Useful Illustrator Tutorials of 2014 For All Learners

Useful Illustrator Tutorials of 2014

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.

Illustrator Tutorials

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.

Hexagonal Grids for Making 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.

Abstract Blur Pattern Design

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.

Abstract Low-Poly 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.

Golden Ribbon Banner Vectors

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.

Origami Style Logomark

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.

Low-Poly Grungy Style

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.

Sketch to Vector Art

How to Create a Mac Icon in Illustrator

This tutorial will show you how to make a fairly realistic-looking Mac icon.

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.

iOS7 Icons

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.

Calculator 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.

Sticker-Like Music Icons

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.

Simple Open Box Icon

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.

Puzzle Piece Icon

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.

Long Shadows

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.

Draw Realistic Liquids

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.

Clock Illustration

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.

3D Sports Illustration

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.

Bookshelf Illustration

Bright Light Bulb Vector

Learn how to create this semi-realistic light bulb illustration – the uses for this are endless!

Light Bulb Illustration

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.

Sketch Font

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.

Fire Text Effect


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.


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