Vectips http://vectips.com Adobe Illustrator® Tutorials, tips, tricks, and resources Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:00:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.7.3 How to Draw a Custom Cabinet with an Awesome See Through Glass Texture http://vectips.com/tutorials/glass-texture/ http://vectips.com/tutorials/glass-texture/#comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:00:02 +0000 http://vectips.com/?p=9599 In this tutorial, you will learn how to create a See-Through Cabinet by applying a semi-realistic glass texture effect. You will learn how to add multiple fills and strokes in order to create shadows and highlights to your illustration, and you will also learn to use the Pathfinder Panel and the Transparency Panel. Let’s begin! […]

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In this tutorial, you will learn how to create a See-Through Cabinet by applying a semi-realistic glass texture effect. You will learn how to add multiple fills and strokes in order to create shadows and highlights to your illustration, and you will also learn to use the Pathfinder Panel and the Transparency Panel. Let’s begin!

 

Tutorial Details

  • Program: Adobe Illustrator CS6 – CC
  • Difficulty: Beginner-Intermediate
  • Topics Covered: Gradient Tool, Basic Tools and Effects, Transform techniques and the Appearance panel
  • Estimated Completion Time: 1 hour

Final Image

This is the final image that we’ll be creating:
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Step 1

Open Adobe Illustrator and create a new document (Ctrl + N). Select CMYK Color Mode, 300 PPI Raster Effects and make sure that Align New Objects to Pixel Grid is unchecked.

Next, go to Edit > Preferences > General and set the Keyboard Increment to 1 pt.
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Step 2

Pick the Rectangle Tool (M) and draw a 600 x 400px rectangle, then fill it with C=80 M=0 Y=0 K=0 and make sure that there is no stroke.

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Step 3

Select the rectangle we’ve previously created and go to Object > Path > Offset Path then enter a value of -20px. A new rectangle will be created. Make sure you select it and make a copy in front of it (Ctrl + C > Ctrl + F). Select the copy and go again to Object > Path > Offset Path and enter a value of -10px.  Now if you look in the Appearance Panel (Window > Appearance Panel) you will have 4 rectangles.

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Step 4

It’s time to create the frame of the cabinet. Select the rectangles tagged with (1) and (2) in the image below and go to Object > Compound Path > Make (Ctrl + 8). Now select rectangles tagged with (3) and (4) from the image below and again go to and go to Object > Compound Path > Make (Ctrl + 8).

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Step 5

It’s time to divide the frame into four paths. Select the Line Tool (\) and draw four lines at the corners for the yellow compound path. Select the four lines you’ve created and the yellow compound path; then from the Pathfinder Panel select Divide. A group with five path will appear. Just select the group and Ungroup it (Ctrl + Shift + G).

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Step 6

Select the cyan compound path and from the Appearance Panel. Add a new Fill (see the highlighted button from the image below) and fill it with C=80 M=0 Y=0 K=0. From the Transparency Panel (Window > Transparency Panel), reduce the opacity of that fill to 10% and set the Blending Mode to Multiply. With the second fill still selected, go to Effect > Sketch > Note Paper, and in the dialog box, enter the values you see below.

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Step 7

From the Appearance Panel add a third fill, this time a Black to White radial gradient fill (Window > Gradient Panel). With the last fill created from the Transparancy Panel, reduce it’s opacity to 35%, then set the Blending mode to Multiply.

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Step 8

It’s time to add a drop shadow to the frame. Select the whole compund path, and go to Effect > Stylize > Drop Shadow; then enter the values you see in the image below.

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Step 9

Now select the four shapes we’ve create in step 5, and fill them with C=100 M=0 Y=0 K=20. 

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Step 10

Select all four shapes, and add a new fill from the Appearance Panel (see the highlighted button from the image below). Then fill it with C=100 M=0 Y=0 K=20. From the Transparency Panel, reduce the opacity of that fill to 10% and set the Blending Mode to Multiply. With the second fill still selected, go to Effect > Sketch > Note Paper, and in the dialog box, enter the values you see below.

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Step 11

Add a gradient fill from the Gradient Panel, set the type to linear and the colors from Black to White. From the Transparency Panel, lower the opacity to 20%, and set the Blending Mode to Multiply. For each path, set the angle as you see in the image below as we need to have a darker cyan in the interior of the frame.

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Step 12

Select the background of the Cabinet (see step 5 when we divided the inner frame), and set the fill color to C=0 M=0 Y=0 K=5. Add a new fill, this time it needs to be a radial Gradient fill (you can find it in the swatches panel). From the Appearance Panel, select the gradient fill, and lower the opacity to 40%; then set the Blending Mode to Multiply. Select the whole path (not only the fill) and add an Inner Glow (Effect > Stylize > Inner Glow). Then in the dialog box, enter the same values as in the screenshot below.

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Step 13

With the previous rectangle selected (from step 12), go to the Appearance Panel, and add four black strokes from 1px width to 4px width. For all of them, lower the opacity to 7%, and set the Blending mode to Multiply.

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Step 14

Now that we have the base for our design, let’s get to the fun part–creating the glass doors. Using the Rectangle Tool (M), create a 279 x 358px rectangle. Make sure that there is no stroke applied, and fill the shape with a linear gradient.

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Step 15

Copy then paste symmetrically (like in the image below) the door we’ve previously created. With the White Arrow Tool (A), select the anchor points highlighted in the image below, and move them 30px to the right, then 30px up or down depending on the point you have selected in order to “open” the left door.

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Step 16

Now let’s create the edge of the right door. Copy and paste the shape twice (Ctrl + C > Ctrl + F > Ctrl + F). Move the first copy (1) 2px to the left; then select both copies and hit the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder Panel. Fill the resulting shape with C=0 M=0 Y=0 K=40. From the Transparency Panel, lower the opacity to 70%.

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Step 17

Using the Rectangle Tool (M), draw a 10 x 10px rectangle; then fill it with a three-color linear gradient.

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Step 18

Make to two copies (Ctrl + C > Ctrl + F > Ctrl + F) of the shape we’ve previosuly created, then select the top shape and move it 1px down. Select both copies and hit the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder Panel. Fill the shape with white and lover the opacity from the Transparency Panel to 70%.

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Step 19

From the Appearance Panel, add a linear Gradient Stroke (available only in Illustrator versions 16 and up). After this, add two drop shadows (Effect > Stylize > Drop Shadow). When you add the second Drop Shadow, Illustrator will ask you if you really want to add a new one, say yes. Enter the values from the screenshot below. Now repeat the very same procedure for the rest of the shapes in order to create something similar to the final design you see below.

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And we’re done!

Just make four copies of the shape we’ve previosly created, and arrange them as in the image below.

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Author: Andrei Urse

My name is Andrei Urse. I’m a graphic designer from Romania.  I love creating logos and complex vector art using Illustrator, but I also use Photoshop and InDesign on a daily basis. You can find all of my work on Behance.

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Seamless Textures in Illustrator

I think you’ll all agree that Illustrator is just plain awesome, and with the continual improvements we see with each new version, it keeps getting better and better. Previously, I created  seamless textures for typography and seamless backgrounds for my web and illustration projects with Photoshop. But we’ve seen large improvements with the Appearance panel in more recent versions of Illustrator, so now I create these textures and backgrounds solely in Illustrator–it’s actually super easy!

So in today’s tutorial, I’ll walk you through the  steps on how to create a variety of seamless textures and backgrounds all in Adobe Illustrator.

