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Illustrator for Lunch™ - Draw a Vintage Birdcage - Shapes, Transform, Texture

Helen Bradley, Illustrator for Lunch™ & Photoshop for Lunch™

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5 Lessons (39m)
    • 1. Illustrator for Lunch birdcage intro

      1:15
    • 2. Illustrator for Lunch™ - Draw a Vintage Birdcage - Part 1

      9:55
    • 3. Illustrator for Lunch™ - Draw a Vintage Birdcage - Part 2

      5:33
    • 4. Illustrator for Lunch™ - Draw a Vintage Birdcage - Part 3

      9:58
    • 5. Illustrator for Lunch™ - Draw a Vintage Birdcage - Part 4

      12:23

About This Class

Illustrator for Lunch™ is a series of short video courses you can study in bite size pieces such as at lunchtime. In this course you'll learn to create a cutout text effect in Illustrator. You will learn to cut text out of a photo so the text is filled with the image and you will learn to cut text out of a shape. In all cases the text will remain fully editiable. I'll also show you how to use one of these effects to create a usable piece of art.

Here are the download links for the textures used in this class:

Rusty metal: bit.ly/mayangTexture

Blue texture: bit.ly/BlueTexture

This is what we will be making:

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Illustrator for Lunch? - 10 Interface and Setup tips too Speed your Workflow

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 10 in 10 - 10 Align tips in 10 minutes or less 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 10 in 10 - 10 Type Tips in 10 minutes (or less) 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 10 in 10 - Ten Top Illustrator Tips in 10 Minutes 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 10 Layer Tips in 10 minutes

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 10 Pattern tips in 10 Minutes 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 10 Pen tool and Path Tips in 10 Minutes or Less 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 20 Appearance Panel Tips in 20 minutes or less

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 20 Color tips in 20 Minutes

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 20 Gradient tips in 20 minutes

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 20 Pathfinder, Crop and Cutout tips in 20 minutes or less

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 20 Recolor Artwork tips in (around) 20 minutes

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 20 Reflect and Rotate tips in 20 minutes or less

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 20 Things New Illustrator Users Need to Know

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 3D Extrusion Effects - Text, Shapes, 3D

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 3D Perspective Cube design and Bonus 3D star

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 4 Exotic Patterns - Quatrefoils, Moroccan Trellis, and Layered Diamond 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 4 Handy Patterns - Diagonals, Plaid, Colorful Dots, Chevron

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 5 Cool Text Effects

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Abstract Ombre Background - Color Scheme, Blend, Transform 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - All you need to know about Brushes in Illustrator

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Backgrounds for your projects - Sunbursts, Halftone, Blends & Brushes 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Banner and Award Badges - Appearance Panel, Masks, Warp 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Blends and Gradients - Blends, Blend Modes, Gradients 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Braids, Rick Rack and More

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Circle Based Patterns - Rotate, Blend, Multi-Color Dots

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Clipping Masks, Opacity Masks & Layer Masks

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Complex Block and Half Drop Repeat patterns

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Complex Rotated Repeating Patterns Made Easy - Using MadPattern templates 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create a Floral Alphabet character

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create a Nighttime Cityscape Image

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create a Plaid or Tartan Pattern

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create a Range of Triangle Patterns

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create a Retro Landscape Illustration

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create a Textured Dot Pattern - Transform, Vector Texture, Patterns 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create a Wave Pattern 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create a Whimsical Tree

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create an Ikat Inspired Pattern

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create an Isometric Cube Pattern - Shape Builder, Align, Pattern Make

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create Complex Art in the Appearance Panel

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create Diamond, Harlequin and Argyle Patterns

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create Guilloche Effects

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create Hi-Tech HUD rings

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create Perfectly Overlapped Rotated Shapes

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create Seasonal Ornaments - Learn new skills while making seasonal art

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create Stitches and Sewing Elements

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create with bends and blends - techniques for icons, logos and more

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Creative Half tone Effects

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Custom Corner Tiles for Pattern Brushes

