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138 Creating a superhero shield in Illustrator


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Deke's Techniques

with Deke McClelland

Video: 138 Creating a superhero shield in Illustrator

Hey gang! This is Deke McClelland. Welcome to Deke's Techniques, and happy Fourth of July, a day early, which is a big deal for us Americans because it's the day we declared independence, from France--at least that's what I was taught. But let's not quibble; I am here to celebrate by showing you how to create a patriotic superhero shield in Illustrator. We'll start by building out these base shapes, a five-pointed star along with four circles, and then we'll add some highlights using this thing called the Flare tool that most people don't even know exists inside Illustrator, and then we'll go ahead and integrate the entire thing to create this highly-reflective vector-based superhero shield. Here, let me show you exactly how it works. All right! Here's that final version of the shield open inside Illustrator.
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  1. 46m 55s
    1. 445 Correct in Lab and leave a smooth histogram NEW
      9m 21s
    2. 446 Combining the best of Lab and Camera Raw NEW
      9m 20s
    3. 10h 52m
      1. 377 Two ways to create center guides in Photoshop
        4m 28s
      2. 378 A new way to create center guides in Photoshop CC
        4m 21s
      3. 379 Two ways to create center guides in Illustrator
        3m 25s
      4. 380 Clearing the list of recently used fonts in InDesign
        6m 40s
      5. 381 Two ways to search fonts in InDesign CC
        4m 31s
      6. 382 Drawing flowering vectors in Illustrator
        18m 15s
      7. 383 Stroking the petals to create a lattice effect
        16m 45s
      8. 384 Creating a flowering origami effect
        8m 47s
      9. 385 Painting shapes with transitional gradients
        15m 54s
      10. 386 Correcting the brightness and banding of a printed image
        18m 7s
      11. 387 Further reducing banding with a gradient layer
        11m 43s
      12. 388 Smoothing away noise with the Mean stack mode
        8m 8s
      13. 389 Developing a sweetly romantic tropical island
        9m 28s
      14. 390 Creating a Caribbean blue sea with Photo Filter
        5m 10s
      15. 391 Creating letters chiseled into stone
        8m 15s
      16. 392 Adding a chiseled border
        6m 29s
      17. 393 Assembling MRI slices into a 3D volume
        9m 24s
      18. 394 Assigning multiple strokes to gradient type in Illustrator
        10m 30s
      19. 395 Filling in the gaps between stroked letters
        6m 2s
      20. 396 Fragmenting a photo through ribbed glass
        9m 46s
      21. 397 Applying a displacement map with the Glass filter
        8m 40s
      22. 398 Infusing an image with vivid nightclub colors
        6m 59s
      23. 399 Adding MDNA-inspired bands of color
        9m 38s
      24. 400 Patching badly displaced edges
        4m 46s
      25. 401 Styling type with a pattern of vertical lines
        12m 59s
      26. 402 Reshaping letterforms to match the intervals of a pattern
        11m 34s
      27. 403 Swapping one image for another with smart objects
        7m 57s
      28. 404 Forging a million-dollar stamp in Photoshop
        20m 59s
      29. 405 Masking graphic frames and natural edges
        12m 16s
      30. 406 Matching a real-world paper texture
        12m 16s
      31. 407 Casting multiple drop shadows in Photoshop
        6m 55s
      32. 408 Developing an awesome angelfish in Camera Raw
        9m 32s
      33. 409 Tweaking a fish photo to perfection
        5m 32s
      34. 410 Assigning spot colors to a logo in Photoshop
        14m 19s
      35. 411 Blending spot colors inside a logo
        9m 23s
      36. 412 Exporting spot-color separations from Photoshop
        8m 3s
      37. 413 Exporting spot-color separations from Illustrator
        9m 25s
      38. 414 The latest and greatest 2015 Facebook image specifications
        8m 58s
      39. 415 Creating the perfect Facebook cover photo 2015
        13m 38s
      40. 416 Extending your profile picture into your Facebook cover photo
