Included on This Page are a List of Links to Adobe Illustrator Tutorials Sites, Guides, Courses, and Lessons, as well as Listings of Photoshop Resource Sites that have Free Adobe Illustrator Plugins, Brushes, Message Boards, Books, and other Resources.
Huge List of Adobe Illustrator Plugins and Filters - If you are an Adobe Illustrator user, then this mega-list of Adobe Illustrator Plug-ins is just what you are looking for.
Adobe Illustrator Tutorials (top pick) - Huge selection of Illustrator Tutorials
Tutorial Outpost (top pick) - Huge selection of Illustrator Tutorials
About.com Illustrator Tutorials - Tutorials for all versions of Adobe Illustrator.
Adobe Illustrator Tutorials - Who better to teach you Illustrator than Adobe themselves.
Adobe Illustrator Forums - Large resource site for Adobe Illustrator.
Adobe Studio Exchange - Your place for actions, plug-ins, extensions, tutorials, and other helper files that allow you to easily add new features to Adobe products, including Illustrator.
ArtWorld Adobe Illustrator Tutorials - Right now there is only one tutorial but there should be more added shortly.
BioRust Illustrator Tutorials - Find Illustrator Tutorials at the Interactive Design Community
Designs by Mark Illustrator Tutorials - Great tips for designing in illustrator, such as creating a square button, creating a tab interface menu, wires, cords, stroking, text on a path, pattern paths, baloons, and more.
Designer Today Illustrator & Illustrator CS Tutorials - Over 12 pages of Adobe Illustrator Tutorials.
Desktop Publishing - Illustrator tips and technics.
Dezine Zone Illustrator Tutorials - Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanved Illustrator Tutorials.
Dreamfinity Illustrator Tutorials - Great selection of Illustrator Tutorials including tips for masks, making dashes, customizing fonts, color morphing, shapes, rounded corners, and more.
ErgoDraw - Your Adobe Illustrator / Digital Illustration Resource
Fay Studios Adobe Illustrator Tips & Tricks - These step-by-step illustrated instructions were made to help beginners on the road to Illustrator creativity. More advanced uses may find tips and tricks with some not so well known features.
Go 2 Graphics - Here are tips that will help you become an Adobe Illustrator master
How to Create 3D Wireframe Objects in Illustrator - The blend tool can create amazing results in no time. As always no plug-ins required.
Hunt For - Huge resource for Illustrator Tutorials
Icon Online - A few things have changed since I put together the first icon design tutorial over two years ago. In many ways, things have gotten easier. The tools are more advanced -- Illustrator is replete with transparency controls, eliminating the need to draw separate alpha masks; and the Iconfactory's IconBuilder pro makes constructing icons for any version of Mac OS or Windows (and converting between them) very easy.
Illustrator Answers - Resources and tutorials for Adobe Illustrator
Illustrator World - IllustratorWorld.com is the hottest community and showcase for vector artists (professional, students or hobbyists). Join in, show off, post your vector art!
Iowa State University Illustrator Tutorials & Resources - These Adobe Illustrator tutorials are organized into 3 categories, including basic, intermediate, and advanced tutorials.
LARC-440 Introduction to Illustrator Course (free) - In this tutorial you will be introduced to Illustrator by explaining the tools you need to create basic artwork and page design.
Mike's Sketchpad - Basic Illustrator tutorials.
N-Design Studio Illustrator Tutorials - Step-by-step Illustrator tutorials with original source file download.
P-Designer Illustrator Course (free) - A great selection of tutorials on Illustrator that is set up like a book or a course.
Pinnacle Elite - Adobe Illustrator Tutorials - Here are Adobe Illustrator tutorials on how to draw with Vectors in Illustrator
Pixel2Life Illustrator Tutorials - Here you will find Information on Adobe's industry-standard vector graphics software Adobe Illustrator.,
Tech Tutorials - Big selection of Illustrator tutorials.
Tutorialized Illustrator Tutorials - About 20 nice Illustrator Tutorials.
University of Liverpool Introduction to Illustrator Lessons - The following tutorials introduce the basics of Illustrator 9, for more information use the Illustrator help files. This can be used as a free course since it will help you to get up and running.
VecPix Illustrator Tutorials - A great selection of Adobe Illustrator tutorials such as creating clouds, Kerning and traking text, blending layers with a mask, special effects, and more.
Wow Web Designs Illustrator Tutorials - On the right side, you will find a few helpful Adobe Illustrator Tutorials.
Yahoo Illustrator Group - This group is for users of Adobe Illustrator, on both the PC and Mac platform. In this group we help each other with solving problems, report and discuss bugs, and provide each other with knowledge and tips.
