Jan 18 2009

80 Best-Of Adobe Illustrator Tutorials, Brushes, .EPSs and Resources

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For months, we have been bookmarking interesting, useful and creative Adobe Illustrator tutorials and Resources, so you can now rest assured that you will have the necessary tools to get the job done.

Due to this phenomenally vast amount of vector packs, brushes, patterns available, you can now add dirt, rust, floral effect, swirls, mold, oil stains in your artwork and to give it any look you want.

So in today’s post, you’ll find an assortment of top-notch tutorials, brushes, patterns, vector packs, tips & tricks and .EPS downloadable files that others have freely contributed to the design community.

To make your job a little bit easier, we have categorized this post into 6 section, the links below will get you to your desired section.

  1. Adobe Illustrator Tutorials
  2. Adobe Illustrator Patterns
  3. Adobe Illustrator Tool Tips & Tricks
  4. Adobe Illustrator Brushes
  5. Vector Packs
  6. Vector Sources

Adobe Illustrator Tutorials

- Create a Gang of Vector Ninjas

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


In this tutorial, we will learn how to construct 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.

- Logo Design Project Step by Step Walkthrough

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


Follow this step by step documentation of the whole process of the logo design from conception to completion.

- Logo Design Project Step by Step Walkthrough

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


- How to Draw Your Own Vector Wings

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


This tutorial is all about how to make those really cool hyper detailed wings that all those bro-dawg brands are rocking.

- Master Painting in Illustrator

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


Transform your sketches into stunning textured artworks.

- Woman and Cats How-To Advanced

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


- Experimental text effects

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


Twist your words out of recognition to create cool and unusual illustrations, with these great tips.

- Create A Wood Grain Texture

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


Twist your words out of recognition to create cool and unusual illustrations, with these great tips.

- How to make retro/futuristic curves in 10 Steps

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


Achieve the space like scenery with the glowing lines using Illustrator and Photoshop. You’ll learn how to add subtle effects using textures and different blending modes.

- Twitterlove Bird, from sketch to vector in Photoshop and Illustrator

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


- Create an envelpe icon with a satin feel

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


In this tutorial you will learn how using the basic tools of illustrator , ie gradient , rectangle , pathfinder and line can create a simple looking envelope.

- 3D Text Tutorial

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


5 Steps tutorial describing the process of 3D Typography creation without any 3D software. You’ll need only Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.

- Create the First Page of a Fairy Tale Story Book, with a Hint of Kitsch

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


A tutorial which told of magical and enchanting ways to create Fairy Tale pages in Adobe Illustrator.

- How to Create a Cute Bunny Vector Character

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


In this Illustrator tutorial, you will learn how to create a cute bunny character. This tutorial uses simple shapes and gradients that are easy to apply to other character illustrations. The great thing about his tutorial is you don’t have to be an amazing artist to create it!

- 30 Tutorials That Will Teach You Illustrator

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


thirty Illustrator tutorials that will teach you the nuances and subtleties of Illustrator.

- Use Adobe Illustrator to Create a Clean Website Layout

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


This tutorial is perfect for the beginning to intermediate Adobe Illustrator artist. Learn how to create a layout of a website and prepare it for use on the web.

- Easily Make Shiny Realistic Vector Hair

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


This tutorial will show the intermediate Adobe Illustrator artist how to easily make realistic-looking shiny vector hair. You will learn how to create S shapes and using them to construct natural looking hair.

- Vectoring Hair

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


- Creating A new Typeface in illustrator

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


In this tutorial you will learn how to create a nice typeface using Illustrator CS4 and its new, and very useful, features for editing anchor points.

- Super cool abstract vectors illustrator and photoshop

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


In this tutorial you will learn how to create a abstract sort of flower using the Blend Tool in Illustrator then playing with it in Photoshop to produce a very colorful wallpaper.

- Crazy cool vectors illustrator and photoshop

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


In this tutorial you will create a very nice image inspired by the amazing work of Andy Gilmore.

- Creating vector characters in Illustrator

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


- Character Illustration

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


- 20 Exceptional Websites for Learning Adobe Illustrator

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


In this collection, you’ll find 20 excellent websites and blogs that provide high-quality tutorials and information on vector illustration and Adobe Illustrator.

- 50 Excellent Adobe Illustrator Video Tutorials

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


50 excellent Adobe Illustrator video tutorials.

Creating Adobe Illustrator Patterns

- Create a Themed Repeating Pattern in Illustrator

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


Follow this Adobe Illustrator tutorial to create a range of simple vector objects based around the theme of a designer’s lifestyle, then tile them together into a cool looking repeating pattern.

