Tutorials, Illustrator

How To : Vectorize graphics in Adobe Illustrator

Vectorizing your graphics will help improve the quality of your content. Task Tutorial helps you out in this Illustrator tutorial by showing you how to take a crappy jpeg image (a logo), clean it up and turn it into a vector graphic.

How To : Use Adobe Illustrator with a Wacom tablet

Every good illustrator knows the advantage of using a Wacom tablet with Adobe Illustrator. When you plug in a Wacom tablet it doesn't automatically set your tools to be pressure sensitive. Terry White will show you how to set your brushes to really take advantage of your new t ...more

How To : Use the Gradient Mesh Tool in Illustrator

In this Adobe Illustrator tutorial, Bert Monroy from PixelPerfect shows you how to use the Gradient Mesh tool, which lets you divide pretty much any shape (like an apple) into a mesh. Wish a mesh created, you can alter the color of an intersecting point of the mesh with a soli ...more

How To : Create sparkles in Illustrator

Want to create some cool effects in illustrator? Create a new layer. Draw the ellipse tool and add radial gradient, then go to transparency and select screen. Then create the star tool and deselect stroke. Drag and place the star shape on ellipse and group them. Then duplicate ...more

How To : Create 8-bit style pixel art using Adobe Illustrator

Copy the popular, retro-style 8-bit pixel art. You can use Adobe Illustrator to create this simple sort of art. This tutorial shows you how to set up your document and how to begin illustrating your project to get that old school feel for your artwork.

How To : Create diagrams and flowcharts in Adobe Illustrator 5

If you need to make some diagrams for a school project or a flowchart for a business proposal, you can easily use Adobe Illustrator 5, part of the Creative Suite package, to create them. This tutorial shows you a few ways to create your own customized diagrams.

How To : Create a Twisted Wire in Illustrator

This Illustrator tutorial shows you a way to make a double helix or twisted wire. Using Illustrator and the powerful pattern brush, Bert takes us through the steps from a wavy line to a realistic wire effect or double helix. To watch this episode of PixelPerfect, head over to ...more

How To : Draw in Illustrator with the pencil tool

Bert invites Morty Golding to offer a tutorial on drawing within Adobe Illustrator utilizing the pencil tool. Follow along and start using some of Illustrator's advanced features and draw in Illustrator!

How To : Place images inside text with Illustrator

Placing images inside text is nothing new. However, the old way involved converting the text to outlines first and thereby making the text uneditable. In this video you'll learn how to fill your text with an image while maintaining complete edit-ability of the text using Illus ...more

How To : Create digital smoke in Photoshop & Illustrator

In this image editing software tutorial we are going to show you how to easily create digital abstract smoke using both Illustrator and Photoshop. One of the best things about this technique is that it’s very customizable and you can do it pretty quickly. Watch and learn how t ...more

How To : Create a falling leaf animation in Illustrator

Ah, falling leaves: They remind of the beauty of nature, fall, and the changing of seasons. And if you've ever walked alongside a row of oaks on the street it seems as if their leaves fall to some unknown, hidden perfect orchestration. Capture their beauty by creating a falli ...more

How To : Create a lens flare in Illustrator

Ever wondered about the flare hitting your eyes from reflective surfaces (vehicle mirrors)? Let's create one. Open Adobe Illustrator with an image and embed it. Take the flare tool from tool palette. Draw the first shape and then second shape. To change settings, go to flare o ...more

How To : Ink in Illustrator and paint in Photoshop

Tutorial/demonstration showing how to use Calligraphic Brushes in Illustrator to do line drawings (inking) and then import them into Photoshop as a Smart Object to retain the vector quality of the line art. By using clipping masks, we can change the color of the line art witho ...more

How To : Create your own fonts & types in Illustrator

In this tutorial, user CollegeTut shows you how to customize the shapes of various fonts and text, essentially creating your own custom fonts, by converting the text of any font to outlines and then editing those outlines (bezier paths/strokes). You can modify the points on th ...more

How To : Change stroke and fill colors in Adobe Illustrator

This short tutorial presents a guide on how to change the stroke and fill colors in most versions of Adobe Illustrator. Whether you're new to Adobe's popular vector editor or a seasoned graphic arts professional just looking to better acquaint yourself with the program and its ...more

How To : Use Live Trace in Illustrator CS3

Morty Golding is back again to show us how to utilize Adobe Illustrator's live trace tool to convert bitmaps into vector drawings. Vector drawings guarantee that your graphics stay the same across multiple platforms and when printing. So learn how to use live trace and create ...more

How To : Make a 3D wine bottle in Illustrator CS3

In this tutorial, Bert shows you how to make a realistic 3D looking wine bottle, complete with label. This uses the 3D part of Illustrator and is great for those of you without access or time to use an actual 3D software package.

How To : Distort text in Illustrator

When you want to distort text, make sure to have the pathfinder tab open. This tutorial will show you how to manipulate text by moving around the letters and parts of each word, and using different effects that are pre-built into Illustrator. Simple, but well explained, this t ...more

How To : Design a vector logo in Illustrator

This software tutorial shows you just how easy it is to design a great looking logo in Adobe Illustrator. As with any other software package, it's all about getting to know the interface; and then from there it's all about developing your design skills. As with most others, I ...more

How To : Warp text for interesting effects in Illustrator

In this video you will learn how to Warp your text into any shape or design you want. This is a really handy effect for applying logos or designs to images of clothing. Using this effect you can warp your text to the wrinkles in your fabric and make it really look like it was ...more

How To : Import Illustrator files into Maya

This is a quick tutorial that shows you how to import Adobe Illustrator files into Maya. If you're going to use your illustrator files in Maya, make sure the fonts can be exported because they won't all work. Import Illustrator files into Maya. Click through to watch this vide ...more

How To : Make a stencil with Adobe Illustrator

Stencils can be made in lots of ways, but using Adobe Illustrator gives a more professional finish. Acetate sheets and an X-acto knife are also required to cut our the image. Learn how to make a stencil by watching this tagging how-to video.

