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Adobe Illustrator: Paper Cut-out Effect

teacher avatar Shelley Seguinot, Illustrator and Surface Pattern Designer

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About This Class

Shelley Seguinot introduces her 13th Skillshare class. In this class she will cover the trendy paper cut-out effect. Follow along as she takes on 4 easy to follow projects. 

In this class you’ll learn: 

  • How to use simple shapes to create beautiful illustrations
  • How to create color combinations  
  • How to use the puppet warp tool
  • How to add drop shadow effects

You'll have access to downloadable PDF recipe cards of the projects we cover in class.

For you class project, you’ll be creating a a self portrait with techniques learned in this class

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Shelley Seguinot

Illustrator and Surface Pattern Designer


I am an illustrator, surface pattern designer and momma of 3. I have been doodling as far back as I could remember and work with various mediums. I love crafts, color and all things cute! my passion is character drawing and surface pattern design.

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1. Introduction: Welcome to Paper Cut-out Effect. My name is Shelley and I'm a New York based Artist Illustrator, and this is my 13th skill share class. In this class we'll be using Adobe Illustrator and a version of CC 2017 or newer, because we will be using some newer tools. If you don't have illustrator, you can download a free trial at In this class, we will be going over some basic illustrator tools and four follow-along projects including a cactus, fishermen, seascape, and island girl, and we'll go over the class projects. This is a really easy to follow class. We'll only be using simple shapes to create great landscapes and awesome illustrations, with some great effects. I'll also be offering some downloadable illustrator shapes where I deconstruct my illustrations for an even easy to follow format, as well as the color recipes. For this class, we will be recreating a project which will be a self portrait. I'll also offers up some tips and tricks so you can make your final project really pop. This is a class that I've created from beginner all the way to advanced. I want this to be for all skill levels so we can create great projects. See you in class. 2. Cactus: We're going to begin working on our first projects. We're going to start by creating a new art board, so file new, and I usually have the default 10 by 10 that I use, but you don't have to use a 10 by 10, you can use any size you want. Illustrator is scalable, so any size that you want to use is fine, I usually just have this default 10 by 10 that I start with. The color model leave us CMYK and the Raster effects we leave at high 300 PPI. We're not really changing anything else in here. We'll hit Create, and in your resources section of the class, I have included some recipe cards for each one of the projects that we'll be covering today. We in there you'll see a breakdown of the shapes just so you can understand it better and follow along as you're doing it. As I've also included some recipe cards for the colors that you can use as well. I've gone ahead and copied those to my clipboard. These are the colors that I'm using for the cactus project. I'm just going to select them all, and in my swatches panel, I'm going to hit new color group and I'm just going to add them there, we don't know need to name it or anything like that. We're just going to have a meme there because it's easier to color our objects. The first thing we're going to do for the first cactus, is we're going to go into the shapes tool. I just want to let you know a little bit about how I'm going to conduct this class. I'm not going to use any external tools, so everything you see that I draw today is going to be just the mouse and Adobe Illustrator. I'm not going to, I do have a way come tablet and I have an iPad Pro and all these other things that do aid me in my day-to-day designing. I'm not going to default to those this time. I just want to make sure that this class is geared towards beginners, all the way to expert level, and I don't want anybody to be left behind. Also know that I'm not going to use shortcut keys too often, there are some simple ones that I will go over, but I don't want to use shortcut keys for everything. Please know that if you see me going a long way to get to things, it's just because I want everyone to be able to follow along in the easiest possible way and not get lost in the class. Let's start with the shape tool. Usually defaults to this rectangle, but we're going to select it and it gives us a fly out menu and we're going to go to a rounded rectangle. We're going to go to a swatches panel and we're going to select this hunter green. Now with the rounded rectangle tool, we're just going to click and drag down until we get the size of the rectangle that we want. Now you'll notice that there's four nodes, one on each corner, and that allows us to modify the shape, these are live corners. We're going to select the selection tool, and click on any one of these nodes and drag down towards the center until you see the red nodes. That now has rounded out our shape, we didn't have to cut anything around, it was just one simple drag and it got us to where we wanted to be. Let's go and draw a arm for our little friend, the cactus. Not sure if they're called arms, but we're going to go with arm for today. Let's just click and drag, same thing, same color, we'll have our four nodes, we go back to the selection tool, we click and drag until we see the red and we let go. Now we're going to use the Puppet Warp tool. The Puppet Warp tool is fairly new to Adobe Illustrator. It is a God sent tool that makes everything so much easier. It almost makes objects into modeling clay that you can then