Create beautiful repeating patterns - Classic Illustrator Tutorial Patterns are everywhere. Look around and you’ll probably see one right now. It might be a pattern on a tie, a shirt, trousers, a paper cup, bathroom tiles, an umbrella, on a bag, a sofa, wrapping paper… the list goes on and on. Patterns add decoration and beauty to many consumer products. In this tutorial we will use vector elements to create a four-way repeating pattern swatch in Adobe Illustrator and then mask the pattern into several mock products. Step 1The key to a four-way toss are the seams of the ‘repeat square’. Basically, anything that overlaps each side (I’ll be calling the sides ‘seams’ from now on) of the square must also cross the opposite seam of the square in the exact same spot. Step 2The success of this project has everything to do with exact precision, so take a deep breath, try to remember all those geometry lessons from school and say to yourself “the grid and guides are my friends”.
Vector Freebie & Micro Tutorial: Seamless Swirls Hey it’s a Monday morning freebie! This one took a little extra time to make, so I really hope you enjoy it. It is (mostly) seamless, so you can drop it into your swatches panel and fill any shape with it. I say mostly because it went through a series of transformations – one of which was an export to photoshop (for some wacom-esque highlighting) followed by a hi-res auto trace in Illustrator. So, some edges are slightly off, but the overall seamless effect is there. Go ahead and download it, but stick around for some behind the scene paparazzi shots of how it was made. I’ll admit it – I had never made a seamless pattern before. By the time these ingredients were ready I had a plan for a workable but really laborious process to make a seamless pattern. EDITED: Track6 knows a much more accurate and quick way to accomplish these steps and was nice enough to share it with everybody in the comments. As you can see from the last screenshot, the pattern was still quite a mess at this stage.
illustrator tutorial: create a seamless folk pattern illustrator tutorial: create a seamless folk pattern In this tutorial you will learn how to create a seamless pattern composed of simple folk-flavored flowers. In the first part we will create an individual flower. In the second we will focus on constructing a pattern and define a seamless Illustrator pattern swatch. You can download the source file. Step 0 We will use five colors for our flowers: white, black, blue, beige and red as well as some brown background color. Part I – Create an individual item of the pattern Step 1 Choose the Polygon Tool (you will find it under the Rectangle Tool in the Tool Panel). Keep your polygon selected and go to Effect > Distort & Transform > Pucker & Bloat… Set the slider value to 70%. (1) Copy Cmd/Ctrl+C the bloated polygon and paste it to front Cmd/Ctrl+F. Step 2 Choose the Polygon Tool and set the Radius to 33px and the number of sides to 11. Go to Object > Expand Appearance. Step 3 (1) In the Layer Panel put the red shape below the beige one. Step 4
ultra-easy pattern making In this post I will show you how to quickly create a seamless simple geometric pattern swatch in Adobe Illustrator. In the last (extra) step I will show you a very simple way to ‘export’ it as a pattern to Photoshop. First, have a look at what we aim to obtain (this pattern is inspired by the fabric of my favorite tunic). Vector pattern swatch - preview 1. 2. Multiply your rectangle by four 3. Color swatches 4. Shearing the rectangles 5. Applying reflection 7. A copy to the right 8. A copy to the left 9. Creating bottom rectangle 10. 11. Below: the tunic inspiration. I hope you find this tutorial useful, all comments are highly appreciatied.
A Gold Mine of Adobe Illustrator Resources By Melissa Scroggins What could be better than striking gold? How about a huge list of Adobe Illustrator resources? For many designers, a list of resources to help finish those design projects in a quick and easy fashion is like finding gold on the Web. In this article, there are over 200 (mostly) free resources for Adobe Illustrator. Finally, have fun stockpiling all the brushes, patterns,, symbols, vectors, swatches, and fun additions to the Adobe Illustrator presets. 1. There are a multitude of brush sets that can add volumes of creativity to design projects. 17 brushes for Illustrator 28 Free Illustrator Brushes for making Swooshes and Swirls 33 More Paint Brush Style Illustrator Brushes 20 Free Illustrator Art Brushes: Ink Sketch Lines 57 Exclusive Illustrator Multi-Colored Paint Brushes Free-Dot Dash Illustrator Pattern Brushes 10 Arrowhead Brushes for Illustrator Free Illustrator Brushes: Ink/Watercolor 60 brushes for Illustrator Free Illustrator Brushes and Vectors: Foliage 2. Gradients 3.
