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We know that Adobe Illustrator is an awesome tool for creating flexible, high resolution graphics like logos and artwork, but for a someone who is just starting out with AI, it might be a little overwhelming. With our little guidance here, learning to use AI in your work isn’t that difficult.

Let’s check out these useful and free beginner tutorials which cover basic tools and techniques to help you on your way to Illustrator mastery. You can download each of the familiarize yourself with basic commands, artboards, layers, colors, working with vectors and much more.

Chock full of interactive exercises, this free guide makes learning Adobe Illustrator easy and fun!

12 Really Useful and Free Adobe Illustrator Tutorials for Beginners

Free Adobe Illustrator Tutorials

  1. Getting Around AI
    Learn how to select, move and work with specific objects using these tools. Take note of the corresponding shortcut keys for faster designing.
  2. Text & Shapes
    Add text to your graphic and modify depending on your preferred typeface, size and color. Have fun with shapes by learning the shape tool. Practice making shapes with equal proportion without a hassle.
  3. Artboards & Layers
    Play around with layers and understand how they affect your graphic. Differentiate artboards from layers and distinguish their unique functions.
  4. Colors
    Boost your creativity by learning to navigate Adobe Illustrator’s color options. Which color identifier should be used for your product? What is the difference between CMYK and RGB?
  5. Stroke & Fill
    Learn what a stroke and a fill can do to your graphic. Explore Pantone colors and how to use the eyedropper tool for more convenient color picking and matching.
  6. Vector Graphics
    Differentiate images from vector graphics. Why are vector graphics better?
  7. Groups
    Learn how to manually group graphics to create a set of shapes behaving as one!
  8. Transforming Vectors
    Use these commands to manipulate your vectors. Scaling and rotating are truly useful when it comes to transforming graphic objects.
  9. Selection & Rotation
    Worry no more when it comes to rotating your object. There are two options for you to check out: the selection tool and the rotation tool.
  10. Alignment
    Aligning objects has never been easier. The alignment tool allows for quick and painless alignment. Extra helpful for perfectionists!
  11. Clipping Masks
    Think of a clipping mask like a cookie cutter for your art. It allows you to show only the items you want while hiding any elements you don’t need without deleting.
  12. Isolation Mode
    Finally, take a look into isolation mode. Perfect for when you are dealing with clipping masks or grouped items.

Let’s us know in the comments how these free Adobe Illustrator tutorials has aided you in your road to learning AI.

This article first appeared on MVP Visuals.