Illustrator Tips & Tricks: 53 Handy Adobe Illustrator Tutorial Videos

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Adobe Illustrator is the butter to Photoshop’s bread for designers and creative professionals. It’s also a favorite among—well, illustrators—for its ease of use, flexibility and clean interface. HOW hunted down some helpful Adobe Illustrator tutorials to help you get the hang of all the functionality and techniques you might need for your creative work. We’re hooked on Creative Cloud, so most of these are created for Adobe Illustrator CC tutorials, but most of them will apply regardless of which version you’re using. Below, you’ll find Adobe Illustrator tutorials on beginner techniques, logo design, lettering, drawing and more. (And for a more intensive look at this software’s capabilities, check out online courses like Adobe Illustrator & Photoshop Tips & Tricks at HOW Design University.)

Beginner & Fundamental Tutorials

1. 10 Things to Know When You’re Getting Started

2. Playlist: How to Draw 13 Simple Shapes in Adobe Illustrator

3. 10 Essential Tips

4. Hidden Features

5. Workflow in Adobe Illustrator

6. How to Work with 3D Effects

7. Illustrator for Motion Graphics


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Logo Design Tutorials

1. Using the Golden Ratio in Logo Design

2. Simple Emblems & Logos

3. 3D Logo Design Tutorial

4. 3D Gradient Logos

5. Monogram Logo

6. Monoweight Logos

7. Vintage-Style Logos (a.k.a. “hipster” logos)

8. Hole Logo Effect


Typography, Text & Lettering Tutorials

1. Basic Typography Tips

2. Creating Custom Type Designs in Adobe Illustrator

3. How to Make Quick 3D Lettering in Illustrator

4. Interlaced Lettering

5. Neon Text Effects

6. Typographic Illustrations

7. Anaglyphic Text Effect

8. Hatched Drop Shadow Text Effect

9. Knockout Text

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10. A Ton of Handy Text Effects!

11. Golden Text


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Drawing & Illustration Tutorials

1. Alternative Drawing Techniques

2. Digitizing Sketches

3. Tips, Tricks & Shortcuts for Line Art

4. How to Design a Flat Landscape Wallpaper in Illustrator

5. Perspective Vector Art

6. Creating Characters from Simple Shapes

7. Drawing (More Detailed) Characters in Illustrator

8. Inking & Coloring Comics

9. Flat Avatar Tutorial

10. Pixel Art in Illustrator


Data Visualization & Infographic Elements

1. Visualizing Data vs. Presenting Data

2. Creating Graphs

3. Flat Infographics

4. Creating Maps

5. Icon Designs


Various Visual Effects

1. Abstract Facets

2. Various 3D Effects

4. Texture Gradients

5. Tattoo-Inspired Vector Illustration

6. Halftone Shading

7. Isometric Shapes

8. Continuous Spirograph Patterns

9. Wave Effect

10. Creating Watercolor Brushes

11. Letterpress & Rubber Stamp Effect

12. Low Poly Art


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