bend. Which used to take several steps using the pen tool in order to achieve this. We're going to select the Puppet Warp tool, and I will zoom in so you can see a chess, places a mesh over our object. Any where where there's an intersection, we can apply a pin that will then make this a movable joint. If you think of this as an arm, if we place an elbow right here, and this is the beginning of the arm, all we have to do then is just click and drag down on the elbow and voila, there you have it. You can play around with this as much as you want. Any shape pretty much that you want to do, you can make out of this in just a couple of easy clicks. Wherever you see mesh, you can add a node and then that area there then becomes your movable point. Super easy, there's your first arm. We're going to drag that into place and we're going to create a second arm. Same thing, click and drag the rounded rectangle tool go to the selection tool, drag towards the center, go to your Puppet Warp tool and we're going to add an elbow to the middle, quick and drag. We need an elbow here to click and drag. We'll just continue to add a few more elbows just until we get the shape that we want. Super-easy. Play around with this as much as you want it. It's a pretty interesting tool. Your cactus doesn't have to look this way. You can actually make your cactus had a little more cactus, maybe he's running away like this. It's a very easy tool to use. and it gives your shapes instant movement the minute you use it. We are pretty much done with the basic shape of the cactus, so we're going to add a few details. I'm going to click on the Brush tool, and if you go into your brushes panel, I'm not going to use any fancy texture brushes. I'm just going to use this 5-point round. Feel free to use texture brushes if you have them, I just want to keep it simple for this class. I just want to use this 5-point brush for now, but feel free to use whichever brush you want. In the swatches panel, we're going to go to this lighter green. We'll go to the green. We're just going to make some lines just to give our cactus a little bit of detail. For the arms as well, we'll do the same thing. If I zoom in, you'll see that there's a line going right through the middle of all of these lines. That just means that these are now brushstrokes. We have to convert these into objects like the hunter green parts in order for us to clip off this excess. Let's select them all, and you can hold down shift and option and click in order to select them or, you can select everything and then just quick on the hunter green parts while holding down option and shift, and then that'll just leave these lighter lines selected. We're going to go to object, expand appearance, we will select everything again, we will go to the shape builder tool or Shift M. That's going to allow us to then have these live shapes. You'll see it turns at almost into a mesh, and that means that if I were to hold down option and click, it will cut away that section. What I want to do is cut away these excess. Now, have we not expanded it into a shape, we would have had a totally different effect here. You can hold down option and drag a line over, and then that does multiples at a time or you can just click and drag, click and hold down option for each one of them individually. There we go. That's pretty much it. Our cactus is starting to take shape, I'm just going to draw a few needles. So we're gonna go to the pencil tool, will use the same green, but this time we'll add it as the stroke, we're just going to go and add a few little details just to make it look cute. That's pretty much fat. Now we're going to add a pot. We're going to go back to this rounded rectangle tool. Let's take that stroke off. We're going to select this terracotta color here. We will click and drag and that is the top of our pot. Now for the base of the pot, we're going to use the Pen tool and I know a lot of people are deathly afraid of it. The Pen tool is one of those tools that it's a little bit of a learning curve, but we're not going to get crazy in this class about it but we are going to dive in and use it. Click on the Pen tool and I will show you it's just going to be simple clicking. We're going to click once here and remember we're just shaping. Let's go back to that. See, select that guy. We're going to click here, which is making a pot, click again, click again and one more time. Pretty simple. We're not going to do anything else with the Pen tool other than simple clicks. This guy's trying to look good, just going to move the pot up a little bit. Now, we're going to go back to the Brush tool same brush, the five-point brush. We're going to select a light color. We're going to actually add a few polka dots just for some added interests to the pot in here. Nothing too wacky and there you have it. This guy is pretty much done for now. I'm just going to select everything and move him to the side. I'm going to select the top of this pot and the bottom so we don't have to duplicate these steps. I just hold down Shift and Option in order to select them both at the same time. Then if you hold down Option and click and drag, you'll be able to make a duplicate copy or if you just select both of them again and then do edit copy, edit, paste, it'll paste it for you. This is the second part and we're going to move them over here out of the way a little bit and here we can have a lighter colored pot that's fine. This time we're going to go into the Ellipse Tool and we will click and drag to a lighter color. Let's do this mossy like Smokey green. Let's send this guy to the back. Object arrange, send the back. Then, now we're going to use, let's use like a light beige for the lines that we're drawing on this guy. Not too much, just a little bit to add a little bit of interests will select all three of those lines. Object, Expand Appearance. Remember we have to make it