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In this tutorial, you will learn how to create a medieval paper scroll with the 3-D Extrude and Revolve tool. Using texture, you will also learn how to make an object look old and how to map artwork to a 3-D vector object.
In this tutorial you will learn how to create a simple circus tent icon. You may discover some interesting things about Warp effects. Warp effects are often overlooked in digital illustration, but as you can see, they lead to some really nice results.
Learn how to illustrate a bunch of grapes using basic Adobe Illustrator tools. You will learn how to render multiple light sources and how to model a complex object using simple shapes and techniques.
This tutorial will explain how to create a glossy and stylized digital clock from scratch in Adobe Illustrator composed of basic shapes and nifty gradients. We will make a vector icon that will be scalable to any size by taking advantage of designing icons and graphics using a vector-based application like Illustrator.
So in this tutorial or walking through process I will show you how I created my design, but first check out my very first sketch.
Learn the process of making a tribal-style illustration using only fundamental techniques in Adobe Illustrator. This is more of a process overview than a play-by-play tutorial, and thus some basic skill in the program is needed to follow along.
Looking for an abstract wallpaper but can’t find a color or shape that you like? In this tutorial, you will learn how to create desktop wallpapers using simple geometric figures, the Blending Mode and Gaussian Blur.
Draw a stylish smoking pipe in Illustrator. You will learn how to create the wooden texture on the pipe and the tobacco and smoke. The steps are simple and hopefully useful.
In this tutorial, creative duo LouLou & Tummie show you how to use Illustrator to create a symmetrical, character-filled banner. You’all hone your skill with the Pathfinder tool to build new shapes and tweak lines to give a sense of flow.
Create a briefcase icon using rectangles, ellipses and gradients. This icon is great for Web designs and user interfaces, and you can easily apply the techniques to other icons, logos and illustrations.
In this tutorial, Thomas Burden shows how you to create vibrant work in Illustrator using a simple color palette and basic blur effects, particularly Illustrator’s Gaussian Blur effects.
Adobe Illustrator CS5 has a new option in the Stroke window known as “Width Profile.” This tutorial shows how you to create brushes and use them in any version of Adobe Illustrator CS. You will also learn how to create, save and use your new brushes!
Make use of the 3-D tools in Illustrator to create this attractive bottle of wine in a gift box. You will learn how to create the graphic using the Rectangle tool, pen, 3-D revolve and gradients.
In this detailed tutorial, you will learn how to manipulate a reference image to get started and how to use custom brushes to create the fur effect.
Follow the walk through of the design process for this “Spectrum” poster. Starting with custom-made type in Illustrator, you’all move the vector graphics into Photoshop for some serious distressing with Photoshop brushes, blending modes and more!
Learn how to create complex brushes in Adobe Illustrator and how the brushes work together. You will create some interesting effects.
Learn how to create a photo-realistic iPhone illustration and every single icon found on the iPhone touchscreen.
In this tutorial, you will work with a stock image and the new Stroke settings in CS5 to create this stylized vector portrait. Along the way, you will learn some great tips and tricks on how to strike the perfect balance between form and detail.
A calendar is an appealing and practical item to make from your study of Illustrator. In this tutorial, you will create a print-ready 12-month calendar using grunge text, the Linked Text tool, master pages and layers.
In this tutorial, you will work through ways to create digital portraits that have the unique and somewhat tactile feel of marker and watercolor. This tutorial requires a drawing tablet and Adobe Illustrator. The focus is on technique and technical settings, but the result will rely on your personal style.
Combine Illustrator, Photoshop and Cinema 4D to produce a composition that includes 3-D text, 3-D lightbulbs (created from scratch using only a reference photo) and floral ornaments.
Adobe Illustrator is more than adequate for creating 3-D objects with some basic shading for the text. In this tutorial, you will learn how to create 3-D text using Adobe Illustrator and learn techniques for shading the text to give it a clean, consistent, stylized look.
Learn how to make a simple yet effective smoke-like illustration. Using this technique, you can make smoke, fog and clouds in just a few easy steps.
