Adobe Illustrator has become the industry standard for creating vector images. However, compared to Photoshop, learning Illustrator is a bit more difficult (at least for me). There are schools and training centers offering courses in Adobe Illustrator. But for those who want to learn this tool at home, there are Illustrator tutorials for beginners online that allows you to “learn by doing”. Illustrator video tutorials enable beginners to learn the step-by-step process of doing a particular technique as if they are in a classroom environment.
In this post, we are featuring 10 video illustrator tutorials for beginners. These Illustrator will teach you how to use some of the basic and most important tools in Illustrator such as the Pen Tool, Gradients and Paintbrush as well as tasks like masking, coloring and blending. To view the Illustrator tutorial that you like, simply click on the link below each preview image.
01-Using the Pen Tool (Your Bestfriend in Illustrator)
If you dread using the pen tool, then Illustrator is not for you. Adobe Illustrator is a vector graphics application, therefore virtually everything in Illustrator is created using paths. The Pen Tool is the king of paths, you can create any kind of path using the pen tool, you just need to know how to use it! In this tutorial, you will learn how to use the pen tool by tracing the outline of an object. Watch, learn and enjoy!
02- All About Masking
Learn all about masking and create two effects in this Illustrator tutorial for beginners! Create a simple Reflection effect and also create a “techy” effect. Both are very easy to replicate with some simple masking techniques.
03 – Clipping Mask
There are three different kinds of masks that you can create in Illustrator, each with its own benefits. A clipping mask allows you to specify a certain vector shape as a mask for other individual or grouped objects. Learn about clipping masks to streamline the creation of complex objects in this excellent Illustrator video tutorial.
04- Opacity Mask
An opacity mask allows you to use the luminance value of any object to create a mask for other individual or grouped objects. As you will see, this last type of mask—one of the most well hidden features of Illustrator—is also the most powerful. In this tutorial, you will learn about a technique for performing opacity masking (usually done in Photoshop) in Adobe Illustrator through creative selecting with the Marquee tool.
05- Layer Mask in Illustrator
A layer clipping mask allows you to specify a certain vector shape as a mask for all the objects within the same layer. Learn to make a layer mask in Illustrator by watching this video tutorial:
06- The Paintbrush Tool
A lot of the Illustrator tools look the same as they do in Photoshop, but work a little differently. One of those tools is the paintbrush. Luckily, you can apply your Photoshop knowledge to Illustrator, if you keep the right mindset. You’ll discover the powers of the Paintbrush tool in Illustrator in this excellent video tutorial from Adobe Video Workshop.
07 – Layers and Groups
Layers and groups in Illustrator are far different from “layers” in Photoshop. Newbies find it difficult to work around layers and groups in Illustrator, especially if they are already familiar with “layering” in Photoshop. This tutorial from Adobe Video Workshop demonstrates how to work around with layers and groups in Illustrator and when to use them.
08 – Gradients and Blends
Again, creating gradients and blends in Illustrator is totally different from creating gradients in Photoshop. In this tutorial you will learn the concepts and techniques behind utilizing gradients and blends to add graduated colors onto your Illustrator objects.
09- The Offset Path Tool
Using offset path is a great way to create an exact but smaller or larger copy of a path. Learn to effectively use the Offset Path tool by following along this video tutorial.
10 – Patterns and Shapes in Illustrator
Making shapes and patterns in Illustrator is straightforward using a simple technique. Here’s a video tutorial based on an advertisement that uses patterns and shapes to create a unique design effect.