Illustrator Tutorials

Create Illustrator Pattern Fill Swatches

In this video tutorial I show students in my Automatic Patterns class how to make Adobe Illustrator pattern fill swatches that will repeat seamlessly from the patterns we create in … [Read more...]

Pen Tool Illustrator Tutorial: Paisleys

Learning to use the Illustrator Pen Tool and and bezier curves takes time and practice. Practicing with paisleys can help you master smooth curves, S curves, smooth points and … [Read more...]

Scalloped Borders in Illustrator

I've posted a new tutorial to my coyleart YouTube channel! In this tutorial, I teach you how to create a shape with a scalloped border in Adobe Illustrator, and then I show you how … [Read more...]

Freehand Ribbons and Streamers Illustrator Tutorial

I've posted a new tutorial to my coyleart YouTube channel! In this video, I show you how to create two custom calligraphic brush tips in Adobe Illustrator. Use them with your … [Read more...]

Round Corner Effect in Illustrator

In Adobe Illustrator, the Rounded Rectangle tool may be the first tool you reach for when you want rounded corners, but it's not the most efficient if you want the option to adjust … [Read more...]

How to Make iPad Wallpaper in Illustrator

I'm having fun with my new iPad and thought you might enjoy a quick tutorial on how to make iPad wallpapers in Adobe Illustrator! I have so many repeat patterns locked in my art … [Read more...]

Eyedropper Color in Illustrator

A fellow artist introduced me to a blog called design seeds where visitors are treated to a steady stream of inspiring color palettes. Each palette is "packaged" beautifully by … [Read more...]

A Tile Background in Illustrator

While working on this illustrated spa map for US Airways magazine, I discovered a fun shortcut for creating a mosaic tile background in Adobe Illustrator. Start by creating a … [Read more...]

The Illustrator Glyphs Panel

So much vector art is sitting untapped right inside Adobe Illustrator. One good place to explore is the Glyphs panel. Just choose Type > Glyphs and start searching your library … [Read more...]

Illustrator CS5 Width Tool Spirals Demo

I've posted a new Illustrator tutorial on my YouTube channel to demonstrate how to add beautiful variable width strokes to existing art in Illustrator CS5. It's an easy, versatile … [Read more...]