What can I do with Illustrator?

The best answer to that is pretty much anything you put your creative mind to. A vector graphics app, Adobe Illustrator allows the creation of logos, icons, typography and complex illustrations for any medium. Use shapes, colour and effects to bring your creative projects to life – these handy Illustrator tutorials will show you how…

The basics

01. Get to know Illustrator

This entry-level tutorial introduces you to the Illustrator workspace

02. Set up a new document

This beginner-level tutorial will teach you how to set up a new document in Illustrator. You’ll discover how to set up the various options to configure variables such as width, height and colour mode.

03. Create and edit shapes

This tutorial introduces you to the process for creating and editing shapes in Adobe Illustrator CC using the Shape tools. Learn how to draw, combine, and trace shapes using the sample files provided.

04. Transform and edit artwork

In this tutorial you’re walked through the basics of transforming and editing artwork in Adobe Illustrator CC. Learn how to resize artwork, use groups, align objects and more using the Selection tool, Transform panel, and other transform tools in the software.

05. Change color and strokes

Here’s a great introduction to how to work with colours in Illustrator CC. Discover how to apply colours to your artwork, change an object’s colour, create swatches, recolour artwork, and more.

06. Create with drawing tools

This tutorial walks you through the concepts of Paths and Curves in Illustration and introduces the tools you need to create and edit them, including the Pencil and Curvature tools.

07. Organize content with layers

Here’s a great beginner-level introduction to layers in Adobe Illustrator CC. You’ll discover how they work, what they’re for and how to use them to create, edit, and organise content.

08. Create and Edit Gradients

This introduction to working with gradients in Illustrator explains how to create different types of gradients and modify options such as colours, position, and opacity to get the look you’re aiming for.

09. Explore the Essentials workspace

The Properties panel in Illustrator CC allows you to customise your workspace, allowing you to find and use the right controls when you need them. This tutorial explains how to use it.

10. Work with artboards

This tutorial explains the function of artboards in Illustrator CC, which are similar to pages in InDesign CC or Microsoft Word. Watch the three videos and you’ll soon learn how to create multiple artboards and edit them.

11. Draw and edit curves using the Curvature tool

The Curvature tool in Illustrator CC enables you to draw smooth, refined curves and
straight lines easily. This tutorial offers you five simple exercises to help you understand how to use it.

12. Design more efficiently with Dynamic Symbols

The Dynamic Symbols tool in Illustrator CC lets you dynamically change a symbol’s attributes and streamline your artwork creation. This tutorial explains how to use it to create multiple instances of a master symbol, which then retain their link to the master symbol even when their shape and visual attributes are altered.

13. How to use the Color Picker

The Color Picker allows you to select and apply colours to your artwork in Illustrator. This six-step tutorial demonstrates how to do so.

14. Export high-quality, optimized SVG

Since 2015, Illustrator CC has offers an option to export higher quality SVG artwork for use in web and app projects. This tutorial explains how to use it in three simple steps.

15. Edit drawings with Image Trace

The Image Trace tool is an excellent tool for illustrators who want to retain the integral hand-drawn linear quality of their artwork. In this tutorial, Anna Wray runs you through how to do it.

16. Illustrator shortcuts

If you’re not using shortcuts in Illustrator, you’re not maximising your potential productivity. Here’s a great list of shortcuts for handling layers, selections, text and more, along with some handy hints for brushes, saving and closing, and viewing options.

17. Share artwork

Learn the basics of sharing in Adobe Illustrator CC in this tutorial. Topics covered include how to share files, how to save them as PDFs, and how to export your images.

18. Export assets for web and app design

Once you’ve created your assets in Illustrator, it’s important to be able to share them with others in different formats. This tutorial explains how to export assets in multiple sizes and formats in one easy step.

19. Speed up your design with templates

Need to create a lot of designs in Illustrator quickly and easily? One way to speed up your process is by using high-quality templates built right into Illustrator CC, which you can download from Adobe Stock. This tutorial explains how to find the right template and customise it for your own use.

20. Use the Perspective Grid

With Illustrator CC’s Perspective Grid, you can either place existing artwork in a perspective plane or draw directly on to the grid. This tutorial uses both methods to create a 3D gift box, and as an added bonus you’ll learn an easy way to create a reflection.