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Cute Furry Creatures

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Cutout Text Effects - Photos, Pathfinder & Text

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Designing with Symmetry

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Doodle-Style Heart - DIY Brushes and Nested Shapes

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Draw a Retro TV - Shapes, Texture & Sunburst

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Draw a Vintage Birdcage - Shapes, Transform, Texture

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Faux Tissue Paper Collage - Blending, Texture, Transparency 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Flat and Dimensional drawing techniques

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Fun Effects with Graphic Styles - Appearances, Brushes, Styles 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Fun with Scripts - Download, Install, Run

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Get Creative with Blends and Brushes

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Get Export File Sizes and Resolution Correct

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Going in Circles - Brushes, Blends & Transformations

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Gradient Background Effects - Find, Adapt, Create & Use

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Houndstooth & Rose - Vector Halftone Tracing & Houndstooth Pattern 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Illustrating Cacti with Custom Made Brushes

Illustrator for Lunch™ - I'm Seeing Stars - Fill, Warp, Clip & Crop Shapes

Illustrator for Lunch™ - In the Frame - Shapes, Fills, Strokes & Color

Illustrator for Lunch™ - In the Kitchen - Cartoon Art with Live Paint 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - In Your Face - Pen Tool Practice 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Layered Paper Style Collage - Gradients, Graphic Styles, Transform 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Let's Go Steampunk! - Shapes, Rotation, Textures 

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Illustrator for Lunch™ - Stipple Texture Effect - Grain, Gradients, Blends 

