Vector Tutorial : Exporting animated SWF files from illustrator

Vector Tutorial : Exporting animated SWF files from illustrator

[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…)

Vector Tutorial : The Making of Splash Page for Vector Pics.com

Vector Tutorial : The Making of Splash Page for Vector Pics.com

[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.

Step 1

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.

Step 2

Selecting nodes started distorting the shapes and forms.

Step 3

Two shapes united to make further shapes

Step 4

Round up the corners of the stroke for a better formation

Step 5

Some details added to the windows

Step 6

Using my most handy tools vector brushes for strokes.

Step 7

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.

Step 8

Finished creating one window and  copied and placed it on other locations as well.

Step -9

The brick wall detail was creating using Drawing brush strokes of different widths.

Step 10

Randomly placed grouped copies of the bricks.

Step 11

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 😉

Step 12

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.

Step 13

Place Shadows against your imaginary source of light to give life to the object.

Step 14

Further details added a knob to the door , copies of circular shape in different shapes.

Step 15

Development of shadows and light continues

Step 16

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)

Step 17

We’re in photoshop now! copied and placed a little grass layer with copies of one symbol.

Step 18

Added some cloud shapes . some text and extras like the little bird on the tree.

PREVIEW

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illustrator tutorial : Create simple but effective Weather Icons in adobe illustrator

illustrator tutorial : Create simple but effective Weather Icons in adobe illustrator

[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.

Step 1-

Draw a bunch of circles

Step 2-

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.

Step 3-

Give it a nice blue stroke with rounded Cap.

Step 4-

Next Expand the stroke
Object > Expand

Step 5-

Right click the shape and ungroup the whole thing

Step 6-

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.

Step 7-

Select the inner shape that you just created and give it a gradient fill.

Step 8-

Now we have another filled area which HAD a stroke of blue behind it (as expanded in step 4) , select that and ungroup

Step 9-

Select the white fill and using eye dropper tool give it a gradient as well.

Step 10-

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.

Step 11-

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.

Step 12-

Arrange this shape on the cloud somewhere anywhere you like to achieve something like this…

Step 13-

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.
Effects>stylize>Drop Shadow

Step 14-

Create a copy Scale and arrange .

Step 15-

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.

Step 16-

We are done!
Here is what i came up with

Click on the link below to download the source CS file.

[download id=”88″ format=”3″]

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Vector Tutorial : The Making of Splash Page for Vector Pics.com

How to Export User list from WordPress Database for mailing lists

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** Please read important!

1-Login to your hosting account in this case i am currently hosting my site at HostMonster , usually the Cpanel is the same . 2-After you login to CPanel Look for PHP My Admin 3-Now look for Databases Tab And then click on the appropriate Database you want to export user list from After the Database open look for the Query Tab on the top And now you must run a Query! In this Tab you will look for the following box ie Use Tables > Select Wp-users Next Since our Mailing list requires  the list in the following order Username , User Email Address , User Display name I chose the following option for the Query. Hit Update Query and you will get something like this Hit Submit Query Button and you will get a full list of users something like this Click on Select All ( located at the end of the list) Now click on the Export button located at the end of the list and in the next window that opens use the options or set them up according to your mailing list provider , ie how to separate the id , email address and name by , or ; My selection is the following And now i hit go to save the CSV file , ready for my use!

Please Note!

**I have very limited knowledge of handling database and coding , i am more of a designer that too self taught 🙂
this is just a presentation of How I export my CSV file . Please do not play around with the database if you do not have enough understanding of what you are doing . I/this site will take no responsibility if you experience any difficulties in the final outcome or any loss of data while you are following this tutorial. It is more of a recording and blogging on my part to save my everyday learning experiences.

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Tutorial : How to create Rounded Corners with Decorative overlays

Tutorial : How to create Rounded Corners with Decorative overlays

rounded frames in photoshop tutorial

rounded frames in photoshop tutorial

This tutorial will Show you how to use decorative overlays on your photographs.

Learning level – Beginner

I am using Floral Decorative overlay frames with slightly rounded off edges .(I’m using Adobe Photshop Creative Suite 3 *PSCS4* in this tutorial, but you can achieve this same thing in any Photo Editing program that supports PNG files. i.e. Photoshop Elements, etc.)

1. Go to: FILE>OPEN> & find your photo.

1. Go to: FILE>OPEN>and open up any of the frames that you would like to use as an overlay , here i browsed and opened up a frame from the calender photoshop brushes set (remember? facebook fans received it for free? still free to download through the store)

When you have opened the png You will see some Grey and white boxes behind around the frames don’t be alarmed since it is a png file this area means it is transparent.

i chose to use this frame go ahead right click and save it to your disk if you want.

3. With your Move Tool, drag & drop your photo ON TOP of the black PNG file. Your Layer Palette will look like this.

4. Go to: LAYER>CREATE CLIPPING MASK.

5- And your image will create a clipping mask showing off the image something like this!

6- Save it as a jpg , post it to your blog or any other project you are doing. you can play more with it further to create some background color for it. but that’s totally upto you!

Here the jpg saved preview

Find out more photoshop brushes , frames and overlays , digital backgrounds , textured papers at the aivault store. Keen on learning more check out more tutorials on this site