Learn How To Create a Tree From Scratch in Illustrator This tutorial will teach you how to create a beautiful maple leaf tree from scratch using Illustrator. We will use the Pen tool to create the leaf and create a custom brush to make many leaves of different sizes. Tutorial DetailsProgram: Illustrator CS5Difficulty: AllEstimated Completion Time: 45 Minutes The following steps will help you create the final output for the maple tree, as shown in the figure above. 1.
Illustrator's Live Trace: Sketch to Vector Advertisement In this post we will take a drawn design, scan it and clean it up in Photoshop, then trace it using the Live Trace feature in Adobe Illustrator. Live Trace was introduced in Adobe Illustrator CS2 but is still a powerful tool available in Illustrator CS5. The Complete Guide to Adobe Illustrator Tools – Pt. 1 — Mariah Althoff, Visual Branding Expert + Graphic Designer Rectangle Tool (M) This tool makes squares and rectangles. If you want a perfect square you can hold down the shift key as you click and drag. Otherwise just click and drag normally to make a rectangle. If you need your shape to be an exact size, just click one time and specify the size you want your shape to be in the box that will pop up. - Rounded Rectangle Tool
Learn to Create a Variety of Script Lettering In this tutorial I will showcase three different approaches, which result in three different script lettering styles. We will start with a nice simple basic script, touch on a more athletic inspired lettering style and work our way to a classic, fancy script. Republished Tutorial
Tag "Illustrator" on Smashing Magazine People often ask how I arrived at a finished illustration. Honestly, it’s different every time, but it always starts with a hand-drawn sketch. Sometimes, I paint it completely by hand; sometimes I’ll scan in a pencil drawing. Many of my pieces are 100% analog that I’ll show only at shops or galleries. Use anything you can; if the illustration would work as a wood carving, go that route. There are concrete steps one can take, but they certainly don’t have to be the same every time. Freebies Inky Deals is one of the leading deals websites in the design community, with an extended family of more than 300,000 design enthusiasts. It’s the place to go if you want to buy premium resources at unbeatable prices, whether you’re a graphic or web designer, developer, or business owner looking to improve yourself and your work. Read More Today we have something a little different for you. Our friends over at iStockphoto reached out and let us know about two huge coupon codes they are offering to you all. If you’re looking for something small they are running a one day sale.
How To Create a Gruesome Zombie Illustration October is here, which means designers and illustrators get that extra excuse to include skulls, zombies and monsters in their work with the arrival of Halloween. Follow this step by step Adobe Illustrator tutorial to create a hand-drawn zombie illustration. We’ll use a photograph as a basic reference then use our Wacom tablet along with Illustrator’s vector brush tools to draw up various gruesome elements on our zombie character. I’ve never been much of a hand-drawn Illustrator myself but I’ve always admired the style of artwork and researched into the techniques often used. In this tutorial we’ll look at how Illustrator’s brushes can be used to create crisp vector linework to achieve that digital inked appearance.
Vector Polishing Techniques Someone emailed me and asked how did I do the illustration background on Next2Friends. It inspired me to write this article. He asked "Did I do it in Photoshop or Illustrator?" Well, it is a mixture of both. First I created the artwork in Illustrator, then polished it in Photoshop.
Free Photoshop Patterns and Textures of Wood and Metal I find myself constantly reaching for wood and metal Photoshop patterns these days. Whether I’m trying to add a little texture to a website button element or grunging up a photo, I always seem to have a need. So, I pulled together some freebies to keep available when I need them and decided to share them with fellow DesignFestival fans. The list here is divided into two parts. How To Create a Retro Style Superman Book Cover Follow this step by step Illustrator and Photoshop tutorial to create a retro style book cover featuring a stylized vector illustration of Superman. We’ll create the Superman illustration with simple vector shapes before laying out the complete retro style book cover with textures in Photoshop. The design we’ll be creating has similar traits to old book covers from publishers such as Penguin. The colour palette replicates the basic printing method of the originals while paper textures with burns and creases give the design that ages and retro appearance. Open up Adobe Illustrator and create a new document.
Design Process of Koi Illustration It has been a while since the last time I've done any illustration work. Recently I've created a new awesome piece that I would like to share with you. It is a koi fish illustration inspired by my tattoo. Read this post to find out more about my tattoo and see how I created the koi fish illustration based on my tattoo. Final Illustration Preview
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