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40 Fresh Illustrator Tutorials From 2011


A collection of fresh illustrator tutorials which which where all created within 2011. This is a great roundup of tutorials which feature tutorials aimed at beginners and advanced illustrator tutorial. These tutorials cover fresh new illustrator techniques which you can incorporate into your designs. We would love for you to share your favourite illustrator tutorials featured within the article within the comments below.

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1. Create a Cool Vector Robot Character in Illustrator


Looking to learn the basics of Adobe Illustrator? In this tutorial you’ll use various tools and techniques to create a simple vector robot character. With this robot being made of lots of basic shapes it makes for a great tutorial for beginners to get to grips with the Illustrator application.

2. How To Create A Beautiful Windmill Illustration Using Illustratorwindmill-icon

Windmills have been around for centuries and although their construction evolved through time the idea remains the same. Let this tutorial be a tribute to those old fashioned windmills that are hardly met these days.

3. Create a Burning, Vector Match Using Gradient Meshes


In this tutorial you will learn how to create realistic vector fire, using the Gradient Mesh Tool and Screen Blending mode. Believe me, there’s nothing overly complicated.

4. How to Create a Realistic Soccer Ball in Adobe Illustrator


In this tutorial you will demonstrate how to create realistic Soccer ball in Adobe Illustrator. Creating an illustration like this may seem complicated, but you will try to keep it simple. There are many different ways to create a Soccer ball, but we will use the simplest method – tracing the reference image with the Pen Tool. The main challenge will be to achieve a realistic look of the ball by using simple gradients and just a few details.

5. How To Create a Beautiful Vector Portrait in Illustrator


I’ve always love browsing the amazing style of art known as Vexel illustration and recently I decided to finally give it a go myself. Follow this step by step tutorial for the making of my first vector art portrait of Tron Legacy’s Quorra. Learn how the portrait is carefully traced and vectorized in Adobe Illustrator to create an interesting vexel style design.

6. How to Make a Golden Compass in Illustrator


In this Illustrator tutorial, you’ll learn how to create an antique golden compass. We will use simple Illustrator drawing tools such as the Ellipse Tool, Pen Tool and Line Tool. We will get the chance to use gradients and simple vector-drawing techniques throughout the tutorial. If you’re a vector illustration beginner, don’t hesitate to try this tutorial out — I promise it’ll be a great learning experience.

7. Create a Vector, Space Rocket in Illustrator CS5


In this tutorial you’ll learn how to create a colorful rocket from simple geometric forms and 3D effects. We’ll use filters like Blur to create smoothness and movement in some of the illustration elements. Effects like Inner Glow will also be used to accentuate the depth of the 3D forms.

8. How to Create a Cute Piggy Bank in Perspective with Adobe Illustratorpig

Many people have difficulty in drawing objects in perspective. Most of the time it helps if you have that particular object in front of you, but we still need our imagination.The most important aspects of perspective are size and distance. If you increase the distance between you and the object you are observing, you need to decrease the size of that object. That way you can achieve a nice depth effect in your illustrations.

9. Create a Royal Crown Using Adobe Illustrator CS5


In today’s tutorial you’ll learn how to create a crown using four stages of design: 3-D modeling, creating of elements of the crown, colors, and creating glare on the surface.

10. Create a Semi-Realistic Light Bulb in Adobe Illustrator


In this Illustrator tutorial, you will learn how to draw a light bulb illustration. Most of the time, we’ll be using the Pen Tool, so this is great practice for those struggling with drawing freehand. A light bulb is a complex object that contains many small parts and details, and we will try our best to draw them all, in order to create as close to an accurate portrayal as possible.

11. Create an Adorable Puppy with Negative Space and the Paintbrush Tooldog

Show you how to create a quick illustration of a puppy using negative space and the ever so versatile Paintbrush Tool (B). I recently became the proud parent of a Blenheim colored Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppy (named Shelley!) and couldn’t help creating a quick vector of her. One of the key characteristics of her is her lovely red and white coat and these two colors gave me an idea.

