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What You’ll Be Creating Scots around the world will be celebrating the birthday of the Scottish poet Robert Burns tomorrow. But how much do you really know about Robert Burns? Create a quirky thistle infographic in this simple tutorial for beginners to Adobe InDesign, and fill it with facts about The Bard! In this tutorial we’ll look at how easy it is to create simple graphics from scratch using the tools available in InDesign. We’ll explore how you can create a high-impact infographic with a single strong idea, and how well-chosen fonts, textures and colors can give your design a…
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Create a Thistle Infographic
to Celebrate Burns Night in Adobe InDesign
What You’ll Be Creating In this tutorial you will learn how to make a detailed seamless pattern without using a graphic tablet. Arm yourself with your paper sketchbook and a pen or an ink liner to create a set of elements for your seamless pattern. Then we’ll go through the process of turning our image into vector shapes, coloring them in Adobe Illustrator, and combining them into a colorful and whimsical pattern. Let’s get started! 1. Turn Your Doodle Into Vector With the Image Trace Function Step 1 To start with, you need a doodle with a set of elements, which we’ll combine into a pattern. You can use my image below, or create your own with a pen or ink or whatever medium you prefer. If you’ve created your own, scan it carefully or take a photo, increasing the contrast and brightness in order to make the lines darker and the background clean and white. In this tutorial we’ll stick to a tea party topic and use such elements as teacups, teapots, muffins, berries, and all sorts of sweet things. Step 2 As soon as you prepare your sketch, head to Adobe Illustrator , create a …
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Create a Tea Party Seamless Pattern From a Sketch in Adobe Illustrator
Let’s cap off this week with a great tutorial on how to create a detailed bottle cap vector in Adobe Illustrator. For starters you will learn how to setup a simple grid and how to create the main shapes using basic tools and effect along with some neat stroke tricks. Using basic blending and vector shape building techniques along with the Appearance panel you will learn how to add color, shading and highlights for your main shapes. Finally, you will learn how to easily recolor your bottle cap vector. Tutorial Details: Bottle Cap Vector Program: Adobe Illustrator CC Difficulty: Beginner-Intermediate Topics Covered: Basic Tools and Effects, Transform techniques and the Appearance panel Estimated Completion Time: 45 minutes Final Image: Bottle Cap Vector As always, this is the final bottle cap vector that we’ll be creating: (I added the classic Coke logo to show how you can customize these bottle cap vectors to any project.) Step 1 To begin with our bottle cap vector tutorial, hit Control + N to create a new document. Select Pixels from the Units…
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Cap Off Your Designs with a Customized Bottle Cap Vector!
I have been asked many times how I create some of the glossy button vectors I sell on iStock . Although there are other glossy button vector tutorials out there, this one shows you how to create these buttons without blends and transparencies, and an added bonus – in only four short steps! It is a relatively simply technique that can be applied to many different elements other than buttons. Moreover, using this shiny effect will create a cleaner, more accessible, and consistent file. Notes: Glossy Button Vector Tutorial This glossy button vector tutorial was created in Adobe Illustrator CS3. Most, if not all, functions should be available in Illustrator 10 and up. Functions specific to Illustrator CS3 will be noted. Keyboard shortcuts are displayed in orange. ⌘ is displayed for the Command key (mac), with the Ctrl key being the Windows equivalent (not displayed). Step 1: Glossy Button Vector To begin with out glossy button vector tutorial, create a new document in CMYK color mode (color mode can be changed later). Using the Rectangle Tool (m) , create a rectangle the size of the button you want. If you want, you can round the corners by going Filters > Stylize > Round Corners and pick an appropriate measurement. I used .125″. Step 2 For this step you are going to create the shimmer of the glossy button vector. Take the Rectangle Tool (m) and drawn a rectangle half way down the button shape. Make the new box slightly extend past the button shape to the left, right, and bottom. You are going to want the shimmer shape to be roughly in the middle of the button. Copy (⌘c) the button shape and Paste in Front (⌘f) . Select the shimmer shape,one copy of the button …
What You’ll Be Creating Today let’s attack the wonderful topic of game background creating! While there are a multitude of game types and platforms, a good, immersive setting that creates just the right atmosphere is a very important part of any game. Let’s dive right into it! 1. First, a Wild Sketch Appeared! Before anything else, as a general rule you must have a basic concept of what you’d like to obtain. A vision. Allow yourself some time to flesh the idea out, testing out different shapes, colors, light sources and focus points. Don’t rush—make sure that deep in your heart you feel that sketch is the one . Once you’ve got that part down, the rest is a piece of cake. Here is the sketch we are going to start from today: 2.
