20 Fresh Cool Adobe Illustrator Tutorials 2011

Here I come with a fresh cool collection of Illustrator tutorials. It’s important to learn as many tricks and tips in Illustrator and Photoshop as possible because combining these 2 programs you will get some really nice results!

Create an Angry Birds Parody in Illustrator

Most video games that I’ve played lately have not been as charming as Angry Birds. Why? Because nowadays most games focus too much on realistic graphics and improved AI. They just forget the basics of fun games like Super Mario World. If you have not played this game yet you shoudn’t miss the opportunity; it’s really addicting. Ok, enough talking about it, so inspired by a session of Angry Birds I decided to make this cool parody and teach it to you guys. Hope you dig it as much as I did.


Create a Neat Ribbon in Adobe Illustrator

Holidays are arriving. One of the most necessary things for gift wrapping is the ribbon. Today we will be learning how to create a vector illustration of a beautiful red ribbon in Adobe Illustrator. All you need is the Pen Tool, 3D effect Extrude & Bevel and a good taste in color selection. This could be a nice practice for less skilled Pen Tool users.


How to Turn a Photo into Vector Artwork

In this Adobe Illustrator tutorial, we’ll create a vector illustration of a high-heeled shoe by tracing a reference photo of it using the Pen Tool. Using reference photos is a popular vector-creation technique. This tutorial should be great practice, even if you’re just a beginner. For the reference image, we’ll use a photo of my high-heel shoe, which I’ve made available for you to download.


Psychedelic Design in Photoshop and Illustrator

I think it’s very important for a designer to have as many visual references as possible. That is useful because it will give you more ideas when trying to come up with design solutions and that way you won’t end up doing the same thing all the time. But just looking at references is not enough, at least not for me. I have to do things in order to learn the little subtleties that make a design look like a legit representation of a period in time, psychedelic in this case.


How to Draw an Infinite Clock with Art Brushes

Follow this tutorial and you will find out how to draw a clock that goes round and round to the infinite with the help of Adobe Illustrator’s Art Brushes. You will also learn some tricks on how to make all the hours and the divisions to fit perfectly.


Create a Cube with Embossed Letters on Each Side

Hi there. In this week’s tutorial I will show you how to create a nice cube with some embossed letters on each side. First, you’ll learn to create some simple symbols then using the 3D Extrude&Bevel effect you’ll create the rough cube shape. Next, using basic tools, effect and options you will reach the final result.


How to draw an advanced deer in Adobe Illustrator

In this tutorial i will show you how you can draw a a nice looking deer with adobe illustrator. This tutorial took me a lot of time, because i am not a illustrator, and this drawing was my first attempt. To be honest i am very happy with my result.


Create a Sparkly Female Portrait in Illustrator

In this step-by-step tutorial you will learn how to create a sparkly female portrait through playing with transparency and overlapping vector shapes. In this tutorial you’ll also learn to experiment with colors and just letting go of your creativity. Let’s get started!


Create a Security Seal in Illustrator Using Guilloche Patterns

In this tutorial you’ll learn how to create a security seal using Guilloche, the artistic technique that is typically used in banknote design and other documents to prevent them from being forged.


How To Create a Cute Vector Mushroom Character

Follow this step by step Illustrator tutorial to create a cute vector mushroom character with a Japanese kawaii influence. We’ll create the basic structure using Illustrator’s basic shapes, add variation in the linework to define the character then finish it all off with some vibrant colour fills.


Illustrator Tutorial: Futuristic Interface Design

Follow this tutorial to learn how to draw a futuristic download player using only basic shapes. It is mainly created using the 3D effects tool because of the lighting/shading options and the Bevel shapes that can be easily created to obtain a futuristic look. This Adobe illustrator tutorial is good for learning more about interface designs in Illustrator. So leave a comment if you enjoyed this tutorial.


How to Create Vector Denim Texture Using Adobe Illustrator

In this tutorial we will learn how to create a realistic vector denim texture. It’s easier than it might seem at first sight, and I think it can be done by those who are taking their first steps into the world of vector graphics. Creation of other elements of this tutorial is more advanced, although I tried to describe each step clearly. Let’s continue at it’s an interesting and useful tutorial…


Illustrator Tutorial: Design retro isometric illustrations

Vector illustration can produce beautifully clean, precise artwork, but the results can also be a bit soulless. Here Mark Oliver creates those clean, precise shapes and then ‘grubbies’ them up for a more organic retro look. He also gives you a recipe for transforming shapes to fit a predefined isometric projection without having to do any calculations.


Retro Style Geometric Lines Poster Design Tutorial

In the recent typography inspiration showcase a design by Jordan Metcalf particularly caught my interest, which reminded me of the design style used in the Mexico 1968 Olympics branding. I decided to combine these inspirations and create my own poster design artwork in a similar style. Follow this step by step tutorial to create a flowing composition of geometric lines based on the retro style of the Mexico 1968 Olympics branding. We’ll use Illustrator’s powerful vector tools to create the pattern, then switch over to Photoshop to weather the design for that awesome retro style appearance.


Create a Splash of Colorful Paint with Illustrator and Mesh Tormentor

In this tutorial we will take a look at its basic commands: removal of unnecessary knots of the gradient mesh, the creation of the Art Brush of the Gradient Mesh, joining of two or more Gradient Meshes, Gradient Mesh color cloning, and mastering a lot of interesting techniques. It is quite a gift for those who work with Gradient Mesh, because Mesh Tormentor is an absolutely free plugin.


How to Create a Seamless Bookshelf Pattern in Illustrator

I admire the complex, inspiring seamless patterns of several vector artists and have always wanted to attempt to create my own. In today’s tutorial I’m going to show you how to make a seamless bookshelf pattern in Adobe Illustrator.


Create a clean retro badge in Adobe Illustrator

In this tutorial we are going to create a clean retro-looking badge/burst in Adobe Illustrator. These are great for adding to a website, advertisement, etc to help the text stand out.


Create a Grassy Field in Illustrator in 13 Simple Steps

Sometimes, you just need some grass. It can take a design from blah to brilliant, especially when you need a natural and organic look. Grass can be a subtle nuance, or the key piece of your design.


Draw an Ornate Bell in Adobe Illustrator

In this Illustrator tutorial, I’ll demonstrate how to create an ornate bell using Adobe Illustrator. The creation process is quite simple: We will create shapes using the Pen Tool and Pathfinder Panel, as well as mix and match color gradients until we achieve a nice 3D result. Let’s get down to business!


Create a Marker Text Effect in Illustrator

In the following tutorial I will show you how to create a marker illustration. This tutorial involves intermediate vector shape building skills in Illustrator to create the markers, along with some layering and script usage to create the text effects. Let’s get started.


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