into an object. We're going to go to the Shape of the tool, will select everything Shape Builder tool and then again hold down option while you click away all of the unnecessary parts. We'll select everything again to object arrange sent to the back. Now, the pot is here in the front. I'm going to do some Pine needles for this guy too. Let's get started with those. This guy looks pretty good. Now we're going to go and this guy had some polka dots, so maybe we'll do some stripes for this pot and let's get rid of that stroke and select this light blue here and then we'll do another stripe just below it, maybe a little thinner one, and that can be like a beige. Same thing here, we're just going to select all three of these objects, not the back. The bottom of the pot and these two stripes were going to go to the Shape Builder tool hold down Option and you will be clipping away the excess, easy-peasy. Now, we're ready to add effects. We're going to select in this first cactus all of the hunter green parts and we're going go to effect, stylize, drop shadow and then this pop-up menu you'll see, it gives you options here. These are the drop shadow settings that I use. I leave it at multiply. I do use 75 percent, my X offset and my Y offset or both 0.0542, my blur is set at 0.0376. I know I sound like some crazy mathematician. I don't know how I came up with these numbers, but playing around with the settings, this is what tends to work for me. The last thing is it'll default to a black color, which we don't want to do. Whoops. That changed my setting there, 542. You can change the color here. I went ahead with like a magenta color from my background and just gives it a back a back lit neon look. Instead of just giving you that black that it defaults you and then I'll just click Okay. If you notice the arms are not set correctly, they need to be behind the main part of the body. We're just going to select these hunter green arms to object arrange send to the back and now that looks better. We're going to do the same thing with the pot. Just the pot. Don't select the polka dots, effect, so it's stylized drop shadow. But because we're not changing any of the settings, Adobe Illustrator is remembering our settings right here, that's the last one we used, so we just have to hit apply drop shadow and it applies it. Now, if you notice there is no lip here for the rim of the pot. That's because this piece is actually behind this piece. That's where the shadow is going. So we just have to select that one piece object, arrange, bring to the front. Super-easy. This guy is good to go. Now we're going to do the same thing here. Let's select the body, let's select the pot, effect, apply drop shadow. Same thing happened here. Let's just select the top of the pot, object arrange, bring to the front, done. We're going to do one last thing to them. We're just going to add a little floret to the top. Just using the pencil tool, and I'm just going to draw a simple shape with the mouse. Let's just do something along those lines and bring it over. We are going to pick a pink color and that guy is going to go right there. We'll do the same thing here, we'll add another one. Because we're going to add this guy to the back, same thing, pink. Let's put it behind him, object arrange, sent to the back. Now we're going to effect, applied drop shadow, boom, super easy. Let's do the same thing for this guy. We're going to start here and then just give him a little floret.He can have maybe, that's too dark, maybe he can have that color and we'll do it all over again. The one in the back has four points just because I try to make it a little wider, so it sticks out a little bit in the back. Object arrange, send to the back, select them both,effect, apply drop shadow, done. Super easy. We can also play around with this and send this both to the back. If you don't want that shadow sticking up that way there, total preference up to you. That's pretty much it for these guys for now. Let's just group them and we'll do a composition. We will bring this guy here, this one there. Let's add some other elements. We'll go to our ellipse tool, go to this corner, hold down shift and drag. Let's send that to the back. We're going to use this lighter peachy color, center at a bit. We're going to do a rectangle for the back that's going to be in this lighter color and then we're going to add just a few more elements. Let's go to the Ellipse tool, let's now go to the Rectangle tool and we're just going to draw a little sun, maybe we don't want these ray so big. We're just dragging and moving around. We don't need any perfect symmetry here. We just want a wonky looking little Sun just for some interests. Now, when we have them all, because we're going to add a drop shadow. We want to make this into one solid shape. We're going to go to Pathfinder and click on Unite. If you're Pathfinder is not open on your toolbar there you can go to window, Pathfinder and it pops right up. Let's put the Sun in place, effect, add drop shadow and now we're just going to lastly add some rounded lines. Let's do that one and a blue. Let's do a second one, perhaps in that beige and then some lines here as well just to fill some areas that look a little lost. That's pretty much it. The cactuses are complete. Some of the other projects that we're going to dive into, get a little bit more complex, but I have confidence that you will follow along beautifully. See you there. 