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!
Master some cool tools in Adobe's vector illustration software with our quickfire guide.
Ben the Illustrator explains how to create vector illustrations using Adobe Illustrator, explaining the key tools and offering expert tips.
Want to boost your skills in Adobe Illustrator? Then check out these top online resources.
Rob Carney speaks to the world's top illustrators to give you essential tips for progressing your vector illustration career.
Nicole Tan explains how to combine hand-drawn and digital techniques to add interesting textures to your artwork.
Take a look at our quick list of Illustrator shortcuts, covering layers, selecting, transforming, and saving. They're guaranteed to boost your productivity!
Use the vector drawing tool to transform basic geometric shapes into colourful creatures.
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.
Pattern creation is easy in Illustrator CS6 and CC 2014. We show you how.
You can now turn your designs in Illustrator CC into CSS. Here's how.
Expand your vector knowledge with these Adobe Illustrator tutorials, covering everything from retro graphics to logo design.
Take a look at these brilliant tutorials, all of which will help you to create your own incredible vector art.
The revamped Pencil tool in Illustrator CC offers a new way to draw vector paths. This tutorial shows you how to use it.
Computer Arts' Jo Gulliver reveals how to edit and manipulate live text on the fly, using Illustrator CC's new Touch Type tool.
Artist Anna Wray shows you how to retain the hand-drawn, linear quality of your artwork in Adobe Illustrator.
Lee Barnes shows you how to create and edit colour groups with the Live Color tool.
10 easy steps to create a simple character using the Pathfinder and Image Trace palettes in Illustrator CC.
Make your type stand out: Alex Gill reveals how to quickly create 3D type using Photoshop and Illustrator.
Design a T-shirt featuring retro graphics by creating simple vectors and textures in Adobe Illustrator, by following our step-by-step guide.
Design a pixel-perfect vector icon using effects to achieve unique shapes. Jory Raphael provides the basics and introduces some core Illustrator tools.
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.
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…
Mark Bloom walks through how to create a flexible modular grid system that will change the way you approach design.
Sergio Vichique shows how you can bring the coolest of effects to your illustrations.
Tom Mac reveals how to create a drip-effect portrait using Illustrator's Pen tool and object layering techniques.
Radio explains how to create isometric icons in Illustrator using a grid and the 3D Extrude tool.
Should you upgrade?
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.
Discover what's changed in the latest release of Adobe's popular vector drawing tool.
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
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 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.(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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