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Poster Child: Using Adobe Illustrator Like a Star

teacher avatar Ryan Vatz, Illustrator/designer/guitarist

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6 Lessons (1h 23m)
    • 1. Hello

    • 2. Project Overview

    • 3. Sketch Phase

    • 4. Part 1: Pen Tool, Image Trace and more!

    • 5. Part 2: Pathfinder, Texture and more!

    • 6. Final Thoughts

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About This Class


In this class we will have fun learning how to use Adobe Illustrator while creating a sweet poster!


Basic understanding of Illustrator. This class is for everyone from beginners to experts.


1. Post your favorite constellation, planet, or space thing in your project.

2. Share your sketches and ideas.

3. Share your final poster with the rest of the class, you rock star you! (It is always cool to see what everyone comes up with to make their project even better than the assignment!) 

4. Show the world what you have made. Share your project on instagram and tag me @ryanvatz.


Music: Patrick Lee, "Quittin Time"

Texture Class: Creating And Applying Textures: Design A Pennant An amazing class by Jon Brommet!

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Ryan Vatz



Hello all, my name is Ryan. I'm an Illustrator that specializes in combining hand drawn illustrations with vector art.

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1. Hello: Hi. Welcome to poster child using Adobe Illustrator like a star. My name is Ryan, but Slavic. I'm a graphic designer and illustrator and I'm gonna take you through my process in my favorite tools while using Adobe Illustrator. If it's the first time for you to open up Adobe Illustrator or if you've used it for years , this class will be great. No matter what your skill level is, the project for this class will be making a sweet constellations poster. That would be a great addition to your portfolio. This one's gonna be a lot of fun, So enroll below and I can't wait to see you in class. 2. Project Overview: Hi, everyone. And thank you so much for enrolling in this class. We're gonna make this awesome constellations poster. You don't have to make this exact one, but I've given you all the tools to create it. So go ahead and have fun, making whatever you want, and we'll have something great to add to your portfolio by the end of the class. The things that will need for this class are going to be something to write with, something to write on and a computer with Adobe illustrator on it. I don't think the computers in frame, but I promise it right there. So go ahead and gather all those things and I'll see you in the next class. 3. Sketch Phase: So now that we have everything that we need to begin, let's go ahead and start sketching down some ideas. So grab your pencil in your sketchbook and let's do this. Okay, so the first thing we're gonna do is basically go over what we think would be a great layout for the poster, you know? So obviously it's gonna be, you know, a rectangle, you know, and I start off really small so that I can get ideas down really quick. Um, you know, we wanted to be Cem space stuff, So we're gonna have some constellations in there with some stars and all that. You know, we can either do it toe where it's on Lee showing the constellations. Maybe. And maybe we have some text right here, and we'll put a logo down here, and then we'll have a title up there, you know, so, to be really simple, just a bunch of constellations on their own, either a dark background or a light background with dark, um, lines and circles for the constellations, but really their stars, that kind of it doesn't make sense. So would probably be a dark background with using white lines in white circles for the constellations. Um, you know, that's that's that could be a cool idea. So that's idea of one. We'll do another one, and I'll draw a little bigger just for the sake of the class. Um, you know, it's cool that it's really simple, really rudimentary, of only showing the constellations here. And we can even do planets. It doesn't matter what your subject matter is, but, you know, at times it's cool toe. Really simplify it down to just showing that, But I kind of want to show a story with my poster. So maybe if there's like a field in the bottom of it, you know, So I kind of show maybe the curvature of the Earth or something. And maybe we have some people looking up at the constellations and we'll make a smaller person here, so it kind of gives the idea of Maybe it's a father daughter, father son, looking at the consolations. The dad's kind of pointing up saying, Hey, check that out little thing in a teaching his kids some stuff and, well, maybe put like a here we go like a little telescope there that maybe this is something that they've invested in this is like their thing is going out on weekends and, ah, looking up at the stars. So they've invested in a telescope or something, you know? And then we can. Then we could put the constellations just right there. You know, they you can just go in here and just go around there. Um, we'll have a title here, and, uh, I think I like the idea of maybe numbering each constellation or something to wear. We can put a legend down here saying what each one is, and then we'll do the logo down here. I like that idea, but let's kind of expand upon it a little bit more. So this will be the third idea. And, uh, I really like whenever posters have a border. So I'm gonna go ahead. And I tried this idea to have a a border, maybe on this one, and I like that this is a curvature of the earth, but we could make something a little more dynamic. So maybe it's kind of hills coming down, and we got one going this way. And then, uh, you got the field over here and I really like that story kind of feel. So we'll put our characters back in of the telescope. It's inexpensive telescopes. And make sure you put in, You know, um, let's make it a forest kind of thing. Like they go camping like this is a weekend thing, you know, they don't just go out there and come back home. They kind of