12. How to make a realistic vintage typewriter in Illustrator


Hello friends, did you guys enjoyed our programming tutorial on how to make a nice typewriter contact form?, well if you nailed that one now you’re probably wondering about the design itself, because it’s useless to have the code if you can’t apply it to a truly brilliant design. Don’t panic because now the second part of the tutorial has arrived and we’re about to show you how to make a great realistic typewriter with Adobe Illustrator.

13. Give a 3D, Vector Robot a Realistic Feel in Photoshop


In this tutorial you are going to learn how to combine different methods from Illustrator and Photoshop to enhance your 3D vector art. Through the process you will learn how to use the appearance panel, 3D extrude and 3D revolve. You will also create a custom art brush, and your own symbol. I am going to show you how to create masks using Channels and Layers, as well as creating Clipping Masks in Photoshop.

14. Create A Cube Embossed With Letters


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.

15. Draw a Magician’s Hat in Illustrator


In this tutorial, we will make a magician’s hat in Adobe Illustrator. You will use 3D effects to create a reference shape for the illustration process, the Pathfinder Panel to combine different shapes and forms, apply nice gradients, create reflections and highlights, and more.

16. How To Create a Vector Soldier Character in Illustrator


Follow this step by step Illustrator tutorial to create a simple vector soldier character. We’ll begin by building the structure of the character with basic shapes, then adjust the line weights to create definition between the elements. To bring the character to life we’ll add blocks of colour before finishing it all off with a simple shading technique.

17. How To Create a Vector Soldier Character in Illustrator

The key to this satiny ribbon is the careful placement of gradients on its component parts. And once you have the individual elements down, it’s a snap to create award ribbons, medals, or bunting.

18. Create a Shimmering Cityscape in Perspective, Using Illustrator CS5Create a Shimmering Cityscape in Perspective, Using Illustrator CS5


The Perspective tools in Illustrator CS5 make it a lot easier to draw in perfect one, two or three-point perspective. Using symbols in conjunction with the Perspective tools will make quick work of this stylized cityscape.

19. Anyone Up for a Cup of Coffee?


Following along this tutorial you’ll be learning how to use the Pathfinder Panel in Illustrator CS5 with its very useful features. Combining various forms with the Pathfinder tools, we can create nice shapes. Applying the gradients and colors to those shapes, we can achieve great results by creating a nice depth and perspective. Highlights and shadows are very helpful as well and make the artwork look very realistic.

20. Create a Vibrant Abstract Vector Design Illustrator


Follow this step by step Illustrator tutorial to create a vibrant abstract design. We’ll put Illustrator’s Gradient Mesh tool to use to create a colourful shape, then build up layers of objects to create an abstract design with lots of vibrancy, bright colours and transparency effects.

21. 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.

22. Create simple golden coins


In the following tutorial I will show how to create a very simple coin stack icon. First, you will need a simple circle and some 3D Extrude&Bevel effect to create the starting coin. Next, you will use multiple fills and strokes to improve the look of this first coin and Transform effect to multiply it.

23. Create an Anti-War Icon Using Adobe Illustrator

In this tutorial you will learn how to create a hand grenade with the help of 3D modeling. This tutorial contains plenty of useful tips and description of manual techniques.

24. How to create a cute little monster in Illustrator


If you followed this tutorial to create your own little monster, please share your results and experience with us in the comments.

25. Create a Textured Pool Table in Adobe Illustrator


In this tutorial you’ll learn how to create a vector pool table. We’ll be using the Appearance panel to create textures and add effects; we’ll use the Swatches panel for creating pattern swatches; and we’ll use some 3D and scripting.

26. How to Create a Glamorous Portrait Using Adobe Illustrator galmrious-portait

he final result will be 100% vector; therefore will retain its scalable properties. This walk through is ideal for those an intermediate to advanced knowledge of Illustrator. Illustrator CS5 was used for the tutorial although you can do the majority of the elements in the majority of vector programs. A Wacom Bamboo A5 tablet was also used, however you can achieve the same results with a mouse.