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Transcripts

1. Illustrator for Lunch birdcage intro: Hello, I'm Helen Bradley. Welcome to this episode of Illustrator for Lunch, make a vintage bird cage. Illustrator for Lunch is a series of illustrator classes, each of which teaches one or two Illustrator techniques. You'll get plenty of opportunity to practice your new skills in the project you will create. Today we're going to create a vintage bird cage. So we're going to start by creating the pieces that go together to make the bird cage. We're going to texturize the cage itself using a bitmap texture, and we're going to add the wires using a blend as well as using a transform effect. We're going to add some wallpaper. We're going to add a bird and he is going to be textured using a vector texture. As you're working through these videos, you might see a prompt which lets you recommend this class to others. Please, if you're enjoying the class, give it a thumbs up. These recommendations helped me get my classes in front of more people who just like you want to learn more about Illustrator. If you'd like to leave a comment, please do so. I read all of your comments and I look at all of your class projects. So now let's get started on creating a vintage bird cage in Illustrator. 2. Illustrator for Lunch™ - Draw a Vintage Birdcage - Part 1: To get started creating our birdcage, I'm going to create a New file or Choose File and New, I'm going to make a document that is 1000 pixels wide by 750 pixels tall. I'm actually going to be using some bitmap images in here. I want to make a reasonable sized image because of the bitmap texture I'll be using. You can use vector textures, but the overhead in working with these was just too great for my machine. I'm working in RGB color mode. I'll click "Okay." Now we're going to start by creating the basic shapes for our birdcage. For this, I'm going to switch the Fill and Stroke colors and turn the stroke off just for now. I want a black fill will be fine for now. Going to click and drag a rectangle which is going to be the basis of the birdcage shape. I want to cut some archer's out of this and I'm going to create those arches using the line tool. I'm going to click on the line segment tool. I'm going to switch my fill and stroke colors here, going to make sure they have stroke selected. I'm going to choose a different color for this just simply because I wanted to be able to see these lines over the top of this rectangle shortly. I'm going to hold Shift as I drag to create a line and I'm going to start increasing the stroke weight. I'm holding Shift as I click in here because I want to increase it quite a bit. I think I've made it too big, but let me just drag this line into position where I want to cut it out. It is way too big so I'm just going to bring that size down a bit. I want it to have a rounded top. I'll click on the Stroke and increase the cap size here. Now I want three of these. I'm going to use the transform tool to do that. I'll choose Effect, Distort and Transform and then Transform. We're going to turn preview on. I'm going to set my copies to two, which is going to give me an original and two copies. I'm just going to click in here and start increasing the horizontal value. I want to space these out so that I have the space that I want to see between the shapes. It doesn't really matter what's outside here because I can reshape this later on, but it's this spacing that I want. I think I want it to be something like about that. I'm using a 165. You're going to use some value that's going to make sense for your particular illustration. Now, I'm going to this rectangle here and now I'm going to measure out these sides and this area across the top. Thinking we want this to look something like this. Now I need to make sure that everything is centered and that I can cut these shapes out of this background. To do that, I need to select these shapes which in actual fact is just this shape right now and I need to expand it. Object, Expand Appearance and now it is three lines. Choose Object, Expand again and click "Okay" and now it's three shapes. I'm going to ungroup these. I'm going to click "Object Ungroup," and I'm going to repeat that until Ungroup is no longer a selectable option. Now they're ungrouped and if we have a look in the last pallet, we should have three shapes, which is exactly what we've got here. Now I need to make sure that these three shapes are aligned with the rectangle underneath. To do that, I need to group them, Object, Group. Now I'm going to select everything, the rectangle and these three grouped shapes and click this option here, Horizontal Align Center. That just makes sure that everything is nice and centrally aligned, which it is and if I wanted to make any changes to this right now, I need to do so because this is about to be my last chance. I'm ready to cut these shapes out. I'm going to select everything because these orange shapes are on top of everything else. I can do this with minus front. I'm going to the Pathfinder here, you go to Window and then Pathfinder to find it if you're not seeing it here in the panel on the right, and click here on minus front and that makes a single shape that has size cut out paces in it. If have a look in here we've just got a single path and that's exactly what we want. Now we're going to build up the other elements of the birdcage and one of the elements is going to be a rounded-edge object here. I'm just going to drag out a line holding the Shift key as I do so, so that it is perfectly horizontal. I'm going to make this black for now