creating artwork in Illustrator using simple or basic shapes. This tutorial takes that idea to the extreme by using nothing by the rectangle tool to create a simple 8-bit style pixel character. Pixels are usually associated with Photoshop, but the great thing about Illustrator is your artwork is 100% vector, so unlike Photoshop you can scale your design to any size while retaining those blocky 8-bit characteristics.
combining one of the most primitive and limited graphic techniques edited on a pixel level, with the modern sleek aesthetic of 3D effects. But the result is a juxtaposition so rockin it kicks you straight in your nostalgic keister!
how to create a semi-realistic MacBook Pro illustration in Adobe Illustrator.
learn how to create a simple photos icon in Adobe Illustrator.
For starters you will learn how to prepare a new document and how to set up a simple grid. Next, using a free stock photo along with a white square you will learn a basic masking technique. Building the picture frame you will learn how to use multiple fills, strokes and effects inside the Appearance panel. Finally, using a simple Transform effect you will learn how to easily multiply your photo icon.
Adobe Illustrator’s 3D effects can be a used to create quick, yet realistic product mock-ups. While not a full ray-tracing 3D application, Illustrator’s 3D feature is quite sophisticated, and it has some advantages over its more expensive counterparts. For starters, vector objects and effects can be scaled to any size without loss of quality. It’s easy to re-purpose vector art you’ve already created, plus you don’t have to leave the friendly confines of Illustrator. And as you’ll see in the following steps, the learning curve is not nearly as steep.
learn the excellent Illustrator tools and create your own impressive and stunning artworks!
how to use one of the great new features of Adobe Illustrator CS6, gradient on stroke, to create a 100% vector Drop Shadow and Inner Glow.
The creation of the seamless pattern was always not an easy task, which required exactness and diligence. Fortunately with the new version of Adobe Illustrator CS6 this process became automatic, so now every beginner can solve this task easily. Let’s check out how it works!
how to create some vector camp badges in Adobe Illustrator that is. Using Drew Wilson’s “Pictos” icon set as our starting point, Ryan’s first tip in Illustrator CS6 is here to kick off the season and get us ready to roast some marshmallows.
Adobe Illustrator CS6 has a new feature which is called Gradient on Strokes. It is the first time since Adobe Illustrator’s creation we have an opportunity to apply the gradient fills to the strokes. There are two more types of the gradient fills beside the linear and radial gradient fills. I think this feature has lots of creative potential. Let’s examine the gradient on strokes in more detail and figure out how to use it.
Follow this quick tip and learn how to create a simple grass text effect. We will use the Note Paper effect then with the help of the Live Trace options to obtain the vector shapes that we need. The Pucker & Bloat effect can be used successfully in this case to create a pretty realistic grass look.
The most significant change in Illustrator is the the Mercury Performance System. With the Adobe Mercury Program, Illustrator has native 64-bit support on Mac OS and Windows.
create a pair of detailed luscious lips from a stock image, including the teeth.
It’s hard to get a grungy look in vector because it’s such a clean medium to work with. However, by playing with Image Trace and Art Brushes, you can achieve that messy edge. In today’s tutorial, I’m going to show you how to create a quick, grungy CMYK pattern in Adobe Illustrator CS6 using the new Image Trace feature and Pattern tools.
create a set of colorful portraits from a stock image base, in a similar style to Warhol’s, using Adobe Illustrator.
Although a lot of Illustrator tools are fairly simple to grasp, using them with finesse and perfecting the finer details can take further practice. In this tutorial we’ll look at a selection of transparency and gradient tools that aren’t always used as subtly and beautifully as they can be. We’ll create a lifelike but contemporary animal study here, but the techniques covered can be applied to any subject matter that requires a striking dynamic look or an elegant subtle shine, from branding to character design.
how to create a Vector and Retro Mix Poster that would look great on canvas prints, using some stock image, textures and creating some vector shapes in Illustrator.
This tutorial, and its second counterpart, will walk you through the process of creating a simple anime character bust from start to finish. Here we focus on the drawing side of it and creating a clean sketch, which we then render with vector to create a line art. You will need a graphics tablet or digital drawing pad for this tutorial. Alternatively, you will need to sketch your drawing onto paper and scan it in when we move on to the vector part in step 21. This tutorial is aimed at novices to the anime style.
Learn how to create a super cute vector illustration of a monster. This tutorial focuses on many aspects of drawing characters, lighting techniques, and unique brush creation that will help you in you future character projects. If you’re wanting to learn about expressive illustration with Adobe Illustrator, then this is a great intermediate level tutorial for you!
learn to create 3D Typography using the Perspective Tool, Blends and some of the new features of Adobe Illustrator CS6.
Learn how to create a high gloss flaming ball using the Warp Settings, Blends and Transparency Panel in Adobe Illustrator CS5. The final image is scalable and can be used as an illustration or icon design.
One of my favorite new tools with Adobe Illustrator CS6 is the Pattern Tool. It’s great for creating complex seamless patterns in real time and gives you so many options. However it’s not so easy to create a Pattern Brush. Today’s Quick Tip tutorial is a bit of an experimental one, showing you how you can use the Pattern Tool to help in the creation of a Pattern Brush.
how to create “one stroke” flowers, inspired by a nail art process. It’s aimed specifically at beginners and is great at showing some awesome effects with the new Adobe Illustrator CS6 gradient on stroke feature.
Adobe Illustrator isn’t the only vector game in town. In fact, you have the power of vector art on the go with Adobe Ideas, the drawing app for Apple’s iPad. In this video Ryan shows us how to take a quick little doodle in Ideas, and add a little more love in Adobe Illustrator. You’ll only need to know pen tool for this one, plus having an iPad would be helpful.
Illustrator’s new pattern creation tools have made it a lot easier and more fun to create seamlessly tiled patterns. See it in action in this Vector QuickTip.
This video will focus on the creation of a Feather Brush in Adobe Illustrator CS6, and although this tutorial is created with AI CS6, these techniques will transfer to legacy versions. This tutorial is a great introduction to custom brush creation.
The new Image Trace function in Adobe Illustrator CS6 has some major improvements and some major headaches. In this Quick Tip you can see it in action!
The Flare tool in Illustrator is a bit of a mystery. How often do you find yourself in need of a lens flare in Illustrator? Never? Don’t write it off just yet! The Flare tool can be tweaked and transformed to create some spectacular special effects.
Illustrator CS6 Create Cartoon Characters Tutorial
In this episode of the Adobe Creative Suite Podcast Terry White shows you how to Get Started with Adobe Illustrator CS6 – 10 Things Beginners Want To Know How To Do.