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

Helen Bradley, Graphic Design for Lunch™

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

Helen Bradley, Graphic Design for Lunch™

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6 Lessons (35m)
    • 1. Illustrator for Lunch™ - In the Frame - Introduction

    • 2. Illustrator for Lunch™ - In the Frame - Part 1 Create the Shape

    • 3. Illustrator for Lunch™ - In the Frame - Part 2 Decorate the Shape

    • 4. Illustrator for Lunch™ - In the Frame - Part 3 Add the Ribbon

    • 5. Illustrator for Lunch™ - In the Frame - Part 4 Add text lines and a flower

    • 6. Illustrator for Lunch™ - In the Frame - Part 5 Add text and recolor

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About This Class

The Illustrator for Lunch™ series is one of short videos you can study in bite size pieces such as at lunchtime. In this course you'll learn to draw a text frame and recolor it in Illustrator. This video is jam packed with techniques including adding multiple fills and strokes to a shape, making dotted lines, graphic styles and even recoloring effects. It is also "Pen Tool" free! so it's great if you hate the pen tool.



More in this series:

4 Illustrator Shading Techniques - An Illustrator for Lunch™ class - Simple Highlights & Shadows

5 Hexagon Patterns in Illustrator - an Illustrator for Lunch? course

Create Color Schemes in Illustrator for Using, Sharing & Selling - An Illustrator for Lunch? Class

Create Patterns in Adobe Capture for Illustrator & Photoshop

Create Wreaths & Other Floral Designs - An Illustrator for Lunch™ Class

Designing with Spirals - An Illustrator for Lunch™ Class

Doodle Flower Design & Pattern in Illustrator - An Illustrator for Lunch™ Class

Draw a Hot Air Balloon in Illustrator - Fun with 3D! 

Illustrator - Design in Black and White - Create Positive/negative images

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 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Make a 2017 Calendar from Scratch - Grids, Layouts, Text, Patterns & More 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Make a 3D Y Shape Pattern - from paper illustration to digital design

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Make a Lace Pattern Brush - Stroke, Blends, Pattern Tiles, Rotation 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Make an Organic Spiral Pattern

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Make Art Brushes - Configure, Color & Scale

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Make Art Using Other People's Art 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Make Custom Organic Patterns - Transform, Scissors, Align, Pattern Swatch 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Make Retro Shapes - Pathfinder, Scripts, Rotation

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Make Scrapbook Papers to Sell - Patterns, File Formats, Marketing Materials 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Make to Sell Printables - Stripes, Grid, Lines & Isometric Grid

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Mastering Live Trace - Turn Bitmaps to Vectors

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Meandering Hexagon Pattern

Illustrator for Lunch™ - More fun with Scripts - Text to code, more scripts, more fun (trees too!)

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Multi-Color Faux Pattern - Patterns, Transform, Expand 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Neon Effect - Appearances, Graphic Styles, Fonts

Illustrator for Lunch™ - On (a pattern making) Safari - Repeating Patterns 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - One Design Concept - Many Variations 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Pattern in a Pattern - Achieving the Impossible in Illustrator 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Pattern in Pattern & Irregular Repeating Patterns

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Pattern Know-how - Install, Transform, Recolor

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Pattern of Lines and Dots

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Pop Art Style Star Pattern 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Real Time Mandala Design

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Real Time Mirror Drawing - Symmetrical drawing

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Road Trip - Custom Brushes and Live Paint

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Roaming Square Pattern

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Seamless Repeating Texture Patterns

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Season's Greetings - Shapes, Brushes, Texture 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Semi Transparent Flowers - Scatter Brushes, Opacity, Blend Modes 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Sharing and archiving files - troubleshooting the pitfalls

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Sketchy Image Effect - Image Trace, Swatches, Sketchy Effect

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Something's Fishy - Appearance Panel Tips & Tricks 

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

Illustrator for Lunch™ - String Art Inspired Designs

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Stylish Doodles to Make and Sell

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Type on a Path - Type, Paths, Shapes

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Using & Troubleshooting Bounding Boxes

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Using Photoshop Objects in Illustrator - Images, Shapes, Patterns and more

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Vector Textures - Vectors, Clipping Masks, Pathfinder

