20 Basic Illustrator Tutorials Every Beginner

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20 Basic Illustrator Tutorials Every Beginner

Post by moh22 on Sat Apr 14, 2012 10:54 pm

20 Basic Illustrator Tutorials Every Beginner


Learning a new software application can be a daunting task,
especially when tackling an application that’s as deep as Adobe
Illustrator! Thankfully there’s a colection of Illustrator veterans who
are generous enough to take the time to document the basics, allowing
new users to grasp the initial workings and gain a know-how of the tools
and core techniques. This collection of hand-picked tutorials cover
various tools, and provide plenty of useful hints and tips. Together
they form a super handy resource for any beginner looking to get their
brains wrapped around Adobe Illustrator.

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Illustrator Beginner’s Series


IllustrationInfo’s Illustrator beginner’s series covers the most common tools with insights into their uses.
Adobe Illustrator Guides and Tutorials


The collection of tutorials and guides from klethegr8 include various hints and tips for all kinds of tools.
Beginner Adobe Illustrator Tutorials


Posts
filed under the Illustrator tag on ShapeShed include some great
introductions to most of the important tools and techniques, including
blends, rounded edges and the pathfinder.
Illustrator CS4 Blob Brush


The
newly added Blob Brush to Illustrator CS4 opens up doors to new
opportunities. Layers Magazine explain more with this useful video
tutorial.
Illustrator CS4 Gradients


Another
new feature in CS4 was a bunch of new gradient editing capabilities.
Here’s an overview of some of the new ways to create and tweak gradient
fills in Illustrator.
Working with Illustrator Art Brushes


Brushes
are an important tool in Illustrator, and come in various styles. This
tutorial from Bittbox covers the Art brush, with great examples of how
it can be used.
Illustrator Opacity Mask Basics


Opacity
masks are one Illustrator feature that can really come in useful,
particularly for those with versions prior to CS4 who don’t have access
to the new gradient opacity options.
The Power and Ease of Patterns in Illustrator


The
basic pattern in Adobe Illustrator isn’t anything to get excited about,
but when combined with other Illustrator tools, it can result in some
amazing effects.
Wacom Settings in Illustrator


Unsurprisingly,
Adobe Illustrator really shines when used for creating illustrations,
and no illustrator is complete without a Wacom tablet. Here’s some handy
tips for fine tuning your settings.
Quickly Change Fills and Strokes


Illustrator’s
fills and strokes often cause confusion to designers moving from
Photoshop. This selection of tips and shortcuts from Vectips gives a
clear understanding of how to quickly set them up.
Illustrator’s Pen Tool: The Comprehensive Guide


The
Pen tool is the most important tool to master in Adobe Illustrator, and
can unfortunately take quite a lot of practicing to master. Arm
yourself with this great insight and knowledge of how it works.


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Re: 20 Basic Illustrator Tutorials Every Beginner

Post by moh22 on Sat Apr 14, 2012 10:56 pm

A Comprehensive Guide to the Pathfinder Panel


The
Pathfinder is also a crucial weapon to master in Illustrator. It’s used
in almost every Illustrator project you’ll work on, so it’s quite
useful to learn how it works.
Tips for Working with the Gradient Mesh Tool In Illustrator


Gradient
Mesh is actually one tool I still need to wrap my head around, but once
mastered it can seriously take your Illustrations to the next level
with the ability to create photo-realistic artwork.
Illustrator’s Blend Tool: A Comprehensive Guide


The
blend tool is one of Illustrator’s most powerful features. This
in-depth post focuses entirely on its use, with a large selection of
examples and diagrams.
Illustrator’s Type Tool: A Comprehensive Introduction


The
Type Tool might not sound like it needs much introduction, but
Illustrator also provides some extraordinary type related options.
Here’s a handy overview.
A Comprehensive Guide: Illustrator’s Paintbrush Tool and Brush Panel


While
the Art brush was covered in a previous tutorial, here’s a general
overview of all four types of brushes in Illustrator, with detailed
explanation of how to use each one.
The Basics of Clipping Paths and Opacity Masks


Just
like masks in Photoshop, Illustrator uses masks to hide and show
various parts of the artwork. Here’s an overview of Clipping and Opacity
masks, and how they can be used in a real-world project.
Adobe Illustrator Shortcuts


These
shortcuts aren’t just the keyboard alternatives to popular menu
commands, they also open up new options that otherwise aren’t available.
Beginner Illustrator Tutorial – Create a Vector RSS Icon


If
hands-on learning is more your thing, why not try this RSS icon
tutorial? It covers many of the basic commands, plus touches on some
advanced tools such as the Pathfinder and creating offset paths.

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