While not all design work involves actually creating art, it is extremely useful to have a background knowledge in how art and design work together. For that, the most important software to know is Adobe Illustrator. It can be a bit of an intimidating software at first but once you get the hang of it, it’s incredibly easy and a fun program to create in.
Below I’ve gathered five of my favorite Illustrator tutorials and included why I like them and what I think their level of difficulty is. Enjoy and happy creating!
Okay okay, this isn’t a tutorial. But if you’ve never really had any experience in Illustrator or are just getting started, this is a great way to familiarize yourself with the program. It’s like as a writer you want to keep a dictionary by you, so if you’re a beginning designer this is a great tool to keep on hand as you get the hang of everything. This is a great starting point to understanding the lingo used in the following tutorials.
Level of Difficulty: 3/5
With the minimalist style being so popular, this tutorial on flat design icons is a great one to learn. It has a fun element of a space theme and is easy to follow with step by step instructions. It heavily focuses on the use of shapes and using a simple color scheme.
Level of Difficulty: 1/5
A fun way to elevate a logo or any type of text, this tutorial breaks down how to easily create letterpress styled text, while still keeping its ability to edit. This is a good technique to learn for any type of text or logo to help give it a little bit of depth (pun somewhat intended).
Level of Difficulty: 4/5
Retro and vintage style seems to have found a way to stay current, at least as a current trend. This tutorial teaches you how to create a logo that emulates this iconic style, using both Illustrator and Photoshop. It breaks down each of the steps, and uses a variety of techniques to best create a design.
Level of Difficult: 3/5
Logos are a crucial part of a brand, and it’s extremely important to be able to help design them to the best of your ability. This tutorial talks about the entire process from the initial sketch to working on it in Illustrator. There aren’t too many steps this tutorial which is what makes it a higher difficulty level, but it helps show the different general steps of building and creating a logo, such as initial design, creating it, experimenting with type, and selecting color.