Adobe Illustrator Tutorials


As a vector-based drawing program Adobe Illustrator has nowadays become the standard for illustration design. This tendency can be noticed in the Web as well as in Print Design. Few weeks ago we’ve selected some of the best Adobe Photoshop tutorials1 we’ve found on the Web so far; now it’s time for Adobe Illustrator. Below you’ll find a list of hand-picked Illustrator tutorials you can use to achieve some special visual effects in your designs. There is also a newer Part II covering more Adobe Illustrator Tutorials2. Links checked: July/07 2008

Adobe Illustrator Tutorials

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  1. 1

    Great list, will keep me busy for the weekend!

  2. 2

    Great collection,

    I was thinking/planning to learn Adobe Illustrator for several months, just had no time and enough motivation to actually start it.

    This is one of the last triggers.

    Thanks for the great stuff.


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    Shareware Software

    February 3, 2007 1:39 pm

    very interesting …

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    nice list here .. thanks a lot ..

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    Cool, I’ve been planning on trying out Illustrator, and seeing those tutorials makes me think it’s worth trying sooner rather than later!

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    This list will come in really handy. ^^
    Illustrator is a program I’ve always tried to create things with, but failed.

    Even with my knowledge of Photoshop, I still manage to struggle sometimes with Illustrator.

    Thank you very much SM! ^^

  7. 7

    Another stuff that makes this site rocks..
    Keep up the good work smashingmagzzz….

  8. 8

    awesome collection of links!!!

  9. 9

    hey great site was waiting for this a long time thanxx

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    Did anybody get the Part 1 & 2 movie zips from Verlee’s Sketch To Finish Series? I’ve been trying for weeks and the bandwidth is always used up by the time I try to download them. Anyone care to share them? Could pay a little via paypal to anyone who takes the time to up them and hit me with a link to grab the two zips..

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    modifiyeli arabalar

    June 26, 2007 8:40 pm

    Excelent articles…. thanks.

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    It’s always important to keep in mind that an eye-popping website can’t accomplish much if its content is shabby. That said, those eye-popping graphics sure are attractive. This is a fantastic collection of tutorials. I’ve been playing with them all afternoon. I think learning the mesh gradient is perhaps the most important element here, since it’s such an important aspect of other innovative graphics. And nothing really sets the average amateur site apart from the professional-looking sites like the mesh gradient. However, the ones that got me most excited were the illustrator techniques – who doesn’t want to be able to imitate the iconic look of A Scanner Darkly (or its predecessor A Waking Life) – and the one on layers. I can’t wait to find some excuses to actually add these to some of my pages. I mean, I want to be judicious and not overdo it, but the temptations are very strong.

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    Just got illustrator as part of CS3 – was completely lost, but these tutorials have really helped. Clean, simple and easy to follow. Thanks a lot.

  14. 14

    good collections for illustrator tutorial….. now i can be more professional designer… thanks!

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    yeah a good collections for illustrator tutorial… :-)

  16. 16

    Nice tutorial collection

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    really Interesting Software like some others.

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    An excellent list,among what I found from the search. Thanks…..

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    Great Tutorials. Very nice. Thanks! :)

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    Nice Templates for Designer.

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    i like it,thanks

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    salavadhi pradeepkumar

    January 20, 2008 8:21 am

    very good

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    mind blowing


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    Referring to the first paragraph:
    I Think you’ll notice there is a shift happening from Adobe software to the free open source program Inkscape.

    All of the above illustrations are possible and often easier to produce with Inkscape.

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    I’m excited to use this!!

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    “As a vector-based drawing program Adobe Illustrator has nowadays become the standard for illustration design. This tendency can be noticed in the Web as well as in Print Design”.

    I wonder how can anyone look at a web or printed image and detect that it was done with Illustrator and not with CorelDraw or Freehand.

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    Wow!! what a great tutorials!!!
    the Kevin Hulsey illustrator tutorial is amazing, that guy is great!
    Illustrator is a powerful tool to learn.
    Thanks for this info.

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    I am trying to get hold of a legitimate copy of Illustrator 12 or older.

    Any suggestions?


    Ian Marsden

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    Thanks for the IIlustrator Tutorial! Plz Add For The New Tutorial?

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    I am traing a creating oraganic destop to draw. but the mesh tool point on the emage or rectangle the colour was chage. the trangle was black. What can I do? please tell me.

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    wah asyik tenan

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    Jhonny Satria Sinukaban

    September 8, 2008 11:49 pm

    Terima kasih banget, dengan adanya situs ini sangat membantu saya untuk mencoba trik-trik baru………

    Sekali lagi Terima kasih banyak

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    i want know about mesh tool in allustrator and how to create new pic to pic pls tell me in details about this.

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    pretty cool

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    I have 3000 3″x3″ stickers to be numbered from 0001 – 3000. How do I do that in illustrator without actually typing in all the numbers??

    thanx .. email me if n e thing

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    Awesome stuff – this is the type of classy stuff that really makes this site rock!!!!..
    Keep up the totally awesome work smashingmagzzz….

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    Your information was very useful to what I need.

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    Nice Templates for Designer. Thanks

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    Great List for me to get a few extra skills before I start in my new position :D

    Absolutely trolled youtube for tuts but some in spanish >< or some without sound (wtf?)

    So very helpful

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    i learn lot of things by using this tutorials………thank u thanks a lot……

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    Fantabulous! Colllection

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    Thank you for helpful information.

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    Really very nice list of adobe Illustrator tutorials for
    learners like me. now I am learning a lot by this tutorial list.
    Thank you,

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    Thanks for submitting all of those! They are quite helpful!

    Also, may I also suggest you check out these simple tutorials:

    These are simple tutorials to learn how to create a particle effect in a logo or a shiny sphere. I can’t check all of the present tutorials, if there are already similar ones, disregard my post.

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    Really very nice Thank you for helpful information.

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    very nice but I need some idea of colour seperation, background change, layer seetings.

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    Hello Everybody!! Maybe the next link will be usefull to somebody: Illustrator CS2 Classroom in a Book.chm.html Have a nice day!!

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    coool links

    tnx a loot

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    Does anyone know where i can find the Illustrator CS2 Classroom in a book Lesson files? I have to book but misplaced the CD. Can someone help?

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    john michael manjares

    August 27, 2009 4:21 am

    h, i am learning more knowlegdes in this tutorials.. thank you…

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    Thank you so much ^_^

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    plz given more basic tutorial for adobe illustrator cs4 . and how to use the all effect and brushes, and most logo.simple reqeast.but not vedio tutorials

    nice tutorials

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    I want how can adobe illustrator work help please sent my e-mail

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    wow.. nice once…i inspired

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    Thank u for such wonderful and amazing techniques.i learn a lot from this.

  57. 57

    Thanks for this great info, As a webmaster and online professional it was truly helpful!

  58. 58

    Good tutorial collection with a wide range of tips and tricks. Another tip: You can preflight and package Adobe Illustrator files.

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    Farrukh Abdul Wahab

    July 23, 2011 3:11 am

    very good site.

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    This is a great chance to catch the concept of design art.

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    thank you for sharing us!

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    Thank you Smashing Magazine.

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    nice collection

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    Hi Dear,

    Your work is very well.

    Regarding & Thanks.


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