[private]This tutorial was originally written for Premium members , and have stayed in the private collection for too long , it is time to get this story a little attention 🙂 so i am reposting this tutorial for regular readers. Hope you like it.
In this tutorial i will show you how to set up an illustrator document for working in illustrator to work better in flash. I will also tell you how to create an animation IN illustrator FOR flash. And export animated swf files from illustrator . Source file is available for download at the end of the tutorial. (more…)
[private]Recently i worked upon creating a splash page for Vector pics website
I created this tutorial which will walk you through the making of this page , illustration was first sketched , i will admit that the final image changed considerably from the initial sketches but below you will find some step by step making of the splash page with little description and the details of the tools involved.
Starting with just the basic shapes squares and rectangles i followed up my initial sketches to lay down the structure of the house nothing fancy just squares and rectangles.
Selecting nodes started distorting the shapes and forms.
Two shapes united to make further shapes
Round up the corners of the stroke for a better formation
Some details added to the windows
Using my most handy tools vector brushes for strokes.
Added some basic patterns to shapes , here i created a copy of the shape broght it forward and filled it up with the basic graphics dots swatch.
Finished creating one window and copied and placed it on other locations as well.
The brick wall detail was creating using Drawing brush strokes of different widths.
Randomly placed grouped copies of the bricks.
Time to color , i planned out the colors i would like to use .
ILLUSTRATOR TIP: Keep small shapes filled with your pallet on your work area easier to pick and fill with eye dropper tool. if you are lazy like me in creating swatches everytime 😉
Further coloring and shadows creation , i simply created duplicates of the shapes and placed them in a lower layer , with a darker color and reduced the transparency.
Place Shadows against your imaginary source of light to give life to the object.
Further details added a knob to the door , copies of circular shape in different shapes.
Development of shadows and light continues
Since i plan to place this house against a light blue background i placed an oval shape behind just to get the whole feel of the direction color harmony is going to . ( Knowing background will be developed in photoshop)
We’re in photoshop now! copied and placed a little grass layer with copies of one symbol.
Added some cloud shapes . some text and extras like the little bird on the tree.
[private]Here is the preview of one of my flash animations which is well received through ActiveDen click the image below to see it in action
And since this was created such long ago i no longer have the source file of this in my system , the vector version 🙁 . Anyway i just wrote down this tutorial while i redrew it for another project that came across.
At the end of the tutorial you can download the source file as well .
lets move to some simple steps using pathfinder and offset path to create the weather icon of clouds pouring big drops of rain.
Draw a bunch of circles
Use pathfinder to unite all the shapes in one , and if you miss some place in the middle which didnt add up to the final shape just use direct selection tool (A) to select and delete them.
Give it a nice blue stroke with rounded Cap.
Next Expand the stroke
Object > Expand
Right click the shape and ungroup the whole thing
Now i will use offset path to create a similar smaller shape in the middle.
Object>Path>Offset Path keep the offset in negative to give you an inner shape.
Select the inner shape that you just created and give it a gradient fill.
Now we have another filled area which HAD a stroke of blue behind it (as expanded in step 4) , select that and ungroup
Select the white fill and using eye dropper tool give it a gradient as well.
Select the two gradient filled cloud shape bring them forward
Right click > arrange > bring to front
Move the two shapes towards left a bit , just to give the blue outline some character and life. you will also noticed that i i changed the blue stroke tone here a bit.
Just to add a little bit of interest in the cloud shape i created an eclipse shape using two circle and then again pathfinder to minus the front.
Arrange this shape on the cloud somewhere anywhere you like to achieve something like this…
Notice here i started to build up the final look , so i added a blue background to the cloud shape just to see things clearly on how they will look on my final project . Give the shape a bit of drop shadow.
Create a copy Scale and arrange .
I drew a small circle and selected the top node with direct selection tool (A) and just pulled it upward a bit and then adjusted its handles to create a drop of water . This drop has the same gradient fill and same shadow effect.
We are done!
Here is what i came up with
Click on the link below to download the source CS file.
[private]This tutorial will take you through creating a custom Font while understanding the dynamics of Blend Tool .
*By definition, a blend is the result of two or more items that are combined. In Adobe® Illustrator®, a blend is a set of at least two objects that morph into each other. In an example where you are blending two objects, Illustrator generates new shapes that appear between the two objects, making it seem like one of the objects is turning into the other. The iterations that are created between the two main objects (also referred to as key objects) are called steps
I get questions through email time after time , which i mostly answer through email . I thought it is a better idea to answer these through Aivault post! So today’s questions is How to tilt a pattern fill? Answer is very easy. …
give your shape a fill which is as easy as clicking on the shape then choosing a swatch pattern to fill it up.
Select the rotate tool in the toolbar and double click it a tool window will open which will give you few options.
You must deselect “Object” (if that is not what you want and only want to scale the pattern fill) enter the angle value and hit ok .
Hit ok and the pattern fill is tilted to your desired angel. Easy right?
Got a Question you need answer to? Submit it and i will try to answer it as soon as i can!
This illustrator technique is pretty useful sometimes , when you are done with a particular artwork and would like to work on something else using the same color scheme as well.Or sometimes the artwork has mesh tool and using mesh you have come up with new colors which are not part of your actual swatch. You can easily extract colors from the artwork either by using this tip that i shared a while ago OR by using this one click method!
Here i have created a Japanese dol and i used mesh tool for coloring her. As you can see , my swatch panel just has basic colors with which i started .
Click on the small arrow next to swatches panel and browse to Add used color , no fancy wordings either just straight to the point!. See below?
And there ! you have it , full swatches panel of all the colors used! Neat isnt it? 🙂
I hope this Tip will be useful for someone out there , i have few more with which i will be returning later. thanks for looking !