spin the weekend out there, you know? So well, put some trees. Not here. Stuff. Like how that layouts coming together. This will be sin. You'll be able to see some grass on these sides Are here the show Death. Whenever we put this an illustrator, we'll probably make this one darker, this one a little bit lighter in this one lighter, even still so that we have some death and focus more on are subject guys right here. And then obviously, we'll get that title back in there. But that legend, we'll get the logo here and, uh, go some constellations in there. You know, obviously, these are all really quick sketches, so we don't have to the exact constellation. And, uh, so sure it's a night sky. Um, See, I think I think this one might be the one, I'll go and choose this one for the sake of the class. Usually I go through about 10 to 15 different thumbnails to really make sure I nailed down idea. But for the sake of time, let's go and choose this one. Um, So what I'm gonna do now is I'm gonna go ahead, make some of the elements that I will use while making the project. So I know I'm gonna want these trees. So let's go ahead and make some trees here. So it's I think it's getting some attitude. Feel like a Bob Ross with the pencil now can makes him happy. Trees. There's one tree. Um, and for the sake of time, I'll just do the one tree right now. Um, and then all include, uh, tomb or whenever I scan it in. And basically I want a variety so that I can I use three different ones and change them up a bit so that it's little less noticeable that I only ended up drawing three trees, but yes, go ahead and drawl your trees, and then I'll draw. Um, some of the elements that I know I'm gonna use in there. So this is kind of that space that I'm using right here. So I know that we're gonna have, you know, figure here, Dad. Right there, looking up, pointing up to the stars. He's got his head hand around his little kid there, you know, there, having a nice little weekend, they got their telescope there, details in the grass, and Amanda liking some of this pencil shavings right here. Find it. I'm blanking. Using that is a texture. So go ahead and had some or that. Yeah, I think that's enough to show for now for the class. Uh, I'm gonna go ahead and finish this, and then I'll scan it in and we'll see you in the next lesson. 4. Part 1: Pen Tool, Image Trace and more!: refinished are sketches, and now we're ready to open up Adobe Illustrator. So let's go ahead and open up the program and let's make a new document. You can either select new or hit command in that will bring up this new document, and all we need to do is make this the typical poster size, which I'm going to make it 18 inches by 24 inches. Go ahead and hit OK with that and how we got our document in here. So let's put our sketches in. There's two ways of doing this, just like there's two ways of doing almost about anything in the Adobe program. You can either go to file and then place, or you can hit shift command fee. Let's go ahead and find our sketch wherever we put it, and that's going to place it. This will show up whenever you're ready to place and just drop it in with a click. So now let's zoom into it and looks like this might be ableto live trace pretty well, and I'll go over live trace in just a little bit. But first, let's look at these guys and I would like to probably use the pin tool to clean them up just a little bit to get their silhouettes a little more defined. So it's good and grab the pin tool the way we're going to use the pin tool is by simply adding anchor points by clicking down. And then once you see it's click down, it's letting you know where that line is gonna be if you put your cursor down once more. So I wanted to make a curve around to hit this in right here. So how I'm gonna do that is adding another anchor point by clicking. And then whenever I pull holding down my cursor, I can see a curve going around, and that's where my line's gonna end up being. So I wanted to go around here, so I'll just dragged the note around this way. It looks like it should work, and I don't want this to make this circle that it's indicating right here, so that curve is a little too much, so I can go ahead and adjust this by holding option and clicking the no down a little bit. If I wanted to have a small curve, you see now it's gonna be a smaller curve around here, or I could just hit the anchor. And it's gonna be a sharp line from the If you conceal, zoom in a little bit better. So now you can see it's more of a sharp line straight from there. I think that will work pretty well. So I like to incorporate sharp angles along with some curves, so that would be good there. And with this days, you can go as detailed or as simple as you would like to go. So I'm just gonna use just straight lines and a few curves every now and then just to show maybe the shoulder and around his, uh, kids had so again putting the no down pulling, seeing where the vector line is gonna end up being and letting go whenever I'm ready. I don't want the curve to be here. So once again, I'll just click the node and all make the line where I wanted to go. So one thing I'm noticing now is that this black interior color is now filling up the space that I'm going. Teoh need to end up drawing. So how I'm going to get rid of this is by simply going over here where it selects what color your using and swap that so that the outline is there. I'm also going to change the line strokes that I can see a little better. All right now we can move on. Looks like a gave him pretty, stocky legs. So let's give him some longer legs there. Give that, like, a little curve. Kind of like the way that curve meets up with the hand there. So that'll be a nice little point there. Maybe get that curve to exciting. If I want to go more perpendicular to this or well, it might be cool. So go a little bit like that. See how it looks. It's that could be cool, more hard angle. We'll go in close up the vector, so we have a silhouette of the child and parent there, and we can go ahead and fill in this base to I wonder if I could make this curve