2021 brought loads of awesome new content, both written and video tutorials, to the Design & Illustration section here on Envato Tuts+. Let us share with you the top 40 written tutorials and the top 20 videos of 2021!
Before we jump into the list, let's look at what Envato Tuts+ has been doing over 2021:
- Our team grew over 2021, and we're still adding more to our team!
- We're creating our long-form video content now for free, for our YouTube channel.
- Speaking of which, we just hit the 700,000 subscriber mark on the Envato Tuts+ YouTube channel!
So let's jump into our favourite and most popular tutorials of 2021.
40 Best Design & Illustration Tutorials & Articles of 2021!
Based on several metrics, these are the most popular and best tutorials from 2021:
- ComicsCartoon Fundamentals: How to Draw a Cartoon Face CorrectlyCarlos Gomes Cabral
- Photoshop ActionsHow to Create a Grass Action Text Effect in Adobe PhotoshopAnderson Luiz
- Arabic CalligraphyCreative Arabic Calligraphy: Square KuficJoumana Medlej
- DesigningDesign a Print-Ready Beer Label in Adobe IllustratorAlan Ballard
- Hand LetteringHand Lettering: How to Vector Your LetterformsScott Biersack
- Text EffectsHow to Create a Layered Floral Typography Text Effect in Adobe PhotoshopRose
- Layer StylesHow to Apply an Outer Glow to Layer Styles in PhotoshopJohn Shaver
- Text EffectsHow to Create a Cartoon Text Effect in Adobe PhotoshopJan Stverak
- Text EffectsHow to Create a Christmas, Knitted Text Effect in Adobe IllustratorAndrei Marius
- Adobe PhotoshopHow to Create a Cool Glitch Photo Effect in Adobe PhotoshopMelody Nieves
- Text EffectsHow to Create a Magma Hot Text Effect in PhotoshopGianluca Giacoppo
- GradientsHow to Create a Pride Rainbow Gradient Overlay in Adobe IllustratorSharon Archer-Thomas
- DesigningHow to Create a Retro Boxing Poster in PhotoshopIvan Gromov
- Text EffectsHow to Create a Realistic Neon Light Text Effect in Adobe PhotoshopRose
- Adobe IllustratorHow to Make a Metallic Effect in IllustratorAndrei Marius
- Photoshop ActionsHow to Create a Sketch Effect Action in Adobe PhotoshopMarko Kožokar
- Text EffectsHow to Create an Easy Digital Glitch Text Effect in Adobe PhotoshopRose
- CalligraphyMastering Calligraphy: How to Write in Roundhand ScriptNaselle Anderson
- Photo ManipulationHow to Create a Sci-Fi Outer Space Scene With Adobe PhotoshopJenny Le
- Photoshop ActionsHow to Create a Vintage Photo Filter With Photoshop in 60 SecondsMelody Nieves
- DrawingHow to Draw a RoseMonika Zagrobelna
- Tools & TipsHow to Create a Watercolor Background Using Adobe IllustratorIaroslav Lazunov
- Drawing TheoryI Want to Draw: Simple Exercises for Complete BeginnersMonika Zagrobelna
- Adobe InDesignHow to Insert an Image in InDesignErica Gamet
- Illustrator BrushesHow to Install and Use Brushes in Adobe IllustratorMary Winkler
- DrawingHow to Draw TreesMonika Zagrobelna
- Problem SolvingQuick Tip: Troubleshooting Font Problems in Adobe InDesignGrace Fussell
- TexturesHow to Make a Leather Texture in PhotoshopMohammad Jeprie
- SVGSVG Files: From Illustrator to the WebIan Yates
- FlyersHow to Create a Vintage Type PostcardJesse Hora Dot Com
- GIFHow to Optimize an Animated GIF: 10 WaysMartin Perhiniak
- Font DesignThe Basics of Drawing Type & Creating Your Own Handwritten FontGrace Fussell
- TexturesHow to Create Different Vector Textures Using Adobe IllustratorAndrei Stefan
- Photoshop ActionsHow to Make Watercolor Effects in Photoshop Quickly With ActionsMarko Kožokar
- DrawingHow to Draw Animals: Dogs and Wolves, and Their AnatomyMonika Zagrobelna
- BrushesHow to Create and Customize Procreate BrushesDaisy Ein
- CalligraphyMastering Calligraphy: How to Write in Cursive ScriptNaselle Anderson
- Text EffectsHow to Write in the Sand in Adobe PhotoshopRose
- FantasyHow to Draw a Unicorn Step by StepMonika Zagrobelna
- Social MediaHow to Create a YouTube Banner in Adobe PhotoshopHector Heredia
20 Best Free Design Video Tutorials
As you may have guessed, 2021 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 Smash 2022!
We want to thank you for being part of the Envato Tuts+ community and enjoying the content we publish. Whether you've been with us for over a decade or just discovered us from a search, we hope we've been able to inspire you or solve a problem for you.
On behalf of the Envato Tuts+ team, have a fantastic 2022!
Check out our past annual roundups for more content which may have passed you by:
- Adobe Photoshop60 Best Design and Illustration Tutorials & Videos of 2020!Sharon Archer-Thomas
- 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