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Adobe Illustrator Tutorial: Gradient Mesh Background

Hello again! You can make a lot of cool visual effects in Adobe Illustrator using the Gradient Mesh. That's why this Illustrator tutorial about the Mesh Tool. We will create abstract background with vertical lights and colorful text. Let’s start!

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Create the new document (Ctrl+N) with horizontal orientation. Take the Rectangle Tool (M) and draw the rectangle fit to the Artboard. Turn off the Stroke and set black Fill for this rectangle.



Select this rectangle and go to the menu Object > Create Gradient Mesh. Set 3 rows and 30 columns.



Take the Direct Selectin Tool (A) and select bottom right anchor point of the Mesh Grid. Use the Color panel for the colorization.



Select next anchor point and set another color. It will be great if the colors are combined.



Next step is the same.



This work is a little tedious but you can do it.



You should paint all the points in a row.



Then color the top row.



Take the…

Converting shapes in Adobe Illustrator

Hello! In this tutorial, you will see how fast and easy to convert one simple shape to another. The square to the circle for example.
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OK, let's go :)
Select squares and go to the menu Effect > Convert to Shape > Ellipse.



Set options of the effect. Shape - you can select type of the figure here. Height and width are available also.



Press the OK button. Then go Object > Expand Apperance.



Use the Transform Each function if you want to change the size. Select all Ctrl+A and press hotkeys Alt+Ctrl+Shift+D. The Scale options allows you to change the size.



Set 80% for Scale, check Transform Objects flag and OK.



And use the Magic Set Maker illustrator script if you want rearrange icons or create new set.



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Illustrator Tips & Tricks #10

Hello! The tenth useful trick for Adobe Illustrator is ready.
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You can easily rotate the coordinate system in the Adobe Illustrator.



Go to the options Ctrl+K → Constrain Angle → set angle of rotation.
And the new coordinate system allows you to create an oblique design.

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Adobe Illustrator CC Course for Beginners

Hello! This is Adobe Illustrator learning course for beginners from Jason (Jason Secrest). You will know such techniques in Adobe Illustrator as: inking illustration, using brushes, work with colors, add shadows and gradient.

There are five Adobe Illustrator tutorials. Let's begin!

Course Plan:
1. Illustration inking
2. Using brushes
3. Working with colors
4. Add shadows
5. Gradient fill

Illustration inking

Using brushes

Working with colors

Add shadows

Gradient fill

Course author is Jason Secrest. He has a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction and a Bachelors in Art Education. Jason features his graphic design and digital media tutorials for his high school classroom on the YouTube channel.

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Create a Tranquil Sky Background in Adobe Illustrator

In today's tutorial, I'm going to show you how to create a quick and easy tranquil cloudy sky scene in Adobe Illustrator with help of the a Scatter Brush and the Blending Mode Screen. Also we learn how to draw a bird silhouette and create the sun by Flare Tool. So let's get started!



Step 1
First of all we should draw the background. Take the Rectangle Tool (M) and draw a rectangle with the same dimensions as the Artboard. Fill it with the help of the Gradient. You can use standard Swatch Libraries of Adobe Illustrator to do this. Go to the Window > Swatch Libraries > Gradients > Sky. Choose any sample. Set the angle of 90 degrees in the Gradient panel.

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Illustrator Tips & Tricks #9

Hello! Meet our ninth useful trick for Adobe Illustrator.
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You can create 100% vector bokeh effect using Flare Tool in Adobe Illustrator. Draw the flare and go to the menu Object > Expand. You will get several vector circles with transparency and blending modes as a bokeh. Just copy and paste them to your design. Make an interesting composition. Background with sparkles and bokeh is ready.

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Adobe Illustrator Tutorial: How to Draw Vinyl Record

In today’s tutorial you will learn how to create a retro vinyl record with the help of the conical gradient. We will use the Apply gradient along stroke function for this.

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First of all we should create two circles. Use the Ellipse Tool (L). Turn off the Fill.



Then increase the stroke width of these circles as in the picture below.



Select the inner circle. Move the Fill to the top position in the Fill panel. Then apply the Radial Gradient (Ctrl+F9) to the stroke. You need to enable the Apply gradient along stroke option.



Do the same for the second circle. Change gradient colors slightly.



Then make the central part of the vinyl. Draw another circle.



The hole on the vinyl is also a circle. And one more black circle in the background.



Now draw two circles with a white stroke - 0,25 pt Weight.



Select circles and go to the menu Object > Blend > Make. Then go Object > Blend > Blend Options and set