3. Fisherman: Our next project is going to be the Fishermen. I've gone ahead and imported our colors. These will be our axing colors. This is our background color and this one I'll be using for the skin tone. In the recipe cards, I included several different skin tones. Feel free to select the one that best suits your project. I'm going to select them all. As we did in the last one, we're just going to add it to our swatches panel, click ''OK'', and then let's move these guys out of the way. This project has a lake and the lake has several different depths to it. The very bottom of the lake is the darkest color and the very top of the lake is the lighter color. This is going to be my bottom of the lake. This is the top of the lake, but now we have to figure out all of the shades in between. To do that, we're going to select both of these squares, we'll go to object, blend and then blend options. In here, you have several options. You can select the top one which is smooth color, and that will give you just a smooth transition like a gradient going from this color all the way to that color with no spaces in between. There's specified distance if you have a project where you're trying to fill a certain area or specified steps. We're going to use specified steps and we're only going to use our four steps at this time because the lake itself is only going to have about four or five colors. We'll click ''OK'' and you'll notice nothing happens. Now we'll go to object, blend, make. Because when we went to blend options, that was just setting up what type of blending mode we wanted. When you go in, you hit blend make, it makes the squares here, fills in just like we said, four steps that we wanted in between. Now we're going to move this guy out of the way and we're going to begin building our lake. For the very bottom of the lake, I just want to have enough space where I can have some fish that you'll be able to see all the way at the bottom. This is just going to be an irregular shape. Again, I'm just using my mouse. I'm not using any fancy tablets or anything. We're just going to begin drawing the bottom of the lake. Okay, that looks pretty good. I'm going to select I on my keyboard or you can go here to the eyedropper tool. I'm going to select this very dark color for the bottom of the lake. Now we're going to repeat this set to do one layer up from this bottom layer of the lake. Sometimes you won't be able to in one single quick do the whole thing. Wherever you have to stop, you just pick up right where you left off and you connect it to where you left off. What we're looking for here is really smooth edges and nothing sharp. If you do end up with something, let's say here it's not really as round as I wanted to be, I can go into the smooth tool, which is in the fly-out menu of the pencil tool and I can just smooth that out. As you can see, it just rounds it out for me. I don't have to worry about any sharp edges or anything like that. Now I'm going to select I again on my keyboard and go to our next color. We'll do object, arrange, send to the back. I'm thinking maybe that one's a little too dark. Brown one is better. We're just going to repeat the process. If you start in different areas, you'll wind up with see there I have a very sharp edge, so we will fix that later on. Here we go. If we go from point to point, that eliminates that sharp edge. You can either use that method or the smooth tool either way, we could use that to correct any sharp edges. You just don't want the sharp edges. They don't show up well when it comes to the shadow effect. We're going to select the next color in our sequence, object, arrange, send to the back. We're going to do one more. For this last one, I want to make sure that I have a pretty good ledge for my fishermen to sit on. Let's start here. Okay, that looks good there. We'll go with this light color, object, arrange, send to the back. I see here we have a little bit of a sharp edge, so let's just round that out a bit. I also feel like my fisherman's going to sit there, so I don't really have to go as wide here. That's good. Maybe this guy is protruding out a bit too much from what I want. You'll play around with this as much as you want. It's not really a science, this is a matter of preference. I'm going to select them all. I'll go to Effect, drop shadow again. All of our numbers are going to stay here the same, the offsets and the blur, but I'm going to change the color perhaps to some kind of let's see what an olive color looks like. This is more of a masculine project. I think that looks good. It gives it a little bit of like a mossy glow. We'll hit ''OK''. While we still have everything selected, we're going to go to our pathfinder tool and we're going to click on divide. That essentially is cutting out everything in between, so the centers. This one as you can see, this dark blue one, that one is a full shape. These other ones now have just become a shape that are cut out from this, so they're just really edges. That's going to help us with our drop shadow effect because if not, the drop shadow would not show too well on the inside. We're looking for an inside drop shadow, not an outside like this. Now, we're going to go into our Layers panel. Now as you can see, when we hit divide, it placed all of these layers into a group. We're going to hit the drop-down menu and as you can see the bottom of the lake is at the top and then we go all the way. This is the top of the lake. What we want to do is invert this order in order for the drop shadow to show where we want. I'm going to select the bottom of the lake first and I'm going to drag it all the way to the bottom. As you can see, now the effect of the drop shadow is on the inside. We're going to do the same thing with the next layer and the layer after that. That gives us the effect that we're looking for. Perfect. Now, let's move these guys out of the way, put them on this side for a bit because we're going to start building our fishermen. We're going to begin again with basic shapes. We'll use the ellipse tool to build. First, we're going to build his head. I'm holding down shift and just dragging a circle. This is going to be his skin tone. I'm going to drag again another circle for his hat. We're looking at this from a bird's eye view. Let's give him that color for the hat. The top of the hat, again, another