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

Pent Tool Guide

Illustrator Pen Tool Exercises – Veerle

Pen Tool Exercises

Maintaining Rhythm and Flow in Vector Character Design – VECTORTUTS

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.





Veerle’s Blog










N. Design Studio

N. Design



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

Ai Tutorials

Adobe Illustrator Tutorials – Best of – Smashing Magazine

Best of Illustrator

30+ Adobe Illustrator Tutorials: Mastering Your Tools and Options – Noupe

Illustrator Tutorials

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 –

Illustrator Tutorials – Tutorial Blog

30 Tutorials That Will Teach You Illustrator – Arbenting

Illustrator Tutorials – BioRUSt

Free Brushes:

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

Abstract Brushes

16 Sketchy Illustrator Brushes – Design Blurb

Sketchy brushes

28 Free Illustrator Brushes for Making Swooshes and Swirls – Bittbox

Illustrator Brushes – Colorburned

30 Free Sketchy-Style Brushes – Vectips

30 Illustrator Pattern Brushes for Making Flowers and Circular Designs – Bittbox

Ink and Watercolor Brushes – Bittbox

Free Illustrator Brushes and Vectors: Foliage – 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

30 Days

Adobe Illustrator Shortcuts – Web Designer Wall

Ai Shortcuts

Vector Illustration: 60+ Illustrator Tutorials, Tips and Best Practices – Noupe

53 Killer Photoshop Illustrator Effects and Tutorials – Noupe

Top 10 Free Adobe Illustrator Symbols Resource Sites – Speckyboy

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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