What You’ll Be Creating Children frequently imagine mirrors to be something mysterious. “What if that isn’t really my reflection, but another person who looks just like me!?” It’s a fun and fascinating idea, that the reflected surface is really a window into an alternate existence. In this tutorial, that idea can be fully explored in a fun project that children and parents can work on together! This project is meant to be a collaboration between parent and child. Begin by planning out the project together, explain the idea to your child, and encourage them to come up with fun ideas for their reflection. My daughter wanted her reflection to be an explorer! And we…
Photoshop For Kids: Fun Reflections!
What You’ll Be Creating Before starting, we need a word, or a sentence to work on. For this purpose I chose the expression: عيد سعيد ( Eid Sa’eed ). Its exact translation is “Happy Holiday”, and it can be used in the same way, as a non-denominational seasonal greeting.
What You’ll Be Creating I want to show you how to create a summer-inspired illustration: a
Last up for Vectip’s Texture Week is wood grain. The steps for this technique are very similar to the previous Brushed Metal Texture tutorial. It uses the same Graphic Pen effect but stretched a little more. It also uses the Warp Tool and Twirl Tool . Also like the other texture tutorials, this technique is easy and applicable in logos, icons, interfaces or pretty much anything. Notes This tutorial was created with Illustrator CS3. Keyboard shortcuts are displayed in orange. ⌘ is displayed for the Command key (mac), with the Ctrl key being the Windows equivalent (not displayed). Rectangles Create a 5 inch by 5 inch rectangle with the Rectangle Tool (m) . An easy way to draw an…
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How to Create A Wood Grain Texture in Adobe Illustrator
It used to be a time consuming process to create a halftone pattern. First, I would open a picture in Photoshop, convert it to grayscale, apply a halftone pattern effect, open it up in illustrator, trace it, and if didn’t get messed up somewhere in the process, I would use the halftone pattern in Illustrator. In Illustrator CS3 it is quite a bit easier to create halftone patterns without leaving Illustrator. Notes This tutorial was created with Illustrator CS3. I suggest having the Raster Effects at 300 ppi. This will generate the best quality in the pattern. You can change this by going Effect > Document Raster Effects Settings…
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How to Create a Halftone Pattern in Adobe Illustrator
For a while, it seemed liked every client wanted grungy graphics. This might sound familiar, “I like it, but can we grunge it up more”. Don’t get me wrong, having some grunge can create a great deal of depth to a design or illustration, but there can be to much of a good thing. This is the technique I use because it is quick and consistent, making it easy to scum up any design or illustration. Notes This tutorial was created with Illustrator CS3. You should be alright if you have Illustrator CS2. I suggest having the Raster Effects at 300 dpi. This will generate the best quality in the effect. You can change this by going Effect > Document Raster Effects Settings and chose 300 dpi . Adding Grunge With your text selected, go Effect > Distort > Glass . In the options, use the following settings. Distortion: 15 Smoothness: 1 Texture: Blocks Scaling: 200% That’s it! You can still edit the text without loosing the effect. You can change the font, color, kerning, or whatever! Moreover, you can edit the Effect by selecting Glass in the Appearance panel. Tracing Image If you want to incorporate the text with other elements, it is a good idea to trace the image as a vector. Currently, if you place the text over an element that isn’t white, you will see white in the text instead negative space. First you will have to rasterize the image. Right now, the text is essentially vector art masking out a raster image. Both need to be rasterized before converting to vector. With the grunge text selected, go Object > Rasterize . Keep all the options the same, except change the Resolution to Use Document Raster Effects Resolution. With…
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How to Quickly Add Grunge To Text in Adobe Illustrator
Actions are a set of commands or a series of events that you can record and playback in the Actions panel. Actions are great for complex or repetitive tasks. I use the Actions all the time, especially when working with icon sets or buttons, like in the previous tutorial . If you are familiar at all with the Actions panel in Photoshop, you will have no problem with the Actions in Illustrator. Notes I am working in Adobe Illustrator CS3. I’m note sure when Actions became a feature of Illustrator. For some reason I am thinking it was CS2, but that is probably wrong. I couldn’t find the answer anywhere so if someone knows, please share. Action Panel When you open the Actions panel you will see a list of predefined Actions . Look through them, there are some useful ones. One I like is the Reflect action. To activate the action, press play. You can also set a Function key to play the Action , this comes in handy. To set the Function key, double-click on an Action…
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How to Automate Actions in Illustrator
Love the infinitely scalable? Well, you too can achieve remarkable designs by creating your own versatile brushes in Adobe Illustrator.
What You’ll Be Creating Menus play a huge part in shaping a diner’s experience, for the better or worse (we’re aiming for the former!). Whether you’re creating a menu for a restaurant, café, or pop-up, or just simply looking for a way to wow friends or family at a special dinner party, you can easily liven up the table with these simple-to-create and trendy summer menu cards. We’ll be using Adobe InDesign for this tutorial, and you won’t even need to download any images or graphics—the menu designs are based around strong, striking typography and a simple, summer-friendly color palette. Let’s begin! This shows the menu layout we’ll be creating—a two-sided, single page menu, at…
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How to Create a Tasty, Trendy Menu Card in Adobe InDesign
I’m pleased to welcome a brand new supplier of awesome resources for Access All Areas members this week. Peter from Cruzine Design has kindly donated a collection of 10 detailed vector frames in a Victorian style, available for both Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. They’re great for achieving a sophisticated vintage theme by mixing them with images or typographic designs. Peter Olexa’s Cruzine Design store is stacked full of useful resources such as templates, fonts, vectors, backgrounds and more! There’s plenty of items fans of the vintage design will enjoy, with a vast range of products helping you produce stunning effects from classical styles throughout history, including the Victorian years, the Art Deco era and beyond. Find out more about Cruzine Design Victorian Style Frames for Members Access All Areas members can now download this collection of 10 vector frames as part of their membership. Each one is available as layered PSD, Illustrator AI and vector EPS files with predefined masks to allow you to instantly place your artwork into the frame. Use them to highlight your photos or typography with an elegant border, or break the layouts apart to add the individual ornaments to your artwork. Download the source file The post 10 Victorian Style Ornamental Frames for Members appeared first on Blog.SpoonGraphics .
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