Creating backgrounds which are effective is an essential part of the process of creating good designs .Here we will create a background which you can use for multiple projects in the end , ie background for presentations , for websites or simply an ad. This is a simple tutorial showing step by step how to create one using tools such as Pen tool , brushes and a simple Arc Effect.

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Step 1

Creating background

Start off by creating a simple gradient background Here is the Theme of colours we will follow

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It is always a good idea to have it clear in your mind what theme you are going to follow . I use often use colourlovers.com to help me in this process.

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Step 2

Drawing Bleded lines

Using the pen tool draw two white stroke Lines having no fill.

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Go to Object> Blend> Blend options

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Adjust your blending options to some specified steps , something like this.

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Hit Alt+Ctrl+B ie Object>Blend>Make

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Create in the same way two more lines using Pen Tool (P) and using Object> Blend > make

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Since your lines are all placed up now will be a good idea to play around with the nodes ( click on the End of start of your original line) adjust handle and stroke to get a better effect and curve in the lines. Here is my final result which i am happy with

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Step 3

Elements Build up

Now we need to bring some elements into it . I brought This worldmap from my library and pasted it on the workboard

Right Click > Arrange> Bring to Front

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Using a colour coinciding with the theme of your work colour the map accordingly

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Step 4

Using Effects

I will use some effect to modify this map a bit

Go to Effects> ARC

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Apply the effects you will get something like this

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Step 5

Creating Arrows using Brushes

create some more random lines using the pen tool

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open up your brush pallete Window> Brush Libraries > Arrows Standard

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Select all your random lines and pick out an arrow brush and apply

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Select each line one by one adjust stroke and width until you are satisfied with the outcome go to object>Expand your lines and drop a gradient shade to it , here i picked up from my colour pallete white and grey.

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Step 6

Refining and Balancing

I am not too happy with the background at this point so i will add up a few more shapes .

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And more

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fill them up with the same gradient colour lighter than your background’s adjust transparencies until you are satisfied with the final outcome!

Here is the result.

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Download Resource file for this tutorial here

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(This post was originally written for Aiburn )

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