Drawing a Cartoon Snail in Adobe illustrator

To begin with, pace a scanned pencil sketch by navigating to File > Place and select the sketch file. Here I have used a 72 dpi greyscale scan.     Use the Pen tool to trace the scan. Use a colour stroked line. It’s easier to see. It is good to close all the paths so that each piece becomes an individual complete shape.     Remove the sketch as you Continue Reading

Distorting an Object Using Envelope Distortion

In this tutorial we will learn how to distort an object using Envelope Distortion in Illustrator. Step-1 Create a text in a type you desire. I have used the font Myriad Pro Black. Then go to the Type Menu > Create Outlines to convert the text to shapes.     Step-2 Pick the Rectangle tool and make a box around the text in which the text fits in. Make sure that the Continue Reading

Design your Own Pencil Icon in Illustrator

This is a tutorial on how to create a sleek pencil design using Adobe Illustrator CS3. Step 1 Go to File > New, and use the settings you prefer. Also change the color mode to RGB and leave the rest. Enable the grid (View > Show Grid) and Snap to Grid (View > Snap to Grid). Step 2 Use the Rectangle Tool (M) to draw a rectangle keeping it aligned with the grid. Looking at the subdivisions Continue Reading

Creating Linear Blue Background in Illustrator CS2

In this tutorial we will learn to create interesting background that can be used for a variety of purposes. Draw a triangle and fill it with a gradient.   On a new layer, draw some geometric shapes using the Pen tool and give a new gradient. Fill each of the items with the Gradient Tool in different directions.   Make a new layer. Using the Line tool draw a line having Continue Reading

Creating a Vector RSS Icon in Illustrator

This tutorial covers the process of creating your own customised vector RSS icon in Illustrator. Since it is in vector format, its size can be scaled up and down for future use. The diagram given below shows the structure of the elements that makes up the icon. Illustrator works in layers. Multiple objects can also be stacked on top of one another within a single layer. By using 'CTRL/CMD + [' and Continue Reading

Creating an Envelope Icon in Illustrator

In this tutorial you will learn to use the gradient, rectangle, pathfinder and line tool to create a simple envelope. With change in the direction of the arrow, you will have multiple defined icons. Step 1 Make a rectangle of 1.93 X 1.96 cm give the stroke colour #dc9494.     Step 2 Fill it with a grey to white gradient and Radial fill #fbcbcb to white.     Step Continue Reading

Creating Better Titles using Text Tool

The Text tool in Illustrator provides flexibility in editing the text once it is outlined. You can move the letters around and even the lines and shapes around. So let us see what you can do with it. Step-1   Let us begin by typing a name or a slogan with ampersand in it. The font used here is Rosewood. Type the first word using the Text tool. Click somewhere else with the Type tool and Continue Reading

Creating a Layout for Poster in Illustrator

Open a new document of 11 x 17 in portrait version with CMYK. Click on the arrow on the Swatches palette and choose Select All Unused and delete it.   Below Colour choose an orange colour and use the settings below. Name the colour and click on the Colour Type and set the type to Spot Colour. Give a name to the layer and lock it. Make a new layer and name it ‘Pattern’. For this layer, Continue Reading

Creating Metallic Lettering in Illustrator CS2

In this tutorial we are going to create metallic lettering in vector format using Illustrator CS2. Step 1 Open a new document Create a new RGB document. In the Layers palette name this layer as “TEXT”. In tutorial we are using points as the unit of measurement. To ensure that you are using the same measurements, go to the menu bar and choose Illustrator (PC: Edit) > Preferences > Units Continue Reading

Scaling an Object without Scaling the Stroke

Through this tutorial you will learn to scale an object without scaling its stroke in Adobe Illustrator CS3. Create a new document. Select the Rectangle Tool and draw two circles.   Using this example I am going to tell what you are not supposed to do. Open the Transform palette. Click on the options in the upper right part. Make sure the "Scale Strokes and Effects" is selected.   Now Continue Reading