How To : Create a cartoon cloud in Illustrator

A great free video training from tasktutorial on how to create a cartoon cloud in Adobe Illustrator. All the project files are available to download for free at the Adobe website. First create a background: select the rectangle tool then create a new layer and draw a rectangle ...more

How To : Vectorize art in Illustrator

This tutorial is very informative for those of you who aren't really familiar with the basics of Illustrator. Bert explains first, why you would want to use Illustrator instead of Photoshop, and then explains how to take an image or piece of artwork and vectorize it.

How To : Create a glossy sphere in Illustrator

Do you want to add some 3D effects in your 2D designs? Open illustrator and draw an oval tool holding shift key. Then draw an ellipse with a different color and place it on the oval. Take blend tool,then click on ellipse shape and then oval one for a gradient effect. Draw anot ...more

How To : Create a 3D sphere & reflection in Illustrator

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to create a 3D sphere and reflection in Adobe Illustrator. Begin by using the ellipse tool and create a circle. Select the black and white gradient, and drag the colors that you want into the gradient panel. Now hold the Alt key and dr ...more

How To : Draw a realistic eye in Illustrator

This two-part video tutorial shows you how to draw an eye that's realistic, using the software program Adobe Illustrator. If you've ever been confused by Illustrator, this video will clear things up for you. The first part of the tutorial shows you the ultra-fast version, and ...more

How To : Use the Pathfinder tool in Adobe Illustrator CS5

Learn how to use the Pathfinder tool in Illustrator CS5. Whether you're new to Adobe's popular vector graphics editor or a seasoned graphic arts professional interested in better acquainting yourself with the new features and functions of Illustrator CS5, you're sure to benefi ...more

How To : Wrap text around paths in illustrator

To create an added interest with text, learn how to wrap text around paths or shapes using Illustrator software. This video from Task Tutorial shows us each step involved with wrapping text around an oval as an example. However, any shape or path can be used to wrap text aroun ...more

How To : Map art on 3D invisible shapes in Illustrator

If you need help with 3D concepts in Illustrator, Bert's going to show you how to wrap an invisible 3-dimensional shape made in the 3D Extrude and Bevel tool with Map Art tool. Curled ribbons for campaign posters are just the beginning with this Illustrator tutorial!

How To : Ink comic books in Adobe Illustrator

Comic books are fun to make, but inking them can be a time extensive pain of a process. Using a computer software program, you can make the inking much faster. In this two-part video tutorial, you'll learn how to take a sketch and turn it into vector Adobe Illustrator artwork. ...more

How To : Create a brushed metal effect in Illustrator

Using Illustrator's Gradient Editor and Graphic Styles, you can create a brushed metal effect that you can apply to any shape or text. Create a brushed metal effect in Illustrator. Click through to watch this video on layersmagazine.com

How To : Group and arrange objects in Adobe Illustrator

This short video tutorial presents a guide on how to group and arrange objects within most Adobe Illustrator including CS4 and CS5. Whether you're new to Adobe's popular vector editor or a seasoned graphic arts professional just looking to better acquaint yourself with the pro ...more

How To : Create a vector 3D logo in Illustrator CS2

There's nothing better than a cool logo design, except maybe a cool 3D logo design. A 3D logo might just be what you need to have your company stick out. Watch this Illustrator video tutorial to learn how to make a 3D logo. You may want to apply a glassy text feel to the finis ...more

How To : Extrude Adobe Illustrator text in Maya

This tutorial is using text imported from Illustrator, but the ideas will work for any text curves or curves that you want to extrude into 3 dimensional objects. Learning how to extrude is a must for Maya beginners. Extrude Adobe Illustrator text in Maya. Click through to watc ...more

How To : Create glow swirls using Illustrator & Photoshop

This "glow swirl" effect is doable via drawing a flashlight really fast at night and then taking snapshots of its path (we used to draw fun doodles and write our names in "glow" lighting with our roommates in college). However, since such night snapshots are hard to capture on ...more

How To : Draw fire and flames in Adobe Illustrator CS4

See how to create a vector flaming box in Adobe Illustrator CS4. Whether you're new to Adobe's popular vector graphics editor program or a seasoned graphic arts professional looking to better acquaint yourself with the new features and functions of this particular iteration of ...more

How To : Make folded, flowing ribbons in Illustrator CS3

Ribbons are really kind of a hot commodity, believe it or not, because they're actually quite trick to make. But knowing how to make some ribbons could make you very valuable and you could implement them into your own designs. Watch this Illustrator video tutorial to work with ...more

How To : Create radial patterns in Illustrator

In this video tutorial Creative COW leader Vince Rosati presents a simple technique to use an obscure function in the rotate tool to quickly create radial patterns in Adobe Illustrator. Use this technique with gradiants or more complex shapes to create incredible radial patter ...more

How To : Draw flames using Illustrator

If your graphic requires a little fire, check out this tutorial and learn how to draw very cool looking flames in Illustrator. These flames are bright and are sure to ignite interest in any image. Fire is not too difficult to create in Adobe Illustrator, and if you follow the ...more

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