too and increase the stroke weight and put rounded ends on it. Let's just click away and see how that looks. That looks pretty good to me. I can duplicate it and put it down the bottom here. But before I do that, I'm going to expand that because later on I want to fill it with a texture. I'll choose Object, Expand, and click "Okay." Let's just say what we've got here. Well, we've got a grouped objects so we want to ungroup it as well. Object, Ungroup. I'm always really concerned to keep an eye out on the last pallet so that I don't over complicate my design. If I have things that are buried inside groups, that becomes really difficult to find things later on so I try to ungroup things as much as possible and only group them together when that makes logical sense. Now I have this path here, I want to duplicate it. I'll hold the Alt or Option key and just drag it down. If I add the Shift key is going to move so that it's perfectly aligned with the original. Now I have this shape, this shape, and this shape. Next up I want to put a base on my birdcage, and that's going to be a simple rectangle. I'm going to Rectangle Tool, I'm just going to drag a shallow rectangle across here, move it into position. Now I wanted to make sure that everything is nicely centered. I'll select over all of those objects and click the Horizontal Align Center, now everything's nicely centered. I'm going to add some little elements to the edges of my birdcage. I'm going to add a couple of little rectangles. I'm just going to drag out a little rectangle and I'll just zoom in here so I can see things a little more clearly. I'm just going to line this up with this edge here. I'm going to select both these objects, click on this object so it has a blue line around it. That means that this object here won't to move, this one will and I'm going to find this option here, Horizontal Align Left and just make sure that these two objects are aligned nicely. I'm going to add a little oval to the top of it. I'm going to drag out an oval, move it into position and let's add a little circle on top. Hold Shift as I drag out a circle and I'm just going to place it on top. I'm just looking for something that is somewhat cute little element here. I'm going to select all three of these. Now, the one I don't want to move when I'm lining these up is this one here because I already took the trouble of lining it up with the rest of the illustration underneath. I'm selecting it again, clicking on it again so that it has this blue border around it and now I'm going to center everything in relation to it. In the final illustration, this can be a single objects that will be filled with a texture all on its own. I'm going to unite these pieces. I'm going to the Pathfinder and I'm just going to click here on unite and that makes a single object of these three small objects. Now I want one over here so I'm just going to Alt, drag, holding down the Shift key and just place this over here in position. I'll press Control or Command Zero just to zoom back out and I think this needs to be moved over a little bit. But I want to make perfectly sure that it is lined up. I'll need to bring a guide in. Let's just see how we'd bring a guide in. View, Rulers and choose Show rulers. I'm going to drag a guide in from this edge and we're just going to line it up along the paste down here and that's going to give me a means of aligning this object here. Now a guide in Illustrator is just a shape. You'll see it here. Here it is, that's a guide and once I finished using it, I can just drag it onto the trash can. Control or Command Zero to just zoom back out. I'm going to add some circles to the base of this object that it will sit on. I'm going to hold the Shift key, drag out a circle, place it in position here. I'm going to select it with the selection tool, hold down Alt to make it duplicate, add the Shift K so that it is moving in a perfectly horizontal direction and place the second one in position. Now, I want this behind the rest of the shapes. I'm going to select both of them and here in the last pallet, I'm just going to pick these two layers up here and move them behind everything else, just sends them to the very back. This is our basic birdcage shape and we're ready to go ahead now and to fill it with a texture. 3. Illustrator for Lunch™ - Draw a Vintage Birdcage - Part 2: Now the texture to that I'm going to use to texturize the bird cage is this one here. It's a rusty metal texture from a site called mayang.com. This person has a website full of free textures and some of them are really interesting and this one's going to be a treat for our bird cage. I'm using a JPEG image because it's just too much for my machine to handle, recording these videos and dealing with complex vector textures. If you would prefer to use a vector texture, the process is going to be identical. So when you get to this side if you want to download this texture, just right-click and choose save image as, and save it onto your hard drive so you can get it in the next step. I've already done that, so I'm going to bring it into Illustrator by choosing File and then Place. I'm just going to go and get this rusty metal texture, click on "Place", I'm just going to drag it out here. While it's still selected, I can now add it as a pattern. So I'm going over here to the swatches panel and I'm just going to drag and drop it into the swatches panel. It just appears now as a swatch or pattern swatch. So I can now delete the image because I've got it exactly where I want it over here. To texture these pieces, I'm first of all going to select the piece I want