ellipse that's just going to sit right on top there. Now we're going to do this torso and that's just going to be an ellipse, but an elongated oval. We're going to select the I on our keyboard, so select this dark color. Let's arrange, sent to the back. Let's not go with that color, let's go with this color that we have here. It's a bit of a brighter blue. Just know of him, little by the way there, maybe this is a little too round, let's bring that in a bit. Now we're going to do some lengths. That's yet another set of really light, we're going to go with this really light blue, and then let's edit, copy, edit paste in front, and we're going to just drag that other leg over. Now that we have both legs selected, we're going to hit object arrange, sent to the back. Those are his legs, I think we need to make his torso a bit wider. Let's make him a little bit more plump and maybe the legs needs to be a bit more separated. We're really using our imagination here because this is a bird's eye view. Lastly, we're going to do his shoes. That's one shoe. As you can see, it's all just simple shapes. Another shoe, again, object arrange, sent to the back. Let's give them some arms, we're going do the rounded rectangle tool. Like that, the same color of a shirt, and let's give them some hands with the Ellipse tool. That's just zoom in a bit here so you can see. That's the Ellipse tool, let's send that to the back. Then we're going to select that and then holding down option will just drag to make a copy, and this is one arm, here is another arm will place it in position. I'm just going to put that one a little further out because he is going to be fishing. Now with the pencil we'll draw some eyes. Let's go into our swatches panel and select this brown. We're just going to draw his eyes like close, nothing too fancy just to give the illusion. I think those thighs needs to look a little further in, there we go. Let's now add his drop shadows. We definitely want drop shadows on everything except the eyes. Let's select everything, deselect the eyes, go to effect, apply drop shadow. If we want it in the same green and in the same way that the shadow looks, we can leave it that way. I like the way that looks, so let's leave him. We're going to do command G to group everything, and we are going to sit him in position here. Select everything and we are going to sit him right around here on this ledge. That looks good, you may need to be a little smaller. He fits well on the page. So that's good. Now we're going to give him a little tool box, a little tackle box. Let's just drag out a little square, may be let's round out the edges just to turn, and let's use this color here, and we're going to give him another top, like a little handle here, so just another on the top there and that's going to be in this darker color. Again, we're adding a drop shadow to both of these so effect drop shadow and let's group that guy. The tackle box can sit here right next to him and that looks pretty good. The next thing we're going to do is take those line segments tool and we're going to add fishing line. Right about there, let's make that in this lighter color, and then we're going to select that again and just add a line dropping down. Now for some effect, we're going to add some ripples in the water, just to further drive in that water there, and now we're going to add some fish. Again, the Ellipse tool, will do just click and drag and a little bit of an oblong shape, and we're going to use this blue again, and it needs a tail. That using the pencil tool, you're just going to do a fanned out tail there. These are fish that are just below the surface, so you're not going to really see any details or anything. Let's group this guy and add him somewhere around here, and then let's make a smaller one over here. As many as you want and any direction doesn't really matter. May be some of them are trying to be curious about what's going on with this fishing line. That looks pretty good, the last thing I want to add is some stars. Let's go to the Star Tool, will drag that out. That's going to be in the navy of the bottom of the pool, and then I'm actually going to zoom in so I can see the shapes here I just want to bring it in a little bit, and I think that looks good. I'm actually going to select the nodes and bring them in just like we did in the cactus. We're just going to bring in to soften those edges a bit. I'm going to make this a little smaller in place, one of the stars here, and this is just for just some added interests, that's all. Another guy there and then maybe a little guy right over here. These guys are getting drop shadows as well. So effect applied drop shadow, and that looks good. Now we're going to add the background. We will click and drag, object arrange, sent to the back, eye dropper tool, and there you have it. I mean, it would make a really great Father's Day card, it'll make a really nice wall print in a boy's room, it's just some added interests. What you can do for added interests is maybe add a couple of dots here and there just for a bit more interested in the topography, and that's that. That's the end of our fishermen will see you in the next lesson. 