27. Quick Tip: Create a Shiny Shield with Illustrator


In this Quick Tip, you’ll learn how to harness the Appearance panel to make the basic structure of a shiny, beveled shield. Once the structure is in place, a few well-placed gradients are all it takes to achieve a sharp, polished look.

28. Create a Lava Island Scenario in Illustrator


In the following tutorial you can learn to create a fluorescent text effect. After we add the text we expand it and add multiple strokes with different blending modes and opacity percentages. Using the Offset path along with various tools and effects we will create the rest of the shapes.

29. Create a Loving Cup of Tea in Illustrator CS5


In today’s tutorial, I’ll show you how to create a quick, loving cup of tea using Adobe Illustrator CS5 using 3D effects and the Bristle Brush Tool.

30. How To Create a Cool Chrome Text Effect in Illustrator


Follow this step by step tutorial to create a super cool retro chrome text effect in Illustrator. We’ll use a range of gradients to give the impression of bright highlights, then take the text into Photoshop for some finishing touches.

31. Create A Lotus Flower With Adobe Illustrator CS5


In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to make a Lotus Flower in Adobe Illustrator. We’ll use some basic tools (Ellipse, Direct Selection, Pencil, and more) to draw lotus petals and leaves. Next we’ll color these shapes with the Gradient Mesh Tool. Finally, arrange them to become a complete work.

32. Create A Glowing Flouresent Text Effect


In the following tutorial you can learn to create a fluorescent text effect. After we add the text we expand it and add multiple strokes with different blending modes and opacity percentages. Using the Offset path along with various tools and effects we will create the rest of the shapes.

33. How To Create a Stylish Skull Based Vector Illustration


The skull and crossed pistons mark is a popular adaption of the tradition skull and crossbones symbol and is commonly seen in motorcycle culture, amongst other. Follow this Adobe Illustrator tutorial to create your own underground skull & crossed pistons graphic. We’ll start with a simple sketch, then build up the detail using a range of linework and vector shapes.

34. Create a MIDI Drum Machine in Illustrator


In this fun beginner’s tutorial you’ll learn how to get sophisticated results using a few simple elements and effects. The design is based on M-Audio’s discontinued Trigger Finger Drum Pad Control Surface (see inset).

35. How To Create a Colorful Abstract Poster in Illustrator


Follow this step by step tutorial to create a colourful and vibrant abstract poster design. We’ll create a series of tessellating shapes using Illustrator’s Pathfinder tool, then begin adding colour swatches and gradients to bring the design to life. To finish the poster off, we’ll then import it into Photoshop to add some polish in the form of subtle textures.

36. Create a Padlock with Adobe Illustrator and VectorScribe


In this tutorial you will learn how to use Shape Building, Clipping Paths and Opacity Masks to make a metallic Padlock. You will also learn how to use the VectorScribe Adobe Illustrator plug-in to save time when creating vector illustrations and designs.

37. Create A Fun Scrap Book


Learn how to create a fun & playful scrapbook in Illustrator & displaying it on a background in Photoshop!

38. Quick Tip: Create a Nice Award Medal Icon


In the following tutorial you will learn to create an icon of an award medal. You will use various shapes and pathfinder techniques to make this great looking icon. This illustration can be made without the use of the Pen Tool, so it’s a great tutorial for beginners.

39. Create A Transitor Radio Icon


Learn how to create a Transistor Radio icon in Illustrator and present on a colourful background in Photoshop.

40. How To Create a Grumpy Troll Character in Illustrator


Follow this step by step Illustrator tutorial to create a grumpy Internet troll character. We’ll start the process with a basic pencil sketch then build up a complete vector character design with linework, colour fills and basic shading to create a funny cartoon mascot.

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  1. Can you pleeeeease post the correct link for #14? It’s exactly what I’m looking for! Thanks!

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