50+ Really Amazing Step-By-Step Adobe Illustrator Tutorials

Adobe-Illustrator-icon Adobe Illustrator is the best vector graphics editor and is also used for the web and print designing. Illustrator offers a variety of advanced tools to smooth out your design, it provides precision and power with sophisticated drawing tools, expressive natural brushes, a host of time-savers, and integration with Adobe CS Live online services. However, the software package itself is a quite hard to learn — and extremely hard to master. We can easily find tens of thousands of tutorials from internet, but finding the best tutorials is not a easy job. I spent some time to find, and select over 50 step by step Adobe Illustrator tutorials which really amazing. Hope you will enjoy!

Cartoon Character – Dexter


Dexter is probably one of those cartoon characters that don’t need an introduction, but anyway, for those who never heard about him, Dexter is boy genius that has a giant secret laboratory filled with his great inventions. In this simple tutorial I will show you how to draw this character inside Adobe Illustrator.

Cartoon Character – Dexter

 

Create A Briefcase Icon


In this tutorial, I will show you how to create a briefcase icon with rectangles, ellipses, and gradients. This briefcase icon is great for web designs and user interfaces. Moreover, you can easily apply these techniques to other icons, logos, and illustrations.

Create A Briefcase Icon

 

Create a classic calendar icon


In the next tutorial you’ll learn to create a classic calendar icon. It’s a pretty simple and fast tutorial. You only need to know how to use the basic tools and some effects like the Inner Glow, the Drop Shadow, the Transform effect, the Rounded Corners effect or the Warp effect.

  • Difficulty: Beginner-Intermediate
  • Estimated Completion Time: 20 minutes
  • Number of Steps: 8

Create a classic calendar icon

 

Create a Cool Vector Panda Character in Illustrator


Here’s a step by step walkthrough of the process used to create a cool Panda character, from the basic outlines through to the detailed final design.

Create a Cool Vector Panda Character in Illustrator

 

Create A Cute Creature Character From A Sketch


In this tutorial I will show you how to create a cute creature from a sketch. This tutorial uses custom brushes, the Paintbrush tool, Pen tool, and the Live Paint Bucket tool. Even if your not a huge fan of the cuteness, you can use these techniques for other illustrations, logos, and vector elements.

Create A Cute Creature Character From A Sketch

 

Create a Cute Little Tiger in Illustrator


The tiger is one of the coolest animals in the earth. It’s a very powerful, dangerous, yet fascinating animal. In this tutorial, we will be drawing the tiger, but we will be doing it a little bit different. Instead of portraying the tiger as a savage and mean creature, I will teach you how to draw a cute little tiger that you will be able to use in your projects, as a desktop wallpaper, etc. You will also learn lots of Illustrator techniques as well. This is the perfect tutorial for year 2010, the year of the tiger.

Create a Cute Little Tiger in Illustrator

 

Create A Cute Vector Octopus in Illustrator with Simple Shapes


In this Illustrator tutorial, we will learn how to Create A Cute Vector Octopus in Illustrator with Simple Shapes. This is a pretty simple illustration of an octopus using basic Illustrator tools and shapes.

Create A Cute Vector Octopus in Illustrator with Simple Shapes

 

Create a Happy Sun Character


Well, it’s Blog Action Day 2009 today and the topic is Climate Change. So I decided to create a fun sun character tutorial. This intermediate tutorial is great for logos, children illustrations, and other projects relating to climate change. Moreover, you can easily apply this tutorial to other illustrations, logos, and projects!

Create a Happy Sun Character

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Create a Les Paul Guitar in Illustrator


In this tutorial I will be showing you how to create a Les Paul Electric Guitar Vector Image in Adobe Illustrator. This is a really in depth Tutorial, probably the most in depth one I have ever written as I have tried to cater for the needs of people who are not confident in Illustrator. Purely because when I was trying to learn the program many of the tutorials for it assume you can already use it. So feedback would be appreciated =D

  • Program: Illustrator
  • Version: CS or Higher
  • Estimated Completion Time: 4 Hours
  • Final Image Preview:

Create a Les Paul Guitar in Illustrator

 

Create A Mouthwatering Chocolate Covered Strawberry


It’s almost Valentine’s day and rather than getting your loved one the same old cheap gifts you get every year, why not create a chocolate covered strawberry illustration for them? You can easily apply this illustration to your own greeting card, t-shirt, or anything else you can think of. Moreover, you can apply this tutorial to other illustrations and logos.

