May 14, 2014

The Adobe Illustrator Story

When Adobe Illustrator first shipped in 1987, it was the first software application for a young company that had, until then, focused solely on Adobe PostScript. The new product not only altered Adobe’s course, it changed drawing and graphic design forever.

Watch the Illustrator story unfold from its beginning as Adobe’s first software product, to its role in the digital publishing revolution, to becoming an essential tool for designers worldwide. Interviews include cofounder John Warnock, his wife Marva, artists and designers Ron Chan, Bert Monroy, Dylan Roscover and Jessica Hische.

You can watch the full movie below or view it by chapters after the jump.

The Adobe Illustrator Story — full movie


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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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March 11, 2014

Grain Edit Interview with Javier Garcia

Sketches for "Hail to the King"

Sketches for “Hail to the King”

"Hail to the King" poster by Javier Garcia

“Hail to the King” poster by Javier Garcia

Born  and raised in México, Javier Garcia is a San Francisco-based graphic designer,  illustrator, and avid collector of all things modern.

Check out his interview on Grain Edit,  see more of his work on his portfolio site, and be sure to visit his blog  about vintage modern design & illustration, No Barcode.

The images here provide a glimpse into Javier’s design process, going from sketch to finished artwork, but the Grain Edit interview gives you a deeper look into his workflow as well as his passions for design and more. Check it out!

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