60 Photoshop Illustrator Tools and Tutorials

Posted by on Sep 15, 2009 in Useful Resources | 2 comments

The Photoshop Illustrator is easily the preferred option by many especially when it comes to graphic and web designs. Nonetheless, this software is one hard shell to break. There are a slew of things that need to be learned particularly involving the advanced tools that we require in enhancing our design and highlight some important details. This article outlines sixty of the most important techniques that you can use in order to maximize the use of Photoshop Illustrator in creating great designs.

1. Crash Course in Illustrator CS3

This is a condensed Illustrator tutorial program designed for beginners. It is a 30-day program broken down into 20-minutes modules that cover the basic techniques and fundamentals of Illustrator CS3.

2. An Easy-To-Follow Guide in Using Illustrator Brush Panel and Paintbrush Tool
This comprehensive tutorial outlines the simple in using the Brush Panel and the Paintbrush Tool of the Illustrator. It shows of the effective and practical techniques for users in creating their own brushes.

3. A Comprehensive Guide in Using the Illustrator Pen Tool
This tutorial presents the simple steps in using one of the most important tools when creating paths. This tutorial tackles the important features, useful shortcuts and the techniques associated with Illustrator’s Pen Tool which is easily the most important Illustrator tool.

4. A Comprehensive Tutorial in Using Illustrator Live Trace
This tutorial shows how you can use the Illustrator Live Trace in creating appealing illustrations in your designs.

5. Illustrator CS3 Selection Tools Tutorial
This tutorial shows how to pick the appropriate selection tools while working on objects, shapes and points.

6. Symbol Spraying Tool Tutorial
This tutorial shows the simple steps in using the Illustrator CS3 Symbol Spraying Tool as an effective aid in simplifying the illustration work that you are doing.

7. A Comprehensive Guide in Using the Rotate Tool
This tutorial shows how you can use the Rotate Tool of the illustrator to duplicate a shape. This tool allows the user to create beautiful designs, create exact patterns of specific shapes, and add appealing characters and a lot more applications.

8. Introductory Tutorial on Gradient Mesh Tool
This basic tutorial on Illustrator Mesh Tools tackles the basic techniques in creating a multi-colored object with color transition features.

9. Practical Tips in Using Gradient Mesh Tools
The Gradient Mesh Tool is one of the most amazing yet confusing tools of Illustrator. The tutorial outlines some practical tips in using the Mesh Tool more effectively using an innovative tutorial format that is easy to follow.

10. An Informative Tutorial on Illustrator Spiral Tool
This tutorial provides answers and unlocks the mysteries of Spiral Tool. It provides a practical explanation of some confusing terms like Decay, Segments and Radius as it is applied in the Spiral Tool.

11. Tutorial on Illustrator Align Tool and Pathfinder
This tutorial shows the simple steps in using the Pathfinder and Align Tool in order to achieve the perfect drawing that we need in our illustrations. This tutorial also shows how we can use this tool as alternative to the Pen Tool in creating simple icons.

12. Tutorial on Custom Illustrator Brush
This is a simple way to create Custom Brush in Illustrator. This tutorial shows how simple and easy it easy to create brush in Illustrator.

13. Tutorial on Illustrator Blend Tool
This tutorial shows the uses of Illustrator Blend Tool beyond the creation of abstract lines. It shows some interesting ways in using this Illustrator tool in creating a slew of shapes and effects.

14. Tutorial on Illustrator Shortcuts
This tutorial shows how you can use 26 Illustrators shortcuts in order to make your work a lot easier and faster while you are using Photoshop Illustrator.

15. Tutorial on Envelope Tool, Crystallize and Twirl Tool
This tutorial outlines the simple steps involved in creating a Disco Ball using the Illustrator Envelope Tool. This tutorial also shows how the Crystallize and the Twirl Tool is used for specific design options.