- Memory Lock

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


- Design your own pattern swatches

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


Create your own cool repeating patterns from combinations of vector elements, using Illustrator & Photoshop.

- 3 ways to apply a line pattern effect on text in Illustrator

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


3 different technique on how you can apply a line pattern effect on text in Illustrator.

- Creating-Pattern

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


Create your own cool repeating patterns from combinations of vector elements, using Illustrator & Photoshop.

- Creating geometric patterns in Illustrator

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


How to create a geometric pattern shape and fill a background with it.

- Create a Burberry Style Plaid with Illustrator in 4 Steps

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


- Pattern Maniac

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


- How to Create a Seamless pattern in 10 steps

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


- Patterns and Shapes in Adobe Illustrator

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


This tutorial is based on an advertisement that uses patterns and shapes to create a unique design effect.

- 450+ Abobe Illustrator Patterns

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


Adobe Illustrator Brushes

- 30 Illustrator Pattern Brushes for Making Flowers and Circular Designs

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


A set of 30 Pattern brushes for a fast way to get perfectly spaced, intricate circular designs.

- 105 More Delicious Water Color Illustrator Brushes

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


105 amazingly realistic-looking water color Illustrator brushes.

- Floral n Veins Brushes

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


- 81 Amazing Argyle Illustrator Brushes

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


- 50 Killer Retro Starburst Brushes

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


- Hair and line art brush for AI

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


- Swirly Curls – Sick Brush Kit

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


- Thorny vine brushes

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


- 10 custom vector-based Art Brushes

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


- 16 “Sketchy” Illustrator Brushes

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


- Ink/Watercolor

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


Adobe Illustrator Tool Tips & Tricks

- Illustrator’s Blend Tool: A Comprehensive Guide

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


This comprehensive guide can help you unlock your creative potential and teaches the features, shortcuts, and in depth methods that the Blend Tool has to offer.

- How to Use Effects to Create a Cool Design

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


Effects are similar to filters, but the key difference is that they are non-destructive, meaning you can remove or modify them later on (through the appearance palette). Here is a review of a few quick Illustrator tips.

- 10 Illustrator Resolutions for 2009

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


10 features most people don’t use in Illustrator, but should.

- Transform Again in Illustrator

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


You can achieve surprisingly cool results using the Transform Again feature in Illustrator starting from a simple shape. As you all know simplicity is my motto. Here is a step-by-step tutorial using this simple feature.

- Illustrator Pen tool exercises

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


- Using the Blend tool and Distort Zig Zag Effect

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


- Recolor artwork using Illustrator’s LiveColor

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


How you can recolor your artwork in Illustrator CS3 using the LiveColor feature.

- Colorful Waves

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


This is a common trick to produce abstract colorful waves in illustrator.

- Realistic Curtain

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


Create a realistic curtain using the gradient mesh.

- Simultaneously Expand When Creating Compund Shapes

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


- Illustrator’s Pen Tool: The Comprehensive Guide

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


This comprehensive guide aims to introduce or remind you of features, shortcuts, and methods for working with what is arguably Adobe’s most essential tool.

- Adobe Illustrator Shortcuts
- Huge List of Adobe Illustrator Plugins & Filters & Tools

Free Vector Packs & Resources

- Safari and Zoo Animals

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


A free collection of vector animal silhouettes, featuring a range of land based mammals alongside some aquatic life.

- Free Vector Icon Set 1 – 25 Icons

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


- Free character pack

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


- The Ultimate Collection Of Free Vector Packs

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


60 of the best and most useful free vector packs.

- Transportation Silhouettes

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


- Vector Elements

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


- Ornate, Floral, Swirly and Curly Vector Roundup

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


- 60 Free Vector Icon Packs for Design Professionals

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


- Seamless Swirls

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


- Free Floral Vector Ornament

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


- Illustrator pattern swatches and textures

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


- 64 Vector Arrow Icons

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


- Free Vector Social Icons

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


- 125 free Japanese Patterns

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


- 10 Vector Sets of Flowers

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


- 17 Exclusive Web Icons

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


- Flourish Vector Ornaments

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


Vector Sources

- Free Vectors

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


An online gallery of free to use vector graphics.