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Warp Shapes & Text - Envelope Distort, Warp, Gradients 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Watercolor Magic - Type, Downloaded Patterns & Brushes 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Watercolor stripe seamless repeating pattern

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Whimsical diagonal line patterns

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Whimsical Scrapbook Paper Designs to Sell or Share

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Whimsical Text Effects

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Whimsical Textured Drawings Using Hand Drawn Brushes

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Zentangle® Inspired Pattern Brushes - Shapes, Effects, Brushes

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Graphic Design for Lunch™

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Helen teaches the popular Graphic Design for Lunch™ courses which focus on teaching Adobe® Photoshop®, Adobe® Illustrator®, Procreate®, and other graphic design and photo editing applications. Each course is short enough to take over a lunch break and is packed with useful and fun techniques. Class projects reinforce what is taught so they too can be easily completed over a lunch hour or two.

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1. Illustrator for Lunch™ - In the Frame - Introduction: Hello, I'm Helen Bradley. Welcome to this episode of Illustrator for Lunch. These are short video courses that you can study in bite-size paces such as over lunch. Today's course is in the frame, a design for a cute text frame that looks simple but which packs a lot of learning. You'll learn to make the shape, embellish it with multiple strokes and fields including a scarp edge and dotted lines. You'll see how to use graphic styles, how to find color schemes online, and how to create a series of text lines and a flower. You'll also learn a fun technique for re-coloring your design. I'm sure you'll love the resulting image and that you'll add new techniques to your Illustrator skill set. 2. Illustrator for Lunch™ - In the Frame - Part 1 Create the Shape: To create our illustration, I'll choose File and then New. I'm choosing a letter size document in landscape orientation and RGB color mode, and I'll click "Okay". The shapes that we're going to create is going to be easy for us to create, if we do it from a pace of the type. Because you see the curly bracket shape is a perfect shape for the edges of the shape that we want to make. I'm going to click on the type tool, and I'm just going to increase my font size to about 400 points to start off with. Then I'm going to click and I'm going to type a curly bracket. I'm just going to move it a little bit further down into position so we can see it clearly, and I'm going to select it with the text tool. Now I'm going to my font list and I'm going to hover over the current font and just hovering there, I'm going to start pressing the down arrow key, because I'm looking for a good character to use for the side of my shape. I'm looking for an interesting curve, and ideally, this part of the character should come to a point, although that's not totally required. So many of these characters are just not going to work at all and some of them will, this one would be pretty good, and so too with this. But I've got one that I've got my heart set on, so I'm just going to go down and find it. It's Palace Script MT, and I'm actually giving you a link where you can download that font if you want to use that. I'm going to choose that, but I don't think my character is big enough, so I'm going to make it 450 points before I finish. Now let's move it back approximately in the position it's going to take up in our illustration. Right now this is a text character, so we need to turn it into outlines with anchor points and handles. To do this, I'll choose Type and then Create Outlines. Now we have all the handles on anchors around this shape, it's no longer a type character, it's just a regular illustrator shape. Let's just go and have a look at the top part of this shape, and I'm going to use the direct selection tool. I'm going to click on this anchor point here, it's the one at the beginning of this inside part of the shape. When I click on it and press the Delete key, I'm going to break the character at that point. I'm also going to flip this so that I have a stroke and no fill, and you can see that the line has been broken here. Let's zoom out with Control 0, let's zoom back in over the bottom part of the shape, and let's do the same thing at the bottom. I want this inner anchor point here, select it with the direct selection tool, press the Delete key to break the shape at that point. Control 0, to go back out to the full document size. Now I'm going to the selection tool, it's critical that you use the selection tool at this point, and that you click on the inner line. I want to just keep clicking until you get it, and not the outer line. You'll do that if you go into isolation mode, so if you click on it enough times, you'll finally end up having just the inner line selected. With it selected, just press Delete. Now we've got just the outer line, and I'm going to select the direct selection tool and select either these two points here which were separated from each other just a little bit. I want them to be over the top of each other, and to do that I'm going to choose Object, Path, Average. I'm going to select both, and I'll click "Okay". Now we have a pointy end