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The Best Adobe Illustrator Tutirials: Vector Graphics Tutorials from Iaroslav Lazunov 2011

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The year 2011 was rich on events and interesting work. I wrote not only tutorials for Astute Graphics and VectorTuts + but also I was working on my personal project Vectorboom. Some of my vector works have been published in magazines MacUser and Digital Art, as well as in the catalog Daily Deviation. Today I want to present you my top 25 lessons in work in Adobe Illustrator, which proved to be the most popular among my readers and which I'm proud of.


Make a Headphones Icon Using Adobe Illustrator

In this tutorial you will learn how to create a realistic image of   headphones using simple and understandable techniques. It turns out that   to get a good result there is no need to do it in a complex way. This   tutorial is easy for any beginner to complete. Continue...


Design Wedding Rings Using Adobe Illustrator

In this tutorial we create two wedding rings using 3D modeling in   Illustrator. We learn a few operation techniques with gradient mesh. If   you need to create an upcoming wedding invitation, this can serve as an   excellent centerpiece for that kind of design. Continue...


Create a Vector Chopper with Illustrator CS5 and VectorScribe

This tutorial will cover a set of tools and techniques for creating a   photorealistic vector chopper, such as Blends, Gradient, Gradient Mesh   and most importantly we will meet the new VectorScribe plugin, which   will make your job easier.

The VectorScribe plugin offers dynamic change in shape, fully managed, and correct rounding   corner radii, the selection and simultaneous control of anchor point   handles, fixing the rotating angle of the edited handle, Smart Remove   point feature, and much, much more. It is really a fantastic addition to   Adobe Illustrator. I came up with an idea to create this chopper right   after testing the plugin, I wanted to create something as quick and   elegant as the VectorScribe plugin. Let’s get started! Continue...


How to Create a Neon Text Effect Using Adobe Illustrator

In this tutorial we will learn how to create a neon text effect using   Gradient Mesh, 3D Modeling, Art Brushes and Transparency palette. Let's   begin! Continue...


How to Create a Vector Snake Using Adobe Illustrator CS5 and Mesh Tormentor

In this tutorial we will learn how to create a vector snake using the   Mesh Tormentor - Free Gradient Mesh plugin, which will make your work   with the gradient mesh simple and enjoyable. I was trying to describe   the creation of a complex object in order to reveal more features of   this wonderful plugin, but believe me, it can do much more than I   managed to describe. The matter depends on your imagination. Continue...


How to Create an Illustration of Stylish Club Shades Using Adobe Illustrator

In this tutorial we will learn how to create club shades using simple   and all-purpose techniques. To create vivid reflections of the lights of   the disco club, we will use different Blending Modes. The tutorial   contains a lot of professional tips and techniques. Continue...


Create Vector Whiskey on the Rocks Using Adobe Illustrator CS5

If you want to learn how to create a complex object with exacting details, then we have an awesome tutorial for you. Learn how to use multiple advanced Illustrator and art techniques to make this creative work. Continue...


How to Create a 3D Chart Using the Perspective Grid Tool and Adobe Illustrator CS5

The Perspective Grid Tool is not widely used by designers. It's a quite   powerful tool, though not really a convenient one. Let’s learn how to   use it on a simple example of the construction of 3D chart. Continue...


Create a Rainbow Beetle Using Adobe Illustrator

In this tutorial we will learn how to create a rainbow beetle using the Gradient Tool, Gradient Mesh Tool, Art and Scatter Brushes, Blend Tool, and many other techniques, some of which I have developed while creating the tutorial. If you like the result, try to recreate it yourself. Continue...


How to Create Advertising Billboard Using Adobe Illustrator

In this tutorial we will learn how to create an advertising billboard   using 3D modeling and a few simple techniques such as shape building   using the Pathfinder palette, defining the vanishing point by using the   guides, filling an object with gradients and using the Blend Tool. Continue...


Lighting Effects Using the Color Dodge Blending Mode in Adobe Illustrator

With the help of the Color Dodge Blending Mode you can get very bright and sharp images, this is what this mode is intended for. I wrote a few tutorials on this topic, but I keep being asked the same question, "Why can’t I get the same brightness and contrast as you do?" Today I will answer this question, we will take a look at several examples of creating these effects. Let’s get started! Continue...


How to Create a Seamless Pattern in Khokhloma Painting Style Using Adobe Illustrator

In this vector tutorial we will learn how to create a seamless pattern   in the style of Russian Khokhloma. We will learn the techniques of   creating the basic elements and steps of creating an ornament. Seamless   pattern is very high in demand, as they are used in the textile industry   and for creating of the backgrounds. After studying this lesson, you   learn how to create these ornaments on a professional level. Continue...