- QVectors

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


- Cool Vectors

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


- Vector4free

Best of Adobe Illustrator Resources


- AllSilhouettes
- 123FreeVectors
- Vecteezy
- VectorVault
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Comments and Discussions
  • Sigurdur Armannsson, 18 January 2009

    I absolutely love it when someone puts in labour and collects this kind of lists. I have seen some of this before, but many not and I thank very much for this source.

  • Raymond Selda, 18 January 2009

    Truly incredible effort. Now I know where to go whenever I will need some illustrator tutorials and vectors. Thank you.

  • Jorge Linares, 18 January 2009

    Amazing stuff here guys, I’m bookmarking this thread to use it later on. There’s a bunch of tutorials I would totally want to give it a try.

  • Brandon Cox, 18 January 2009

    Wow, what a post – lots to bookmark – thanks!!

  • Dainis Graveris, 18 January 2009

    Awesome collection You got one more time here – I think in this list everyone can find some tutorial to learn, thanks for share!

  • Narendra.s.v, 18 January 2009

    WoW! that’s a great collection :D
    Thanks for the share!

  • mikki, 19 January 2009

    wow..thanks a lot for this tutorial..

  • mprose, 19 January 2009

    Where else but on the internet could you tap into so many great resources. I’m planning on delving into the advanced painting techniques and some of the brushes to enhance my illustrator skills.

    This is a must bookmark for all graphic and web designers.

  • Nick, 19 January 2009

    Awesome collection. Good timing – I’ve just been getting more into Illustrator lately. Thank you!

  • usd6, 19 January 2009

    Very good article, it gives a lot of imagination. Thanks!

  • andrew, 19 January 2009

    thanks in million for posting this:):)…

  • v-render, 19 January 2009

    great collection, thanks !

  • Vector Lady, 19 January 2009

    Wow It’s Great! It’s a pity that you didn’t include my site… maybe you didn’t heard about it?

  • Colorburned, 19 January 2009

    Great roundup! Thanks for including some of my work in the post! I really appreciate it!

    http://twitter.com/Colorburned

  • helpful list thanks a lot..

  • One8edegree, 19 January 2009

    Real cool roundup , i must bookmark it , Thanks for mentioning my website much appreciate it

  • Sigurdur Armannsson, 19 January 2009

    Hope I am not too rude to add one tutorial to the list: http://font.is/?p=48
    It is a little tutorial on how to use Illustrator in combination with FontLab. Draw your fonts in Illustrator and move it correctly into FontLab.

  • Timothy, 19 January 2009

    Wow. Really nice list. Thank you.

  • Digital Overcast, 19 January 2009

    Excellent collection of IL tuts. Will definitely be going over a few of them. Great post.

  • Toni, 19 January 2009

    Great collection. This posting can be a great starting point for digital illustration beginners. Digg !

  • Alin, 19 January 2009

    really amazing….thanks

  • Free xbox 360 Games, 19 January 2009

    Great article. Thanks for the information.

  • Abrishca Digital Media, 19 January 2009

    What a great collection! Bookmarked immediately.

  • insicdesigns, 20 January 2009

    wow awesome list! love the designs

    • Wosebasa, 19 October 2009

      Really awesome guys! There is just much more to explore!

  • Altinbalik, 21 January 2009

    Your website perfect :)

  • Martin Lewis, 22 January 2009

    Nice collection. Thanks for sharing these. Very handy indeed.

  • noobr, 22 January 2009

    WTF! it’s the best collection I’ve ever seen. Thanks for pulling out

  • Dave, 23 January 2009

    thanks, i think i have almost all of them, i appreciate!

    best regards

  • Rana, 23 January 2009

    If the world had lots of ppl like you, it would’ve been a much much better place!

    Thanks for the great effort girl !!!!

    you’re an awesome giver! I LOVE YOU!.

  • 123freevectors, 23 January 2009

    Great list! Thanks for adding us!

  • Chris, 28 January 2009

    Looks like the very first tutorial is down.

  • Dedushka, 31 January 2009

    Patterns and 3D-tutorials are really great, thanks!

  • eddie yang, 31 January 2009

    oH,It is very good for my photoshop and vector learning.
    thanks ~

  • Baking Chef, 01 February 2009

    why are there so many blank comments on here. anyway great tutorials

  • Matt, 06 February 2009

    Complete list

    Thank you soo much!

  • Rajita - Logo Design, 09 February 2009

    WOW superb designs.. the tutorals are excellent for learners like me

  • The mighty Grav, 03 March 2009

    Wonderful,marvellous,thank you very much!x

  • Laura Stafford, 01 December 2009

    Awesome list. Extremely helpful.

