Jul 14 2008

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


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.

illustrator tutorials

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

illustrator tutorials

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

illustrator tutorials

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

illustrator tutorials

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.

illustrator tutorials

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.

illustrator tutorials

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.

illustrator tutorials

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

illustrator tutorials

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

illustrator tutorials

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

illustrator tutorials

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!

illustrator tutorials

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.

illustrator tutorials

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

illustrator tutorials

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.

illustrator tutorials

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

illustrator tutorials

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.

illustrator tutorials

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

illustrator tutorials

18-Creating a Crazy Cool Logo

illustrator tutorials

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!

illustrator tutorials

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.

illustrator tutorials

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

illustrator tutorials

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 .

illustrator tutorials

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.

illustrator tutorials

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.

illustrator tutorials

25-Vectoring Hair

illustrator tutorials

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.

illustrator tutorials

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

illustrator tutorials

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.

illustrator tutorials

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

illustrator tutorials

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!

illustrator tutorials

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.

illustrator tutorials

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

illustrator tutorials

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.

illustrator tutorials

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

illustrator tutorials

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.

illustrator tutorials


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

illustrator tutorials

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

illustrator tutorials

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

illustrator tutorials

41-Free Vector Art – Spring Flowers

illustrator tutorials

Best Practices

42-Midnight Terror by Matheus Castro

illustrator tutorials

43-Madam Eninette

illustrator tutorials

44-Bulgarian Jazz Festival 2008

illustrator tutorials

45-He aint showing up hun

illustrator tutorials

46-Bently Stamp

illustrator tutorials

47-Lolly Zombification

illustrator tutorials

48-Communion by Cristiano Siqueira

illustrator tutorials

49-Dior Vector

illustrator tutorials

50-The Swallowers of Pretty Things

illustrator tutorials


illustrator tutorials

52-Fruit Tree

illustrator tutorials


illustrator tutorials

54-Drug Free Zone

illustrator tutorials

55-Playstation 3

illustrator tutorials

Illustrators Portfolios

56-James White

illustrator tutorials


illustrator tutorials

58-Cris Vector

illustrator tutorials

59-Maciej Mizer

illustrator tutorials

60-Kacper Spala

illustrator tutorials

61-Andrey Gordeev

illustrator tutorials

Further Illustrator Portfolios

About the Author

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.


Comments and Discussions
  • Qvectors, 14 July 2008

    Thanks for featuring vectors from Qvectors.com.

  • James Abney-Hastings, 14 July 2008

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

  • Felicity, 14 July 2008

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

  • Htoo Tay Zar, 14 July 2008

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

  • Stefan, 14 July 2008

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

  • Mohsen, 14 July 2008

    Very Great Resoureces

  • rexxgriffin, 14 July 2008

    yes, thats awesome tut! thanx 4 share

  • Kudos, 14 July 2008

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

  • liam, 14 July 2008

    Wow, what an epic post! Very good work!

  • Pablo, 14 July 2008

    OMG! What a post, guys!

  • Noupe, 14 July 2008

    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.

  • Steven Silverwood, 14 July 2008

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

  • Kiten, 14 July 2008

    Wow great collection people :)

  • JSHAW, 14 July 2008

    breath taking!

  • Jeff Finley, 14 July 2008

    Great list! Thanks for featuring our tut!

  • bangbouh, 14 July 2008

    Great illustrator tutorials!

  • John Rioberts, 14 July 2008

    Excellent tips. Thank you for sharing them!


  • James Kurtz III, 14 July 2008

    Thanks for the nice collection!

  • mikko, 14 July 2008

    just wanna tip about a guy called Boete…
    check out his site @ http://www.boete.nu

  • Chris Mills, 14 July 2008

    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?

  • feroz, 14 July 2008

    Very informative

  • United Voices, 14 July 2008

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

  • ali, 14 July 2008

    Very good list

  • alwazer, 14 July 2008

    Thank you
    The article is quite remarkable

  • Asmaa, 14 July 2008

    Hey ! thanks for the mention much appriciate it .

  • Patrick Sweeney, 15 July 2008

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

  • David, 15 July 2008

    Great list

  • Chris Leavens, 15 July 2008

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

  • Craig Farrall, 18 July 2008

    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.

  • Jon S, 18 July 2008

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

  • Internet and Design, 19 July 2008

    60 thats a lot!
    I like the freebies

  • Ethelbert Pygott, 24 July 2008

    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.

  • onecss.com, 30 July 2008

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

  • Max | Design Shard, 01 August 2008

    this is a very good resource, great

    Max | Design Shard

    • shamim, 17 May 2010

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

  • Freelance Web Design, 11 August 2008

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

  • Amanda, 22 September 2008

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

  • Daniel, 28 September 2008

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

  • vijay, 08 October 2008


  • Ryan G, 09 October 2008

    Cool list. Thanks for sharing.

  • Alan, 10 November 2008

    Great Tutorial for newbie like me

  • Roger, 14 October 2009

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

  • Devanshee, 24 October 2009

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

  • designium, 27 October 2009

    Very nice collection :D

  • Umar, 04 December 2009


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


  • David Jonsson, 15 December 2009

    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 http://davidjonsson.com.au/my-design-blog/index.php/tutorial-from-sketch-to-vector

  • nadia, 16 December 2009

    this is one perfect and clean tutorials, thanks for sharing

  • Zoltán, 28 January 2010

    Szuper Grafika :)

  • Pooja Madhu, 25 February 2010

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

    • Narender, 29 August 2011

      awesome nice work….

  • Richard, 09 March 2010

    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.

  • Billy, 28 March 2010

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

  • Master, 26 April 2010

    Very good list but This is a bit old list.
    My personal choice is tutorials99.com

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

  • ali, 07 May 2010

    very good…

  • Sarah, 05 August 2010

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

  • jinson rajakumary, 15 September 2010

    very nice tutorial . learn with simple…………

  • andreitasoto, 02 October 2010

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

  • Shelton Igwe, 10 October 2010

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

  • Garmahis, 19 October 2010

    My list of Illustrator text effect tutorials

  • Abdur Razzak, 06 November 2010

    It’s really effective!

  • Al Bayangos, 12 November 2010

    Great list! I am truly inspired! :)

  • raghu, 09 December 2010

    thanks! its really informative

  • Cgbaran, 02 January 2011

    Great tutorials thanks

  • mastoore, 05 January 2011

    thanks!clear & useful

  • dustin, 08 February 2011

    Thanks for taking the time to make a valuable post.

  • barbara, 01 April 2011

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

  • Zia, 30 April 2011

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

  • Ranji, 21 June 2011

    This article is very gud…

  • Creative Alys, 22 July 2011

    These are great :)

  • JOHN, 11 August 2011

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

  • Rebeen, 21 October 2011

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

  • melanie, 31 October 2011

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

  • murtaza, 01 November 2011

    Wow sooooooo nice.

  • Santhosh, 30 November 2011

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

  • image2vector, 04 January 2012

    Thank you for sharing, these amazing tutorials!

  • eibici, 11 January 2012

    i like this soo muchh :))

  • anabelle, 06 June 2012

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

  • tom, 16 August 2012

    ya’ll are my inspiration

  • Esharat, 15 November 2012

    Wow! Awesome your sharing! Thanks for sharing.

  • Kiran, 06 December 2012


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

  • mhatzapa, 07 March 2013

    thanks for sharing…:)

search form
image description image description