by Sharon Milne


September 23, 2013

Top 5 Illustrator Tutorials on Vectortuts+ in August 2013


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 Illustrator. My name is Sharon Milne, 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 August 2013.

Working With Blending Modes and Gradients to Create a Dark Elf

Superstar Masha Goubar aka Limkis created her first tutorial on Vectortuts+ in August and it’s no shock her tutorial was very well received. In this tutorial, you’ll learn some great tips and tricks on using multiple gradients and Blending Modes to create an enchanting dark elf character in Adobe Illustrator. You’ll see the work flow from sketch to finish and see how creating your own brushes can add those fine refining details your illustration may need. You can check out more of her work over on her deviantART.

Create a Geometric Kermit the Frog Illustration in Adobe Illustrator

Our resident geometric guru, Beto Garza, had a great new tutorial in August. In this tutorial, Beto is going to draw Kermit (known in Mexico as “La Rana René”) by using simple shapes and basic tools in Adobe Illustrator. He’ll also show you how to modify your colors in the blink of an eye!

Check out more of his work over on deviantART and Behance.

Create a Cute and Simple Panda With Basic Shapes in Adobe Illustrator

In this tutorial Nataliya Dolotko will teach how to create a cute illustration with upside down panda in Adobe Illustrator. You will use the basic shapes and some use of the Pen Tool (P), so a great project for those who still see themselves as a beginner, but want a little challenge. You can check out more of her work over on Shutterstock.

Create a Sparkling, Glitter Portrait From Stock in Adobe Illustrator

I created a great tutorial in August, which people on my Facebook page are to blame for. They insisted I over did the glitter! I’m going to show you how to create a sparkling portrait. I’ll show you how to create your own skin tone palette, render flawless skin, create hair from brushes and of course… add a good handful of glitter, all in Adobe Illustrator. There’s no blurs, meshes or raster effects in this tutorial, it’s 100% vector and 100% fabulous! You can check out more of my work on my website and Behance.

Create a Simple School Teddy Bear in Adobe Illustrator

Yulia Sokolova created an awesome back to school bear this month. In this tutorial we will learn how to create a cute Teddy Bear and some school themed items. We’ll be using basic shapes and the Pathfinder panel, so you don’t need a graphic tablet or advanced drawing skills for making up such character. You can check out more of her work over on her Behance.

New to Adobe Illustrator or Need a Refresher?

Traditionally September is the month we go back to school, college and university. In celebration of this, we’ve put together our best 30 beginner Adobe Illustrator tutorials, so you can get to know the basic tools at your own convenience. Perhaps you’re new to Adobe Illustrator or you need to brush up on the basics, this article is for you. Put together by Nastasia Peters, there are plenty of resources on Vectortuts+ for you to check out.

Back to School Special: 30 Easy Adobe Illustrator Tutorials

Summer is coming to an end and it is almost time to go back to school again. With this in mind, let us get to basics and share with you a selection of great beginner tutorials and articles which explain tools, panels and other tricks Adobe Illustrator has to offer!


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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