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Creating Paper Cutout Illustration in Adobe Illustrator

teacher avatar Xenia Sorokina, Illustrator & Graphic designer

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Lessons in This Class

8 Lessons (41m)
    • 1. Introduction

      0:26
    • 2. Base

      5:21
    • 3. Rotation + Adding a bubble frame

      6:23
    • 4. Inner glow: Adding the paper cutout effect

      2:49
    • 5. Moon + Drop shadow

      2:32
    • 6. Adding Stars

      9:42
    • 7. Adding a Cloud + Flakes

      8:55
    • 8. Final adjustments

      4:59
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About This Class

Into this class we’re creating a simple flat paper cutout illustration in Adobe Illustrator.

During the class, we’ll use the simple shapes, combine them together and convert them into an easy vector illustration.

We’ll work with a bunch of tools, such as Ellipse & Rectangle tools, Shape Builder & Eyedropper tools, we’ll explore Inner glow & Drop Shadow effects, and we’ll work a bit with the Pathfinder panel.

In the project and resource tab, you can find the file called “Color scheme”  where you can find the swatches that you can apply to your picture. 

As the result you’ll get an image that might be used as a sticker, postcard, some digital product or whatever you want.

                                                                                                                                                           

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Xenia Sorokina

Illustrator & Graphic designer

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Hello there!

I'm Xenia, and I'm an illustration and graphic design enthusiast. I know firsthand how complicated and confusing the new software, tools and simply learning new skills could be, so I'm here for all the neophytes and enthusiasts to help you with learning new things. 

So if you want to learn something new or refresh already known but forgotten knowledge about Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, Procreate and digital illustrations in general - you're more than welcome to join the creative journey!

 

