50 Illustrator Tutorials Every Designer Should See

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Adobe Illustrator can be a little tricky to get your head around, particularly after getting used to the workflow of applications such as Photoshop. The differences between layer use and the creation of objects and shapes can be really strange at first hand. Luckily there’s a range of help available for free online in the form of tutorials. Here is my collection of hand-picked articles from various sites that every designer should see, whether you’re a beginner or advanced user, there will be something here for you!

Vector Tracing a Photo

Illustrator tutorial

Create the Photoshop CS2 Splash Graphic

Illustrator tutorial

Illustrating a Summer Field Landscape

Illustrator tutorial

How to Turn Glasses into a Great Geek Icon

Illustrator tutorial

Create a Vector Film Slate Icon

Illustrator tutorial

A Guide to Illustrator’s Paintbrush Tool and Brush Panel

Illustrator tutorial

A Guide to Illustrator’s Blend Tool

Illustrator tutorial

How to Create a Cute Bunny Vector Character

Illustrator tutorial

Design with Swirls and Flourishes

Illustrator tutorial

Swirl Mania in Illustrator and Photoshop

Illustrator tutorial

Designing a Sleek Pencil Icon

Illustrator tutorial

Illustrator Watercolour Brush Tutorial

Illustrator tutorial

Creating a Vector Folder Icon

Illustrator tutorial

Adobe Illustrator Cartoon Snail Tutorial

Illustrator tutorial

Creating Vector Graphic Circles

Illustrator tutorial

How to Make a Map in Illustrator

Illustrator tutorial

Creating Convincing Characters

Illustrator tutorial

Creating a Crazy Cool Logo

Illustrator tutorial

Draw Your Own Vector Self Portrait

Illustrator tutorial

Create a Vector Cartoon Character

Illustrator tutorial

Guide to Illustrator’s Pen Tool

Illustrator tutorial

From Sketch to Vector Illustration

Illustrator tutorial

Create the Design Float Circle Icon

Illustrator tutorial

Illustrator 101 – Opacity Masks

Illustrator tutorial

Create a Vector Home Cinema Design

Illustrator tutorial

Creating a ribbon in Adobe Illustrator

Illustrator tutorial

Recreate the Obama Logo in Illustrator

Illustrator tutorial

Create the Perfect Diamond in Illustrator

Illustrator tutorial

Old School Type with Line Gradients

Illustrator tutorial

Simple organic shapes the Illustrator way

Illustrator tutorial

Learn Illustrator CS3 in 30 Days

Illustrator tutorial

Creating a Friendly Green Type Treatment

Illustrator tutorial

Blueprint-Style Text in Adobe Illustrator

Illustrator tutorial

Building a Website Wireframe in Illustrator

Illustrator tutorial

Create an envelpe icon with a satin feel

Illustrator tutorial

How to Create Anatomy Illustrations in Illustrator

Illustrator tutorial

Illustration 4 Pt Series – From Sketch to Finish

Illustrator tutorial

Create Sketchy-Style Vectors

Illustrator tutorial

Create Vector Japanese Style Tattoos

Illustrator tutorial

Create a Tasty Skate Deck Graphic

Illustrator tutorial

Just in case you didn’t know, I also have a collection of Illustrator tutorials right here on Blog.SpoonGraphics, to finish off the last 10 here’s some shameless self promotion of Illustrator turorials of my very own!

