Tutorials, Illustrator

How To : Cartoonify yourself with Adobe Illustrator CS4

See how to turn a digital photo into an infinitely scalable vector cartoon. 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 i ...more

How To : Create a 3D monitor effect in Illustrator

This Adobe Illustrator tutorial shows you how to create a 3D monitor effect with moving streamers on it. If you are creating a graphic layout or web design that needs a flat screen monitor and moving images on that monitor, this tutorial will teach you how to impose your own i ...more

How To : Create a golden award badge in Illustrator

Did your child come home upset that they didn't get a gold star in class today? Well, now you can make them their own award. Watch and learn how to make a golden award badge. Be creative and make silver and bronze too! Perfect for teachers and parents.

How To : Make a spirograph graphic in Adobe Illustrator

Create a cool spirograph effect! In this Adobe Illustrator video tutorial, you'll learn a neat trick to creating that cool spirographic effect graphic, which is vector. It's a simple and fast trick in Illustrator (Ai). Check it out. It's just a cool way to duplicate shapes int ...more

How To : Create a wood grain pattern in Illustrator

Here's a useful design technique: Scott Weichert demonstrates how to create a wood grain pattern using the Gradient tool and the Warp command. Create a wood grain pattern in Illustrator. Click through to watch this video on layersmagazine.com

How To : Use Path Finder Shape Modes in Illustrator

This Adobe Illustrator tutorial demonstrates the basic shape modes in path finder (add, subtract, intersect, and exclude), and shows how to use the direct selection tool and expand features of Illustrator. Finally, a bubble box is created (for the Yahoo Map project) with the a ...more

How To : Animate a flying bird using Illustrator and Flash

In this two-part tutorial, J. Schuh demonstrates how to animate a flying bird using Illustrator and Flash. In Part 1, he goes over the process of creating the vector assets in Illustrator. In Part 2, he brings the illustrator assets into Flash to animate the movement of the wi ...more

How To : Create metallic text in Adobe Illustrator CS3

Let TutVid teach you how to make metallic text is Adobe Illustrator CS3. This video shows you how to do it step by step. You only need basic knowledge of Adobe Illustrator CS3 to do this. 1. Start with a blank illustrated document. You don't need anything else to begin with. ...more

How To : Use the Manual Trace tool in Adobe Illustrator CS5

In this clip, you'll learn how to use the Manual Trace tool when, for example, desiging a book cover in Illustrator CS5. Whether you're new to Adobe's popular vector graphics editor or just looking to pick up a few new tips and tricks, you're sure to enjoy this free video soft ...more

How To : Bring Illustrator brush patterns into Photoshop

In this software tutorial, Matt uses an artistic brush to make a pattern in Illustrator and then takes that pattern into Photoshop to use as a weathered layer effect. If you have a lot of custom Illustrator brushes you want to use in Photoshop, don't recreate them in Photoshop ...more

How To : Create 3D graphics in Adobe Illustrator CS3

Adobe Illustrator Creative Suite 3, or CS3, software is a comprehensive vector graphics environment that is ideal for all creative professionals, including web and interactive designers and developers, multimedia producers, motion graphics and visual effects designers, animato ...more

How To : Saving a PDF-compatible AI file in Illustrator CS5

Need help figuring out how to save PDF-compatible AI files from Illustrator CS5. This clip will show you how it's done. 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 f ...more

How To : Create a glossy button in Illustrator

Need to build some glossy buttons and bars for a website or web project and you're not sure how? Thanks to Task Tutorial, learn how! In this video, learn how to create a glass bar in Adobe Illustrator... perfect for your coming web projects! Give your website a professional lo ...more

How To : Create a picture clipping mask in Illustrator CS2

In this Illustrator CS2 video tutorial you will learn to create a picture clipping mask. In another words, you will learn how to clip a picture with any closed vector path. Make sure you select both objects when applying the Make Clipping Mask command. Make sure to hit "play t ...more

How To : Create graphic styles in Adobe Illustrator

Working with Graphic Styles in Illustrator is similar to working with layer styles in Photoshop. Corey explores some of things you can do with Illustrator’s graphic styles. For more Adobe software tutorials from Layers Magazine, search Layers Magazine on WonderHowTo. WonderHo ...more

How To : Use the Blend tool in Adobe Illustrator CS4 or CS5

Need a quick primer on how to use the Blend tool within Adobe Illustrator CS4 or CS5? This clip will teach you everything you'll need to know. Whether you're new to Adobe's popular vector graphics editing software or a seasoned professional just looking to better acquaint your ...more

How To : Attach text to a path in Adobe Illustrator CS4

Adobe Illustrator Creative Suite 4, or CS4, software is a comprehensive vector graphics environment that is ideal for all creative professionals, including web and interactive designers and developers, multimedia producers, motion graphics and visual effects designers, animato ...more

How To : Create a comic book style cloud in Illustrator

Using this tutorial, you will learn how to make a comic book style cloud in Adobe Illustrator. 1. First, select the ellipsis tool and draw a few shapes. 2. After drawing some shapes, select them and go to window and choose pathfinder. 3. Click to merge the shapes together. 4. ...more

