13 Amazing Gradient Mesh Tutorials

Gradient Mesh Tool can be quite daunting to beginners. But once you have mastered the basics, you can start drawing realistic objects in Illustrator. I have compiled a list of helpful gradient mesh tutorials to help you get started with gradient mesh.

Red Pepper

A neat tutorial with tips on creating a red bell pepper in this 12 page pdf using gradient mesh.

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Leaf Tutorial

Basic tutorial on creating a leaf using gradient mesh.

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Sweet Cherries

Realistic cherries created using gradient mesh.

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Realistic Curtain

A useful trick for drawing realistic curtain folds using gradient mesh.

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Drawing a fish illustration using gradient mesh by the Adobe Team.

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Vector Portrait

A mini tutorial on drawing a vector portrait from a photography model.

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Gradient Mesh

Leo Blanchette has a very detailed tutorial on making a crayon using gradient mesh. He shows us the steps to turn a photo into a realistic gradient mesh crayon. Great for beginners!

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Maple Leaf Illustration

Learn to create a maple leaf using gradient mesh and clipping mask.

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Basic Rendering with Gradients

Master Kevin Hulsey is an expert in automotive and industrial cutaway illustration. He has a list of very useful tutorials for students in his website. He has also included a short tutorial on working with gradient mesh and gradients to create photorealistic drawings.

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Photorealistic Veggie Drawing

Veerle has a very quick tutorial on create a simple veggie illustration using gradient mesh tool.

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Step by step instructions and screenshots to create a realistic thumbdrive using gradient mesh.

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Car Ring

WForrest provides some really useful tips and tricks on using gradient mesh. He shows us different methods of using gradient mesh to create the rings of a car.

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Step by Step Illustration of Angel

Step by step screenshots by Ussa Methawittayakul how she created the Angel Illustration.

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8 thoughts on “13 Amazing Gradient Mesh Tutorials”

  1. Nice collection. But broken links and no more proof to prove it is vector. However nice post. 🙂

  2. The “Angel” tut should be removed. It does not have any instructions and the screen shots do not show any thing helpful (ie the mesh grid). It is a beautiful piece, just not very helpful.

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