go. That's one thing you'll notice is if you notice Whenever I pulled this down past the screen , it moves with you, so it'll be kind of annoying getting used to that. But once you get used to it. You just kind of ignore it. But let's go ahead and move forward and cut the silhouette of this kid down. We're gonna need to nodes for this. So go around his head there, blocking out there and boom. All right, it seems like we got the father and son mark down and let's go ahead and do this telescope also through the vector. So go ahead and push p to get your pin tool back up and let's go ahead and make this, Don't you telescope if you see the color reverted back to filling it in in black and not just making the outline black. So another way to get this back in a quicker way is by selecting I for your eyedropper tool and selecting this, and that's going to give it the same stroke in color as whatever you select. So go back to the pin tool and let's knock out this telescope more. Don't live like that's two on, So what I'm going to do is adjust this angle here. I don't really like the way this look, so I selected the direct selectable by pushing a which you can also find right here and just going in, fixing that angle a little bit more. There we go. That's a little better. So let's go now. Back to the pin tool. Okay, so now we have the subjects vectored along with the telescope, so we'll go ahead and utilize those. We'll keep them there and let's go ahead and live. Trace these trees if you notice if we took that same approach that we took with the subjects here. If we live traced Theis trees, it would. Or if we use the pinto over these trees, Sorry, who would probably take a really long time? There's a lot of branches, so one work around for this is live trace. In previous versions of Adobe Illustrator Life, Trace was a pretty sorry excuse, but they've really gone through advances with it. So if you have Adobe CC life, traces actually become something to actually consider. So go and select the image of your scanned in sketch, and a new menu bar will show up right here. So whenever it's de selected, it's just your normal essential tools windows. But whenever an image is selected, you'll have embed edit, original image trace and your Mass. So what we're gonna do is we're gonna go ahead and select image trace that's gonna bring up something. If you scanned in a large image, it's gonna basically just say that, Hey, this image is pretty big, so it might take your computer a little while to trace it out. All right, so on initial thoughts looks pretty bad, but what we're gonna do is go ahead and select right here. The image trace panel. It's going to bring it up and we're gonna hit advanced, gonna go ahead and de select preview just so that the computer isn't trying to think the whole time now that we have advanced here, were able to show a lot more than what we could with just the original look of it, just the way it came out. So I'm gonna go and bump up threshold. I'm gonna extend the paths 200%. I'll do the corners down to 50 and noise down the wine. Lately, I've been using basically this exact same format for almost anything I've traced. That has high contrast, and it hasn't let me down yet, so let's go ahead and see if it will let me down this time I'm gonna go ahead and also select Ignore White and then preview that my get your computer thinking for a little while and then boom, There it is and it looks pretty good. It's pretty close to the sketch, and we can definitely work with this. And it took a flood shorter time than if we were to actually trace it out with the pencil. So let's go ahead, and all you have to do after you've done that is click expand and it turns it all into vectors, which is pretty great. So now we can go in and change the sizes of this really easy. It's all of actor. We can adjust it and make it. You know what? We wanted to be the real thing. That's really great about doing this to one of your own sketches is the fact that it is still your work. Even though the program is what traced out These images here you still are the one that went through the process of actually going in and sketching it from pencil to paper, and then you scanned it in and let the program speed up your process so I wouldn't consider this cheating at all because, hey, you drew those trees. So what we're gonna do here is ungh, group it. You see that whenever I select anything here, everything gets selected. So that means that it's in a group. So let's go ahead and ungroomed pit by hitting shift command G or shift control G on a PC. We can also find that under object group and on group here. So now that we have it on group, we can move things around much easier. So let's go ahead and try to select this tree here. Obviously, we're probably gonna grab mawr than what we want. So we'll go ahead and de select everything that we don't want to grab going zoom in, de select these things. It's like this because I missed it and it looks like that's it. So now that we want well, low looks like I missed some stuff too. Right here. Let's go grab those. Do you select all those? Make sure you double Jack. There's so many times that I've messed that stuff up, didn't find until much later. So now that we have what we want selected, we can go ahead and hit command G or controlled G on a PC. And now it's grouped. So now I congrats. That and everything is grouped together. We're just fantastic exactly what we need. Go out and do it for the other trees, Just like things that we don't need. It's like some step that we want to keep. Looks like I want to keep this two. So it's good. It's like that in the way I'm adding my selections is by holding shift whenever I select so that I can add to what is already selected. So if I wanted to select this tree, I can just hold shift select. And now both these air selected I can also get rid of it by holding shift in, clicking at once again to get rid of it. So once that selected command G group that and pull it over to the side just to get it out of the way, we got some little stray marks that are gonna show up. So we'll go ahead and just still be those. Um, yeah, I don't want that guy. So now let's do this tree here. Okay, so now that we've got those trees go ahead and do it the same for the grass. Okay, so we've gone and grouped everything. We've lied, traced it. We've gotten some of the things that we one done with the pin tool. Now, the next step will be using the Pathfinder tool and putting some text in and everything like that. So I'll see you in the next class. 