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Adobe Illustrator tutorials: 73 lessons to boost your skills

Adobe Illustrator tutorials for advanced users

60. Create a custom brush in Illustrator

Adobe Illustrator tutorials: create a custom brush

Building a custom Illustrator brush is a great way to put a unique stamp on your work. While the software comes with watercolour-style brushes out of the box, this advanced Adobe Illustrator tutorial explores how you can make your own. 

61. Create a multi-exposure image

Adobe Illustrator tutorials: exposure image

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

62. Unlock Adobe Illustrator's secret symmetry mode

Illustrator doesn't have a dedicated symmetry mode, but in this video, Dansky shares a smart hack that enables you to create a similar effect using the Distort and Transform tool. This is one of those tricks that's fun to play around with to create unexpected effects. 

63. Pose characters using the Puppet Warp tool

Adobe Illustrator tutorials: Puppet Warp

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

64. Warp, pose, and sculpt your artwork with ease

Adobe Illustrator tutorials: artwork

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

65. A faster way to vectorise hand lettering in Illustrator

Adobe Illustrator tutorials: vectorise Pen tool

Speed up your process with a quicker way to digitise hand-lettering and logotypes using Adobe Illustrator’s Pen tool. This Adobe Illustrator video tutorial explains how to save time by mastering anchor points and handles.

66. 3D dots and glowing fibre effects

Illustrator isn't only for creating simple shapes. In this video, Nathaniel Dodson shows how to create an awesome glowing fibre effect using a pattern brush and custom blending.

67. Create a peeled text effect 

Adobe Illustrator tutorials: peeled text effect

There's no end to the little tricks you can learn for working with text in Adobe Illustrator. 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 sharp, peeled text effect. 

68. How to create colourful gradient orbs

Adobe Illustrator tutorials: gradient orbs

This tutorial demonstrates how to use the Gradient Mesh tool to create a colourful circular orb, which can then be modified into an abstract shape with Illustrator's Warp tool. The design can then be used in all kinds of branding or art projects.

69. How to create an editable bar chart

Adobe 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. 

70. Create a faceted gemstone graphic

This Adobe Illustrator tutorial teaches how to create that multi-faceted polygonal logo design style that’s so popular in the tech and digital industries. Chris Spooner walks us through how to use a range of tools to produce the style in vector format.

71. Create a custom drop cap

Adobe Illustrator tutorials: drop cap

Drop caps can be brilliant for adding personality to text layouts. This step-by-step tutorial teaches how to create a custom drop cap in Illustrator and then use it in an InDesign text layout. 

72. Create a busy city scene

Learn how to add dynamism and atmosphere to a bustling street scene with this step-by-step guide from Ben O’Brien. You’ll build architecture, add figures, place street furniture and experiment with colour to create a lively illustration in Illustrator.

73. Prepare Illustrator graphics for After Effects

Adobe Illustrator tutorials: graphics After Effects

Adobe Illustrator files often get passed over for animation when they're clearly not ready for After Effects. This checklist from Jeff Hurd will help you ensure your designs are ready for animation before you hand them over.

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Georgia Coggan is a regular freelance contributor for Creative Bloq, who has also worked on T3 and Top Ten Reviews. With a particular interest in branding and retro design, Georgia writes about everything from logo design to creative technology, enjoys hunting down genuinely good deals and has even used her knowledge as an ex-teacher to create buying guides on products including children's books and bookcases. Tying these design interests together is an obsession with London Underground posters from the last century.