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What You’ll Be Creating In this tutorial we’ll go through the process of drawing a simple autumn scene with a cartoon-style hunting dog. We’ll be using the versatile drawing tools of Adobe Illustrator and custom artistic brushes to create a subtle textured effect on the fur of our spaniel, making it look more interesting and realistic. Let’s get started! 1. Draw the Basic Parts of the Dog Step 1 Let’s start from the head of our dog by making an
The flat style has been immensely popular in the web design scene, but it’s also a fun illustration style that results in cool abstract artwork which is perfect for infographics, icons or even branding. In today’s tutorial I’ll show you how to create a vector space scene and planet in Adobe Illustrator, using its powerful shape building tools to easily create the trendy effects used by Illustrators. The artwork we’ll be creating in this tutorial features a simple space scene with planets, stars and a moon all illustrated in a flat style with bright colours. The rounded lines that produce the basic shading on the planets is a really popular effect used by Illustrators who have adopted this stylised flat vector look. Begin by creating a new document in Adobe Illustrator. Draw a rectangle to cover the entire artboard to produce a background for the design. Give this rectangle a dark blue fill (#1e1e3a) by double clicking the fill box at the bottom of the toolbar. Draw a long thin rectangle elsewhere on the artboard. Turn on Smart Guides (View > Smart Guides), then hold ALT and Shift while dragging a duplicate of the rectangle until it butts up next to the original. The Smart Guides make it easy to snap the shape exactly into place. Press and …
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How To Create a Flat Style Vector Planet in Illustrator
I’ve gotten a lot of responses to this post about how I made the intricate designs in those headers. Swirls, and swooshes, or whatever you want to call them, are pretty hard to come by as a freebie (except here on BittBox), and they are even more rare in vector format. Part of the reason is that most people, even avid Illustrator users, don’t realize how easy it is to create these shapes. All it takes is a few simple, yet not highly utilized Illustrator tips. This tutorial will show you how to create your own curlies, and swooshes easily, in Illustrator. It’s not nearly as difficult as you might think. . . And to answer all of your questions: Yes I made all of those designs on …
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
What You’ll Be Creating If you live in the Northern Hemisphere, it’s coming towards summer! In celebration of the hopefully milder, warmer weather, I’m going to show you how to create a portrait from a stock image, using summer colours, in Adobe Illustrator. This is an advanced tutorial, so previous portrait/vector knowledge is assumed. If you’re needing help with creating vector portraits, why not check out my many Tuts+ Courses or consider using Tuts+ Experts for one-on-one tutoring.
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.
What You’ll Be Creating For starters you will learn how to set up a simple grid and how to create the set of shapes that will make up a first pattern brush. You’ll learn how to easily create pixel perfect shapes and how to save patterns. Using this first brush, the Shape Builder Tool and some basic effects, you will learn how to create the actual straw pattern brush. Finally, you will learn how to easily recolor your brush and how to create a neat text effect. 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 620 in the height box, and then click 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 (…
What You’ll Be Creating In this tutorial we’ll transform circles and polygons into a brightly colored field of flower designs with CorelDRAW’s Distort Tool. Create simple daisies and leaves perfect for a seamless pattern as a sweet reminder of springtime, no matter the time of year. Additionally, you’ll layer custom patterns and shape styles to bring complexity into the final design. 1.
Create a Rainbow Spectrum Ribbon Effect in Illustrator – Use Lines & Blends for Abstract Light Shapes I love this video here on Youtube for making this ribbon effect: http://youtu.be/Uvr1Tr7gONA…
What You’ll Be Creating In this tutorial you’ll get a full introduction to creating and manipulating Perfect Shapes, the pre-made shape tools that are perfect for creating various infographics and other designs in CorelDRAW. Additionally, I’ll introduce you to the Drop Shadow Tool, which not only adds drop shadows to objects, but also allows you complete control over the shadow’s shape, range, and intensity. 1.