80 best Adobe Illustrator tutorials

55. Design a glass planet in Illustrator

This handy Illustrator tutorial walks through how to design a super-cool glass planet from scratch. Designer Nathaniel Dodson (aka tutvid) starts with line art using simple shape tools and the pathfinder, then shows you how to build out gradients.

56. Create a multi-exposure image with Adobe CC

Illustrator tutorials: exposure image

In this tutorial, Ruslan Khasanov creates an illustration to express the concept of multilocalism. He explains how he went from vision to finished artwork using Photoshop, Illustrator, Dimension, Adobe Stock, and traditional paints.

57. Pose characters using the Puppet Warp tool

Illustrator tutorials: Puppet Warp

In this Illustrator tutorial, Ben O'Brien looks at how to get started with the Puppet Warp tool and how to use its various functions. He shows you how to rig characters in preparation for posing using the tool, how to use it to adjust graphic lines or objects, and how to use your skills to bring personality to a character.

58. Add a sense of motion to an artwork

Illustrator tutorials: motion to artwork

In this tutorial, illustrator Eric Van Den Boom explains how you can use lines and patterns to add a sense of motion to your illustration or artwork.

59. Warp, pose, and sculpt your artwork easily

Illustrator tutorials: artwork

This advanced tutorial teaches you how to make smooth adjustments to parts of your vector drawings. The technique involves placing pins using the Puppet Warp tool, and then manipulating specific areas of your artwork accordingly.

60. How to create a faceted gemstone logo graphic

Illustrator tutorials: gemstone logo

Here you’ll learn to create the multi-faceted and polygonal logo design style that’s popular right now in the tech and digital industries. Step by step, Chris Spooner explains how to use a range of tools to produce such a design in vector format.

61. A faster way to vectorise hand lettering with Illustrator’s Pen tool

Illustrator tutorials: vectorise Pen tool

Discover a speedy way to digitise hand-lettering and logotypes using Adobe Illustrator’s Pen tool. This video tutorial explains how to save time by mastering anchor points and handles.

62. Create a peeled text effect 

Illustrator tutorials: peeled text effect

In this step by step tutorial, you’ll learn how to create a flat background and add some text to it. You’ll then use the Appearance panel to create a bold, peeled text effect. 

63. Bring harmonious colours to a vector artwork

Illustrator tutorials: colours to vector artwork

Illustrator Andrew Groves aims to recreate the feeling of discovering the unexpected, by using as few shapes and colours as possible. In this tutorial, he walks you through how to do the same in your own artwork, using Illustrator CC.

64. The secrets of cute character art design revealed

Illustrator tutorials: character art

In this Illustrator tutorial, Sascha Preuß reveals how to go about designing colourful cartoon characters and making them super-cute, from initial sketch to final colouring. 

65. Create a pearl brush from gradient meshes

Illustrator tutorials: pearl

Learning to create your own brushes is a great way to take your vector illustrations to the next level. This tutorial walks you through the creation of a brush that you can use to create an impressive pearl necklace.

66. How to create colourful gradient orbs

Illustrator tutorials: gradient orbs

This tutorial demonstrates how to use the Gradient Mesh tool to create a colourful circular orb, which can also be modified into an abstract shape with the Warp tool, ready for use in all kinds of branding or art projects.

67. How to create an editable bar chart

Illustrator tutorials: editable bar chart

In this tutorial you’ll learn to create a fully editable chart in Illustrator using the Column Graph Tool. You’ll then use the Direct Selection Tool and the Graphic Styles panel to stylise the main components of your chart. 

68. Create a custom drop cap

Illustrator tutorials: drop cap

This step by step tutorial walks you through how to create a custom drop cap in Illustrator and then use it in an InDesign text layout.

69. Set a beautiful title

Illustrator tutorials: beautiful title

Want to design an eye-catching title for your next project? This tutorial shows you how to choose a high-quality typeface, apply unique typesetting, and use an easy colour matching technique.

70. Create a busy city scene

Illustrator tutorials: create busy scene

Discover how to bring some dynamics and atmosphere to a bustling street scene with this step-by-step guide by Ben O’Brien. You’ll be constructing architecture, adding figures, placing street furniture and experimenting with colour.

71. Create digital tattoo art

Illustrator tutorials: digital tattoo art

This tutorial explains how to progress from a simple sketch to a detailed, tattoo-inspired illustration using Illustrator. Royalty free files are included so you can follow the tutorial from beginning to end, and even incorporate your designs into client work.

72. How to create a distressed vintage style logo design

Illustrator tutorials: vintage logo

This tutorial walks you through the creation of a vintage style logo design for a T-shirt. It’s based on a distressed type based logo design, which is then finished with texturing to achieve an aged look.

73. Create vinyl wall art

Illustrator tutorials: vinyl wall art

In this tutorial, Ben O’Brien shows how to create and prepare artwork for making stylish vinyl wall stickers for decorating your home.

74. How to prepare Illustrator graphics for After Effects

Illustrator tutorials: graphics After Effects

So many Adobe Illustrator files are passed over for animation that are clearly not ready for After Effects. Follow this checklist from Jeff Hurd to ensure your designs are ready for animation.

75. Create a watercolour text vector effect

Illustrator tutorials: watercolour text vector effect

This tutorial walks you through how to create a couple of watercolour brushes, and use them to create a watercolour text vector effect.

76. Create stylish vector portraits from a photo

Illustrator tutorials: stylish vector portraits

In this tutorial, Eelco van den Berg invites you behind the curtain to see how he creates his incredible vector portraits by turning a photo into a ‘poppy’ vector illustration.

77. Create 3D effects in Illustrator

Illustrator tutorials: 3D effects

Use Illustrator CC’s Gradient tool, Inner and Outer Glow effects and these nifty techniques to create vibrant 3D vector artworks. Karan Singh shows you how in this tutorial.

78. How to make minimalistic line drawings

Illustrator tutorials: minimalistic line drawings

In this tutorial, minimalist Italian artist Andrea Minini uses Adobe Illustrator CC’s Blend tool to turn two simple lines into an intricate vector illustration of a flower drawing.

79. How to create an isometric type effect in Adobe Illustrator

Illustrator tutorials: isometric type

In this tutorial, Chris Spooner shows you how to create vector artwork featuring three dimensional type from an isometric viewpoint. This effect is commonly combined with bright colours to produce a fun design style.

80. Create a drip-effect portrait in Illustrator

Illustrator tutorials: drip effect portrait

In this tutorial, Tom Mac walks you through the process of creating a drip-effect portrait using Illustrator's Pen tool, as well as explaining some clever object layering techniques.

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