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22 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.

If you're looking for some great-looking assets to add to your designs, you can find a fantastic selection of isometric vectors over on Envato Elements. 

isometric vectors over on Envato Elements
Isometric vectors on Envato Elements

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.

Orthographic Projections and Basic Isometrics

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.

Create Advanced Isometric Illustrations

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.

Create Exploded Isometrics

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.

Design Retro Isometric Illustrations

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.

Isometric Vector Art Made Easy

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.

Create an Isometric Grid in Adobe Illustrator

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.

Complex Isometric Illustration Process

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.

Create Isometric Grid-Based 3D Lettering

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.

 Build a Vibrant Pattern-Based Isometric Cityscape

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.

Illustrator Tutorial Lego Bricks Typeface

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.

Creating 3D Maps Using Isometric Projection

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.

Illustrator CS4 - Isometric Cube

More Isometric Tutorials From Envato Tuts+

Can't get enough? Check out more tutorials from the Design & Illustration section here on Envato Tuts+ dedicated to teaching you about the incredible world of isometric art. Or check out our series on creating Isometric Pixel Art in Adobe Photoshop.

Additional Illustrator Tutorial Collections Here on Envato Tuts+

Jump into more comprehensive roundups on various type of Illustrator tutorials. Learn how to advance your self promotional work, Illustrator brush work, poster design skills, master InDesign tools, and boost your artistic skills.

5 Isometric Sets From Envato Elements

Need a faster solution? Browse our amazing selection of Isometric Elements and Generators available through Envato Elements. Create awesome maps and infographics quickly and check out some of our favorites listed below!

Isometric Map Generator

Create insane 3D worlds with just a few short clicks. This incredible isometric map generator features realistic buildings, roads, and other design elements to create your own amazing maps. Download this package to explore the vast library of real-world add ons.

Isometric Map Generator

Modern Isometric City Template

If you prefer a city with a more modern design then check out this isometric city template instead. This pack features colorful houses, cars, and trees with a sleek, minimalist design. Use these graphics for websites, infographics, or games, and enjoy customizing these well organized vector files.

Modern Isometric City Template

Flat 3D Isometric Icon Set

Need a few icons to jazz up your designs? Then check out this super cool set of 100% vector isometric icons. These icons feature 15 different realistic icons you can use for your websites, social media accounts, and so much more!

Flat 3D Isometric Icon Set

Flat 3D Isometric Business Concept

Step up your game with this awesome package of seven different business-themed isometric designs. These designs feature several business concepts you can use for your presentations, infographics, and more. Create exciting presentations for school or work and impress your coworkers with these incredible graphics.

Flat 3D Isometric Business Concept

2D Isometric Game Asset - City Build Vol 1

Build the city of your dreams for your awesome games with this cool isometric set. This package features 25 icons with all the buildings, landmarks, and shops you need to make your environment shine. Suitable for games and more, you'll want to take advantage of this set right away!

2D Isometric Game Asset - City Build Vol 1
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