30+ Hand-picked Awesome Vector illustration Tutotials

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Adobe Illustrator is a powerful tool for illustrating various elements one can use for web pages and print design. However, it’s important to know what to do in order to powerfully use its tools and achieve certain effects. The differences between layer use and the creation of objects and shapes can be really strange at first hand. Luckily there’s a range of help available for free online in the form of tutorials. So, step-by-step tutorials can provide a lot of help, thats why we spent a lot of time searching for the best tutorials out there.

Vector Illustration Tutorials

Here is my collection of 30+ Hand-picked Awesome vector illustration tutotials from various sites. The step-by-step vector tutorials featured in this article shares techniques that will help you expand your range of knowledge in making vector illustrations for your graphic design and illustration projects. In this article, you can find the good number of high quality tutorials by the best and most talented graphic design artists on ways to create vector illustrations.

Vector Darts on Bullseye

In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to make an attractive darts illustration in Adobe Illustrator. You will learn how to draw basic shapes, modify them and apply gradients to crate the vector darts. Apply this technique to your marketing and advertising materials to illustrate precision and concepts.

Contemporary Wallpaper Art

Create a grafitti contemporary wallpaper art with splashes and motifs. This quick illustrator tutorial will show you how to draw florals and create ink splatters effects. Combine them all to create a stunning contemporary master piece

Perfect Silhouette with Live Trace

Drawing vector silhouette figures using the pen tool is a long and painful process. However, with Illustrator’s Live Trace effect, you can now create silhouettes with ease. In this Illustrator tutorial, I am going to teach you how to prepare your images in Photoshop for Live Trace. Then, we will experiment with various Live Trace settings to create our silhouette. After reading this, you will be able to create better looking silhouette figures.

Gradient Mesh Flower

Gradient Mesh can be a wonderful tool to master but the learning curve can bring a bit of frustration to the beginner, I myself found it confusing at first but with a little practice and a simple plan I was able to get around a few of the tools weaknesses and avoid snapping Wacom pens in anguish.

Realistic Vector Orange

In this step-by-step Illustrator tutorial, you will learn how to make a photo realistic vector orange using Adobe Illustrator CS3. We will cover lots of Illustrator effects like sponge, plastic wrap and accent edges. A very good Illustrator training tutorial for beginners on drawing fruits.

Vector Retro Television

In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to make a stylish retro television in Adobe Illustrator. You will learn how to draw basic shapes, modify them and apply gradient and gradient mesh for more realism. Hope you enjoy this illustrator tutorial.

3D Christmas Bells

Thinking of drawing some Christmas bells for this Christmas? Read this illustrator tutorial to learn how to draw 5 different styles of vector Christmas bells using the 3D Revolve Effect. You will also learn how to create unique designs for each one and how to apply them using the Map Art option. This tutorial is creative and hope you will learn new techniques. Let’s get to work!

Chocolate Packaging Box

Read this illustrator tutorial to learn how to draw different types of chocolate truffles and create a nice packaging. By the end you will be able to draw other types of packages, even other shapes following the same idea and for any product that you want. Great for drawing mockups for packaging design. So let’s get started!

Cute Panda Bear Face Icon

creating some über cute creatures. In the following easy tutorial, I’ll show you how to create a cute panda bear face icon all from ellipses (well, actually there is one rectangle for the background). The great part about this tutorial, is that you can easily apply the techniques to other icons, illustrations, logos, or other projects.

Grainy Textures

Creating grainy textures are great for retro illustrations, typography, and logos. Alternatively, you can incorporate these effects into compelling new styles. You can always scan in similar textures and Live Trace them in Illustrator, but you can pretty easily create this type of effect all inside Illustrator!

Storefront Vector Icon

In this tutorial I will show you how to create a simple storefront icon using some rectangles, Illustrator Effects, and gradients. This icon is great for use in e-commerce sites and Ecommerce blogs. The techniques in this tutorial can easily be applied to other icons, illustrations, and logos.

Mouthwatering Chocolate Covered Strawberry

It’s almost Valentine’s day and rather than getting your loved one the same old cheap gifts you get every year, why not create a chocolate covered strawberry illustration for them? You can easily apply this illustration to your own greeting card, t-shirt, or anything else you can think of. Moreover, you can apply this tutorial to other illustrations and logos.

