Adobe Illustrator is very advanced software, and it takes more getting used to than Photoshop. It is far easier to get stuck in Illustrator and have no idea what you should or could do next! But the old saying ‘no pain, no gain’ is so true – you will gain so much from being comfortable with using Illustrator, and being able to flit between Illustrator and Photoshop will result in wonderful creations. Here we have collected a selection of illustrator tutorials published in 2014 that could be very useful for designers. Some are quite advanced and time-consuming, but there are also beginner tutorials and quick tips included here.
How to Create Hexagonal Grids for Making Patterns in Illustrator
This tutorial will show you several ways to create grids as a basis for creating seamless geometric patterns.
How to Create an Easy Abstract Blur Pattern Design
Here you will learn how to make a geometric gradient pattern placed over a vibrant blurry background, resulting in a cool background. This tutorial uses both Illustrator and Photoshop.
How to Create an Abstract Low-Poly Pattern in Illustrator
This tutorial will show you how to create a version of the currently trending geometric-style background pattern.
Golden Ribbon Banner Vectors
These luxurious-looking gold banners are sure to be a welcome addition to websites looking for a touch of class in their design. Learn how to create 4 banner styles using Illustrator’s built-in tools.
How to Create an Origami Style Logomark in Illustrator
Here Chris Spooner shows you how to reference a photo to create an origami-style image. This is quite in-keeping with the current hexagonal pattern trend, and creates a beautiful end result.
Design a CD Cover in Low-Polygonal Grungy Style
This tutorial, although actually for the design of a CD cover, shows how to create a low-poly effect on an animal or object, and the grungy style is also useful.
Illustrator Techniques to Turn a Sketch into Vector Art
This is an extremely useful tutorial, offering technique tips on how to use Illustrator to turn your sketches into vectors.
How to Create a Mac Icon in Illustrator
This tutorial will show you how to make a fairly realistic-looking Mac icon.
How to Create iOS7 Icons
This is a series of tutorials that show you how to create some icons for iOS7. 8 tutorials are planned, and at the time of writing, 4 have been published. They are:
The upcoming ones will be: Calculator Icon / Compass Icon / Phone Icon / Face Time Icon.
How to Create a Calculator Icon
This tutorial states it is for Illustrator beginners and that it will only take 30 minutes to complete. The end result is a very stylish icon.
Create Sticker-Like Music Icons in Illustrator
A nice tutorial for creating stickers – whether you want them to be music icons or not, the technique is the valuable point of this tutorial.
Create a Simple Open Box Icon in Illustrator
This tutorial is very useful if you are having any problems with the shading of 3d objects – here you will see how to apply highlights and shadows to make this box structure look 3d.
Create a Simple Puzzle Piece Icon in Illustrator
Here you will learn how to create a very nice puzzle piece icon – useful for educational sites and sites aimed at children.
Create a Long Shadow Using a Blend in Illustrator
Long shadows are so popular at the moment, and I am guessing that a lot of designers have their own method of creating them – but we have included this tutorial in case you need to know.
Draw Realistic Liquids in Vector Art
Although I am not convinced that the result here is that realistic, it is a nice end result. By following this tutorial you will learn numerous Illustrator techniques and will use the Mesh tool, Warp tool and layer blending properties.
How to Create a Simple Clock Illustration in Illustrator
A clock is a useful illustration for many websites, and this design is very neat and clean.
Create a 3D Sports Illustration
In this advanced tutorial you will learn how to create this graphic illustration using Illustrator to create and export basic paths, Cinema 4D to build the 3D, and Photoshop for the post-production.
How to Draw a Bookshelf Illustration
In this tutorial you will use basic shape design and 3D modeling to draw a cloud-shaped bookshelf illustration.
Bright Light Bulb Vector
Learn how to create this semi-realistic light bulb illustration – the uses for this are endless!
Turn Any Font into a Sketch Font
This style of font is very popular these days, but have you tried looking for such a font? They are either not very good, or cost a lot of money. In this tutorial you will learn how to apply the sketch font effect to any font of your choice.
Vector Fire Text Effect
In this tutorial you will learn how to create custom vector fire and custom art brushes – by applying some of Illustrators built-in effects, you will make your text look like it is on fire.
Illustrator is not an easy program to get to grips with, but there are many beginner tutorials out there, and some of those included in this round-up are designed for beginners. Like anything, once you get the hang of it, it will be a breeze.
Do you use Illustrator to create illustrations, text effects, etc? Do you find Illustrator a more difficult program to use than Photoshop? Please share your opinions with us in the comments section below.