How To Add & Create Texture In Illustrator (Plus Tips)


In this adobe illustrator tutorial we will be using vector textures to apply to our artwork. Adding texture is very simple with the transparency panel and can be a powerful tool for your vector artwork. From a grunge effect to a rust effect to anything you can think of. This tutorial also shows you how to create your own vector textures that you can build yourself using Illustrator’s brushes. Adding textures in illustrator is fast and easy once you get the hang of it. I hope you enjoy the tutorial and start texturing some of your awesome artwork!

Simple Animation Tutorial – After Effects

This simple animation tutorial will show you how to bring your design from Adobe Illustrator to Adobe after effects. Once the design is in after effects we begin the basic animation process. We start with the scale option in after effects. Then we learn how to use the position function to animate our designs in different places. Finally we use rotation to make our design elements spin to complete out simple animation tutorial. I hope you enjoy following along with the process and if you make a simple animation of your own be sure to post it on Instagram and tag me so I can see your hard work!

How To Create Texture Gradients – Illustrator Tutorial

You can take your illustration or project to the next level by adding a bit of texture. Texture gradients are an awesome way to add some realism and at the same time a unique vibe that will make your work stand out. Adding a textured gradient in illustrator with this method is easy and I hope you all give it a shot on your next project. There are other ways to add grain or texture to a gradient but most of them involve image tracing, this is a faster way if you don’t want to spend too much time.

Make Your Sketchbook Drawing Digital with Illustrator

In this video we go through the process of taking a pen drawing, done in a sketchbook, and creating a digital version of it using adobe illustrator. The tutorial involves using the pen tool, the line width tool and coloring the piece. I hope you enjoy making your sketches digital, and i’d love to hear what you think!

How to Make Flat Design Long Shadows

The correct use of a long shadow can make an image or icon pop. The best designers know when and how to incorporate long shadows into their flat designs. In this illustrator tutorial, I’ll be showing you three kinds of flat design long shadows you can use on your next project. After I explain the different kind of long shadows and how to make them, we create a project that incorporates all three of the techniques. I hope you enjoy the tutorial and learn lots from the process. An excellent resource for flat design colors can be found here or for more options go here.

Flat Design Monster – Illustrator Tutorial

Another flat design tutorial using adobe illustrator. In this tutorial we go over the fundamentals of creating a flat design in illustrator. We begin with the pen tool to create basic shapes for the body and head of our monster. Then continue to work with moving shapes from front to back and vice versa. We make use of the minus front tool to create shadows on the body of our flat design monster. Finally, we finish the tutorial by creating a long shadow. Check out my first flat design tutorial where we make a rocket!

Poster design tutorial – Illustrator

poster design tutorial

Alternate version with lighter color scheme.

This poster design tutorial primarily makes use of illustrator’s “rotate” tool, to make all the designs duplicate themselves around a circle. It’s a very easy process to figure out and has amazing potential once you get the hang of it. I used illustrator CS6 for

this project, I haven’t found the time to upgrade to creative cloud yet, hopefully i’ll be doing that soon. Follow along with me and please pause the video whenever needed to keep up. You can really help me out by hitting one of those social share buttons below! OR you could leave a comment answering one of the questions.

Flat Design Tutorial With Illustrator

      Flat design isn’t new by any means. It’s been around for a while and will continue to be around on social media, poplar sites, and blogs like this one. To me, flat design is like acoustic music. Most everyone likes it, no one seems to hate it, and it’s relatively easy to make. With that said, I bring you this flat design tutorial to give all you seasoned designers a little bit of inspiration, and you beginners a little bit of practice. Join me and follow along in the process in this flat design tutorial as we make a nifty rocket! In this tutorial we’ll be using the pen tool, the shape tool, and learning about how to create shadows and how to reflect objects. Oh yes, we can’t forget about the extremely important “minus front” option. One of the key factors to remember about flat design is not to go overboard with detail. Currently it seems like some artists are close to over-doing their designs and leaving the wonderful, simplistic, world of the flat. So don’t go crazy with gradients and shading and try to stick to the basics while keeping it interesting. Good luck everyone and if you liked the tutorial help me out and give it a share, tell all your friends, your grandma, and your cats! OR you could leave a comment 🙂



  1. What is your favorite flat design of all time?

  2. Do you know any better techniques than the ones I showed in this flat design tutorial?

  3. Have any ideas about what would make a cool flat design for the next video?