here. Now I'm in isolation mode, so I'm going to press the Escape key to just get back into the regular Illustrator Editor mode. We have the first side to our four-sided shape and we just need to use it now to create the other three sides. I'll select it with the selection tool and choose Object, Transform, Reflect. I have preview enabled here, and I want to reflect it over the vertical, so, I'm making sure that it's reflected the opposite way of the way it was a few seconds ago, which it is, and I'll click "Copy". So now I can move the second shape away from the first. I'm just going to use the smart guides to line it up, and there it is, it's lined up nicely. Now I'll select over both shapes, and I'll choose Object, Transform, Rotate. Again, I want preview turned on, and this time I want to rotate around 90 degrees. You can see it's now rotated around 90 degrees and I'll click "Copy". Now we have all four sides of our shape. It's just that everything's not lining up particularly well. Well, we can solve that by just bringing in the sides. So I'm bringing in the top and bottom, so that they line up with the sides, and then I'm going to bring the sides in, so they line up perfectly. You can sense now all aligned, and we're ready to join these pieces together. Now, in an ideal world this would work. I'll click on the Selection tool, I'll select over all four of these shapes, and I'll choose Object, Path, and then Join. Well, I've encountered all problems trying to join this set of pause together, and I've found that basically the join option is really unreliable, because even if I can get it to be not grayed out, it doesn't work anywhere on this particular shape, but there is a much easier solution. Select over all of the shapes and then go to the Shape Builder Tool. It shares a toolbar position here with the Live Paint Bucket and the Live Paint Selection Tool, and it's just a whole lot smarter tools than the join tool. With the shape buildup selected, we're just going to hover over this shape and you can see that it gets a grid over it. That's telling us that the shape builder, sees this as a potential as being a single shape. So we're just going to click in the middle of the shape. Now when we go back out with the selection tool, we'll find that we've got a single shape, and we can prove that here in the last pallet. We've got a group here that has just a single path in it. So here is the path that is the single shape that we have in our illustration, and I seem to have a couple of little leftover bits of type there, so I'm just going to drag them into the trash can as they are no longer required. So now we have the shape that we're ready to use to create the rest of that illustration with. 3. Illustrator for Lunch™ - In the Frame - Part 2 Decorate the Shape: Before we start coloring the shape that we have, let's go and look at a way that we can find some handy color schemes to use. I'm choosing Window and then Color Themes. This opens up a dialogue, and at the very foot of this dialogue is an option to launch the Adobe Color website. I'm going to click here. It opens my browser at the Adobe Color website. Here, if I click on "Explore", I can go and explore color schemes to see if there's something that I may want to use. Now I'm thinking some sort of pastel colors would be good here, so I'm going to type in pastel as a search term and press "Enter". Adobe Color is coming back with a whole heap of pastel color schemes, something here might be something that I want to use. If I see something that I particularly like, I can click its thumbnail here, that's the Appreciate icon. When I appreciate it, I then make it available in a few minutes inside Illustrator. I'm just going to go and get another one. I think this one's cool too so I'm going to click on it. When I first came to use Adobe Color, I needed to sign in with my Adobe ID, and that links it back to my Illustrator and also to Photoshop. When I go back to Illustrator, all I need to do is to click the "Sync" button here. Illustrator will then go and look at Adobe Color and say, "Okay, what additional color schemes has she favorited, and we'll just add them to the list?" Here is one of them, the other one will be there somewhere. Now, if I want to use this entire color scheme, I'm going to select it here in the list. I'm going to click the drop-down list here, and choose Add to Swatches. In fact, the one I actually do want to use is called pistachio. Here it is. I'm going to add it as well. I can close down Color Themes. Here in my Color Swatches, I have the Color Themes that I had selected online, favorited, brought into Adobe Illustrator, and now I've decided I want these as swatches in this particular illustration. I think that you'll really like Adobe Color and its integration with Illustrator, it's getting better every time they upgrade Illustrator. Now let's select our shape and fill it with one of these green colors. I think this green color here will be fine. Then we're going to add a stroke to it. Now the current stroke is black, but since we want to do a whole lot of things with the stroke, we're going to click on the "Appearance" panel. We're just going to drag it out here where we can see it because this object is going to have a whole lot of different strokes and fills applied to it. We're going to start with a brown stroke. I'm just going to click here, and I'm going to click on the brown that I brought in with the color scheme. I'm going to make the stroke just a little bit thicker, probably around two points. Inside that, I want a white dotted stroke, so