4. Seascapes: Now we're going to do a seascape project. I've selected my accent colors and my background color, and these are the gradients that I'll be using for the ocean. I'm using non-traditional colors, so feel free to use whatever color palette you want, I just wanted to make this a cute little feminine ocean scene. Just like we did with the lake, we're just going to do several layers of the bottom of the ocean, and then making our way all the way to the top. The same steps, making sure that we keep everything just rounded, we don't want any sharp curves like we said before. We'll just do two more layers for this one. You can get as crazy as you want, you can go is wonky as you want with these curves. You don't really have to do it exactly the way I do, but if you want to do it just a bit more protruding in some areas, you can do that as well. Let's do one more, that's going to be your light layer. I do see here we have to fix some things, so let's just bring that around. We're going to select the moments we did with the other scene, we're going to do Effect, Stylize, Drop Shadow. For this one I'm going to use, the values are all going to stay the same, but for this one I am going to go with somewhat of a really dark maybe magenta. Let's click OK. If you remember, we go to Divide in our Pathfinder, that splits everything here, we go to our Layers panel, the drop-down, we go into the group and we start rearranging. The bottom darkest color goes down and so on and so forth, we drag until all the layers are inverted. That looks pretty good, it's just a cute little pink ocean, now we're going to start adding some details. Let's add some fish, we're just going to use the Ellipse tool again, let's bring out our Swatches panel so we can make these little guys into something really cute. I'm just going to do a simple shape, it's not going to be anything too intricate or anything like that. I'm just going to group this. As you go into your Pathfinder and you go into Unite, then I'm going to add some stripes the same way we did to the cactus in the first project. Let's select yellow, and then we're just going to go like that. If you remember, we have to make these brushstrokes into actual outlines, into actual objects so we have to expand the appearance. We'll select both items, go into our Shape Builder tool, and while we hold down Option, we delete away any excess. I think he also needs a little eyeball, so let's just give him a cute little eye. Let's group him, we're going to place him somewhere around here. Now, the next thing we're going to do, let's see if he can be like that, is we're just going to hold down Option and click and drag so we can duplicate him, and now we're going to just recolor him so he looks like a different fish. We're going to select our color palette, we'll go into the Edit or Apply Color Group. It's recognizing that there are three colors there and it's just going to shuffle the colors from our colors that we have selected. We're just going to do this random color changer, and we'll just continue to change it until we find a color combination that we like. We actually want to eye to stay dark, we'll just filter through it and that actually looks good, so you click OK. No on the changes to your swatch color group and then let's move him there and we'll continue to do that with a few other fish. Now we're just going to add a drop shadow to all of them. I'm just holding down Shift and Options so we could select them all, and then Effect, Apply Drop Shadow and that looks pretty good. Now we're going to add just a little bit of some sea grass. Let's see. We'll just draw out with the pencil, I'm sorry, we'll draw out some sea grass. Let's color that green, Effect, Apply Drop Shadow, and then we want to make sure that in our layers panel, we bring that below that first layer. It just looks like it's peaking out from under there. That looks good. Then maybe we'll add one more right along here that has a different shape, and then maybe that one will have this color. Or maybe this color if it's better. Same thing, Effect, Apply Drop Shadow, and we're going to drag that guy right to that layer as well. That looks pretty good. Now, we're going to add some stars to this one as well. We move it off of the background there. We're going to do a white star and then I'm thinking I'm going to drag down as well just to make it a little bit of rounded edges. We're going to add our drop shadow, and we're going to just multiply it a little bit, just make some copies of it just so we have just some interest around the sea bed here. That looks pretty good. Now the last thing we're going to do is add a background. That's good there, we're going to color that in this accent color, Object, Arrange, Send to the Back, and we have a finished seascape. 5. Island Girl: Now we're going to move on to the island girl. As you can see I've selected several color palettes. One is for the floral crown, the hair, the dress, the background, just as I've done in the other projects and I've added the ones that I really need to play around with into my swatches palette. I have some skin tones to choose from, and I have my gradient colors that I created using the blend. As you can see this time I didn't go from dark to light and you don't have to. You can use a blend of colors that create pretty colors in between in the step. You don't have to necessarily always go from dark to light. I also want to show you that once your blend is made, you can alter it to play around with the colors. Let's say you're in the middle of a project and you decided to add a blend to some other elements, you can just alter the existing one that you have. What's always constant is our original squares. My yellow square in this instance and my pink square, these are the constants and that's why the steps in between are showing the line. If I wanted to play around with the color I can change any of the ends, so I can double-click on the pink and select a different color. You'll notice that what it does is it changes the four steps in the blend, but not the yellow color which is in original color. You can continue to play around with that and as you can see it's pretty interesting the colors that you come up with, that gets just as addicting as the color change or tool as well. I can do the same thing with the yellow. I can go ahead and change that, and that gives me a whole other slew of options that I can select from. I just wanted to let you know that there were other things you can do with the blend. For this project, we're going to use this blend and let's get started. We're going