        12m 2s
      41. 417 Preparing images for your Facebook timeline
        9m 42s
      42. 418 Converting all corner points in a drawing to smooth points
        7m 14s
      43. 419 Adding field blurs to a vector-based illustration
        11m 39s
      44. 420 Great uses for Color and Gradient Overlay
        7m 39s
      45. 421 Easter Island
        7m 19s
      46. 422 Creating a string of pearls in Illustrator
        15m 0s
      47. 423 Drawing a letter to match a dingbat font
        12m 14s
      48. 424 Assembling an interior, vertical panorama
        10m 34s
      49. 425 Developing a dark and stormy photo in Photoshop
        10m 26s
      50. 426 Developing a dark and stormy photo in Lightroom
        11m 20s
      51. 427 Sharpening your dark and stormy photo for print
        8m 45s
      52. 428 Auto-blending multiple depths of field
        8m 16s
      53. 429 Assigning multiple strokes in Photoshop CC 2015
        6m 8s
      54. 430 Combining multiple drop shadows to create faux-3D type
        4m 51s
      55. 431 Combining multiple Color and Gradient Overlay effects
        6m 0s
      56. 432 Removing unwanted perspective from a photo
        15m 6s
      57. 433 Correcting the perspective of a single image element
        8m 57s
      58. 434 Extracting an unmodified photo from a Smart Object
        3m 31s
      59. 435 Extracting a raw photo from a Smart Object
        4m 26s
      60. 436 Orthogonal pattern 1: The boxed towers
        17m 28s
      61. 437 Repeating a tile pattern Brick by Row
        6m 51s
      62. 438 Refining the color scheme of your tile pattern
        10m 15s
      63. 439 Orthogonal pattern 2: Which way is up?
        14m 17s
      64. 440 Upping the number of colors in a dynamic pattern
        11m 42s
      65. 441 Achieving real pointillism with the Pointillize filter
        8m 23s
      66. 442 Adding Emboss to give your painting depth
        1m 48s
      67. 443 Blending multiple motion photos
        13m 44s
      68. 444 Creating a wildly colorful High Pass effect
        7m 1s
    4. 18h 48m
      1. 282 Ringing in the New Year with dynamic effects in Illustrator
        12m 59s
      2. 283 Dynamically transforming fills and strokes
        13m 41s
      3. 284 Tracing an avatar from a photograph in Photoshop
        12m 24s
      4. 285 Drawing a vector-based avatar in Illustrator
        19m 44s
      5. 286 Coloring and shading your avatar
        16m 0s
      6. 287 Exporting an illustration as a universally supported PNG file
        10m 54s
      7. 288 Upsampling a layered composition with great results
        13m 43s
      8. 289 Rebuilding a pattern at a higher resolution
        7m 29s
      9. 290 Painting happy little trees
        13m 46s
      10. 291 Shading and lighting the happy forest
        15m 15s
      11. 292 Enlarging a low-res photograph in Photoshop
        12m 20s
      12. 293 Enlarging a photo by tracing it in Illustrator
        13m 10s
      13. 294 Mastering Exposure in Camera Raw
        11m 40s
      14. 295 Super smooth and unflinchingly sharp
        10m 46s
      15. 296 Deleting an inadvertent photo bomber
        8m 13s
      16. 297 Correcting a distorted panorama
        17m 23s
      17. 298 Rebuilding bad stitching in a panorama
        14m 53s
      18. 299 Nondestructive dodge and burn
        8m 54s
      19. 300 Blending a shadow into any background
        8m 37s
      20. 301 Saving a PNG image with a translucent shadow
        8m 45s
      21. 302 Cleaning up a smart phone photo
        11m 17s
      22. 303 Using Photoshop 1.0
        5m 45s
      23. 304 Creating your own Chinese seal (or chop)
        26m 4s
      24. 305 Simulating hand lettering with art brushes
        20m 8s
      25. 306 Adding texture to your hand stamp
        3m 34s
      26. 307 Creating a black chop on red paper
        5m 55s
      27. 308 Auto-hiding iconic panels in Photoshop
        3m 44s
      28. 309 Creating a custom toolbox in Illustrator CC
        4m 21s
      29. 310 Creating the perfect passport photo
        20m 18s
      30. 311 Retouching your passport photo
        13m 38s
      31. 312 Turning a photo into a giant mural
