25 tutorials to build up your design skills

One of the best ways to improve and build upon your design skills is by using tutorials — short, instructional guides that teach techniques so you can craft great designs.

We’ve collected 25 of our favorite tutorials from across the web to help you practice your skills. These skills include:

  • Programs: Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign
  • Logo, Web, App, Icons, Print and Packaging, Tshirt
  • Typography, Grids, 3-D, Opacity, Gradients, Masks, Patterns, Layout, Color Management, Brushes, Meshes, Textures, Bleeds and Margins, and more.

Logo

Create Isometric Grid-Based 3D Lettering

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Programs: Illustrator
Level: Intermediate
Skills: Typography, Grids, Creating 3D Objects

Simple Organic Shapes the Illustrator Way

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Programs: Illustrator
Level: Beginner
Skills: Opacity, Duplication, Masks

Creating a Crazy Cool Logo

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Programs: Illustrator
Level: Intermediate
Skills: Typography, Shading, Gradient, Transformations

Create a Clean Retro Badge in Adobe Illustrator

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Programs: Illustrator
Level: Intermediate
Skills: Typography, Pattern Brushes, Effects, Color Management

Web

Watercolored Design Studio Blog Layout

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Programs: Photoshop
Level: Intermediate
Skills: Opacity, Typography, Buttons, Layout

Design a Warm, Cheerful Website Interface in Adobe Photoshop

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Program: Photoshop
Level: Intermediate
Skills: Grids, Filters, Navigation Bars, Typography, Buttons, Masks

How to Build a Stylish Portfolio Web Design Concept

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Program: Photoshop
Level: Beginner
Skills: Color Management, Buttons, Shadows

Create a Nature Inspirated Painted Backdrop in Photoshop

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Programs: Photoshop
Level: Beginner
Skills: Brushes, Noise, Color Management, Texture
Remember: If you use any brushes as a stamp, remember that you MUST declare that as stock artwork when you submit your design!

App

Photoshop Tutorial: Create a Multimedia Player

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Program: Photoshop
Level: Beginner
Skills: Beveling and Embossing, Gradients, Layers, Masks

Design a Clean Launch Email for a Mobile App

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Program: Photoshop
Level: Intermediate
Skills: Smart Objects, Clipping Masks, Warping Text, Buttons, Shadows, Footers

Design an IPad App UI

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Program: Photoshop
Level: Intermediate
Skills: Grid Structures, Wireframes, UI/UX design, Marquee, Masking

Icon

Quick Tutorial: Create a Sleek Bevel Styled Icon

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Program: Illustrator
Level: Beginner
Skills: Buttons, Depth, Shading

Icon Design Tutorial: Drawing a Pencil Icon

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Programs: Illustrator
Level: Intermediate
Skills: Sketching, Paths, Shapes, Gradient, Color Management

Icon Tutorial: Video Projector

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Programs: Illustrator
Level: Intermediate
Skills: Gradients, Pen Tool, Ellipse Tool

How to Illustrate a Tomato Using Adobe Illustrator

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Programs: Illustrator
Level: Advanced
Skills: Meshes, Gradients, Blends, Paths, Shading

Print

A Tutorial for Good Typography in InDesign – Setting up a Baseline Grid

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Programs: InDesign
Level: Beginner
Skills: Grids, Typography, Layout

How to Create A Professional Magazine Layout

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Programs: Indesign
Level: Beginner
Skills: Alignment, Grids, Text, White Space

Design a Ready to Print Brochure in Photoshop

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Program: Photoshop
Level: Intermediate
Skills: Drafting, Bleeds and Margins, Texture, Color, Shadow, Free Transform

Design a Grunge Vintage Poster in Photoshop

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Program: Photoshop
Level: Beginner
Skills: Pattern, Guides, Shapes, Layers, Colorizing, Texture, Hue/Saturation

Packaging

Create a Zee Vintage Label on Illustrator

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Programs: Illustrator, Photoshop
Level: Intermediate
Skills: Typography, Layout, Masks, Layers, Texture

Create a Stylish Coffee Cup with Smart Objects

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Programs: Photoshop
Level: Advanced
Skills: Paths, Free Transform, Shadows, Gradient Overlay, Layers, Opacity, Blurs, Highlights, Masks

T-shirt

Create Abstract Characters

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Programs: Illustrator
Level: Intermediate
Skills: Sketching, Color Management, Depth, Brushes

Add Textures to Vectors Using Smart Objects

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Program: Illustrator, Photoshop
Level: Intermediate
Skills: Color, Smart Objects, Textures

Layer up Vectors for Unique Effects

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Programs: Illustrator
Level: Advanced
Skills: Pen Tool, Color Management, Layers, Shading

Simulate Screenprint Effects

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Programs: InDesign, Photoshop
Level: Beginner
Skills: Photography, Converting File Type, Bitmap, Rasters

Have great tutorials you’ve used? Share them in the comments!

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Kaitlyn Ellison
Kaitlyn Ellison

Kaitlyn is part of the Community Team at 99designs.com. She grew up in Boulder, CO and went to school at Northwestern University in Chicago. When she's not blogging, she spends her time having adventures and being generally creative. She's all about having new experiences as often as possible!

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