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65 Best Illustrator tutorials from 2018

This week’s roundup emphasis is focused all around the latest and best illustrator tutorials, which where all created in 2018. There’s a broad range of illustrator tutorials featured in the post. This a is a great resource to strengthen your design skills, whether you want to get better at text effects or creating illustration.  There’s a tutorials suited for every skill range, if you’re a beginner or a long time user of illustrator.

Tutorials are the best way to learn for free. I hope you enjoy the tutorials featured in the roundup.

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1. How to Create Two Slices of Avocado in Adobe Illustrator

In this Illustrator tutorial you will learn how to create two slices of the avocado.

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2. How to Create a Crunchy Cartoon Text Effect in Adobe Illustrator

In the following steps you will learn how to create an editable crunchy text effect in Adobe Illustrator.

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3. How To Create a Shaded Type Effect in Adobe Illustrator

Cursive type, whether a script font or hand-lettered, often features elegant swashes and overlapping strokes. One way artists emphasise the curvature of their type is to apply shading, which adds an illusion of depth to the lettering piece. In today’s tutorial I’ll show you how to produce a shaded type effect in Adobe Illustrator.

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4. How to Create an Easy Rangoli Design for Diwali in Adobe Illustrator

In the following steps, you will learn how to create an easy rangoli design for Diwali in Adobe Illustrator.

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5. How to Draw a Sugar Skull

Sugar skulls are traditional decorative skulls created for the celebration of Día de Muertos—the Mexican Day of the Dead holiday. It’s believed that on November 1 and 2 the souls of the deceased come down to reunite with their loved ones. To celebrate, families create special altars for remembrance of the lost members and decorate them with flowers, candles, food, and little ornamented skulls made of sugar or clay—one skull for each loved one.

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6. How to create animal donuts designs

you’ll use some simple shapes and tools that you would normally use on a daily basis to achieve the final result. By the end of the tutorial, you will have the skills to draw other animal donuts in future projects.donuts

7. Create a hot air balllon

In this tutorial, you will learn how to draw a hot air balloon illustration in Adobe Illustrator.

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8. All the Rage: 3D Style Retro Text Effect Tutorial

In this tutorial you’ll learn how to create dimensional text inspired by vintage packaging designs and logotypes. Pour a cup of coffee, sit back, and let’s create some text with the help of Illustrator effects, the Blend Tool, and textures fit for the branding of a coffee house.3d-text

9. How To Create a Line Art Badge Logo in Adobe Illustrator

Despite creating the whole design with just lines, we’ll still incorporate a variety of useful Illustrator tips and techniques.

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10. How To Create an Isometric Type Effect in Adobe Illustrator

Adobe Illustrator is the perfect tool to create such an effect; the 3D Extrude & Bevel tool easily generates an accurate isometric layout, then the artwork can then be broken down into individual vector shapes for easy customisation with colourful fills and detailed patterns.type

11. How to Create Transparent Water Droplets With Gradient Mesh in Adobe Illustrator

In this tutorial, you will learn how to use the Mesh Tool in Adobe Illustrator to create a set of transparent drops!

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12. How to Create a Wafer Text Effect Covered With Melted Chocolate in Adobe Illustrator

In this tutorial, you will learn how to create a wafer-inspired text effect with the help of the 3D options and the Transform effect to obtain the wafer layers in Adobe Illustrator. You will also create the wafer pattern from scratch using a custom pattern brush, and you’ll finish with the shiny melted chocolate running down on the letters. Sounds delicious!wafen

13. Create a Scary Look-Through-The-Keyhole Illustration in Adobe Illustrator

You’re going to take a look behind the process of creating a scary illustration using mostly a couple of basic geometric shapes.

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14. How to Create a Spanish 3D Text Effect in Adobe Illustrator

In the following steps, you will learn how to create a Spanish 3D text effect in Adobe Illustrator.3d-text-tyype

15. Create a Simple Fishbowl Illustration in Adobe Illustrator

In the following tutorial you will learn how to create a simple fishbowl illustration in Adobe Illustrator.