5. Part 2: Pathfinder, Texture and more!: big guys. So we've gone over the pin tool in live trace and some over selecting and eyedropper tool and things like that. So now let's go into things like the Pathfinder tool. So if you notice before whenever we piece this together, it's pretty much all of these different shapes, right? So we could group them together. But another way to do this is to combine them all into one shape. So the way we're going to do this is by using the Pathfinder tool. I have implemented it and put it into my, uh, toolbar right here. The way we're going to get to it is through window Pathfinder. That's where you can find it. The tool I'm gonna use here is the merge tool that's going to get all these things merged. It looks like I missed some things over here so we can go ahead and delete that anchor point. Grab Arpin tool again by selecting P. And let's just connect. These doesn't seem to want a work. So right there. All right. Looks like whenever I was rushing, I was a little sloppy. So gonna have to bear with me here and just gonna grab the selection tool and match it up with those anchors. All right, But now with the kid in the dad here, if we go ahead and select these and we're deciding, okay, we want to make it, give it a color and switch the outline and the ah, interior color. Here we look. It gives a big blob, and we lose this negative space here. So how we gained back this negative space is selecting boat and making sure that the negative space is on top of the positive space. You want to leave. So making sure that they are in the right order going over here and doing the minus front instantly gone, we have our negative space back. And the great thing is, is this is all one vector right now, so there's no way we can pull it apart or anything. It's all one same with the telescope. So now that we've done that, we have our, uh, subjects and the telescope vectored out. We can go ahead and get rid of him over here. It's the way I'm going to do that is I want to keep some of this texture, so I'm just going to roughly throw the pin tool down here. Just putting anchor points down and stretching the nodes out. Just Teoh kind of mimic the live trace look. So once I have that, I'm just going to select around what I want to get rid of once that's selected, you want to be sure to d group this by selecting shift command G or going Teoh object UN group. And that is basically because the Pathfinder tool that we're going to use won't work well with grouped objects. So you're gonna want to grab just the largest part of that group, and we're going to cut this out with Pathfinder Tool now. So now, with everything selected making sure that the part we want to cut out is in front of part, we want to leave. Let's go ahead and do the minus front again and they're they're going so we can go ahead and delete that guy and group this back so select everything. Command G group that back. So let's go ahead and bring these and and we can make him any size we want, um, I want them to kind of be pretty subtle, so I don't want them to stand out too much, and I think that'll work right there. I want them to be pretty small part. It's up awesome. So if we got them where we want them, we can go ahead and select everything and unite. Now we have it all together as one that looks like it's working great. So let's go ahead and go to these trees and kind of clean them up. I noticed earlier that there was things like this line here that I didn't like, Um, so let's go ahead and get rid of this. That's pretty ugly. So I'll just follow that outline their and simply go over the part that I want to get rid of, making sure that it's on front once again de grouping. That's Owen grouping the tree that we had so selecting it, pushing shift command G and then selecting the parts that we want to cut. Get rid of that. Once we pushed the minus front tool, it's gone, so we've cleaned that up. Looks like there's another little line right here, so let's do the same there. Get rid of it. It's out of there and I think that's good. So let's go ahead and select that again. Command G that group it and move forward. Okay, so there we go. Now we have this tree all set up. Go and select that grouping back together. Okay, so now that we have those pretty well and set now, let's start finally getting to lay out. Could you remember? I want to have a border around this layout. So what I'm gonna do is select our rectangle tool. It's gonna be in your toolbar over here, and you can also selected by hitting him. And I want my margin here to be at 3/4 of an edge. So to make sure that I'm making that the exact with that I want all I'm gonna do is click down on the rectangle tool and we'll get this'll. It'll pop up, and this is where you can designate your heightened with of everything. So I'm gonna make it the width of 0.75 inches and the height to be the height of our document. So 24 inches go and push. Okay on that and we're going to line it up. You can also use the ruler tool to make this margin, but I don't want to use math. Let's just use this. So what I'm going to do here is I'm going ahead of myself. So I lined this up to where it fits into the document and I want to make sure it's 0.75 all the way around. So we're going to do this is selected hold option. Are Ault on a PC in drag? If you notice I can drag anywhere but I wanted to stay the exact same height. So the way I'm gonna do that is clicking shift. So not clicking, shift clicking chest. It keeps it in line and keeps everything right where you need it to be. So let's go ahead and make it go across the top here, too. So we'll hold option again and you'll see this little