25 New Illustrator Tutorials That Will Make You A Master Of Vector Art

Just because you can usually get a similar effect in Photoshop doesn’t mean the end result will be as good as using Illustrator (depending on the project). If you are like me (and I will bet most of you are) you will go ahead and use PS because you know it much better even though the final project will not be as good or as functional as it could be. Well it’s time to buck up and get this learning curve completely out of the way so you make the right choice next time. Below are some sweet Illustrator tuts that will leave you in vector heaven once your done.

Adobe Photoshop is one of the most popular photo editing programs that has ever been created. However, you have to use the right tools for the right jobs. Photoshop is a program that is good at doing a lot of different things, but if you’re wanting to become a master of vector art, you aren’t going to want to use Adobe Photoshop. Instead, you will want to use Illustrator. So, do you want to become a master of vector art? If so, we are going to help you with this article. Here are some new illustrator tutorials that will make you a master of vector art.

Shakespeare Text Illustration Tutorial

This tutorial teaches you how to make a portrait of William Shakespeare in Illustrator using text.

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An Illustrator’s Project: From Start to Finish

A very interesting tutorial, from Design Instruct, that takes you behind the scenes and shows you the illustration process from start to finish.

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Create an Abstract, Textured Artwork in Illustrator

In this tutorial, you’ll use the Blend Tool, Paintbrush Tool and textures to create a stunning abstract piece of art.

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Learn Gorgeous New Shading Skills

This tutorial from Digital Arts, teaches you how to transform a pencil sketch into a beautiful, digital artwork using Illustrator and Photoshop.

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Create a Cool Vector Panda Character in Illustrator

I really liked this tutorial from Chris Spooner. In it, he uses basic shapes, gradients and subtle effects to make a very nice vector panda.

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Create A Cute Creature Character From A Sketch

In this tutorial, on Vectips, you’ll learn how to use an array of Illustrator tools to create a cute creature; techniques that can also be applied to many other projects.

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Create a Fun Print-Ready Doodled Business Card Design

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to combine fun doodles with a business card design to create a print-ready PDF.

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Create a Set of Shiny Character Eyes

This tutorial teaches you how to create detailed vector eyes. Although the techniques used here are basic, the result looks great and can be used for all sorts of character designs.

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Create Quirky Repeating Patterns

This tutorial teaches you how to create repeating patterns. The techniques you’ll learn can be applied to a wide range of projects, such as , textiles, T-shirt prints and more.

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Lego Bricks Typeface

This great tutorial on Vectordiary teaches you how to convert the beloved LEGO bricks into a cool looking typeface in Illustrator.

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Don’t Be Constrained by Control Points: An Introduction to Extreme Path

This is a great tutorial by Grant Friedman from Colorburned, that shows you how to use Extreme Path, a plug-in for Adobe Illustrator.

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Create A Mouthwatering Chocolate Covered Strawberry

In this tutorial, you’ll learn tricks and techniques to create a chocolate covered strawberry but can also be used in an array of projects.

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Create An Editable Metal Type Treatment

This tutorial uses the Appearance panel to create a metal looking type treatment that is fully editable when it is done.

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Cafe Style Coffee Art in Adobe Illustrator

This tutorial shows you how to make a beautiful coffee illustration that was inspired by the book “1000 Restaurant, bar & café graphics”.

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Create a Google Phone Styled Background in 6 Easy Steps

This tutorial from Vectips shows you how to create the “Nexus One” Google Phone background with a few simple steps using transparency modes to create cool lighting effects.

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Create A Briefcase Icon

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to create a briefcase icon with basic shapes and gradients. You’ll also learn some useful techniques that can be used for other projects.

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Create a Candy Inspired Vector Snowboard Design

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to put together a candy inspired design by cutting, splitting and joining vector paths to produce an intricate weave of basic shapes.

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How to Design a Cheeky Koala Mascot Head

This great tutorial from VectorTuts+, will show you how to combine basic shapes, blending modes and smart coloring to create a koala illustration.

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How to Make an Attractive Vector Butterfly

This great tutorial from VectorTuts+, will show you how to combine shapes, blending modes and the gradient mesh to create a beautiful butterfly.

