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:
- How to Create a Mountain Landscape in Flat Style in Adobe IllustratorAliaksei Kruhlenia17 Aug 2020
- How to Create a Rubber Stamp Effect in Adobe PhotoshopJohn Negoita25 Mar 2022
- Photoshop Brush Tool: A Basic GuideAlvaro Guzman28 Oct 2020
- Create Light Painted Typography From Scratch in PhotoshopAlex Beltechi23 Mar 2020
- Use a Pattern Rope Brush to Create a Rope Text Effect in IllustratorAndrei Marius09 Mar 2020
- 15 Design Tips to Make Professional Business Flyers in 2023 (With Great Designs)Grace Fussell07 Oct 2022
- How to Create and Customize Procreate BrushesDaisy Ein30 Dec 2022
- How to Simulate X-Ray Photography in PhotoshopJonathan Lam05 May 2020
- Advanced Glow EffectsCollis Ta'eed17 Mar 2020
- How to Create an Engraved Effect Photoshop ActionMelody Nieves03 Apr 2023
- 10 Tips for Designing High-Impact MagazinesGrace Fussell21 Jul 2022
- How to Create a Realistic Neon Light Text Effect in Adobe PhotoshopRose22 Apr 2023
- Illustrator’s Pen Tool: The Comprehensive GuideIan Yates25 May 2020
- How to Draw a RoseMonika Zagrobelna25 Jan 2023
- How to Make Your Own Logo Design (Do It Yourself Guide)Nona Blackman09 Apr 2023
- How to Optimize an Animated GIF: 10 WaysMartin Perhiniak14 Sep 2021
- Creating an Environmentally Friendly Green Type TreatmentRyan Putnam17 Jun 2020
- How to Create Smoky Brushes and Type in IllustratorMathias M. Stav28 Sep 2020
- Make a Trendy Double Exposure Effect in PhotoshopYulia Sokolova12 Apr 2023
- How to Create a Font in Adobe IllustratorMary Winkler10 Aug 2020
- How to Create a Promotional Flyer in PhotoshopRóbert Šarudy01 May 2020
- How to Draw a HeartMonika Zagrobelna01 Apr 2020
- 10 Essential Tips & Tools All Adobe Illustrator Beginners Should LearnSharon Archer-Thomas10 Jan 2019
- How to Create Halftone Effects in Adobe IllustratorSara Berntsson02 Jul 2020
- How to Add Light Rays in Photoshop With Your Own BrushesJarka Hrncarkova31 Dec 2022
- How to Create a Gold Chain Pattern Brush With IllustratorJose Luis Ramirez14 Oct 2020
- Creating a Simple Kawaii Yeti With Basic Shapes in Adobe IllustratorAmanda Tepie09 May 2020
- How to Make a Cool Photo Effect Album Cover Design in PhotoshopAbbey Esparza29 Jul 2020
- How to Create an Inspirational Vector Political PosterZach Wentz23 Oct 2020
- How to Create a Cartoon Gradient Text Effect in Adobe PhotoshopPavlo Manachyn30 Nov 2020
- How to Create a Music Poster Using Bitmap Mode in PhotoshopLaura Keung11 Aug 2021
- How to Make a Comic Book CoverMissChatz17 Apr 2020
- How to Use Spell Check in InDesignZap Layden03 Feb 2020
- How to Create an Architecture Sketch Effect in Adobe PhotoshopMarko Kožokar30 Oct 2020
- Everything You Need to Know About Affinity Designer BrushesIvan Gromov11 Jul 2020
- How to Make Stars in PhotoshopRowena Aitken10 May 2023
- What Is Editorial Illustration? (& How to Get Into It)Elizaveta Akimova27 Sep 2020
- How to Install and Use Fonts in ProcreateDaisy Ein23 Jun 2020
- How to Make Your Own Gorgeous Christmas CrackersEleanna Kotsikou25 Nov 2020
- Create a 60s Psychedelic Style Concert PosterKyle Pero03 Sep 2020
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:
- 50 Best Design and Illustration Tutorials & Articles of 2019!Sharon Archer-Thomas01 Jan 2020
- 50 Best Design and Illustration Tutorials & Articles of 2018!Sharon Archer-Thomas01 Jan 2019
- 50 Most Awesome Design & Illustration Tutorials & Articles of 2017!Sharon Archer-Thomas01 Jan 2018
- The 50 Best Design Tutorials & Articles of 2016Sharon Archer-Thomas02 Jan 2017
- The Top 40 Design & Illustration Posts of 2015Sharon Archer-Thomas01 Jan 2016
- The Top 40 Design & Illustration Posts of 2014Sharon Archer-Thomas01 Jan 2015
- The Top 25 Vector Tutorials on Tuts+ in 2013Sharon Archer-Thomas01 Jan 2014