Illustrator Tutorials – Let’s Get Started!

It is important to know where to find the best Illustrator tutorials for honing your graphic design skills. Let’s take a look at some Illustrator tutorials. As you have heard Adobe Illustrator has a lot to offer and it can get a bit overwhelming at times, so I will guide to some basic tutorials that will help you get started or continue learning.

As mentioned in an earlier post “Adobe Illustrator Review – Do You Need It In Your Graphic Design Tools?” I truly believe that every freelance graphic designer needs to utilize Adobe Illustrator and here is where you can learn how to do just that!

“Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me, as is ever so on the road.” Jack Kerouac

Illustrator Tutorials – Where To Start?

The best place to start your journey into learning Adobe Illustrator is at Adobe! Get familiar with the software by starting at the beginning. Adobe has a host of free tutorials on their website, to follow along you can download the software free as a trial for 7 days before you have to choose a membership plan. By clicking here you can find more information on the free download.

You can follow along with the Adobe training videos at your own pace.

Whether you are a beginner, intermediate, or experienced graphic designer, there is always something new to learn when it comes to the craft. Adobe Illustrator makes it easy to stay at the top of your game with tutorials for all levels. Adobe Illustrator tutorials take learning and make it fun and exciting, so no matter what level you are, you can find something that will grab your attention and let you learn while you are at it.

Illustrator – Beginner Tutorials

As a beginner with Adobe Illustrator, you can watch videos that will walk you through every step. From setting up the program to all the fun details that you can achieve using Illustrator. You will be able to start with the getting to know Illustrator and work your way through editing shapes. All of these videos are short and fun, allowing you to watch and then try what you have just seen. This is great because you do enough sitting at school, you do not have time for that at home too. You can pause the videos and continue when you have time. Making learning the basics on your own schedule easy. With videos to walk you through adding text and artwork to your designs, you are sure to be making a splash in no time. As you get more comfortable with Adobe Illustrator you will be ready to take on more challenging tasks.

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Make better bar graphs

Experienced Level Tutorials

If you are already a pro at using Illustrator you can find some tutorials to help you take your vector art capabilities to the next level. From creating projects to manipulating curves, you will find a tutorial to enhance your craft and propel your work into the mainstream. Art is in the eye of the beholder and with Illustrator you can delight the beholder with perfected designs that portray whatever is on your mind. Imagine taking your drawings and manipulating the curvatures to create a whole new work of art. This and so much more is available with Illustrator. Making it a must-have for graphic arts students and professionals alike.

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How to bend shapes and warp your artwork

Everything In Between

Start out your journey learning to use all of the tools available with Adobe Illustrator. Learn the drawing tools and how to make your text into a visual masterpiece. From there you can start to edit works you have already done and created new masterpieces out of the content you have. Learn to implement the tools on your computer and phone. Making it easy to create where ever the mood hits you. You can learn skills through the tutorials that will allow you to draw and capture while you are anywhere. Making good use of the time spent daily on the subway to and from school or work. Then simply upload it to your computer and make your final touches. You can use your new or enhanced Illustrator skills to create the perfect website to promote your creative abilities. Make your business cards pop so that they are memorable. Because you never know if the next hand you place it in might be that big break you are looking for. Whatever you can imagine, tutorials can show you how to create them.

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Create beautiful vector art with this tutorial

Adobe Illustrator Tutorials – Where Your Journey Begins

Bring your dreams to life with Adobe Illustrator and some amazing tutorials that show you every step to take on the path to your future dreams. Make the world your artistic inspiration and Adobe Illustrator your artistic pallet.

I hope that you will have fun along the way while continuing your education in graphic design! I believe that we must live out our passions in life and that includes in our careers. Graphic Spot hopes to inspire and encourage your creativity. As you learn your craft you will be able to hone your skills into your ideal freelance graphic design business!

“It is better to create than to learn! Creating is the essence of life.” Julius Caesar

(in our perspective we can create and learn!)
Here’s to our mutual success as freelance graphic designers,

Virginia

Graphic Spot

 

Have any Questions or Comments?

20 comments on “Illustrator Tutorials – Let’s Get Started!

Eric

I have a little experience with Photoshop but have no experience using Illustrator. Would you recommend learning Illustrator instead of diving deeper in Photoshop if I am mostly interested in creating images for my website? I know a lot of people use Photoshop for creating banners and featured images but it seems like Illustrator might be better. What are your thoughts?

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Virginia

Hi Eric,

I use both Photoshop and Illustrator. Sometimes I will take an image into Photoshop for editing and then export to Illustrator to create the vector file, which can be resized without pixelation.

Both programs are included in the Adobe Creative Cloud Membership, so you can feel free to use all of the programs Adobe offers at the same price!

Virginia

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Clement

Thank you for coming up with this amazing post. I find it really educative and highly informative, I never knew Adobe illustrator is such a powerful tool, Thanks for providing great insights into it usefulness. Am a newbie graphic designer with little graphic experience, I will surely get this software and I hope to get things right following the tutorials.

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Virginia

Hi and thanks for stopping by!

Yes, Adobe has been a godsend for me and many graphic designers. I hope that you will learn a lot and have fun doing it!

Virginia

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abioye olalekan

What a great job! The ease of navigating through your site is GREAT!Thanks for the effort and time you incurred in creating this excellent and lovely article

This is a must for all graphics designers that wants to enhance their ethnics of professionalism.

I use adobe illustrator for my jobs. one thing about the software is that it is very easy to use.