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1. Introduction: Hello everyone. My name is Cynthia and I'm an illustrator and graphic designer. In today's class, we're going to create a paper cut effect illustration. In Adobe Illustrator, we'll use the simple shapes, a few tools, and a bunch of ethics to create a nice-looking peak check. As a result, you'll get an image that might be used as a sticker, postcard, some digital product for whatever you want. So if you're ready to launch your software and let's begin. 2. Base: It has been said before it's a D. We are going to be creating a paper cut vector illustration. And we will start by creating the new document. So select any precedence you like, and we will adjust it in the present details. So it's a depressant details. We need to go to this drop down menu and we need to choose Big South. Into the width and height boxes. We need to write down 1, 0, 0, 0, 0 for each. Now let's check out the advanced options and make sure that the color mode is RGB and the roster ethics are high, or 300 ppi when it's all done, ledgers hit Create. So here's our new document and pledges hit control minus wants to unzoom the canvas. First things first, we need to bring the color scheme to our new documents. You can find a color scheme in the Project and Resources tab and open it into your Adobe Illustrator. So let's go straight to the color schemes app. Here you can see that we have a bunch of swatches that we are going to be using in our illustration. So let's go to the left toolbar and select the selection tool with the selection. So we will hover over our swatches and click on them with the left mouse button. When the swatches are selected, we will hold down our left mouse button and drag the swatches to the new document, please them somewhere where they won't bother you. When we have this washes onto our new documents, we can start making the first elements. Let's go to the left toolbar and select the eyedropper soul with the eyedropper tool, hover over the first swatch and click on it with the left mouse button. You can see that the collar here into the fill box changed and that means that we can wrap our first two. Let's go and grab the Rectangle tool. Click on it with the left mouse button. And when we have it in our hand, we can get back to the canvas and click on some blank area to create the first object. You can see that we have a new popup window. And the first thing that we need to do here is to click on this little icon near the book says that will preserve the proportions of our elements. So when it's done, Let's get back to the width box and write down 100 big cells. You can notice that the high-value changed as well, and that's exactly what we need. So let's hit, okay, when everything here is done, now you can see that we have a new object, but it is shifted down into the right and it's not the position that we need. So we can solve this problem by going to the Align Panel. If you don't have the align panel somewhere on the right, we can go to the tab window and choose a line here. So into the align panel, we need to go to the bottom of the panel and we need to click on this icon on the right into the drop-down menu. We need to choose Align to Artboard when it's all done, let's get back to align objects area, and click on Horizontal Align Center, and then under Vertical Align Center. Now we have the perfect position for our first elements. Now let's do the following. We will go to the tab Object Lock Selection that'll preserve our background elements from moving Galen and anyhow adjusting it. So now we can continue adding more elements to our illustration. Let's go to the left toolbar and select the eyedropper tool. With the eyedropper tool, hover over the second swatch and click on it with the left mouse button. You can see that the color here changed and that means that we can grab the Ellipse tool. Let's hover over the rectangle tool and click on it with the right mouse button into the drop-down menu, we will select the ellipse. So when they have the ellipsoid in our hands, we can get back to the canvas and click on sampling era with the left mouse button. You can see that we have the familiar window here and we already know that we need to click on this icon to preserve the proportions elements. So let's get back to the width box and trade down 900 pixels when it's all done, a legis hit, Okay, now you can see that we are experiencing the same problem as we had with the rectangle. So let's go to the align panel and click on Horizontal Align Center and Vertical Align Center when you had the perfect position, we need to create three more ellipsis. So let's repeat it once again. We will go to the left toolbar and select this election. So with the selection tool, we will click on some blank area to deselect this object, we will get back to the left toolbar and select the eyedropper CSU with the eyedropper tool, hover over the first swatch and click on it with the left mouse button when the color change, Let's grab the Ellipse tool with the ellipse to get back to the canvas and click on some blank area to create new objects. With each new ellipse, we're going to be decreasing its size by 50 pixels. So to create the second elements, Let's write down 850 when it's all done. Ledgers heat, okay, go into the align panel, clicking on Horizontal Align Center and Vertical Align Center. So now you know what to do and you can repeat the steps all by yourself. Just remember that we are decreasing the size by 50 pixels with each new ellipse. So now we have all the base elements for our illustration, and that's it for the first part of the class. In the next part, we'll read just the ellipses EBIT differently and we'll add some additional elements. 