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30 Best Illustrator Tutorials & Articles of 2008


The year 2008 had been a exciting year for vector community and Illustrator enthusiasts, the contents of tutorials and articles got remarkably better which aimed collectively to help the new users or advanced alike to polish there skills whilst learning new tools and techniques!

Vectordiary brings you a compilation of best tutorials and articles published during the year 2008, we endeavored to bring together all such tutorials and articles which our readers might find interesting and helpful. We have split this into two categories, tutorials and articles. So without much-a-do lets first look at some of the best tutorials of the Year 2008:

TUTORIALS:

1. Creating trees in Illustrator

This tutorial shows you that by taking a photograph of a tree, then tracing its natural form how you can add your own creative touches to produce an eye-catching, contemporary illustration.

2. Recolor artwork using Illustrator’s LiveColor

This tutorial talks about how you can recolor your artwork in Illustrator CS3 using the LiveColor feature.

3. Creating convincing characters

The ability to dream up and design cool, dynamic people is a good skill for any graphic designer to have under their belt, whether you’re basing whole graphic novels around them or just using them to add a quirky twist to flyers or T-shirt designs.

4. Illustrator Tutorial: Realistic Curtain

A tutorial on how to create a realistic curtain using the gradient mesh.

5. Creating vector characters in Illustrator

Characters can add a recognizable face to your work. This tutorial shows how to go from a sketch to a finished product in Illustrator.

6.Create a Blissful Vector Scene

This tutorial shows a process of creating your own simple vector scene from scratch.

7. Illustrator’s Pen Tool: The Comprehensive Guide

This comprehensive guide aims to introduce or remind you of features, shortcuts, and methods for working with what is arguably Adobe’s most essential tool.

8. Learn Illustrator CS3 in 30 Days

A 30 days Illustrator crash course which covers all the essential tools that are commonly used so that you can get started and have a feel of how illustrator works.

9. Symmetrical Illustration: Thug Bunny

This tutorial talks about the method of using symmetry in your artwork. Learn how to do half the work but still get the full benefit from your artwork.

10. Creating an Environmentally Friendly Green Type Treatment

The following Illustrator tutorial, teaches you how to create a Green type treatment. It works great for logos and other design elements.

11. Master painting in Illustrator

This tutorial shows you how to develop a piece from a pencil sketch into a richly-colored, stunning painting. With this technique you can transform your sketches into stunning textured artworks.

12. Blueprint-Style Text in Adobe Illustrator

This is a quick demo using a blend of live effects, filters, and even a little gradient mesh to create a seemingly complex logo treatment.

13. Design Gift Boxes Using Illustrator’s 3D Tools

A Tutorial on how to quickly make wrapped and unwrapped gift boxes using Illustrator’s built-in 3D Extrude & Bevel effect. Learn how to make a fully editable 3D ribbon and masked 3D typography.

14. Create a custom type illustration

Whether you’re designing lettering for a print headline or a t-shirt logo, this tutorial shares some essential techniques for creating a striking ornamental type illustration.

15. Create Web 2.0 Stickers

This tutorial shows you how to design nifty Web 2.0 Stickers.

16.Creating geometric patterns in Illustrator

This tutorial shows you how to create a geometric pattern shape and fill a background with it.

17. 5 steps for drawing complex vector sun rays

This tutorial shows you how you can quickly and easily make sun rays in Adobe Illustrator.

18.Building a Website Wireframe in Illustrator

This tutorial reviews some techniques for setting up your document for the web, quickly building rounded boxes for layouts, creating a repository of usable web elements, using callouts, and more.

19. How to Make a Delicious Vector Orange in 9 Decisive Steps

A tutorial on how to create a semi-realistic vector orange with simple shapes, tools, and multiple effects.

20. Creating a Crazy Cool Logo

Just as the title says, this tutorial shows you how you can create a cool attractive logo.

21. Create a Wire Fence

Learn how to create a wire fence from scratch using the Line tool, Zig Zag and combining this shapes to make a interesting wire fence in Illustrator.

22. Create a Stylish Sports Car Dashboard With Areas of Detailed Realism

An advanced Adobe Illustrator tutorial on how to make a realistic sports car dashboard using a variety of tools.

23. How to Draw Your Own Vector Wings

This tutorial will lead you through the process of creating a nice set of vector wings to use in your own graphic design work.

24.Illustrator Tutorial: Surprise Gift

This tutorial walks you through the creation of a beautiful surprise gift highlighting the various techniques involved.

25. Create an envelope icon with a satin feel

This tutorial shows you how to use the basic tools of illustrator. For example gradient , rectangle, pathfinder and line to create a simple looking envelope.

Now, we will look at some of the most in depth and insightful Articles during the Year 2008:

ARTICLES:

1. Adobe Illustrator Shortcuts

26 Illustrator shortcuts that can help you to speed up productivity. Most of shortcuts listed in this article aren’t documented in the software, it is a must-read and you’re sure to find at least one new trick to put up your sleeve.

2. 10 Free and Extremely Useful Illustrator Scripts

A very insightful article on Scripts and Plug-ins in Illustrator. The article lists 10 free and useful scripts which can help you perform your tasks that Illustrator cannot complete on it’s own.

3. 13 Amazing Gradient Mesh Tutorials

Gradient Mesh Tool can be quite daunting to beginners. But once you have mastered the basics, you can start drawing realistic objects in Illustrator. Here is the list of 13 amazing gradient mesh tutorials to help you get started with gradient mesh.

4. Adobe Illustrator CS4 Review

With the Adobe’s announcement of Illustrator CS4, there had been a lot of curiosity regarding the new tools and features in CS4. In this article, Vectips gives the in depth review of new features and functionality of CS4.

5. 10 Illustrator Resolutions for 2009

Finally nothing better than this article to wrap this post up!

In this article, Mordy Golding lists the 10 features which most Adobe Illustrator user don’t use, but they should. Mordy promises that even if you use just one of the feature mentioned therein, you will be a happier Illustrator user!

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