Posts in Category "Tutorial"

September 11, 2015

Be My Guide!

In an earlier post Creating Accurate Ruler Guides in Illustrator, I had shared some tips on creating ruler guides in Illustrator. In this post, I share some improvements around those experiences that have been in Illustrator CC for some time now. These changes make working with guides much easier, and almost similar to working with guides in InDesign.

1. To create a guide: Double-click the ruler.


2. To create a guide accurately at a marked ruler division: Shift + Double-click the ruler.

In the example below, I pressed Shift and double-clicked on the ruler at: x=105. The guide was created at x=108, because 108 is the closest marked division from the point of click.

Shift + Double-click

3. To create horizontal and vertical guides simultaneously: Press Cmd (Mac) or Ctrl (Windows) and drag from the ruler’s origin point.

Cmd/Ctrl + Drag


Guides are like railings on a staircase. Distracting at times, but keep you safe from falling off (the visual grid).

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February 18, 2015

Working with Creative Cloud Libraries in Illustrator

Adobe Illustrator CC and Creative Cloud LibrariesCreative Cloud Libraries, introduced in the October 2014 release of Illustrator CC, lets you have your favorite assets available to you and your creative team anywhere. With CC Libraries in Illustrator, you can create and share artwork, colors, text styles, images and more and then access them across Photoshop CC and InDesign CC, as well as mobile apps like Illustrator Draw and Adobe Shape, or a web browser — anywhere you can log into Creative Cloud.

In December 2014, CC Libraries was updated so libraries can be shared with anyone with a Creative Cloud account, making it easy to collaborate and maintain consistency in your designs. Also added was the ability to copy and share items across libraries.

If you’ve not checked out CC Libraries, the feature is found in the Libraries panel (Window > Libraries).

You can find out more about working with CC Libraries from the tutorials and help docs below.

CC Libraries — overview (video content)

Quick Tip: How to Use Adobe Creative Cloud Libraries (video from tuts+)

CC Libraries — Help doc (includes December update)

Libraries Come to Illustrator Creative Cloud (video from Layers Magazine)

CC Libraries — general overview with FAQ










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May 12, 2014

Top 5 Adobe Illustrator Tutorials on Tuts+ in March 2014

Guest post by Sharon Milne, Design & Illustration Editor on Tuts+

Welcome to this month’s catch up showcase of our favorite Adobe Illustrator tutorials available on Tuts+. We publish tutorials on techniques and effects to make awesome vector graphics in Illustrator. My name is Sharon Milne, the Design & Illustration Editor on Tuts+ and it is my pleasure to share with the Illustrator community five of our most interesting and popular tutorials published during March 2014.





Create a Fun Cartoon Character Face in Adobe Illustrator

Andrei Marius is a long time regular author on Tuts+. He contributes several times per month and each one avoids the Pen tool as much as possible, making his tutorials perfect for beginners. In this tutorial you’ll learn how to create a fun cartoon character face.



DayoftheDeadCreate a Tattoo Style, Day of the Dead Poster in Illustrator

Sergey Kandakov
 started with a photo of his wife and built upon it to create this grunge looking Day of the Dead character. He then placed her in a poster. Loving this style!


LivingRoomSceneHow to Create an Easy Living Room Scene in Illustrator

Here’s something to blow your mind… this illustration… the majority of it is made purely with the Rectangle Tool and Warp Effects. Nataliya Dolotko is great at showing our readers how to create simple illustrations from basic tools.



Create Comic Egg Characters Using the Blend Tool in Illustrator


As part of Blend Week, Diana Toma created this awesome tutorial on how to make this set of comic egg characters using the Blend Tool. Our readers have loved this tutorial and created their own eggs.


How to Create an Abstract Isometric Cityscape in Adobe Illustrator


Here’s a two part tutorial which will make good use of your Creative Cloud subscription. Alex Beltechi shows you how to create an isometric cityscape in Illustrator with some added detailing in Photoshop. Then in the second part, shows you how to create a magazine cover and inner spread.



Blend Week

BlendWeekEach month, we’re looking at tools and processes that our readers have requested further content on. Whether it be because they find that area harder to master or they just love tutorials to do with that area. In March, we looked at Blends and the Blend Tool.

25 Amazing Blend Tutorials in Adobe Illustrator on Tuts+





On behalf of the Vector Author Team on Tuts+, I’d like to thank you for checking out this months top five. There’s plenty more being posted every week day in a variety of areas.

Keep up to date by following the vector section of Tuts+ on Facebook and Twitter. Until next time, have an infinitely scalable month!


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March 19, 2014

How to create an animal portrait from a reference photo using Adobe Illustrator

Yuka Uemura, a graphic designer from Queensland, Australia shared a vector portrait she created of Kaky, a Kelpie cross Border Collie puppy.


The Illustrator social team posted it on the Illustrator Facebook channel, and the audience loved it just as much as we did.

Yuka was kind enough to take the time and effort to develop a tutorial of the techniques she used to create this beautiful, highly detailed vector portrait of Kaky. And we are super excited to share it with you.

You can download the tutorial as a PDF. And if you want to follow along exactly, you can also download Yuka’s original reference photo. But we’re sure you’ve a favorite pet that’s just waiting to be immortalized in its own beautiful portrait, too. Enjoy!

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March 13, 2014

Top 5 Adobe Illustrator Tutorials on Tuts+ in February 2014

Vector on Tuts+

Welcome to this month’s catch up showcasing our favorite Adobe Illustrator tutorials available on Tuts+. We publish tutorials on techniques and effects to make awesome vector graphics in Illustrator. My name is Sharon Milne, the Vector and Drawing Editor on Tuts+ and it is my pleasure to share with the Illustrator community five of our most interesting and popular tutorials published during February 2014.


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