Top 10 Sites for Illustrator Tutorials

Photoshop gets most of the attention when it comes to tutorials and blog posts, but Illustrator is also an excellent tool for designers. If you’re interested in brushing up your skills, here are my top ten (taking both quality and quantity of tutorials into consideration).

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VECTORTUTS is still a very new blog, but it’s already a leader in Illustrator tutorials. You’re probably familiar with other sites from the Eden family, including PSDTUTS and NETTUTS, and VECTORTUTS provides the same high quality in its tutorials.

Tutorials of interest:

2. Vectips


Vectips is the home of Ryan Putnam, who also writes tutorials for VECTORTUTS. Unlike some of the other sites on this list, Vectips focuses exclusively on Illustrator.

Tutorials of interest:

3. Veerle’s Blog

Veerle's Blog

Veerle covers a variety of topics related to graphic design on her blog, including some Illustrator tutorials. The quality of her tutorials is excellent and she teaches practical techniques that you’ll be able to use in your own work.

Tutorials of interest:

4. Blog.SpoonGraphics


Graphic Designer Chris Spooner publishes tutorials and articles at Blog.SpoonGraphics, including some awesome Illustrator tutorials.

Tutorials of interest:

5. GoMediaZine


GoMediaZine is a site that somehow I’m not very familiar with, but I quickly subscribed after browsing through the archives. The site is much more than just a tutorial blog, so the quantity of Illustrator tutorials isn’t as high as some of the other sites on this list, but the quality is excellent.

Tutorials of interest:

6. AiVault


AiVault contains a lot of informative posts for Illustrator users, including tutorials on a variety of different effects.

Tutorials of interest:

7. BittBox


BittBox is an excellent design blog that covers a number of different topics. The Illustrator tutorials are not that frequent or it would be higher on this list, but the quality is excellent.

Tutorials of interest:

8. N. Design Studio

N. Design Studio

N.Design Studio has some of the best tutorials you’ll find. They’re not posted very frequently or this would be near the top of the list.

Tutorials of interest:

9. iStockdiary


iStockdiary has a nice combination of quality and quantity of Illustrator tutorials. The site also includes some premium tutorials for purchase.

Tutorials of interest:

10. BioRUST


BioRUST has a good number of Illustrator tutorials in their archives. Their tutorials are not on as advanced a level as some others on this list.

Tutorials of interest:

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  • Ilie Ciorba, July 24, 2010

    There are really few good resources for learning illustrator these days.

  • George, December 3, 2009

    Wow. these helped lots thanks for this!!

  • Overload, June 3, 2009

    Thanks for the sites, also if you look for tutorials you might also want to check out these:

    Two helpful tutorials detailing the creation of nice Illustrator effects.

  • irish lottery, October 11, 2008

    thanks for sharing the tutorials!

  • rahul, September 5, 2008

    goooooooooooooooooooood vector for me i love ur vetor

  • Bart, August 4, 2008

    I totaly agree with you’re top 10 list. I like gomediazine and vectips the most.

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  • kurtlar vadisi pusu, July 30, 2008

    great post, thanks for sharing.

  • Stadia Studio, July 29, 2008

    Very helpful, thank you!

  • Lipsense, July 24, 2008

    Hey thats great. I’ve been looking for something just like this. There are so many cool things Illustrator can do. I also second having Vectortuts as number one on the list.

  • United Voices, July 24, 2008

    I liked most of the illustrator tutorials, but Vectips was quite special for me.

  • JB, July 24, 2008

    Awesome list of sites — thanks a bunch for sharing them!

  • Jacob Gube, July 24, 2008

    Congratulations on the launch, I’ve been waiting for this ever since we had talked about it!

  • liam, July 24, 2008

    Nice resources, thanks for sharing.

  • Vandelay Design, July 23, 2008

    You’re welcome. Thanks for the great tutorials and for stopping by to comment.

    Thank you. I rarely use that feature at but this post was sitting at about 110 bookmarks so I thought I’d try to help it get to the front page. I shared the link with about 5 or 6 friends, I guess it worked.

  • Karen Zara, July 23, 2008

    Steven, I want to congratulate you for reaching’ front page once again with this great post. :) This is the type of article that makes me want to take some good design-related courses. Someday I will do it… someday…

    Oh, and thank you for using the “for:” feature to send me the link. People in my network rarely remember to use this, although everybody knows I’m ever hungry for new links.

  • Rodrigo, July 23, 2008

    You forgot one of the best illustrator site in my opinion.

  • Chris Spooner, July 23, 2008

    Many thanks for the mention!

  • Speartoons, July 23, 2008

    Thank you for this post. I’ve been looking for something just like this. There are so many cool things Illustrator can do. I also second having Vectortuts as number one on the list.

  • Emo, July 23, 2008

    I want to get myself into Illustrator so need all the tutorial sites I can get..hehe. Great list!