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Learning Illustrator : Basics

[private]This is an introductory post and will continue in several sections Through thise post i would like to establish a series of post with introduction to the tools palette and illustrator workspace. A better knowledge and understanding of illustrator. (more…)

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Tutorial :-An intro to mesh tool

An introduction to Gradient Mesh tool

Gradient Mesh tools are used to create a single multicolored object on which colors can flow in different directions , the color transitions achieved are smooth running from one color to another. (more…)

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How to Create Floral Swirls and flourishes in illustrator using Floral vector brushes

 

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How to create vector brushes illustrator ?

I used to think that how on earth designers make so intricate flower designs and invitations . UNTIL! I found the answer ” they used vector brushes!! ” the answer was vector brushes illustrator

There had been a trend of creating flourish which started around 2008 , that was when I started playing around with illustrator brushes and created many of them. Including the one that I am going to share with you here. Previously I have shared Free illustrator brushes with you but today I wanted to share with you how I actually create floral designs .

So what is my secret tool?

Vector brushes for illustrator

Vector brushes for illustrator

I have created a set of floral brushes for illustrator for my own ease of use and these had been greatly helpful in creating many designs . They have helped me create so many versions of floral branches and creating wedding invitations and more.

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Want to see this vector brushes set in action?

Interested? you can get these floral brushes from my store right here.

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What is included?

original artwork eps file
set of brushes to create these flowers .
scatter brushes of the flowers in the preview artwork.

Very easy to use and create unlimited variations .

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Using Adobe Flash to Create Vector illustration of a Castle.

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There are plenty of soft-wares available to create vector illustrations.And there are more than plenty techniques to achieve your required result. It all depends on how you achieve it and in the end which software and the plan of work best suits you.

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Create a Disco Environment with Twirl Tool, Crystalize , and Envelope Tool – Part 2



In this tutorial you will see how to use envelope tool to create a Disco Ball , You will also utilize Twirl and Crystallize tool to understand its options . This tutorial is divided in two parts . During Part 1 you will be using  Envelope tool & Crystallize Tool.Part 2  will walk you through Twirl Tool options. This tutorial is continued from Part 1 (more…)

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Create a Disco Environment with Twirl Tool, Crystalize , and Envelope Tool- Part 1

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In this tutorial you will see how to use envelope tool to create a Disco Ball , You will also utilize Twirl and Crystallize tool to understand its options . This tutorial is divided in two parts . During Part 1 you will be using  Envelope tool & Crystallize Tool.Part 2  will walk you through Twirl Tool options. (more…)

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Vector Tutorial : Create a cool Water Text Effect dripping texture



In this tutorial i will walk you through the process that i have used in one of the design projects i finished recently .
You will learn how to use mesh tool to create water droplets , use the symbol sprayer tool using symbol of water droplets and dispersing them .

The effect seems to be a bit detailed while it is not that difficult to get the result .

Here is a preview of the final image we will be creating by the end of tutorial .

Tools Required : Adobe Illustrator CC

Final image

Step 1 Creating Water background

For this vector tutorials illustrator Lets start by creating water droplets . I created a circle used mesh tool to divided it with two clicks > dropped a lighter and a darker shade on the nodes of the circle.

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If you are not familiar with Mesh tool check out this tutorial that i wrote about using mesh tool , i love this tool!

Once a circle is created now we need to create random shapes of water , Use Wrap tool and play around with shapes to gain a few random droplets .

If you are not familiar with select tools in illustrator you might consider heading on over to this tutorial where i cover some of the basics of illustrator.

Randomly arrange them. select all and drop it into your symbol window.

Create a Rectangle and fill it up with a gradient colour lighter to darker and radial.

Drop the water drop symbols on your work area . Use symbol sprayer tool to play around with the symbols and randomly distribute the droplets.

Use symbol Shifter tool to disperse the droplets

Here I Reduced the transparency of the entire group and reduced the size.

Create a copy , rotate a bit to get a more dispersed effect.

Step 2 Creating the Text

My aim is to create a text with water feel to it . Here i typed the word Water in bold and strong and created outlines ( object > Create outline)

Create a copy of it and apply gaussian Blur

Create five copies in all save one for later use , colour and gaussian blur as seen below four of them. To one of them i applied a stroke of the art brushes ( line Art 50 right) and gave a stroke of white colour..

Here is the arrangement one clear copy goes over its guassian copy.

Here is what i get by stacking up all over each other in the order you see them above

To the fifth copy that we saved apply feather as seen below. This MAY very depending on your document size.

Place the feathered text over the top most layer. Effects> Stylize > Round Corners . Use Round Corners to give the top most layer a soft look.