Tutorial Details

  • Program : Adobe Illustrator CC (You should be able to create this tutorial in CS4+ but some of the tutorial images might look different.)
  • Difficulty: Beginner/Intermediate
  • Topics Covered: Appearance Panel, Effects, Pattern Fills, Graphic Styles
  • Estimated Completion Time: 15-20 minutes each

Adding Texture in Illustrator

If you have been working with illustrator for a while, you probably know that you can easily drop in a texture as an image, set it to multiply, and you’re good to go. One of the great things about using the techniques in this tutorial is you can easily create a seamless texture or background without having to add a mask out nor make sure it will fit your artwork properly. Additionally, we’ll use the Appearance panel to quickly create a unique graphic style–this should make it easy to apply the effects to other text and vector objects. Final Image (Psst…I know some of you are saying that using raster effects in Illustrator is cheating because its not vector art and instead, you should just use Photoshop. But I’ve found creating these type of effects in Illustrator is a lot easier and quicker. Another key advantage to creating this in Illustrator is the scalability of vectors even with raster effects applied. Unless you expand the effects, you can adjust your artwork without worrying about creating pixelated artwork. So why not give it a try? :) )

Raster Effects

If you are familiar with some of the texture effects and filters in Photoshop, you will feel right at home with this technique. For these effects, I keep the Document Raster Effects Settings at 300 ppi. You can change this resolution by going Effect > Document Raster Effect Settings.

Step 1

Create a new document and create a rectangle with the Rectangle tool (M). Raster Texture Step 1

Step 2

Take off the stroke and fill the rectangle with a linear gradient. Change the first color stop in the gradient to a greenish blue color, change the second color stop to a darker greenish blue color, and change the Angle to -90. Raster Texture Step 2

Step 3

From the Appearance panel,  open the pop-up menu and choose Add New Fill. Choose the topmost fill from the Appearance panel and change the fill to a gray color. Raster Texture Step 3

Step 4

With the new gray fill selected in the Appearance panel, go Effect > Texture > Grain. In the Grain dialog, change the Intensity to 90, the Contrast to 50, and the Grain Type to Sprinkles. Then click ok. From the Appearance panel, press the arrow to the left of the title and from the sub-list, click on the Opacity link and change the Blending Mode to Multiply. Raster Texture Step 4

Step 5

From the pop-up menu of the Appearance panel, add another New Fill like before. Select the top fill, and change the gradient to a Radial Gradient. Then set the color to white on both stops and change the Opacity of the first white color stop to 40 and the second to 0. From the sub-menu of the new radial gradient, click Opacity, and change the Blending mode to Overlay as outlined in the images below. Raster Texture Step 5

Step 6

That does it for the seamless background texture, but we can also add similar textures to our copy, all while keeping the text still editable! (Isn’t the Appearance Panel awesome?!) To start, select the Type tool (T), and type some text. I used the the font for Museo Slab 900 for the “Raster” text. Next, using the Color panel, remove the stroke and fill from the text. Raster Texture Step 6

Step 7

From the Appearance panel, click the pop-menu, choose Add New Fill and fill it with a linear gradient. Change the first color stop to white, the second to a light gray, and change the Angle to -90. Raster Texture Step 7

Step 8

Create another new fill from the Appearance panel and fill it with a gray color. Then, select the new gray fill, and go to Effect > Texture > Texturizer. In the Texturizer dialog, change the texture to Burlap, the Scaling to 200, the Relief to 50, and the Light to Top. Change the fill’s Blending Mode to Multiply and set the Opacity to 5. Raster Texture Step 8

Step 9

Select the bottom linear gradient in the Appearance panel and go Effect > Stylize > Drop Shadow. In the Drop Shadow dialog box, change the Opacity to 60, the X and Y Offset to 0, and the Blur to 1. You should now have a light texture effect and drop shadow on your text! Raster Texture Step 9

Step 10

For the “Effects” text, I used Museo Sans 300 (I’m kinda obsessed with the Museo Family). Again, type out some text, then using the Color panel, remove the stroke and fill. Then, create a new fill from the Appearance panel, and add a a linear gradient to the text, chaging the first color stop to black and the second color stop a gray color. Next, change the Angle to -90. Create another new fill, make sure you are editing the last fill list item in the Appearance panel, change the fill to a lighter color than your background, and go Effect > Distort & Transform > Transform. In the Transform Effect dialog, change the Vertical Move to 1. That does it for the raster texture example! How did yours turn out? Raster Texture Step 10

Playing Around

Get creative. It’s fun to play around with different effects to see what new textures you can create. Below is taken from the Vectips tutorial Create An Editable Stitched Label Type Treatment with some basic textures added. Raster Texture Step Playing Around

Pattern Fills

Creating this technique is pretty similar to the raster effects technique. Really, these textures are just seamless pattern fills that come stock with Illustrator, but they can create some pretty interesting results.

Step 1

The initial steps are almost exactly the same as the previous raster example. Create a rectangle and remove and stroke. From the Gradient panel, fill it with a linear gradient using greenish yellow colored color stops, and change the angle to -90. Pattern Fill Texture Step 1

Step 2

Instead of using an effect for the next step, we are going to use some of Illustrator’s stock pattern swatches. From the Swatches panel, press the Swatch Library Menu button at the bottom left side of the panel, and choose Patterns > Basic Graphics > Basic Graphics_Textures. With the rectangle selected, choose a new fill from the Appearance panel, select the topmost fill, and fill it with the Bird Feet swatch from the library we just opened. (An easy way to see the name of the swatches in a library is to choose Large List View from the pop-up menu of the swatch panel.) After you have filled the new fill with the Bird Feet swatch, change the Blending mode to Overlay. Pattern Fill Texture Step 2

Step 3

To finish off the background, create a new fill, and fill it with the same white radial gradient from Step 5 of the Raster technique. That’s it for the pattern fill technique! Pretty easy, right? Pattern Fill Texture Step 3

Step 4

The text treatment is pretty similar to the raster image. To create the “Pattern” text, I did the same as step 10 from the raster image. I used Susa Heavy for the font, and using the Appearance panel, I filled it with a dark gray linear gradient, added a new fill, offset the new fill, and changed the offset fill to a lighter background color. Pattern Fill Texture Step 4

Step 5

Below the “Pattern” text, I added 2 simple paths with the Line Segment tool (/). To do this, simply draw a path that is the length of the text. Go to Window > Stroke to open your Stroke panel, and change the stroke to 1 pt and the color to a gray color. Create another path directly below the first, and change the stroke color to a light background color. Pattern Fill Texture Step 5

Step 6

For the “Swatch” text, I used Museo Slab 900. Remove any stroke and fill and from the Appearance panel and add a new fill. Change the new fill to a linear gradient with the first color stop white, the second a darker yellow color, and change the Angle to -90. With the new fill selected, go Effects > Stylize > Drop Shadow. In the Drop Shadow dialog box, change the Opacity to 50, X and Y Offset to 0, and the Blur to .5 px. Pattern Fill Texture Step 6

Step 7

Create a new fill from the Appearance panel and fill it with a linear gradient. Then, change the first color stop to a light yellow color, change the second to the same darker yellow color in the previous step, and set the Angle to -90. With the new fill selected, go Effects > Path > Offset Path. In the Offset Oath dialog, change the Offset to -1 px. Pattern Fill Texture Step 7

Playing Around

These are really fun to play with. Take your background texture that you just made, find the Bird Fill item, and change it with any of the Basic Graphics_Textures swatches to see what you come up with! Also try combining a couple of different pattern fills on the same background to see what cool effects that makes.

Combining Raster Effects and Pattern Fills

This technique is probably my favorite. It’s fun to explore and play around with all the different results. Basically we are combining both the raster and pattern fill techniques. This is pretty similar, so if you had no trouble with the previous techniques, you will have no problem with these!

