Illustrator Secrets: 5 Techniques to Add Realism to Your Work

DKNG Studios, Design + Illustration

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8 Videos (40m)
    • Introduction

    • 3-Dimensionality with Mesh

    • Create Foliage with Custom Brushes

    • Complex Layering with Clipping Masks

    • Dimensional Type with Blends

    • Customize Using Envelope Distort

    • Conclusion

    • Learn more from DKNG

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About This Class

Learn five techniques to create your most realistic work yet with DKNG, the design and illustration duo who have taught more than 29,000 students on Skillshare!

Using real work for properties like Star Wars and Ghostbusters, Dan Kuhlken and Nathan Goldman share how you can create 3-dimensional images that pop off the page. From simple tools like gradients and clipping masks to custom brushes and the envelope tool, you’ll discover how to use Illustrator in a whole new way.

Whether you’re new to Illustrator or a long-time user, this class will help you dive deeper, get more out of Illustrator, and take your work to the next level.

Want more tips? Take our other techniques-based class: Mastering Illustrator: 10 Tips & Tricks to Speed Up Your Workflow.

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Learn illustrator from legends.
Love to see these guys at work, and feel encouraged that there are actually simple tools and techniques I can apply in my own work that I admire in theirs.
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DKNG Studios

Design + Illustration

DKNG is a full service graphic design studio with a focus on the entertainment industry. We work directly with bands, venues, promoters and a range of independent and corporate clients.

Dan Kuhlken and Nathan Goldman were both drawn to music and design at an early age, but didnt combine their talents until 2005 when the duo founded a design studio with the goal of fusing these two creative avenues. The pair has found a niche in linking a personal and unique aesthetic to the worlds most...

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