEGs and not tutorials…. :(
    Help please!

  79. mhatzapa on March 7th, 2013 at 6:58 am

    thanks for sharing…:)