Creating Grunge Borders using Adobe Illustrator CS3

In this tutorial you will learn to create a custom brush with which will allow you to create eye-catching border mask in Illustrator. You can apply it to snaps or graphics without distorting the original image. Step 1 Creating an Oval Shape From the tool box select the Ellipse tool (L). On the artboard, click once. In the dialog box that appears enter 200 pt for Width, 50 pt for Height. Then click Continue Reading

How to Add Gradient Strokes to Text

How to Add Gradient Strokes to Text Follow the steps explained below to create gradient strokes for the text by keeping it still editable. Step 1 Choose a font of your liking and type some text with the Type tool. Here I have used my favourite font, Arial Black     Step 2 You have to set the fill and stroke of the text to none. If you don’t do this now, later on when you Continue Reading

Creating a Quilt Block using Illustrator

This tutorial will take you through the making and colouring of quilt blocks. In the above image, same drawing pattern is used for both blocks only the colouring is inverted. In the quilt pattern, the blocks are symmetrical and are made from a basic square. 1. Draw a square using rectangle tool Create a new document. As shown in the tool bar below, set the Fill colour to none and Stroke to black Continue Reading

Diversestyles of picture book illustrations

As a book illustrator or a publisher we are all confused about the various children books and formats that are available in the market.  If you want to achieve success in book illustration and market your books, you should understand all the genres and formats that picture books come in. When you want to publish your illustrations, these vital points may be helpful when you submit your manuscript Continue Reading

Creating a Psychedelic Pattern

In this tutorial we will learn to create a psychedelic pattern using the pathfinder and the pattern tool. Step 1 Create a new document. Step 2 Using the Polygon Tool create 3 objects.     Step 3 Change to the Outline View (ctrl+y).   Step 4 Make sure that the objects you created looks as in the given image.     Step 5 Use he pathfinder Continue Reading

Creating an Abstract Vector Design in Illustrator

From the simplest shapes you can create good looking abstract design. We are going to create a trendy vector illustration using the Illustrator.   Create a new document having A4 size in Adobe Illustrator. Set the Colour Mode to RGB for a choice of pleasant, lively colours.   On the artboard, draw a 210×297mm rectangle and align it to the centre. Then add a soft grey to white Continue Reading

Creating a Logo Using Trim in Adobe Illustrator

This tutorial is for beginners who are not familiar with the pathfinder palette in the Adobe Illustrator. Lets have a look at the tools in the palette and what can they do. Step 1 Creating a New Document Open the Adobe Illustrator and go to File --> New You can set the size of the page based on your preference. Here, I have used the default size 8.5x11 inch.     Tip: Continue Reading

Creating a Diamond Flower using Illustrator

STEP1 DRAWING A CIRCLE Get started by drawing a circle. Choose the Ellipse Tool (L). Hold the Shift key while drawing the circle to get the perfect shape.     Choose a colour you like and fill the circle. I suggest you to use a dark colour. You can tone it back by adjusting the transparency. Or else you can go for a light colour. Change the Transparency mode to Colour Burn Continue Reading

Creating a Circle of Stars in Adobe Illustrator

Step1 Create a new document in Illustrator. To draw a star, select the Star tool and type a size and press OK. Keeping a distance from the previous star again click the tool and draw a second star of the same size.   Step2 Choose the Blend tool (W) and click on the top of the first star. Then, click Option (Alt-click on PC) on the top point of the second star. From the dialog box that Continue Reading

A Quick Look at the Gradient Strokes

This simple and awesome technique uses the Appearance panel and effects to generate editable gradient strokes in Illustrator. The Problem and its Solution In the Illustrator you won’t be able to apply a gradient to strokes the way you normally apply to other objects. If you want to create a stroke on an object go to Object > Path > Outline Stroke and then fill the stroke with gradient. But Continue Reading