Step 1

I’m not going to go into too much detail because you have already done the initial steps in the first two samples. Basically, create a rectangle, fill it with a red linear gradient, create a Sprinkle grain pattern, and create a radial white gradient. Combo Texture Step 1

Step 2

Add another fill in the Appearance panel and choose the “Diamond” pattern fill from the Basic Graphic_Textures. Set the Blending Mode of the new pattern fill to Overlay and change the Opacity to 50. Combo Texture Step 2

Step 3

For the “Combo” type, I used RadioTime for the font and used the same gray gradient and offset from the previous examples. The secondary text is simply Museo Sans 300 with a yellow fill. Combo Texture Step 3

Playing Around

Like before, this is good time to play around and see what different texture treatment you can come up with! Combo Texture Playing Around

Creating Graphic Styles

So now that we have all these wonderful textures created, we can apply the effect to other artwork and text. Instead of creating the effect every time, we can just create a Graphic Style.

Step 1

To create a graphic style, simply select you texture and press the New Graphic Style Button in the Graphic Style panel. Seriously, it’s that easy. Now select some text or another object and click you new style in the Graphic Styles panel and your all set! You can even create graphic styles for each of the text treatments we created. Creating a Graphic Style

Step 2

Occasionally, I’ll adjust the texture in the Appearance panel to include other elements. In buttons examples below, I added an offset fill of 1 px and added a drop shadow to the fill. The background texture is just a Graphic Pen fill (Effect > Sketch > Graphic Pen), and the icons have the same treatment as my text is some of the texture examples.

Playing Around

Now experiment with the graphic styles on other text, UI, and vector objects. I hope you have fun creating all sorts of unique seamless textures and backgrounds using these techniques. Feel free to share any of your cool creations by leaving a comment below!

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How to Create an Out Of This World Vector UFO in Adobe Illustrator http://vectips.com/tutorials/vector-ufo/ http://vectips.com/tutorials/vector-ufo/#comments Tue, 08 Apr 2014 12:00:41 +0000 http://vectips.com/?p=9517 In the following tutorial, you will learn to create a simple flying vector UFO in Adobe Illustrator. Using 3D effects and Gradient Mesh, you will learn to create this piece with realistic effects.         Tutorial Details Program: Adobe Illustrator CS6 Difficulty: Beginner Topics Covered: Basic Tools and Effects, Gradient Mesh basics Estimated Completion […]

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alien_shipIn the following tutorial, you will learn to create a simple flying vector UFO in Adobe Illustrator. Using 3D effects and Gradient Mesh, you will learn to create this piece with realistic effects.


 
 
 
 

Tutorial Details

  • Program: Adobe Illustrator CS6
  • Difficulty: Beginner
  • Topics Covered: Basic Tools and Effects, Gradient Mesh basics
  • Estimated Completion Time: 50 minutes

Final Image

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Step 1

Create an artboard that is 800 x 600px. Select CMYK color mode, Screen (72ppi) and make sure that the “Align New Objects to Pixel Grid” box is unchecked before your click OK.

Step 2

Create an ellipse with the Ellipse Tool (L). You don’t need to set a size. Just make sure that it is similar to the one on the image below. Duplicate the ellipse (Ctrl +C, Ctrl + F) and move it down with the Down Arrow Key.

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Step 3

Create a rectangle with the Rectangle Tool (M). Place it between the two ellipses.

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Step 4

Create a new, smaller ellipse and place it over the other shapes. While the new ellipse is selected, press the Shift Key and select the other from the top. On the Window > Pathfinder Panel, select the Minus Front option.

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Step 5

Create two rounded rectangles with the Rounded Rectangle Tool. You can increase or decrease the angle by pressing the Up or Down Arrow Keys while holding the Left Mouse Button. Place them on the top and bottom of the other shapes.

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Step 6

Select all shapes and press Unite on the Pathfinder Panel. Now you have the silhouette of a UFO.

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Step 7

We need to create a 3D object. We will use the Revolve effect. For this, we need to cut the silhouette in half. Create a rectangle, and place it to overlap the half of the UFO ‘s shape. Select both shapes and press Minus Front on Pathfinder Panel.

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Step 8

Go to Effect > 3D > Revolve and use these values for X, Y and Z axis. Press OK.

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Step 9

You can play with the values as you want until you get the perfect position and angle for your UFO.

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Step 10

While the object is a 3D object, you can’t edit as a vector shape, so you need to convert it to regular vectors. To do this, go to Object > Expand Appearance. You transformed the 3D object into a group of shapes.

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Step 11

In order to manipulate the shapes further, you will first need to go to Object > Ungroup (Ctrl + Shift + G). Select every shape and press Unite on the Pathfinder Panel.

 

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In some cases, the expanding process results in compound paths that need to be released. To release the compound paths, click on them with the Right Mouse Button and select Release Compound Path.

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Step 12

After expanding the 3D objects, you get some hidden objects which you don’t need. To remove them, select all visible shapes by clicking on them while holding the Shift key. When you’re done, use the Rectangular Marquee Tool (while holding the Shift key), and make a box around the design. Doing so, you will deselect all the items you need and select all the shapes you don’t need. Press delete. If you see that something is missing, go to Edit > Undo, and repeat the selection until you get the correct results.

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Another way to get rid of the shapes you don’t need is to select all the visible shapes one by one while holding the Shift Key. Place these shapes to the Clipboard (Ctrl + X), and delete any other shapes.

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Step 14

Now place back everything from the Clipboard (Ctrl + F). Fill every shape with a color. Think about the color of the margins that every shape will have after you use the Mesh Tool (U).
Create two ellipses. These will be the reflections on the “glass cockpit” of the UFO.

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After expanding the 3D object, the resulted shapes have lots of anchor points. To use the Mesh Tool, some of the points must be removed. Go to Object > Path > Simplify. Set the Curve Precision to 100% and press OK.

Step 15

Now you can start using the Mesh Tool. Let’s start with the cockpit. Click anywhere on the shape’s area. After converting a shape into a mesh, you can select its points with the Mesh tool, Direct selection tool or the Lasso tool. Now you can add a color to the mesh. Select a color from the swatches palette, or use the Eye Dropper Tool (I) to select a color from an image.

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Step 16

Select the other shapes and add points and color to them. In this case, add the color white.

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Step 17

On the bottom part of the UFO, add points as you see on the image and add colors as you like.

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Step 18

Remember those two ellipses?  Fill them with a gradient of blue and set the opacity of the second color to 0% as pictured below using the Gradient Panel.

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Step 19

We’re done with the UFO. Now we’ll create the light rays beneath it. Create two ellipses, and place them below the UFO.

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Step 20

With the Pen Tool (P), create a trapeze by connecting the margins of the ellipses. Select all three shapes and unite them (Unite – Pathfinder Panel).

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Step 21

Fill it with a gradient starting with yellow (C0 M8 Y50 K0), then lightblue (C20 M0 Y0 K0), and finally white.

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Step 22

Create multiple instances of this shape, rotate them and place them so you get a light ray effect. I found this free Jumping Cow vector file, and I thought it would be perfect to use on the final image.

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That’s it! I hope you liked this tutorial. Have fun practicing these techniques you’ve learned today!

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New iStock Promo Code – April 2014 http://vectips.com/news/istock-promo-code/ http://vectips.com/news/istock-promo-code/#comments Thu, 03 Apr 2014 12:40:25 +0000 http://vectips.com/?p=7823 My goal here at Vectips is to create a site that offers more than just vector tutorials. I want to create a unique resource that offers helpful resources for everyone in the vector space. That means in the coming months we have plans to start rolling out more useful content besides vector tutorials. Part of […]

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istock promo codeMy goal here at Vectips is to create a site that offers more than just vector tutorials. I want to create a unique resource that offers helpful resources for everyone in the vector space. That means in the coming months we have plans to start rolling out more useful content besides vector tutorials.

