Of all Adobe's tool, Illustrator is increasingly the one we write about most often, and for good reason. Indisputably the industry standard tool for vector drawing and illustration, it's used by a wide variety of creative professionals including editorial illustrators, identity designers, textile and pattern designers, UI designers, motion artists, web designers and many others.
With a broad feature set, Illustrator has always long an incredibly versatile tool for creating vector graphics are infinitely scaleable and in most cases relatively lightweight. And in the last few years cool new features added to Illustrator CS6 and the new Illustrator CC 2014 have consolidated the software as the go-to tool for pro designers.
In this post we've grouped together the best resources and tips features on Creative Bloq on the subject of Adobe Illustrator. But if you need some further in-depth training in the software, don't miss our round up of the best Illustrator tutorials (opens in new tab) from around the web. Whatever your level of expertise, you're bound to find something to help your understanding and improve your technique. And we'll keep coming back to the post and updating it, so make sure you keep it bookmarked!
Adobe Illustrator for beginners: 11 top tips (opens in new tab)
Master some cool tools in Adobe's vector illustration software with our quickfire guide.
Get started with vector illustration in 10 easy steps (opens in new tab)
Ben the Illustrator explains how to create vector illustrations using Adobe Illustrator, explaining the key tools and offering expert tips.
9 top Illustrator resources (opens in new tab)
Want to boost your skills in Adobe Illustrator? Then check out these top online resources.
20 pro tips to take vector illustration to the next level (opens in new tab)
Rob Carney speaks to the world's top illustrators to give you essential tips for progressing your vector illustration career.
7 tips for using textures in Illustrator
Nicole Tan explains how to combine hand-drawn and digital techniques to add interesting textures to your artwork.
18 Illustrator shortcuts to speed up your workflow (opens in new tab)
Take a look at our quick list of Illustrator shortcuts, covering layers, selecting, transforming, and saving. They're guaranteed to boost your productivity!
The easy way to build quirky characters in Illustrator (opens in new tab)
Use the vector drawing tool to transform basic geometric shapes into colourful creatures.
Accelerate your branding workflow with Illustrator's artboards (opens in new tab)
Graphic designer Andy Cooke explains how to make full use of Illustrator's artboards to easily construct and output a wide variety of brand collateral.
How to create a repeating pattern in Illustrator (opens in new tab)
Pattern creation is easy in Illustrator CS6 and CC 2014. We show you how.
How to extract CSS from Illustrator CC (opens in new tab)
You can now turn your designs in Illustrator CC into CSS. Here's how.
100 amazing Adobe Illustrator tutorials (opens in new tab)
Expand your vector knowledge with these Adobe Illustrator tutorials, covering everything from retro graphics to logo design.
55 amazing vector art tutorials (opens in new tab)
Take a look at these brilliant tutorials, all of which will help you to create your own incredible vector art.
How to use the all-new Pencil Tool in Illustrator (opens in new tab)
The revamped Pencil tool in Illustrator CC offers a new way to draw vector paths. This tutorial shows you how to use it.
Make the most of Illustrator CC's Touch Type tool (opens in new tab)
Computer Arts' Jo Gulliver reveals how to edit and manipulate live text on the fly, using Illustrator CC's new Touch Type tool.
How to edit drawings in Illustrator with Image Trace (opens in new tab)
Artist Anna Wray shows you how to retain the hand-drawn, linear quality of your artwork in Adobe Illustrator.
Create a colour group with Illustrator’s Live Color tool (opens in new tab)
Lee Barnes shows you how to create and edit colour groups with the Live Color tool.
How to use the Blend tool in Illustrator (opens in new tab)
How to use the Artboard tool in Illustrator (opens in new tab)
How to use the 3D tool in Illustrator (opens in new tab)
How to draw a character in Illustrator CC (opens in new tab)
10 easy steps to create a simple character using the Pathfinder and Image Trace palettes in Illustrator CC.
Create 3D type in 10 simple steps (opens in new tab)
Make your type stand out: Alex Gill reveals how to quickly create 3D type using Photoshop and Illustrator.
Create a retro T-shirt design in 10 easy steps using Illustrator (opens in new tab)
Design a T-shirt featuring retro graphics by creating simple vectors and textures in Adobe Illustrator, by following our step-by-step guide.
Create a pixel-perfect vector icon in Illustrator (opens in new tab)
Design a pixel-perfect vector icon using effects to achieve unique shapes. Jory Raphael provides the basics and introduces some core Illustrator tools.
Illustrate more effectively with Kuler - part 1 (opens in new tab)
Ben the Illustrator reveals how you can generate colour palettes on the move using the Kuler iPhone app – and then take them into Illustrator CC to create a stunning illustration.
Illustrate more effectively with Kuler - part 2 (opens in new tab)
Ben the Illustrator concludes his Kuler tutorial by adding some type, finishing up, and showing you how to upload directly to Behance to get feedback…
Create a modular grid system in Illustrator (opens in new tab)
Mark Bloom walks through how to create a flexible modular grid system that will change the way you approach design.
How to create frozen liquid effects (opens in new tab)
Sergio Vichique shows how you can bring the coolest of effects to your illustrations.
Create a drip-effect portrait in Illustrator (opens in new tab)
Tom Mac reveals how to create a drip-effect portrait using Illustrator's Pen tool and object layering techniques.
Create a 3D custom map in Illustrator (opens in new tab)
Radio explains how to create isometric icons in Illustrator using a grid and the 3D Extrude tool.
Should you upgrade?
5 killer features of Illustrator CS6 (opens in new tab)
What features make it worth upgrading your version of Illustrator? We talk to the designers that use it for their work every day to find out.
The top 5 new features in Illustrator CC 2014 (opens in new tab)
Discover what's changed in the latest release of Adobe's popular vector drawing tool.
Adobe Illustrator CC 2014: hands-on review (opens in new tab)
Illustrator moved to a subscription-only model last year, but now Adobe has released a new version, so what does it bring?
Alternatives to Illustrator
Is there an alternative to Illustrator? (opens in new tab)
Adobe's tool isn’t the only vector image editor in town. We select five brilliant apps that offer a viable alternative to Illustrator.
Which is better - Photoshop or Illustrator? (opens in new tab)
Which of the two design tools is better for which tasks? Jason Cianfrone of BaseCreative compares Photoshop and Illustrator to see which comes out on top.
Computer Arts Studio Training: Illustrator (opens in new tab)(opens in new tab)
The second in the series of Studio Training guides from Computer Arts focuses squarely on Adobe Illustrator. Over 100 pages you’ll learn in-depth design and illustration secrets you can put to use in your daily design work. This special is divided neatly into four sections – and although you’ll get something from each no matter what your discipline, you can quickly jump to the features that are most relevant to your workflow and design goals.
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