Create a grungy, hand-drawn-looking poster with a cassette tape as the focus. You’all use the Pencil tool to make organic vector objects and patterns in Illustrator.
This is an advanced tutorial and assumes familiarity with the basic workings of the Pathfinder palette. You’ll learn how to create environments occupied by many objects.
In this tutorial, Sebastiano shows you how to create various decorative elements (including geometric shapes, half-tones, ribbons, 3-D stars and 3-D text) in Illustrator and then merge, compose, enhance and texturize them in Photoshop.
Create a trendy seamless pattern in Illustrator using some text and icons. Although you won’t go in-depth into creating the icons, you will look closely at creating a seamless pattern swatch. You can easily apply these techniques to other seamless pattern swatches.
In this tutorial, you’all learn how to create this cute creature from a sketch. This tutorial uses custom brushes, the Paintbrush tool, Pen tool and Live Paint Bucket tool. Even if you’re not a huge fan of the cuteness, you can still use these techniques for other illustrations, logos and vector elements.
Create contemporary wallpaper graffiti, with splashes and motifs. This quick tutorial shows you how to draw florals and create ink-splatter effects. Combine them all to create a stunning contemporary masterpiece.
Create the golden 3-D text effect below. Create text using 3-D Extrude, and clean up the broken shapes. The final step goes over the glow and highlights of the text. This is a great tutorial for beginners to create professional 3-D text effects in Illustrator.
Want to produce clean detailed line work 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 in this tutorial.
Build up many elements to create a vector image with real depth and richness. The designer explains, “I spend most of the time picking out colors that match each other to form harmonic color composition. It takes a lot of time, but it’s worth the effort.”
A step-by-step tutorial on creating a tiger-striped cat in Illustrator.
This tutorial shows you how to create a dynamic hair style from a reference image. You will use the Paintbrush tool, basic skin shading and transparent gradients.
In this tutorial, Zena walks you through the creation of an art illustration so that you can see what goes on behind a digital illustrator’s work and gain new insight for your own work flow. You’all go tall conceptualizing and gathering ideas, creating the illustration in Illustrator and then finishing the piece in Photoshop.
A detailed tutorial on making a beautiful eye.
Beef up your Illustrator skills while creating an ominous jar of purple ooze. You’all find handy tips and techniques for illustrating glass, chrome and toxic ooze.
Entertain yourself by creating a glossy yo-yo icon. You will combine different gradient and object effects to make a hyper-realistic and shiny plastic surface. The result is a perfectly rendered and appealing icon that can be made in just one hour.
How to create an illustrated wolf from the hand-drawn paper sketch to final product with Illustrator and Photoshop.
The gap between working with pixels and vectors in Photoshop and Illustrator is closing rapidly, thanks to Smart Objects. Derek Lea explains all while creating a highly textured yet vector-sharp masterpiece.
Learn how to create illustrations and turn them into flyers or posters. The end product will be a flyer which was created for an art show.
In this lesson you’all learn how to create a 3-Point Perspective-view drawing of a generic car, working from plan and elevation view reference only.
All you need is Illustrator, some inks and some brushes to turn a photograph of a car into a vector illustration.
I’m going to walk you through a technique to create vintage looking 3d stars in Illustrator. You guessed it, 100% vector.
Learn how to create real-looking human face, hair and cloth.
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 references of other cartoons or caricatures to make sure your shapes are correct.
Pins are popular these days, so I thought why not write a tutorial on how to create these in Adobe Illustrator. If you’ve ever wondered how to simulate this realistic looking pin or button effect, here’s your chance to learn.
Over that last couple of days i’ve been playing around in Illustrator a lot make some basic shapes and images. One of my best creations is the Blob Monster called the scream. It is really simple to do and doesn’t take long to complete. This technique can be used for nearly any type of simple shape / monster.
You can achieve surprisingly cool results using the Transform Again feature in Illustrator starting from a simple shape. As you all know simplicity is my motto. Today I try turn this into practice again. So sit tight for another step-by-step tutorial using this simple but oh so powerful feature.