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36 Hand Picked Adobe Illustrator Tutorials for Your Holidays

Christmas is a holiday season and it’s the time you should do something not related to your daily work. You know exactly how to spend your holidays and I’m not going to talk about it here anymore. The purpose of this post is to prepare a (somehow) Christmas gift for those who love learning new things ever on holidays. Of course this post will help designers that don’t know a lot about Adobe Illustrator power and have been looking for some great tutorials to learn on their spare time of Christmas holidays to start the new work-year more strongly!

These tutorials are hand-picked under the following categories:

  • 1- Character and Cartoon Design Tutorials
  • 2- 3D Tutorials
  • 3- Logo Design Tutorials
  • 4- Text Effect Tutorials
  • 5- Patterns

1- Character/Cartoon Design Tutorials

Creating vector characters in Illustrator

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This tutorial let you know how to go from sketch to the finished product to design a perfect character like above.

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How to Illustrate a Cute Emo Kid

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In this tutorial you will learn how to create a funny looking cartoon style just as like as the final image preview above.

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How to Create a Vector Illustration and Prepare it for Micro-Stock Sale

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In this tutorial you will encounter with 16 steps to learn:

  • How to create a vector illustration from sketch to finish in Adobe Illustrator according to the demands of micro-stock websites.
  • How to clean up your Adobe Illustrator file before saving it in EPS format.
  • How to find and close all open paths.
  • How to save EPS and JPEG files correctly for micro-stock sale.

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Create a Cute Panda Bear Face Icon

Create-a-Cute-Panda-Bear-Face-Icon This tutorial shows you how to spend 22 short steps to create a cute panda bear face icon all from ellipses (well, actually there is one rectangle for the background). The great part about this tutorial, is that you can easily apply the techniques to other icons, illustrations, logos, or other projects.

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Create a Cute Furry Vector Monster in Illustrator

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As you can see the final image above, this illustrator tutorial gives you some steps to create a nice funny monster as your character. You will be working with the basic shapes to start, then use a variety of gradients to add depth.

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Create A Vector Art Twitter Bird Character Icon In Adobe Illustrator

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Since twitter is one of the most common social medias, this tutorial would be really useful to create a nice twitter character for your own projects. This tutorial contains 31 really short steps.

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How to Create a Cute Bunny Vector Character

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This illustrator tutorial will show you how to create a cute bunny character. It uses simple shapes and gradients that are easy to apply to other character illustrations. The great thing about his tutorial is you don’t have to be an amazing artist to create it!

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Create a Super Happy Octopus Character

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As an amazing illustrator tutorial, this let to follow 21 steps to create a great happy octopus character.

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Vectorial character design with Illustrator

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This illustrator tutorial would be really helpful to design a cartoon monkey character for horror films.

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How to Create a Web Site Mascot

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This tutorial is going to give you an overview of how developed a character from the initial brief through to the final site mascot.

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How to Create a Cartoon Character with Expressive Lines

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In this illustrator tutorial you will learn how to create an amazing cartoon character like above using 19 steps.

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2- 3D Tutorials

How to Create an Open Book with Illustrator’s 3D Extrude & Bevel Tool

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In this illustrator tutorial you will learn how to create an open book mostly with Illustrator’s 3D Extrude & Bevel Tool. You will learn how to create open pages with graphics and add a wavy background. Also the book can be customized by applying your own graphics to the pages.

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Create a Can of Beans by Mapping Vectors to a 3D Object

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Illustrator has offered a range of 3D tools for some time and this tutorial aims to get you started familiarizing yourself with them over 12 steps. In this tutorial you will learn how to create a can of beans, built entirely from vectors, using the Symbols palette, the Extrude tool and Illustrator’s Image Mapping.

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Let’s Make a Playful Yet Robust 3D Letter Design

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This tutorial is perfect for the advanced beginner who wants to take her skills to the next level. In this tutorial you will learn how to create 3D text and use depth-of-field to enhance a design.

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3D Blue LCD Alarm Clock – Illustrator Tutorial

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Another 3D illustrator tutorial that is about designing a 3D Blue LCD alarm clock. This tutorial contains 16 steps to cover using some 3D techniques on illustrator.