to work a little bit backwards on this one, we're going to start with the background first. I'm going to go to the Rectangle Tool, I'm going to cover my background. I'm going to select this background color, and then I'm going to go back to my shapes here and select the Ellipse. At about here I'm going to hold down Shift and drag so I can select an ellipse there. I'll try to center it the best I can. I'm going to select both of them, both the background and the new ellipse, and I'm going to hit "Minus Front". What that did was it cut the circle out of the background, and if I move this out you can see that the circle has now been cut out of that back. We're going to begin building. Once again the Ellipse Tool, we're going to click and drag. We're going to use the Eyedropper Tool, and we're going to go to this pink color. We're going to do Object Arrange, Send To the Back because we want it behind that cut out, which is going to center it a bit and try not to overextended too much from the cutout because you want the drop shadow to show as much as possible when we add that drop shadow. That looks good about there, and then now let's add a second one. Let's select and try to center it somewhat, that one's going to get one of these peachy colors, and then we'll do one more. Let's try to center that, and that one's going to get maybe that yellow color. We're going to select the pink, the peach, and the yellow circles, and we're going to go and add our drop shadow. So Stylize Drop Shadow. For this we're going to change the values a little bit, we're going to do 75 percent and still leave it at multiply. Our X Offset is going to be 0.375. Because I wanted to extend a little bit more off to the right than it did in the previous projects, our Y Offset is going to be at zero and our Blur is going to be set at 0.25. For the color, I think I want to choose something in the hot pink range, just so it'll really pop glow behind this circles here. I'll select that and I'll click "Okay". That gives it a nice bright look but if you remember everything is inverted, so we have to change the order. We go back into Pathfinder we hit "Divide". We go into our Layers panel, go to the Drop Down. Here's our group, we drop it down and we change the order. So the yellow goes to the bottom, the peach goes to the middle, the pink stays at the top. As you can see that gave us a really pretty look almost as if it was looking into a window. The only thing we have to fix is that this drop shadow here is not something that we want to see, so let's select all of our circles again. Well, we can select all of them actually and then not select the background. Then go to Object Arrange, Send To the Back. This now gives us a clean edge and we're just looking into the window. Let's move on to creating our girl. We're going to select an ellipse, and a little bit oblong I don't like to make her face totally round so just a little bit of an oval like. Let's go with this skin color, and then let's do some bangs. There's an easy way to do bangs. Her hair color is going to be this rich purple, I don't I know it just looks fun. We're going to select by holding down Option, we're going to click and drag to create a copy. We're going to select both circles, and what we want to keep is this leaf shape in the center. We're going to go to our Shape Builder Tool, we're going to hold down option and we're going to click to delete the unwanted parts. This is going to be her bangs. Lets leave that side like that for now, and then let's see if we can just make one side bigger. I don't think I like the way that looks, so let's just repeat it and bring it to the other side. That looks good there. She is going to have a floral crown, so we'll be adding that in a few minutes. That looks good, I'm just going to give her some buns in the back. Again, with the Ellipse Tool we're just going to do that, add it there and then we're click and drag to copy it to the other side. That looks pretty good, she's starting to take shape. Let's select a brown, we're going to give her just some closed eyes. One and two, that's again just with the Pencil Tool. Then now let's do her top of her dress. That's going to be like the fishermen, it's just going to be a little bit of a elongated ellipse. For that we're going to use this hot pink, Object Arrange, Send To the Back. Let's do her skirt, that's just going to be a little bit of a longer circle and that's center that there a bit, and that's going to be this lighter color. I'm actually going to change the shape of this top of the dress, so I'm going to just make a little scalloped edge like that until I connect the dots. That looks pretty good. The skirt part is actually going to be sent to the back, now we can see this gallop. We're going to scallop the bottom of the skirt as well. We're going to just go down straight a little bit from where this one point is, and we're going to scallop the bottom. Same thing, super easy, you don't have to scallop yours if you don't want but it just gives it a nice little detail. There we go, that's our girl. Let's just tap this a little bit, and there we go. Now, we're going to make her arms. We're going to use the Rounded Rectangle Tool, we will click and drag. We're going to select the same skin color, we're going to put them in place and she's going to be holding a bouquet. This is actually too long, so let's make this shorter. Well done, that's pretty good there. We're going to go back to our Puppet Warp Tool, we will select it. Let's put a node just about here and we're going to start turning it. We don't want thick arms, it's going to go from there. She is going to have a cap sleeve, so it's not like we're going to need that. I'm not sure I'm liking the way this looks. Let's start this over. That happens sometimes. Sometimes, when you're warping them, they just don't look right. Let's just go with our center, bend the elbow, bend