Part of that useful content involves additional tools and resources that creatives often use. While we encourage everyone here to create their own illustrations, we know that often times isn’t ideal for certain projects. We’ve all had those clients need artwork “yesterday” and you may not have time to illustrate a custom piece yourself. So the next best thing is to purchase a stock illustration.

Based on our survey we ran a few weeks ago, we found that many of our readers still spend several hundred dollars on stock vectors each year. It’s always handy to have some credits in your account when your budget doesn’t permit custom illustration.

Since iStock is one of the leading microstock marketplaces in the industry, we thought it would be helpful to start aggregating promo codes we find around the web and post them to this page. Here are two iStock promo codes to get you started:

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There are several sites doing this already like Vecteezy, but they don’t always work. Our goal is to keep this page updated so you always have a go-to source for a discount before you make your purchase. We plan to update this post once or twice a month with a new iStock promo code to keep things fresh. If it turns out to be popular then we will turn it into a category an put it in the top navigation on the home page.

How To Use This iStock Promo Code

  1. Click on the button above to unlock the iStock promo code.
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  3. Enter the promo code at the bottom of that page and click the “Next” button.
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If iStock isn’t your marketplace of choice, we hope to have more exclusive discounts from other marketplaces in upcoming months so stay tuned.

If you decided to take advantage of this deal, please leave a comment below to let us know how much you saved! Also please let us know if you’d like to see more promotional offers from *relevant* companies like this in the future.

Enjoy!

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100+ Free Vintage Badges That Are All the Rage! http://vectips.com/inspiration/vintage-badges/ http://vectips.com/inspiration/vintage-badges/#comments Thu, 03 Apr 2014 12:00:53 +0000 http://vectips.com/?p=9625 Retro styled and vintage badges and labels are very popular among designers these days. They can add a classic feeling to any web or print project, especially if they are paired with great typography. And they’re even better when they’re free! Check out this collection of 100+ free vintage badges and labels and start using them in […]

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vintage labelsRetro styled and vintage badges and labels are very popular among designers these days. They can add a classic feeling to any web or print project, especially if they are paired with great typography. And they’re even better when they’re free! Check out this collection of 100+ free vintage badges and labels and start using them in your next projects.

Have some retro and vintage badges you love? Share them in the comments below.

12 Web Badges

Here are some really fresh looking badges in the flat design style, which is very popular right now. I particularly love the vivid colors and strong color combinations with these.
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Free Vintage Vector Labels

I love the small details in these vector labels, especially the dotted border seen on the outer edges of a few of these.
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Vintage Labels

So simple and elegant. The monochromatic color scheme allows the good composition of these vintage badges and labels to really shine!
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Vector Grunge Stamp Pack

Use one of these badges to enhance your retro styled projects. Just add your text and you’re done!
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Sea and Ocean  Tourism Label Vectors

These look like they could be a logo for an old, home-owned beach hotel from the 1960s, don’t they? I especially love the animal graphics in these.
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Free Premium Vintage Vector Badges

Simple and beautifully colored vintage badges.
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Colorful Vintage Label Vectors

Although small in number, this vector set really packs a punch with the quality of each piece. With the clean, balanced design of each badge, these would complement almost any design.
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Wedding and Nature Badges

Tis the season for weddings, so grab this set of free fully customizable vectors to use in your unique Save the Dates and wedding invites.
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Grunge Money Back Guarantee Badge Vectors

The clean, defined lines in this set leaves for a clean, strong design.

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Looking for a simpler solution? Check them out in black and white… er, cream I suppose. :)

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Free Vector Vintage Label Set 01

It’s interested how color schemes go in and out of style. That’s what I really like about these badges. The color combinations used in these badges really add an authentic retro feel to them.free vintage badges

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These badges look so classy! They’d be great to use as a stand-alone logo for one of your more swanky designs.

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How to Create a Custom Water Font That Will Refresh Your Copy In Less Than an Hour http://vectips.com/tutorials/water-font/ http://vectips.com/tutorials/water-font/#comments Tue, 01 Apr 2014 13:00:42 +0000 http://vectips.com/?p=9543 In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to create a water-inspired font style. We’ll base the water font either on your handwriting or a brush font, create custom brushes, play with blending modes, blended shapes, gradients, and vector effects in the Appearance panel to keep your font face flowing! Tutorial Details Program: Adobe Illustrator CS6-CC Difficulty: […]

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In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to create a water-inspired font style. We’ll base the water font either on your handwriting or a brush font, create custom brushes, play with blending modes, blended shapes, gradients, and vector effects in the Appearance panel to keep your font face flowing!

Tutorial Details

  • Program: Adobe Illustrator CS6-CC
  • Difficulty: Intermediate
  • Topics Covered: Blend Tool, Pencil Tool, Appearance Tool, Custom Brushes
  • Estimated Completion Time: 45 Minutes

Final Image

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Step 1

To start, choose a blue or turquoise hue for your background color and use the Rectangle Tool (M) to draw a large rectangle over the entirety of your artboard. Then choose a brush script that you like to write out the word you’ll be “liquefying”. I chose the font Alex Brush nice it lends itself wonderfully to watery text.

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Step 2

There’s two methods I like for creating flowing, liquid letters. The first starts with drawing a circle with the Ellipse Tool (L) at the top of your first letter (or at one of the thicker points in case you’re using an alternate font). Rotate the circle so its top and bottom anchor points line up with the direction of the letter (see below). Using the Direct Selection Tool (A), pull the bottom anchor point downward along the length of the letter’s side. In the case below, it’s the W’s first leg.

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Step 3

Use the Convert Anchor Point Tool (Shift-C) to bring the end of the elongated circle into a point. Repeat Steps 2-3 for the other legs of the W. For curved portions of letters, start with a circle again at the thickest part of the letter’s stroke and pull the bottom anchor point down, with the direct Selection Tool, to the bottom of the letter (initially ignoring the curve, as seen below). Then adjust the handles of the bottom point so the shape curves in accordance with the letter. You’ll have to manipulate the handles of the other points as well in order to get the right curve, depending on your letter and font. If the handles don’t appear, use the Convert Anchor Point Tool to convert it into a curving point. Do this by clicking on it once or twice. You’ll notice anchor handles pop out immediately if it was previously a point.

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Step 4

I mentioned in Step 2, there being two methods I like for constructing letters for this tutorial. The first was covered in Steps 2-3. the second method starts with a circle drawn with the Ellipse Tool. Use the Direct Selection Tool and pull the right anchor point out to the right of the picture plane. Make sure to bring its end to a point using the Convert Anchor Point Tool. The size of your circle and final shape as seen below will depend on how large of strokes you’ll need to draw for your lettering. A good guide for this is to draw the circle over your text as we did in Step 2 to gauge size.

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Step 5

Select the new shape made in Step 4, and in the Brushes panel, go to Options and hit Make New Brush. Select Art Brush and the panel seen below should pop up. These should be the default options. Hit OK. You now have a custom art brush ready to be used in the next step.

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Step 6

Using the Paintbrush Tool (B) trace the letters in your word. In the case seen below, I’ve made sure my strokes begin at the thicker points of each letter and follow them accordingly. There are 12 strokes total for my word “water”. Once satisfied, go to Object>Expand Appearance in order to expand the paintbrush strokes into objects.