to arrow indicator for your option. Whenever you know you're gonna be duplicating things. So go ahead and put that in the center and go up to this corner where we see this rotate come up So you see your cursor regular and then boom rotate. Let's rotate this by clicking and now we can go any angle, any angle. We want to go But we want this to go completely perpendicular to what it is so we can hold shift. And that's gonna give you the 45 degree and commit and then all the way to the other in command because I'm not zoomed out. I didn't think this through its off the screen, So let's go ahead and scroll down to it. So now we can go ahead and line it up. Where said intersect There. Hold shift. Bringing it down. Holding option. Line it up. They're perfect. Okay, so now we have our margins. I don't really want to keep it there. I just kind of want to guide. So I'm gonna go ahead and select in to get my rectangle tool back, go to this Intersect and pull that all the way down to this intercept right there. Perfect. So I just want that to be an outline. I don't want it to be too big, so I'll go 2.5 on that, and I'll just get rid of the's rectangles now that they're just out of the way. All right, now we have our guide with our margin around it. I don't want this to move any so I'm gonna go ahead and lock this down. So I haven't selected and I'm just gonna go to object. I've been locked and selection. You can also do that by hitting command too. Or control too. Now, finally ready to lay out. Takes a lot, But it's gonna be great. Let's go ahead and put our horizon in. I'm gonna have it cut right there. There should be good. So cream down a little bit. Give enough room for us to put those constellations in. And now let's go ahead and use the Pathfinder tool here. So another way to get I feel like I'm saying another way a lot. But there's so many ways to do things in every adobe product, every adobe program that you kind of have to cover every single base. So instead of grouping us because I've grouped and on group it so often, I'm gonna show you another way to get through this. So because this is grouped, all I have to do is double click. And now I've entered the group. So everything outside is not able to be selected. That's locked. Anyway. That's not a good example, but so everything outside of the group I cannot select anymore. Because I am now inside this group. It is letting me manipulate everything inside the group. And that's indicated by this bar up across here. So I want to make sure that this cuts right down this line right here. So I'm gonna go ahead and put this rectangle there, selecting their getting back to our Pathfinder tool. We all know in love. And let's get rid of all these stragglers. We don't need these guys anymore. So go ahead and do the same over here. Like in directing O toole down, lining up to the line and Pathfinder to get that out of Oops. I see. Perfect example. Say I did it on purpose. Uh, I forgot Teoh Ungh group this group that it created with the Pathfinder tool. So let's go ahead and shift command G, select these guys back and I'm knock that out. Sweet. Okay, so that works. Perfect. Now I want this to extend all the way down. I want this to be, you know, the base of the poster. So how I'm gonna do this is just simply going through and making this shape around the poster around the, uh, horizon line. If you're wondering how I'm getting around every now and then, I'm holding the space bar to grab the hand tool so that I can grab wherever I want to go, and so that I could just make the viewer dizzy and, ah, for zooming. I am holding option and scrolling with my mouse scrolling up to zoom ins, going out to zoom out. So that's another thing that I jumped the gun on. So now that you know that you can get around Illustrator really well, so now we'll go back to the select tool by pushing D and then selecting everything and using the Pathfinder tool to go ahead and lock it all down. Okay, so now that we have that, we can double click outside to get out of the group. And we don't want this to be black because all these air going to be black as well. So it's go ahead and change the color a bit for now, we'll just keep it in the grays, so we'll make this one. We'll make this 1 55 No, we'll make it 65 todo Okay, now let's go ahead and but these two in there, I kind of want this side to be the shorter side. So we'll flip these around by selecting them and reflecting them by pushing, Oh, which is gonna bring a reflection tool up and then simply grabbing and twisting them around to keep them the same angle. I'm gonna hold shift again, and that's gonna flipped it, flip it exactly where I want it. So awesome. There we go. So now we can put these other layers in. If you notice now, the this layer for this object is above the one that I'm wanting to put in. So how many good the layers all situated is by selecting this object and sending it back by holding shift command in your left bracket key? It's the key right next to the P on the keyboard if you're looking around for it. So now that that's back and we have everything in the positions that we wanted to be, let's go ahead and adjust this to where I wanted to go. I'm gonna go ahead and put this one in also so that I can be adjusting both of these at the same time. So I know exactly where I want each one to be. All right, Now we can go ahead and clean this group up, double click to get out of the groups that we can jump into this group right here. And then there we go. So this one's at 65. So we'll make this one at 75 and then this one at, like, 85. So just go up by 10. Each one. This is just so that we can see the depth happening. All right, so let's put these trees in. So we have these trees Gordon moving over here to our boards that weekend, see him a little clear. I'm gonna go ahead and we're gonna use these trees a lot. So I'm gonna hold option while grabbing these whenever I put him in place That I know I can come back then. So I like whenever I do borders and things around a poster I really like tohave a little part of the poster sticking out. It seems to add a