13 Dots Illustrator / Photoshop / Image Ready Tutorials - Here are some Illustrator Tutorials, but they are mixed in with Photoshop and Image Ready Tutorials
3D Invigorator Plugins for Macs (Zaxwerks) - The Zaxwerks 3D Invigorator is a revolutionary new Xtra (Plug-in) for artists and designers wishing to incorporate 3D elements into web sites, print illustration and graphic design work. 3D Invigorator allows the user to take any Freehand, Illustrator or Vector clip art or Type 1 font, turn it into an ornamental 3D model, light it, cast reflections upon it, and render it complete with soft shadows, at any dpi.
3D Tiger Plugin for Illustrator (Japanese Site with English Version) (Mac and Windows) - 3D-Tiger is an Adobe Illustrator plug-in software that can be used to create high-quality illustrations easily and efficiently. 3D-TIGER can import many kinds of 3D model data formats such as - DXF, DWG, OBJ, VRML, IGES, STL and XVL into an Adobe Illustrator work session.
Agamik Barcode Plugins for Adobe Illustrator (Windows and Mac) - Add a Barcode Plug-In to your Illustrator Filters Menu.
Al-Rassam Al-Arabi Illustrator Plugins - Type and edit Arabic text and export it to non-Arabic applications, such as Adobe Illustrator
Andrew's Vector Plugins Collection (PC Version), for Illustrator CS2 CS1 10 - Plugins include contour plugins, star plugins, mesh plugins, gradients plugins, toolkits to manipulate paths, zigzag tool, paint effect plugin, symbol painter plugin, heart design plugin, shapes plugin, pattern manipulation plugin ... $90 Or buy them individually -
Art Files Illustrator Plugins - Art Files currently supports scanning and collecting Illustrator (.ai) documents (versions 8, 9, 10, CS and CS2).
Art Library Adobe Illustrator Plugin (Mac and Windows) - The ArtLibrary module lets you produce an unlimited number of drawings and artwork libraries in Adobe Illustrator. All that you need to do is drop a drawing, or part of a sketch, into Illustrator to start creating new styles from existing base forms.
Applicraft CADgate Plugin for Illustrator - AppliCraft CADgate offers additional import/export control CADgate, developed by AppliCraft, adds specific CAD import and export options into Adobe Illustrator 8, 9, 10 and CS.
AvecFlash Plugin Tools for Illustrator (French Site in English) - Many Plugins - too many to point out.
Baby Universe Plugins for Illustrator (Translated by Google from Japanese to English) - Here is a typesetting plug-in, barcode plug-in, patterns plug-in, plotter driver plug-in, 2d-CAD plug-ins, plugins adding image-database capabilities to Illustrator,
CADgate (Win / Mac) - Bridge the gap between CAD and illustration with CADgate for Adobe Illustrator 8/9/10 and now CS!! A ccurately export your drawings from Adobe Illustrator to DXF/DWG format.
CAD Tools 2.1- Hot Door CADtools 2.1 merges graphic and technical power with a complete set of 38 drawing and dimensioning tools for Adobe Illustrator 7, 8 or 9!
Graffix Square-Up Illustrator Plugin - This plugin will convert a selected path's anchor points to corner points, and adjust the path segments so that lines within 20 degrees of vertical and horizontal will be made square.
Graffix Trackplan Tools Illustrator Plugins - A plugin filter for Adobe Illustrator to quickly draw model railroad trackplans.
HotDoor CAD Pattern for Illustrator - Hot Door CADpatterns add 134 vector-based swatch patterns for design documents. All CADpatterns are in Illustrator format for easy editing and colorizing inside Adobe Illustrator for Mac or Windows.
HotDoor FoldUp 3D for Illustrator Plugin - FoldUP! 3D adds packaging previews to Adobe Illustrator FoldUP! 3D, developed by Comnet, adds prototyping features to Adobe Illustrator 8, 9, 10 or CS for modeling package designs and other dimensional projects.
HotDoor Harmony Plugin for Illustrator - Adds a smart color picker to Adobe Photoshop 4/5/6 on Mac
Access thousands of color combinations with Harmony's interactive RYB color wheel. Adjust the wheel's tints, shades, or tones and edit the color swatches before copying, saving or exporting to Photoshop, Illustrator, or PageMaker.
HotDoor Illustrator Plugins - Plugins specifically made for Adobe Illustrator
HotDoor Perspective Plugin - Perspective adds realistic drawing and projection tools to Illustrator 8, 9 or 10 Hot Door Perspective is a complete dimensional drawing environment for Adobe Illustrator.
KamuAlign Plugin for Illustrator Toolbar - t’s a much improved alignment for groups of objects, objects and object points. It works in a different way then Adobe Illustrator or other vector graphic software because you are making an alignment with the special tool.
