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There’s a lot to learn when first making icons in Photoshop. The Pen tool is a necessity but it comes with so many alternative tools and techniques that it can take months to really understand. I wrote a brief guide to the PS pen tool as an introduction but never went into pragmatic detail. For this guide I want to cover how to trace existing icons using the Photoshop pen tool. This allows you to create vector shapes without worrying about the actual creative process. It’s 100% technical where you learn how to manipulate a path with certain curves and connections. 1. Find an Icon Base The first step is to locate an icon that you can trace. For this demo I’ll be tracing one of the Apple iOS 8 line icons for simplicity. Many apps have a user icon with a silhouette of a person’s head & shoulders. This is what I’ll be recreating in this tutorial but you can apply these techniques with anything. After searching in Dribbble I found this free set of iOS tab bar icons. The whole set is free to download as an AI file but we want the vector path to be…
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How To Recreate Icons using Photoshop Paths
What You’ll Be Creating Hello there fellow readers! In today’s tutorial you will learn how to create a San Fran inspired house using some of Adobe Illustrator’s basic tools such as the Rectangle Tool , the Rounded Rectangle Tool , and the Pen Tool . We will see why using layers can improve the speed and precision of our workflow, but most importantly how simple geometric shapes can create detailed artwork in a matter of moments. That being said, let’s power up Illustrator and start building. 1. Setting Up Our Document The first thing I always do when I start working on a new project is to make sure that my document is set up properly. That being said, let’s create a New Document (File > New or Control…
Since all Illustrator objects are vectors it’s much easier to create dynamic effects from basic shapes. Gradients can be applied onto a single shape or they can be created by blending multiple shapes together. I’ll demonstrate the latter technique using a little trick known as the Blend Tool. It’s actually very simple once you learn how to tweak settings and get the gradients working as you intend. 1. Drawing Shapes To get started open Illustrator and create a new blank document of any size. Now draw a shape like a square or circle, or even something more detailed like a polygon. Change the fill color to something other than white so you can see it. You should also remove the stroke from the shape so it just has a solid color. Now draw another shape within this current shape – it can either be larger or smaller. If larger then you’ll need to find the other shape and right-click Arrange > Bring to Front. Now we can move the smaller shape towards the center of the larger shape and blend the colors together. Select the Blend tool from the tools panel by clicking the icon or hitting the keyboard shortcut W. 2. Blurring the Shapes If you want to create a blur effect manually just click within the 2 shapes to create a blurred border. You can add points to the blur effect for manipulation or manual editing. The alternative would be in the menu bar under Object > Blend > Make. Both techniques perform the exact same thing while keeping the two shapes separate. If you…
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Easy Color Transitions with Illustrator’s Blend Tool
The Pen Tool is iconic to vector creation and is often used as a symbol to represent vector elements or programs. However, it is notoriously difficult to master and can become a learning block for those wishing to get into vector. This is probably why our comprehensive guide to the Pen Tool is one of our top vector tutorials! The Pen Tool has many functions, but it’s specifically using the handle bar function which provides a road block for people. When I was first starting out, it’s what held me back too.
What You’ll Be Creating This tutorial was originally published in February 2011 as a Tuts+ Premium tutorial. It is now available free to view. Although this tutorial does not use the latest version of Adobe Illustrator, its techniques and process are still relevant.
CorelDRAW Graphics Suite’s toolbox and dockers are jam-packed with useful tools, options, and settings that may be new to you or as familiar as the back of your hand. This A to Z list breaks down most of the program’s tools, dockers, and functions with links to relevant tutorials showing you what fantastic things CorelDRAW can do. You can check out CorelDRAW X7 for a free 30 day trial to get you started with the program. A Align and Distribute:
There’s a couple of methods for creating complex circular patterns in Adobe Illustrator. One technique uses pattern brushes, but it involves designing multiple patterns that seamlessly repeat, which can be a difficult task in itself. Alternatively, you can make use of Illustrator’s symbol feature to create a pseudo kaleidoscope effect where a segment of your design is duplicated around a centre point to form a mirrored effect. Follow my step by step Illustrator tutorial to learn how to create a vector mandala pattern of your own. You’ll be surprised at how quickly you can build extremely detailed circular patterns with this process. This is the kind …
I love simple and sleek beveled icon vectors. I love them even more when they’re easy to make, and completely versatile as a foundation for a ton of other icons and design ideas. With a little practice, you can probably whip out some really beautiful icons in under a few minutes!
What You’ll Be Creating In this tutorial we’re going to take a cute character from starting sketch to finished product using Adobe Illustrator. We’ll be focusing on how to achieve an efficient workflow and how to use the Eraser Tool in a creative way, as well as creating unique brushes and giving our finished design a handmade, distressed effect.