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By using the Transform effect on a single, simple polygon, you can make a sophisticated background pattern that looks like it took hours to create. It actually only takes a few steps in Adobe Illustrator – the trick is using overlapping copies and transparency. Want to see what else you can do with this effect? Check out our Photoshop tutorial on How to Create a Geometric Background Effect in Photoshop .
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Quick Tip: Create a Geometric Pattern With a Hexagon in Illustrator
So you’ve spent hours on end drawing a magnificent design in Inkscape and now you want to publish it once and for all! Thankfully, Inkscape has a ton of options to export your artwork to more friendly and compatible file types. We’ll also go over a couple of neat tricks you might not have known. 1. Exporting Bitmaps Step 1 We’ll be getting to know Export Bitmap very well ( File > Export Bitmap ). It’s pretty straightforward, but there are a ton of cool tricks in this thing. For now, let’s simply publish our artwork with pretty standard settings. Step 2 Below, you’ll see our drawing that we’re going to export. Let’s set the Export area to Page , which is the exact size of the canvas. Below that, you can see the individual coordinates for the export area corners (x0, x1, y0, y1) which just happens to be the canvas dimensions (because we have Page selected). Easy enough, right? Bitmap size refers to the final dimensions of your export area, which can of course be changed, but let’s keep this one simple. The standard dpi is 90.00 , so let’s keep that there as well. Step 3 Filename can get a bit goofy. The name is a little deceiving, because what you want in that text box is not simply the desired name of your drawing, but also the…
In this tutorial I’d like to show you some quick, simple effects you can add to normal text to give it retro feel using just the Appearance panel in Adobe Illustrator. These effects will be completely non-destructive to the text so you can edit it at any time without repercussion. 1. Set Up Your Document Create a New document in Illustrator. Any size will do just so long as you have enough space for your text. Fill the background with a nice muted blue/grey and select the Type Tool (T) and type out a word of your choosing using the following settings. We’ll be using the font ” Myriad Pro ” set to Black at a size of 100px with the Tracking set to 100 . If you don’t have “Myriad Pro” pre-installed on your system, feel free to use another thick bodied font. 2. Apply Text Effects Step 1 With your text selected visit the Appearance panel ( Window > Appearance ) and select the Add New Stroke button from the bottom and enter the following settings. Step 2 In the Appearance panel select the new stroke we just created and click the Add New Effect button (looks like “fx”) at the bottom of the panel then choose Distort & Transform > Transform then enter the following settings and OK the changes. Step 3 Create another Stroke like we did before only with the following settings and make sure it is below our previous stroke in the Appearance panel. We will be stacking a lot of elements …
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Quick Tip: Create a 3D Retro Text Effect With The Appearance Panel
The fact that Group/Ungroup and Combine/Break Apart are two sets of complete synonyms, you might not think that Inkscape would have these as separate functions. While these are pretty similar at first, I’ll show you just how different they actually are. 1. The Basics Step 1 Group/Ungroup is simply an Object operation. If you make a selection of a bunch of objects and click Object > Group , each one of those objects will group while keeping their relative size, relative position, fill, and stroke. Generally, this makes it easier to organize your more complicated drawings. Of course, Object > Ungroup will return your group to the original selection of separate objects. Step 2 Combine/Break Apart is a Path operation. A selection of similar objects as shown below will return something drastically different when using Path > Combine . This is because Combine groups the selected paths to make one entire object that inherits a single fill and stroke. Using Path > Break Apart will restore your selected objects, but you’d better …
By reader request, we take an in-depth look at the gradient features in Adobe Illustrator. Starting with the Gradient panel, then examining the Gradient Tool, you’ll learn how to create and apply gradients to strokes, objects and compound paths. The artwork used in the screencast is “ Brown Owl ” by GraphicRiver author seamartini
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Quick Tip: Using the Gradient Tool and Gradient Panel in Illustrator
As one of the most liked holidays is approaching, I will show you how to create a fun Halloween themed illustration using Adobe Illustrator. We’ll start by forming some simple vector shapes using the Pen Tool and then with the help of brush strokes to add a dash of a vintage look to it. We will focus on detailing with objects and brushed strokes. For this particular illustration I’ve gone for a boy in a cute monster costume. 1. Prepare Your Document Step 1 Make a New print document with the size of 30 x 30cm . Since it’s a vector image, you can export it according to your needs. Step 2 First, we’re going to need a sketch. I use a tablet for sketching but you can do it old school – on paper and then scan it or take a photo of the sketch and import it into Illustrator. Step 3 Then, select the sketch and Rasterize it at 72ppi . Step 4 Drop the Opacity to 40% and lock the layer ( Control-2 ). This way the sketch will be discreetly present and it won’t bother you while you trace the artwork. Step 5 Create New Layer and rename it “illustration”. 2. Begin Tracing Your Sketch Step 1 You can start the process of tracing out your image using the Pen Tool (P) . Try not to add too many anchor points, this way your lines will…
In this new quick tip you will learn how to create a spooky ghost in Adobe Illustrator. At the beginning, using simple shapes you will create the shape of the ghost then you’ll create the folded look and add details with the help of the Create Gradient Mesh option and Art brushes. Finally, for the face of the ghost you will also use simple shapes along with the Transform effect. This ghost is fun to create so let’s begin! 1. Start a New Project Launch Illustrator and go to File > New to open a blank document. Type a name and set up the dimensions then select Pixels as Units and RGB as Color Mode . Next, go to Edit > Preferences > General and set the Keyboard Increment to 1px . These settings will help you throughout the drawing process. 2. Create the Basic Shapes of the Ghost Step 1 Grab the Line Segment Tool () and draw a horizontal line having 211px in length. Go to Object > Path > Add Anchor Points two times to add extra points on the path. Having this line selected, go to Effect > Distort & Transform and apply the Zig Zag effect. You will get a wavy path. From the Object menu select Expand Appearance and Ungroup (Shift-Control-G) then select Flip Vertical from the fly-out menu of the Transform panel. At this point, using the Direct Selection Tool (A) move the anchor points a little down (except for the end points) as shown below. The green path is what you need to achieve. These are the settings that I’…
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Create a Quick and Easy Set of Spooky Ghosts in Adobe Illustrator
Scatter Brushes are a quick way to get multiple instances of the same shape into your illustration, and apply those shapes randomly. Learn how to create a Scatter Brush from a vector object in Adobe Illustrator, then paint the night sky with a swarm of bats.
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Quick Tip: Create a Bat Scatter Brush in Adobe Illustrator
Adobe has revamped the Free Transform Tool in Adobe Illustrator CC. The most notable difference is the addition of a large widget, which allows you to perform various distortions without the use of keyboard modifiers. The widget is geared toward touch devices, but if you prefer the old school finger dance, all of that functionality is still there.
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Quick Tip: New Features of the Free Transform Tool in Adobe Illustrator CC
Adobe Typekit is an online service that is free for Creative Cloud members. It makes it very easy to use web fonts and with a recent update it also allows to synchronise fonts to the desktop. We will take a closer look at this new feature in this tutorial, where we will try to find a font from Typekit to be used on a magazine cover designed in Adobe InDesign CC. Let’s get started!
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Find Out About Adobe Typekit for Creative Cloud Members