Kimbo Illustrator Plug-Ins - Kimbo adds 11 new tools in 2 tool groups to Illustrator's tool pallette. These tools permit the creation of artwork that would otherwise be difficult or time-consuming to create. The main tools are Mirror, Cut, Rectangle Cut, Tile and Rosette
KPT Vector Effects for Illustrator - Available for long on the Mac platform, these plugins were known to be to Illustrator what the KPT were to Photoshop, this is the first version for Windows.
Letraset Envelopes Plug-Ins for Illustrator - Envelopes is a plug-in for Adobe Illustrator. Do amazing things to type and graphics. Flip, swirl, twist, make type weave and whirl.Even add Bezier curves.
LogoSpruce Adobe Illustrator 8.0, 9.0, 10.0, & CS Plugins - LogoSpruce lets you tidy logos and other scanned artwork quickly within Adobe Illustrator, using intuitive drawing and trimming tools. To help you work faster, turn on the Auto-Guides and LogoSpruce automatically identifies endpoints, midpoints, and tangent lines. Using LogoSpruce and its hyper-drawing tools, you'll soon be tracing faster than ever.
Macromedia Flash Writer Plug-In - Macromedia brings the ability to export Flash Web Content to Adobe Illustrator Users.
MagiSign Utility for Adobe Illustrator - A plug-in created to drive cutting plotters directly from Adobe Illustrator
MaP|Zone Adobe Illustrator / Photoshop plug-in (free)- Software Integrating the FX-Map concept, are cutting-edge plug-ins for Adobe Photoshop® and Illustrator®. These ultimate complex pattern modelers enables anyone to both create and edit FX-Maps.
Map Studio Adobe Illustrator Plugins (Windows & Mac) - MapStudio is a set of orienteering symbols for Adobe Illustrator (on Mac OS and Windows) and helps you to draw high-quality orienteering maps in shorter time than ever before.
Map Publisher Illustrator Plugins - MAPublisher Lt lets you import vector data (shapes, boundaries, routes, elevations, etc.) from MapInfo, ARC/INFO, ArcView, AutoCAD, MicroStation (with optional add-on) and others with all of the drawings data attributes intact.
Multi-Page 101 - At last...multiple pages within Adobe Illustrator 9 for the first time! Hot Door MultiPage turns the industry-standard illustration program into a powerful publishing tool.
Nice Cut Pro Adobe Illustrator Plugins - Create images in award winning Adobe Illustrator - then export them to your cutting plotter quickly and easily with NiceCut or NiceCut Pro. Whether you design signs or receive Illustrator data, you can eliminate converting data forever.
Opular Charts Plug-Ins for Adobe Illustrator (Mac) - Opular Charts is a powerful and flexible way to convert information into graphics.
Panopticum Adobe Illustrator Array Plugins Utility - With the help of our software you can create very complicated geometrical patterns which can be used later for decoration of your composition, or as masks for complex cuttings of objects and inscriptions.
Panopticum Illustrator Vectorizer Plugins - A new handy tool for vectorizing color raster images.
Path Styler Pro Plugin for Illustrator - A plug-in for Photoshop and Illustrator that uses paths to create images with super sharp bevels. Powerful new features like procedural maps, metallic materials, textures, and reflections allow you to instantly create high-quality graphics for Web pages, logos, cover illustrations, and more.
Points Tweaker Illustrator Plug-Ins - This plugin allows you to view and finely adjust the coordinates of path points. Path data is also shown. Find this at the bottom of the front page.
PopArt 3D Illustrator Plug-Ins - Your Adobe Illustrator designs will never be the same with Vertigo 3D PopArt 2.0. The newest upgrade gives Illustrator users the power to instantly create 3D objects from any selected outline.
Power Retouche Plugins Anti-Aliasing Filters - Power Retouche anti-aliasing filter removes edge line roughness and jagged edges in graphics and also removes pixelations in entire photos.
Power Retouche Plugins Black Definition Filters - Now you can edit the black content of colors (black saturation). Add or remove black as a way to control clarity and the plastic modeling of objects in the photo (black definition). Unique control of color-saturation and brightness.
Power Retouche Plugins Brightness Filters (free) - Get your free plugin to edit brightness without losing color
Power Retouch Plugins Color Correction Filters - A plug-in for doing seamless Color Correction
Power Retouch Plugins for Contrast Corretion - Contrast Editor gives you full control over all aspects of contrast. The separate black & white contrast lets you preserve those precious mid tones.
Power Retouch Radial Exposure Plugins - Get even exposure from center to corner through out the photo. At last a tool to give you even radial exposure and brightness (density) in your digital photography.
Power Retouch - Many More Plugins - Brightness Editor, Transparency Editor, Posterizer, Edgeline drawing, Edgeline drawing, Saturation Editor, White-balance Corrector, and more
QwikMarx Illustrator Utility Plugin - is the fastest and most accurate Plug-In & XTension to create dimensions in Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign and QuarkXPress.