3. Rotation + Adding a bubble frame: When we have the base, we can continue adjusting our elements. So the first thing that we will do here is going to be shifting the elements a bit up at, a bit to the left. Let's check out what values we are going to be changing now. So as an example, let's select the bag most elements and we will go to the upper toolbar on the output so you can see a little title transform, and that's exactly what we need to click on. So into the Transform panel, we have a few values that we already know. This, our width and height. And there are a few values that we are not familiar with, x and y. And these values we are going to be changing. This value is show the position of the object on the canvas in accordance with the center. The size of our canvas is 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0. And that means that the center on the canvas is on 500 pixels on both x and y axis. So for these concrete ellipse, we won't change anything. We'll just remember that the center is on 500 pixels. So let's get back to our main document and select the next ellipse. When it's selected, we'll go to the top toolbar and click on transform into the Transform panel for x and y values, we will write down 487. You can see that our element is shifted up and to the left. So let's repeat the same steps with the two remaining ellipses. We'll select the next one. We'll go to the top toolbar and click on Transform here for x and y values will write down 475. Let's select the next ellipse and go to the Transform panel. For this ellipse, we will write down 465. So now you can see that our elements are shifted a bit up into the left, and that's almost exactly what we need. The last thing that we will do with our base is rats eating it a bit counterclockwise. So let's select all the ellipses and click on them with the right mouse button. The drop-down menu, we will choose transform red seeds into the angle window. We need to write down 15 degrees. You can check and uncheck the preview box to see the difference. And when you are satisfied with the result, let's just click. Okay, so that is our base. And the last thing that we will do here is agent, a few additional elements to the bottom part of our illustration. So we're going to be creating little bubbles for now for these elements, you can choose any color you want and any color you will be comfortable to work with. Now let's start creating the circles. To create a circle, you need to hold down the Shift key on your keyboard. You need to hold down the left mouse button and drag it diagonally down. So when you're satisfied with the size, and hold your left mouse button and hold the Shift key on your keyboards. So with the bubbles will go along the curvature of our ellipses and we'll create some kind of a frame to move the circles. You can hold down the Control key on your keyboard and freely move the objects, has been said before. For now you can choose any color you want for your comfortable work. When you have the first elements, we can make a copy by holding down Alt and control keys. You will see a little plus icon Nia coarser. And that means that you can freely move your element to the site, thereby creating a copy. You can resize the object by dragging the anchor points diagonally up or down to preserve the proportions, hold down the Shift key on your keyboard while scaling the object. So now we are going to be moving along the bottom curve and creating their free from the bubbles. Use out and control keys to make the copies. Control key to move your elements and the shift key to scale the objects. Also, you can use the arrow keys on the keyboard to move the objects. For now, what you need to pay attention to is that in the end, we're going to be somehow combining these bubble elements with the rectangle on the backgrounds. So if you have the blank spaces, add more bubbles to cover them. Continue adjusting your bubbles and making a nice frame. When you're satisfied with your frame, Let's select one of these elements and let's go to the tab. Select same appearance. We will deselect this wash by holding down the Shift key on the keyboard and by clicking on it with the left mouse button. And now we have just all the bubbles selected. When all of these elements are selected, we will go to the Pathfinder panel. If you don't have the best finder on the right, go to the tab window and select the Pathfinder there. So into the Pathfinder panel, we need so quick unites. When we have the solid shape, we need to change its color. So we will go to the left toolbar and we will select the eye dropper tool. With the eyedropper tool, we will copy the appearance of our bag most elements when it's all done, let's deselect this object and let checkout if we need to fix any fan. So zoom your Canvas and take a look. If you have some blank spaces, let's do the following. We'll go and get the ellipse tool and add new shapes to cover the blank spaces. Now select the new elements, select the main bubble shape and let's go to the Pathfinder panel and click Unite. Now we have the perfect bubble frame for our illustration. Now you can adjust it as you like by rotating and moving it. Just find what works best for you. A peek trap. It doesn't matter if the bubble frame is going beyond the canvas. Just adjusted the way you like it. When you're satisfied with the result. Let's move on to the next part of the class. 4. Inner glow: Adding the paper cutout effect: When you have the base, we can start it and our baby god effect. So let's select the foremost elements and we'll go to the Appearance panel. If you don't have the appearance panel here on the right, we will go to the window and choose appearance here into the appearance panel, will click on this icon on the bottom and choose Stylize Inner Glow into the new window will firstly click on the preview checkbox. And here we are going to be changing the mode, the obesity and the blue values. So firstly, let's change the mode to multiply. We're going to be changing the color as well. So click on this icon with the color. You can use the color picker window to select the cower or write down the color code that you see on your screen. When you're satisfied with your peaked color or when you wrote down the Gullah caught, just click. Okay, so we have the different colors, the different mode. And you can already see that we have a little frame on the inner circle, but we need to change the opacity and blur values. So for the opacity, Let's write down 50 percent and 4140. Check and uncheck the preview box, you see the difference and when everything is done, just heat. Okay, so that's it for the first ellipse. And let's continue adding