Adobe Illustrator Toolbox
If you’re interested in improving your skills with Adobe Illustrator or finding resources that can make you more effective and efficient with your time in Illustrator, this is the collection for you.
For getting started and learning more about Illustrator, here are some helpful articles.
7 Things You Didn’t Know Illustrator Could Do – Attitude Design Journal
Illustrator’s Pen Tool: The Comprehensive Guide – VECTORTUTS
Illustrator Pen Tool Exercises – Veerle
Seven Helpful Techniques for Illustrator – VECTORTUTS
Best Sites for Illustrator Tutorials:
For continual learning of Illustrator, these 9 sites produce excellent tutorials that will help you in your development.
Collections of Tutorials:
Rather than listing the best Illustrator tutorials here (which other bloggers have already done effectively), I’ll list several collections of helpful tutorials. When you have some time on your hands come back to these resources and learn just about anything you can imagine in Illustrator.
Adobe Illustrator Tutorials – Smashing Magazine
Adobe Illustrator Tutorials – Best of – Smashing Magazine
Illustrator Tutorials – Designer Today
Illustrator Tutorials – N. Design Studio
Illustrator and Photoshop Tutorials and Lessons – Kevin Hulsey
65 Adobe Illustrator Tutorials – Emma Alvarez
Illustrator Tutorials – Layers Magazine
Adobe Illustrator Tutorials – Learn It 2
Illustrator Tutorials – Tutorial Outpost
Adobe Illustrator Tutorials – Tutorialized
Adobe Illustrator Tutorials – Vectorials
Adobe Illustrator Video Tutorials – Video-Tutes.com
Illustrator Tutorials – Tutorial Blog
30 Tutorials That Will Teach You Illustrator – Arbenting
Illustrator Tutorials – BioRUSt
Photoshop brushes are more popular than Illustrator brushes, but there are still plenty of great places to get free brushes for Illustrator.
35 Free Abstract Illustrator Brushes – Bittbox
16 Sketchy Illustrator Brushes – Design Blurb
Illustrator Brushes – Colorburned
30 Free Sketchy-Style Brushes – Vectips
Ink and Watercolor Brushes – Bittbox
Illustrator Brushes – Adobe
Free Watercolor Brushes and Tutorial – Vectips
9 Free CS3 Brushes and Symbols – Brainstorms and Raves
Vector Art Brushes – Vector-Art.Blogspot
In addition to brushes, you can also pick up some free vectors to use in your own work. Here are some of the best resources.
Vecteezy – Free vector graphics
QVectors – Quality free vector graphics
Free Illustrator Stuff – CreateSk8
Free Vector Downloads – Tutorial Blog
Ornate, Floral, Swirly and Curly Vector Roundup – Blog.SpoonGraphics
50 Free Vector Grunge Corners – Bittbox
25 Free Vector Grunge Patterns – CreateSk8
12 Glossy Buttons – deviantART
VectorVault – The ultimate vector art community
Aside from the categories listed above, these resources will help you in a variety of ways with your use of Illustrator.
Learn Illustrator CS3 in 30 Days – Vectorydiary
Adobe Illustrator Shortcuts – Web Designer Wall
Design and CAD Plugins for Illustrator – Hot Door
Plugins for Illustrator – Graffix
Illustrator World – Dedicated exclusively to vector art and vector applications
Designers Revolution – Best graphic design resources on the web
Go Media’s Arsenal – Freebies from Go Media
Huge List of Adobe Illustrator Plugins & Filters & Tools – All Graphic Design
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