I'm going to add another stroke to this object. I'll click "Add New Stroke." I'm going to set it to be white. Now right now, the new white stroke is immediately underneath the brown stroke, and we're not seeing it because it's the exact same size. But we want it to be polka dots as well as inside the shape. Well, the first thing to do is to move it inside the shape, and we do that by choosing Effect, Path, Offset Path. This allows us to offset the path for this stroke away from the very edge of the shape. By default, it's set to 10 points outside the shape, and since this is white, we can't even see it. But if I click in the "Offset" and start bringing it down to a negative value, we're going to start seeing it inside the shape, and there you can see the white line coming in. Now we're going to make this polka dots, so I'm just working at a pretty good position for it, probably around minus seven points, and I'll click "Okay." To make it polka dots, we're going to click on the word "Stroke" here. We're going to make the caps round. We're going to set up dashed line. We're going to do zero as our dash, and then we're going to tap across here and make our gap something like 12 points. That gives us a very fine dotted line. The gap is way too big, so I'm just going to bring it down a little bit. In fact, it's down here now to something like eight points. I think the white needs to be up a little bit too. You can just eyeball your dots and see if they look all right. I'm pretty happy with those now, so I'm just going to click away from that. Now you can see that we have two strokes already on this shape, and I want to add another stroke. I'm going to click here on "Add New Stroke". This is a new stroke that I've just added. You can see that it's white, and at the moment, it's dashed. I'm just going to click on the "Stroke" option here, and I'm going to turn off dashed. It's now a single line, and you can see just here that it's sitting underneath that brown line. Well, we don't want it to be there, we want it to be inside everything, so we need to offset it as well. I'm going to make sure that I have just this stroke selected, I don't want to offset more than just this one. I'm going to click it and choose Effect, and then Path, and then Offset Path. I'm going to click on "Preview". Now, I'm going to bring it in, so I'm going to decrease this value until I get it into position. Now, it's a little bit thicker than I want but that's fine, I can live with that right now. Let's just click "Okay". I'm going to make sure that I thin it down a little bit, so I'm going to select it and just make it a two-point line instead of a three-point line. That's looking pretty good now. Now at this point, what I want to do is change the colors. I want to change the inside of this shape now to a slightly different green, one I brought in with the pallet. This time, I want to add a different fill. I'm going to click here on "Add New Fill". This adds a new fill to my shape. But, of course, it's going right on top of the other fills and the other strokes. Well, the reason for this is we need to bring it in a little bit. But first, let's change its color. I'm just going to click on here to make it a sort of blue-green color. Now, again with this fill selected, let's offset it. Effect, Path, Offset Path, click on "Preview", and let's start bringing this in. We're going to bring it in so it's just inside the last white stroke that we added, and I'll click "Okay". This shape now has three strokes and two fills. Before we progress, I want to add another color to our color scheme. I'm just going to click here on the color scheme, and I'm just going to drag this brown color onto the new icon. That just adds it in a second time. I'm going to bring it down into here, double-click on it to open up the swatch options. I'm doing this in HSB mode because that makes it very easy for me to just choose a darker version of the current brown color. Then click on "Preview" so you can see it here. You can see I'm working with a darker version of this brown, and I'll click "Okay". Let's go back to our shape here. As a final option, I want to add a scalloped edge to it, so I'm going to add that using a new stroke. Now, I seem to have lost the stroke color for this outside line, so I'm just going to put that back in place. I'm going to click "Add New Stroke". Here is the stroke that I'm working on, and you can see that this one is the second to top one. I want it to appear behind the brown, so I'm happy that I'm working on this one. I'm going to make it a darker brown now, so the brown that I've just created it as. I need it to be a little bit wider because I need to actually be able to see it. Now I need to turn it into a little scalloped edge. Well, I do that by clicking on the "Stroke" option and making it a dotted line. I'm going to click on "Dashed", I'm going to click on the rounded top. You can see here that it is a sort of dashed line. But the gap is too big, so I'm just going to start decreasing the gap. I want to do that until I've got a nice little scalloped edge. I'm going to work at a combination of gap and the actual point size. I have a six-point line with a six-point gap, and that's a pretty good result for me. Let's go and click away from the shape and see it. Well, this stroke is still not quite where I want it to be. You can see that it's a row of dots. If we want just a scalloped edge, then we're going to have to move it below the outside edge as well. Let's select over the shape, and let's take this stroke, and let's drag it all the way down