Create a cutout shape from one of the text copies

dicard the rest place the cut out which we will use as a highlight on top of all the text layers. set opacity

Create small shapes which we will use as a higlight to over all effect place it over your tex area above the cutout layer. Set opacity

Step 3 Concluding

you can adjust the colour of the water by playing with the text layers and setting up transparencies .

elect the water droplets and > Arrange > Bring to front. > set opacity.

Want to learn more about a few of adding effects to text in illustrator ? you might be interested in how i gave a grungy effect to some text . The effect is simple yet it is rewarding.

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How to Create florishes in PHOTOSHOP

How to Create florishes in PHOTOSHOP

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After recieving many requests of how to create floral brushes in photoshop here is a tutorial , this tutorial has a source psd file with all the shapes in layers as wellas a brushes file which we will be creating by the end of the tutorial. (more…)

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An expressive shining eye tutorial :Part II

 

How to draw a human eye in vector step by step

How to draw a human eye in vector step by step



This tutorial will show you how to create an expressive eye as part of a portrait , This is a follow up tutorial of How to draw expressive eyes PART 1

 

 

in the last part we were starting work on the white area as seen below .  This is how the coloured areas at this point look like

Apply the gradient

Play around and adjust the gradient.

Create a copy of the white area of the eye. Using the knife tool cut out the copy of the white area as seen below.

Place the cut out over the white area , arange it to be at the front . ie right click > arrange > bring to front.

Now create a shape as seen , this will be our eye lid. Create two shapes one inside the big one select both of them , and shade the bigger one a lighter tone than the smaller one.

Use the blending options in order to apply gradient to the eye lid .

ie Object> Blend> Blend options , Work through specified steps which again will depend of your working drawing size . here is what i chose.

Make the blend as seen below.

The result is ….

Now we will repeat the same with the lower shade under the eye.

here we will work on the deep area of the eye , inner one.create the shape

Create an inner shape as well adjusting the paths to get your desired result. This will be our Hair Growth area of the eye..

Place it quite aligned to the hair placement.

Use Effects> Guassian blur.

select the smaller cutout of the white area.

Using Effects > guassian Blur blur it a bit.

Lower the transparency of the said cutout.

Select the shape above the eye and use guassian blur to blur it a bit.

Create a shape as seen at the inner corner of the eye , note here i have using a stroke line to deepen the left side of the eye giving it a finished effect covering where skin meets the eye.

Create a copy of the large circle of the Pupil Use another copy arrange them and use path finder to cutout a crecent shape.

Place this shape over the left side of the pupil above your Crystallized pupil are , here you can see the arrangement of the areas of the eye watching this small swf preview.

Colour this crecent a darker tone

Use guassian Blur to blur that crecent part as well.

Placing some shine in the pupil area. Create a shape as follows.

Save a copy of it

Blur this shape as well .

Select the saved copy of the shine shape . and go to object> path > simplify

Work on it to get a little simplified and a smaller shape than the original one .Something like this.

Place this over the top of the gradient shine shape

Reduce the opacity of the shine.

I here gave a little bit of gradient to the shine part..

Feeling that left part of the eye needs more depth at this point since i am clearing and defining the areas. I drew another shape. For some of you out there these shapes are NOT perfect ones , This is what i am keeping it intentionally . i believe thing is original if it has a few flaws many wont agree with me here . but…. you are welcome to draw perfect shapes … i dont want the work to be too technical 🙂

Since the eye is a shining one it will be reflecting the eyelashes so i dragged out another symbol of hair from the symbols pallette . and dropped , inverted , reflected it .and reduced the transparency of it.

Draw another stroke over the pupil area.

I have used the Line Art Brushes through out the strokes of the drawing ie , hair and lines. Those of you who dont have it already can download it from here.

Create another small highlighted shape on the inner corner of the eye giving it a lighter shade and then use guassian blur to blur it a bit. here is our finished eye.

Conclusion : we have used line art brushes to draw our basice drawing , used symbols of hair growth to create eye lashes . Used knife tool , gradient , pathfinder , strokes and crystallizing option to create the eye as seen . This is the second tutorial in creating portraits . Previous tutorial in the same series in Creating lips if you have missed it you can check it out here.!

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An expressive shining eye tutorial :Part 1



This tutorial will show you how to create an expressive eye as part of a portrait , This is a follow up tutorial of How to create lips using mesh tool ….

The tutorial will be in two parts , in the first part i will explain how to create the eye drawing and then creating the pupil ….We will start by drawing out an eye in outline using the pen tool . Since i will be more concentrating on other tools rather than pen tool i am begining by understanding that you have basic knowledge of pen tool .

So in step one we will draw some basic out line of the eye , this is our drawing that we will be following throughout the tutorial .

Next we will create a bunch of hair growth using the pencil tool .this is freehand drawing of a few lines and then smooth them out using the smooth tool this is the result

Which we will save as a symbol .