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Step 7

Select each expanded shape and apply a Linear Gradient, using the Gradient Tool (G), that goes from White at 100% Opacity to White at 0% Opacity. Adjust the angle of the gradient with the Gradient Tool so the opaque white is concentrated at the thickest part of the shape and the transparent color at the thinnest.

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Step 8

Repeat Step 6‘s process for all of the shapes within your word.

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Step 9

Let’s make the background a little more interesting. Using the Gradient Tool and Gradient Palette , apply a Radial Gradient to the rectangle drawn in Step 1. This one goes from Dark Teal (R1, G147, B164) to Teal (R51, G204, B204). With the Gradient Tool, adjust the shape of the radial gradient so that it’s oblong and centered around your text.

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Step 10

In order to make it a striped background, use the Line Segment Tool (\) to draw a vertical line on the left side of the artboard. Copy (Control-C) and Paste (Control-V) this line and move it to the right side of the artboard. Align both lines with each other by selecting them and hitting any of the Vertical Align options in the Align panel (the three options to the right in the top row). Once aligned, select both and use the Blend Tool (W) to apply a blend of 130 Steps or so (this depends on how many stripes you’d like in your background).

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Step 11

Now that the background has been sorted (Steps 10-11), let’s get back to the main text. Group (Control-G) together your letter components and Copy and Paste them. Hide the original group in the Layers panel, as you won’t need it at this time. Ungroup (this was done just for organization’s sake), Select the first part of the first letter (see below for the first leg of the W). Go to Object>Path>Offset Path and input -2px or -4px, depending on how small you’d like the offset shape to be.

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Step 11

I’ve isolated the leg of the W from Step 10 so this process is easier to see. Change the fill color to the Dark Teal from Step 8. Reduce the Opacity of the larger shape to 0% in the Transparency panel. Select both shapes and use the Blend Tool to create a smooth blend of 20 Steps. Select your newly made Blend Group and reduce its overall Opacity to 40% and Blend Mode to Color Burn in the Transparency panel.

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Step 12

Repeat the process of offsetting shapes from Step 10 and the entire process of Step 11 on the rest of your text objects. Group these shapes together and unhide the text group from Step 10 in the Layers panel.

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Step 13

In order to add additional highlights to the text as seen in the image in Step 12, Copy and Paste each leg and curved component of your letters, and apply a Radial Gradient with the Gradient Tool to the lower curves (see below) going from white at 100% Opacity to white at 0% Opacity. Repeat on the other letters where applicable (anything with curved shapes on the bottom). In the case of my text, I added seven additional gradient shapes. Group these extra shapes together.

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Step 14

The next two steps involve three layers of additional text effects. Copy and Paste your text and Unite the copied text in the Pathfinder panel. Set the fill color to Null and the stroke color to Dark Teal (Step 10). In the Stroke panel, set the weight to 1pt and the cap and corner to Rounded. Select the outlined text and go to Effect>Blur>Radial Blur. Set the Amount to 9, Blur Method to Spin, and Quality to Best. This layer will be set above the other three groups that make up your text (see 1. below).

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Step 15

For the second layer Paste the United text again and set the stroke color to null and the fill color to a Linear Gradient going from Dark Teal at 100% to Dark Teal at 0%. In the Gradient panel, set the angle to -90°. In the Transparency panel, set the Opacity to 50% and the Blend Mode to Color Dodge.

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Step 16

For the last layer, Paste the United text again, and set the stroke color to null. Using the Gradient panel, set the fill color to a Linear Gradient going from Dark Teal at 100% to Dark Teal at 0% and set the angle to 90°. In the Transparency panel, set the Opacity to 50% and the Blend Mode to Color Burn.

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Step 17

Group together all of your text groups and new layers made up to this point.

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Step 18

In order to make simple water drops, as seen below, check out the following process:

  • Using the Ellipse Tool , draw a circle. Draw a second, smaller circle inside of the first. The larger circle should be Dark Teal at 100% Opacity and the second, small circle should be Dark Teal at 0% Opacity.
  • Select both, and with the Blend Tool, specify 20 Steps for a smooth blend between the two.
  • Copy and Paste the Blend Group and change the smaller circle’s color to White at 100% Opacity and the larger circle’s color to White at 0% Opacity.
  • Copy and Paste the larger circle and set the fill color to Null and the stroke color to Dark Teal at 1pt weight. In the Transparency panel, set the Blend Mode to Color Burn.

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Step 19

Repeat Step 17 with manipulated circles (do so by pulling anchor points outward, pushing them inward, or manipulating the handles of the anchor points with the Direct Selection Tool). Draw splash shapes with the Pencil Tool (N), and create sparkles by drawing small circles with the Ellipse Tool and going to Effects>Pucker & Bloat and setting the slider to -97% or so. These shapes will be scattered around the main water text.

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Step 20

Draw splash-like shapes on either side of your text with the Pencil Tool. In case you’re not using a tablet to draw, you’ll find you have more control with the Pen Tool (P) in creating curved shapes. The aim of this step is to draw curves aiming outward from the text; as though the letters are splashing water to the sides of the picture plane. Set the fill color to Dark Teal and reduce the Opacity to 60% in the Transparency panel.

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Step 21

Much like the text, there’s multiple layers needed for the splash shapes on the sides. Group together the shapes drawn in Step 19. Copy and Paste them. Using the Color Panel, set the fill color of the top copied group to null and the stroke to Dark Teal; then set the stroke to 1pt (or less, if you’d rather) in the Strokes panel. Next using the Appearance panel, set the Blend Mode to Color Burn. Paste three additional layers of the copied group and follow the same process from steps 13-15 for each of them. Group these splash shapes together.

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Step 22

Repeat Step 20 with the splashy shapes on the other side.

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Step 23

Place the water droplets made in Steps 17-18 around the text as you see fit. With the Pencil Tool, outline the text in a series of pieces (see below). The aim is to make liquid-like, wiggly shapes. Hit Enter with the Pencil Tool selected and when the dialog box for the tool’s options pops up, set the Fidelity to Accurate by bringing the slider (at the top of the box) all the way to the left. If you’re working with a mouse, you may wish to change this to something closer to smooth in case your lines aren’t as accurate as those drawn with a graphics tablet. Make sure the fill color is set to Null and the stroke color is set to Dark Teal (as used throughout this tutorial). I’ve set the weight to 0.25pt in the Stroke panel and reduced the Opacity to 79% with the Blend Mode set to Color Burn in the Transparency panel. Repeat this throughout your text.

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Great job, you’re done!

Group together your text, splash shapes, and water droplets. You can add additional sparkles, render the splash shapes like the water droplets, or push the text further with additional layers of gradient shapes, shadows, and highlights.

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10 Distinct Brochures That Will Dare Your Designs To Be Different http://vectips.com/inspiration/brochures/ http://vectips.com/inspiration/brochures/#comments Thu, 27 Mar 2014 14:40:08 +0000 http://vectips.com/?p=9649 In this inspirational roundup, you will find ten unique brochures that will put that creative spark back in otherwise humdrum brochure designs. Some of these brochures simply have a great design, and others have another distinct feature like 3d design elements that really make them stand out. Brochures and flyers are a very important element […]

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In this inspirational roundup, you will find ten unique brochures that will put that creative spark back in otherwise humdrum brochure designs. Some of these brochures simply have a great design, and others have another distinct feature like 3d design elements that really make them stand out. Brochures and flyers are a very important element when it comes to promoting your firm. They represent you and what you do. When designing brochures and flyers, you’ll want to be sure to include all of the relevant info, but too much text can be boring and hard to read. So keep it simple. Have some great brochures design? Share them with us in the comments! :)

Stephane Pianacci

I really like how Stephane clipped an image into the font and how he designed and placed the map on the inside of the flyer.

