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Los mejores tutoriales de Illustrator por smashingmagazine.com

Adobe Illustrator Tutorials – Best Of

A Comprehensive Guide: Illustrator’s Paintbrush Tool and Brush Panel
Probably the most comprehensive tutorial or article on this subject. Everyone can learn something here that will improve their skills with brushes, and it’s especially useful for beginners with Illustrator.

paintbrush guide

Illustrator’s Pen Tool: The Comprehensive Guide
Another extensive guide from VECTORTUTS. This one leads you through a series of exercises that will quickly develop your skills with the pen tool. Again, an excellent resource for beginners and for those who just want to improve their work with the pen tool.

pen tool guide

An Intro to the Mesh Tool
Gradient meshes have a lot of power and potential in Illustrator, but you have to know how to use them. This tutorial is a good starting point if you haven’t worked with them before or if you are looking for a refresher.

mesh tool

Create a Cute Vector Monster from a Pencil Sketch
Illustrated characters are obviously a popular trend right now in Web design. Let Chris Spooner show you the process used to create this vector monster from sketch to Illustrator.

vector monster

Geometric Patterns in Illustrator
Patterns have plenty of use in Web design, and in this tutorial Veerle takes us through the process of creating one using a hexagonal shape.

geometric patterns

Trendy Geometric Lines Tutorial

This tutorial uses Photoshop to add finishing touches to work done in Illustrator. It’s easy to find a use for these techniques in wallpaper design or creating background images for websites.

trendy lines

BMX Illustration
If you’ve got a lot of time on your hands and want detailed design and Illustration tutorials, IllustrationClass is the place to go. The tutorials are available as Zip downloads. The approximate time for this tutorial is 18 hours. There are over 50 images included and the notes are seven pages long.


Symmetrical Illustration: Thug Bunny
Another detailed tutorial from IllustrationClass. This one again takes you through the whole process from sketch to finished artwork, this time to create a cartoon thug bunny.

thug bunny

How to Create an Open Book with Illustrator’s 3D Extrude & Bevel Tool

Learn how to create an impressive-looking book with some handy Illustrator tools.

open book

Blueprint Style Text in Adobe Illustrator
A text effect that’s surprisingly not as complicated as it looks. The end result is a text logo that resembles a blueprint.

blueprint text

Creating an Environmentally Friendly Green Type Treatment
This is one of the more useful text tutorials on Illustrator. It will teach you techniques that are especially effective for logo design and creating website headers.

green type

Type on a Path Options
In this tutorial you’ll get a quick look at the potential of using type on a path. You’ll see examples of several different useful effects, with explanations of each.

type on a path

Create Your Own Vector Cartoon Character
Starting with a sketch, Chris Spooner will lead you through the process of creating a fun cartoon character. Chris makes it look simple to design vector characters like this one.

vector cartoon

Create a Blissful Vector Scene
In this tutorial you’ll work through this design of the land, sky and clouds and the colorful flowers that brighten up the scene.

vector scene

Create Abstract Backgrounds
Experimenting with creating backgrounds is an effective way to master the tools of Illustrator and enhance your skills. This tutorial leads you through some experimentation, and of course there is plenty of opportunity here to go off on your own and be creative.

abstract backgrounds

Recolor Artwork Using Illustrator’s LiveColor
A helpful tutorial from Veerle that will have you recoloring your work with ease. Veerle takes you through all the necessary steps to use a feature of Illustrator that can be intimidating.

live color

Extract Paths from Mesh Shapes
This is a quick, brief tutorial, but if you’ve been frustrated trying to edit meshes, this will help you convert them back to paths to make editing much easier.

extract paths

Wrapping Text Around an Image in Illustrator
Particularly useful if you’re using Illustrator for page layout design, this tutorial will help you create a very professional look.

wrap text

Create a Spiral Ornament Symbol in Illustrator

Spirals and curls can add a lot of artistic character to a design, and here you’ll learn to create attractive spirals with some of the basic Illustrator tools.

spiral ornament

How to Draw Your Own Vector Wings
Starting with a photo of a single feather, this tutorial will lead you through the process of creating a nice set of vector wings to use in your own graphic design work.

vector wings

Create a Rotatable Globe in Adobe Illustrator
You’ll learn some more about working with 3D images in this tutorial. The end result is an impressive and realistic globe.

3D globe

Create a Stunning Undersea Painting Using Vector Packs
Go Media’s vector packs are well known in the industry, and this tutorial takes you through a very detailed process of using the contents of the vector pack to create something special.

undersea painting

A Pseudo-Sugar Skull: From Start to Finish
Go Media puts out another complete tutorial that takes you the whole way through the process of sketching this skull and creating the finished piece in Illustrator.