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Virginia

Thank you for your compliments on my site! I use Adobe for all of my creative designs also and felt it would be nice to have a place for freelancers to find resources for their continuing education and to help further their goals in the field.

Virginia

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oluwakay

some person dont even know the meaning of  illustrator. i will start by giving you the meaning 

MEANING:Adobe Illustrator or Illustrator is a vector graphics editing program published by Adobe. It is useful for designing logos, clip art, blueprints, and other precise, resolution-independent illustrations.

so if you wan to create a logo this is a good place to start doing that

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Virginia

Thank you for your definition, as that is what Adobe Illustrator is and what it is used to create! Keep up the good work,

Virginia

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Dave Sweney

I have tried Adobe Illustrator in the past (a long time ago) and at that time it was more than I really needed. During that period I was overloaded learning all the ins and outs of online marketing so it was a bit too much. Since that time, I have invested in a few other programs that do the job.

There are times when I could use the Adobe Illustrator these days, and I have tried Gimp and it will do the job after a fashion but not as good as what I see designers who use Adobe. Therefore I decided to do a little research today just to get an idea of how hard it would be to tackle Adobe Illustrator again.

Your post was exactly what I was looking for, and right on time too! I will give the tool another try. As our business has expanded, it gets to the point where you want to present a professional look to the clients. They are paying good money so expect a high-end provider and graphics plus your designs are factors in their buying decisions.

Thanks for the inspiration and thanks for the post! I am getting started today! 

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Virginia

I know what you mean! I have tried other programs in the past and they can be limiting as to what you can actually produce! 

I noticed you said you are getting started with Adobe today, would you be so kind as to use one of the Adobe Illustrator links in my post? You would be contributing to a fellow online freelancer in expanding her freelance business, myself to be precise! There is no extra charge for you as it takes you straight to Adobe and you will sign up with my affiliate link that you clicked on in the post. 

Thank you for your support in advance,

Virginia

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Daniella

Hi Virginia,

Great article, I really liked the reading!

I don’t know anything about graphics, but my daughter is now taking a graphics course.  She dreams about this for years now, and she is finally getting started. I will show her this article; I am sure she will love it. I didn’t see any price for the Adobe membership. Maybe I missed it and if so, sorry:) Can you tell me what the price is? 

My daughter is a student, and she is on a budget:) 

Thank you for this excellent post!

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Virginia

Hi Daniella here is the link to the pricing information: (it contains my affiliate id so that I will get the credit)

https://clk.tradedoubler.com/click?p(264355)a(3075797)g(22804962)url(https://www.adobe.com/creativecloud/buy/students.html?sdid=1XGJD51G&mv=search&ef_id=Cj0KCQiAkfriBRD1ARIsAASKsQKp2JjrGqicKUFFfhFonqrWt_IWzPsp5Kc-r1R-9l8IcZ1Yq63Y1toaAjfNEALw_wcB:G:s&s_kwcid=AL!3085!3!285295671756!e!!g!!creative cloud for students)

You can just copy and paste this in your browser address bar, or you can click on the pink ad for Creative Cloud for Students in any of my posts.

I hope your daughter is having a wonderful time learning graphic design!

Virginia

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Louis

Graphics designing is a big deal and it commands a good income online. Even if you’re not a graphic designer, as a blogger it’s important to have basic knowledge of this things. I also recommend the Adobe illustrator for anyone trying to increase their knowledge in graphic designing as this is the software I make use of too

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Virginia

Thanks, Louis! Adobe is definitely the industry standard when it comes to vector graphics.

Virginia

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DerrAd

It nice to have come across your article. I’m considering adding more touch to my post by designing catchy pictures to make readers love visiting my site since images are worth a thousand words. I remember using Adobe Photoshop for some simple designs while in Senior High School but I’ve never tried the Illustrator so I think it will be a good thing to start off with the tutorial.  

Are there any difference between Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator? If there is, what makes them unique in each case? I hope to start with the tutorials. Thanks for the information

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Virginia

Hi yes, there are differences in the 2 programs. Photoshop is used for photo and video editing, while Illustrator is used for creating vector graphics. Think jpeg for Photoshop and vector for Illustrator. Jpeg file format is pixel based and can’t be sized without pixelation, which can cause some instances of your design to be blurry or fuzzy when resized from the original creation. Vector graphics can be resized without the distortion and when viewed show no blurriness. 

Virginia

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andy

What a great post about Illustrator. I have never used it so I like that it has tutorials for beginners. Videos are a great way to learn, because you can watch and learn, and take your time doing it.I also like that it does have more experienced level tutorials for when you know what you are doing with it. I would really like to check this out as it seems like it would be really fun to figure out how to use it and contiue to get better at doing it.

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Virginia

Hi Andy, thank you for visiting Graphic Spot!

You can sign up for Adobe Creative Cloud by following one of the links in my post! I hope you enjoy learning! Feel free to keep in touch with any questions or tips you may like to share with the Graphic Spot Community.

Virignia

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Shy

This is a great post and a great way to learn all about illustrator. My ex is such an artist and I think that he would love this as an way to add a little flair to his artistic talents. I am sure that he would love this. It is great that it does have some tutorials to help learn what to do. I will let him know about this site as I think that he would really enjoy this as he loves anything that is creative and artistic.

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Virginia

Hello Shy,

Thanks for your comment, and thanks for visiting Graphic Spot! Your Ex can follow along with the tutorials at his own pace and without deadlines. I hope he enjoys them, by the way he can get his trial download and sign up for membership to Adobe Creative Cloud by following any of the links on this post!

Wishing you well,

Virginia

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