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Maurizio Pagnozzi

There is a lot of action into this flyers’ design (which is very fitting for this media), but it’s very nice balanced. I especially like the logo–it’s sharp and clean and the yellow color conveys the energy behind the event.

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R E B E C C A _ W I L L I

Looks different but great! Click on the image to see how this brochure looks unfolded. You will be surprised :)

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Jonathan Quintin

March 29th is Arbor Day–a time to reflect on conserving our planet. So don’t forget to turn off the light :)

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Sarfaraz A. Hanfi

Very large font used on the inside of this brochure, but perfect designed and balanced with the rest of the design elements. I always love the vibrance the logo portrays too.

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Raewyn BrandonMatias Corea and Jocelyn K. Glei

So will you stop doing busy work and start doing your best work? :) Very creative layout in this piece.

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Kalimera

Kalimera did a great job in implementing something different like a 3D effect instead of only type and pictures.

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Another 3D brochure design example by Kalimera. It really stands out of the crowd!

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Thomas Pavitte

Just unfold and unfold and the you will find an unique brochure design, very different from what we know and what we always design. Inspiring!

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Stephane Pianacci

I really love how Stephane decided to design this program of events as it’s both visually appealing and functional. You can fold it and leave only the page with the day you are interested in.

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How to Create a Calculator Icon That Will Rock Your Next App Design http://vectips.com/tutorials/calculator-icon-2/ http://vectips.com/tutorials/calculator-icon-2/#comments Tue, 25 Mar 2014 13:00:53 +0000 http://vectips.com/?p=9477 In the following tutorial, you will learn how to create a calculator icon using basic shapes, the mesh tool, and pathfinder techniques. I hope you learn some handy tips along the way. So, let’s get started!         Tutorial Details Program: Adobe Illustrator CS6-CC Difficulty: Beginner Topics Covered: Basic Shapes, the Mesh Tool, Pathfinder Tool Estimated Completion Time: 30 Minutes Final Image Step 1 Start Adobe Illustrator, then go to the File > New…. create a new document with size of 600 x 600px, and in the opened dialog box choose RGB color mode. Step 2 Next we’ll create the main shape of […]

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In the following tutorial, you will learn how to create a calculator icon using basic shapes, the mesh tool, and pathfinder techniques. I hope you learn some handy tips along the way. So, let’s get started!

 
 
 
 

Tutorial Details

  • Program: Adobe Illustrator CS6-CC
  • Difficulty: Beginner
  • Topics Covered: Basic Shapes, the Mesh Tool, Pathfinder Tool
  • Estimated Completion Time: 30 Minutes

Final Image

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Step 1

Start Adobe Illustrator, then go to the File > New…. create a new document with size of 600 x 600px, and in the opened dialog box choose RGB color mode.

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Step 2

Next we’ll create the main shape of our calculator. Press “ M ” and choose the Rounded Rectangle Tool, set the Width = 450px , Height = 450px and the Corner Radius = 120px. Then using the Color Palette, set the fill color to #B4AAA4 with no stroke.

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Step 3

In the Layer Palette, name that layer is ”Body ”. Next, press “ U “ for the Mesh Tool, click on Rounded rectangle and create the mesh, then fill the points with the color #E9E1D1

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Continuing with the mesh, click around the Rounded rectangle again, and fill with the color #ADA19C. You can see the effect in the image below.

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Now we’re almost done with the body. But wait, I want this icon look shiny so we will do a trick. Click on the icon and press Ctrl + C (copy) then Ctrl + F (Paste in front). Using the Appearance Palette, change the Blending mode to Overlay; then repeat these same steps to create an additional Body Layer.

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Step 4

Next, we’ll create another shape, so press “ U “ again to create a new Rounded Rectangle, and set the dimensions to Width = 350pxHeight = 100pxCorner Radius = 50px.

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Then using the Gradient Palette, fill it the gradient like the image below.

 

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Step 5

Select the Rounded rectangle that we have just created, click Object > Path > Offset Path.

 

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Now we have two rounded rectangles. Again using the Gradient Palette, change the gradient’s location to 69.19% on the second rounded rectangle that we have just created.

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Step 6

Next, let’s work with highlights. Click on the second rounded rectangle and repeat step 5 to create a third rounded rectangle.

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Using the Appearance Pallete, change the Blending Mode to Overlay and lower the Opacity = 50. Your image should look like the image below.

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Step 7

In this step, we’re going to create an inner shadow inside the screen of this calculator icon. Press “ M “ and set Width = 350px, Height = 100px, Corner Radius = 50. Then fill it with the color #ADA19C. Next click on Object > Path > Offset Path and set the Offset = – 8. Fill it with the color #E9E1DB. Select of both rounded rectangle and click on Object > Blend > Blend Options; Set Spacing : Specified Steps = 8 then press OK.

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Change the Blending Mode to Multiply using the Appearance Palette.

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Press Ctrl + C (copy) then Ctrl + F (Paste in front). Using the Appearance Palette,  change the Blending mode to Overlay and lower the Opacity to 70%.

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Step 8

In this step, we’ll create a glossy sheen on the screen of the calculator icon. Press “ M “ to create 2 rounded rectangles. On the first one, set the settings to Width = 340px, Height = 100px, Corner radius = 50px, and the second one with Width = 350px, Height = 100px, Corner radius = 50px . Using the Layers Palette, place the second one in front of the first one like the image below.

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Change top color of the top rectangle to #FFFFFF.  Apply a Blur effect to it by clicking EffectBlur > Gaussian Blur, and set the Radius = 10 px. Then using the Appearance Palette, change the Blending Mode to Overlay and lower its Opacity to 60%.

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Step 9

Now we’ll create the buttons for this calculator. First press “ M “ and set the size of the shape to Width = 100px, Height = 200px, Corner Radius = 50px. Fill this shape with color #00ADEE, then with it still selected, click Object > Path > Offset Path. Set the Offset = 4px and fill it with the same gradient as step 4; change the Blending Mode to Overlay and lower its Opacity to 70% from the Appearance Palette.

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Next, we’ll create the shadow for the button. Duplicate the rounded rectangle by pressing Ctrl + C (copy) then Ctrl + V (Paste), change the color # ADA19C. With this shape still selected, click on Object Path > Offset Path, set the Offset = 4px, and the fill color to #E9E1DB.

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Select both shapes and click on Object > Blend > Blend Options.

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Next, move the gray rounded shape below the blue shape using the Layers palette. Then with the gray shape still selected, change the Blending Mode to Multiply and lower the Opacity to 80% in the Appearance Palette.

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Step 10

Press “ U “ for the Mesh tool to create a mesh for the blue button, then click on the blue button to add the mesh. See the example image below.

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Create a copy of the blue shape by pressing Ctrl + C (copy) then Ctrl + F (Paste in front). Then using the Appearance palette, change the Blending mode to Overlay, and lower its Opacity to 70%.

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Now we’ll create another shadow for the button to make it look more realistic. Create a rounded rectangle with Width = 100pxHeight = 200pxCorner Radius = 50px. Fill with the color #ADA19C and apply a Gaussian Blur by going to Effect > Blur > Gaussian Blur and set the Radius to 10px. Then change the Blending Mode to Multiply using the Transparency palette.

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Next we’ll draw the equals symbol. Press “M” and draw a small rectangle with a fill (any color will do) with no stroke. Then using the Gradient Palette, apply a white to gray gradient on our rectangle. Next hit CTRL + C and CTRL + V to create a duplicate and space the 2 rectangles we’ve just created like the below image.

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And we’re done with this button. Here is the result.

