100 amazing Adobe Illustrator tutorials

Gradient opacity masks in Illustrator

This quick video tutorial shows you how 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.

Create a colourful parrot using gradients

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Get colourful in Illustrator

Here, you'll learn how to create volume in vector illustrations using a few colours per object. Bring a sketch of a beautiful tropical bird to life using vectors and a handy colouring process.

Create a pearl brush from gradient meshes

Follow this tutorial by Iaroslav Lazunov. By controlling the transparency of gradient meshes with the help of blending modes, and by adjusting colour transition between mesh points and changing its opacity, you'll make a brush that you can use to create an impressive pearl necklace in seconds.

Master dynamic gradient techniques

Many images that look complicated are really made using simple effects. Get to grips with gradients by layering and building up small, straightforward segments, always varying them to prevent monotony.

Bring a fluorescent transparency to life in Illustrator

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.

Adding gradients to stroke lines

Brought to you by Lynda.com, you'll get to grips with some of the new tools in Adobe Illustrator CS6. The video will show you how to apply a gradient swatch to a stroke that is surrounding an object.

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