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 the tool that it can be difficult to know where to start.
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!
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.
This tutorial explores the various options for selecting items in Illustrator, including the Selection and Direct Selection tools, the Select Similar options, and the Layers panel.
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.
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.
In this episode of the Adobe Creative Suite video podcast, Terry White shows you how to get Started with Adobe Illustrator CS6.
In this video, artist Mordy Golding explains five tips to make drawing easier in Adobe Illustrator CS5. These are great tips for beginners as well as experienced users that are new to CS5.
Mark Bloom walks through how to create perfectly aligned typography using a column-grid system for guidance.
Get to know the toolbox
As enjoyable as it might be, choosing a colour palette for a new brand or design can prove time-consuming. In this Illustrator tutorial, Lee Barnes demonstrates how you can use the Live Color tool to create a colour group for a logo or brand mark.
The revamped Pencil tool in Illustrator CC offers a new way to draw vector paths. These videos from Adobe show you how to use it.
The warp tools, also known as the liquify tools, are not dissimilar to Photoshop's Liquify tool but instead are set out into seven different categories. Master their art with this Illustrator tutorial.
Illustrator comes with a selection of default brushes but it's really easy to create your own too. This tutorial explains how...
If you're unfamiliar with the process of creating graphs in Adobe Illustrator, this article will help in giving you some insight into the work-flow. You'll be a pro in no time!
This quick video tutorial will show how you to use a basic gradient as an opacity mask over text. Once you know this method, you can utilise it in different ways to benefit your designs - as an easy-to-use alternative to a clipping mask, for example.
Using Illustrator with finesse and perfecting the finer details can take practice. This tutorial looks at a selection of transparency and gradient tools and uses them to create a lifelike but contemporary animal study. The techniques covered can be applied to any subject matter that requires a striking dynamic look or an elegant subtle shine.
Retain the hand-drawn, linear quality of your artwork in Adobe Illustrator. Artist Anna Wray shows you how to get to grips with the Image Trace tool.
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