  • Sweet stuff I love that wood grain texture tutorial form vectips. They always have some rick tuts.

  • Nilimesh, 19 January 2010

    This is a best station for such kind of articles,your site is a inspiration for me. i got so much benefits and good results after visiting here and the grace is increasing day by day in your posts” the above information is extremly essential……

  • olfa, 30 January 2010

    Merci pour ce trésor!!!!! :)

  • Real, 31 January 2010

    really like that.

  • Alan, 23 March 2010

    OH!!!! believe me. u’ll be my new Godness, thanks for share it.

  • sutha, 09 April 2010

    amazing collection.tq

  • AH, 11 May 2010

    Thanks so much for compiling this list! I just downloaded illustrator, so I can’t wait to get started :)

  • Tutorials99, 27 June 2010

    Nice tutorial list…
    Friends I found a site having only Higher page rank professional tutorials.that is “tutorials99″
    see link below

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  • Richie Fitz, 21 July 2010

    Thanks so much for taking precious time to share this. It’s tough to find stuffs both free of charge as well as high quality like this post.

  • Ilie Ciorba, 24 July 2010

    Great list and great tutorials. Good work with picking them up.

  • ziezo, 09 September 2010

    Nice collection. Thanks

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  • Andrew Buckle, 13 December 2010

    Lovely brushes designs, also some superb Illustrator tutorials – love the designs

  • apriean, 14 December 2010

    what a lovely site………..thanks for collecting this all of tutorial…. very helpful indeed…….

  • Geoff McMahen, 03 January 2011

    Amazing collection of great resources!
    Thanks!

  • Curtis Rennels, 19 January 2011

    I am very thankful to this topic because it really gives great information ;`~

  • free vectors graphics, 24 January 2011

    I like most of Your Vectors Graphics Resources ,Which are available on your blog. I have never found anywhere on the Internet.You have really very sound collection of Graphics.I hope you will add up more graphics resources on your Great Blog in Future,which will help out to others.I am really and gratefully thankfully to you.

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  • Kathleen, 29 January 2011

    Many things to look at here. THanks.

  • Gianni, 08 March 2011

    Thanks a lot ! Amazing collection ! Gianni from france

  • 3d model, 13 March 2011

    A good brush, very grateful! I love

  • Adina Duane, 17 April 2011

    Boy i just started out with Illustrator and I must say this list is one of the fullest I came across, Good work And thanks ^_^

  • frontline, 19 April 2011

    Thanks for this, after redesigning all my desktop icons i think ive become obsessed with vectors.

  • brushes, 21 April 2011

    Thank you very much, I really need!

  • Fabroon, 10 May 2011

    I Liked it!!!!
    Thanks

  • Lohith Raj, 16 May 2011

    Really awesome! good collection.

  • Jordan Kingsman, 04 July 2011

    I Really like these is there anyway you could a add a warhammerpattern or something with a bagguette. with love J

  • corla, 23 July 2011

    oh! it is really good collection.

  • habibi, 27 August 2011

    great tutorial I have benefited greatly from this tutorial, thanks a lot

  • kuldeep tiwari, 25 September 2011

    it is really good collection

  • jeanette, 12 October 2011

    Thanks for sharing this great collection. Just what I was looking for!

  • Dave, 08 December 2011

    Awesome, was in need for some curly vine brushes. Much appreciated!

  • jaydeb, 03 January 2012

    very nice tutorials good

  • VectorPile, 04 January 2012

    Great list!

    Just wanted to make you aware of another source for vectors – maybe you can add it to the list?

    Thanks.

  • image2vector, 04 January 2012

    Thanks for these.. Verry usefull!

  • Rodvel, 13 January 2012

    thanks for putting this kind of list that is sure to help many people.

  • Deepika, 23 February 2012

    thanks…:) :) innovative designs

  • Nguyen Best, 29 February 2012

    Hope more tutorial, thanks :)

  • Joao Rocha, 05 June 2012

    Nice tuts!

  • Bern, 13 August 2012

    Thanks! Tis a good compilation! :)

  • Nona, 13 August 2012

    This is a big help for all starters, specially to my partner..Hope to have more tutorials..Thanks!

  • Maxence, 02 February 2013

    Great Collection! page bookmarked, thanks for sharing, i’ll sure find something for my next projectst :)

  • Khola Asif, 22 February 2013

    Awesome collection .Helpful list thanx a lot :)

  • ALsyie, 02 April 2013

    OMG, This website contains everything needed by beginners.. (y)

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