15 incredible Illustrator tutorials

From logo design to advanced manga techniques, here are 15 of the finest walkthroughs you might have missed.

Here's the problem: we know that there are loads of amazing Illustrator tutorials on the Computer Arts site, but we also know that some of them are a bit, well, hard to find.

As a result, you might be missing out on some of our most valuable advice on Adobe's killer vector package.

So we decided that we'd route through the archives and present you with a compendium of only the best Illustrator tutorials on the site. From cute character design from the team at Peskimo through to cool graffiti styling from Iamone, there's something for every Illustrator user out there.

1. Create a stunning manga illustration

1. Create a stunning manga illustration

1. Create a stunning manga illustration

Joanna Zhou combines several drawing techniques to create a new twist on manga art

2. Use Free Transform to add perspective to maps

2. Use Free Transform to add perspective to maps

2. Use Free Transform to add perspective to maps

Mark Mayers shows you how to create a basic 2D map from a sketch in Illustrator then use perspective grids to add another dimension

3. Create a black and white logo

3. Create a black and white logo

3. Create a black and white logo

Freelance design studio Thinkdust shows you how to create a one-colour logotype in Illustrator that has a contemporary yet classic look€¦

4. Design your own illustrated vinyl decal

4. Design your own illustrated vinyl decal

4. Design your own illustrated vinyl decal

Ben the Illustrator demonstrates how you can use Illustrator to fashion a fantastic vinyl decal, from initial sketches through to finished mural

5. Create a sports team brand identity

5. Create a sports team brand identity

5. Create a sports team brand identity

Computer Arts Projects design guru Alan Wardle talks you through the process of creating a logo and setting all-important brand rules

6. Impress clients with a clean, effective contact sheet

6. Impress clients with a clean, effective contact sheet

6. Impress clients with a clean, effective contact sheet

Many designers bash them out at the last minute, but a well-designed contact sheet can make a huge difference. Accept & Proceed's Matthew Jones shows you the way

7. Design stunning stylised graphic backdrops in Illustrator

Design stunning stylised graphic backdrops in Illustrator

Design stunning stylised graphic backdrops in Illustrator

Computer Arts' award-winning designer Luke O'Neill takes the legwork out creating a dazzling illustration around your model

8. Create cool skateboard graphics

Create cool skateboard graphics

Create cool skateboard graphics

Use Illustrator's Pen tool to add decks appeal to a plain skateboard. Fat Punk Studio's Sam Brade explains how

9. Design Japanese-style graffiti

Design Japanese-style graffiti

Design Japanese-style graffiti

Tokyo graff writer Imaone demonstrates how to create clean vector lines from hand-drawn graffiti, which can be used to decorate a skateboard deck

10. Create retro graphics with a twist

Create retro graphics with a twist

Create retro graphics with a twist

Graphic designer James White shows you how to give retro-graphics your own modern-day spin with a little help from Photoshop and Illustrator

11. Create cute vector characters in Illustrator

Create cute vector characters in Illustrator

Create cute vector characters in Illustrator

Characters can add a recognisable face to your work. But how do you go from a sketch to the finished product? Peskimo talk through their process

12. Add natural lighting effects to your illustrations

Add natural lighting effects to your illustrations

Add natural lighting effects to your illustrations

Enhance your night-time cityscapes with glows, shines and neon in this Ben the Illustrator tutorial

13. Enhance stock art with hand-rendered illustration

Enhance stock art with hand-rendered illustration

Enhance stock art with hand-rendered illustration

Create richer images by blending drawing, painting and fashion photography. Alexis West describes some invaluable techniques

14. Create an ornate typographical logo

Create an ornate typographical logo

Create an ornate typographical logo

Go Media's Jeff Finley shows you how to create ornate lettering from sketches and vectors in Illustrator, make it three-dimensional in 3ds Max and fine-tune the final result in Photoshop

15. Turn a photo into a vector illustration

Turn a photo into a vector illustration

Turn a photo into a vector illustration

All you need is Illustrator, some inks and some brushes to turn a photograph of a car into a vector illustration. John Kelly of Joke Art talks you through the process