Since its release, Adobe's Illustrator has grown to become the designer's right-hand man when it comes to creating premier vector graphics and elements. There's so much you can do with it that it can be difficult to know where to start.
Happily, we're here to round up the best Adobe Illustrator tutorials, covering everything from illustration to logo design, adding depth to your typography and much more, to help you get the most from this amazing app. Jump directly to a section using this handy category guide, or just get started browsing the whole list!
- Getting started (this page)
- Master your tools
- Understanding gradients
- Using patterns
- Creating characters
- Adding texture and detail
- Working with 3D
- Building objects
- Analogue effects
- Go retro
- Pro techniques
- Inspirational techniques
With so many to choose from, you're sure to find a project to inspire you, whether you're using an older version of Illustrator or are signed up to the Creative Cloud. Here goes!
If you're just starting out with Illustrator, here's a fantastic guide to some of its tools. It'll take you from the basics of getting to grips with Bézier curves, strokes and paths, through to more advanced techniques, such as warping objects with the effects tool, editing type and creating eye-catching blends using gradients, and plenty more besides.
In this video tutorial presented by Angie Taylor, you'll learn how to set up a new Illustrator document. She looks at options in the New Document dialog box like Width and Height, Color Mode, and Transparency Grid.
The Pen and Pencil tools are very useful, but require a little practice to get comfortable with. This video tutorial explains how to start using the Pen tool to create clouds and the Pencil tool to create hills. (You'll also find a faster way to vectorise hand lettering with the Pen tool here.)
In this video tutorial, you'll see how to use Illustrator's Shape tools to create primitive shapes that you can use as the basis for objects. You'll also learn how to use the Shape Builder tool to combine shapes. (And here's a bonus tutorial for creating complex shapes with the Shape Builder tool.)
Here, Terry White shows you how to get started with Adobe Illustrator CS6.
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In this video, artist Mordy Golding gives five tips to make drawing easier in Adobe Illustrator CS5. These are great tips for beginners as well as experienced users who are new to CS5.
Here, you'll learn how to master artwork techniques in the new realms of CS6. This handy video tutorial is easy to follow and uses processes that are simple enough for beginners.
Steven Bonner looks at how to use Illustrator's Blend tool to create smooth and curved blends, blend by specific distances, and blend different transparencies and shapes.
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