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What You’ll Be Creating In this tutorial you will learn how to create a classic pin-up with a traditional tattoo art finish. Using ink liners, watercolour paints and water-based markers, we will create a bold, stylised portrait focusing on strong lines, exaggerated features and solid colour. As this is not a classic realistic portrait, it allows you as an artist to be innovative and have fun with the design.
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
Look at the best sellers on the big font shops and you’ll see the same names sitting proudly in top spot. Proxima Nova, DIN, Futura and Brandon Grotesque in particular are extremely sought after typefaces that are commonly used in web design, branding and print. It can be pretty expensive to acquire these fonts, which means it’s often beyond the budget of most designers. Thankfully there’s some free typefaces we can rely on that actually match up fairly well. In today’s post I round up 10 of the most popular fonts and give my recommendations of the closest alternatives that can be used with Google Fonts or downloaded for free. Proxima Nova vs Montserrat Since its release just 10 years ago Proxima Nova has pushed aside all the classics and claimed top spot in the best sellers lists. For those of use who aren’t lucky enough to have Proxima Nova (or the similarly cool Gotham font), Monterserrat is a beatiful pseudo geometric typeface with very similar characteristics. These fonts look great in uppercase with wide tracking. Futura vs Josefin Sans Futura is everyone’s favourite geometric typeface with those iconic sharp corners. If you’re in need of a free alternative, look no further than Josefin Sans . Also being a pure geometric font means the letters that are made from basic shapes are almost identical, but Josefin does have some unusual characters that break the match. Thankfully most of those characters are lowercase and this style of typeface always looks much nicer in all caps! FF DIN vs Roboto Roboto is the best contender to the ever …
The Best Free Alternatives to the Most Popular Fonts
What You’ll Be Creating In the previous parts of the series we learned how to tame the pencil and mastered hand-eye coordination . I hope I gave you enough time to practice these lessons! Today I’ll present you with a series of exercises that are a continuation of the topic, and for some of you it may just be the start of “true drawing”—creating things instead of redrawing them. I’ve explained the philosophy and mechanism of drawing from imagination in this article , so here we’ll go straight to the meat. Before starting the lesson, make sure you have read the article and practiced the previous exercises long enough! What There Is to Learn Let’s define our goal before starting the exercises. Please read the comment I got under the Stage 2 tutorial: I cannot draw , I really can’t but this exercises are easy for me. I can draw 10 lines of same length and some dots in equal distance and can’t imagine someone who may find them hard. This is very interesting, isn’t it? He can’t draw, but actually he can. The problem here is about definition. We’ve already divided the skill of drawing into four stages, here presented in a simplified way: Drawing—making marks Drawing—controlling the marks Drawing—creating marks resembling real things Drawing—creating marks resembling real things in an unreal way They’re all about being able to draw, but each of them is based on a completely different set of skills. Two people saying “I can’t draw” may have two different things in mind, and they also may need different exercises to overcome their problems. The first two stages are technical ones. They’re not about imagination or creativity, …
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How to Learn to Draw: Stage 3, Visual Database
What You’ll Be Creating The latest Photoshop update comes with a couple of pretty awesome new layer style features, such as multiple layer style instances and stroke overprint. This tutorial will show you how to use those features to create a one-layer-only, retro text effect. Let’s get started! Tutorial Assets The following assets were used during the production of this tutorial: Intro Inline Regular
What You’ll Be Creating Looking for a nice little gift? This tutorial will show you how to use a bunch of layer style, textures, and shapes, to create a bright, colorful pendant text effect. Let’s get started! Tutorial Assets The following assets were used during the production of this tutorial. Sedona Script FLF
Looking through some of my past work, I noticed I used the font Myriad a lot. At first I wondered why, then I came to the realization, it might be because Myriad is the default font in Illustrator. After that, I changed my default font for new documents. It is really easy to do, so read on to find out how. Step 1 Chose File > Open and navigate to the folder Username/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Adobe Illustrator CS4/New Document Profiles (Mac) or Documents and Settings/User/Application Data/Adobe/Adobe Illustrator CS4 Settings/New Document Profiles (Windows). Here, you can open one of the default document profiles you want to change the default font of (Basic CMYK, Basic RGB, Mobile and Devices, Print, Video and Film, or Web). Step 2 For this step you will have to open the Character Styles panel by choosing Window > Type > Character Styles. Select the Normal Character Style in the Character Styles panel, choose Basic Character Formats from the panel menu, choose the desired font from the Font Family menu, and press
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Change Default Fonts for New Documents
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.
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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10 Victorian Style Ornamental Frames for Members
What You’ll Be Creating In today’s tutorial we’ll be drawing a delicate and expressive female portrait with hair decorations, such as flowers and a feather. The theme of this drawing is natural beauty and stylization for Renaissance art. We’ll be using ink liners and watercolor pencils. What You Will Need White paper (any kind you are comfortable with) Lead pencil for creating the sketch (I recommend HB type) Eraser (for any excess pencil lines) Ink liners (I’ll be working with 0.1 mm, 0.2 mm, 0.3 mm, 0.5 mm and 0.8 mm line width types) Pencils (I use three colors: lilac, blue and pink, but you can add more tints) Undertaking a historical study of the Renaissance period