        13m 11s
      32. 313 Enhancing the reality of your mural
        11m 8s
      33. 314 Creating a 3D bump map
        12m 7s
      34. 315 UV overlay and 3D bump paint
        14m 4s
      35. 316 Using Lens Flare for good (not evil)
        10m 48s
      36. 317 Using the Perspective Crop tool
        9m 29s
      37. 318 Reducing real-world camera shake
        10m 4s
      38. 319 Reducing glare in a photograph
        15m 25s
      39. 320 Restoring repeating details
        13m 43s
      40. 321 Integrating a detail captured with a phone
        9m 6s
      41. 322 Blending two exposures of a single scene
        12m 25s
      42. 323 Masking mountains away from sky
        14m 22s
      43. 324 Creating a photographic caricature in Photoshop
        10m 7s
      44. 325 Exaggerating facial features with Liquify
        12m 48s
      45. 326 Masking a caricature against a new background
        11m 20s
      46. 327 Shading and sharpening a caricature
        10m 6s
      47. 328 Drawing a Möbius strip in Illustrator
        12m 21s
      48. 329 Shading the Möbius strip with gradients
        9m 0s
      49. 330 Adding twisting edges to the Möbius strip
        8m 9s
      50. 331 Creating an impossible Penrose triangle
        10m 37s
      51. 332 Shading the cubes in your Penrose triangle
        8m 15s
      52. 333 Selectively converting a photo to black & white
        7m 53s
      53. 334 Straightening and “uncropping” a photo
        16m 17s
      54. 335 Restoring a missing photograph detail
        11m 26s
      55. 336 Drawing a hand (clenched in a fist)
        11m 44s
      56. 337 Cleaning up a sketch captured with a phone
        6m 17s
      57. 338 Four hands united in brotherhood, solidarity, and teamwork
        12m 24s
      58. 339 Swapping out colors in existing gradients in Illustrator
        4m 37s
      59. 340 Select > Focus Area and the pseudo engraving effect
        12m 26s
      60. 341 Integrating 3D art into a 2D scene in Photoshop
        13m 41s
      61. 342 Creating a 3D shark in Photoshop
        11m 16s
      62. 343 Creating a 3D doughnut in Illustrator
        15m 23s
      63. 344 Creating a golden 3D ring in Illustrator
        10m 21s
      64. 345 Mapping Elven runes (or text) onto a 3D ring
        15m 57s
      65. 346 Hand-drawing custom-made letters in Illustrator
        19m 33s
      66. 347 Drawing letters with curves and holes
        15m 56s
      67. 348 Enhancing your hand-drawn text in Photoshop
        7m 20s
      68. 349 Mixing a low-color photo with Camera Raw
        11m 2s
      69. 350 Mixing a low-color photo with adjustment layers
        10m 7s
      70. 351 Saving your effect as a color lookup table
        5m 31s
      71. 352 Extracting a classic painting from its frame
        11m 35s
      72. 353 Extracting that same painting nondestructively
        7m 59s
      73. 354 Archiving and enhancing a child’s art
        10m 47s
      74. 355 Combining a child’s art with a real classic
        11m 5s
      75. 356 Developing the perfect sunset in Camera Raw
        9m 55s
      76. 357 Lush landscapes: The real green is yellow
        9m 7s
      77. 358 Painting away Camera Raw “Clarity halos”
        17m 7s
      78. 359 Selectively sharpening a stressed photograph
        16m 12s
      79. 360 Transforming yourself into a Dark Elf
        16m 27s
      80. 361 Hand-masking the elf against a vivid background
        15m 35s
      81. 362 Making the Dark Elf that much darker
        15m 29s
      82. 363 Developing a photograph of The Joker
        16m 26s
      83. 364 Carving expression lines into The Joker’s face
        14m 1s
      84. 365 Creating a campaign poster in Illustrator
        15m 3s
      85. 366 Creating a Prohibition (or Universal No) symbol
        7m 13s
      86. 367 Using Photoshop CC’s new Flame Generator
        10m 4s
      87. 368 Creating cool Flame Generator art
        9m 35s
      88. 369 Setting type on fire with the Flame Generator
        8m 13s
      89. 370 Blending synthetic flames with type
        6m 12s
      90. 371 Creating secret-message type in Photoshop
        13m 38s
      91. 372 Animating a continuously morphing message