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Create An Editable Stitched Label Type Treatment

This tutorial, from Vectips, uses Appearance panel in Illustrator making it easy to edit the text and apply the treatment to other fonts and vector elements.

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How to Create Typeface Characters

This tutorial by Julian Dorado, shows you how to take different sections of the characters of a font and put them together, therefore creating all kinds of creatures.

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How to Create a Seamless Argyle Pattern in Illustrator

A great screencast tutorial from Colorburned that explains the steps needed to create a seamless arglyle pattern.

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How to Create a Cute Vector Bear T-Shirt Design

This tutorial shows you how to design a bear character and surrounding scenery using basic shapes, for use as a cool t-shirt design.

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Make Watercolor and Marker Style Portraits with Illustrator

This tutorial will teach you the techniques used to create digital portrait illustrations that have the unique feel of marker and watercolor.

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Now this is a big list of Illustrator tutorials, but you certainly shouldn’t be intimidated by this list. Instead, you should go through them and complete all of them one at a time. That way, you will become a master of vector art by the time you get finished with these tutorials. Also, these tutorials will help you realize why Illustrator is better for vector art than Photoshop.

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  • Hermitbiker

    …. these are all great tutorials collected and showcased here at “sloDive”, thanks again !!

  • http://slodive.com/ SloDive

    Thanks for your appreciation buddy. Appreciate it.

  • http://www.overtongraphics.com Josh Overton

    Great stuff here I will definately take advantage of them

    thanks for collecting them :)

    Josh Overton

  • http://slodive.com/ SloDive

    Thanks Josh, glad these will help you.

  • jaystrab

    The Learn Gorgeous New Shading Skills tutorial is for Photoshop not Illustrator. You could do that in Illustrator, but not the way they describe using masks and channels. Some nice tuts here, though.

  • http://slodive.com/ SloDive

    Ahh. Thanks for your comment buddy.

  • Ken Reynolds

    Thanks for including my Shakespeare Tut in such a great list.

  • http://slodive.com/ SloDive

    You deserve it buddy.

  • http://www.clippingimages.com shabnam

    nice posts

  • http://slodive.com/ SloDive

    Thanks buddy, hope to see you around.

  • Wi Fi Enabled Apple iPads

    Strangely firefox doesn’t show this website completely…unsure as to why this is occurring. Anyway, it was a absolutely good read, keep up the good work and I shall come back asap.

  • Brett Widmann

    This is a really nice collection of tutorials. Thanks for sharing.

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  • sarang

    Great Tutorial boos……..I got My Project…….thankssss

  • jojo

    NC Wyeth you aint

  • http://www.antsmagazine.com Nahid

    Wow just so cool.. I have loads of tutorials and wallpapers on my blog too

  • Anon

    Just thought I’d put out the spelling error in the pop-up window recommending the next article: “You Will _Definately_ Love This One”

    That’s definitely not right! Cheers. ;)

    • http://slodive.com/ SloDive

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  • Anon

    Point out*

    It’s like typo inception around here.

  • http://capsicummediaworks.com Nirav Dave

    Nice collection of illustrator
    Thanks so much for posting amazing set of tutorials
    keep up good work

  • Manuel Garcia

    The final result of the tutorials are simply fascinating. But I must admit, I’ve never try to use Illustrator.

  • Jai

    A very great resource here. I was amazed in the first image. How words are used to make an illustration is such a great idea. Thanks!

  • Prabha

    These illustration vector tutorial are very new for me, i wanted to learn all the tutorials but not having much time i loved to learn how to Create a Cool Vector Panda Character in Illustrator its beautiful and very very easy.

  • http://www.satyathakur.com Satya Thakur

    This is like the most awesome illustrator tutorials. Thanks for compiling these tutorials all together.

  • Bhring Nath Prasad

    Create a Google Phone Styled Background in 6 Easy Steps is mine favorite tutorial.

  • Prabha

    An Illustrator’s Project: From Start to Finish is such a nice and easy tutorial to learn.

  • Kamal

    Great collection of tutorials indeed. All tutorials are easy to follow and each are unique in its own way.

  • Bhring Nath Prasad

    Wow ! these vector art are very unique one i have never seen such arts really these are nice collection of vector arts.