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Feb 14

Create a Valentine’s card in Illustrator

22 comments 2010 at 11.25 am posted by Veerle Pieters

A few days back I created a simple Valentine card for a client’s project. I thought it would be ideal for an Illustrator tutorial as it is created using simple shapes and involved only a tiny bit of Pen tool drawing. In this tutorial it’s all about finding the right composition.

Feb 03

Create a flag from a brush stroke in Illustrator

17 comments 2010 at 10.38 am posted by Veerle Pieters

Last week I talked about the logo design for Visit France. Looking at this logo again, I thought this would be a good opportunity to explain a bit more how I created the flag. No special tricks were involved though, a lot of Pen drawing and tweaking work was needed to get the result I wanted. It’s time to brush up your Illustrator Pen tool techniques.

Aug 18

Illustrator type technique using shapes

34 comments 2009 at 08.48 am posted by Veerle Pieters

One of the questions I often get from readers is if I could write a tutorial on how to create a certain logo. It’s something that I think is not very good material for a tutorial because it’s so very specific. The hard part is not the execution in Illustrator, it’s the design itself, the creative process. Then again I think certain parts are explanatory e.g. a logo made of letters you draw yourself using circles, simple shapes and lines of equal thickness. The technique I have in mind is something that only works for logo’s that contain only a few characters, ideally not more than 5. It also stands or falls with the characters at hand e.g. if o’s and other circular shapes are involved, than it can get interesting to try this technique out…

Aug 05

Illustrator ring shape via overlapping crescents effect

26 comments 2009 at 10.04 am posted by Veerle Pieters

Illustrator ring shape via overlapping crescents effect Today I have a very easy to follow step-by-step tutorial for people who just started out with Illustrator. This is another request from a reader who asked if I could explain how to draw this ring shape (see image on the left). Looking at this shape I can see it’s made of 2 overlapping crescents which are then rotated at 45 degrees. There is also this interesting overlapping effect which adds a bit of unrealistic depth effect which makes me think of the work of M.C. Escher. This time I thought it would be a good idea to work with screenshots again…

Jul 29

Using Text Wrap in combination with the Area Type Tool in a compound shape in Illustrator

20 comments 2009 at 04.41 pm posted by Veerle Pieters

One of the requests I received lately was how you can flow text into a compound shape. To flow text into a shape you use the Area Type tool, but this doesn’t work for compound shapes. In this screencast I show you a workaround to this problem.

Jul 08

How to create a skewed checkerboard pattern in Illustrator

18 comments 2009 at 04.41 pm posted by Veerle Pieters

A reader asked me if I could explain to him how to create the Bavarian flag in Illustrator. Instead of explaining this with text and images I decided to capture another screencast tutorial instead.

May 23

Blend and Mask Yourself a Great Poster

3 comments 2009 at 11.59 am posted by Veerle Pieters

It is weekend so the ideal time to have some extra fun in Illustrator and learn something along the way. I’ve talked about writing a tutorial for Vectortuts+ a few days ago. The article has now been published as part of the Graphic Design week that was going on.

May 19

How to draw a pawn shape in Illustrator

30 comments 2009 at 09.52 am posted by Veerle Pieters

A reader wanted to know how I created this pawn looking shape for the Devia logo. He especially wanted to know how you connect the two circles. What better way is there than to show this in a video…

May 12

Illustrator swatches gradient background effect

25 comments 2009 at 12.34 pm posted by Veerle Pieters

The Adobe’s Creative Suite 4 packages have this interesting gradient style effect. It looks like a grid of swatches going from one color to another in subtle gradient effect. If you have ever wondered how you create this effect, then I invite you to take the jump and read on.

May 06

Placing a CSS background image horizontally right on an h2 using a span element

28 comments 2009 at 09.19 am posted by Veerle Pieters

This CSS tip is really basic, and I’m sure a lot of people who are comfortable working with CSS won’t probably learn anything new here, but I thought I just share this anyway. I believe this is a very useful tip for people just starting out. It’s about how you add a background image to a heading 2 element and have it perfectly aligned on the right side of the text while keeping the default block element behavior.

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