Create a Splash of Colorful Paint with Illustrator and Mesh Tormentor

Today, I can assure you that Gradient Mesh has become absolutely manageable, it became possible thanks to Mesh Tormentor, which was developed by a great programmer Yemz. This plugin has features that make your work with Gradient Mesh enjoyable and can save you a lot of time. In this tutorial we will take a look at its basic commands: removal of unnecessary knots of the gradient mesh, the creation of the Art Brush of the Gradient Mesh, joining of two or more Gradient Meshes, Gradient Mesh color cloning, and mastering a lot of interesting techniques. It is quite a gift for those who work with Gradient Mesh, because Mesh Tormentor is an absolutely free plugin. Continue...


How to Create a Happy Drummer Using Adobe Illustrator and VectorScribe Plugin

In this tutorial we will learn how to create a vector character using   the Pen Tool, linear and radial gradients, Art Brush, Pattern Brush and   Blend Tool. For manual tracing I used the VectorScribe plugin tools. Undoubtedly, this can make the job easier and accelerates   the process of creating of a large number of vector objects. After   installing the VectorScribe plugin to my computer I never part with its   tools in my daily work. Continue...


How to Create a Portrait in the Pop Art Style using Adobe Illustrator

In this tutorial we will learn how to create a vector portrait in Pop   Art style. We will try to reproduce the style of Roy Lichtenstein, one   of the best representatives of this trend. To create the raster effect   and fine-tune it, the Phantasm CS vector Halftone tool was applied. To perform this tutorial, you can use   any photo, so why not make a self-portrait in the Pop Art style? Let’s   get started! Continue...


How to Create Vector Denim Texture Using Adobe Illustrator

In this tutorial we will learn how to create a realistic vector denim texture. It’s easier than it might seem at first sight, and I think it can be done by those who are taking their first steps into the world of vector graphics. Creation of other elements of this tutorial is more advanced, although I tried to describe each step clearly. Let’s continue at it’s an interesting and useful tutorial… Continue...


How to Create a Night City Illustration Using Adobe Illustrator and Phantasm CS

In this tutorial we will learn how to create a night city and glow of   lights on the highway using the Adobe Illustrator CS5 Perspective Grid   Tool, Blend Tool, 3D modeling and Phantasm CS. This tutorial is filled with professional and creative instructions. Let’s get started! Continue...


How to Illustrate a Tomato Using Adobe Illustrator

You will use Meshes, Gradients and Blends for creating the resulted   picture. The skills you will learn here can easily be transferred to   creating various objects. So let’s get started! Continue...


How to Create a 3D Film Strip Using Adobe Illustrator and VectorScribe

In this tutorial we will learn how to create a complex 3D object. The creation of complex shapes is the job of the VectorScribe plugin.   In addition to learning the features of its tools, we will study the   basics of 3D modeling and a few basic techniques, such as blend, work   with gradients, color and gradient mesh objects. Continue...


How to Illustrate a Vector Kitchen Pot

In today’s tutorial well be creating a kitchen pot in a shiny, realistic vector style. Learn to use various Illustrator tools to create this high quality artwork, step-by-step, using a professional vector workflow. Continue...


Create a Magical Vector Landscape Using Illustrator

Learn how to paint imaginative landscapes in vector. If you’re looking to create unique vector illustrations, with an exotic feel, then this tutorial is a must read. Continue...


Create a Burning, Vector Match Using Gradient Meshes

In this tutorial you will learn how to create realistic vector fire, using the Gradient Mesh Tool and Screen Blending mode. Believe me, there’s nothing overly complicated. Let’s strike a match! Continue...


How to Create an Abstract Background Using Adobe Illustrator, VectorScribe and Phantasm CS

In this tutorial we will create an abstract background using very simple techniques. Take a look at the rings; do they look like vector objects? I did not use raster effects or Photoshop in this work. Study the techniques, and you will become the Lord of the Vector Rings!  Continue...


Create a Cute Robot Using Adobe Illustrator

This tutorial contains unusual technique for creating Opacity Masks and plenty of effective techniques that allow us to achieve stunning results. Continue...


Three Ways of Creating a Vector Spruce Twig with the Help of VectorScribe

Spruce twigs can be created quite easily in vector, which will be   demonstrated by following the techniques described in this tutorial. To   create a twig, we will be using transformation effects, Appearance   panel, and Dynamic Shapes which are created with the help of the VectorScribe plugin. The dynamic shapes will help us quickly create a twig and easily manage its view. Continue...

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