to under the first fill. Now, it looks like a scalloped edge. Let's just zoom in to the edge of our shape and just see what we've got. Here, we've got one fill, we've got a stroke line, we've got the main fill, we've got a set of dotted lines, we've got an outside stroke here, and then a stroke behind everything else that is dot. But because we've pushed it behind everything else, it looks like a scalloped edge. That's the design that we're going to use here. I'm ready now to just size it down a little bit, so I'm going to hold the Shift key as I size my shape down a little bit, and just position it. Well, let's position it in the middle of the artboard. I'm going to select over it. Then from the Window Align options, I'm going to select "Show Options". I need to align this to the artboard, so I'm going to click "Artboard", and I'm going to center it and center it. Now it's right in the middle of the artboard. Now that we've finished our curly brace shape, we're ready to go ahead and finish our illustration. 4. Illustrator for Lunch™ - In the Frame - Part 3 Add the Ribbon: The ribbon behind the shape is created using a rectangle. I'm just going to click on the rectangle tool. I'm going to draw a rectangle here. I'm going to click on it with the selection tool and I'm going to align each tool to the artboard, so it's nice and centered. I also need to move it behind my main shapes. I'm going to the layers panel. You can see here is the rectangle and here is the path containing our shape, so I'm just going to drag the rectangle below the path. That just reorders the two. Now we need to get all of the strokes that we applied to this curly bracket shape onto the shape below. Now the last thing we want to do is to have to go and re-create those because we took all the trouble of creating them in the first place. Well, we can solve the problem with graphic styles. I'll click window, and then graphic styles. What we'll do is we'll pick up this curly bracket shape. We're just going to drag from the middle and drop it into the styles' palette. We click and drag. What we're doing here is not actually moving in to styles palette, it saying to Illustrator, however this shape looks, we want you to save that so that we can use it in a minute on another shape. Well, the shape we want to use it on is this one here. I'll select that shape, and I'm just going to click on the graphic style. That applies all of those same styles to that shape. Some nice quick way of copying styles. Now for this particular shape, I don't want the edges here. If I try and bring it in, I'm just going to continue to move the edges into my illustration. I can't actually cut those edges off. The easiest way to, if you like, cut them off, is to create a clipping mask. I'm going to go here to the rectangle tool and I'm just going to click and drag a rectangle, the size of the artboard over the entire shape. Now, this has a stroke on it, so we're going to remove the stroke from it, and it also has a fill. Now, I'm going to use this thing for two things. This rectangle is going to be used not only as a clipping path, but I also want another copy of it as a background. I'm going to start by creating the background. I'm not really liking that yellow much at all, but let's just go with it for now. I have one filled rectangle, the size of the artboard, and it's up here at the very top. I want to duplicate it. I'm going to drag it onto the new icon here to create a duplicate of it, and I'm going to move one of them to the very back. This one is going to become my background. For now I can lock it down or I can turn it off. This is the one I'm most interested in, this rectangle at the top because I'm going to use it as a clipping path for this object here. I've selected the object that is the size of the artboard, and the rectangle that I want to clip. I'll choose object, clipping mask, make. That just clips the rectangle to the size of the artboard. It's also rearranged my layers, but we already know that that's a really easy solution to come to. I'm going back over to my last palette, I'm just going to grab this clipping group and put it behind. Now let's bring back extremely overdone yellow background and we can unlock this shape and select it. I think for the background, in fact, we're going to use a variation of one of the other colors in our color palette. Let's just go to the brown here, and then let's double-click on it here. Let's come up with a much lighter version of it. I think that's still too pinky, so let's just go here. I think that's a little bit better. Having done that, let's drag this color into our swatches palette. If we don't want this one any longer, we can just trash it. This a better representation of what our swatches palette looks like. Next step we want to create a shadow effect. The way we can do this is to take this shape and duplicate it. I'm going to the last panel, and an easy way of duplicating a shape is to just drag its path onto the new path icon. Now I've got two shapes identical to each other on top of each other, and I want to create a shadow, so I want to target the one below. I just want to fill it with the default color, so I'm just going to press select D. That's going to fill it with a black stroke and a white fill, and I'm just going to start moving it. I'm just pressing the Arrow keys to move it out and down. That creates a shadow effect. Now, I don't want this fill and stroke, but I just did want to say the back shape behind the front shape. I can see if I've got the offset that I want, and I do right now have that. What