        10m 59s
      92. 373 Creating a piece of Minecraft-inspired art
        16m 10s
      93. 374 Extruding your Minecraft art into 3D space
        8m 39s
      94. 375 Adding a big-pixel, Minecraft background
        12m 2s
      95. 376 Developing the perfect holiday portrait
        15m 22s
    5. 17h 21m
      1. 185 Creating a custom 2013 calendar in Illustrator
        11m 44s
      2. 186 Adding dates to a calendar using tables
        9m 50s
      3. 187 Branding your calendar with a field of logos
        10m 54s
      4. 188 Crafting an Infinity symbol to match a specific font
        12m 6s
      5. 189 Op art experiment 1a: Inflated checkers
        10m 49s
      6. 190 Op art experiment 1b: Rounded windows
        6m 39s
      7. 191 Building a universal ISOTYPE man with strokes
        15m 6s
      8. 192 Building a universal ISOTYPE woman with strokes
        11m 7s
      9. 193 Drawing an ISOTYPE couple in love
        12m 55s
      10. 194 Creating a Warhol-style silkscreen effect
        14m 43s
      11. 195 Creating a series of Warhol-style variations
        10m 43s
      12. 196 Adding Warhol-style background variations
        8m 20s
      13. 197 Creating opaque colored shadows
        5m 20s
      14. 198 Assembling multiple variations into a single comp
        5m 9s
      15. 199 Creating a pattern of unique inset circles
        9m 55s
      16. 200 Changing a static blended color scheme
        7m 16s
      17. 201 Op art experiment 2a: Undulating pattern
        20m 26s
      18. 202 Op art experiment 2b: Concentric rings
        9m 43s
      19. 203 Developing a dramatic castle in Camera Raw
        13m 21s
      20. 204 Artificially coloring a photo in Camera Raw
        9m 38s
      21. 205 Creating an antique photo effect in Camera Raw
        7m 53s
      22. 206 Adding a weathered old-photo frame effect
        12m 0s
      23. 207 Drawing an Angry Birds-like character
        16m 59s
      24. 208 Stroking an entire layer in Illustrator
        9m 21s
      25. 209 Drawing a classic snarling cartoon face
        11m 10s
      26. 210 Drawing a radiant, cheerful cartoon background
        18m 29s
      27. 211 Stroking any kind of type in Illustrator
        5m 0s
      28. 212 Creating synthetic water droplets
        9m 29s
      29. 213 Simulating liquid reflections with effect
        5m 19s
      30. 214 Simulating liquid refractions with a dmap
        5m 30s
      31. 215 Creating an eye-catching splatter effect
        9m 8s
      32. 216 Defringing purples and greens in Camera Raw 7
        10m 4s
      33. 217 Making a danger sign more dangerous
        15m 9s
      34. 218 Using texture and depth to add realism
        10m 22s
      35. 219 Precisely aligning artwork to the bleed
        7m 16s
      36. 220 Creating and importing a tracing template
        6m 50s
      37. 221 Drawing a distinctive 2D video game character
        18m 52s
      38. 222 Adding features to the face of a 2D character
        14m 3s
      39. 223 Creating a vivid aura around an entire character
        7m 19s
      40. 224 Adding variable-width strokes in Illustrator
        11m 23s
      41. 225 Animating bird wings with Puppet Warp
        12m 15s
      42. 226 Animating text by onion skinning in Photoshop
        8m 0s
      43. 227 Creating an animated movie in Photoshop
        9m 15s
      44. 228 Exporting an animation to QuickTime and GIF
        5m 44s
      45. 229 Correcting an underwater photograph
        10m 30s
      46. 230 Making a photo razor-sharp and porcelain-smooth
        7m 17s
      47. 231 Reducing noise in a high-ISO shot with Camera Raw
        8m 33s
      48. 232 Creating highly reflective sunglasses
        10m 43s
      49. 233 Adding drama to an outdoor portrait shot
        6m 35s
      50. 234 Creating volumetric forms with shape layers
        15m 52s
      51. 235 Creating a bloodshot eye effect
        7m 11s
      52. 236 Shading an image with shapes and layer masks
        13m 2s
      53. 237 Creating fabric textures with pattern layers
        7m 27s
      54. 238 Colorize any layer with Color Overlay
        3m 23s
      55. 239 Turning a portrait into a dot drawing
