Dec 21 2010

Best Illustrator Tutorials from 2010

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We must say there were many llustrator tutorials throughout this year. In today’s post we have collected some of the best tutorials published this year to show you the different techniques that are available which will help you master all kinds of Illustrator tricks and techniques.

Some of you might already know a couple of these tutorials already, but perhaps going through them again will inspire you to experiment new ways of using those techniques to create something fresh and more original! So let the creativity begin!

Drawing

How To Trace a Sketch with a Vintage Comic Style
Check out how you can trace a sketch with a vintage comic style in this illustrator tutorial:

How To Trace a Sketch with a Vintage Comic Style title

Create A Mouthwatering Chocolate Covered Strawberry
Here is an Illustrator tutorial that will teach you how to create a mouthwatering chocolate-covered strawberry:

Create A Mouthwatering Chocolate Covered Strawberry

How to Draw the Super-Villain Megamind in Illustrator
In this tutorial the artist creates a vector drawing of the super-villain Megamind:

How to Draw the Super-Villain Megamind in Illustrator

Create a Painterly Apple with Illustrator CS5’s new Bristle Brush
The so-called ‘bristle brush’ in Illustrator CS5 gives you the best of both worlds: The painterly effects of real media and the control and flexibility of a vector drawing. Check it out:

Create a Painterly Apple with Illustrator CS5’s new Bristle Brush

Designing a Kitty in Illustrator
Learn how to design a cute kitty in Illustrator:

Designing a Kitty in Illustrator

Create a Print Ready Business Card Design in Illustrator
Follow this walkthrough on how to create a fun business card design including an illustrated character:

Create a Print Ready Business Card Design in Illustrator

How To Create A Very Scary But Cute Monster In Illustrator
This is a tutorial on how to draw a complex monster illustration:

How To Create A Very Scary But Cute Monster In Illustrator

Abstract Vector Artwork Illustrator Tutorial
In this tutorial the artist will teach you how to create vector artwork in Adobe Illustrator:

Abstract Vector Artwork Illustrator Tutorial

Design an Underwater Clown Fish Tutorial in Illustrator
In this tutorial the artist will show you how to create a beautiful clown fish illustration inside Adobe Illustrator CS4:

Design an Underwater Clown Fish Tutorial in Illustrator

An Illustrator’s Project: From Start to Finish
In this tutorial, the artist will walk you through the steps of how to create an illustration art piece so that you can witness what goes behind a digital illustrator’s work, as well as gain some new insights for your own projects’ workflow:

An Illustrator’s Project: From Start to Finish

Creating convincing characters
Here the artist demonstrates how to magic up appealing characters using a pencil, computer and plenty bags of imagination:

Creating convincing characters

Create a Classic, Sailing Ship in Illustrator CS5
In this tutorial the artist will show how to create a sailing ship illustration with a story book style, using the Gradient Mesh to make the boat’s sails:

Create a Classic, Sailing Ship in Illustrator CS5

Effects

Create a Smooth Satin Background Using Blends
Check out how to create a smooth satin background using blends:

Create a Smooth Satin Background Using Blends

Creating Roads and Rail Tracks on a Path
In this tutorial, you will learn how to create roads and rail tracks on a Path:

Creating Roads and Rail Tracks on a Path

Illustrator Tutorial on Creating an Ace Tennis Graphic
Check out this Illustrator tutorial on creating an ace tennis graphic:

Illustrator Tutorial on Creating an Ace Tennis Graphic

Making a Millifiori Paperweight
Check out this Illustrator tutorial on creating a Millifiori Paperweight:

Making a Millifiori Paperweight

Swirling Rainbows: Illustrator Tutorial! (Video)
Learn how to create looping, swooshing, swirling rainbow graphics used in all kinds of graphics ranging from logos, and sketches, to grungy and retro illustrations:

Swirling Rainbows: Illustrator Tutorial!

Creating a Shield using Illustrator
This tutorial shows you how to create a shield design with Path Tools using Illustrator:

Creating a Shield using Illustrator

Create summery poster artwork using Illustrator CS5
In this tutorial, author guides you through some of Illustrator CS5’s biggest new tools:

Create summery poster artwork using Illustrator CS5

Create an add to cart/basket/bag button
In this tutorial the artist will show how to create one of the most common buttons:

Create an add to cart/basket/bag button

Illustrator Tutorial: Create quirky repeating patterns
Create quirky repeating patterns in this Illustrator tutorial:

Illustrator Tutorial: Create quirky repeating patterns

Vectorize a Human Eye in Illustrator
In this video the vector the eye of a model is taken and is worked on in Illustrator, using some techniques that will be useful in not only vectoring eyes but tracing techniques that are used for full face and body vectoring as well as vexeling:

Vectorize a Human Eye in Illustrator

Master dynamic gradient techniques
In this tutorial, the artist shows you how to build up complex, beautiful images by patiently layering and building up small, straightforward segments, always varying them to prevent monotony:

Master dynamic gradient techniques

Illusion of transparency – Vector rays
In this tutorial the artist will create cool rays with gradients without using ANY transparency settings, ideal for .eps files, which do not have a support for gradient-on-gradient transparency:

Illusion of transparency – Vector rays

How to create a Bokeh vector background in Illustrator
In this tutorial the artist creates some cool bokeh effects; quick and easy by using simple gradients and blending modes:

How to create a Bokeh vector background in Illustrator

Text Effects

Create An Editable Stitched Label Type Treatment
This tutorial relies heavily on the Appearance panel, making it easy to edit the text and apply the treatment to other fonts and vector elements:

Create An Editable Stitched Label Type Treatment

Create a Graffiti in Inkscape
Learn how to create a graffiti in inkscape in this Illustrator tutorial:

Create a Graffiti in Inkscape

Create a Furry Calligram in Illustrator
In this tutorial the artist walks you through creating your own calligram inspired by a dog named Poppy. You’ll learn how to manipulate a typeface through to rendering fur, adding doggy features, and various details:

Create a Furry Calligram in Illustrator

Retro 3D Arcade Text Effect in Illustrator
In this tutorial the artist will make clever use of Illustrators built in 3D capabilities, gradients and opacity masks to design a Retro 3D Type Effect:

Retro 3D Arcade Text Effect in Illustrator

Designing a Typeface, With Illustrator and FontLab, from Start to Finish, Part 1
Check out this tutorial on designing a typeface using Illustrator and FontLab, from Start to Finish:

Designing a Typeface, With Illustrator and FontLab, from Start to Finish, Part 1

Create a Grimy Text Treatment with a Pen Tablet
In this tutorial the artist will show you how to create a grimy text treatment utilizing Illustrator’s Blog brush, Live Paint, and a pen tablet:

Create a Grimy Text Treatment with a Pen Tablet

Create interlocking motifs in Illustrator
In this tutorial the artist demonstrates how to rough out and plan your artwork before transferring it into Illustrator (CS3 or later) using the most important feature for creating vector graphics — the Pen tool:

Create interlocking motifs in Illustrator

3D Text In Clouds Tutorial
In this tutorial we are going to create some 3D text:

3D Text In Clouds Tutorial

Getting Carried Away with Balloon Lettering
In this tutorial the artist covers the process of creating some illustrative shiny balloon lettering. You will also learn how to create rounded, semi-transparent, bubble letters that will make up the basis of the balloon lettering:

Getting Carried Away with Balloon Lettering

Type Illustration Project: Experimental Digital Workflow
In this Adobe Illustrator tutorial, the artist will walk you through the process of creating an illustrated type artwork. The focus of this tutorial is to demonstrate how it is possible to draft, develop, and refine a whole piece all within a design program like Adobe Illustrator from start to finish:

Type Illustration Project: Experimental Digital Workflow

Create a Polished Raised Type Treatment
This tutorial, using the Appearance panel, some gradients, and transforms, you can learn how to create a polished lifted type treatment:

Create a Polished Raised Type Treatment

How To Create a Gothic Blackletter Typographic Design
Follow this step-by-step guide to customizing your own gothic typographic design:

How To Create a Gothic Blackletter Typographic Design

How to Create Candy Cane Typography with Photoshop and Illustrator
In this tutorial the artist creates a superb candy cane type design using Illustrator and Photoshop. Apply this effect to your own text and create cool and unique christmas cards:

How to Create Candy Cane Typography with Photoshop and Illustrator

Design, Textures, Patterns & Brushes

Create a Distressed Vector Typographic Poster Design
Follow this step by step walkthrough of a recent design process for the ‘Spectrum’ poster. We’ll start with a custom-made type in Illustrator:

Create a Distressed Vector Typographic Poster Design

Creating Seamless Textures
Illustrator is great for creating sharp clean graphics. Learn how to create Seamless Textures here:

Creating Seamless Textures

Create Amazing Patterns using Adobe Illustrator
By going through this tutorial you will learn how to easily create cool looking shapes with the Pattern Brush in Illustrator:

Create Amazing Patterns using Adobe Illustrator

How To Create a Repeating Camo Pattern in Illustrator
The artist is going to show you how the camo designs were created and how the pattern file was made so it would seamlessly repeat:

How To Create a Repeating Camo Pattern in Illustrator

Create a Colorful Sliced Sphere to use as a Logo Design
This quick tip will give you an idea how you can easily create an appealing colored sphere which will make a great foundation for a successful logo:

Create a Colorful Sliced Sphere to use as a Logo Design

How to create a torn wall paper effect in Illustrator
In this tutorial the artist will teach you how to create a torn wall paper based on a seamless pattern and simple distortion techniques:

How to create a torn wall paper effect in Illustrator

How To Design a Print Ready Letterhead & Comp Slip
Follow this step-by-step process of creating professional print ready design files for your letterhead and compliment slips stationery designs:

How To Design a Print Ready Letterhead & Comp Slip

Create Winter Festival Brushes in Illustrator CS
In this tutorial the artist shows you how to create a holly, ivy and a berry brush to create a Winter Festival wreath:

Create Winter Festival Brushes in Illustrator CS

Cafe Style Coffee Art in Adobe Illustrator
In this Illustrator tutorial the artist explains step by step how he created the “Delicious Coffee” illustration which was published in “1000 Restaurant, bar & café graphics” by Rockport Publishing.