I'm going to do is remove the stripe from this shape, going to target the fill, I'm going to fill it with the exact same green color as I used for the original shape. Let's just go and give it this green fill. As I still have it selected, I'm going to the appearance panel, which appears to have disappeared from the side of my screen, so I'm just going to choose window, appearance. What I want to do is I want to make it darker where it applies as a shadow. I'm going to take its opacity drop-down here. I'm going to blend it using multiply blend mode, and then click away from my document. Let's just put my appearance panel back into position. But look what happens when we change its blend mode to multiply. I'm just going to zoom into this area of the illustration. You can see here that the green is changing color, and it changes color because it's acting as a shadow effect on the colors below. The shadow is picking up the color of the objects that it's placed on top of. This gives us a slightly more interesting shadow effect. 5. Illustrator for Lunch™ - In the Frame - Part 4 Add text lines and a flower: The next thing to create on our shape or the writing lines. So I'm going to click on the line segment tool here. I'm going to hold the Shift key down as I draw out a line. Now, it's not in quite the right position, so I'm just going to line it up here and can actually align it to the art board by clicking horizontal aligned center. So now let's go and get a color for it. Since it is a single line, we're just going to be able to apply a stroke to it. So I'm going to stroke it with the brown color that we've been using for the outside edge of this shape. I'm going to increase the stroke weight to around three points for now. We want this to be a dotted line, so we just need to adjust the stroke to make it a dotted line, and we've done that before. So it's the same process. Click on Stroke, make rounded caps, click on Dashed Line and here we've got the last setting we used which is zero point dash and a six point gap. Well, I don't think that this is big enough, so I'm going to make the dots bigger and I'm going to make the gap a bit bigger. I'm going to click away from the shape. So I think my line could actually be a little wider so I'm just going to hold down the Alt key as I drag out a slightly longer line. Now that's looking pretty good there. So what I need to do is to make this single line into a series of lines. We're going to use a different tool to do that. We're going to choose Effect, Distort & Transform and then Transform. This is a tool I really like. It's extremely powerful. So let's click on Preview and let's say we want an extra five lines over and above the lines that we have here. So I've set up previewed on five copies and now what I need to do is just to move this line down. So I'm just going to adjust the vertical to space these lines out. Now I think I made a few more lines so I can just adjust this, let's say seven lines. Then let's just increase the vertical a little bit. When you're happy, just click Okay. Now everything is just still one line so we can move this line down and the whole series of lines is going to be adjusted with it to serve very powerful tool here. It's going to readjust the alignment and just make sure it is centered on the art board here. Now, we could expand that if we wanted to, if we wanted to do something with these individual lines, but for now, there's really no need to expand it. Finally, we need to deal with a flower that goes in down here. So for the flower I'm going to take the ellipse tool. I'm just going to drag out an ellipse and I'm going to fill it with the darker green color that we've been using here. I'm going to grab the direct selection tool. I'm going to grab the point here and just turn it into a corner. I'm going to drag it out a little bit and maybe just shorten this end a little bit. Now this is the petal of my flower. So with it selected, I'm actually going to use that exact same tool again the distort and transform effect. Distort & Transform, Transform. It will do things like rotations as well as making things move. So I'm going to click on previous so I can see what I'm doing. I want a five petaled flower, which means I need four copies of this original shape. I want to rotate it around this point here. So of these nine little boxes here, the one I want to use is the middle at the top that will mark this as the rotation point. Now I need to rotate this around the number of degrees that will give me five petals. If I don't want to do the math myself, I can type 360 divided by 5, an illustrator will do the math for me. There is the shape that we want. It's a perfect five petaled flower. So click Okay. Now this is all a single shape. So if we were to change the size of this leaf or this petal, for example, then the whole flower is going to reform. So you can see that you can size the flower and it's just a single leaf. Let's go and add a center to it. So I'm just going to drag out a small center. I'm going to move it into position. I'm going to select the center of the flower and then Shift click on the petal because that's all this flag is and choose object group. Now, these two are grouped together so they'll travel together. I can just move them down and into position. If the flower is too big, I just need to again resize my petal. I'm just going to make sure that it's aligned to the center of our illustration. 