How To : Create a new pattern brush in Illustrator

Pattern brushes in Illustrator can create additional interest and a custom look to shapes in Photoshop. Follow the steps in this tutorial to learn how to create new pattern brushes in Illustrator. In a series of steps creating different shapes aligned in different patterns, th ...more

How To : Use Illustrator to make shapes for 3ds Max

In this 3ds Max video tutorial you will learn how to use Illustrator to make shapes for 3d Max. The video shows you how to prepare and export files in Illustrator. You'll also learn how to import to 3D Max, and extrude the shapes. Make sure to hit "play tutorial" in the top le ...more

How To : Import Illustrator EPS files in QuarkXPress

Encapsulated PostScript, or EPS, is a graphics file format. In this QuarkXPress video tutorial you will learn how to import Illustrator EPS files. Learn also how to use remove solid background colours from EPS files. Make sure to hit "play tutorial" in the top left corner of t ...more

How To : Create a clipping mask in Illustrator

1. To create a clipping mask in Adobe Illustrator, go to File menu select Place button. It will open a dialog box select any picture from there. 2. Click and Embed the image. 3. Now, to write a text click on the text button from the toolbar and write a text on the picture. ...more

How To : Create simple silhouettes in Illustrator CS4

Creating a silhouette from a photo is nothing new, but with Illustrator CS4’s new Blob Brush tool, it has become a lot easier. Corey demonstrates how to use the Blog Brush tool to create a silhouette, and how to create some quick background effects using the Gradient Mesh tool ...more

How To : Work with text in Adobe Illustrator CS4

Adobe Illustrator Creative Suite 4, or CS4, software is a comprehensive vector graphics environment that is ideal for all creative professionals, including web and interactive designers and developers, multimedia producers, motion graphics and visual effects designers, animato ...more

How To : Create swirling rainbows in Illustrator CS3

This is all about vector, swirling rainbows. Have you ever seen those looping, swooshing, swirling rainbow graphics used in all kinds of graphics ranging from logos, and sketches, to grungy and retro illustrations? Well, you are going to create one of them in Illustrator. Watc ...more

How To : Create a paper scroll in Illustrator

If you aren't familiar with Illustrator software it is very similar to the photo-editing software Photo Shop. This video is a guide on how you can make a paper scroll by using Illustrator. You can follow along with the video and make the basic shapes and then re-size the piece ...more

How To : Vector an eyeball in Adobe Illustrator CS3

Increasing the contrast in Photoshop could help when performing this Illustrator technique. This subject: the eyeball. Watch this Illustrator video tutorial to learn how to vector an eyeball in CS3. Vector an aye of a model of your choice using simple techniques that will be u ...more

How To : Make Christmas lights in Illustrator

Learn how to create a string of 3D, multi-colored Christmas lights and turn them into a custom pattern brush that you can draw with along any path. Make Christmas lights in Illustrator. Click through to watch this video on layersmagazine.com

How To : Create a web 2.0 style badge in Illustrator

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to create a web 2.0 style badge using Adobe Illustrator. Adobe Illustrator is a vector graphics editor. Viewers will learn how to manipulate the Star Tool in Adobe Illustrator, how to apply a custom radial gradient to that shape and ho ...more

How To : Create a 3D star in Illustrator

Do you have interest in creating 3D objects? Open illustrator and draw a star tool with gradient fill in it. Then go to effects>3D>Extrude/Bevel. Select preview to view the star in 3D while changing its settings. One can rotate the star in any angle as well as change the thick ...more

How To : Apply clipping masks in Adobe Illustrator CS4

Learn how to interlace custom shapes in Adobe Illustrator CS4, an effect that's especially attractive when working with 3d perspective objects and shapes. Whether you're new to Adobe's popular vector graphics editor program or a seasoned graphic arts professional looking to be ...more

How To : Map photos to 3D objects in Adobe Illustrator CS3

Here’s a tutorial about mapping artwork to 3D objects in Adobe Illustrator CS3. For more Adobe software tutorials from Layers Magazine, search Layers Magazine on WonderHowTo. WonderHowTo indexes all Layers Magazine tutorials for Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, Acrobat, Afte ...more

How To : Create 3D graph effects in Illustrator CS3

In this software tutorial, Corey demonstrates how easy it is to create 3D graphs using Illustrator. You don't have to run to Microsoft Excel anymore to get good looking charts and graphs. OK, well you do if you need super accurate data fast, but not if you just need some 3D gr ...more

How To : Create shapes with pathfinder tools in Illustrator

It is possible to use the pathfinder tools in Adobe Illustrator to create shapes. Follow along as this tutorial shows you just how to do it with a gear as an example. The key is to use boolean operations on existing simple shapes, to create more complex ones. Create shapes wit ...more

How To : Make a gel button using Illustrator

This tutorial uses vectors to show you how to create a gel (or glassy) button in Adobe Illustrator. Vectors are an important component of Illustrator and allow for the most flexibility with other programs.

How To : Make business cards in Adobe Illustrator

With the unemployment rate hovering at around 9.8% in California, many of us are still unfortunately without a job. Ergo, you must treat every meeting as an opportunity to network and find job leads. Which is why carrying business cards around is an absolute necessity. But giv ...more

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