Create a Vector RSS Icon with Illustrator

Illustrator tutorial

Create a Vector Pirate Cartoon Character

Illustrator tutorial

Vector Monster Character Illustrator Tutorial

Illustrator tutorial

Create a Colourful Abstract Wavy Ribbon

Illustrator tutorial

Translucent IM Style Illustrator Icon Tutorial

Illustrator tutorial

Create Your Own Spoof Airplane Safety Illustrations

Illustrator tutorial

How to Create a Vector iMac Graphic in Illustrator

Illustrator tutorial

How to Create a Vector Safari Compass in Illustrator

Illustrator tutorial

Illustrator Tutorial – Create a Blissful Vector Scene

Illustrator tutorial

Create a Themed Repeating Pattern in Illustrator

Illustrator tutorial

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  1. mona says:

    Its really good designs
    i m also interested in illustrator work

  2. Eli says:

    Great roundup, and thanks for the linage! :)

  3. monapogade says:

    its really good
    i m also interested in illustrator designs

  4. Brandon says:

    Great collection of Tutorials! I am going to take a test run on a few of them.

  5. QVectors says:

    Great list and thanks for adding my tutorial :)

  6. Marvin says:

    wow, awesome list.
    thanks for taking the time to share this!

  7. Marco says:

    Nice collection Chris! In my quest of starting to learn Illustrator, this is a real help :) .

    Keep up the good work!

  8. Niklas says:

    Thanks! Great list!

    Just what I need right now!

  9. Nice roundup. I really appreciate you including one of my tuts :)

  10. Timothy says:

    Great list! Thanks

  11. Great Roundup much appreciate the add!

  12. debra r says:

    this has to be the best post so far… thank you so much for showing your top tutorials… always a pleasure reading your blog…

  13. Jacen says:

    Excellent resources Chris! This will keep me up late at night for a few days!

  14. Soh says:

    This is awesome, thanks!

  15. Michael says:

    Lovely – Just made my life 10% better :)

    Tanx :-*

  16. Designer says:

    one of the most useful links for sure……thanks

  17. GorrillaMcDouglas says:

    Great list of tutorials. This is a great thing to share with several beginning designers I know! Plus, you can never go wrong with more practice with vectors.

  18. Robert says:

    Thanks very tidy list of how to increase quickly the skills of imaging, thanks, very useful.

  19. These are great tips. Thanks so much. I agree, some things every designer should know.

  20. Wryn says:

    one more thing for my ‘to-do’ list … thanks for the inspiration!

  21. mubeen says:

    very good work man, its really attractive & professional

  22. Craig says:

    Perfect timing, just what I was about to start looking for :]

  23. Thanks again to all who commented. To the article writers, it’s a pleasure, thankyou for creating such great content.

  24. Zizu says:

    Thanks for this, it is realy inspiring to see how “easy” it is …. ;)

  25. Straight-left Jimmy says:

    Long time lurker, first time poster – massive thanks for the latest installment, as well all the others! I really appreciate the effort you put into maintaining your site and continuing to provide me with daily inspiration. Now i just need to find a proper job where I can put these ideas to use!!

  26. nice great selections thanks..

  27. Ian Web says:

    Cant say much else other than Brilliant List cheers!

  28. So much new tutorials I haven’t seen before, thanks – bookmarking!

  29. Daniel says:

    Hey, thanks for the inclusion of my tutorial on here, however the folder is created in Photoshop and therefore is not an Illustrator tutorial.

  30. Everlong says:

    The self portrait tutorial is the business.

    Thanks for the tips

  31. lalintha perera says:

    hi! i am graphic designer from sri lanka I really love the tuts in this site. they really helped me to develop my illustrating skills, and i also like to thank my friend who send me the link of this site , i hope you guys will post more valuble tuts like this. thanks!

  32. Tim Smith says:

    Very cool! Thanks!

  33. muad says:

    thanks for all your tutorial….

  34. tom says:

    Been working through some of these today, awesome stuff. Massive respect and thanks for posting this up, Chris. Some of the tips are going to save me hours!

  35. Chase says:

    Great list, very cool. Lots of good information here. Thanks!

  36. Goph3r says:

    Love it, thanks for sharing!

  37. luke says:

    eek, very clean, very web 2.0, very boring. if you can give a step by step to recreate an illustration exactly, there’s not much humanity to it is there?

  38. IsraJ says:

    Big Thanks from Madagascar :)

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