Create A Mouthwatering Chocolate Covered Strawberry

 

Create a Penguins Illustration Tutorial for Global Warming Cause


Global Warming is one of the biggest problems of the 21th century. Global Warming is changing our world and the way we live, it destroying habitats of animals. In this tutorial I will show you how to create an illustration of penguins whose habitat is being destroyed by global warming.

Create a Penguins Illustration Tutorial for Global Warming Cause

 

Create a Simple Storefront Icon


In this tutorial I will show you how to create a simple storefront icon using some rectangles, Illustrator Effects, and gradients. This icon is great for use in e-commerce sites and the techniques in this tutorial can easily be applied to other icons, illustrations, and logos.

  • Program: Adobe Illustrator CS4
  • Difficulty: Beginner / Intermediate
  • Topics Covered: Rectangle Tool, Gradients, Bulge Warp
  • Estimated Completion Time: 30 min – 1 hour

Create a Simple Storefront Icon

 

Create a Stylized First Aid Icon in Illustrator


In this tutorial we’ll use a combination of craft and Illustrator’s 3D tools to create a first aid icon. You can use the techniques you learn in this tutorial to create realistic rounded box icons of your choice. This works well for complex icons at large sizes and scales down nicely.

  • Program: Adobe Illustrator CS4
  • Difficulty: Beginner to Intermediate
  • Estimated Completion Time: 1 hour

Create a Stylized First Aid Icon in Illustrator

 

Create a Stylized, Vector Rubik’s Cube


Learn to create a stylized Rubik’s Cube in Illustrator. I’ll take you through how to make every detail of the final illustration, which will teach you some new techniques and introduce you to some new Illustrator tools. Let’s get started with creating this iconic, retro puzzle cube.

  • Program: Illustrator CS3
  • Difficulty: Intermediate
  • Estimated Completion Time: 90 minutes

Create a Stylized Vector Rubiks Cube

 

Create a Tasty Burger Icon in Illustrator


In this delicious tutorial I’ll show you how to create a three-dimensional, scrumptious burger using Adobe Illustrator. Remember that I’m a vegetarian, so you should definitely appreciate the effort!

Create a Tasty Burger Icon in Illustrator

 

Creating a Toaster-Popping Illustration


With this tutorial, learn how to apply some effects not often used in Illustrator, like the Chrome effect, which is used to create metallic look with a realistic aspect. Also, notable in this tutorial is the use of Texturizer to create toast texture. We will also use 3D effect and the Mesh tool, which bring depth to the this illustration.

  • Program: Adobe Illustrator CS3+
  • Difficulty: Intermediate
  • Estimated Completion Time: 2-3 hours

Creating a Toaster-Popping Illustration

 

Create A Vector Art Twitter Bird Character Icon In Adobe Illustrator


Twitter is quite a social media juggernaut as of late. It’s getting to the point that one has to have a Twitter account. And what good is a Twitter account without a link to it? And what better way to link to your Twitter account than with a cool blue bird character illustration? This tutorial will walk you through the steps from sketch to vector in creating an original cartoon-style character vector illustration.

 

Create A Wood Grain Texture


Last up for Vectip’s Texture Week is wood grain. The steps for this technique are very similar to the previous Brushed Metal Texture tutorial. It uses the same Graphic Pen effect but stretched a little more. It also uses the Warp Tool and Twirl Tool. Also like the other texture tutorials, this technique is easy and applicable in logos, icons, interfaces or pretty much anything.

