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I like illustrating characters, icons, and other highly representative illustrations. I do this kind of work the majority of time in Illustrator, so it’s nice to break out and create my own abstract background vector. Abstract backgrounds are easy to create in Illustrator with a couple of simple techniques. Using Gradient Meshes, Steps Blends and Opacity Masks you can quickly create an abstract background. Notes: 4 Ways to an Abstract Background Vector 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). Abstract Background Vector with Gradient Meshes This is the technique that I find to produce the quickest results but has great potential for exploration. First, draw a rectangle with the Rectangle Tool (m) . I start with a deep violet for the color, but use any color you like. Next, go Object > Create Gradient Mesh to bring up the Gradient Mesh dialog. In the dialog, change Rows to 10 and Columns to 1 . Press Ok , and now the rectangle has ten rows separated by 11 Mesh Points on the left and right side of the rectangle. With the Direct Selection Tool (a) you can grab and drag these Mesh Points . Start with the second Mesh Point from the top left. Hold shift, and drag the point …
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Four Quick Ways To Create Your Own Abstract Background Vector!
Create something on the sweet side with custom brushes and the Rotate Tool in Adobe Illustrator CC. We’ll speed up the process of illustrating a decadent cake vector with a couple useful techniques, ready for a plethora of designs.
What You’ll Be Creating Alternative movie posters are having a moment in the graphic design world. Designers and fans are creating their own quirky posters to advertise their favorite cult and indie movies. In this beginners tutorial we’ll be creating a fan-art poster for indie favorite ‘Like Crazy’, and look at how you can bring an authentic fan-art style to your own poster designs. We’ll be using Adobe InDesign, and also dipping into Adobe Illustrator to create and edit graphics. What exactly is an ‘alternative’ movie poster? Graphic designers and illustrators give a unique spin on the studio-approved artwork (and sometimes overtake the original poster in popularity and recognition), highlighting the key themes of a movie and showcasing them in on-trend matte colors and striking graphics. Take a look at the work of celebrated alternative poster designers like Brandon Schaefer
Every smartphone has built in map software, and designers are sure to need GPS map vector icons. So, In this beginner/intermediate Illustrator tutorial, I will show you how to create a stylized GPS icon using simple shapes and gradients. Using these basic techniques, you can easily create other icons, logos, and illustrations.
Give dimensional text this fun twist by rendering outlined text into a 3D see through text effect. Perfect for poster designs, greeting cards, and more! Add gradients to really make your design pop out from the page in under 30 minutes flat.
Want to create a sleek and modern metal icon suite? Need a brushed metal texture vector background? With this brushed metal texture vector tutorial you’ll be able to learn this super useful technique in just minutes. This brushed metal technique utilizes Illustrator’s Effects and is pretty simplistic when you break it down – easy to replicate numerous times. You can use the brushed metal texture in almost anything, but I find myself using it in icons, logos, and interfaces. Notes: Brushed Metal Texture Vector This brushed metal texture vector 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). Brushed Metal Texture Vector Let’s kick this heavy metal kick off by creating a 5 inch by 5 inch rectangle with the Rectangle Tool (m) . An easy way to draw an exact rectangle is to click on the artboard with the Rectangle Tool (m) to bring up the Rectangle dialog to enter dimensions. Gradient Next for this brushed metal texture vector comes the gradient. Create a Linear Gradient (> ) from the Gradient Panel and take off the stroke. Adjust the gradient with the Gradient Tool (g) by clicking and dragging from the top of the rectangle to the bottom. In the Gradient Panel grab the left swatch and drag it to …
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Heavy Metal Design: Brushed Metal Texture Vector Tutorial
What You’ll Be Creating In this tutorial you will learn how to use the Apophysis fractal program to create a Grand Julian style fractal from scratch. The Grand Julian style gets its name from the Julia set formula credited to the French mathematician Gaston Julia. Julian is a corruption of his last name with the addition of the “n” to stand for the numeric variable being applied to the formula. At the end of this tutorial you’ll be able to create a fractal similar to this one. 1. Setting Up the Base Step 1 After opening Apophysis, click the Gradient button in the main toolbar to open up the Gradient Adjustment window. We will now be selecting a color palette with which to work. You may wish to adjust this later but for now we want something that will allow us to see the contrast between the various transforms we will be adding. I have chosen 076_gris.landscape as my gradient. If you would like to follow along exactly with me, please do the same. In addition to this, change the Rotate setting to -14 . This setting simply moves through the gradient to choose a new starting point. We’ve done this since the beginning color of the gradient is rather dark and thus makes the entire base dark and difficult to see. Step 2 Close the Adjustments window and open the Editor from the main toolbar. We first need to clear out the random fractal that was generated and start with a clean canvas. Click New Flame in the top left-hand corner to reset the fractal to a blank state. Step 3 We now have a transform with Linear …
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Fractal Art: How to Create Grand Julians in Apophysis
Give your text that total knockout effect! Learn how to transform lettering into a fantastic dimensional effect with this knocked over vector text tutorial. Great for text art and print media.
It’s almost Valentine’s Day! Rather than getting your loved one the same old cheap gifts you get every year, why not create a chocolate covered strawberry vector for them? You can easily apply this chocolate covered strawberry vector to your own greeting card, t-shirt, or anything else you can think of. Moreover, you can apply this tutorial to other illustrations and logos. Final Image: Chocolate Covered Strawberry Vector Below is the final chocolate covered strawberry vector we will working towards. Tutorial Detail: Chocolate Covered Strawberry Vector Program: Adobe Illustrator CS4 Difficulty: Intermediate Topics Covered: Ellipse tool, Pencil tool, Pathfinder panel, Gradient panel, Custom Art Brush Estimated Completion Time: 20-30 minutes Step 1 For the first step of this chocolate covered strawberry vector, create a new document and create an ellipse with the Ellipse tool (L). Step 2 With the Direct Selection tool (A), grab the bottom anchor point, hold down the Shift key (to constrain the movements), and drag it down about one quarter of the original size of the ellipse. Step 3 With the Direct Selection tool (A), grab the top anchor point, hold down the Shift key, and drag it down about one eight the original size of the ellipse. Step 4 Fill the new shape with a radial gradient from the Gradient panel. Change the first color stop in the gradient to red and the second color stop to a darker red. Step 5 With the Gradient tool (G) adjust the radial gradient so the lightest part of the gradient is at the top of the chocolate covered strawberry vector shape. Step 6 Create a small elongated ellipse toward to top center of the berry shape. Fill the ellipse with a…
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Valentine’s Day Sweets! Chocolate Covered Strawberry Vector