Bright Retro Grunge

Follow these steps in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop to create a range of vector shapes and graphics that can be combined into a great looking vector collage illustration. We’ll then finish off the illustration with some subtle touches of depth and detail, giving a polished graphic with hints of a retro-grunge style.

sugar skull illustration

This is a step by step visualization of the making of the sugar skull illustration which i did . The steps are pretty explanatory as they walk you through how each step was done . It is more of a visual walk through i will be glad to describe any step if you need help along the way just leave a comment and i will get back.

The Making of Splash Page

I created this tutorial which will walk you through the making of this page , illustration was first sketched , i will admit that the final image changed considerably from the initial sketches but below you will find some step by step making of the splash page with little description and the details of the tools involved.

Weather vector Icons

Here is the preview of one of my flash animations which is well received through ActiveDen click the image below to see it in action

Cute Furry Vector Monster

Follow these steps in Adobe Illustrator to create your very own super cute fuzzy monster character. We’ll be working with the basic shapes to start, then use a variety of gradients to add depth. We can then finish it off with some detailed fur effects to really lift the design from the screen.

3D prototype mock-up Jar

One way of seeing whether packaging design is effective or not is to create a prototype. This would normally consist of printing the design out and mocking it up – this is costly and expensive to do, and normally only one prototype would be produced. What if prototypes could be mocked up in a fraction of time, be less expensive and messy, and be more environmentally friendly? What if multiple prototypes could be produced to show a client what their products would eventually look like in mass on a shelf?

Character Mascot

Mascots are becoming increasingly popular in web design. In this intermediate Illustrator tutorial we will show you how to create a vector character mascot from a sketch in Adobe Illustrator CS4. The techniques in this tutorial can easily be applied to other illustrations, icons, and design elements; as well as legacy versions of Illustrator.

Mastering masking in Illustrator

A mask might appear to be just a simple tool for covering something up, but Adobe Illustrator‘s masking tools offer far more than one basic use. Along with the Compound Path, Illustrator‘s Clipping and Opacity Masks can take your illustration and design onto a new level of detail, precision, texture and shape. To know when to use each tool, you simply need a clear understanding of what each one does.

Awesome Space Rocket Avatar

What? You still don’t have your own avatar? Remedy this situation immediately with this tutorial. We’ll draw a shiny, awesome-looking space rocket in Adobe Illustrator using advanced techniques such as gradient meshes, pattern brushes and opacity masks. We will then add a flare, smoke, clouds and sky to complete a fun illustration. Ready to launch?

Painting Mustache

video tutorial focused on digital painting. Today I’m going to show you how I painted my Moustache Buttons.

iPhone Icon: Full Workflow

In this detailed tutorial I’ll show you how to create an iPhone icon from scratch using Photoshop’s vector shapes, layer styles and masks.

Curious Owl

Here’s the illustration I created. It’s inspired by the ominous truth spoken by The Giant in Twin Peaks: “The owls are not what they seem”:

Tasty Burger Icon

In this delicious tutorial I’ll show you how to create a three-dimensional, scrumptious burger using Adobe Illustrator. Remember that I’m a vegetarian, so you should definitely appreciate the effort!

Colorful Space Scene

I recently watched “Moon” and although I didn’t like it that much it inspired me to create a space scene. In this tutorial we’ll create a colorful illustration that includes the Earth, the Moon, a starry sky and some beautiful light effects.

Yellow Submarine Icon with Gradient Meshes

Check out my latest Illustrator tutorial on Vectortuts+! How to Create a Yellow Submarine Icon with Gradient Meshes.

Swanky Coffee Table Icon

My latest tutorial on Psdtuts+ is out! How To Create A Swanky Coffee Table Icon In Photoshop is a simple, elegant Photoshop tutorial for intermediate users that teaches you how to create Isamu Noguchi’s 1944 classic coffee table.

Zee Logo

With the idea of “Stay in the Loop”, I decided to play in Illustrator to create a custom font for it. Also I wanted to make the logo resemble a bit of the Abduzeedo logo. We’re still working on the logo and the tag line, but the concept is this one that I will show you here.

Funny Game Character

Create new document, size 600 x 400 px, check Show Grid , Smart Guide and Snap to Grid item on View menu. When Snap to Grid item is checked, Smart Guide cant work, u must choose one…use it smartly :) Draw 1 elliptical shap

type technique using shapes

One of the questions I often get from readers is if I could write a tutorial on how to create a certain logo. It’s something that I think is not very good material for a tutorial because it’s so very specific.

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