31 January 2011

Illustrator tutorial: Vector background

Well it was difficult for me to think and created this vector background. It might easy if you only one look into it but the way to design it you might understand how it process. So please do not scroll down yet you can tell me how many steps would you do on this design?

Let me recap to you, will do only 3 basic steps. 1) the Mesh background, 2) Vector style and 3) Dot style. See below details and steps you will clearly understand it and be able to design yourself.

Step 1: Make a Mesh background.
Create a new document size: 5cm x 5cm and fill in black color. Get your Mesh Tool (U) ready.
In this below image you have to do as follow:
- Adjust your document in CMYK
- Align you foreground in pink ( you can use your own color)
- Click on the black background as given above.  
Keep on doing this Mesh background till it become like this.
Step 2: Use Rectangle Tool (M) make a long object and a square object. Align together and cutting a shape object with Pathfinder by press Ctrl + Shift + F9 and choose Intersect Shape Areas.
Change the Document into RGB. Fill in Gradient with details Type: Linear, Angle: 45 and in the Transparency tap Blending mode: Color Dodge.

then keep repeat the same adjustment. In the long way of using Rectangle Tool (M), Pathfinder, Gradient and Transparency
As mention above please keep on doing and repeat the action of this object until you finally get below image. But one thing you must change it while doing this. The Angle of Grandient above part is 45 and below part is 135. Or you can use your own style and color.
Step 3: Use Ellipse Tool (L) drawing a cycle object and fill in black and white Gradient then align as Screen in the Transparency tab.
Just last step make this object small and big and past it here and there full of the background image. Then finally your result is a nice Vector background.
Thank you for your time and tuning for my tutorial. After you read through I would ask for your comment as below to support my job and share it to your friends. I still have more to posts. If you are not able or misunderstanding this tutorials just post here.

26 January 2011

Illustrator tutorial: way to make 3D disco ball (another style)

Please understand that in this tutorial is focusing on how to make a 3D Ball not on lighting and shining. If every one need coloring and shining please try to make some adjustment to the color.

Create a New Document and then create a Rectangular shape size 5cm x 5cm fill it with bright radial gradient. Then Rasterize your image by go to the top menu ==> Object ==>Rasterize and just clik “ok”

Now go to the Filter==>Create ==>Object Mosaic and play with numbers there. Let's make some option as below:
New size: 5 cm for both width and height
Tile spacing = 0 cm for both width and height
Number of Tiles =30 (again for both)
Check ‘Delete Raster’ box.
Now we’ve got a nicemosaic.

Select the rectangular and drag and drop it into the Symbols panel.
Now create a circle (1) fill in the same gradient and make a copy of it fill in blue color (2). And make other object as you can see in (3). Let's join together within number (2) + (3) and press Ctrl + Shift + F9 (Pathfinder) and select Subtract from Sharp Area and you will get number (4)

After that use number (4) to make 3D Ball go to Effect menu =>3D =>Revolve. Change numbers there following the picture below, change Surface to “No Shading” and go to the Map Art.

In the Map Art window in the drop down menu choose your mosaic symbol we created before. Icrease or decrease its size if necessary. Make sure your surface is align your symbol. See below image

Now go to the Object =>Expand Appearance.
Ungroup this ball (Ctrl + Shift + G) or right click => ungroup do like this 3 times and select the side ball to remove it away.
Select a circle we made before in number (1) revert gradient style and different colro after that go to Transparancy tab (left side bar) select Blending Mode as Darken, put it close to our 3D ball and align together.
Release Cliping Mask and Ungroup agian. So now it’s time to use your imagination to make our disco ball looks more shiny and real.
Just keep doing what we have do and edit colors play with other tile till you got your colorfull desing.

Now lets add some star light on the ball make it more shining by drawing 4 part of stars for our finall result.

I know that it was not colorfull enough I hope every one can give me some idea to make it nice and lighter then. So let's share..

21 January 2011

Illustrator tutorial: make a 2011 greeting card

Hi every one welcome to Creative Layer. This year 2011 in Cambodia still cool so far. Well I am going to show you the easy way to make a Greeting Card in Illustrator. Let's recap what Tool I used to make it.
  • Type Tool (T)
  • Rounded Rectangle Tool
  • Rectangle Tool (M)
  • Symbol Sprayer Tool (Shift + S)
  • Symbol and Effect Tool
Refer to the above I try to make you clear and after you try it you will easily make it.
Let's start it with background style. Rectangle Tool (M) make a square object and Gradient as below:

and use make a long object here then duplicate it until you got like image below. Make sure Gradient style is align.
Start Type Tool (T) and type number 2 font is Bauhaus 93 normal. I am not sure if you computer has this font but mostly have it. If you don't have it you can use your own font style with the same instruction.

Once you the number ready go to ==> Effect ==> 3D ==> Extrude & Bevel..
Set up by the image option here 10 - 15 - -8 Perspective: 100 and then OK

Go to Object menu ==> Expand Appearance then finally you have a 3D number 2. Try to un-group it and then you will able to color it by part.
Over here I used the swatches color to help me on the foreground color and style.
Well on my side I only used Type Tool one time on the number 2 the rest I used Rounded Rectangle Tool to help it. Let's look to number 0 and number 1. After I used the Rounded Rectangle Tool I gave the same option of the above and color. Then make a shadow to all numbers.
Make stars by using the Symbol Sprayer Tool. Firstly find a star symbol on the symbol tab. Select on it and select Symbol Sprayer Tool to spray. Below image is what we got after sprayed.

Type Tool once again. As mentioned do it the same option on the 2011 style. Just type HAPPY NEW YEAR. Here the final result.

Shall you have any questions feel free to contact me chetsary@gmail.com. I would ask your comment to the below box and thank you for visiting this tutorials. Do share to your friends but DO NOT COPY. Please enjoy and stay tune.

17 January 2011

Illustrator Tutorial: Disco Ball

Well in this tutorial and the main focusing is one the ball and light. The rest can be design to be look more nicer amoung the ball. It is actually quite simple, the technique is to create the texture first and map it onto the 3D sphere. However, we will require Illustrator CS and above to create this awesome Illustrator effect.
1. Create the Disco Ball
Select the Rectangle Tool (M) and make a square object with light blue color. After this select the square object and hold Alt key then drag to make other object and give it as black color.

Try to duplicate the above object until you get this and make sure you give different color like in a club because will are trying to make a disco ball. Then make another object by copy again. See below image

Once every object is done. Drag to the Symbols tab and leave it one side.

2. Create a 3D sphere

Well let's get your tool ready. Press (L) for making a cycle object and press (M) to draw vertical object as seen. Join it together but just haft of each. Then press Ctrl + Shift + F9 for a Pathfinder option. Make sure you select both object and press Subtract Sharp Area in the Pathfinder dialogue then finally you get a result in below image.

Let make this object into 3D. Select it and go to Effect menu ==> 3D ==> Revolve then 3D dialogue is appeared.

Press Map Art and one the symbol type select an object which we had drag to symbol (just remember that: your 3D object must smaller then symbol). Try to find the face of it in surface.

and now you get the ball. Give background in black and start making a light star.

to make a star light you can use what ever tool to make it and give some effect. Now let's use Pen tool and pen it as a star. Make a cycle object and gradient as type Radial black and white and on the same object go to transparency tab to make layer mask and make it as shadow. And make it into one object. See below

Try to past it in some part of the ball. And last one do same thing but make only lighting without star in the middle of ball.

Here is the finall result.