Create a Four-Leaf Clover
Starting with some basic shapes and mixing in some nice use of gradients, you can create a well-designed four-leaf clover relatively quickly.

four leaf clover

Create a Sidekick LX Styled Vector Illustration
There are all kinds of Photoshop tutorials for creating mobile phones, but not nearly as many for Illustrator. This tutorial starts with a JPEG of the sidekick and works through the process of creating a realistic vector version of it.

sidekick LX vector

Create an Envelope Icon with a Satin Feel

This is a detailed tutorial with plenty of screenshots to lead you through the process of creating an attractive envelope icon, which of course has plenty of practical usage possibilities.

envelope icon

Creating a Cool Water Effect
There are a number of Photoshop tutorials on creating similar water drop effects, but this is a nice one for Illustrator. You’ll create the background and style the text to complete the look.

cool water

How to Create a Vector Safari Compass in Illustrator
Design a highly detailed compass that makes nice use of a vector world map as the subtle background of the compass face.

safari compass

An Expressive Shining Eye Tutorial: Parts 1 and 2

An excellent two-part series starting with the pen tool and ending with the finishing touches to the eye. Recreating the look of an eye is not that simple, but this tutorial will show how it’s done.

shining eye

Working with Illustrator “Art” Brushes: Options and Adjustments
Learn more about one of the four types of Illustrator brushes. It’s mostly a post that leads you through some experimentation that will help you understand more about how art brushes work.

art brushes

Command Shape in Illustrator
Learn how to recreate the Apple command key icon. This is an informative tutorial on working with shapes, even if you are setting out to create a different end result than the command key shape.

command shape

Using Illustrator’s Mesh Tool as Nature Intended
In this tutorial you’ll take a basic leaf and give it some added character using the mesh tool. It’s only a seven-step process, and there’s room for some experimentation as far as how the end result looks.

mesh tool

Using the Symbol Tools
This is part of a 30-day series on learning Illustrator (definitely worth checking out, especially for those who are new to Illustrator). By understanding symbols you can create images like this one quickly by reusing the symbol.

symbol tools

Illustrator Tutorial: Disco Ball
A fun tutorial on working with symbols and the 3D effects of Illustrator. This is a fairly quick tutorial, with not a lot of steps to create the ball itself.

disco ball

Vector Freebie and Micro Tutorial: Seamless Swirls
Although it’s called a “micro-tutorial,” there is still plenty to learn here, and the freebie is nice too. With this free pack of swirls, you’ll be led through the detailed process of creating this seamless image.

seamless swirls

Illustrator Tutorial: Surprise Gift
If you’re looking for a tutorial in which you’ll get to work with a number of different tools, this is a good option.

surprise gift

Creating Halftone Effects
A popular trick with Photoshop users, creating a halftone is also possible with Illustrator CS3.

halftone effects

Crazy Cool Vectors in Illustrator and Photoshop
This tutorial starts in Illustrator to create the basic colored disk and then moves to Photoshop for some layer effects and brush work.

cool vectors

Swirl Mania in Illustrator and Photoshop

Although this tutorial also uses Photoshop, the bulk of the work to create the swirls is done in Illustrator; Photoshop is used more for finishing touches.

swirl mania

How to Draw Simple Flowers
Using the pen tool, you can create the outline of the flowers and gradients to add the color. As it says, it’s a simple end result, but a nice skill to have nonetheless.

simple flowers

Design Gift Boxes Using Illustrator’s 3D Tools
The 3D tools of Illustrator have made a few appearances on this list, mostly because they give the user so much potential with surprising ease. The end result of this tutorial is a beautiful festive design.

gift boxes

Envelope Distortion in Illustrator
Learn more about distortion and how you can use it to improve your work and explore creatively during the design process.


Background Designs
This video tutorial from Layers Magazine shows you how to use the live trace effect to convert a stock image into an effective website background.

background designs

Creating Silhouettes in Adobe Illustrator
Using a simple photograph, you can create a useful silhouette by tracing and cleaning it up.

creating silhouettes

Create Non-Raster Drop Shadows in Illustrator
Here you’ll go through some well-detailed steps to create drop shadows with a few different approaches.

drop shadows

Create a Vector Home Cinema Design

Go step by step through the process of creating a flat-screen TV, speakers and stands, all with attractive shadows and polish.

home cinema

How to Make a Vector Pattern Brush
By creating a brush that can be used for seamless patterns, you open up a lot of opportunities for creativity. This tutorial takes you through the steps of setting up the brush and making sure that there are no seams.

pattern brush

Adobe Illustrator Shortcuts
This is not so much a tutorial as it is a productivity post. Increasing efficiency and streamlining processes is always a good thing, and this post will give you plenty of practical shortcuts.

Ai shortcuts

A Time to Shine
Learn to create some shapes, give them depth with gradients and drop shadows, use opacity and wind up with a shiny logo or text.


Tug and Twirl Text in Illustrator
In this tutorial you’ll take simple text and spice it up by rearranging and resizing, and then use the pen tool to create some artistic tails and swirls.

tug text

Transform a Busy Photo into a Strong Silhouette
This tutorial uses the pen tool to trace part of a photo to create the silhouette. At the end it offers the option to go one step further in Photoshop and create a different effect by filling the silhouette with a texture.


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