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What You’ll Be Creating In the following steps you will learn how to create a pencil pattern brush in Adobe Illustrator. For starters you will learn how to set up a simple grid and how to create the main shapes using basic tools and shapes. Next, you will learn how to save two simple patterns and how to create your own pattern brush. Finally, you will learn how to create a simple text effect with this brush. 1. Create a New Document and Set Up a Grid Hit Control-N to create a new document. Select Pixels from the Units drop-down menu, enter 600 in the width box and 400 in the height box, and then click on the Advanced button. Select RGB , Screen (72ppi) , and make sure that the Align New Objects to Pixel Grid box is unchecked before you click OK . Enable the Grid ( View > Show Grid ) and the Snap to Grid ( View > Snap to Grid ). You will need a grid every 5 px , so simply go to Edit > Preferences > Guides > Grid , and enter 5 in the Gridline every box and 1 in the Subdivisions box. Try not to get discouraged by all that grid—it will make your work easier, and keep in mind that you can easily enable or disable it using the
What You’ll Be Creating In this intermediate tutorial we’ll create a character from scratch in Adobe Illustrator CC 2014 and then make a small set of sticker designs, ready for chat, mobile, and blog use. We’ll go through the process of keeping the design consistent, creating various facial expressions, and simplifying components of the design for use throughout a set of icons. 1.
What You’ll Be Creating Water splashes are a beautiful phenomenon. The randomness of liquid physics ensures that every splash is unique. The result is a natural struggle of the fluid as an external force flings it around and gravity insists it return to a resting state. This struggle takes place in the span of a fraction of a second, and it often happens too quickly for us to be able to capture and appreciate the simple majesty of the effect. Because water splashes are so familiar, yet elusive, they make for excellent compositional elements. The image of a splash also conveys movement and mood. If you want to use them in your own designs, you probably consider purchasing stock images as your only option. This Quick Tip is here to show you that with a bit of effort, you too can create your own beautiful water splashes to use! 1. It’s All About the Light The absolute first thing to discuss is the mechanics of capturing the water splash with a DSLR. It’s more challenging than it looks. The main issue is the speed. The splash only lasts for a moment, and it will not be still. To capture it appropriately, the camera needs a very quick shutter speed . I found that anything slower than a speed of 1/1000 of a second resulted in motion blur. The image below was captured at a shutter speed of 1/800 of a second. The movement and shape of the water is beautiful, but the shutter speed isn’t quick enough to …
What You’ll Be Creating Regardless of all the crazy snow storms, yes, spring is on its way, and soon we will see the first flowers. Let’s try to recreate the beauty of spring on your art board. In this tutorial, you will learn how to create special brushes to draw flowers. Also, you’ll learn how to create a brush from a flower illustration. At the end of this tutorial, you will be a professional florist! 1. Drawing a Stalk Using a Special Brush Step 1 Open Adobe Illustrator and create a new document ( Control-N ). First, we are going to create the special brush which you will use to draw the branches. Set the fill color to black, delete the stroke color, if you see it, and hit the Ellipse Tool (L) . Draw a very long and narrow ellipse, but not too big. The size of the ellipse doesn’t matter, because later you can increase or decrease the weight of stroke. After that, hit the Direct Selection Tool (A) , select the top and bottom anchor points of this ellipse, which are …
Advertise here with BSA Here are a nice set of PhotoShop Brushes from BittBox. I’m constantly going back and forth between Illustrator and Photoshop in my projects, and I’m starting to pretty much make everything from scratch. I often have trouble finding brushes that are big enough for what I’m doing, so I just made my own. The smallest Brush in this set is 1989px! I was limited by CS2 to 2500 pixels, so that is as big as they get. The set contains 18 brushes. Download below: I write mostly about Illustrator in this blog, but the truth is, Illustrator is only the beggining. I usually start off in vector and almost every time end up in Photoshop when it’s all said and done. Combining the vector shapes I create with…
Free Hi-Res Watercolor Photoshop Brushes
Are you new to digital painting? Today we’re going to go over basic features in Adobe Photoshop’s Brush panel to introduce you to this incredible medium. Learn the essentials before becoming a master, or use these tips to refresh your memory. Meet… Your Brush Panel Let’s name it, “Jack”.
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What You’ll Be Creating Water is a complicated structure. It is transparent, and despite it being so clear, we can see it somehow. And even in its most “normal” state, liquid, water has many forms, so different from each other. Although water looks so simple—and is simple in its construction—you can’t learn how to paint it once and for all. It’s because you don’t really paint water, but the effect it has on the world seen through it. In this tutorial I’ll show you how to manage the most popular forms of frozen water: icicles, falling and lying snow, frost, ice, and hail. We’re going to use a whole range of Photoshop tools to make the process of creation fast and easily repeatable. Layer Styles, custom brushes, Blending Modes, Filters, Patterns, and the Mixer Brush Tool will all feature. Even if you’re not interested in frozen water, check it out just to see how creatively these tools can be used to give you the effect you want. 1. Paint an Icicle Step 1 Get yourself a nice background, like this . Transparent things can’t exist without a background! Create a New Layer and use the Lasso Tool (L) to draw the outline of an icicle. You can easily do it with a mouse, because it should be a bit rugged anyway. Step 2 Fill the selection with any color using the Paint Bucket Tool (G) . Step 3 Duplicate ( Control-J ) the background and put it over the icicle. Clip it with the Clipping Mask ( Control-Alt-G ). Step 4 Click the original background layer and apply Gaussian Blur ( Filter > Gaussian Blur ) to it to separate the background from the icicle. Step 5 Click the copied background and use the Free Transform Tool ( Control…
I recently received an email from a reader who asked for advice on how to create ropes and knots in Illustrator, which are particularly common with nautical themed designs . A custom Illustrator brush immediately sprung to mind, so I played around and perfected a technique that can be used to make any path look like a twisted, knotted and entangled length of rope. Follow this step by step tutorial to create a knotted length of rope using brushes in Illustrator. We’ll learn how to build a custom pattern brush, then overcome some problems that prevent the rope from weaving under and over itself. We’ll then take things a step further and use the very same technique to create some cool typographic art. Let’s begin by creating the basic pattern that will form our rope. Open Adobe Illustrator and draw an ellipse on the artboard. Turn on Smart Guides (CMD+U), then ALT+Drag a duplicate of the shape and align it perfectly next to the original. Use the Smart Guide indicator to snap the corner of a rectangle to the upper left portion of the first ellipse. Enlarge the rectangle to snap to the lower right path of the second ellipse. Use the Scissors tool to snip the path of the two circles where the rectangle intersects in these two places. Select and …
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How To Create Ropes & Knots with Illustrator Brushes
What You’ll Be Creating Pet portraits are are great way to add a creative flair to a snapshot of your beloved fur-covered companion. Crafting a hand-painted portrait may seem intimidating and the type of project only an accomplished artist should attempt. But Photoshop’s smudge brush makes the process so easy that even a beginner can achieve stunning results. In this tutorial I will walk you through the process of touching up a photo to be fit for a pet portrait, and then show you how to use transform it into a hand-painted masterpiece. It’s easy and it’s fun!