Apr 15 2011

Improve Your Illustrator Skills

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There are countless tutorials available on the net to learn the basic skills of Adobe Illustrator. Some of them are of very basic, while some help you with learning the more advanced skills. Adobe Illustrator is an amazing design tool with such depth that exploring its many possibilities can take ages. But if you are interested in learning some new tricks and AI skills then you have come to the right place! Let the exploration begin.

The Adobe Illustrator Tutorials that we have listed below will be helpful in building up your AI skills and will hopefully teach you some new ins and outs of the software. And even some ways to take your illustrations farther with a little help from AI’s friends.

The Tutorials

How to Enhance a Vector Image with Photoshop
In this tutorial you will learn how to enhance a vector image once you have finished with it in Illustrator, taking it into Photoshop for some touch ups and effects.

How to Enhance a Vector Image with Photoshop

Make a Cut Out Gift Tag with Adobe Illustrator & InDesign
In this tutorial you will be pairing up your programs to complete the piece and will learn to create a candycane shaped cut out gift tag with both Adobe Illustrator and Indesign.

Make a Cut Out Gift Tag with Adobe Illustrator & InDesign

Make a Headphones Icon Using Adobe Illustrator
In this tutorial your AI skills will be put to the test creating an icon of a pair of classic stereo headphones.

Make a Headphones Icon Using Adobe Illustrator

Create a Color Picker Icon In Illustrator
In this tutorial you will learn how to create a color picker icon illustration from some blends, gradients, and simple shapes.

Create a Color Picker Icon In Illustrator

Illustrator Tutorial: new year digits
In this tutorial you will learn how to create vector 3d new year digits for 2011. After this tutorial you should be able to create any kind of 3d numbers or text. You will also learn how to create correct reflection for your 3d elements.

Illustrator Tutorial: new year digits

Creating a Maneater Vector Girl through Collaboration
In this tutorial you will learn how to create a maneater vector girl through a collaboration between two designers. Not only can it help with your illustrator skills, but can also assist in effective collaboration with others.

Creating a Maneater Vector Girl through Collaboration

How to Make a Colorful, Environmental Slice
In this tutorial you will learn how to create an earth slice that looks like a piece of cake.

How to Make a Colorful, Environmental Slice

How to Create a Stylish Wireless Phone
In this tutorial you will learn how to make a great looking wireless phone which can come in handy for any number of other projects.

How to Create a Stylish Wireless Phone

Creating 3D Dice from Scratch in Adobe Illustrator
In this tutorial you’ll learn how to make a set of 3D dice in Illustrator without any base to begin with.

Creating 3D Dice from Scratch in Adobe Illustrator

How to Create a Fantasy Banana Ship in Photoshop
In this tutorial we will create a fantasy flying ship from a photo of a banana in Illustrator and Photoshop. Let’s get started!

How to Create a Fantasy Banana Ship in Photoshop

Create a Vector Penknife Illustration
In the following tutorial you will be guided through the process of illustrating a Swiss Army style penknife.

Create a Vector Penknife Illustration

Create a Vector, CD/MP3 Car Stereo
How to create your own subwoofer and a CD/MP3 player for a car through a combination of the ellipse, rectangle, and pen tools and gradients.

Create a Vector, CD/MP3 Car Stereo

Vector 3D Christmas Bells
How to draw 5 different styles of vector Christmas bells using the 3D revolve effect.

Vector 3D Christmas Bells

Create an Illustration of a Fountain Pen
This tutorial teaches you the specifics of creating a fountain pen illustration.

Create an Illustration of a Fountain Pen

Illustrator tutorial: Create a 6-egg box
Time to put all of your eggs in one basket, or at least that is what this tutorial teaches.

Illustrator tutorial: Create a 6-egg box

Illustrator Tutorial: Realistic Vector Orange
In this Illustrator tutorial you will learn how to make a photo realistic vector orange using Adobe Illustrator CS3.

Illustrator Tutorial: Realistic Vector Orange

Create a Tasty Burger Icon in Illustrator
In this tutorial you will learn how to create a three-dimensional, scrumptious looking little burger using AI.

Create a Tasty Burger Icon in Illustrator

Creating an Illustrative Monogram
If you want to use Illustrator to add that personal touch to your vector works, then this tutorial for creating monograms is just what the doctor ordered.

Creating an Illustrative Monogram

How to Draw a Fall Leaf Using Adobe Illustrator
In this tutorial you will learn how to create a vector of an autumn leaf, which also teaches you how to apply the necessary texture. You will learn to use the following techniques in practice: live trace, art brush, mesh and many others.

How to Draw a Fall Leaf Using Adobe Illustrator

How to Create a Fancy Gift Bow using Adobe Illustrator
In this tutorial you will learn how to create a realistic looking image of a gift bow using the mesh tool.

How to Create a Fancy Gift Bow using Adobe Illustrator

Illustrator Tutorial: Vector Drums Kit
In this illustrator tutorial you will learn how to draw a professional drum kit from scratch. By the end, you will know how to make a tripod stand, drums, different types of cymbals and also how to create the texture for the drums.

Illustrator Tutorial: Vector Drums Kit

Illustrator Tutorial: Vector Plasma Television
In this tutorial you will learn how to make a realistic plasma television in Illustrator. Also how to draw basic shapes and apply gradients to add realism to the image.

Illustrator Tutorial: Vector Plasma Television

How to Illustrate Deliciously Realistic Grapes using Simple Techniques
In this tutorial you will find out how to illustrate a bunch of grapes using basic Adobe Illustrator tools.

