Ben the Illustrator explains how to create vector illustrations using Adobe Illustrator, explaining the key tools and offering expert tips. Rob Carney speaks to the world's top illustrators to give you essential tips for progressing your vector illustration career. Nicole Tan explains how to combine hand-drawn and digital techniques to add interesting textures to your artwork. Take a look at our quick list of Illustrator shortcuts, covering layers, selecting, transforming, and saving. They're guaranteed to boost your productivity! Graphic designer Andy Cooke explains how to make full use of Illustrator's artboards to easily construct and output a wide variety of brand collateral. Expand your vector knowledge with these Adobe Illustrator tutorials, covering everything from retro graphics to logo design. Take a look at these brilliant tutorials, all of which will help you to create your own incredible vector art. The revamped Pencil tool in Illustrator CC offers a new way to draw vector paths. This tutorial shows you how to use it. Computer Arts' Jo Gulliver reveals how to edit and manipulate live text on the fly, using Illustrator CC's new Touch Type tool. Artist Anna Wray shows you how to retain the hand-drawn, linear quality of your artwork in Adobe Illustrator. 10 easy steps to create a simple character using the Pathfinder and Image Trace palettes in Illustrator CC. Make your type stand out: Alex Gill reveals how to quickly create 3D type using Photoshop and Illustrator. Design a T-shirt featuring retro graphics by creating simple vectors and textures in Adobe Illustrator, by following our step-by-step guide. Design a pixel-perfect vector icon using effects to achieve unique shapes. Jory Raphael provides the basics and introduces some core Illustrator tools. Ben the Illustrator reveals how you can generate colour palettes on the move using the Kuler iPhone app – and then take them into Illustrator CC to create a stunning illustration. Ben the Illustrator concludes his Kuler tutorial by adding some type, finishing up, and showing you how to upload directly to Behance to get feedback… Mark Bloom walks through how to create a flexible modular grid system that will change the way you approach design. Tom Mac reveals how to create a drip-effect portrait using Illustrator's Pen tool and object layering techniques. What features make it worth upgrading your version of Illustrator? We talk to the designers that use it for their work every day to find out. Illustrator moved to a subscription-only model last year, but now Adobe has released a new version, so what does it bring? Adobe's tool isn’t the only vector image editor in town. We select five brilliant apps that offer a viable alternative to Illustrator. Which of the two design tools is better for which tasks? Jason Cianfrone of BaseCreative compares Photoshop and Illustrator to see which comes out on top. The second in the series of Studio Training guides from Computer Arts focuses squarely on Adobe Illustrator. Over 100 pages you’ll learn in-depth design and illustration secrets you can put to use in your daily design work. This special is divided neatly into four sections – and although you’ll get something from each no matter what your discipline, you can quickly jump to the features that are most relevant to your workflow and design goals. Sign up below to get the latest from Creative Bloq, plus exclusive special offers, direct to your inbox! Creative Bloq is part of Future plc, an international media group and leading digital publisher. Visit our corporate site. Source.