by Sharon Milne

Created

August 13, 2013

Top 5 Illustrator Tutorials on Vectortuts+ in July 2013

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Welcome to this months showcase of our favorite Adobe Illustrator tutorials available on Vectortuts+. Vectortuts+, part of the Tuts+ network, publishes 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  Illustrator community five of our most interesting and popular tutorials published during July 2013.


Create a Bald Eagle Illustration for Independence Day in Adobe Illustrator

With this tutorial, Monika Zagrobelna shows us how she created soaring bald eagle for Independence Day. She uses brushes, gradients and gradient meshes using a stock base as a reference. Monika often provides us with fantastic gradient mesh tutorials, so if you’re finding mesh hard to handle, I highlight recommend you check out her tutorials. You can check out more of her work over on her deviantART.


Create a Cartoon Bear Scene Using Repeating Shapes in Illustrator

With this tutorial, Jude C. Roxas shows us how to put together a cartoon bear scene using simple shapes, which are duplicated throughout. It’s a fun tutorial and has some great tips on how to get more from your illustration work by recycling elements. You can check out more of his work over on his portfoliodeviantART, and Behance.


Create a Summer Underwater Seamless Pattern in Adobe Illustrator

We do love complex-looking patterns! With this tutorial, Yulia Sokolova shows us how to create a summer, underwater-themed seamless pattern. She uses the Pattern Options in Adobe Illustrator CS6 and onwards to create this great pattern, using cute characters and flat detailing. You can check out more of her work over on her portfolio and Behance.


Create a Daft Punk GIF Animation Using Illustrator and Photoshop

With this tutorial, Bert Dries uses both Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop to create a Daft Punk GIF animation. The actual helmet illustration and LEDs are created in Illustrator and the animation in Photoshop. A fun tutorial to try out with an awesome result. You can check out more of his work over on his website, Facebook and Behance.


Create a Detailed Envelope Illustration in Adobe Illustrator

With this tutorial, Andrei Marius uses patterns, the Pathfinder panel and the Appearance panel to create this stylized stack of envelopes. Great for use as an icon or an illustration by itself. Andrei is our featured author over on the Tuts+ hub. As a consistent, regular author, you can expect high quality, regular monthly tutorials from him. You can check out more of his work over on his website and deviantART.


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 veteran regular Vectortuts+ author, Cheryl Graham. This tutorial was originally published in December 2009 and is still a very useful screen cast which people keep on going back to.

A Comprehensive Guide to the Pathfinder Panel

If there is one thing you’re going to learn how to use this month, make it the Pathfinder panel. Cheryl explains each button within the panel and how to customize it’s settings. Once you learn how to use it, you’ll wonder how you did without it!


Conclusion

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!

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