Ever since the release of Adobe Illustrator, it has grown to become the designer’s top choice when it comes to creating top-notch vector graphics and elements. There’s a lot of things you can do with this software that it may be difficult for some to know where to start.
To help you out, here are some of the best free Adobe Illustrator tutorials that cover everything from illustration to logo design, and more. With a lot of options for you to choose from, you’re bound to find a project to inspire you.
This tutorial by Luke O’Neill will teach you how to quickly and easily add a layer of gloss to different graphic elements. Just think sleek, shiny graphic buttons and icons.
The Pen and Pencil tools are quite handy, but they require a little bit of practice to get comfortable with. This video tutorial from Adobe will explain how you can start using the Pen tool to create clouds, and the Pencil tool to create hills.
App stores impose some restrictions on graphics, so creating even a primitive icon for an app can be a really tricky task for beginners. This tutorial may require you to spend a few hours on it, but it’s definitely worth it. Afterwards, you’ll be able to design a proper icon with a vintage look and feel that will grab everyone’s attention.
In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to create sketchy weather icons on a paper note with a clip. Initially, you’ll illustrate a background with the Appearance panel, then you’ll be guided through creating weather symbols and a paper note with a clip. Finally, you’ll add some text.
This tutorial teaches you how to create various pixel-perfect geometric patterns that are perfect for adding an elaborate look to your background. On top of this, you can grab not only one pattern, but the whole pack of basic patterns.
This video tutorial will teach you how to master artwork techniques in the new realm of CS6. It’s easy to follow and uses processes that are simple and easy to understand, even for beginners.
In this Adobe Illustrator tutorial, you’ll learn how to use half-tone patterns and add a retro, hand-printed effect. With it, you’re one step closer to mastering the Illustrator Brush libraries.
This video tutorial by Angie Taylor teaches you how to set up a new Illustrator document. Here, you’ll look at options in the New Document dialog box, like width and height, color mode, and transparency grid.
This tutorial will teach you how to strip a concept back to basics and create versatile graphic shapes that work in different contexts. It helps you improve your skills using the Pen and Pathfinder tools, as well as shows you how best to work with bold and simple color palettes.
In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to control transparency of gradient meshes with the help of blending modes, and by adjusting color transitions between mesh points and changing its opacity. What’s more, the tutorial also walks you through creating Illustrator brushes from gradient meshes of any difficulty with the help of the free Mesh Tormentor plugin.