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15 Illustrator Tutorials for Creating Isometric Illustrations


We're all looking to improve our vector illustration skills, and if your focus is on learning illustration or icon design, then getting familiar with how to use Adobe Illustrator to create isometric drawings will improve your technical illustration skills greatly. Learning how to use Illustrator to create isometric diagrams, set up isometric grids, and design isometric cubes are fundamental skills that you can build upon.

We've assembled a collection of tutorials that will teach you the basics of creating isometric illustrations in Illustrator, as well as intermediate tutorials that teach you how to create complex technical illustrations, and then a few tutorials that show you how to get creative with isometric in Illustrator (such as building isometric retro illustrations and vibrant pattern based isometric cityscapes). Get ready to take your skills with vector drawing at an angle to the next level.

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Bump Up Your Technical Illustrator Skills with These Isometric Tutorials

Working with Orthographic Projections and Basic Isometrics

This is the first in a series of tutorials Cody Walker wrote for us here on Vectortuts+ on isometric illustration. Isometric projects allow artist s to quickly draw objects accurately without having to use perspective. They are often used in technical illustrations. Learn how to get started with isometric in illustrator by creating some simple objects on an isomeric grid that demonstrate technical illustration techniques.


How to Create Advanced Isometric Illustrations Using the SSR Method

This is the second in a series of tutorials Cody Walker wrote for us here on Vectortuts+ on isometric illustration. The method demonstrated here is more advanced and shows how to build complex objects that are curved without the need for a isometric grid. Learn how to use the method scale, shear, rotate or SSR. This tutorial follows a solid technical illustration process and demonstrates how to create a detailed, exploded diagram of an electric guitar in Adobe Illustrator.


How to Create Exploded Isometrics

This is the final post in a series of tutorials Cody Walker wrote for us here on Vectortuts+ on isometric illustration. Learn how to create exploded isometrics, which are referred to more commonly as assembly drawings. This type of vector drawing is often used in manuals to show how parts of complex objects fit together. This is an advanced technical illustration tutorial for creating complex, isometric diagrams in Illustrator.


Illustrator Tutorial: Design Retro Isometric Illustrations

Mark Oliver shows us how to create retro illustrations on isometric planes. This work is gorgeous. Learn how he works from sketch, through vector in Illustrator, and then adding a worn image for the final vintage graphic touch. In this tutorial you'll take a creative drawing and work it through an isometric grid in Illustrator, as well as vector build techniques to create this stylized isometric illustration.


Creating Isometric Graphics in Illustrator

Learn the difference between creating a truly accurate isometric and the 2:1 pixel ratio method. Isometric illustration methods are excellent for creating icons, and full city scenes in Illustrator. Learn to take advantage of how Isometric illustrations provide a 3D view where no matter where an element is within the image it remains in scale, unlike the true 3D perspective where objects reduce in size towards the background.


Isometric Vector Art Made Easy

Aaron Miller shows us how to use Illustrator's 3D tools to make a character based scene that is full of happiness and creativity. Learn to bring dimension to flat imagery. Using this technique makes creating isometric illustrations easy. He shows how you can create isometric characters and scenes in Illustrator that are full of life. Learn to plan the scene, build the vector shapes, map art to the 3D shapes, and more.


How I Created Turqua: 3D Isometric Vector Icon Tutorial

Learn how to create isometric icons in Illustrator. This tutorial by Onur Oztaskiran shows how to use Illustrators 3D tools to give 2d objects equally measured perspectives. This is an alternative (and simpler) method compared to isometric projection. With this being such a simple form, it's great to get started with this method for beginners, and the results are well crafted.


How to Create an Isometric Grid in Adobe Illustrator

This tutorial over on is great for beginners. It shows how to quickly set up a an isometric grid in Illustrator. This allows you to print out and sketch isometric illustrations on them, use directly in Illustrator, or even another vector program. Sample grids are available for free download as well.


Complex Isometric Illustration Process of an Aircraft in Adobe Illustrator

Ninian Carter shares his processes for producing a complex isometric illustration of a water-bomber aircraft in Adobe Illustrator. This advanced Illustrator tutorial demonstrates a professional technical illustration workflow. Learn to skew graphics on an isometric plane, and build up the details of the vector work step by step.


Create Isometric Grid-Based 3D Lettering

Learn how to use Adobe Illustrator to create a custom 3D typeface based on an isometric grid. Isometric-based letters are the perfect way to reflect structure in a display typeface, as Steven Bonner discovered with a recent commission for a magazine feature on contemporary architecture. He shows you how to draw, color and light your letters to create a three-dimensional architectural scene. This tutorial is an excellent blend of technical illustration and creative techniques.


Photoshop & Illustrator Tutorial: Build a Vibrant, Pattern-Based Isometric Cityscape

The design agency 2xanadu shows us how to create a complex repeating pattern that combines an interesting mix of technical illustration, isometric Illustrator methods, and creative ingenuity. It's made up of modern cityscape elements, as well as anime style characters strewn about. The process covers working with an isometric grid, starting with a sketch, creating the linework in Illustrator, and finishing by coloring vibrantly in Photoshop.


Illustrator Tutorial: Lego Bricks Typeface

Mac Krebernik shows us how to use a slightly modified isometric grid in Illustrator to compose a small lego brick. You'll then learn how to create a typeface by snapping the bricks together, much like when you were a kid playing with the real blocks themselves.


Logo, Pattern and Icon Tips Using Adobe Illustrator Isometric Effect Tool

Learn how to create and snap together vector cubes made with Illustrator's 3D tool. As with tutorials shown above, you'll learn how to use the 3D tool to create simple isometric shapes. This tutorial goes further with showing you how to create complex cubes for logo and branding design. It also shows interesting ways to use this technique to create background patterns.


Creating 3D Maps Using Isometric Projection in Illustrator CS5

In this video tutorial from learn how to create an isometric grid and draw objects based on it. This is a great Illustrator tutorial for beginners to get started with the basics of technical illustration skills utilizing isometric Illustrator techniques.


Illustrator CS4 - Isometric Cube

Learn how to create an isometric cube in Illustrator without the help of 3D tools. You'll learn how to use basic shapes and the Pathfinder to make more complex structures, such as tables and bookcases. No need for advanced understanding of isometric projection or technical illustration skills. You can get started now with this beginner Illustrator video tutorial on isometric cube construction.


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