the inner glow effect for the rest of our elements. So select the next one, and let's again go to the appearance panel. We will click on this icon and again, we will go to Stylize Inner Glow for these elements. Again, we will leave the mode as multiplied, but we will change the color. Again. You can choose the color into the color picker window or write down the color code that you can see on your screen. When it's done, Let's continue by changing the values for obesity and the bluer. Don't forget that we can check the preview box to see what we're doing. So for the capacity, we will write down 40 percent and for the blur 20 pixels when it's all done legis quick. Okay, let's continue doing the same steps with the remaining elements. We're going to be using this same values. So let's do the following. We'll select the next shape. We will go to the appearance panel and click on this icon to select Stylize Inner Glow. We already have the values that are going to be applied for these elements. So just hit the preview box and see if it looks fine with your peak Jack when it's all done, legis hit OK, and we'll repeat it once again with the last Ellipse. Select in it, go into the appearance panel, selected Stylize, Inner Glow and a blend the same values for the last ellipse when it's all done legis heat. Okay. So that's it for the paper cut effort for the base. And in the next part, we're going to be agent additional elements for our illustration. 5. Moon + Drop shadow: So now let's create the moon. Let's go to the left toolbar and select the eyedropper tool. With the eyedropper tool, we will hover over the 10th swatch and click on it with the left mouse button. Now let's get back to the left toolbar and select the ellipse tool on some blink area, we will create the circle, and now we need to make a cut to create a half-moon. So let's copy this shape by holding down out and control keys and by moving it to the sites, you can adjust the size of the copy if you like. When we have two overlapping shapes, will select them both. And we'll go to the Pathfinder panel and choose Minus Front. And here is our half moon, so we can move it to our main composition and adjust the size, placement, and translation. Let's make it just a little bit smaller and rotated a bit counterclockwise. As always, it's not the final position for this element. You can always adjust everything during the illustration making process. So when we have the moon, we can add the drop shadow onto the background. Elements will again go to the appearance panel and double-click on this icon on the bottom to create a new effect. The drop-down menu, we'll go to Stylize Drop Shadow into the drop shadow panel. Firstly, activate the preview box and let's change the values. So for the capacity, write down 65 percent for the X offset, write down 25 pixels. For the Y offset, write down 10 pixels, and for the blower, write down 20 pixels for the color. Let's click on this little icon and let's write down the color courts. When it's all done legis click. Okay, now you can see that we have a blurred shadow. And if you're not satisfied with the result, you can always get back and play with the values. But for now, let's just leave everything as it is. If you want to change the values, you need to get back to the appearance panel and find the effect that we applied. So for example, here we use the drop shadow and if we double-click on the line with this effect, will get back to the drop shadow options window. So if you want to change some values, feel free to do it when you're satisfied with the result. Just hit, Okay, so that's it for the moon. And in the next part, we'll create the stars. 6. Adding Stars: Let's move on and create one more object. This time this would be the star, go to the left toolbar and hoover over the Ellipse tool, click on it with the right mouse button and choose starts to hold down the Shift key on your keyboard and create an object. Now it doesn't matter what size it is and where we will play set. So let's do the following. We will need to guard the start right in the center. So go to the left toolbar and select the rectangle tool. With the rectangle tool will create a rectangle that will have one of its ages right in the middle of the star. Pay attention to the smart guys. So when you have something like that, we need to go to the left toolbar and we need to select the best election. So with the selection, so we need to select both of these objects and we need to go to the left toolbar and select the Shape Builder tool. With the shape builder tool, we will hover over the extra part and we will hold down the Alt key on the keywords near the coarser, you will see a little icon. So when you see this little icon, religious click on the extra area with the left mouse button. Now we need to make two separate shapes from one star. So let's hover over the left side of the star and we will click on it with the left mouse button. Do the same with the right part of the star. Now, if we go to the left toolbar and select the selection so we can see that we have two shapes from one star. So now what we need to do, we need to create a copy. Let's select our star, both sides of it. And let's hit Control C, Control Shift V on the keyboard. When we have the copy of the start, we will resize it for this star will create some kind of an open book effects. So let's do the following. We'll hold down the Alt key on the keyboard. We'll go to any site of the star and we will find the site anchor points. Hold down the left mouse button and drag the mouse towards the center when you're satisfied with the result, and hold your left mouse button and hold the Alt key on the keyboard. Now let's do the same with the upper or the bottom anchor point. Drag it up or down to create a new shape. So when we have something like that, Let's go and recolor our elements. We're going to be recoloring each part separately. So with the selection tool, let's select the left small parts. When it's selected, we will get back to the left toolbar and we will select the eye dropper tool for the left smoke bark will copy the appearance of the sevenths watch. Now go to the left toolbar, select selection tool and select the right