by Sharon Milne
Top 5 Illustrator Tutorials on Vectortuts+ in March 2013
Welcome to this month’s showcase of our favorite Adobe Illustrator tutorials available on Vectortuts+. Vectortuts+ is a blog of tutorials, articles, freebies and more on all things vector! We publish tutorials on techniques and effects to make awesome vector graphics in Adobe Illustrator. My name is Sharon Milne and I’m the Editor of Vectortuts+ and it is my pleasure to share with the Adobe Illustrator community five of our most interesting and popular tutorials published during March 2013.
In this tutorial, Beto Garza will show you how to draw a deer with custom Art Brushes, Graphic Styles and Blends in Adobe Illustrator, using brushes you can create yourself with his help. This is our most popular tutorial for March 2013.
You can check out more of his work over on deviantART.
Cheryl Graham regularly creates informative and often surprising tricks via screen casts on a monthly basis. This month, she will show you how to create text labels using Illustrator effects. Once you create this effect, you can apply it to any text and the size will update automatically. It’s a mind blower for sure!
You can check out more of her work over on her new website.
In this tutorial, Anne Elster will show you how to create a series of minimalist and stylized birds and create a seamless pattern from them. The tutorial is aimed at users of Adobe Illustrator CS5 and below, since in CS6 creating patterns has become easier and more intuitive. In the second part we will then use this pattern for what could be a poster background and apply some effects to give it a retro look.
You can check out more of her work over on deviantART.
Svetlana Makarova is a passionate fashion illustrator. In this tutorial she will show you the main principles of her style of drawing, which she applies in her fashion illustrations. She’ll be using Clipping Masks and Blending Modes to produce a styled illustration of shoes and a clutch bag in Adobe Illustrator.
You can check out more of her work over on her website Lanitta.com
In this tutorial, Andrei Marius will show you how to create a detailed illustration of keyboard buttons. You’ll see how powerful the Appearance panel can really be! For the main part of the button you will use a simple rectangle with fourteen fills, linear and radial gradient, three strokes, some basic blending techniques and over fifty effects. In the end, taking full advantage of the Appearance panel, you will only need four rectangles, the background shape, plus the little pieces of text.
You can check out more of Andrei’s work over on his website VforVectors.com.
From the Vectortuts+ Archives
Every month, as well as sharing with you our favorite tutorials from Vectortuts+, I’ll be sharing with you one of our favorite tutorials from our archives. This month we have a tutorial by Webdesigntuts+ Editor, Ian Yates. This tutorial was originally published in August 2008 and is still a favorite with our readers, in fact it’s our third most commented on tutorial!
If you use Adobe Illustrator, then it’s almost certain that you use the Pen Tool (P) when creating your paths. This comprehensive guide aims to introduce or remind you of features, shortcuts, and methods for working with what is arguably Adobe’s most essential tool. You’ll also have the opportunity to download a Pen Tool exercise .ai file to practice your Pen Tool skills!
I hope you’ve been inspired by this months set of tutorials and there are plenty more over on Vectortuts+.