Master the Basics of Adobe Illustrator to Create Awesome Illustrations | Julian Burford | Skillshare

Master the Basics of Adobe Illustrator to Create Awesome Illustrations

Julian Burford, Illustrator

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15 Videos (2h 23m)
    • Introduction

      1:25
    • Setting up Illustrator and Using Blob Brush

      8:29
    • Sketching

      14:28
    • Coloring

      8:37
    • Shadow and Light

      12:14
    • Learn How to Use the Pen Tool

      6:55
    • Tracing Your sketch

      10:31
    • Cleaning Up - Divide and Unite Shapes

      14:25
    • Basic Coloring

      8:05
    • Using Gradients

      8:38
    • Adding Detail (Speedup)

      10:04
    • Adding Detail Part 2 (Speedup) (with Commentary)

      9:51
    • Using the Blend Tool & Masks

      13:54
    • Using Curves and Adding texture (Photoshop)

      14:51
    • More Creative Classes on Skillshare

      0:33
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Project Description

Design a movie poster with simple tools in Adobe Illustrator

Concept and Sketching

  1. Start a new file

    Start a new blank file and turn on the "snap to pixel grid" option under the advanced tab.

    Also make sure color mode is set to RGB.

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  2. Adjust Blob Brush settings

    Adjust the Blob brush setting. Set Fidelity to Accurate, set size to pressure and variation to max.

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  3. Make a first sketch

    Make a rough sketch to determine the overal layout.

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  4. Sketch with more detail

    Once you're happy with the overall layout of the poster. You can add more detail to the sketch.

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  5. Color in the sketch

    Once you've made the sketch it's time to color it in. Use basic flat colors for each separate object.

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  6. Add shadows and light

    Final step in sketching is adding shadows and light to the sketch. Use HSB color to easily set different values of the base color to pick a shadow color or highlight color.

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Tracing your Sketch

  1. Select sketch and set opacity

    Select your sketch and give it an opacity so you can easily see what you're doing when drawing over it. Also lock the sketch so you don't accidentally keep selecting it.

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  2. Trace your sketch

    Use the Pen Tool to trace your sketch.

    Tip: If you have no experience using the Pen Tool try tracing a Peugeot logo for practice. This logo is perfect for learning the Pen Tool because it has a lot of different curves and corners.

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  3. Divide and unite shapes

    Select all the trace shapes and click on Divide. 

    Ungroup and delete shapes you don't need.

    Unite all shapes that needs to be joined.

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Adding Detail and Color

  1. Color in the shapes

    Select the traced shapes and use the Eye-Dropper tool to pick the corresponding color from your sketch. 

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  2. Add gradients

    Select shapes and move the base color in to the gradient bar. Add new levels of that color to create gradients.

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  3. Add detail

    Zoom in on illustration and work on detail. Add new shapes with Pen Tool.

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Finalizing

  1. Add movie title and credits

    Pick a font that fits the illustration and film then play around with it to create a nice title.

    Add credits.

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    Subtle Brush set 3 by WeFunction

  2. Curve illustration

    Move your illustration to photoshop and use curves to tweak the colors until you are satisfied. 

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  3. Add noise and texture

    Create a new layer and give it a gray tone. 

    Go to filter and add a 1% noise (monochromatic turned on)

    Set layer to Soft Light.

    Use brushes to add texture.

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