How to Illustrate Deliciously Realistic Grapes using Simple Techniques

How to Create a Lustrous Electric Guitar
In this tutorial you will learn how to create a realistic looking electric guitar, with techniques that will allow for a wide array of applications.

How to Create a Lustrous Electric Guitar

Illustrator Tutorial: Wooden Smoking Pipe
This tutorial is on how to draw a stylish smoking tobacco pipe in Adobe Illustrator. You will learn how to create the wood texture illustrator effect on the pipe which will come in handy in other projects.

Illustrator Tutorial: Wooden Smoking Pipe

How to Create a Vector Baseball Bat and Ball
In this tutorial you will learn how to create a baseball bat and a baseball using Illustrator’s 3D tool and blends.

How to Create a Vector Baseball Bat and Ball

How to Create a Tube of Paint and a Brush, Using Adobe Illustrator
In this tutorial you will learn how to create objects with shadows and penumbras using the blend tool. These techniques will help you bring any flat two-dimensional object to life by using lighting and shading effects to create the illusion of volume and perspective.

How to Create a Tube of Paint and a Brush, Using Adobe Illustrator

How to Create a Caramel Ripple Effect
In this tutorial we will create a hot chocolate caramel effect using some distort tools and the 3D revolve tool. This is a simple and effective technique to obtain a quality vector ripple effect quickly.

How to Create a Caramel Ripple Effect

How To Create a Beautiful Vector Portrait in Illustrator
In this tutorial you will learn how to create a stylish contoured and posterized vector portrait with Illustrator.

How To Create a Beautiful Vector Portrait in Illustrator

How to Design a Shiny Zipper
In this tutorial you will learn how to create an illustration of a zipper with meshes, blending modes and simple shapes.

How to Design a Shiny Zipper

Get started with type art
This tutorial will get you started learning how to take your typographical elements to the next level with Illustrator.

Get started with type art

Draw realistic liquids in vector art
In this tutorial you will learn the often difficult task of giving any vectors that represent liquids that added touch of realism.

Draw realistic liquids in vector art

Master dynamic gradient techniques
In this tutorial you will learn how to build up many elements to create a vector image with real depth and richness through mastering the use of gradients.

Master dynamic gradient techniques

Create Super Glossy 3D Typography in Illustrator and Photoshop
In this tutorial you will be teaming up your programs once again to create extra glossy 3D typographical elements with the dynamic Adobe duo AI and PS.

Create Super Glossy 3D Typography in Illustrator and Photoshop

Cafe Style Coffee Art in Adobe Illustrator
In this AI tutorial you will explore creating stylish art that will be right at home in any coffee cafe around.

Cafe Style Coffee Art in Adobe Illustrator

Creating a Toaster-Popping Illustration
In this tutorial you will learn how to apply some effects not often used in Illustrator. For example, the chrome effect, which is used to create a metallic look focusing on the realism.

Creating a Toaster-Popping Illustration

How to Create a Spectacular Vector Film Strip in Illustrator
In this tutorial you will learn how to create a vector film strip from scratch, using only our keen sense of perspective, imagination and taste for colors.

How to Create a Spectacular Vector Film Strip in Illustrator

Create an Illustration of a Pearl-Filled Clam on an Ocean Bed
In this tutorial you will be taken through creating a shell with pearls in a unique ocean scene.

Create an Illustration of a Pearl-Filled Clam on an Ocean Bed

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Comments and Discussions
  • Andrei Marius, 15 April 2011

    Thanks for including my tutorial.

  • SK, 15 April 2011

    A very nice and useful collection for Illustrator tutorials! Will definitely be helpful in building up everyone’s Adobe Illustrator skills. Thanks for sharing.

  • LKenneth, 15 April 2011

    Thanks for this I need to brush up my illustrator skills, I just wish Adobe kept all its product interfaces the same. Then it would reduce the learning curve.

  • Laurent Holdrinet, 15 April 2011

    thanks for this great collection of Ai tuts.
    My favorite is the “owl” one with those magnificient gradients.

  • randy, 16 April 2011

    wow nice information guys thanks for sharing :D

  • priya4u, 16 April 2011

    hey i like this artice
    this is soooo nice

  • Brittany Rubinstein, 16 April 2011

    Bookmarking this. Awesome collection

  • Fraser Boag, 17 April 2011

    Awesome, I don’t use illustrator nearly as much as I perhaps should.

  • Theo, 17 April 2011

    Great tut collection, thanks!

  • nice collection and very useful too.

  • Slim, 19 April 2011

    Me Gusta

  • nik, 20 April 2011

    Just another list of “do this, click that” tutorials…

  • Zia, 20 April 2011

    Very useful! Thanks for sharing..

  • Chirag Khatri, 23 April 2011

    Awesome collection and art..! ;)

  • Inspirationfeed, 26 April 2011

    Great resource, bookmarked!

  • de, 27 April 2011

    Good collection of ai tuts! Bookmarked. Thanks!

  • Amazing collection. This is a helpful post. Thanks for sharing it.

  • Anastasiia-Ku, 30 April 2011

    Very interesting article! Some of the tutorials are just great!

  • dee, 18 May 2011

    g8 collection..bt i need new year digit tut n d link is nt wrking

  • sumon, 27 May 2011

    Very interesting and imagine article! Some of the tutorials are just great.

  • Andrea@Web design Perth, 24 October 2011

    These tutorials are awesome. I would normally have to pay someone to teach me how to use Adobe Illustrator and Indesign but you gave the info for free. Thank you very much.

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