part. The right part, we will get back to the left toolbar and select the eyedropper CSU. We will hover over this sixths watch and click on it with the left mouse button. When we have these two shapes recovered, we need to recolor the backs are as well. So again, let's go to the left toolbar and select a vessel section. So here we are going to be recoloring them in an opposite way. So the left side will be lighter and the right side will be darker. So when the shape is selected, we will get back to the left toolbar, big the eyedropper tool, and we'll copy the appearance of the six swatch. Let's repeat it on the right. So select the shape, go to the left toolbar, big the eyedropper CSU, and copy the appearance of the sevenths watch. When we have something like that, the last thing that we will do here is adding a little shadow on the right side. We will hover over the right small parts and we will make a copy by hitting Control C, Control Shift V on the keyboard. We will make it a bit bigger. So dreg the right anchor point to the site. And it will change the appearance of these elements. So let's go to the left toolbar and select the eyedropper tool. With the eyedropper tool, we'll hoover over the eighth swatch and click on it with the left mouse button. So when we change the appearance, Let's put the shadow under our little star elements. So hit Control Plus left square bracket a few times until you see that the shadow is positioned right under the little star. Now let's go to the tab. Effect Blur, Gaussian Blur. Firstly hidden the preview box and then play with the radius slider, thereby creating the blurred shadow. Try not to overdo it. When you're done, legis click. Okay, now if we deselect our object, we'll see that we have the extra parts of the shadow that we don't need. So let's solve this problem. We'll select the write-back star part and we'll create a copy. So hit Control C, Control Shift V. Now we will select both the new copy and the shadow elements. When we have these two shapes selected, we will click on it with the right mouse button and we will choose make clipping mask. You can see that the shadow now doesn't go beyond the object's frame. Let's hit Control Plus left square bracket a few times until we position the shadow correctly. So this is our star. And the last thing that we need to do now is to add the rope. So for the rope will go to the left toolbar and select the Line Segment tool with the line segments. So we'll create a line going up from the top of the star with the eyedropper tool to copy the appearance of the ninth swatch. For now, we just need to make it a stroke. So go to the left toolbar and swarmed the Gullah boxes when they have just the stroke. Let's go to the upper toolbar to these titles. Stroke will play a bit with the stroke weight. So hit the up arrow a few times until you are satisfied with the results. Now let's put the rope under the star. So select the rope if it's not selected and hit Control Plus left square bracket until you have the needed results. When it's done, we'll do the following. We'll select the rope and we'll go to that set object and choose Expand. That will convert the stroke into the shape and just hit OK into these window. Now we'll select all the elements that belong to the start. So all the star parts and the rope. And we'll hit Control G on the keyboard to make a group when we're working with the group and for example, resizing the elements, the new adjustments will be applied to the whole group. So let's select this star and move it to our illustration. Now it's time to play with the placement, the size of the star, and it's time to make one more copy on the right side. Find the right size and dried placements, hold down Alt and control keys and drag the copy on the right. You can resize the copy if you want. Just hold down the Shift key while scaling the object to preserve their proportions. Play a bit with the placement. Use your mouse and the arrow keys on your keyboard. When you're satisfied with the placement, we will do the following. We need to put the ropes and the one of the layers with the background ellipses. Let's start from the right elements. We'll select it and we'll ungroup it. To ungroup the elements, hit Control Shift G on the keyboard. When the elements are ungrouped, will need just the rope. Let's say that for the right star will pull the rope under the second ellipse. So we'll select the robe and we'll select the second ellipse. Use the Shift key on the keyboard to select multiple objects. So when these two elements are selected, will go to the left toolbar and select the Shape Builder tool. With the shape builder tool, we'll hover over the top part of the rope. You'll see that it started to look selected, hold down the Alt key on the keyboard and click on the extra part with the left mouse button to get rid of it. Now we can again select the star elements and group them together, hidden the Control G on your keyboard, you can move it to the side to make sure that you selected every fan. Use the Control Z to put it on the same place it was before. Let's repeat the same steps with a star on the left. So select the object and ungroup it by hitting Control Shift G on the keyboard. Now we need just the rope and we will put it under the first ellipse. So select the rope and the darkest ellipse. When these two elements are selected, we will go to the left toolbar and select the Shape Builder tool. With the shape builder tool will hover over that. So part of the rope will hold down the Alt key on the keyboard and click on the extra part with the left mouse button to get rid of it. When it's all done, let's get back to this star and group all the elements together, select the parts and hit Control G on the keyboard to make a group. Again, you can test yourself by moving the group to this side to make sure that you selected everything that you need. When we have the stars. Let's move on to agent that drop shadow. So we'll select both stars and we'll go to the appearance panel. Into the appearance panel will create a new effects into the drop-down menu. We'll select stylize drop shadow. So let's hit the preview box and try down the following values. For the capacity, we will write down 80% for the X offset. We will write down 15 pixels. For the Y offset, we will leave Zen peak cells for the bluer. Let's write down five pixels. If you're satisfied with the result and don't want to change the values. Let's just click. Okay, Just remember that you can always fix this values by go into the appearance panel and by clicking twice on the facts. So that's it for the stars. And in the next part, we'll create a Clouds. 