by Sharon Milne


May 28, 2013

Top 5 Illustrator Tutorials on Vectortuts+ in April 2013


Welcome to this months 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 Illustrator. My name is Sharon Milne and 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 April 2013.

Quick Tip: Creating a Bazinga! Text Treatment in Adobe Illustrator

With this tutorial, Chris Carey will show you how to create a Bazinga text effect made famous by Sheldon from the sitcom The Big Bang Theory in Adobe Illustrator. He’ll be using some techniques to add multiple effects to a single shape, duplicating and copying objects quickly, creating a pattern, and even rotating that pattern without disrupting the shape it’s applied too.

You can check out more of his work over on deviantART.

How to Create a Rainbow Colored Portrait From a Stock Image in Illustrator

Sharon Milne shows how she created a simple, rainbow colored portrait in Adobe Illustrator using a stock image as base art. She adds subtle decoration to the portrait with the help of a Scatter Brush and  plays with a splash of color to create the rainbow effect.

You can check out more of her work over on her website or by following her on Facebook.

Using the Blend Tool to Create a Halftone Effect Portrait in Adobe Illustrator

The Blend Tool has been part of Adobe Illustrator for a long time and it’s very simple to work with. The tool creates objects that fill the space between two key objects. We can use this tool to create many effects. In this tutorial, Cristiano Siqueira shows you how to use the Blend Tool to create semi-realistic halftones with lines.

You can check out more of his work on his website

Using Gradients to Create a Slick & Fun Cartoon Worm in Adobe Illustrator

In this tutorial, Yulia Sokolova  shows how to draw a slick and funny worm character from rough sketch to the final illustration. She uses various Adobe Illustrator tools and blending options.

You can check out more of her work at dAPortfolio.

How to Create a Conceptual Portrait Using the Scribble Effect in Adobe Illustrator

In this tutorial, Helen Huang shows you how to create a vector illustration with a sketchy style in Adobe Illustrator. Several techniques are used to achieve the results, including Gradients, and Roughen and Scribble effects.

You can check out more of her work on her website

From the Vectortuts+ Archives

Every month, as well as sharing our favorite tutorials from Vectortuts+, I’ll be select one of our favorite tutorials from our archives. This month we have a tutorial by veteran Vectortuts+ author, Cheryl Graham. This tutorial was originally published in January 2010 and is still a very useful screen cast which people return to again and again.

Quick Tip: Quickly convert CMYK to Pantone

Have you ever found yourself rushing a file for the printer but your client hasn’t specified a spot color for their design? Finding a spot color equivalent to CMYK can be difficult. What your client sees is often different from what you see. Here’s a quick way to find the Pantone© equivalent for a CMYK process color without the use of a color book. This tip is perfect for designers who need to use professional offset printing.


I hope you’ve been inspired by this months set of tutorials; 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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