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16. How to Create a Letter Characters Text Effect in Adobe Illustrator

In the following steps, you will learn how to create a letter characters text effect in Adobe Illustrator. How to Create a Vector Autumn Background in Adobe Illustratorhttps://design.tutsplus.com/tutorials/how-to-draw-a-vector-autumn-background-in-adobe-illustrator–cms-31730design

17. How to Create a Vector Autumn Background in Adobe Illustrator

In this simple tutorial, you will learn how to use the Mesh Tool and a bit of Image Trace in Adobe Illustrator to create an autumn background!Bright Light Bulb Vector: Lights On in Under an Hourwlellies

18. Bright Light Bulb Vector: Lights On in Under an Hour

Turn on the light with this icon and illustrative light bulb vector. In the tutorial below you’ll create the light bulb vector from simple shapes, manipulate gradients, gradient meshes, and blending modes all in pursuit of a semi-realistic light bulb vector design.

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19. How to create a gingerbread cookie

In this tutorial you will learn how to create delicious gingerbread cookies in Adobe Illustrator.

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20. How to Create a 3D Text Art Effect in Adobe Illustrator

In the following steps, you will learn how to create a 3D text art effect in Adobe Illustrator.

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21. How to Create a Set of Cleaning Icons in Adobe Illustrator

In today’s Illustrator tutorial we’re going to take a close look behind the process of creating a cleaning themed icon set.cleaning-icons

22. How to Create a Christmas Sleigh Design With Mesh in Adobe Illustrator

In this tutorial, you will learn how to use Mesh in Adobe Illustrator to create a vector Christmas sleigh design with a sleigh and a pile of gift boxes!christmas

23. How to Create a Simple Clock Illustration in Adobe Illustrator

In the following tutorial you will learn how to create a simple clock illustration in Adobe Illustrator.

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24. Adobe Illustrator tutorial: Pose characters using the new Puppet Warp tool

Adobe Illustrator’s relatively new Puppet Warp feature is a really great simple tool to adjust shapes and lines, especially to pose or reposition a character.

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25. How To Create a Retro 70s Style Striped Logo Type Effect

Adode Illustrator tutorial I’ll take you through my process of creating such artwork to produce a similar 70s inspired type style, then follow it up with an alternative process that has the advantage of preserving the live text.

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26. How to Create a Deep Diving Illustration in Adobe Illustrator

In this tutorial, let’s imagine an underwater journey while drawing a deep diver and lost sea treasures in Adobe Illustrator. As usual, we will use the most common instruments and techniques.

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27. How to Create an Oreo-Inspired Icon in Adobe Illustrator

If you love Oreo cookies and vector drawing then this tutorial is for you. You will learn how to draw an Oreo-inspired icon with the help of the 3D effect and Mapping option, plus you’ll use a lot of brushes and effects for texture and a more detailed look. Let’s make this icon as delicious as possible!

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28. Create a Set of Traffic Lights in Adobe Illustrator

Follow this tutorial and learn how to create a set of traffic lights in Adobe Illustrator. At the beginning you will create the body of the traffic light using the Rectangle tool, Transform panel and some basic effects. Then you will create the turned off and on lights using the Ellipse tool, Offset path and bunch of gradients. This tutorial is a great example of what you can do with the Align panel in Illustrator. traffic-lights

29. How to Create a Candy Monster Character in Adobe Illustrator

In this tutorial, you will learn how to draw a candy monster cartoon character in Adobe Illustrator.

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30. Ñam Ñam! Make a Delicious Taco Icon in 10 Simple Steps!

In this tutorial we’ll be cooking a yummy vector taco in Adobe Illustrator, using basic geometric shapes in order to preserve a simple flat style.

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31. Create an Electric Fan in Adobe Illustrator

In the following Illustrator tutorial, you will learn the step-by-step process of how to create an electric fan.

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32. Smile! Learn How to Create a Camera Icon

In today’s tutorial you’re going to take a look at the process of creating a camera icon, using nothing more than the basic shapes and tools that we work with on a daily basis.