6. Illustrator for Lunch™ - In the Frame - Part 5 Add text and recolor: Now, our illustration is pretty much complete and all you want to do now is to just make any minor changes to the document. For example, if you're still not happy with the background as I'm not happy with the background, I'm just going to go to the last pallet, make sure I have the background selected. I'm going to see if I can do something with this color, because I'm really still not liking it at all, and I'm going to add that color to my color swatch, this is going to go and grab it and bring it into my color swatch. Now, that is the document finished and so you'll go ahead and save it as an illustrator document with file save. Now, if you want to know how to get the text into the document, you'll just go to the text tool and click on a line here and you're going to have to re-size the text because last time we used it, it was really big, were just going to try 30 points and see how that's looking, it will probably more like about 40 points, it would be good and you'll go and find a font that you like. Now, I have chosen a font that's called Coventry Garden, so I'm just going to go and get Coventry Garden, and let's just type on this one. So this is the typing that I used for the main illustration of this particular shape. I'm just going to move the type into position, so instead over the first set of lines, but when we've got so many lines and such a little block of type it would be nicer if we were to use every second row of dots. Well, we can do that by clicking on the character option for the font and what I'm going to do, is I'm going to increase the lending, which is going to push the type down. So it's not changing the type size, it's just changing its position. So I'm just going to push it until it appears roughly where I want it to appear and let's just center the type as well and then we'll just move it back into position. Now, if you're having trouble selecting and moving the text, what you can do is you can go and lock down everything else in the illustration so that the only thing that you can select is the text just makes it a little bit easier to move it into position. We can also use the alignment tool to align it to the center since it's centered within its textbox. So come back here now and just unlock everything, and now I think the text is black and I'm not really liking black for my text. So I'm just going to go to my swatches panel and let's go and make it this dark brown that we've been using in the illustration. Now we can save the illustration with file save and we are done for now. But you know, there is another technique that I'd really like to show you, which is a lot of fun, particularly with something that's colored attractively like this. So I'm going to go the last pallet and I'm going to select all the layers in this document. Then I am going up to the swatches palette, I'm going to click here on Create New Color Group and click Okay. That creates a color group of all the colors that are used in this particular document. Now I'm going to click here on Edit or Apply Color Group, and this opens up this dialogue and what we're most interested in all the fun part of this is the edit options, so lets click on Edit. I've got my things linked here, so you want to make sure that this raids unlink harmony colors, because that means that they're linked right now, and start dragging around on these colors. What happens is when you drag around is that the relationship with the colors is maintaining its stability, but the colors themselves are changing and so you can instantly recolor this illustration by just dragging around on this set of sliders and you can also drag out and in. If you drag out, you're going to get more saturated colors, if you drag more towards the center, you're going to get more pastel colors. But any one of these sliders can be dragged out or in. The nice thing about this is because we use such a nice palate that we grabbed from Adobe Color, the relationship between the colors in the original pallet was so nice that all of these colors that were able to pick in this color scheme creator here are just perfect, everything is looking really, really good. If you want to be a little bit more flexible, well, you can unlink these colors and so you could go and get a color from the color scheme and walk it to a different area. So you could actually bring in some greens into pink design if you wanted to. There's so much fun and so much flexibility to be had in this color creator here that I think you're going to really, really enjoy it. I'd encourage you for your project may be submitted a couple of illustrations, one with the original colors and one with a new set of colors that you've created using this color creator here. Now, when you find a color combination that you like, click here on the new color group and that just creates it as a new color group for your illustration and click Okay. Now, it's wise whenever you're working with color schemes like this is to save every iteration of the document. So just choose File, Save As and create this as a different color scheme version of your document and then you can go back in and play with the color scheme generator. You just want to make sure that you have your color scheme selected here before you go back into edit or apply color group and make changes to your document. I'm Helen Bradley, thank you for joining me for yet another Illustrator for Lunch course here at Please lookout for more of my Illustrator for Lunch courses if you enjoyed this, there's plenty more here at Skillshare and I'm releasing them pretty much every week at the moment. 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