to texture, and this is going to be the main part of my illustration. I'm going to click here on the fill color, going to my swatches panel, I'm just going to click on my texture. Now if you find like me, that you have an unwanted same across here in the texture fill, keep the object selected and choose Object, Transform, and then Move. What you want to do is to deselect transform objects because you don't want to move the object, you want to move the pattern inside it. Now what we can do is just move the pattern around and vertical is what I need to do here. So I'm just going to say which way I'm going to move it, well, in a positive direction, and I'm just going to keep increasing that value until it disappears, that line disappears off the bottom of the shape. Of course I have Preview turned on because I want to be able to see what I'm doing as I'm working. So click "Okay". I'm going to apply the same texture to these other pieces as well. So I'm going to click on these objects to select them. Because they're all filled objects, I can fill them all at once. So I've got the fill selected here, I'm just going to click on the texture and now they're all filled with pieces of the texture. If I need to move a piece of the texture across, I can do so and I probably will down here, because at the very least I want a different texture piece to appear in here. So I'm going to choose Object, Transform, Move, turn Preview on, make sure that transform objects is deselected and then just move my texture around, just to find a different place to go in this object here. Now I'm thinking that this texture is a little bit on the light side. So let's see how we would solve that problem. I'm selecting the biggest portion of the image here, I'm going to the appearance panel. You can say here that we have a fill and a stroke. Well, I'm going to add another fill, and instead of it being a repeat of this pattern, I'm going to add a darker color over the top, a really rich brown. Then I'm going to open up this fill panel so that I'm working on just this additional dark brown fill, I'm going to set its blend mode to multiply and then I'm going to reduce the opacity. What that's going to do is darken the pattern underneath by blending it even with a darker color, multiply as a darkening blend mode, reducing the opacity is just giving me a slightly lighter result. So I'm going to do that with these other shapes, just where I want a darker effect. Filling it with a second fill, going to the opacity options, selecting multiply as the blend mode, and then just dialing down the opacity so that I can see the pattern through it. Next up I'm going to grab all these corner pieces by clicking on one Shift, clicking on the other. I can go ahead and do this fill, with the darker overlay color and then blending it with multiply blend mode at a reduced opacity can do that to all those shapes at once. So I think that that's a pretty good result there, I'm pretty happy with that. The only thing I might want to do is to add a small stroke around this element here. So I'm going to add a darker stroke. Probably that very dark color again and probably a one point or two points stroke is going to be sufficient. This is going to just bring the detail out in these pieces, I think I'm going to do the same thing down here. Again, a dark, one, two point stroke. I think two points is too much there. But you can just experiment with the effect and see what you can achieve. Next up, we're ready to put the bars inside the bird cage and the interesting top on it. 4. Illustrator for Lunch™ - Draw a Vintage Birdcage - Part 3: The lines for the bird are going to be created using the line segment tool. I'm just going to hold the Shift key as I drag out a line, it's going to be big enough to go inside these arches. I have a three-point brown stripe, that's perfect for me. I'm just going to move this into a starting position here, and I'm going to use distort and transform to create the rest of the lines. Effect, Distort and Transform, Transform. I'll click "Preview" on going to type 20 because that's good starting number of copies. I'm just going to start increasing the horizontal value to space out these 21 shapes, I've got one original and 20 copies. Well, I think I need more copies, I think these bars away too far apart. I'm just going to increase this to 25 and start winding down the horizontal value. The benefit of using this distort and transform tool is that you get a chance to say everything in place, and see if it needs any fine tuning. So you can add additional copies, vary the spacing until you get everything looking exactly right. Now, I'm concerned about things looking or right in the middle here, and I'm not really happy with that right now, this stage have enough shapes probably. When I go down to a spacing of 15 for my particular illustration, this is looking really good. I just need to add an extra copy in here. So everything looks nice and balanced, well spaced. So I'll just click "Okay". Now, I'm not going to do anything specific with these lines. There's no real need for me to expand this particular object, but I'm going to move it behind everything. So here it is, here I'm just going to drag it down behind all the other shapes so that it's not being seen over the top of them. I'm going to add a couple of small bar. I'm just going back to the line segment tool and I'm going to hold the Shift key down as I drag a small bar to suggest a door in the cage. Having done that, I'm going to hold the Alt Option key as I drag a duplicate down, if I add the Shift key is going to move perfectly vertically. So