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  1. Design & Illustration

Design & Illustration Learning Guides

Discover our selections of the best free design tutorials on a range of topics, all in one place. If you want to brush up your Photoshop skills or learn a new piece of software like Adobe XD, you’ll find learning guides here to help you do that. Or maybe you want something more specialised, like learning how to draw textures or how to paint hair. We’ve got guides to help you with that too.

Just browse through the list and click on a topic that interests you to discover more and to find links to our hand-picked selection of free tutorials, designed to teach you that new skill or software as easily and enjoyably as possible.

  1. Guides to Illustrator Tools

    12 Posts
    Learning the multiple possibilities with Illustrator vast array of tools is a mighty challenge to take on. We've got you covered though, with comprehensive vector tool guides, helpful vector tool introductions, and vector tips that will take you from a novice toward having a deep understanding of how these tools function. Get started with Illustrator's Pen Tool, as that is the quintessential vector tool to master, and then work your way through the rest of these guides.
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  2. Vector Portraits

    16 Posts
    Learning to draw the human figure and create stunning vector portraits can be an arduous task. Working with models, or photo references, finding the right pose, using just the right blend effect for skin, the correct vector brush for hair, are all subtle skills needed for the vector portrait artist.
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  3. Vector Text Effects

    22 Posts
    The right text effect can be one of the most important elements in any design or illustration. Often text effects involve an interesting combination of unique vector tool usage, artistic innovation, a designers eye for font choice, drawing skills, and an illustrator's touch. In this Creative Session, take your text to the next level with these vector text effect tutorials.
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  4. Icon Design

    20 Posts
    Icons can range in level of detail, from the simple and symbolic, to those with realism and intricate detail. In either case, they need to be metaphorically meaningful and instantly recognizable. They have to communicate at a glance. We've assembled the best tutorials, articles, and resources we have on icon design here on Vectortuts+ into this Creative Session. Learn how to create functional and beautiful vector icons that will fit seamlessly within your designs.
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  5. Design Essentials

    14 Posts
    The Design Essentials Session is a collection of tutorials covering subjects such as Typography, Print Design and Logos. This session is an ongoing collection of tutorials and articles covering all aspects of graphic design. Be sure to check back for updates!
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  6. Core Art Skills

    6 Posts
    Ben Mounsey shares his in-depth knowledge and analysis of the skills required to become a better illustrator. This creative session outlines four main skills; using sketchbooks, life drawing, working in traditional 3D and using traditional media techniques for your digital work, culminating in a professional tutorial that will knock your socks off!
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