2020 was a bit of a rubbish year overall, but over on Envato Tuts+, we kept publishing our free educational content and even increased our offering of free video courses! So what awesome things did we do in 2020?
- 2020 was a big year for our YouTube efforts. You may have noticed more and more tutorials and articles have videos accompanying them. People learn in different ways, and we hope to keep on providing both written and video content in the future.
- We reached 400,000 subscribers over on our Envato Tuts+ YouTube channel. This is a gain of almost 250,000 subscribers in the past year... crikey! Thank you so much for joining us over there!
- All three of our Adobe for Beginners courses hit over 1 million views! Together, they give you almost nine hours of quality free video course education. These free courses are for Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign!
- We even began publishing video content on our YouTube channel in other languages. So far Russian, Spanish, and soon German!
- Speaking of translations, we hit over 45,000 translations! If you want to be paid to translate content, head on over to our Envato Tuts+ Translation page to find out more.
- We continued pushing into more areas of design, including recently posting more content to do with Affinity Publisher and Cricut.
In Envato-specific news, it was also a big year:
- Envato has reached over $1 billion in community earnings since the company was founded in 2006! This includes people over on Envato Elements and Envato Market!
- Envato reached B Corp status by reinforcing our positive purpose.
- We also welcomed our new CEO, Hichame Assi, as our co-founder, Collis Ta'eed, stepped down (we'll miss you!).
Want to see what the community loving this year? Well, without further ado, let's go into tutorials, videos, and courses...
40 Best Design & Illustration Tutorials & Articles of 2020!
Based on several metrics, these are the most popular and best tutorials from 2020:
- Flat DesignHow to Create a Mountain Landscape in Flat Style in Adobe IllustratorAliaksei Kruhlenia
- Photo EffectsHow to Create a Rubber Stamp Effect in Adobe PhotoshopJohn Negoita
- BrushesPhotoshop Brush Tool: A Basic GuideAlvaro Guzman
- TypographyCreate Light Painted Typography From Scratch in PhotoshopAlex Beltechi
- Text EffectsUse a Pattern Rope Brush to Create a Rope Text Effect in IllustratorAndrei Marius
- Flyers15 Design Tips to Make Professional Business Flyers in 2020 (With Great Designs)Grace Fussell
- BrushesHow to Create and Customize Procreate BrushesDaisy Ein
- Photo EffectsHow to Simulate X-Ray Photography in PhotoshopJonathan Lam
- EffectsAdvanced Glow EffectsCollis Ta'eed
- Adobe PhotoshopHow to Create a Money Engraving Action: Photoshop in 60 SecondsMelody Nieves
- Magazine Design10 Tips for Designing High-Impact MagazinesGrace Fussell
- Text EffectsHow to Create a Realistic Neon Light Text Effect in Adobe PhotoshopRose
- VectorIllustrator’s Pen Tool: The Comprehensive GuideIan Yates
- DrawingHow to Draw a RoseMonika Zagrobelna
- Logo DesignHow to Make Your Own Logo Design (Do It Yourself Guide)Nona Blackman
- GIFHow to Optimize an Animated Gif: 10 WaysMartin Perhiniak
- Text EffectsCreating an Environmentally Friendly Green Type TreatmentRyan Putnam
- Text EffectsHow to Create Smoky Brushes and Type in IllustratorMathias M. Stav
- Photo ManipulationMake a Trendy Double Exposure Effect in Adobe PhotoshopYulia Sokolova
- Font DesignHow to Create a Font in Adobe IllustratorMary Winkler
- Print DesignHow to Create a Promotional Flyer in PhotoshopRóbert Šarudy
- DrawingHow to Draw a HeartMonika Zagrobelna
- Adobe Illustrator10 Essential Tips & Tools All Adobe Illustrator Beginners Should LearnSharon Archer-Thomas
- ComicsHow to Create Halftone Effects in Adobe IllustratorSara Berntsson
- BrushesHow to Create Your Own Light Ray Brushes From Scratch in Adobe PhotoshopJarka Hrncarkova
- Illustrator BrushesHow to Create a Gold Chain Pattern Brush With IllustratorJose Luis Ramirez
- IllustrationCreating a Simple Kawaii Yeti With Basic Shapes in Adobe IllustratorAmanda Tepie
- Album CoverHow to Make a Cool Photo Effect Album Cover Design in PhotoshopAbbey Esparza
- IllustrationHow to Create an Inspirational Vector Political PosterZach Wentz
- Text EffectsHow to Create a Cartoon Gradient Text Effect in Adobe PhotoshopPavlo Manachyn
- Poster DesignHow to Create a Music Poster Using Bitmap Mode in PhotoshopLaura Keung
- ComicsHow to Make a Comic Book CoverMiss Chatz
- Adobe InDesignHow to Use Spell Check in InDesignZap Layden
- Photo EffectsHow to Create an Architecture Sketch Effect in Adobe PhotoshopMarko Kožokar
- Affinity DesignerEverything You Need to Know About Affinity Designer BrushesIvan Gromov
- BrushesHow to Make Stars in PhotoshopRowena Aitken
- IllustrationWhat Is Editorial Illustration? (& How to Get Into It)Elizaveta Akimova
- ProcreateHow to Install and Use Fonts in ProcreateDaisy Ein
- Paper CraftsHow to Make Your Own Gorgeous Christmas CrackersEleanna Kotsikou
- DesigningCreate a 60s Psychedelic Style Concert PosterKyle Pero
20 Best Free Design Video Tutorials
As you may have guessed, 2020 saw plenty of awesome free video courses and tutorials on our Envato Tuts+ YouTube channel. Check out these gems:
Happy New Year, and Let's Have a Better 2021!
Thanks for being part of the Envato Tuts+ community and joining us in 2020. Did we miss a tutorial or video which was your favourite? Tell us in the comments!
From me and the rest of the team at Envato Tuts+, we wish you all the very best for 2021!
If you want to check out past years, why not head on over to my previous roundups:
- Adobe Photoshop50 Best Design and Illustration Tutorials & Articles of 2019!Sharon Archer-Thomas
- Adobe Photoshop50 Best Design and Illustration Tutorials & Articles of 2018!Sharon Archer-Thomas
- Inspiration50 Most Awesome Design & Illustration Tutorials & Articles of 2017!Sharon Archer-Thomas
- InspirationThe 50 Best Design Tutorials & Articles of 2016Sharon Archer-Thomas
- InspirationThe Top 40 Design & Illustration Posts of 2015Sharon Archer-Thomas
- Adobe PhotoshopThe Top 40 Design & Illustration Posts of 2014Sharon Archer-Thomas
- RoundupsThe Top 25 Vector Tutorials on Tuts+ in 2013Sharon Archer-Thomas
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