it's in a nice position there. Next up we need to do the bars at the top, and I've worked myself to a stage where I don't have enough room at the top and I've got way too much room at the bottom. Well, all I need to do is to adjust the Art boards. I'm going to click on the Art board tool. I'm just going to wind my art board out, because I wanted it to be just at the very bottom of the bird cage, and at the top, I need more space. I'm just going to bring the art board up to give me a bit of breathing room at the top. At the same time, if I want to balance this out a little bit, I can. Go to re-select on the move tool so that stops me working with the art-board tool, Control or Command 0 to just put everything back where I can say it. Now, we are working on the top of the shape. I'm going to Pen tool. Now, I know a lot of people hate the Pen tool, but it's fairly simple to create the top of this bird cage with it. I'm going to eyeball roughly where I think the center of the bird cage is. I'm going to drag out what's holding the Shift key as I do this, I'm dragging in a perfectly horizontal direction out to the left. I'm going to let go the Shift key, let go the mouse. Now, I'm coming down here, I want a nice curve. I'm going to about here, and I'm just going to click and drag vary slightly downward, because I want a little bit of a curve at the bottom. Now, I'm going to press the Escape key to stop the Pen tool from drawing. I think this is a pretty nice shape. If it's not, I could undo it, and start again or I can just shrink it a little bit if I want to or widen it if it needs to be a bit wider. I think that's pretty good. I'm going to select it and reflect it. Object transform, reflect. I'm going to reflect it through the vertical, and click "Copy" to make a duplicate of it. Now I have two lines here. I'm just going to select either both of them and just make sure that they are aligned perfectly at the top. This is going to be the top of my bird cage, and if it needs adjustment at this stage, this is the time to do it. If it's not the right shape, make sure you get it right, and it's really critical tool that you do not have a fill on those lines, so they are just stokes. Think three points is too wide, I'm just going to narrow them down to two points. We're going to use a Blend now. I'm going to the Blend tool, select on it. I'm going to click here on this line where that little asterisk appears tells me, I'm about to click on that line, and I'm going to click on this line, and now I have my Blend. It's just that it's not the Blend that I particularly want because I've only got one line appearing. I'm going to double-click here on this Blend tool to open-up the Blend options dialogue. I'm going to turn preview on. I want to choose specified steps. I'm going to start increasing the number of steps until I get the number that I want, and think something like 12 is going to be pretty good. I'll click "Okay". Next up, I'm going to add the rest of the lines for the bird cage, but I think I want this shape, this entire Blend to be moved a bit further down, so it's a little bit closer to the top of the. I also want to center it. I'm going to select this shape and the Blend, going to re-select the main bird shape, and then I'm going to click the center option because that makes sure that the Blend is centered over the bird, not that the bird is going to move to be centered underneath the Blend here. I'm going back to my Pen tool, I'm going to click and drag here to start off the next set of wires for the bird cage, going to do this at a very slight angle, and I'm just going to come up here to approximately the point where it would join with the original line, and I'm just going to make a bit of a curve here, and I'm going to press "Escape" to stop the Pen tool from drawing. Now, this has got a fill as well as a stroke, and I didn't need that, so I'm just going to turn the fill off. Now I've got a stroke. I'm going to select this and I'm going to choose object, transform, reflect because I want a second one of them, vertical is selected, I'm going to click "Copy", so now I've got two lines. Can move the other one along to the same position over here. Need to make sure that they're both perfectly aligned. I'm going to select both the shapes and click here on the vertical aligned top to make sure that they are aligned vertically. Just going to move this one in a little bit. So that's lined up in pretty much the same position on either side. Now, I'm going to select both these lines by selecting over this one hold Shift as I select over this one, we're going to make a Blend out of it. I'm going to click the Blend tool hover over here until I say the asterisk, click "Once", hover over here until I see that little plus sign appear, click "Once", and I've got my Blend. Double-click on the Blend tool, same as we did before, choose specified steps, and we're going to use the same number of steps as we did last time. This one phase lines to line up. So there's my 12. It's just we've got a bendy look to them. That's something that would have been a little bit more difficult to achieve add we use the Pen tool to create a single line, by doing it as two lines, we get a little bit more interesting shape here. Now, I need a join line over here. I'm going to the line segment tool, it's going to drag a line out here, probably about three points in size, and I wanted to have rounded ends. I'm going to make sure I select it and select the bird cage, and click again on the bird cage, so that it has this line around this heavy line. Now, if I center these two objects, I'm going to