What You’ll Be Creating Pre-Tutorial Reading Before we dive too deep into the tutorial, I want to provide you with some information to help you understand not only brush-lettering construction, but also its origin and some other details. Also, this tutorial relies heavily on previous learned techniques in my Script-Lettering tutorial . Just about every technique explained in that previous class will be used throughout this tutorial. To begin, there are a wide variety of ways one can create some brush-lettering. It all depends on the style, tools used, letterforms being created, etc. The word ” Brush-lettering ” is fairly broad and that literally means, ” lettering created with a brush “. With that said, Roman Capitals, other serif letterforms, and even sans-serif letterform can all be formed with a brush. So, technically, they can all be considered brush-lettering. Brush-lettering dates back centuries to when the Romans and Greeks were forming their letterforms. But, back then, I’m sure it was just called “writing” or “handwriting” and not necessarily brush-lettering. Brush letterforms ( specifically brush script ) became widely popular in the 1800s and early 1900s when sign-painting was needed for nearly all advertising needs, storefronts, etc. It was widely used because of its speed and functionality. Why was brush script so fast compared to other letterforms? Generally (depending on the sign-painter), …
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Hand Lettering: Mastering Brush-Script
What You’ll Be Creating In this tutorial I’m going to show you how to create your own cartoon-like Elemental Sword that might come in handy in future projects. The tutorial will mostly rely on the use of the Pen Tool and some other easy functions that Adobe Illustrator has to offer. So let’s get started! 1.
Everyone is in for such a treat today as I interview Shane Koehler, nature illustrator extraordinaire. His work, mostly watercolor-based, explores nature’s inspirational beauty and strength, inviting viewers to experience his view of the world around us. Read on to learn all about the self-taught painter and his environmental messages through his artwork. Hey Shane! Thank you so much for the interview. Let’s start at the beginning: What got you into fine arts? My family has always fostered creative thinking, and as kids, my two sisters and I were always coloring, which turned into following the drawing lessons from the PBS art show “Imagination Station”. In school we were encouraged to enter art shows and to practice as much as we could. Who or what are your main sources of inspiration? Honestly my greatest inspiration has always been my older sister and her natural artistic abilities and sense about art. Through observing her I began to understand how to think more as an artist. More recently, my twin sister’s background in sustainable design has helped me think as a designer and has led to better compositions within my paintings. My over-arching inspiration is nature, and I strive to inspire and educate about conservation and the importance of nature in every …
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To the Point: Interview With Shane Koehler
Last month we asked you to take us on your own personal art journey. Today we bring you part one of the results for our Tuts+ Past and Present Community Project. Community Project: Your First Creations What was your first digital art creation? Do you still have it? Well, we want to see it! There’s a lot that you can learn from looking through your old work. And more importantly, taking the time to step back and appreciate your own journey is a fundamental part in becoming a better artist. Deadline Extended to January 27th, 2015 We’re still accepting entries! To give you some more time rummaging through your old pieces, we’ve decided to extend the deadline. We would love to get to know more about your journey, so submit your comparisons to get featured in January! And if you don’t have you very first piece, no worries, anything from your past work is more than welcome for this showcase. Here’s a Look at Your First Creations! Take a look at the past and present comparisons from these five incredibly talented readers. Learn more about their journey, and show them some love in the comment section! Alan Rodrigues I’m a self-taught artist. I’m not from the U.S. but my dream is to become skilled enough to work in a studio related to art, painting, concept art, or even gaming. I know I have much to learn but I am confident that, given the chance, I would succeed. I’m a lawyer here and as such I still struggle just to survive, so that’s why I’m not practicing much. I …
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Community Project: Your First Creations—Part One