Qolmamit JoinPaths Plugin for Illustrator (Translated by Google) - It binds layouts whose extreme points are touched or are close, to a skeletal distance. This functionality applies to the selected layouts, whatever the tool for selection used, i.e. that so only one point of a layout is selected, this layout is considered as a whole selected.
Silhouette Vectorization Plugin for Adobe Illustrator (for both Windows and Mac) - Silhouette graphics art software for Macintosh and Windows instantly converts black and white or color bitmap images into vector designs ready for use.
Slim Points Adobe Illustrator Plugins (Windows & Mac) - Eliminate unnecessary anchor points, making files smaller - Great for CAD or Technical Illustration.
SymmetryWorks Illustrator Plugsin (Windows & Mac) - SymmetryWorks takes the selected part of your artwork and automatically applies all the necessary rotations, reflections, and other transformations to create a pattern. Then, the plug-in keeps all elements of the pattern hot-linked to your original artwork. As soon as you modify the original, the plug-in immediately updates the pattern. It's like you magically edit dozens of elements at once.
ST Thumbnails Explorer for Adobe Illustrator - Adobe Illustrator and CorelDRAW best quality thumbnails and full-screen previews!
Supergraphx Illustrator Plugins - for Illustrator is a powerful award-winning plug-in for Adobe Illustrator. Application ranges from simple creation of natural shapes to the invention of logos or any other task requiring a great deal of creativity.
Telegraphics Free Illustrator Plug-Ins (free utilities)- These are Photoshop Plugins at the top, but go down further on this page and you will find Free Illustrator Plugins as well.
Telegraphics Cylinder Illustrator PlugIn ($9)- Cylinder Distort Filter (Illustrator) Wrap artwork around a cylinder or bottle.
Telegraphics Pathlength Filters (free utility) - Pathlength Filter Computes the length & perimeter of Illustrator paths
Telegraphics Patharea Illustrator Filters (free utility) - Exports a text file (tab delimited) of selected path coordinates.
Telegraphics Radial Illustrator Plugins (free utility)- Radial Distort Filter
A filter which performs a particular kind of artwork distortion.
Tessella Illustrator Patterns Plug-Ins - Tessella allows you to create not only rectangular patterns but also rhombic, hexagonal, triangular ones as well. Furthermore the edges of these tiles may be curved in arbitrary ways using Escher Edit mode and then any Illustrator artwork can be associated with the tool to create beautiful designs.
Text Background plug-in for Illustrator (Free Utility for Windows and Mac) - Text Background is a plug-in for Adobe Illustrator 8-10. It makes rectangular backgrounds under the point text objects, including those rotated to any angle and multi-line ones, in an Adobe Illustrator document according to user's settings.
Underline Text Plugin for Illustrator (Free Utility for Windows and Mac) - Underline Text is a plug-in for Adobe Illustrator 8-10. It underlines point text objects, including those rotated to any angle and multi-line ones, in an Adobe Illustrator document according to user's settings.
Vertigo 3D Words Plug-Ins - Vertigo 3D Words is the first tool that lets Adobe Illustrator users add real 3D text to their designs. With an interface that looks and feels just like Illustrator, Words allows you to create text, choose your font, color your text and move it along a true 3D path.
Virtual Mirror - suite of Adobe® Illustrator® plug-ins brings designers a balance of stunning creative filters and everyday tools to make artwork creation simpler and more enjoyable
VTexture Adobe Illustrator Utility - This plugin creates natural-looking textures as Live Effects from gradient-filled art. The textures are created as paths ( no pixels allowed! ).
Xtream Path Plugins for Adobe Illustrator (for both Mac and Windows) - This Paths Plugin for Adobe Illustrator allows you to drag anywhere on a path and edit only the exact location you want. Editing paths in Illustrator is much more flexible than ever before. There is no doubt you will have fun editing with Xtream Path.
Yin4Yang Barcode Toolbox 4 Illustrator - A collection of plug-ins to generate and check barcodes directly inside Adobe Illustrator.
Adobe Illustrator Brushes
Graphic Xtras Brushes Collections for Adobe Illustrator 8, 9, 10, CS1, & CS2 - 7500 brushes collection for Adobe Illustrator - A great royalty-free, artistic set of Brushes.
Adobe Illustrator Gradient Swatches
Graphic Xtras Swatches Collection - A collection of Colorful Gradients / Color Swatches
Adobe Illustrator Graphic Style Sets
Graphic Xtras Graphic Styles for Illustrator 10, CS2, & CS1 - A terrific collection of superb color graphic styles for use with Adobe Illustrator's paths, text, and more.
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