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33. How to Create an Elderly Man Illustration in Adobe Illustrator

You will create an illustration of an elderly man. We’re going to do this by using some basic geometric shapes combined with the power of some simple tools in Adobe Illustrator.

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34. How to Draw a Spider Cartoon Character in Adobe Illustrator

We will create this spider in vector form using basic shapes and a few simple manipulation techniques along with a custom blend brush that will help us to add details. At the end, we’ll give this character a cute face and complete the illustration.

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35. How to Create a flip clock

We will create this spider in vector form using basic shapes and a few simple manipulation techniques along with a custom blend brush that will help us to add details. At the end, we’ll give this character a cute face and complete the illustration.

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36. How to Draw Heart-Shaped Daisies in Adobe Illustrator

In this tutorial, you will learn how to use the Mesh Tool and Warp Effects in Adobe Illustrator to create a beautiful pair of heart-shaped daisies!

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37. How to use distort wrap tool

We’ll talk about all the methods of deformation of objects used in Illustrator with the help of the Envelope Distort feature. Hopefully, this tutorial will broaden your options and will save you plenty of time in the future.

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38. How to Create a Hiking Backpack in Adobe Illustrator

Are you ready for our next adventure? This time we’ll be creating a flat backpack for camping using geometric shapes, Stroke panel and various tools and functions of Adobe Illustrator.

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39. How to create a mac

In the following tutorial you will learn how to create a simple Mac icon in Adobe Illustrator.

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40. How To Create Vector Avatar Characters with Adobe Illustrator

It’s always fun making character illustrations, but even more so when that character is based on an actual person! Cartoon style avatars are commonly used for their balance between resembling the person they’re representing, whilst retaining some anonymity. In today’s tutorial we’ll use the vector tools in Adobe Illustrator to produce a simple avatar character with a line art style and flat colours. We’ll build the character in such a way that it’s somewhat modular, where multiple personas can be built from one basic foundation.

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41. Create a Shopping Paper Bag Tutorial in Adobe Illustrator

In the following Adobe Illustrator tutorial you will learn how to create a Shopping Paper Bag. We’ll use basic tools, a bunch of gradients, Blending Modes, Clipping Mask and some basic effects. This is a great tutorial for beginners.

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42. Create a Shopping Paper Bag Tutorial in Adobe Illustrator

In the following Adobe Illustrator tutorial you will learn how to create a Shopping Paper Bag. We’ll use basic tools, a bunch of gradients, Blending Modes, Clipping Mask and some basic effects. This is a great tutorial for beginners.

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43. How to Create a Battery Icon in Adobe Illustrator

In the tutorial your are going to look behind the process of creating a battery icon using a couple of basic geometric shapes which we will adjust here and there.

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44. How to create shopping basket icon

In the following tutorial you will learn how to create a simple shopping basket icon in Adobe Illustrator.

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45. How to Draw an Ultra Violet Collection of Presents in Adobe Illustrator

In this tutorial, you will learn how to use the Mesh Tool in Adobe Illustrator to create a vector collection of gifts using the Pantone Color of the Year 2018: Ultra Violet!

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46. How to Create Cartoon Style Vector Burger

The secrets of creating modern cartoon style vectors. Many effective techniques described here will allow you to achieve excellent results.burger-illustration

47. How to Draw a Celebrating Sporty Character in Adobe Illustrator

There are so many things that people celebrate when feeling happy about their achievements. In this tutorial we’ll be drawing a cheerful character celebrating a victory in a sports event. We’ll be using various functions of Adobe Illustrator and modifying geometric shapes in order to make the process easy and fun. Join the marathon, and let’s run through this tutorial together!

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48. Create a Mailbox Icon in 10 Simple Steps in Adobe Illustrator

In this tutorial you’ll be creating a simple mailbox icon in flat style, that can be used for your newsletter or website design. We’ll be modifying basic geometric shapes and using various handy functions of Adobe Illustrator.mailbox

49. How To Create an Isometric Type Effect in Adobe Illustrator

In this tutorial you’ll be creating a simple mailbox icon in flat style, that can be used for your newsletter or website design. We’ll be modifying basic geometric shapes and using various handy functions of Adobe Illustrator.

