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35 Excellent Adobe Illustrator Video Tutorials

Adobe Illustrator is the industry-standard when it comes to the creation of vector graphics. Though a very robust tool – the learning curve involved in mastering it can be high. Thankfully, there are abundant resources on the web that allows you to “learn by doing”. [Content Care Nov/29/2016]

Video tutorials (in general) enable the learner to witness – step-by-step – how a particular technique works. We often learn best by seeing how things are done and following along with the instructor (much like in a classroom environment).

In this article, we present to you 50 excellent Adobe Illustrator video tutorials. We’ve broken down the video tutorials into several categories that include creating objects, effects, and general tips and techniques.

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So fire up Illustrator, watch a few of these videos, and hopefully you will have learned a tip or two by the end of your adventures into these Illustrator video tutorials!

General Tips and Techniques Link

Patterns and Shapes in Adobe Illustrator5
This tutorial is based on an advertisement that uses patterns and shapes to create a unique design effect.

Importing and Manipulating Images in Illustrator - screen shot.6

Importing and Manipulating Images in Illustrator7
Learn the concepts of importing and manipulating external images in Illustrator.

Importing and Manipulating Images in Illustrator - screen shot.8

Creative Masking Techniques9
See a method for using complex masking techniques in Illustrator.

Creative Masking Techniques - screen shot.10

Using Kuler with Illustrator11
This tutorial walks you through the process of interfacing with kuler12 (a community website for sharing color themes) via Illustrator so that you can easily select your color pallete.

Using Kuler with Illustrator - screen shot.13

Live Color in Illustrator CS314
Learn about the Live Color option in Illustrator.

Live Color in Illustrator CS3 - screen shot.15

Adobe Illustrator Masking Tutorial16
This short and sweet tutorial will cover the basics of masking in Adobe Illustrator.

Adobe Illustrator Masking Tutorial - screen shot.17

Vespa Speed Trace18
In this video, you’ll see a method for speed tracing a stock image (in this particular case, a Vespa scooter19 is used as the reference image).

Vespa Speed Trace - screen shot.20

Offset Path tool21
Master the Offset Path tool by following along this video tutorial.

Offset Path tool - screen shot.22

Select Objects Faster and More Efficiently23
Maximize your workflow by learning how to select different objects on your Illustrator document in this video tutorial.

Select Objects Faster and More Efficiently - screen shot.24

Creating Objects Link

Creating an iPod25
In this video tutorial, you’ll see the process involved in rendering an iPod Nano26 from scratch using the 3D Effect tool (among other tools and techniques) in Illustrator.

Creating an iPod screen shot.27

Draw Fluffy Clouds28
Create an illustrated cloud using the Pencil tool in Adobe Illustrator via this video tutorial.

Draw Fluffy Clouds screen shot.29

Create a Gear30
You’ll witness the creation of a complex gear object in this Illustrator video tutorial that involves a variety of techniques and tools like the Pathfinder tool.

Create a Gear screen shot.31

3D Brochure32
Add a bit of flare onto your print design mock-ups by making them 3-dimensional. This video tutorial shows you how to do it with a brochure, but it can easily be adapted to CD labels, software boxes, and other print design objects.

3D Brochure screen shot.33

Vector Drawing: “Dog”34
In this fast-paced video, you’ll witness the steps involved in drawing a dog in Illustrator.

Vector Drawing: "Dog" screen shot.35

Roundtrip Logo from Illustrator to Photoshop36
Find out the methods of an effective workflow that utilizes the power of Illustrator and Photoshop to create a grungy logo design.

Roundtrip Logo from Illustrator to Photoshop screen shot.37

Batman Logo38
Create the Batman logo via this tutorial that shows you the true powers of the Illustrator’s Pathfinder tool.

Batman Logo screen shot.39

Feynman Diagrams40
Create a Feynman diagram41 in Illustrator for presentations and reports.

Feynman Diagrams screen shot.42

Create 3D Pyramid43
This Illustrator video tutorial will walk you through the creation of a 3-dimensional pyramid.

Create 3D Pyramid - screen shot.44

Creating Seamless Pattern45
You’ll be creating a seamless floral pattern in this Illustrator video tutorial.

Creating Seamless Pattern - screen shot.46

Effects Link

Simple Silhouettes in Illustrator CS447
Apply silhouettes onto objects by utilizing the Gradient Mesh tool.

Simple Silhouettes in Illustrator CS4 - screen shot.48

Create Wood Effect Using Gradients49
Create a wood texture in Illustrator by using the Gradients tool.

Create Wood Effect Using Gradients - screen shot.50

Brushed Metal Effect51
Give objects scalable “brushed metal” (also known as “brushed aluminum”) texture by following along this Illustrator video tutorial.

Brushed Metal Effect - screen shot.52

Creative Background Effects53
In this video tutorial, you’ll learn how to create abstract backgrounds/textures in Illustrator.

Creative Background Effects - screen shot.54

Adding Texture55
You’ll learn how to give your vector objects some texture in this video tutorial.

Adding Texture - screen shot.56

Create Intricate Patterns57
Learn to create complex patterns in Illustrator via this detailed and highly-involved video tutorial.

Create Intricate Patterns - screen shot.58


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Jacob Gube is the Founder and Chief Editor of Six Revisions, a web publication for web developers and designers, and the Deputy Editor of Design Instruct, a web magazine for designers and digital artists. He has over seven years of experience as professional web developer and web designer and has written a book on JavaScript.

  1. 1

    Great start of 2009, thanks SM!

  2. 2

    Nice…Illustrator is my sweet spot! Without it I would perish!

  3. 3

    Thank you SmashingMagazine, at a quick glance these will surely help!

  4. 4

    I really appreciate the effort. This post is really helpful

  5. 5

    Nice Collection Jacob, one of the really helpful post around.

    Thank you,
    DKumar M.

  6. 6

    Yessss! Exactly what I needed! I suck at Illustrator…
    Thanks a lot!

  7. 7

    Great stuff. Let me say, I don’t have to search around for Illustrator tuts now. Almost everything I need I’ve just found in here.

    Thanks a lot…

  8. 8

    Thanks dude …
    That’s really what I’m looking for.
    Great to you for that.. ^_^

  9. 9

    Oh, just what I’ve been wanting!

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    Justin Razmus

    January 4, 2009 9:33 pm

    I’ve used Illustrator quite a bit, and the more I use it, the more I realize I have barely scratched the surface! Thanks for the tips. Great site!

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    Expected a more wonderful beginning for Year 2009. :-( .. Thanks for this listing

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    I found this one really useful too

  13. 13

    Excellent post…

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    great post! very usefull

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    Thank for good video collection.

  16. 16

    Very good post.

    I also suck at illustrator and certainly this will help me a lot.

    Thank you SM.

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    wow…i like this post..tnx SM!

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    Great work… thanks

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    Thanks for the post but considering this is for the great Smashing Magazine you could select just the best examples. There are no more than 10 that are interesting tutorials…

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    very useful, thanks!


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