Many of us scratched our head during the stage of endless learning. Adobe Illustrator is not different. To master it you require both good teacher and patience. But what if you don't have a teacher nearby or you want to learn everything on our own ? Sure there is a solution ! In the age of internet, activities such as playing guitar, cooking,
What is a tutorial ? Simply it's a step-by-step guide on how to do a particular thing from scratch. Treat it as a crash course. It's there to help you gain new skills and can have a shape of a video or just bunch of photos with descriptions. Tutorials can be offered for free or through paid membership. Opinions are divided to those who recommend signing up with a paid membership sites and those who state that all this knowledge is easily avaible on the internet.
Our opinion ? Well, if you have a lot of spare time and patience to do things by yourself, plus you are not in posession of huge cash resources in the beginning stage of your design experience then going with free tutorials would be your best shot. However, if designing is not your main job (currently ;) ) and you are limited by rigorous time frames then a paid membership site would be a good idea.
In today's post we'll focus on helping all those of you who fall within the first group of designers. Under this paragraph you'll find top sites offering quality Adobe Illustrator tutorials for free. Remember to check them often and practice as much as you can :).
VectorTuts are part of NetTuts, a large group belonging to Envato. You may have heard about Envato before from their numerous websites offering templates, graphics, audio, video, etc. stuff. From time to time VectorTuts are being updated with fresh content. NetTuts is known for choosing only experienced designers. You won't find cheesy and out-of-logic practices in their tutorials which we write down as a benefit :).
Abuzeedo is a small blog maintained by Fabio Sasso. Since 2006, Abuzeedo is providing users with fresh design tips and tricks. You can find tutorials, freebies and useful advices. Link will transfer you directly to all content associated with Adobe Illustrator.
LearnAi.com allows users to post links to their tutorials. It's a good place to learn Adobe Ai and eventually promote your website through posting a nice tutorial. Enough said :)
4. N.Design Studio
N.Design Studio is a personal portfolio and blog of NickLa - Toronto based web designer and illustrator. It's worth checking out from time to time.
5. MyInk Blog
MyINK Blog is a design resources and inspiration blog maintained by volunteer authors. Not as targeted on Adobe AI as others but still worth peeking from time to time :).
VecTips.com is a good source of Adobe Illustrator tutorials, quickfixes, tips and tricks. It was created by Rype (Ryan Putnam) of Rype Arts an exclusive vector art contributor to iStockphoto.
Gomediazine.com is a design company which delivers outstanding illustration, branding, graphic design, and web development to forward thinking organizations across the globe. They also maintain a medium size blog which offers some cool design tutorials from time to time. Tutorials come mostly from exclusive authors so it's worth checking out.
VectorDiary.com offers both free and premium tutorials and crash courses. Their premium membership is worth looking out as it costs silly $12 a year.
IllustrationInfo.com is perfect for anyone who begins his journey with Adobe Illustrator. Their tutorials will teach you how to operate with the Pen tool, trace, use symmetry mirroring and a few other helpful skills. The series of tutorials will create a base for learning more advanced things in the future. Definetly worth checking out !
10. Web Design Ledger
WebdesignLedger.com maintained by Henry Jones is a design blog offering tutorials in broadly defined web design. From time to time you can fall on interesting Adobe Illustrator tutorials. Also, very often Henry is summing up one of the greatest tutorials of all time, month or year. Worth visiting for sure !
Nobody said that design is an easy piece of bread but constant increasement of our skills and proving it through a nicely made portfolio is the way to go. Remember to never give up. Begining is always hard and seeying it as an necessary evil is crucial to move forward. However, thanks to many authors even the most boring designs can be fun to do for a newbie. Use alerting system for the blogs mentioned above and practice every design possible.