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Step 11

In this step, we are going to create a square button for the calculator icon. Press “ M “ for rounded rectangle with Width = 80px, Height = 80px, Corner radius = 20px. Then duplicate the rectangle by hitting Ctrl + C (copy) and Ctrl + V ( Paste).

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And with the second rounded rectangle selected, click Object > Path > Offset path and set the Offset = 3px.

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Now separate the rectangles and follow the below instructions.

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Now we need one more shadow for this button. Press Ctrl + C (Copy) the offset path we have just created then Ctrl + V ( Paste ). Select it and create one more offset path with Offset = 3px.

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Now place all of the rectangles on top of each other, and using the Layers palette, layer them in the following order:

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Group the 4 rectangles by hitting CTRL + G. Then create 3 duplicates of the square button by hitting CTRL + C (Copy) and CTRL + V (Paste) 3 times. Then arrange them like the image below.

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Step 12

Now we’ll create 4 basic shapes and fill the with the gradient as in the image below. Then using the Transparency palette, change the Blending Mode to Multiply with lower the Opacity to 70%.

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And you should get result like this.

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Step 13

Now we need to add a background. Draw a rectangle using the Rectangle Tool (M) and apply a radial gradient to it using the Gradient Palette with a white color in the middle and gray on the edges. Then create a copy in front by hitting Ctrl + C (Copy) and Ctrl + F (Paste in front), and using the Appearance palette, change the Blending Mode to Overlay.

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Step 14

Next, we need to add a drop shadow on the icon, draw a rectangle using the Rectangle Tool (M) with Width = 460px , Height = 460 px , Corner Radius = 120 px , fill with color # 231F20, then go to Effect > Blur > Gaussian blur and set the Radius = 25px. Change the Blending Mode to Multiply the Opacity to 40% using the Transparency palette.

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And this is final result.

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Congratulations! You’re done!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial and can apply these techniques in your future projects.

 

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10 Inspiring Business Cards That Stand Out From the Crowd of Competition http://vectips.com/inspiration/business-cards/ http://vectips.com/inspiration/business-cards/#comments Thu, 20 Mar 2014 12:00:18 +0000 http://vectips.com/?p=9627 We all know that giving a well designed business card to a potential client is very important because it represents you and your business as well. In this inspirational collection, you will find 10 innovative business card designs that really stand out from the crowd. But one thing to note is that when designing a […]

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BusinesscardsWe all know that giving a well designed business card to a potential client is very important because it represents you and your business as well. In this inspirational collection, you will find 10 innovative business card designs that really stand out from the crowd. But one thing to note is that when designing a business card of your own, you need to keep you the layout as simple as possible because you don’t want your client to search too much for the email or for the phone number, right? :)

 

Racu Virginia

I really love how Virginia converted the back of the card in a mini resume, and I also like how she used different shades of blue and white in order to create the icons.

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Félix Paula

Felix did a great job! Although he used all the space of the business card with the landscape design, the contact info is center aligned, very clear, and easy to read.

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Heba Elsafty

Simple, nice colors and great layout using unique shapes. I also like that everything is center aligned, even the contact info from the front of the card.

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Rebeca Alvarez

Very fun and colorful flat design of a character who I assume is Rebeca herself. Great job, Rebeca!

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SmartHeart

First of all, I like the unique fox icon and also the vibrant colors the designer used. You can discover the rest of the branding package by clicking on the image below.

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Chez Valois

I love this unconventional and unique design–different from all I had seen before. The engineering effect in this business card design uses 3D design elements to create an upward trending graph. Simply a brilliant job!

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SLTWTR Creative Agency

I’m not a big fan of vertical business cards, but this one has something special. Again I love the logo, and I also like the way the designer created the lines and chose a font that gives the cards a handmade look.

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Daniel Duplex

This is the first time I’ve see a folded business card. This technique gives you much more space to promote your business rather than just providing the typical contact info. You actually can transform it into a mini brochure! Isn’t that great?

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Mohammad Ali Nemati

One thing I can say about this one: very vibrant! Great color usage, and I also like the layout. Mohammad also did a stellar job in using white space to balance the back with the front of the card.

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Greg Healy

And here’s the piece de resistance–this is my favorite business card from this collection and one of the great business card I’ve seen lately! Look at the logo, look at the paper texture, everything is how it should be. And also check out how the paper is folded in order to create a shirt collar–fabulous!

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How to Create a Donut Font Style That Will Have Your Clients Drooling http://vectips.com/tutorials/donut-font-style/ http://vectips.com/tutorials/donut-font-style/#comments Tue, 18 Mar 2014 13:00:18 +0000 http://vectips.com/?p=9431 In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to create a food-inspired font style entirely from scratch by manipulating shapes with gradients, custom brushes, and various vector and raster effects within the appearance panel. Once you have the first letter, an entire alphabet of donut goodness awaits! Tutorial Details Program: Adobe Illustrator CS6-CC Difficulty: Intermediate Topics Covered: […]

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In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to create a food-inspired font style entirely from scratch by manipulating shapes with gradients, custom brushes, and various vector and raster effects within the appearance panel. Once you have the first letter, an entire alphabet of donut goodness awaits!

Tutorial Details

  • Program: Adobe Illustrator CS6-CC
  • Difficulty: Intermediate
  • Topics Covered: Appearance Panel, Pencil Tool, Shape Builder Tool
  • Estimated Completion Time: 45 Minutes

Final Image

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Step 1

In order to begin, I like to set up my background layer first. Create a new document that is longer than it is wide (in this case 8″ x 4″, or so). Use the Rectangle Tool (M) to create a shape larger than the artboard. I chose a light pink for the fill color. Using a darker pink and the Line Segment Tool (\), I drew a line on the left of the artboard, Copied (Control-C) and Pasted (Control-V) it on the right and used the Blend Tool (W), seen below to create a simple striped background at 125 Steps (your step number may vary depending on the width of your line segments, size of your document, and how thin or thick you’d like the stripes to be). Reduce the opacity of the Blend Group in the Transparency panel to 79%, and change its Blend Mode to Soft Light.

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Step 2

Select the rectangle you drew in Step 1, and apply a Radial Gradient using the Gradient Tool (G). The gradient pictured below goes from light pink to dark pink. Whatever your color theme, keep the darker color to the edges of the gradient.

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Step 3

In case you’d like to change your background color quickly, for whatever reason, draw another rectangle over the artboard, set the fill to your chosen color, and the Blend Mode in the Transparency panel to Color.

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Step 4

Let’s draw some letters. Use the Pencil Tool (N) and carefully draw simple, rounded letters. If you set the Pencil Tool’s Options’ Fidelity to Smooth your paths will smooth out and be drawn more perfectly. To do so, hit Enter with the Pencil Tool selected and, in the options’ panel that pops up, slide the Fidelity slider all the way to the right. Set the Stroke Weight in the Stroke panel to 12-20 points (something thick, but not so thick that the letter’s details aren’t easily made out). Use a tan, brown, or yellow color for your donut base. Keep your letters rounded by selecting rounded Caps and Corners in the Strokes panel.

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Step 5

Draw all of your letters, and align them to the bottom by Selecting your letters and hitting Vertical Align Right (last icon in the top row) in the Align panel. Alternatively, you can arrange with the Selection Tool (V). Expand the stroked paths in Object > Expand so your letters become closed shapes.

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Step 6

Using the Pencil Tool or Pen Tool (P), draw a scalloped shape overlapping the O, D, and T, and be sure to close the shape. Select both the letter and new shape, and hit Minus Front in the Pathfinder panel. Now you’ve successfully taken a bite out of some of your donut letters.