        7m 40s
      56. 240 Creating a full-color dot drawing
        3m 29s
      57. 241 Drawing an orthogonal cube with the line tool
        7m 9s
      58. 242 Creating a cube of differently colored cubes
        9m 27s
      59. 243 Recreating the Creative Cloud Logo in Illustrator
        16m 21s
      60. 244 Creating a psychedelic fabric texture
        9m 7s
      61. 245 Turning psychedelic fabric into rock letters
        5m 23s
      62. 246 Creating a more finely rendered dot drawing
        8m 29s
      63. 247 Converting from RGB to CMYK via Multichannel
        12m 31s
      64. 248 Creating printer-safe CMYK shadows
        6m 48s
      65. 249 Creating bright, golden motion trails
        12m 32s
      66. 250 Creating schematic art with grid
        12m 41s
      67. 251 Drawing precisely aligned arrowhead
        12m 8s
      68. 252 Adding arrowheads around a closed path
        6m 1s
      69. 253 Drawing the Pen tool without touching the Pen tool
        17m 13s
      70. 254 Merging frames for the best possible UAV photo
        16m 40s
      71. 255 Retouching details in an aerial landscape
        12m 13s
      72. 256 Editing a video and adding transitions in Photoshop
        10m 57s
      73. 257 Importing the quadcopter crash sequences
        9m 4s
      74. 258 Color correcting a video and adding a soundtrack
        8m 56s
      75. 259 Adding precisely timed titles to your video
        11m 43s
      76. 260 Hand-painting an image with a Wacom Cintiq
        13m 11s
      77. 261 Blending the final false-color artwork
        8m 41s
      78. 262 Creating a honeycomb pattern in Illustrator
        12m 50s
      79. 263 Building up strokes to create 3D honeycomb
        9m 8s
      80. 264 Turning yourself into a zombie
        14m 0s
      81. 265 Enhancing an ambience environment for the undead
        9m 26s
      82. 266 Creating dripping, gooey ghost letters
        16m 43s
      83. 267 Turning type into gooey green slime
        11m 19s
      84. 268 Creating heavy metal type (updated for Photoshop CS6 and CC)
        12m 27s
      85. 269 Cleaning up a crummy product shot
        11m 3s
      86. 270 Scaling and rotating photographic objects
        10m 10s
      87. 271 Tracing a line drawing with uniform strokes
        11m 18s
      88. 272 Coloring line art using Live Paint Bucket
        18m 22s
      89. 273 Creating a pigture using shapes and letters
        18m 7s
      90. 274 Integrating a cartoon into a photograph
        7m 27s
      91. 275 Converting a photo into a Lichtenstein drawing
        16m 8s
      92. 276 Adding bring Ben-Day dots and a talk balloon
        15m 31s
      93. 277 Painting an eye using a custom brush
        11m 31s
      94. 278 Painting and smoothing straight-sided brushstrokes
        12m 0s
      95. 279 Simulating pressure with path outlines
        6m 3s
      96. 280 Developing a 32-bit HDR image in Camera Raw
        14m 42s
      97. 281 Converting from 32-bit to the more flexible 8-bit mode
        11m 15s
    6. 14h 31m
      1. 091 Removing people from a photo
        10m 44s
      2. 092 Masking people back into a photo
        10m 58s
      3. 093 Hand-painting a mask
        10m 5s
      4. 094 Masking a real-life shadow
        10m 40s
      5. 095 Turning a photo into line art
        7m 44s
      6. 096 Adding a crosshatch shading pattern
        6m 46s
      7. 097 Creating type that inverts anything behind it
        5m 32s
      8. 098 Creating auto-inverting line art
        5m 7s
      9. 099 Creating movie poster credits
        8m 10s
      10. 100 Creating a dual-focus hybrid image
        6m 24s
      11. 101 Adding text to a hybrid composition
        7m 24s
      12. 102 Drawing with the reshape tool
        10m 39s
      13. 103 Hand-drawing a really great letter
        10m 6s
      14. 104 Creating a vanity frame
        5m 28s
      15. 105 Adding a frame to a photograph
        5m 3s
      16. 106 Drawing a highly graphic explosion with Illustrator
        10m 3s
      17. 107 Drawing a Ninja Turtle nose
        10m 22s
      18. 108 Mapping a dog face onto a duck
        8m 20s
      19. 109 Putting a tongue on a duck
