by Sharon Milne


June 13, 2013

Top 5 Illustrator Tutorials on Vectortuts+ in May 2013


Welcome to this months catch up showcasing our favorite Adobe Illustrator tutorials available on Vectortuts+. Vectortuts+ is a blog of tutorials, articles 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, 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 May 2013.

Creating a Coffee House Logo – From Theory to Vector in Adobe Illustrator

With this tutorial, Chris Carey provides tips to think about when creating a logo. Also he’ll cover basic work with the Star Tool, as well as adjusting type on a path to create a vintage-inspired logo for a coffee house.

You can check out more of his work on deviantART.

Quick Tip: Create a Set of Neon Art and Scatter Brushes in Illustrator

Diana Toma has a great new quick tip tutorial for you on how to create your own collection of neon brushes in Illustrator. You will create Art Brushes and Scatter Brushes in different colors and sizes that you can use in your projects. You’ll continue to see how to save a set of brushes for use in the future along with examples of some great, quick effects you can create with your new brushes.

Creating a Simple Kawaii Yeti With Basic Shapes in Adobe Illustrator

In this tutorial, Amanda Tepie shows you how to make a cute monster character in Adobe Illustrator using basic shapes, the Pathfinder panel, Strokes, and the Width Tool. You  can use these techniques to create other characters, too. Amanda turns her vector creation into a cute plushie on our network site, Crafttuts+! How awesome is that!?

You can check out more of her work over on deviantART and her website, Cheek and Stitch.

How to Create Text-Free Assembly Instructions in Adobe Illustrator

In this tutorial, Julie Felton teaches you how to create concise, easy to follow, text-free technical illustrations for people who need guidance but prefer to skip all the reading. As a bonus, you earn how to make an outdoor broom from discarded two liter soda bottles. You, lucky dog, you!

You can check out more of her work on her website,

Adobe Illustrator’s Role in a Web Design Workflow

Webdesigntuts+ Editor, Ian Yates provides us with insight on the role of Adobe Illustrator in web design. This is a great article, full of opinions, debate and plenty of resources on why times are changing!

Illustrator isn’t the design tool of choice for most people who create for the web. Interface design, bitmap creation, pixel perfect image manipulation: all tasks which have typically been better handled by other applications. The web is undergoing big changes, however, and the role Illustrator can play in a web design workflow is changing too. Let’s find out how!

You can check out more of his work over on his website,

Adobe Illustrator CC is Coming!

Usually each month we bring you a tutorial from the Vectortuts+ archives, however this month we want to talk about the new Adobe Illustrator CC as it’s just on the horizon. Are you as excited as we are? I’ll pulled together a collection of videos from Adobe TV of my favorite features coming to us soon with Adobe Illustrator CC and InDesign CC.

Let’s Find Out What’s New in Adobe Illustrator and InDesign CC!

If you’re like me, you’ve been glued to your screens, checking out what is new in the Adobe family. Over on AdobeMAX, opening with a passionate keynote speech, we’ve been given a great look at what’s coming for the newly titled Adobe  Creative Cloud. Don’t worry if you’ve missed it, the keynote presentations are available online.

So what’s new in our favorite design programs? Check out these fantastic videos from Adobe TV to find out just a handful of what’s being added to Adobe Illustrator and InDesign CC. Be sure to tell us which features you’re excited to try out! We’ll be on the ball come late June with some fresh Creative Cloud content to show you some creative projects to try out your new tools.


I hope you’ve been inspired by this months set of tutorials and there are plenty more over on Vectortuts+.

You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates on new tutorials published every weekday. Until next month, happy vectoring and all the best from the Vectortuts+ Author Team!


  • By Merk Logo - 7:05 AM on July 20, 2013  

    Thinking to jump from freehand to Illustrator in a short time, thanks for sharing this great article.


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