Create A Wood Grain Texture

 

Create an arrow through a heart icon


With Valentine’s Day coming up, I thought I’d bring you something with a similar theme. In this tutorial we are going to create a vector/icon heart with an arrow going through it, using Adobe Illustrator. This tutorial will teach you to take simple shapes and use them to create more complex objects, as well as several other techniques.

Create an arrow through a heart icon

 

Create an easy landscape scene in Illustrator


In this tutorial we are going to take a look at how to create a really easy landscape scene in Adobe Illustrator. This can be used in a number of different ways, from a desktop wallpaper to a website header. The best part is that since it is in illustrator after we are done you can size is however size you would like. Lets get started.

Create an easy landscape scene in Illustrator

 

Create an illustration of a fountain pen


Hi there. In this first tutorial you’ll learn to create an illustration of a fountain pen. It is more of an advanced tutorial but I tried to make it as detailed as I could. Hopefully you’ll understand the exact steps I followed to reach this final illustration.

Difficulty: Intermediate-Advanced
Estimated Completion Time: 2 hours
Number of Steps: 35

Create an illustration of a fountain pen

 

Create the face of a goofy bunny


The following tutorial will help you create the face of a goofy bunny. You won’t need the Pen Tool. Only the Ellipse Tool and the Rectangle Tool plus some basic effects like the Inner Glow, the Drop Shadow or the Warp effect.

  • Difficulty: Intermediate
  • Estimated Completion Time: 45 minutes
  • Number of Steps: 12

Create the face of a goofy bunny

 

Create the face of a greedy monkey


This tutorial will help you create a simple illustration of a monkey face. It uses the Ellipse Tool, the Pen Tool, the Rectangle Tool, the Crystallize Tool or the Gradient Tool. For the the shadow effects you’ll use some classic effects like the Inner Glow or the Gaussian Blur.

  • Difficulty: Intermediate
  • Estimated Completion Time: 45 minutes
  • Number of Steps: 15

Create the face of a greedy monkey

 

Create Lady Birds Insect Tutorial Using Adobe Illustrator


Lady birds, is there any other insect that symbolize the prosperity and freshness of the nature more? You can find these cute being almost anywhere and they won’t ever cause anything but cheers. In this tutorial I will show you how to create a cool lady bird using Adobe Illustrator.

Create Lady Birds Insect Tutorial Using Adobe Illustrator

 

Creating vector characters in Illustrator


Characters can add a recognisable face to your work. But how do you go from a sketch to the finished product? Peskimo talk through their process.

If you are following this project with a particular brief in mind, think carefully about the target audience and what sort of design elements will be suitable for that audience – the usual concerns apply as they do with all design. The character we created is intended to be a mascot of sorts, and aimed at all ages. It is usable at a variety of sizes, and in both print and animation.

Creating vector characters in Illustrator

 

Design a Cute Hamster Avatar


Going through my sketchbook I noticed I’ve been drawing cute characters lately. Where is all this cuteness coming from? Probably from an exciting job I’m doing right now. Anyways I picked one of the characters for a tutorial so here it goes.

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Design a Vintage Poster with Vector Pack 16


In this tutorial, we’ll be modifying vector elements from Vector Set 16 to create a retro-vintage poster. Along the way we’ll uncover tips in Illustrator and Photoshop that can lend your designs a little extra TLC. I tend to work in both Illustrator and Photoshop. Both programs have their strengths and weaknesses, but together they’re unstoppable.

Design a Vintage Poster with Vector Pack 16

 

Draw a beautiful female character


Office life is very boring, what keeps us alive in our offices? You’re right, those hot and strict secretaries. This simple tutorial shows you how to create a beautiful female character using Illustrator.

Draw a beautiful female character

 

Drawing a character’s face in Illustrator


Creating a cartoon or human-like caricature is a fun and rewarding project to do in Illustrator. Not only that, but if you’re pretty good with the pen tool, it doesn’t take very long. In this tutorial I will be creating an elf. Be sure to look at refrences of other cartoons or caricatures to make sure your shapes are correct. To start, I drew a basic head shape.