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20 Basic Illustrator Tutorials Every Beginner Should See Learning a new software application can be a daunting task, especially when tackling an application that’s as deep as Adobe Illustrator! Thankfully there’s a colection of Illustrator veterans who are generous enough to take the time to document the basics, allowing new users to grasp the initial workings and gain a know-how of the tools and core techniques. This collection of hand-picked tutorials cover various tools, and provide plenty of useful hints and tips. Together they form a super handy resource for any beginner looking to get their brains wrapped around Adobe Illustrator. Learn Illustrator CS3 in 30 Days This in-depth 30 day course from Vector Diary is one of the most useful courses out there. Illustrator Beginner’s Series IllustrationInfo’s Illustrator beginner’s series covers the most common tools with insights into their uses. Adobe Illustrator Guides and Tutorials The collection of tutorials and guides from klethegr8 include various hints and tips for all kinds of tools.
Top Places to Find Quality Illustrator Tutorials Online This post was originally published in 2009 The tips and techniques explained may be outdated. Finding Illustrator tutorials online can be a mission, but luckily there’s a handyful of websites and blogs offering top class Illustrator tutorials, tips and techniques. This post rounds up the best places online to find high quality tutorials and articles to help you learn Illustrator like a pro. Vectips Vectips is the blog of master Illustrator Ryan Putnam (aka Rype). Ryan regularly posts top class Illustrator tutorials covering handy tips through to complete icon design tutorials. Vectortuts Vectortuts is Envato’s popular destination for everything vector related. Veerle’s Blog Veerle Pieters is a popular figure in the world of vectors. Vector Diary Vector Diary is home to a collection of excellent tutorials, covering the process of creating everything from simple shapes to complex illustrations. GoMediaZine N.Design Studio N.Design Studio is the home of designer Nick La. Abduzeedo Blog.SpoonGraphics
Cartoonify Yourself Tutorial Adobe illustrator CS4: How to Make Cartoon Avatar You can embed this video on your blog or web page by copying the video embed code above and pasting it into the source code of your page. Adjust the width and height to specify the size you would like it to display. Cartoonify Yourself Tutorial Adobe illustrator CS4: How to Make Cartoon AvatarEmbed Source - Cartoonify Yourself Tutorial Adobe illustrator CS4: How to Make Cartoon Avatar Learn how to simply and easily create cartoon versions of any images you want to apply the effects to.
50 Great Illustrator Tutorials and Tips Illustrator is a wonderful tool. It is often underused, and also a bit underestimated. I think sometimes people can be having so much fun in Photoshop, that they forget all of the awesome things Illustrator can accomplish. Basic Shading and Lighting Tutorial: Transform, Style, Blend Tutorial: make texture without leaving Illustrator Some Cool Introduction to Illustrator Videos Basic Drawing with Adobe Illustrator’s Paths & Pen tool Creating gradations with Adobe Illustrator’s Gradients & Blends Basic & Advanced Illustrator Drawing Techniques for Technical Illustrations Using the Pathfinder and Align tool in Illustrator Illustrator Pucker and Bloat Effect and more Tutorial: The Flare Tool Creating a 3D Gear Illustrator full spectrum spirograph Create a Vector RSS Icon with Illustrator Creating seamless patterns in Illustrator BMX Illustration Symmetric Illustration Soaring Vectors Creating Road Maps in Adobe Illustrator Realistic Photo Vector Tutorial Tropical Transparency Effect Ornate Lettering Process