this guy, bend that one in a little bit and from there we can play with that. Let's just see. That is much better because she is going to be holding some bouquet. Let's just give a cap to her sleeve here, just to cover up that arm. Same colors as her dress. We're going to select both of them and then reflect it on the other side. Those are her arms. Let's move on to some flowers. The flowers are going to be simple shapes. We're going to use let's say, this yellow here. Well, let's do the yellow. We're just copying the circles until we've made the flower. We're going to use the unite tool and we're going give the flower a center. Then we're not going to make any more flowers. We're just going to continue on with the flowers that we have. We're just going to keep copying them and changing the colors out. That's flower number 1. Let's select another flower. Let's pick colors from here, Okay. Then we'll just continue doing the same thing. We'll just change out the colors of the flowers. Four flowers to be exact. Then we're going to do the same thing for her floral crown. The bouquet will have four flowers and the floral crown will cover her whole top of her head. Let's bring this guy to the front. Now, we'll do the same thing. We'll just start copying here. That looks good. She's looking good, the pretty lady. Let's add her drop shadows now. We're going to select the flowers again and they are going to have a drop shadow. We're going to use the same hot pink. We're just going to hit apply drop shadow, but we actually have to go one step back. Let's undo that step because we do have to go back to our old settings because we don't want such a big blur. Let's do effect, stylize, drop shadow and we're going to go back to our old settings. If you remember, the x offset was 0.0542, the same for the y and for the blur, we're going to do 0.0376. We're going to leave the same hot pink color. That's fine. Seems to work well there and that's it. That looks good. Then we're going to do the same thing with these flowers effect, I drop shadow, we'll do the same thing with her arms, we'll have to do the same thing with her head and hair, and we'll do the same thing with her skirt. That's her there. She looks like a glowing little princess. We're now going to add her to the center here. She looks pretty good in that window. Now, we're just going to add some other decorative elements. Let's do some foliage. I'm just dragging out with my pencil. Let's select this yellow, maybe. Maybe, let's do an orange. Now, we're just going to draw some leaves. It's like tropical leaves. We're not really getting too crazy. Let's go here, another leaf and you can add more flowers if you wanted to, the same flowers from her crown, you could add into here, but I just wanted to add a little bit of dimension and just bring in some other elements into the background there. We're going to select everything. We're going to group this. We're going to add a drop shadow. We're using the same drop shadow that we used for the girl, so not the feathered out one. That looks pretty good, but I want to bring it behind this pink circle. Let's go to our layers panel. Here it is here and we're going to drag it down below the circle. Our circle is down here in this group. Let's just take it. We will drag it down all the way until we go behind the pink circle. Now, it's behind there. We're going to do the same now. We're going to just maybe draw a flower of sorts. Let's use this purply color. It's just a simple scribble. It's not like I used anything fancy. Anything really works as a flower. It's not really that difficult. Let's maybe go with this lighter color and then let's give it some polka dots, perhaps and make a lighter color. Let's change our brush size to something smaller. We have to change the color again. Let's do this light pink. There we go. This light pink. We're going to group that, we're are going to add our drop shadow, we're going to move it around like this, and we'll add it to this portion here. Again, we're going to move it down to below that pink circle. Says to catch up there a little bit. There we go. That looks pretty good. I'm just going to add a couple of more elements down here and she will be ready to go. It's coming back right down my layers palette. Going to move him down below that pink line as well. I'm actually going to change the color of that one. I will select that layer and go with a lighter color. Maybe, this yellow. She looks pretty good. That's pretty much it for the island girl. The next step, we'll discuss our class project. 6. Class project: For the class project, we're going to be creating a self portrait, just like the one we did in class. You can use either a window or lake background, and you can use whatever color palette you'd like. If you'd like to follow along with what I've done in the class, you can feel free to download the resource pages that I've included in the resource section. The recipe cards will be easy to follow and it'll show you how to deconstruct the shapes that we did in class, and just a few other icons that you're able to add and elements that will enhance your final projects. I just wanted to also show you some variations of that self portrait. Here, as you can see, there's different skin tones and I've changed up the hair styles a bit. I've also added a pattern to the background image. If you don't know how to make a pattern, you can just fill out simple polka dots or I also do have a class on pattern-making, where one of them, is the easy geometrics, which combines both procreate and Illustrator. The other one, is the create beautiful patterns using the pattern tool in illustrator. I really hope you enjoyed this class. I cannot wait to see what you come up with for your self portraits. It was really fun having you here and if you have any questions, feel free to drop them in the class. I'll be ready to answer. Thank you so much.