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3D Charts in Adobe Illustrator CS

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This illustrator tutorial is about adding depth to graphs to create a 3D scene. It is really recommended to take a look at this tutorial to have more effective and eye catching graphs.

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Create a Checkered 3D Chess Figure Scene

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As a perfect illustrator tutorial explains how to create a 3D chess scene with the help of the 3D Revolve Tool and gradient masks. This is a great introduction to the 3D Tool in Illustrator, and shows you how to pose your creations within an illustrative checkered environment.

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Make a Handy 3D Vector Calendar Icon

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Learn to make a handy calendar icon to use on your blog, website, or print projects. We’ll use Illustrators Path and 3D tools to create this design. Also, a simple page curl effect will be demonstrated as well. Let’s jump into this tutorial.

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3- Logo Design Tutorials

Logo Design Process and Walkthrough for Vivid Ways

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In this perfect illustrator tutorial you will learn how to design a logo just as like as the final image above step by step.

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Creating an Environmentally Friendly Green Type Treatment

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This great illustrator tutorial contains 25 steps and help you to learn how to design a logo that requires a Green style applied to the design. Also you will learn how to create a green type treatment.

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How to Create a Trendy Retro Type Treatment

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In this Illustrator tutorial, you’ll see how to create a trendy retro type treatment with a free font, gradients, blends, and some scatter brushes. It’s a relative easy tutorial containing techniques that can be quickly applied to many other type treatments and various graphic elements.

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Creating a crazy cool logo

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This illustrator tutorial is all about designing a really beautiful logo just as like as above using 10 steps.

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Design a Grungy Circular Logo

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Another illustrator tutorial about designing logos. It simply help you to learn how to design a logo like above using 10 steps.

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4- Text Effect Tutorials

Create a Swirly Type Treatment

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This Illustrator tutorial contains 26 steps and will show you how to create a swirly type treatment. With a free font, some brushes, and gradients you can easily create this type treatment.

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Bling Bling Text Effect

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In this tutorial you will learn how to create the eye catching bling bling effect above using illustrator. You will learn how to create the texture and apply it to any text.

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Blueprint-Style Text in Adobe Illustrator

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In this tutorial you would learn a blueprint technique. This is a quick demo using a blend of live effects, filters, and even a little gradient mesh to create a seemingly complex logo treatment.

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Ornate lettering

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This tutorial shows you how to create ornate lettering from sketches and vectors in Illustrator, make it three-dimensional in 3ds Max and fine-tune the final result in Photoshop.

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Adding Gradients to Text

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As you may know, In Illustrator, you can’t apply a gradient to text the way you normally add gradients to other objects. But this tutorial teaches you how to do it.

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Create a cool water effect

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In this great illustrator tutorial you will learn how to use mesh tool to create water droplets , use the symbol sprayer tool using symbol of water droplets and dispersing them.

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Quickly Add Grunge To Text

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As a quick illustrator tutorial it would be really useful to learn about adding grunge effect to a text.

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5- Creating illustrator Patterns

How to Create a Pop Design Element

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This tutorial is for beginner to advanced users. During this tutorial you will learn how to use brushes , create your own brushes , learning how to speed up your work process by using brushes.

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How to Create a Seamless pattern in 10 steps

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As the author of this tutorial says, since he has seen that many illustrator tutorials which have been written about creating patterns, are confusing and limited to basics, has decided to write his own tutorial. So, hopefully his step by step tutorial would be useful for you.

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Create a Themed Repeating Pattern in Illustrator

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It is really recommended to follow this Adobe Illustrator tutorial to create a range of simple vector objects based around the theme of a designer’s lifestyle, then tile them together into a cool looking repeating pattern.

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Creating seamless patterns in Illustrator

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In this tutorial you can find the answer of one of the most common users’ questions. Yes! you will find out how to create seamless patterns in Illustrator.

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Creating geometric patterns in Illustrator

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Another illustrator tutorial for creating patterns that is a bit different than the others. In fact this tutorial gives you some new ideas and techniques to create your own illustrator patterns.

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Intricate Patterns in Illustrator

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This illustrator tutorial would be a bit harder that other ones. It contains 17 steps to create intricate pattern in illustrator.

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