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Draw a funny snowman in Illustrator


It’s winter! It’s snowing! Thousands of kids get out to play with snow and make a snowman. These fragile being don’t live much so we have to hurry up! In this simple tutorial I will explain the process of drawing a snowman in Illustrator using mostly basic shapes and pen tool.

Draw a funny snowman in Illustrator

 

Create a Vector Clip-Art Style Snowman in Illustrator


With Christmas just around the corner and the days getting colder and colder, we’ll soon be out building snowmen. But before that, lets build our very own vector version!

We’ll be using simple shape tools, the pen tool, the brush tool, the drop-shadow effect and various pathfinder tools in this tutorial, making it great for those in the festive mood and learning their way around the UI of Illustrator.

Create a Vector Clip-Art Style Snowman in Illustrator

 

Draw a screaming little girl in Illustrator


In this tutorial, I’ll explain how to draw a little screaming for ice cream girl in Illustrator. This tutorial is great for beginners and it’s quite simple. Ever saw little girls crying? It’s time to draw one, so let’s get started!

Draw a screaming little girl in Illustrator

 

How to Create a Curious Owl in Illustrator CS4


One of my favorite TV shows of all time is Twin Peaks and one of its most memorable lines is “The owls are not what they seem.” Inspired by that ominous truth I decided to create a little illustration. I chose a rather non-spooky scene set at dusk, with a curious owl sitting on a branch and some scenery in the background.

  • Program: Adobe Illustrator CS4
  • Difficulty: Intermediate
  • Estimated Completion Time: 1.5 hours

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How to Create a Hippy Van Vector in Illustrator


In this tutorial I’m going to walk you through the process I would take to produce a vector image of a good old VW Hippy Van in Adobe Illustrator. You’ll be using tools such as the pen tool, shape tools and gradient tools.

How to Create a Hippy Van Vector in Illustrator

 

How to Create a Shiny, Vector Laptop


In this tutorial I’ll show you how to create a laptop in Illustrator using basic tools like the Rectangle Tool, Ellipse Tool, Pen Tool and others. We’ll construct the overall shape, keyboard, laptop monitor, and more.

  • Program: Adobe Illustrator CS4
  • Difficulty: Intermediate
  • Estimated Completion Time: 2-3 hours

How to Create a Shiny Vector Laptop 

 

How to Create a Vector Diamond Necklace and a Chain


This detailed tutorial will show you how i created the Diamond necklace available to download freely from Aivault through this post. The steps described here will take you through the process of drawing then coloring using very simple steps.

How to Create a Vector Diamond Necklace and a Chain

 

How to Create a Vector Illustration and Prepare it for Micro-Stock Sale


During this time I’ve collected some knowledge of how to prepare vector illustrations for sale on micro-stock websites and I would like to share it with you in this tutorial. Now I sell my vector illustrations royalty-free exclusively at iStockphoto, but I’ll tell you some tips for Shutterstock as well.

You Will Learn
  • How to create a vector illustration from sketch to finish in Adobe Illustrator according to the demands of micro-stock websites.
  • How to clean up your Adobe Illustrator file before saving it in EPS format.
  • How to find and close all open paths.
  • How to save EPS and JPEG files correctly for micro-stock sale.

How to Create a Vector Illustration and Prepare it for Micro-Stock Sale

 

How to Create a Vintage Ocean Liner Poster


The period between the end of the 19th century and World War II is considered the golden age of the ocean liner. We’ll be starting with a basic sketch of an ocean liner I drew up. Of course I encourage everybody to create their own sketch. I’m not really that great at drawing, so if you really want to have a stunningly looking ocean liner, please create it yourself! If you do decide to use your own drawing, you might want to alter or skip a few of the steps. In this tutorial we’re going to create a vintage ocean liner poster. The main tools you’ll get to know in this tutorial are the Pathfinder and the Transform Effect.

  • Program: Adobe Illustrator CS4
  • Difficulty: Intermediate
  • Estimated Completion Time: 1 hour

How to Create a Vintage Ocean Liner Poster

 

How to Make a Flat Screen HDTV in Adobe Illustrator


This tutorial is going to walk you through the process of making a nice flat-screen HDTV. This could be great for showing off images or videos, or just honing your Illustrator skills. We will cover a variety of tools including the Gradient Palette and the Pathfinder Palette. Lets get started!