little more to the poster, giving it a little more debt. So all incorporate that idea with this tree here and incorporated over on the other side as well. With another one of the trees. Hold option Teoh, grab this tree and just resize it a little bit. And all this He's a just that arrow key on the keyboard. Move it over a little bit. Kind of more of the tree to stick out something. Reflect this by pushing. Oh, holding shift in a swing in that one around. All right. Yeah, that's about Maura. About where I want to be. Yeah, go ahead and continue putting trees in here. - Okay ? Once you get this composition, right, you know, we can start getting the colors and so weaken, see everything easier. So I'm gonna make this the same color is that item just so that we know where it sits and we're just going to continue to make thes lighter. Now we have our forests and we have some debt. Just great, um, noticing that these are all the same color. So I'm going to go ahead and just merge these together, but before that and do that, I'm gonna hold option and drag that off to the side, just in case I want to go back and use those individually. But going back to the project board. I'm gonna select all those and unite them with the past. All right? Looking good. It's coming together is great. Okay, so next let's just grab push in for our rectangle tool. It's like this whole area where the borders are. It's going to make this one. Uh, last number used was 45. Let's make this 1 35 See how that looks Even well, should come in left bracket to send it all the way back. Here we go. So now we're kind of outlining our poster, getting it to where we want to be, you know, that's working really good. Okay, so now that we've done a lot with the Pathfinder tool, let's go ahead and look at some text options. So what we're gonna put text into illustrator is grabbing the type tool or selecting t on the keyboard and making a type box. So I'm gonna go ahead and make it off the project board, click and drag and you have your type box and you're ready to type in anything that you want. Um, so go ahead and type in constellations, and I'm an awful spiller, so I'll go ahead and push command I for spell check, start Nice. I nailed it on the first try. Doesn't usually happen so another would have that selective. We notice it's entitle case. So one way to change this is by going to type in change case. Then you have options for all uppercase all lower case title case or sentence case. So I want this to be all uppercase for now, So yeah, that's good. So now we can go ahead and change it to whatever fault we want to use one thought I like to use a lot is God. Nothing's got some nice lines pretty clean. And the book sizes pretty good, so I'll leave that there, and I really care. Went overboard with my text box, I So I go ahead and adjust that size. So now I've put some type in, which is great. So I have my title. So what I'm gonna do here is just select that hold option and bringing out. Now I'm gonna turn this into a vector by outlining the strokes. Really? I'm going to do that is by pressing shift command. Oh, in that outlines any kind of type that you have and That's why I duplicated this, so that if I ever want to come back, I can come back and edit this tax. Say I want it to be a lighter. Ah, I thought so. I just go back in, change that to light. Or, you know, maybe I wanted bolder and change it the bowl. And then I can outline it again without messing that up. So now that it's outlined, I can hold shift and make this larger, and now it's going to stay great. It's gonna stay good and it's vectored. So it's not going to leave this box around. It's gonna be easier to line it up where I wanted to be on everything. So it's a lot easier to manage whenever it's fact arised, so I can go ahead and slap this down. Nice. You can use whatever you want. This is just my favorite. So plus, it's called Gotham, which is that's about where I'm gonna want my title to be. That'll work great. I'm gonna go ahead and add some detail in the sky gonna start making some stars. So I'm gonna do this is just going off of the project board somewhere and grabbing my lips . He's tool. You can also push l to bring that up. And the way I'm gonna use this is by clicking, holding option so that the circle starts from the center and holding shift so that it stays a true circle. So I'm gonna make it not too big making about that size, which will work great. And I am just gonna coffee pulled option and just pull a bunch of circles out, maybe make it a little smaller to give a little bit more dimension pretty good. So I'll just grab this hold option, drag it over and just rotate it a little bit. Just slap it in there, kind of mirrored. So it's go ahead and rotated a little more until I get it. You don't have to, but I'm gonna kind of clean it up by just randomly clicking and deleting some stars just so that areas that I see are a little too dense for my liking. I'm gonna go ahead and knock some of the stars out to know that we have that We'll go ahead and gonna make these all white and you see that the really bright and you know not all stars. Whenever we look in this guy we see as the same intensity. So we're gonna go ahead and lighten some up. So I'm just gonna hold shift and grab a couple of stars randomly, and we'll go ahead and make them a little more transparent way. Have a couple selected. We're gonna go ahead and go to our transparency tool over here. Another way to get to there is through windows and then transparency. So open up the transparency tool and I'm gonna knock line down to about Let's see how 25 looks. Yeah, looks good. We don't want it to be. I want things to be like a texture. We wanted to be pretty subtle. So and I like things to be in threes. So I'm gonna go ahead and do another round of that at about 50% we're gonna select all that command G to group it and let's go ahead and drag it to our board. Now that this is still selected, we're gonna select that background rectangle hit shift command bracket left bracket to send it all the way back. And here we go. Go ahead and drop the