40 Tutorials for Working with Shapes in Illustrator

in this post we’ll feature 40 Illustrator tutorials for working with shapes in various ways and for a variety of purposes. As you’ll see in these tutorials, shapes can be used for plenty of real-world purposes in every day design.

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Simple Organic Shapes the Illustrator Way

Organic shapes

Change the Size of a Rounded Rectangle After Being Drawn


Creating a Rotatable Globe in Adobe Illustrator

Rotatable globe

Illustrate a Vector Lifesaver from Scratch

Lifesaver in Illustrator

Simultaneously Expand When Creating Compund Shapes

Compound shapes

Extract Paths from Mesh Shapes

Mesh shapes

Command Shape in Illustrator

Command shape in Ai

4 Simple Shapes in Illustrator

Simple shapes in Ai

Creating Geometric Patterns in Illustrator

Geometric shapes in Illustrator

Using the Pathfinder and Align Tool in Illustrator

Pathfinder and align

Blending Shapes & Colors

Blending shapes

Drawing Basic Shapes

Drawing basic shapes

The Perfect Diamond


Illustrator Shapes Tutorial

Ai shapes tutorial

Swingin’ Retro Look in Adobe Illustrator

Retro look

How to Draw Simple Flowers

Flowers in Ai

Design a Set of Shields


How to Make Realistic Skate Wheels in Illustrator

Skate wheels

Working with Orthographic Projections and Basic Isometrics

Orthographic projections

How to Create a Magic Wand Icon

Magic wand

Make a Shiny Gum Ball Machine with Mesh Gradients

Mesh gradients

Adobe Illustrator in 3D

Ai in 3D

Creating 3D Shapes in Illustrator (video)

Creating 3D shapes

Crazy 3D Shapes in Illustrator (video)

Crazy 3D shapes

Using Photoshop Path Shapes for 3D Effect in Illustrator (video)

Path shapes

Spacing Boxes in Adobe Illustrator (video)

Spacing boxes in Ai

Spin the Bottle with 3D Revolve

Spin the bottle

3D Rings in Illustrator

3D rings

Illustrator Pucker and Bloat Effect and More

Pucker and bloat

Design a Vector Audio Speaker Icon in Illustrator

Audio speaker

Making a TUTS Style Shield in Illustrator


How to Make a Delicious Vector Orange in 9 Decisive Steps

Vector orange

Design Gift Boxes Using Illustrator’s 3D Tools

Gift boxes

Creating a Can of Beans by Mapping Vector’s to a 3D Object

Can of beans

Create a Vector RSS Icon with illustrator

Vector RSS icon

Make a Perfect Triangle Path in Illustrator

Triangle path

Complex Circular Design Techniques

Circular design

3D Fruit Bowl

3D fruit bowl

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  • Frank Zweegers, February 24, 2011

    Great collection. Especially the magic wand is great.

  • Website Designing Mumbai, December 20, 2010

    Really nice images, we don’t use illustrator, we concentrate on photoshop, should start using illustrator.

  • graphic design Melbourne, July 9, 2009

    This is an excellent list of shape design tutorials- thanks for sharing.
    I am not a regular user of Illustrator but this will definitely push me to give it a go.

  • css designer, May 14, 2009

    wow marvelous, I’m new to illustrator and am creating a logo based on a crest and you got some great helpers for me to get going

  • MMO, January 23, 2009

    Beautiful tutorial! Thanks!! Adobe should have a tutorial directory with great tutorials like yours… would make using PS / Illustrator so much easier for newbs like myself.

  • Eric Shafer, December 22, 2008

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  • Polyurethane Rollers, December 20, 2008

    I like your site. Keep the great design coming!Thanks.

  • I love the orange and the “simple organic shapes” the best. Simple design if often good design. The mesh gradients of the gum ball machine really help to give it depth. The Illustrator shield also has a nice depth with the faint gray lines – I didn’t even notice them the first time I looked!

  • Website Design Delhi, December 17, 2008

    this is a great post, i’ve waiting to release this after the first theme design, i’m trying to learn how to integrate it on wordpress as i’ve don’t have enough time to tweak the css for that, but now this helps me a lot to work. Thank you so much

  • industrial castors, December 17, 2008

    I made one for my blog banner, but it took forever and I think there must be an easier way.
    Thanx and keeo up the good work

  • desktop wallpaper, December 16, 2008

    nice collection thx

  • joyoge designers' bookmark, December 16, 2008

    wonderful tutorials thanks a lot..

  • Vol Cars, December 16, 2008

    Great article on creating some most amazing shapes in Illustrator. Some of the shapes and objects really look as if made in 3D.

  • Ahmad, December 16, 2008

    Very nice tutorials, could it be possible to see a tutorial on how to transform ordinary RGB images to one that look like Che Guevara? I made one for my blog banner, but it took forever and I think there must be an easier way.
    Thanx and keeo up the good work