While I’ve written quite a bit about Inkscape recently, that’s not to say that Illustrator isn’t popular around here in our Ponoko office! We want to make sure that users and those thinking about Ponoko can find the help they need in getting technical issues sorted out in making their designs and uploading them onto Ponoko. Here are some useful links – user communities and tutorials on everything Illustrator (in no particular order):
Adobe’s Users-to-User Forum on Illustrator
Illustrator User Group Forum – Join other Illustrator aficionados in this lively discussion forum hosted by Digital Media Net.
Illustrator World This is a community site devoted to Adobe® Illustrator® software and vector graphics. View and share Illustrator artwork with other users, read and contribute to forums, access tips and techniques, and participate in design contests.
Mike’s Sketchpad – Basic tutorials in Illustrator for new users
Tutorialselect.com – A pligg (think Digg) on free tutorials and lessons on design – esp. on Illustrator
About.com Illustrator Tutorials – ranging from Basics & Tools; Creating Art & Effects; and Type, Text Effects & Logos.
BioRust Illustrator Tutorials – An interactive design community offering forums, tutorials and resources.
DeZine Zone Tutorials – Look to the left side menu and see the Illustrator tutorials for Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced
N.Design Studio – Design blog by a designer who shares his passion in Illustrator tutorials intended for intermediate users.
I know there’s a slew of them out there – some better than others. And since Illustrator integrated a search function with del.icio.us, it should be easier to find the right contextual resources you need — so if you know of any more sites or recommend any particular one, please feel free to add them in the comments – thanks!
Once you get going on Illustrator, go ahead and download your Ponoko Starter Kit in Illustrator for the Ponoko making guide and templates. If you still have questions or want to share some newfound knowledge, check out our Forum to discuss with other Illustrator/Ponoko users.
**Remember we’re running a contest this month for file uploads, so if you create your designs and add them to MyPonoko, you might have a good chance to win $250 worth of fun designing and making with Ponoko.**