make sure everything is nicely centered. To finish the top of the bird cage off, I'm going to create a small oval, making sure that that's a filled shape, not a hollow shape, and just drag that into position, and I can send to that too, I think that needs to be a bit small. I'm going to Alt option drag in the side, which means that it's constrained so that it's going to move or scale out from the center or scale back in towards the center. I won't lose that center point. Now, I'm going to put a ring on the top holding the Shift key to get I circle, make sure this time it is I stroked hollow circle, increase the stroke size, and then just move that into position. Again, I'll just want to center that too. 5. Illustrator for Lunch™ - Draw a Vintage Birdcage - Part 4: To finish our illustration off, we're going to need a background. So I'm going to create a rectangle that is the size of the art board. I'm just going to click and drag a large rectangle out here. I don't want it to have a stroke, but I do want it to have a fill and the fill I'm going to use is a partnership with illustrator. I'm going to open up the Swatches palette here, click on the little menu in the corner, choose Open Swatch Library. I'm going down to Patterns, and I'm going down to Nature, and I'm going to choose Nature Foliage. Here are the patterns. Now, I've got my pattern dialogue arranged in a long line. Yours might be in small squares like this, but it doesn't really matter because the one that we're going for is Wild Flowers Color. I'm just going to click to fill the background with that. I need to scale this pattern because it's way too big. I'm going to choose Object, Transform and then Scale. I'm going to deselect Transform Objects, then I'm going to transform the object. I want to just transform the pattern. I'm going to make sure Preview is turned on. I'm going to select Uniform and I'm just going to size this down to probably something like about 50 or 60 and click Okay. Now the pattern filled rectangle is at the very top of the layers palette, and it's hiding the entire bird cage at this stage. I'm going to click on Layer 1 here at the very top and click to add a new layer. I'm going to move this rectangle, which is this pattern filled rectangle, remove it onto Layer 2 so it's there all by itself. When I close these two layers down, I can now drag Layer 1 and drop it above Layer 2. Now I can say the bird cage with the pattern , that wallpaper pattern behind. I'll lock my bird cage down for a minute because I want to focus on this pattern a little bit. I'm going to click on this rectangle, so I have it selected. I'm going to take out some of the color here by choosing Edit, Edit Colors, Saturate. I'm going to turn Preview on, and I'm going to partially disaturate this wallpaper look. I'm going to drag it down so that the intensity is probably something like about minus 40 and click Okay. I'd also like to bring in a slightly yellowing look with this wallpaper. So I'm going to choose Edit and then Edit Colors again, and I'm going to choose Adjust Color Balance. I'll make sure Preview is turned on. I only want to adjust the fill because there is no stroke, I'm going to disable stroke. We need to know a little bit about color to work this dialogue. What we need to know is that red is in this direction, so this will add red to the image, but the opposite of red is cyan. So if we go in a negative direction, we're going to add a cyan blue to the image. It's going to zero that out. Now, Green has a opposite which is magenta. So in a positive direction is green, in a negative direction is magenta. Blue and yellow are opposite. So this direction for blue, and this direction for yellow. Since I wanted to yellow down this wallpaper, I'm going in a yellow direction here. That's the before, this is the after. So I've got that yellowing look to the wallpaper. I also want to say throw it a little bit in the sense that I don't want it to be quite as intense as it is. So with the rectangle selected, I'm going to the Appearance panel, I'm going to open up the Opacity for this entire shape, and I'm just going to dull down the opacity. We're saying effectively white behind it. Now I want to add a color fill in behind the bird cage. So I'm going to the rectangle tool and I'm working on this background layer or this layer that's going to contain my background elements. I'm going to set the fill color to a brown, and I'm going to drag out my rectangle. Now I want this to be very see through, so I'm going to the Appearance panel for this shape and I'm going to dull down the opacity all the way down. I want just a slight coloring behind the bird cage. The last element that we need to do is to put a bird on our bird cage. I'm just going to zoom into the top part of the cage here, which is roughly where I want my bird to be. I'm going to add a new layer for the bird, so I'm just going to click to add a new layer. I'm going to put it at the very top. I'm going to lock down my other layers. So it means that as I'm working on the bird, nothing else is going to move. I'm going to draw the bird using shapes. I'm going to the Ellipse tool and I'm just going to drag out an ellipse. Right now it's got no stroke and it's got a non-existent fill. So I'm just going to go and get a solid fill color for this, so that we can see it more clearly. I'm going to the Direct Selection tool, I'm going to click on this point here and make it a point by selecting convert selected anchor points to corner. I'm just going to drag this up to make the beak of the bird. I'm gone to shape this into a loose bird shape. This does not