7. Adding a Cloud + Flakes: When we have the stars, Let's continue agent our elements. And the last element that will add to the composition is going to be a Clouds. So let's go to the left toolbar and select the ellipse tool with the ellipse Xue, we'll create our first circle. So hold down the Shift key and create the first ellipse. Use the Alt and control keys to make the copy and put it right under our first LPS. Once again, use the Alden control keys to make the copies on the right and to complete one side of the clouds, create three more shapes. Use the selection tool to resize the elements and to change their placemats. Make sure you don't have the blank space is somewhere in the middle of your clouds. So when you have one part, Let's do the following. We'll select the three shapes we just created and we'll go to the left toolbar and select the reflect tool. When we selected them reflect so we can see that we have a little blue targets. We need to put it right in the center on the main objects. So let's use the center of the very first soap circle. Pay attention to the smart guides when you put the target, hold down the Alt key and you will see the double arrow as your coarser. So when you see that double arrow, just move your elements to the left side by holding down the left mouse button, hold down the Shift key to make sure that you are making it on one line when you're satisfied with the placement, just unhealed your left mouse button and the keys on your keyboard. When we have the complete shape, you can adjust it if you want. I'll leave it as it is. If you are satisfied with the results for the Cloud, we're going to use the same principle as we used with the stars. So firstly, we need to guard the shape in the middle, but firstly, we'll connect the parts of the Cloud together. So select them all and go to the Pathfinder panel and click Unite. When we have one solid object, we will go to the left toolbar and we will select the rectangle tool. With the rectangle tool will create the rectangle, one side of which we'll go through the center of the clouds with the selection tool. We will select both of these elements. We will get back to the left toolbar and we will select the Shape Builder tool with the shape builder to hoover over the extra part, hold down the Alt key on your keyboard and click on the extra part with the left mouse button. Now we need to separate left and right sides of the cloud from one another. So hoover over the left bark and click on it with the left mouse button. Repeat the same on the right. Now we have two separated shapes. Let's move on and make a copy of. So select both parts and hit Control C Control Shift V on your keyboards. And let's resize the copy, hold down the Alt key and drag the anchor point to the sides. You can make it a bit smaller or a bit bigger. It's all up to you. When you're satisfied with your objects, Let's start recoloring them. So we will do the following. We'll select the left smaller Bart, and we will go to our color swatches. Let's go to the left toolbar and select the eyedropper CSU with the eyedropper tool, hover over the 12th swatch and click on it with the left mouse button. Repeat the same with the right elements selected. Go to the left toolbar, select the Eyedropper Tool and copy the appearance of the 14th swatch. Repeat the same with the back elements. The colors here will be reversed, so the left elements will be lighter and the right one will be darker. When we have something like that, we need to add the shadows to separate the parts from one another. We will do one side at the time. So let's start from the right, select the smallest shape and make a copy by using Control C, Control Shift V, resize the copy just by dragging the anchor points to the sides. When you're satisfied with the size of the copy, Let's grab the eyedropper CSU and copy the appearance of the 14th swatch. When you apply the color, let's move this shadow under the cloud element. So hit Control Plus left square bracket a few times. Now we'll again go to the Effect Blur, Gaussian Blur, hidden the preview box and play with the slider when you're satisfied with the result, let's just click. Okay, now we need to get rid of the extra part of the shadow. So select the bag most elements of the right part of the Cloud and hit Control C Control Shift V to make a copy. Now let's zoom out Canvas and we will select both of these shape ends our shadow. When they are both selected, we'll click on them with the right mouse button and choose make clipping mask in the drop-down menu. Let's put it under the cloud element. So hit Control Plus left square bracket FU times when it's all done, let's repeat the same steps on the left side. So we will select the shape, we will make a copy, we will resize it. We will grab the eyedropper CSU and copy the appearance of the right shadow. When we change the color, we'll go to the tab, FX blur, gaussian blur, and apply the same adjustments for the lift shadow. Now we need to get rid of the extra part of the shadow. So select the back most element of the left part of the Cloud and hit Control C Control Shift V to make a copy. Now let's select both the shadow and this new shape and click on them with the right mouse button into the drop-down menu, we will choose Make, Clipping Mask when it's all done, hit Control Plus left square bracket a few times to put the shadow under the cloud elements. When we have two shadows, we can adjust their placements are kinda combine them together. You can use the white arrow or direct selection tool to precisely select the shadow and then use the arrow keys on the keyboard to adjust the placement of the elements. When you're satisfied with the result. Let's get back to the selection. So select all the elements that belong