This tutorial is very useful. It teaches me a simple way to create character with shapes and pen tool. It also shows a way to fill different colors on the character without damaging the outline. That’s why I am sharing it.

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1. Draw a circle with the Ellipse Tool with black stroke and no filled color.  Use Direction Selection Tool to make the circle into the shape of the bird’s body. Now you can adjust the style of the stoke to make it more like a cartoon. My recommend stroke style is shown below.Image

2. Draw two small oval shape with the Ellipse Tool. Rotate them and place it on the top of the bird’s body.

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3. Select everything and click unite in the Pathfinder window(the first one). This can combine all three shapes into one shape.

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4. Duplicate the bird shape on the top by Command+C and Command+F. On the top layer, click on the eye icon to make it invisible.

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5. Now we can continue to work on the visible layer. Fill the shape with red color and create the chest of the bird with Pen Tool. Fill it with light brown. 

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6. Now draw the eyes with 4 circles using Ellipse Tool.

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7. Draw the eyebrow for the bird and draw the mouth with the Pen Tool separately. Fill the lower part of the mouth with a darker yellow. Place it on the body of the angry bird.

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8. Now the shape of the angry bird is out. Draw several ovals with dark red and place them under the eye and on the cheek. Create three rectangular shape and merge them together to create the tail.

 

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9. Place the tail at where it place and right click – send to back.

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10. Draw the wrinkles with the Pen Tool and create a shadow for the bird with dark red. 

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11. Now you are nearly done. What you need is to give the bird a sharp edge. Click the eye of the outline of the body that is invisible. Now it is visible. Right Click- Arrange- Bring to Front. Now you are done with this cute angry bird.

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Source: 

HOW TO CREATE ANGRY BIRDS CHARACTERS IN ADOBE ILLUSTRATOR. (RED BIRD)

http://dawsongraphics.com/?p=39

My new tutorial is about changing a simple ornamental shape plant into a goose shape in Photoshop. Although my experiment this time is not very successful, it is fun to share.

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1. First of all, drag the little goose file into Photoshop. Double Click the background layer to make it as a layer. Select the goose with Magic Wand Tool.Image

2. Open the Country House Gardens file with Photoshop and Drag the selected little goose to the Country House Gardens file with the Move Tool.

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5. Select the plant with the Lasso Tool on the background layer, then press Command+J to duplicate the selected part to the new layer.

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7. Duplicate the illuminated part and place it on the top of the goose layer.Image

8. Press Command+T and transform the illuminated part until it fits the edge of the goose.
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9. Continue to duplicate the parts of the plant until all part of the goose is covered.
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10. Merge all layers except the background layer and the goose.
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11. Create a new layer and place it behind the merged layer. Use the small size Brush Tool to paint the edge of the plant to make it more realistic.
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12. Now, you are done.

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Source:

How to change shape of an ornamental plant

http://www.photoshopstar.com/photo-effects/change-shape-ornamental-plant/

Add gradient on typeface

Posted: August 4, 2012 in Uncategorized

This Tutorial introduce a way to add gradient on stroke and how to create typeface with lines and shapes. I think it is very helpful to know that and I am sure it is an useful tutorial.

1. Started with the Typeface. Open a new document in illustrator and create a square with the Rounded Rectangle Tool. Set the filled color as none and the stroke as black.

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2. Duplicate the Rounded Square.Image

3. Duplicate the Rounded Squares again until you meet the number of your character. In this tutorial, I use four.

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4. By using the Direct Selection Tool, you can now edit the points and create the characters.

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5. You can now adjust the thickness of the lines and make it looks better. In this tutorial I set the stroke as 20 pt.

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6. Go to Object – Expand, Make sure the  Fill and the Stroke boxes are checked. Press OK. In this step, all the strokes will be changed to shapes so gradient can be filled afterwards.

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7. With the 0, the line and the rectangle is separate. To join them together, open the Path Finder window and choose Unite.

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8. You can join two shapes together for the other characters with Path Finder if you need.

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9. Open the Gradient Window and add Gradient to the first character.

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10. Continue the color gradient to the next character one by one.

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11. Draw a large rectangle on the top with the rectangle Tool.

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12. Right click – arrange – send to back.

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13. Done.

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Tutorial Link

http://abduzeedo.com/new-year-creating-a-new-typeface-illustrator

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This tutorial is teaching you how to remove pimples on the faces and also make the skin better. I think this will be a useful tutorial for portrait editing beginner.

Steps:

Open the image in Photoshop. Right Click on the image or the layer and choose Duplicate layer.
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Go to the Blending Mode and choose Vivid Light.
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Go to Image – Adjustment – Invert. (Or Press Ctrl + I)Image

Go to Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur. Type 2.5 for the radius.Image
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Go to Filter – Other – High Pass. Type 5 for the radius.  Image
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Add layer mask to the background copy layer.
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Pick the Brush tool and press D to set the foreground color as white. Now you can simply remove the spots on the face with the brush tool. Here is the final work.

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Other tips:

Patch Tool, Clone Stamp Tool, and Smudge Tool are also useful for portrait editing.

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Here is the finish work.

 

Tutorial:

Open a new document with a square panel.

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Hold Shift and use the eclipse tool to draw a circle. Fill it with a strong stroke and fill with gradient.

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Draw another circle on the top. Fill the stroke and the surface with another tone and gradient.

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Draw another circle on the top with white lighter stroke and fill with light grey color.

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Draw the last circle on the top with no stroke and fill it with radius gradient.

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Draw a rectangle and pick the rotate tool..

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Press alt and click on the center of the circle. set the angle as 360/12 and click Copy.

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Press Ctrl + D to finish the rest.

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Draw a smaller rectangle on the top of the fist one.

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Repeat the rotation but change the angle to 360/60.

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Press Ctrl + D to finish the rest.

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Type the numbers and place them on the clock.

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Draw 3 triangles with 2 colors for the clock hands.

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Draw a small circle on the clock and fill it with gradient.

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Draw a shape for the reflection of the small circle.

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Place the clock hands on the clock.

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Draw a larger shape for the reflection of the clock.

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Place a eclipse shape with gradient for the shadow. Image

Finish!!!

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Source

“How to Create an Analog Clock Icon in Illustrator”

http://bloomwebdesign.net/myblog/2011/07/07/how-to-create-an-analog-clock-icon-in-illustrator/

Hello world!

Posted: June 28, 2012 in Uncategorized

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