Learn techniques for Adobe Illustrator across vector art, vector graphics, typography, pattern design and more.

Adobe's vector design and art tool Illustrator can appear to have a daunting number of tools – tools that Adobe is adding to on a regular basis – but whatever you want to do with it, we have the tutorial for you here. Whether you want to create a stunning illustrations like Alexandra Zutto's owl (above), informative infographics or artful type, check out our list of the top 25 Illustrator tutorials, written by some of the world's leading illustrators and designers.

Techniques covered here include faux 3D effects, linework, shading perspective, vintage effects and more.

Some of these tutorials are designed to help you learn the new tools in Illustrator CC – and some will work no matter which version of Illustrator you own.

Illustration tutorials for Illustrator

Create stylish vector portraits

Eelco van den Berg explains the secrets of his vectorised style through an easy step-by-step guide

Create a Death Goddess inspired by Mexico’s Day of the Dead

Want to produce clean and detailed line work but with a hand drawn edge? Not sure whether to use the pen tool in Illustrator or a tablet in Photoshop?

With his stunning tattoo-style designs, digital illustrator and ‘part-time thrasher’ Chris Parks has all the answers and more in this tutorial.

Create lush, glossy vector images

It’s easy to associate vectors with flat shapes – but creating Illustrator images with real depth needn’t be a headache. In this tutorial, Thomas Burden (who works under the name ...There Will Be Unicorns) shows how you can create striking, vibrant work in Illustrator using a simple colour palette and basic blur effects – particularly Illustrator’s built-in Gaussian Blur effects.

Create X-ray vector art

While you might think this has been painstakingly created using a 3D suite such as Cinema 4D or Maya, it's actually relatively simple to produce using Illustrator’s Blend tool and some practice at drawing the underlying structure freehand.

Faux 3D finishes in Illustrator

Karan Singh shows you a clever and ridiculously quick way of giving your flat illustrations a faux 3D finish – without leaving the confines of Illustrator.

Master dynamic gradient techniques

Many works that look complicated are really made from simple elements. In this tutorial, Russian artist Alexandra Zutto shows how to build up complex, beautiful images by patiently layering and building up small, straightforward segments, always varying them to prevent monotony.

Add depth to your vector art

With all the tools and effects that Adobe Illustrator has to offer, it can sometimes be hard to achieve a sense of depth and atmosphere within your images. Often they can come out looking flat and very two-dimensional.

In this tutorial, Bristol-based artist Ben Steers will show you how he uses gradient effects and opacity masks to overcome this, as he takes you through how he created his piece, Gone Karting.

Texture tricks with vector artwork

Texture can really add depth and a tangible quality to vector illustrations. In this tutorial, illustrator Jeffrey Bowman discloses the techniques he uses to create texture and then explains how he adds this to his work.

Use the Kuler iPhone app to develop a colour scheme for use in Illustrator CC

In this tutorial, Ben the Illustrator will guide you through getting started with Kuler and then using your colour palettes in Illustrator.  We’ll also go through another new function in Illustrator CC, the Image Brush tool, where we’re able to apply a jpg or bmp image to a brushstroke.

Give personality to character art

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to create the characters from scratch, including the thought processes and sketching help, as well as developing your own ideas.

You’ll also learn some creative techniques in Illustrator to help give your characters some distinguishing attributes, as well as gaining new confidence with its much-feared Pen tool and the Pathfinder palette to create shapes.

Graphics tutorials for Illustrator

Design an isometric infographic

Here, illustrator Tim Smith details some of the intriguing yet surprisingly simple theory behind the isometric projection. He provides insightful tips and tricks to help pull off detailed isometric illustrations with ease as he offers up his experience in using this technique to create illustrations with witty narrative.

Design a vector animal mascot

For this tutorial, Martijn details how he would produce an illustrated mascot to serve as part of a larger branding concept for an importer of African coffee and coco beans. He has created this depiction of a lion, which in its pose and demeanour is meant to represent nobility, pride, aspiration and achievement, but it also has to be nimble and active.

How to make objects look 3D in Illustrator

It’s so easy to draw 3D objects in Adobe Illustrator by extruding and shading basic shapes, as Thomas Burden explains.

Create cool infographics

Infographics, such as the one opposite, are great visual tools for communicating large amounts of data. Breaking down large amounts of abstract data, they place the information in context and transform it into tangible and useful knowledge.

Create a retro-style comic

In this Masterclass, illustrator Toby Leigh will guide you through how he develops a narrative-based artwork in his hip graphic style that puts a modern spin on British comic traditions.

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