to the clouds and group them together by using the Control G shortcuts. When we group the elements together, Let's move the Cloud to our composition. You can resize it if it's needed. Preserve the proportions by holding down the Shift key. When you're satisfied with the clouds placement, Let's bring the start on the left upfront. So select the star and use Control plus right square bracket to rearrange its placements. Now let's add the drop shadow for the clouds. We will select it and we will go to the appearance panel. Here we'll click on Create New Effect and choose stylize drop shadow in the drop-down menu. Firstly, we'll click on the preview box and we will write down the following options. Capacity is 80%, X offset is 20 pixels, Y offset is 12 pixels, and blur is 20 pixels. If you're satisfied with the result, alleges heat, okay? If you'd like to change the values later, you can always get back to the appearance panel, click twice on the effect and change the values in the book, up wins out. Now we have almost everything we need for the composition, but let's add a few additional flakes or white stars to fill the blank areas. So let's go to the left toolbar and select the Ellipse tool. We'll add a few circles, that will be the flakes. So when you have the first element, we'll grab the eyedropper x2 and copy the appearance of the 11th swatch. Let's make a few copies, resize them, and spread them randomly on the backgrounds. Now it's time to take a look at your picture and find the places or objects you'd like to change or fix, ratty them, resize them, find what works best. Don't worry about the drop shadows. They'll stay the same as they were. If you want, you can add a little drop shadow for the flakes. So let's select all of them. Hold down the Shift key to select multiple elements. Let's go to the appearance panel, will click on the new epic button and choose stylize drop shadow. So for these elements, Let's write down 60% for the capacity and five pixels for each x, y, and blur values. When it's done, legis click Okay to continue playing with the elements and continue positioning them on decomposition. So that's it for this part of the class. And in the next one, we'll put the final touches to our illustration. 8. Final adjustments: For the last stage of our illustration, we will create one more paper cut layer. So firstly, let's go to the left toolbar and select the ellipse tool. We will create one more ellipse, and it will be 950 pixels by 950 pixels. So when you created the ellipse, Let's go to the align panel and let's put it right in the middle by clicking on Horizontal Align Center, and Vertical Align Center. When we created an ellipse, we can make a bubble cut on the bottom. We're going to be making it in the same way as we did at the start. So let's use the Ellipse tool and create some bubbles for the frame. Create the first circle by holding down the Shift key, make a few copies by holding down Alt and control geese and dragging the objects to the sites. For convenience, you can choose a different color for the frame elements for now, that will help you to see the difference from the main circle. So create a few copies of the circle and make a nice frame. Diversify the size of your elements and make sure that you don't have the blank spaces between the objects. Also, make sure that you don't see the bottom part of the ellipse. So create a few more copies to cover the blank spaces. When you're satisfied with the frame that you created. Let's select all of these elements and go to the Pathfinder panel to unite the objects into one solid shape into the bed finder panel, click Unite. Now let's change the color, copy the appearance of the white ellipse. Now we need to select both white shapes that we created and we need to go to the Pathfinder panel. Here we're going to be using the option minus front. Now we have this gut and the last thing that we need to add to this layer is a rectangle. So go to the left toolbar and select the rectangle tool, we will create the rectangle of the same size as our canvas. So one hundred, ten hundred pixels by one hundred ten hundred peaks. When it's done legis heat. Okay, let's go to the align panel and let's place it correctly on our artboards. So click on Horizontal Align Center, and Vertical Align Center. Now we need to put it one layer down. So hit Control Plus left square bracket. Once. Grab the selection tool and select both the rectangle and the previous white ellipse that recreates it. Now go to the Pathfinder panel and choose Exclude. And here's our illustration. Now there is only the final touches lefts. Let's get rid of these bubbles that are going beyond the canvas frame. We'll select the new wireframe and we'll select the blue bubble frame as well. We'll go to the left toolbar and select the Shape Builder tool with the shipbuilder Xue, we'll hover over the extra parts. We'll hold down the Alt key and click on the extras with the left mouse button to get rid of them. Now let's select the new white shape and we'll add the drop shadow, go to the appearance panel, create the new effect, and choose stylize, drop shadow. Let's hit the preview box and write down the following values for the capacity writes out 80% for X and Y offsets, write down 15 pixels. And for the Blazor rides on 30 pixels. So when it's all done legis heat. Okay, here's our final illustration and the very last nth very optional thing that we can do in the end is darken in the inner part of the whole picture. So let's select the smallest inner circle and let's make the copy. When you have the copy, Let's grab the eyedropper tool and copy the appearance of the 15th watch. If you're not satisfied with the darkness of this elements, you can go to the transparency panel. If you don't have the transparency panel somewhere on the right, go to the tab window and choose transparency here into the transparency panel, you can play with a passage. In the end, ledger, select everything, and group the elements together by hitting Control G on the keyboard. And that's it for our illustration. I hope you found this class helpful and if you liked this, bleach it out, the other classes given follow and leave your review and thanks for watching.