Cafe Style Coffee Art in Adobe Illustrator

3D

Wrap a Ribbon Around a Sphere, Using 3D Revolve
In this quick tip, you’ll create a symbol, which you will then map to a 3D globe. The result looks like a ribbon wrapped around a hollow sphere:

Wrap a Ribbon Around a Sphere, Using 3D Revolve

Illustrator Tutorial on Making a Jack in the Box
Create the basic head shape using the Elliptical tool. Hold down the Shift key to constrain. Click on the picture to learn more:

Illustrator Tutorial on Making a Jack in the Box

Make a Delicious Sandwich with Easy 3D Illustration Techniques
In this tutorial, you will learn to make a delicious sandwich with easy 3D Illustrator techniques:

Make a Delicious Sandwich with Easy 3D Illustration Techniques

Vector Laptop
In this illustrator tutorial the artist shows you how to create a vector for a laptop in Adobe Illustrator:

Vector Laptop

Disco Lights in Illustrator
Here is a nice technique to make 3D Disco Ball or Lights in Adobe Illustrator. Some new commands and technique for you to try out:

Disco Lights in Illustrator

Illustrator cs2 tutorial on 3d and Scribble
Check out this Illustrator tutorial on 3D and Scribble:

Illustrator cs2 tutorial on 3d and Scribble

How to Create a Shiny Bucket Icon
Learn how to create a shiny bucket icon in this Illustrator tutorial:

How to Create a Shiny Bucket Icon

Making 3D Charts
In this Illustrator tutorial the artist creates a 3D pie chart with transparency and highlights to make the graphic look like semi-opaque plastic:

Making 3D Charts

How to Create a Three-dimensional Airplane with Adobe Illustrator
In this tutorial you will learn how to create a detailed three-dimensional image of an airplane based on two two-dimensional plans:

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Realistic Dice in Illustrator
You can learn a lot from this tutorial — some commands, techniques and useful tools.

Realistic Dice in Illustrator

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About the Author

Bhanu Ahluwalia is a graduate in Computer Science and a social media enthusiast from India. He specializes in web design by qualification and photography by passion. He is an avid blogger, running TutZone and co-authoring DesignUnder and SloDive. You can reach him via Twitter.

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Comments and Discussions
  • Tom Klaassen, 21 December 2010

    Very nice roundup, thanks!

  • jordan, 21 December 2010

    These are awesome tutorials! This will keep me entertained for a while! The plane tutorial for Illustrator stands out to me.
    Thanks for taking the time to gather these

    Jordan

  • Sundar, 21 December 2010

    Even though I have passion for web design, i am sad to say that i haven’t seen almost 90 % of these 2010 tutorials. But now I am ok with them. Thanks a lot.

  • Vivek Parmar, 21 December 2010

    thanks a lot for the great round-up didn’t see many of them, thanks for putting them at one place

  • canon ef lenses, 22 December 2010

    Best job Illustrator,
    thanks

  • trick, 23 December 2010

    thx! awesome collection

  • Artjunks, 23 December 2010

    Heya,
    and thanks for featuring our “Puff Puff” Tutorial ;)

    Merry X-Mas

  • Cgbaran, 23 December 2010

    Thanks great collection

  • Denker, 31 December 2010

    Awesome tutorials.

  • Helena, 05 January 2011

    Interesting styling. Thank you for giving pleasure.

  • upen, 07 January 2011

    WOW! love all the tuts! great work…..

  • Brett Widmann, 10 April 2011

    This is a great tutorial collection. I can see why they made the list!

  • These are amazing! Great selection!, good article

  • sndr, 07 August 2011

    best and useful tutorials,
    many many thanks

  • Aniket, 02 December 2011

    Really great compilation.
    Thanks for a wonderful list again.

  • mnabeel, 22 February 2012

    Great collection thanks for sharing these at one place.

  • Fatdog, 16 April 2012

    I really like the text in the cloud tut.. nice share !!

  • diwaker srivastava, 08 September 2012

    Nice tutorials and great designs …. thanks for sharing Bhanu Ahluwalia

  • ducsu, 10 September 2012

    Very nice tutorials. I have done a handful of these with some great results.

  • Satheesh Shornur, 06 November 2012

    Very nice design ideas, Thanks….

  • Jenell Mariel Manuel, 26 November 2012

    It’s awesome.. I admire it a lot but I interest to learn it in developing myself. :)

  • koming wg, 09 December 2012

    Wow, this’s what i want to learn about illustrator… thank you for the great article :)

  • Edesigner Ludhiana, 05 April 2013

    Awesome Collection it is!!!

    I love Megamind but its illustrator tutorial link is not opening. Please check it so that I can try to draw it easily/.

  • prakash, 15 March 2014

    very useful for beginners and graphic design learners. Good one…

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