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Step 7

Using a bright color (in this case pink), draw flower-like shapes on rounded letters with hole (O’s, D’s, B’s, P’s, etc) and dripping shapes on the tops of other letters. For the rounded shapes with holes in the center select both the icing shape and the donut letter. Use the Shape Builder Tool (Shift-M) to select the central hole. Deselect both and Delete the central hole. Also note below, the additional bite shapes taken out of other letters during Step 6.

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Step 8

Let’s start rendering the first donut letter. Copy and Paste the D and set the Fill to Null and the Stroke to light brown using the Color Palette, and then change the stroke’s weight to 3pt in the Stroke panel. In the Transparency panel, set the Blend Mode to Soft Light.

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Step 9

Copy and Paste the D again and set the Fill to Null and the Stroke to the same light brown (something darker than the donut base color in case you’re not using tan) as done in Step 8. Set the stroke’s weight to 0.5pt and keep the Blend Mode at Normal.

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Step 10

I’ve hidden the icing shape in the Layers panel so we can focus on the cake portion of the donut letters. Select the D, Copy, Paste, and Align it (with the first D), and go to Effect > Stylize > Inner Glow. In the dialog box that pops up, set the Mode to Screen, Opacity to 60%, and Blur to 0.2 in.

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Step 11

The second effect you’ll add to the shape from Step 10 is a Drop Shadow. Do so by going to Effect > Stylize > Drop Shadow. Set the Mode to Color Burn, Opacity to 75%, X Offset to 0.1 in, Y Offset to 0.02 in, Blur to 0.1 in, and the Color to Brown.

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Step 12

Copy and Paste the base D shape again.  Using the Gradient Tool, set the fill to a Radial Gradient going from Brown at 100% to Tan at 0%, and place the radial gradient on the lower right of the letter. Reduce the Opacity of the shape to 83% in the Transparency panel.

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Step 13

Paste the D for a third time (make sure each D is aligned with the base shape), and set the shape’s Blend Mode to Color Burn and Opacity to 53% in the Transparency panel. Go to Effect > Sketch > Note Paper, and apply this effect (seen below) with Image Balance at 25, Graininess at 10, and Relief at 11. The fill color of this shape is tan; it’s the same as the base color of the donut letters.

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Step 14

Paste the letter D for a fourth time and set the fill color to a Linear Gradient using the Gradient palette, going from tan to a darker tan color. Set the Opacity to 50% and the Blend Mode to Soft Light in the Transparency panel.

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Add a Grain effect by going to Effect > Texture > Grain and setting the Intensity to 72, Contrast to 38, and Grain Type to Regular.

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Step 15

Once again (for the fifth time since Step 10), Paste the D and Align it with the rest of the letter’s layered shapes. Then apply a Radial Gradient as the fill color. This gradient is the same as the one from Step 12 but will be placed at the top left of the D.

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Step 16

For additional highlight and shadow paths, we’re going to create two custom art brushes. The process for each is the same for each, with the difference between the two being their color only (one is a creamy yellow and the other is brown).
Use the Ellipse Tool (L) to draw a long, thin ellipse. Use the Convert Anchor Point Tool (Shift-C) to bring the two anchor points on either end of the ellipse to points. Select your new shape and go to Object > Path > Offset Path…. Offset the shape by -8px or so (hit preview so you can check out the offset shape) and hit OK. Select the larger of the two shapes and reduce its opacity to 0%. Select both shapes, and with the Blend Tool, create a smooth blend of 6-10 steps.

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Step 17

In order to create a brush with the blended shape you created in Step 16, go to the Brushes panel and hit New Brush. Select Art Brush and give it a name. I’ve left the settings at their default features (seen below). Make sure your brush’s direction is going to the left though. Hit OK, and you can use your new brush by selecting it in the Brushes panel with the Paintbrush Tool (B).

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Step 18

Use the brush made in Steps 16-17 to draw paths (with the Paintbrush Tool) along the left edges of your donut letter.

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Step 19

With the alternate brush (same as steps 16-17 but with brown instead of yellow), draw paths around the bottom edges, bite marks, and lower portion of the donut’s center. Group (Control-G) the paths together and set the group’s Blend Mode to Multiply. Group together all of the donut layers (those made in Steps 8-19).

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Step 20

Unhide the icing shape in the Layers panel, and lock the donut D group so you don’t accidentally pick up paths or alter the appearance of its objects.

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Step 21

Copy and Paste the icing shape and align both icing pieces on the donut. If you’d like some of the donut to show through the center of the icing’s hole, you can enlarge the path around the hole by selecting it with the Direct Selection Tool (A) and resizing it with the Scale Tool (S) (hold down shift to keep the size ratio). In the Transparency panel, lower the icing shape’s Opacity to 71% and the Blend Mode to Lighten. Apply an Inner Glow effect by going to Effect > Stylize > Inner Glow, with its Mode set to Hard Light, Opacity to 83%, and Blur to 0.1in.

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Additionally, apply the Artistic effect Plastic Wrap to this icing shape with the Highlight Strength at 13, Detail at 13, and Smoothness at 13. You may need to adjust these settings according to the icing’s overall shape (a bit of trial and error will be involved by editing effects in the Appearance panel).

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Step 22

Copy and Paste the icing shape again. Set the Fill color to Null and the Stroke color to Brown at 0.5 pt weight. Apply a Radial Blur with the following settings: Amount is 9, Blur Method is Zoom, and Quality is Best.

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Step 23

Paste the icing shape again and set the Fill color to Null, Stroke Color to Brown, Stroke Weight to 3pt, and apply the custom art brush created in Steps 16-17. Lower the Opacity to 50% and set the Blending Mode to Soft Light in the Transparency panel.

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Step 24

Copy and Paste the interior path of the icing shape. Set the Fill color to Null, Stroke Color to Brown, Stroke Weight to 1pt, Opacity to 50%, Blending Mode to Multiply, and apply a Gaussian Blur with a Radius of 2.3 Pixels. Group together the icing components created in Steps 20-24.

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Step 25

Draw a small shape with the Rounded Rectangle Tool. Offset the object’s path to -1px, hit OK, and select the first rounded rectangle again and Offset its path to -2px. Select each shape and apply a different shade of the same color to it. Group these three shapes together.

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Step 26

Repeat Step 25 on a circle. Copy, Paste, and Scale these sprinkles so you have an assortment of them in various sizes and angles.

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Step 27

Select one of the sprinkle groups and go to Edit > Edit Colors > Recolor Artwork…

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Double click one of the boxes under New to change its color. If you already have your chosen colors set in your Swatches panel, you can make easy work of recoloring the sprinkles by choosing the appropriate swatch. If not, stick to Color Models and choose from the Color Picker.

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Change the colors for as many sprinkles as you’d like. Additionally, use the Ellipse Tool to draw small white circles for tiny sprinkles.

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Step 28

Select all of the sprinkles you’ve drawn and apply a Drop Shadow effect as follows: Mode set to Multiply, Opacity at 68%, X Offset is 0.03 in, Y Offset is 0.03 in, Blur is 0.01 in, and the Color is a dark magenta (since it’ll be on top of pink icing in my text). distribute the sprinkles around the icing as you see fit. Group the sprinkles together.

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Step 29

Here’s a view of the donut’s components: Cake, Icing, and Sprinkles. The Cake is covered in Steps 4-6 and Steps 9-19. The Icing is covered in Steps 7-8 and Steps 20-24. The Sprinkles are covered in Steps 25-28. Repeat each of these sections and their series of steps for each letter in your design.

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Step 30

Make sure you Group each letter’s components together so your Layers panel is organized. Feel free to step up your design with various colors of icing, different donut flavors and a variety of donut styles. Bon appetite!

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