opacity level of this whole group to fifties that those constellations that we put in will really stand out Alright, Awesome. So let's go ahead and add those constellations going back up here vile and place, and we'll find our constellations J pig, which I will include in the course, and we'll go ahead and trace these out for me. My favorite consolation is Orion, but I'm gonna go ahead and at all of them as well. So all we're gonna do here is selecting L on the keyboard to go ahead and grab our ellipses tool and go ahead and just mark out where these stars are. And then we're gonna hold option whenever we grab it to just bring it over to about where those stars are. You don't have to copy it exactly. Um, I think taking the liberties of giving a little bit more space is a great idea. Um and then I want that to be a straight line so holding shift when copying Matt over, Even though it's not where that circle is, that's fine. It's still gets the idea across. We're not making this so that it's ah, perfect representation were just kind of making it because you think it's cool. So like that one out and you can go ahead and just continue that out since we're already doing that. Okay, now that we have all of the circles in place, we can go ahead and make these connecting lines that we can really see these constellations . Okay, now that we have this all made into lines if you notice we get some of these lines uh, coming outside of the circles whenever it comes to an angle. And that's because if we check out our lines stroke, it's on the corners where it's just the miter joint. It's gonna be better if it's a circle joint, because then that goes away. And we could, uh, end up doing that for the Kappas. Well, um, I notice it on a couple, but we're going to just go ahead and do it to all the lines, just that we cover our bases and how we're going to select all these instead of having to click each one is have one of the lines selected, then simply go to select same ville and stroke. We should only have these objects as White outlined strokes. So this should select only these objects. And it does. So now that we have all these selected, all we have to do is go ahead and give them a round cap in, around join. And there you have to know that these air all round in cap, I'm gonna make sure that they are a different capacity from the stars that make the constellations. I don't want them to be the exact same. So let's just go ahead and make them 75% opacity. All right, that's pretty cool. So let's go ahead and select all those. And I'm just gonna make a copy of these is that we can have him on to the side. So if you notice now, we have all these lines. But whenever we scale this, these lines stay the same with that. We were given initially. So now they're just the circles air, just barely bigger than the lines. We don't want that to happen. So how we get rid of this is through going while everything selected object, an outline stroke. Now that we have the strokes outline, we can scale this any size that we want, and it's going to scale correctly so that's great. So let's just go ahead and group the constellations that go together So all of them are grouped now. So now we can move them to be wherever we want them to be. So we can go ahead and do that now and put him on the poster. All right, So once you get the composition to where you like it, you know, we're good to go onto the next step. It takes a little while in the beginning, but we get there. Okay? So now we can go ahead and add a legend down at the bottom here, so we'll go ahead and go ahead and and type this legend. Okay? So once you type this out and go ahead and so like to your favorite, I thought that you want to use I went with Josephine Slab. It's a free Google thought that you can download It's really great slabs there and want to get this legend down. We can go ahead and make sure that we put them in the right. So how are we gonna tell these apart? So let's go ahead and give them labels. Now that we have these labels go ahead and shifts come in. Oh, or shift control O on the PC and outlined these and then any kind of text that you outline is initially going to be in a group. So shift command g ungh. Group it. And I'm gonna put circles around these. You don't have to, but I think it'll be a nice little touch. All right, so now we can go ahead and adjust the text to fit in there. All right, so now we have a little legend that's gonna work. Great. Go ahead and copy these over because we're gonna want to put these actually on the poster and because it's a stroke, we'll go ahead and outline the stroke. We'll do the same for the legend. Now that we have that outline, we can go ahead and group thes and place it on the poster. It's another. We have the legend in place. Let's go ahead and mark all its group thes and go ahead and but then constellation that they go with Let's go ahead and make these white. We can also go ahead while that selected, and because these air in the place that we want them, we could go ahead and just group those together. Awesome. Another This legend is grouped. We can go ahead and make that white as well. Okay, cool. So it's coming together. We're getting there slowly but surly. All right. The thing I'm thinking about doing is making the constellations fund Teoh some circles, maybe to make it look like it's made out of the stars. So I'm going to do that is I'm gonna go ahead and lock this down by pushing command, too, that I just have a guide here that I don't accidentally move around. I'm gonna grab the pin tool by selecting P. And I'm gonna change the color so that I can see it on this black background. So I'm just gonna go like a neon green. Okay, so I'm gonna just follow this and start making my fault. Make these owes and see I'm just using the ellipses tool to create the circles now to make the sea. I'm gonna go ahead and make a rectangle off of this anchor point right here by holding option so that it grows from the center. I want to get to a point that I want to cut this off I'm going to go ahead and select this circle, push my plus sign on the keyboard, which will bring up my add anchor point tool. And I'm just gonna add anchor points at those intersections. Now, those ankle points are added. I'm going to go ahead and grab my direct selector and select this anchor. Go ahead and delete the rectangle since, like this anchor, delete it. So now we have a seat. All right, so now we have constellations as a stroke, so I'm gonna want to beat this up a bit. So let's go ahead and good orders aren't liking caps and corners rounded on there and not sure why the S isn't doing it because it says it's done right here. But maybe it'll work later so that we have that just a little bit more. Have you got a 10? 