How to Make a Flat Screen HDTV in Adobe Illustrator

 

Illustrator Tutorial: Cosmetic Bottle Illustration


In this tutotiral, you are going to learn how to draw a beautiful cosmetic product illustration. It is pretty easy and beginners can learn the basics of coloring and drawing. At the end, we are going to add some glitters to finish it. So let’s get started!

Illustrator Tutorial Cosmetic Bottle Illustration

 

illustrator tutorial: create a 6-egg box (not necessarily for Easter)


In this tutorial you will learn how to create a 6-egg box (full of eggs). We will use 3D Rotate and Revolve Effects. We will also play a lot with masks. You may download the source file (created in Illustrator CS4, back-saved to CS2+).

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illustrator tutorial: create a yummy vector cupcake


Some time ago I posted two similar cupcakes as vector freebies. Now it is the time to share my recipe (with a special dedication to Janna Hiromasa ;) :)).

illustrator tutorial create a yummy vector cupcake

 

Illustrator 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.

Illustrator Tutorial Create lush, glossy vector images

 

Illustrator Tutorial : Create quirky repeating patterns


In this tutorial, Imakethings (known to his mum as Andrew Groves) shows you how to make a repeat pattern based on map-like imagery. He uses simple shapes and icons to illustrate geographical features from a bird’s-eye point of view similar to those used in OS maps.

Map Pattern

 

Illustrator Tutorial: Gradient Mesh Flower


Gradient Mesh can be a wonderful tool to master but the learning curve can bring a bit of frustration to the beginner, I myself found it confusing at first but with a little practice and a simple plan I was able to get around a few of the tools weaknesses and avoid snapping Wacom pens in anguish.

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Illustrator Tutorial: How to Draw a Vector Kiwi


Ever wonder how to make a vector kiwi in illustrator? Well I did and here is what I came up with. In this tutorial, I will teach you how to do it using effects like Texturizer, Pointillize, Grain and Film grain. Hope you can learn some new stuff in this tutorial.

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Illustrator Tutorial: How to Make an Icy Cocktail


Do you desire to drink an icy refreshing cocktail on a sunny day? I know I am, so in this tutorial, I will explain how I draw a refreshing cocktail drink in illustrator. Hope you will find this useful and inspiring to make other kinds of drinks or cocktails.

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My Process of Coloring illustrations using mesh and knife tool


This little girl is part of a digital stamps series that i am creating for Aifactory Crafters community , her name is Ella and she is sitting in a yoga pose here.

My Process of Coloring illustrations using mesh and knife tool

 

Photoshop & Illustrator Tutorial: Create retro poster art


The retro aesthetic of the 1950s and 1960s is currently back in vogue and it’s set to be a great trend for 2010. It’s not hard to see why retro design is so enduringly popular: the bold, blocky colours, simple imagery and vivid typography make this a striking era of design.

Photoshop Illustrator Tutorial Create retro poster art 

 

Surround an Object with Sparkles


In this tutorial, I will show you how to use most of the symbol tools. To begin, place your object in an illustrator file. The object must have a transparent background. Mine is a character made in illustrator so it has no background at all. Make sure it is all on one layer and lock this layer.

Surround an Object with Sparkles

 

Use Illustrator to Create a Fun, 3D, Character Logo


In this tutorial we’ll use illustrators 3D tool to create text with depth. We’ll give the letters personality by placing them at angles and choosing a fun font. We’ll add a crazy rabbit character and unify all the colors as we add simple shading. Lastly, we’ll give this fun logo a sticker effect. We cover quite a bit of ground in this tutorial, so fire up Illustrator and let’s begin!

  • Program: Adobe illustrator CS4
  • Difficulty: Intermediate
  • Estimated Completion Time: 1.5 hours

Use Illustrator to Create a Fun 3D Character Logo

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