have to be accurate, it's just a very stylized bird. I'm going to give it some legs using the Line Segment tool. I'm just going to drag out two legs, but I want them to be brown and I want them to be about that thickness. I've done one and I'm going to do a second one. I'm just going to move them into position. I'm going to expand the shapes with Object, Expand, click Okay, and now they're expanded into individual shapes. I'm going to choose Object, Ungroup, and I'm going to continue to do that until ungroup is no longer an option. Now, I'll select the shapes, let's make sure that I'm happy with the general layout of the bird. Before I do so, I'll select all of the shapes and I'm going to click the Unite option in the Pathfinder. So this is this option here. Now I have a single shape for my bird. I'm going to move my bird down on top of the cage. Let's just zoom out with control or Command 0. It's too big, so I'm just going to scale it down by holding the Shift K S as I scale it. Now I want to use a texture for the bird. I'm going to make sure that I have my image saved at this point because the texture file that I'm going to use is a vector texture in this case, and it is pretty large. I don't want my machine to crash and lose all my hard work. I'm going to open the file, I've already opened it previously, so I'm just going to go and grab it. It's this texture background and we're going to use some of it. I'm going to give you a download link for that if you're interested in using it and in this case, it is a vector texture. So I'm just opening up the layers panel to see what I have. This layer here is the texts, I don't want that, so I'm just going to drag and drop that onto the trash can. I've got a texture here and then I've got a path underneath. So you can say what's making everything up. Now, at this stage, I could do one of the couple of things. I could cut out a piece of texture to use to texture the bird or I could save this as a JPEG image and use it as a texture as I did the other one. Let's see how we would cut a piece out of this texture. I'm going to the Rectangle tool, and I'm going to select a piece of texture that looks pretty good for my bird. I only need something very small here. I have my rectangle here, I'm going to select the rectangle and the entire group that contains the texture. I'm going to click the Crop tool. I'm going to the Pathfinder and I'll click Crop. What that will do is to cut a piece of the texture out this size. Now that I've got this, I can grab it and put it in the other image, so I'll choose Edit, Copy. I'm going to my bird cage and I'm going to choose Edit, Paste. This is going to move it out of the way because we want to check it before we use it. The reason why we want to check it is that it lost all its color. But you know what? That's quite easily solved. Then to select over the shape, I'm going to choose View, Hide Edges because I want to be able to see the texture without all of those little green dots. So I can actually see what I'm doing. I'll choose Edit, Edit Colors, and back into Adjust Color Balance. What I want to do is I want to add blue to this. I'll turn on the Preview. I might want to add a bit of cyan as well. I'm just looking for a color for my bird. I can fine tune this just with these selectors here. When I've done it, I'll just click Okay. Now this is going to be my texture for my bird. So I'm going to make sure I still have it selected. I'm just going to drag and drop it into the Swatches panel here, and then I'm going to delete it from here. Well remember that I hid those edges before I continue, I want to choose View, Show Edges or else I'm never going to see my selections again and that's not going to be a happy event. I'm going to select over my bird, make sure I have it's fill selected here and just going to click on my texture. Now my bird has his texture in him. He just needs an eyeball, let's go and give him a white eye. Again, you can see that this texture has gone in and little unevenly. We can solve that problem by selecting the bird choose Object, Transform, Move. Make sure that Transform Objects is not selected, and then we can just move the texture inside the bird. Well, in actual fact, the settings that I had from last time have just moved the texture, so everything's fine, I can just click okay. Let's go back out and have a look at the final result. Here we have a bird cage that has been textured using a rusty metal texture, in that case, it was a JPEG image. We've created a little bird on our bird cage, and he's been textured with a vector texture. We've used the Transform tool to create various objects for our illustration. Your project for this class is going to be to make your own bird cage using the technique shown in this video. I'll give you the download links for the two textures that I use so that you can use those in your illustration if you wish, or you can go and find your own textures online. I hope that you've enjoyed this class and that you've learned a lot about texturizing shapes, about using the Transform tools and also the Blend tools to make shapes in Illustrator. If you did enjoy this class and if you see a prompt to recommend this class to others, please give it a thumbs up. This helps other people to identify this as a class that they may want to take. If you'd like to leave a comment, please do so. I read all of your comments and I look at all of your class projects. I'm Helen Bradley, thank you for joining me for this episode of Illustrator for Lunch, Make a Vintage Birdcage. I look forward to seeing you in another episode of Illustrator for Lunch soon.