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50. How to Create a Simple & Cute Fox Logotype in Adobe Illustrator

In this tutorial, you’ll go through a fun and easy process of working with simple shapes and warp effects to create this fancy fox logotype! We’ll be modifying and transforming objects, using various tools and functions of Adobe Illustrator, so you don’t need to draw anything by hand or use a graphic tablet.

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51. How to Create a Portrait With One Colour in Adobe Illustrator

When you’ve not created a new vector in a while, Adobe Illustrator can seem very scary. And if you’ve been creating vectors as long as I have, you don’t want your first vector in over a year to be a “run of the mill” one or predictable. You want to set yourself a challenge, whilst still in your comfort zone.

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52. How to Draw a Watermelon and a Glass of Juice in Adobe Illustrator

In this tutorial, you will learn how to use the Mesh Tool in Adobe Illustrator to create a watermelon, a watermelon slice, and a glass of juice!

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53. Create a Simple Stopwatch Illustration in Adobe Illustrator

In the following steps, you will learn how to create a simple stopwatch illustration in Adobe Illustrator. For starters, you will learn how to prepare your document and how to set up a simple grid. Next using basic tools and effects along with the Appearance panel and the Pathfinder panel, you will learn how to create the main shapes of the stopwatch.

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54. How to create lego text effect

In this tutorial, you will learn how to create a fun and colorful Lego text effect in Adobe Illustrator.lego-tetxt-effect

55. Create a Simple Flower with the Effects Panel

Here is a very short Adobe Illustrator tutorial about how to create a Simple Flower using only the Basic Tools and the Distort & Transformation Effects.

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56. How to Create Flat Bride & Groom Characters in Adobe Illustrator

In this tutorial we’ll be designing stylized flat characters, depicting a happy couple getting married. We’ll be modifying a lot of basic geometric shapes, applying various warp effects and using handy tools and functions of Adobe Illustrator to make the characters look fancy and lively.

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57. How to Create a Textured City Snapshot Illustration in Adobe Illustrator

I the tutorial, we’re going to explore the process of creating an instant snapshot of a busy city, using nothing more than the basic shapes and tools that we work with on a daily basis.

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58. How to create a pattern brush

In the following tutorial you will learn how to create a simple chain pattern brush in Adobe Illustrator.

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59. Fitness Tracker Icon Tutorial

You are going to explore the process of creating a fitness tracker icon, using some of Illustrator’s most basic shapes and tools.fitness-tracker

60. How to create a Revolver Icon

Another quick icon tutorial in which you will take a look behind the process of creating a cute little revolver pistol.

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61. How to Create an Irish Door Illustration in Adobe Illustrator

In this tutorial, we’re going to create a beautiful Irish door like those found in Dublin.

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62. How to Create an Editable Bar Chart in Adobe Illustrator

In the following steps, you will learn how to create a fully editable chart in Adobe Illustrator and how to adjust its style.

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63. How to Create a Golden Camping Trailer in Adobe Illustrator

In this tutorial I will show you how to create a colorful surfing van using the most basic shapes and tools of Adobe Illustrator.

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64. Wow Your Upscale Crowd with This Simple D-I-Y Ribbon Font Text Effect

In this tutorial you’ll learn how to take a “plain Jane” font and transform it into folded ribbons to create a stunning ribbon font text effect, perfect for your upscale designs. Combining use of the Shape Builder Tool and Appearance panel, you’ll have this project tied up in no time.

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65. Wow Your Upscale Crowd with This Simple D-I-Y Ribbon Font Text Effect

In this tutorial you’ll learn how to take a “plain Jane” font and transform it into folded ribbons to create a stunning ribbon font text effect, perfect for your upscale designs. Combining use of the Shape Builder Tool and Appearance panel, you’ll have this project tied up in no time.

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