16. A Simple Tutorial in Creating Bucket ‘o’ Thought
This tutorial outlines the steps in creating a Bucket ‘o’ Thought and how to add some dynamic effect in the background. The tutorial also shows how to use quick keys in order to work faster using the Illustrator tools.

17.Tutorial on Character Illustration
This tutorial shows the steps and techniques in creating and developing logos, concepts, illustrations, characters and icons.

18. Tutorial in Creating Vector Cartoon Character
This is a tutorial on how to use Photoshop Illustrator in creating your own vector cartoon character from a basic hand drawn sketch.

19. Tutorial on Symmetrical Illustration
This tutorial outlines the steps involved when using symmetry in the artwork. The user can learn how to do just half of the work in order to get the full result from the artwork.

20. Tutorial on Wolf Drawing
This Illustrator tutorial shows all the techniques and easy-to-follow steps in creating a perfect digital art.

21. Tutorial in Creating a Cute Vector Monster From Pencil Sketch
This is another Illustrator tutorial that shows the steps involved in developing a cute vector monster character from a basic pencil sketch done on paper.

22. Vector Tutorial for Photoshop Illustrator
This Illustrator tutorial is a comprehensive walkthrough in the creation of face, hair and clothes in Photoshop Illustrator.

23. Creating Character’s Face in Photoshop Illustrator
This Illustrator tutorial shows the steps involved in creating human-like caricature using the Illustrator Pen Tool.

24. Creating Homer Simpson Character in Illustrator
This tutorial outlines the steps in the creation of a perfect Homer Simpson character using the Pen Tool in Photoshop Illustrator.

25. Creating a Group of Vector Ninjas in Illustrator
This tutorial is a rundown of the easy-to-follow steps in creating cute gang of vector ninja characters using simple tools in Illustrators. This tutorial is designed for beginners in Illustrator.

26. Creating a Clean Website Layout
This tutorial is perfect for the beginners to intermediate illustrator artists. It is a walkthrough guide in the creation of a clean layout for a Website and the steps involved in the preparation for its Web use.

27. Creating the First Page of a Fairy Tale Book
This tutorial is a rundown of the magical and amazing steps in creating the pages of a Fairy Tale Book in Illustrator

28. Developing a Cover of a Business Report
This tutorial provides the steps on how you can professionalize your business report by adding relevant elements in the design and including motion lines and concept of speed into the elements of the design.

29. Creating Exciting 3-D Bar Graphs in Illustrator
This illustrator tutorial outlines the steps in developing a bar graph with the added appeal using The Graph Tool. This tutorial is designed for intermediate illustrator artists.

30. Creating Trendy Geometric Designs
This tutorial outlines the steps involved in the creation of a set of vector-based geometric designs at dynamic 45˚angles. This tutorial also provides the techniques used in creating a trendy and cool finish of your geometric designs.

31.Using Opacity Masks Options in Illustrator

This tutorial shows how the user can create shiny design elements by using the Opacity Mask options in Illustrator.

32. Creating Road Maps in Illustrator

This tutorial teaches the users of Illustrator on how to create road maps complete with the required road network and other graphics to make it clear and crisp.

33.Creating 3D Infographics in Illustrator

This tutorial outlines the steps in creating appealing 3D infographics in order to translate abstract figures and data into a more appealing and graphical illustration.

34. Guide in Creating Omspace 3D Cylinder Graphic

This tutorial outlines the technique in creating an appealing 3D cylinder graphics similar to the one used as header of Omspace.

35. Creating 3D Charts in Illustrator CS

This tutorial provides the rundown on how one can add depth and transparency to the graphs in order to achieve the 3D effect using Illustrator CS.

36. Steps in Creating Retro-Futuristic Curves in Illustrator

This is a 10-Step tutorial that outlines the things that should be done in order to create appealing retro or futuristic curves in Illustrator.

37. Creating Four-Leaf Clover in Illustrator

This tutorial shows the simple way of creating a four-leaf clover in Illustrator. This tutorial shall involve process and techniques in Illustrator such as adding warping effects, transform and divide techniques.

