Create Vector 3D Cogwheels in Adobe Illustrator

Create Vector 3D Cogwheels in Adobe Illustrator

In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to draw 3D cogwheels using basic vector objects that we’ll then convert into 3D objects. I’ll also demonstrate a technique for making reflections that you can later adapt and use in other illustrations.

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How to Turn a Photo into Vector Artwork

How to Turn a Photo into Vector Artwork

In this Adobe Illustrator tutorial, we’ll create a vector illustration of a high-heeled shoe by tracing a reference photo of it using the Pen Tool. Using reference photos is a popular vector-creation technique. This tutorial should be great practice, even if you’re just a beginner. For the reference image, we’ll use a photo of my high-heel shoe, which I’ve made available for you to download.

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Draw an Ornate Bell in Adobe Illustrator

Draw an Ornate Bell in Adobe Illustrator

In this Illustrator tutorial, I’ll demonstrate how to create an ornate bell using Adobe Illustrator. The creation process is quite simple: We will create shapes using the Pen Tool and Pathfinder Panel, as well as mix and match color gradients until we achieve a nice 3D result. Let’s get down to business!

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Create a Semi-Realistic Light Bulb in Adobe Illustrator

Create a Semi-Realistic Light Bulb in Adobe Illustrator

In this Illustrator tutorial, you will learn how to draw a light bulb illustration. Most of the time, we’ll be using the Pen Tool, so this is great practice for those struggling with drawing freehand. A light bulb is a complex object that contains many small parts and details, and we will try our best to draw them all, in order to create as close to an accurate portrayal as possible.

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How to Make a Golden Compass in Illustrator

How to Make a Golden Compass in Illustrator

In this Illustrator tutorial, you’ll learn how to create an antique golden compass. We will use simple Illustrator drawing tools such as the Ellipse Tool, Pen Tool and Line Tool. We will get the chance to use gradients and simple vector-drawing techniques throughout the tutorial. If you’re a vector illustration beginner, don’t hesitate to try this tutorial out — I promise it’ll be a great learning experience.

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How to Draw a 3D Lifesaver with Illustrator

How to Draw a 3D Lifesaver with Illustrator

Lifesavers (also known as lifebuoys) are iconic objects associated with maritime life. In this Illustrator tutorial, I will show you how to create a lifesaver using excellent Illustrator techniques, including the creation of a custom Illustrator art brush (which we will use for the rope around the lifesaver). We’ll end up with an illustration which can be used as an icon or design element in your projects.

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Create an Ornate 3D Gift Box in Illustrator

Create an Ornate 3D Gift Box in Illustrator

In this illustration/drawing tutorial, I will show you how to create a fancy gift box using Adobe Illustrator. We will use color gradients, vector shadows and blending in order to achieve a nice and semi-realistic look. For beginners, this tutorial will also be a practical, hands-on lesson on the Blend Tool, one of Illustrator’s most powerful tools.

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Draw a Magician’s Hat in Illustrator

Draw a Magician’s Hat in Illustrator

In this tutorial, we will make a magician’s hat in Adobe Illustrator. We will use 3D effects to create a reference shape for the illustration process, the Pathfinder Panel to combine different shapes and forms, apply nice gradients, create reflections and highlights, and more.

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Draw an Analog Stopwatch with Illustrator

Draw an Analog Stopwatch with Illustrator

This tutorial is on how to create an analog stopwatch in Adobe Illustrator. The stopwatch is housed in a plated metal case with a glass cover, and that means we have to use metal gradients and simulate window reflection on glass. Let’s get down to business!

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Draw a Vector Traffic Cone with Adobe Illustrator

Draw a Vector Traffic Cone with Adobe Illustrator

In this Illustrator tutorial, we will be creating a traffic cone. The creation process is quite simple: We just need to combine a few shapes, use the Pathfinder Panel and Illustrator’s shape tools smartly, and then apply nice gradients. What we will end up with is flexible and changeable artwork that can be used in a variety of ways, such as in web icons, business cards, or even big billboards and service signage.

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Create an Assortment of 3D Text in Adobe Illustrator

Create an Assortment of 3D Text in Adobe Illustrator

In this graphic design tutorial, we will discuss how to create an assortment of 3D text styles in Illustrator CS4. We will create a custom pattern (a flower pattern), apply beautiful color gradients, use basic shape tools to create custom objects, and much more. The underlying lesson in this tutorial is that, in Illustrator, you can achieve amazing results by choosing the right fonts and colors, and by being conscious of basic illustration principles such as perspective and lighting.

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How to Create a Stack of Vector Poker Chips in Illustrator

How to Create a Stack of Vector Poker Chips in Illustrator

In this vector illustration tutorial, you’ll be learning how to draw a colorful stack of poker chips in Adobe Illustrator CS4 using intermediate-level techniques. Follow along the tutorial to learn how to utilize basic shapes to draw a stack of poker chips from scratch in vector format.

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