The Adobe Illustrator toolbar is jam-packed with useful tools you may have used a million times or that may be entirely unfamiliar to you. Add to that the numerous panels and effects, and this program can create most any type of artwork. This A–Z list breaks down every tool in the Illustrator toolbar, with a link to a quick tip here on Tuts+ or a description of what each tool can do.
Looking for inspiration? We’ve put together a list of some of the best illustration portfolios on Behance.com, the ‘showcase and discover’ creative network for designers.
With millions of views each month, online creative community Behance is quickly becoming the place to be for artists of all disciplines. It’s a fantastic way to see what your peers are up to as well as finding new work and creative inspiration from top web designers and agencies.But, with so many portfolios to browse through, it can be difficult to know where to start. So to make things easy for you, we’ve done the hard work and picked 40 of the top illustration portfolios that are definitely worth a look…
Follow this winter holiday inspired tutorial and learn how to create realistic Christmas baubles in Adobe Illustrator. At the beginning we will create the shape of the Christmas bauble starting from a circle then using the Create Gradient Mesh function we will define areas of light and shade on the ball. Next, you will be able to color the globe according to your own taste using colors or gradients and the Blending Modes. We will continue with the cap and the hook then with the design of the golden Christmas bauble that consists of a simple snowflake symbol mapped on the front surface. Finally, we will add a few reflections on the ball for a more realistic look using Opacity Masks. Let\’s start!
- Photoshop Gradients (mademan.com)
- Learning to use the pen tool (arpullano.wordpress.com)
- How to Control Gradient Fills in Adobe Illustrator (designmodo.com)