The 50 Best Adobe Illustrator Tutorials from 2009

Since the year is winding down, we thought it would be helpful to go back and pick out the best Illustrator tutorials that were published in 2009. The year was full of great tutorials, and 50 of the best are featured here. For more Illustrator tutorials please see:

Smoothly Shift Winter Colors While Creating an Icy, Vector Landscape

Smoothly Shift Winter Colors While Creating an Icy, Vector Landscape

How to Create a Landscape Wallpaper for Your Desktop

How to Create a Landscape Wallpaper for Your Desktop

Create a Grisly Zombie Illustration with a Pen Tablet

Create a Grisly Zombie Illustration with a Pen Tablet


How to Create a Vector Wacom Tablet in Illustrator

How to Create a Vector Wacom Tablet in Illustrator

Create a Rolling Stones Inspired Tongue Illustration

Create a Rolling Stones Inspired Tongue Illustration

Create a Happy Sun Character

Create a Happy Sun Character

Create a Milk Bottle with a Funny Cow Label

Create a Milk Bottle with a Funny Cow Label

Create a Character Mascot with Adobe Illustrator CS4

Create a Character Mascot with Adobe Illustrator CS4

How to Create a Craft’s Inspired Vector Kid Illustration

How to Create a Craft's Inspired Vector Kid Illustration

How to Create a Photorealistic iMac and Magic Mouse

How to Create a Photorealistic iMac and Magic Mouse

Blend and Mask Yourself a Great Poster

Blend and Mask Yourself a Great Poster

How to Design a Skate Deck with a Cool Skull Pattern

How to Design a Skate Deck with a Cool Skull Pattern

Bling Bling Text Effect

Bling Bling Text Effect

Perfect Silhouette with Live Trace

Perfect Silhouette with Live Trace

3D Lighted Text Effect

3D Lighted Text Effect

Create a Realistic Candy Bar in Illustrator

Create a Realistic Candy Bar in Illustrator

Create a Cute Panda Bear Face Icon

Create a Cute Panda Bear Face Icon

Quick Tutorial: Gradient Strokes

Quick Tutorial: Gradient Strokes

Illustrator Full Spectrum Spirograph

Illustrator Full Spectrum Spirograph

Realistic Orange

Realistic Orange

How to Create a Smokin’ Western Type Treatment in Illustrator

How to Create a Smokin' Western Type Treatment in Illustrator

How to Create Shiny, Vector Dice in Illustrator

How to Create Shiny, Vector Dice in Illustrator

How to Make an Icy Cocktail

How to Make an Icy Cocktail

How to Create an Energy Saving Bulb in Illustrator

How to Create an Energy Saving Bulb in Illustrator

How to Create a Rainy Windo Vector Background

How to Create a Rainy Windo Vector Background

Turn any Font into a Sketch Font

Turn any Font into a Sketch Font

How to Create Seamless Watermark Patterns

How to Create Seamless Watermark Patterns

Abracadabra, How to Create a Magic Hat Icon

Abracadabra, How to Create a Magic Hat Icon

Design and Print Bold Promo Cards in Under 60 Minutes

Design and Print Bold Promo Cards in Under 60 Minutes

How to Create an Identity Package in Illustrator

How to Create an Identity Package in Illustrator

How to Create a Vector Illustration and Prepare it for Micro-Stock Sale

How to Create a Vector Illustration and Prepare it for Micro-Stock Sale

Geometric Flower Effect Logo in Illustrator

Geometric Flower Effect Logo in Illustrator

Rad Pattern in Illustrator that Makes You Dizzy

Rad Pattern in Illustrator that Makes You Dizzy

Complex Symbols with Pathfinder

Complex Symbols with Pathfinder

Creating Editable Letterpress Styled Text

Creating Editable Letterpress Styled Text

Illustrator Ring Shape Via Overlapping Crescents Effect

Illustrator Ring Shape Via Overlapping Crescents Effect

Illustrator Swatches Gradient Background Effect

Illustrator Swatches Gradient Background Effect

Illustrator Diamond Flower

Illustrator Diamond Flower

How to Draw a Vector Kiwi

How to Draw a Vector Kiwi

Gradient Mesh Flower

Gradient Mesh Flower

Adobe Illustrator Textures

Adobe Illustrator Textures

Striping Live Type in Adobe Illustrator

Striping Live Type in Adobe Illustrator

Blend Tool Backgrounds

Blend Tool Backgrounds

Design a Cute Hamster Avatar

Design a Cute Hamster Avatar

Easily Create Sticker Text and Graphic Effect in Illustrator

Easily Create Sticker Text and Graphic Effect in Illustrator

Create a Vector Art Twitter Bird Character in Adobe Illustrator

Create a Vector Art Twitter Bird Character in Adobe Illustrator

Everything You Ever Want to Know About Creating Seamless Patterns in Illustrator

Everything You Ever Want to Know About Creating Seamless Patterns in Illustrator

How to Create an Awesome Vector Skate Deck Design

How to Create an Awesome Vector Skate Deck Design

Elegant Gradient Ribbon in llustrator

Elegant Gradient Ribbon in llustrator

Create an Awesome Space Rocket in Illustrator

Create an Awesome Space Rocket in Illustrator

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  • fraghorst, December 28, 2009

    Great!
    Thank you!

    Have a great 2010!

  • Timothy Blake, December 28, 2009

    Wow great post I posted a similar post on Creative Nerds today great minds think a like. Its good to see someone else’s perspective on what they think where the best illustrator tutorials from 2009.

  • aledesign.it, December 28, 2009

    Simply the best! Fantastic examples! Have a great 2010!!!

  • Blogger Den, December 28, 2009

    Now these are some good tutorials! I haven’t been able to follow many Illustrator tutorials as they can be a bit difficult, but I really like your approach here thanks for sharing!

  • Rafael, December 29, 2009

    Great resource! I will surely bookmark this list, still getting my feet wet with Illustrator (long time Photoshop user) :)

  • Zamshed Farhan, December 29, 2009

    What a collection man…it’s really impressive……

  • SMiGL, December 29, 2009

    Good collection!

  • Web design tampa, December 29, 2009

    the candy bar looks fantastic !!

  • Ted the Ottawa Florist, December 29, 2009

    Great list of tutorials! Thanks so much. My fav is the zombie one.

  • web design miami, December 30, 2009

    cool collection ! thx for sharing, keep up the good work

  • canvas paintings, December 30, 2009

    great blog, thanks for sharing, the hampster is soooo coool!!1

  • Autonomy, December 30, 2009

    Bookmarking this for sure. Thanks for the great resource!

  • Richie, December 30, 2009

    Wow… amazing collection…. Bookmarked, certainly… You must have searched like hell to collect all of these… commendable.. thanks for sharing

  • rockstartemplate.com, December 31, 2009

    Hi ,
    Your post is simply superb ! ! ! ! Good to see this ,
    Keep rocking .
    Regards :
    yuva

  • Benjamin Alijagić, December 31, 2009

    Thanks for this collection!
    There are some really nice tutorials that every designer with no or little experience in Illustrator should try.

  • Orlando Web Design, January 9, 2010

    Awesome List of Tutorials (as always)

  • Web Design Cambridgeshire, January 10, 2010

    These are all fantastic tutorials ( nothing new there! ), thank you for sharing :)

  • 3Dfabrique, January 21, 2010

    Awesome design. Really simple designs. I love the cute panda. Keep it up.

  • b2cmother, April 18, 2010

    Bookmarking this for sure. Thanks for the great resource!

  • Draught Excluder, November 12, 2010

    A great collection. I love the look of the smoke on the rocket. Thanks :o)

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