38. Creating a Vector Collegiate Notebook Design in Illustrator

This tutorial shall tackle the steps in developing a realistic and appealing vector collegiate notebook and its accessories in Illustrator.

39.Creating an Open Book Design Using Extrude and Bevel Tool

This tutorial set shows the steps involved in the creation of an open book with the use of the 3D Extrude and Bevel Tool of Illustrator.

40. Creating Rotatable Globe in Illustrator

This tutorial presents the easy-to-follow steps in creating 3D rotatable globes with the use of some nifty features of Illustrator.

41. Guide in Creating 3D Push Pins and Paper Notes in Illustrator

This tutorial illustrates how to create an appealing 3D push pins and paper notes by using the Illustrator 3D Revolve Tool.

42. Developing a Vector Home Cinema Design

This tutorial guides the user in developing vector home electronic designs such as a home cinema by using Illustrator Shape Tool and Pen Tool.

43. Creating a Vector Cola Bottle Design in Illustrator

This tutorial shows the easy-to-follow steps on how to work on transparencies and 3D objects.

44. Creating Realistic Vector Skate Wheels in Illustrator

This tutorial shows the steps in creating realistic vector skate wheels using the 3D Revolve Tool in Illustrator.

45. Drawing Vector Wings in Illustrator

This tutorial shows users how to draw objects with very fine details like chicken wings in Illustrator.

46. Creating Vector Chinese Bamboo in Illustrator

This tutorial outlines the steps in creating vector Chinese bamboo with the realistic yellow-green color tone with the use of Symbol Stainer Tool in Illustrator.

47. Using Vector Packs to Create Undersea Paintings

This tutorial outlines the steps on how to use vector pack elements in order to create a stunning masterpiece. This tutorial also covers coloring process that is involved in the creation of the designs.

48. Creating a Pseudo-Sugar Skull in Illustrator
This is a start to finish tutorial in drawing a pseudo-sugar skull in Illustrator.

49. How to Do Master Painting in Illustrator

This tutorial teaches the user to create a masterpiece out of a crude pencil sketch in Illustrator.

50. Creating Classic Vector Masterpiece with Line Art and Watercolor Washes

This tutorial shows how users can layer watercolor washers beneath black-and-white objects using Art Brushes in Illustrator.

51. An Advanced Tutorial in Creating Woman and Cats in Illustrator

This is an advanced level tutorial that outlines the steps in creating vector cats and woman in Illustrator.

52. Creating Vector Military Cap Icon in Illustrator

This tutorial is designed for intermediate and advanced illustrator artist and outlines the steps in creating realistic military cap icon using Gradient Mesh Tool in Illustrator.

53.Creating Spiral Element Symbol in Illustrator

This tutorial shows the steps in creating a appealing spiral ornament and replicate this design throughout the artwork by resizing, rotating, mirroring it by converting the element into a Symbol.

54. Creating a Vector Safari Compass in Illustrator

This tutorial helps users design their own vector Safari-themed compass in Illustrator.

55. Creating Adobe Bridge Icon

This tutorial outlines the steps in replicating the Adobe Bridge icon using the same technique applied in Splash Page.

56. Creating iTune Icon in Illustrator

This tutorial shows how you can use the different Blending modes and techniques in replicating the iTune icon through the design.

57. Creating an Envelope Icon

This tutorial shows how to use the basic tools in Illustrator in creating a simple envelope icon with a satin texture.

58. Guide in Converting Glasses into Great Geek Icon

This tutorial outlines the steps involved in making a hip and cool glasses icon in Illustrator.

59.Creating a Crazy Cool Logo in Illustrator

This tutorial outlines the steps in creating a logo in Illustrators. This walkthrough involves the use of circles for the module while deleting several segments to create characters.

60. Creating Vector Pirate in Illustrator

The tutorial shows the steps in creating vector pirate by scanning a character rendered in pen and paper and used as template in Illustrator.

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