Create and copy an oval shape as seen below

Fill it up with a dark shade

we will use the crystalize tool in order to distort the pupil shape. This tool is found as seen above in your tool pallette. Double click it to open up the dialogue box. And adjust options as seen which might vary depending on your drawing size . So try to follow the preview of the result.

Here is what i got after crystalizing my silightly oval shape , dont forget to keep a copy of the original shape.

Resize it as seen here

Select the big circle of the pupil make a copy of it and follow the crystallizing options for the same as well.

Here is what i got

Arrange your shapes

Place the Crystallized pupil over the original one. This is for the bigger one.

and similarly for the second ones. Here is a pallette of colours that i am using to create the shades of the pupil you can click on these boxes to pick out the colour values if you like. Shade the appropriate shapes accordingly . The darkest shade goes inside the eye.

Create a copy of the darkest shade ie smallest circle and apply gradients as seen

Place the original circle on top of it. Apply a dark gradient to it.

Now we will work on the white area of the eye and below you will see the shades i will be using as the reference

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Speed illustrations

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A couple of months back i gave myself a challenge of creating 100 illustrations in 20days time creating around 5 illustrations perday . The purpose of these speed illustrations was to refine my skills and learn more alongside creating illustrations for stock agencies. It was such fun and i will suggest speed illustrations concept to anyone and everyone who is looking to refine their hand at illustrator ..

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Envelope Tool

[private]It seems that illustrator is full of new tools and various elements and more i dig into it more i learn . And it seems every time one more hidden tool is revealed .. Have you heard of envelopes . It seems to be a sister tool of mesh tool . Here is a little bit intro into this so practical tool!!]

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Cleaning up illustrations

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Reching the end of finalization of your artwork  One challenge is saving the file with less size. Here is a little tip which you can follow to get less of messy stuff in your final outcome of illustrations. File will be saved with less pallette items hence smaller file size. (more…)

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Mesh Tool using & Loving it

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My latest exploration is the mesh tool and i am so much loving it! If you havent already tried it just give it a go , Start by creating a circle or box select the mest tool click anywhere on your circle choosing a darker or lighter shade there you have it another exciting new world of using shades and gradience where you have total control of shading…

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Thumbnail View illustrator files

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Isnt it annoying when you are working with multiple files the thumbnails are not viewable , and if not named properly you have to go through opening files and seeking the one you are looking for yes it is for me . As when i am working i need to access files faster although i try to manage them under rightly named folders

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Vectorizing Hair : Tutorials

Vectorizing Hair : Tutorials

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Just came across this wonderful tutorial on vectorizing hair . I have been doing Vector portraits for my friends and they loved it but after this tutorial i am sure they are going to adore them. Just follow the tutorial the level is expert so you might want to go back to illustrator help to get understanding of a few options .

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Smart Scale object or Pattern

Smart Scale object or Pattern

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Do you know that you can scale patterns swatches by using smart scale?just click on the scale tool twice to open up the dialogue box , now you can adjust the pattern display and size accordingly , Select uniform scale or non uniform and you can scale either your object or the pattern inside it. (more…)

HOW to : Create a Personalized Badge for your site

HOW to : Create a Personalized Badge for your site

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Every next Website has a 100% money back guarentee icon ,Creating one of your own is more fun when you have total control over all the elements of it In this tutorial my aim is not only on showing you how to create the icon but you will also practice and experience few of the tools of illustrator and some ways you use for your creative purposes.

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How to Use brushes

[private]Most of you probabally already know about what brushes are , But for those of you who dont know illustrator provides a prest brush set along with the software. Which gives life to your work. There are plenty of brushes available throughout the net which can aid to your creative work.

To install brushes for Windows/Mac :-

Unzip the file and drag and drop the files in the following folders
programme files / adobe / adobe illustrator / Presets / Brushes
We have tried and tested these brushes for both Windows and Mac if you install them correctly they will work .

What you can do with them?

Create unlimited artworks use them again and again , draw a curve or line and click the brush you would like to use . Make sure your file is set to scale strokes and effects .

Edit> Prefrences > General
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Tutorial : Grunge effect how to give it to your text

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Here is a simple tutorial which will show you how to give grunge effect to your text in illustrator , the beauty of using the technique is that you get a text that can be scaled to any size without loosing its clearity . Also you will always have crisp clear edges .
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Tutorials:- Creating a HalfTone Effect in illustrator

Tutorials:- Creating a HalfTone Effect in illustrator

[private]Ok on request here is how you achieve a half tone effect here only i used the shape of a circle . if you want it around a specific shape you must copy the outline of that shape and repeat the same then increase the size of the same shape , with reversal of colors you can get different effect
enjoy! lemme know if it was helpful

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