12? Should be going to I'm gonna go ahead and make this a dash line Gonna make the dash zero so that it makes it in circles and I'm gonna make the spacing Let's start with try and eight way too small. So let's make it 20. That's about right. I feel a little too far apart like kind of hard to see. So it's going 18. That's a little better. Okay, now we're gonna go into turning if you notice. Right now, it's pretty hard to read because there's so many circles and the letters are so close together, like this l goes into the A and everything. That's pretty awkward. So let's go and fix that by turning the word out that looking, selecting it's like some of the letters space them out individually. Now that we have these current, you notice some of these balls get in too tight with each other. So we're gonna go and fix that just by aligning each line and adjusting to where it doesn't look like so much. Nothing I think I want to do is what we did with the constellations. So adding a stroke in between each dot just to really let it stand out a little bit more. So what we're gonna do is go ahead and get rid of the dash lines and we're gonna bring this stroke down. What, that So let's bring it down. It's six looks. Go ahead and group this so that we can and just just that group and I think I want a little smaller, so, Yeah, I think that's good. I think that works. Great. Okay, so go ahead and grab all that copy. It's that we can contain these strokes. Didn't goto object. Uh, outline. Stroke now are dotted. Line was outlined in the circles, and our strokes are outlined as well. And we can go ahead and select everything. Use the Pathfinder tool to combine all that into one, because it So now we have our own thought that we made, which is a really cool feeling. Go and put that poster, grab the other lead it. And we know that we're gonna want this to be white. So that's going to make that white. All right, so we have our layout done, we are ready for color. It's going to start with that color. I know in the background. I'm gonna want it to go from a dark blue to Maybe a teal would be kind of cool. So we're gonna use our radiant tool for this. So, with the background selected, couldn't grab your radiant tool and select anywhere to activate it. And it looks like it's on the line to make sure that you are using it on the Phil. We're gonna want it to go vertically. So go ahead and adjust that to be 90 degrees with the dark color. We're going to want to change this to see my K and go ahead and clear with sliders and what you get a color that you I want to use. Now that you have that color, go ahead and work on your second colors. Right? So now you can really tell the posters really coming to life already so But this will go ahead, and I'm gonna check and make sure that I remember this color here. So we have 100 for our scion 28 in Magenta. We have zero for yellow, and we have 85 for a black. So go ahead and remember that, and we'll go ahead and start coloring the rest of this. So we're gonna want this to be that same color of this. So let's go and type that in. Make sure you change the color mode to see him like a for the sliders. Go and just type in the color that we want. All right, We're gonna want to kind of have that same level off that we have with the Greys. Now it's really coming together. It's looking good. All we want to do is maybe at some texture. And how we're going to do that is simply by grabbing the cement texture that I have attached in in the project. And copy that over. Go back to your outlet. This might take a little while because this cement fire has a lot of vectors, so the computer is gonna be trying to think really hard with it. Okay, so now that we're back in here, you can go ahead and man V to paste it in. We're gonna go ahead, make it the right orientation, so make sure that your cursor is on the rotate. Here we go. There it is, right. We'll go ahead and bring it over our poster. We're gonna change this to being white. Also, you don't want it to be full passed because we only see through that. So let's go ahead and make the opacity about 25. You see how that looks? That's a little too pretty for my taste. So we'll go ahead and lower that just to let's say 15. All right. Looks awesome. And if you want to learn more about creating these textures, John Brahman has a fantastic textures class. I actually made this texture after watching his class. So I really suggest if you want to learn more about making textures for your posters or anything like that to definitely go over, check out his class. I'll leave a link for it, uh, in my class outline. But out of that, guys, I think we're really set. I think we have a fantastic poster. You can go ahead and add your personal logo to this bottom corner. I know I'm gonna add mine, and I think we're done here. 6. Final Thoughts: All right. So you finished the class, your rock star illustrator, and you have a fantastic poster toe and your portfolio. I want to thank you again for taking this class. I hope that you enjoyed it just as much as I did. Once you're done with the class, be sure to post your project. I'm sure everyone in school show would love to see what you've created. If you have any questions, go ahead and post them in the comments section below. Also, if you're into the whole social media thing, go ahead and post your project on Instagram and tag me at Ryan Bots. All right, skill share. Thanks for joining me. And I'll see you next time.