Pathfinder and Align Tool in Illustrator

Here is an Illustrator tutorial where I will show you to draw a simple icon without using the Pen tool. Draw the basic shapes First of all, activate Smart Guides (View > Smart Guides). Pick the Rounded Rectangle Tool and draw a shape as shown above. Modify the corners of the rectangle using the up or down arrow keys while dragging the shape. Make sure that the radius of the rounded corners of Continue Reading

Making a Background with Confetti and Flower

Let us begin with a rectangle with the size of the background (800 x 600). Create a gradient as shown below. Using the gradient tool, create a new gradient. But you should have something in the fill.     Lock this layer and make a new one. Draw some squares and give different colours to each.     Select the squares and group them.         Open Continue Reading

Making a Perfect Diamond in illustrator

Creating a diamond is quite simple in illustrator. So in this tutorial we are going to do the same, create one. Below given is a proportional diamond line which we can use as a guide.     1. Make a template First you have to place the line art. Go to File>Place and select the graphic. Navigate to Layers Palette > Template. This will lock and make the graphic transparent Continue Reading

How to Retain Spot Colours Using Illustrator

If you are using Photoshop to create an image having transparency effects and spot colours, then better use Illustrator instead. For example, you are trying to create a logo with some transparency effects. Suppose the effect you are trying to create is a glass sphere, like a marble. By using Photoshop, you will have trouble to keep the logo in spot colours to get the desired result. This is because Continue Reading

How to make Dots from a Circle

In this tutorial you will learn to create dots from a circle in Illustrator CS3. Open a new document. Using the Ellipse tool create a circle.           Using the Swatches window, give a gradient colour.     Now modify the gradient colours as shown below.   You have to move the black colour to the middle.       Pixelate Continue Reading

How to Align Anchor Points in Illustrator CS3

In Illustrator CS3, when you try to align points of a line made with the pencil tool of 5 point, how does it know that whether you want to align the points between themselves or the whole object relative to another one? When all nodes are selected, can Illustrator tell if u have selected the object or just all of its nodes? In Illustrator CS3 enables you to align individual anchor points with the Continue Reading

Forming Irregular Patterns in Illustrator

We will start with a square which is later converted it to a guide using Control+5.     Check the Snap to Point option.       Make the square which will act as the bounding box. Then draw any shape on the edge. Now choose everything.     Alt+drag to the right for copying. Make sure it snaps.     Remove Continue Reading

Drawing a Christmas Hat in Illustrator

1. Drawing the Hat Draw two basic paths and fill them with Linear gradient (red to darker-red).     2. Shadow Create a shadow path similar to the image on the left. Pick the top part of the hat. Copy and Paste the hat in Front (Ctrl+F). Choose the copied path and the shadow path. Press the Alt key and choose Intersect shape areas in Pathfinder palette. The path should be Continue Reading