        7m 6s
      20. 110 Making synthetic lightning in Photoshop
        11m 3s
      21. 111 Creating a driving rain effect in Photoshop
        4m 57s
      22. 112 Designing a railroad track
        12m 18s
      23. 113 Bending the railroad track around curves
        7m 46s
      24. 114 Creating a Star Wars hologram effect
        9m 23s
      25. 115 Creating leafy letters
        6m 12s
      26. 116 Creating topiary type
        6m 22s
      27. 117 Creating type in grass
        9m 0s
      28. 118 Rendering type in smoke
        7m 30s
      29. 119 Rendering type in brushed metal
        9m 58s
      30. 120 Adding brushed copper effect
        4m 14s
      31. 121 Reflecting type in water
        10m 57s
      32. 122 Reflecting water back into type
        11m 14s
      33. 123 Joining type to a circle
        7m 14s
      34. 124 Making flared type on a circle
        7m 17s
      35. 125 Making a person emerge from water
        5m 32s
      36. 126 Creating progressive water ripples
        10m 17s
      37. 127 Creating an upside-down face effect
        10m 17s
      38. 128 Achieving silky smooth skin with retouching
        6m 33s
      39. 129 Pearly white teeth
        7m 28s
      40. 130 Head-shrinking
        8m 26s
      41. 131 Getting a big head
        5m 11s
      42. 132 Adding a photographic texture to vector type
        4m 28s
      43. 133 Adding strokes in back of photo type
        5m 9s
      44. 134 Adding a border to an image in Illustrator
        4m 17s
      45. 135 Two ways to crop in Illustrator
        7m 29s
      46. 136 Inventing a 3D temple with a depth map
        10m 0s
      47. 137 Drawing a 3D object with Curves
        11m 41s
      48. 138 Creating a superhero shield in Illustrator
        16m 28s
      49. 139 Turning Illustrator paths into Photoshop shapes
        11m 43s
      50. 140 Creating a photorealistic superhero shield
        12m 39s
      51. 141 Pimping your ride in Photoshop
        9m 59s
      52. 142 Masking and blackening a car
        10m 20s
      53. 143 Drawing a multi-part vector mask
        12m 46s
      54. 144 Masking and painting a shadow
        8m 26s
      55. 145 Integrating blades of grass into tires
        5m 34s
      56. 146 Making a (ridiculously) dramatic sky
        6m 2s
      57. 147 Adding flame stripes to a car
        8m 23s
      58. 148 Creating interlocking octagons in Illustrator
        7m 44s
      59. 149 Hand-coloring line art
        13m 9s
      60. 150 Creating a custom wave pattern
        9m 56s
      61. 151 Simulating a screen print
        8m 30s
      62. 152 Drawing a perfect linear spiral in Illustrator
        9m 42s
      63. 153 Drawing a spiraling nautilus shell
        11m 4s
      64. 154 Designing a hex pattern in Illustrator CS6
        11m 10s
      65. 155 Making a hex pattern in Illustrator CS5 and earlier
        7m 4s
      66. 156 Creating a Facebook cover in Photoshop
        9m 25s
      67. 157 Matching a profile picture to your cover
        6m 37s
      68. 158 Cloning yourself in Photoshop
        11m 16s
      69. 159 Lighting the clone party
        8m 29s
      70. 160 Hand-carving letters into wood
        8m 0s
      71. 161 Creating a Spirograph-like pattern
        7m 34s
      72. 162 Tracing scalloped gear teeth around a circle
        4m 55s
      73. 163 Applying custom carve and shadow styles to type
        8m 50s
      74. 164 Turning a pencil sketch into digital ink
        12m 55s
      75. 165 Adding a graph-paper background
        13m 42s
      76. 166 Creating a continuous single-line Spirograph
        13m 2s
      77. 167 Scaling circles into complex patterns
        7m 15s
      78. 168 Creating a money-like design
        8m 43s
      79. 169 Attack of the killer pumpkin
        14m 49s
      80. 170 Simulating a glowing Jack-o-lantern
        12m 24s
      81. 171 The headless stranger in the mist
        12m 25s
      82. 172 Creating 3D punched letters
        13m 29s
      83. 173 Designing a double-wave line pattern
        11m 2s
      84. 174 Assembling a seamless pattern brush
        9m 53s
      85. 175 Creating a hand turkey in Photoshop
        18m 42s
      86. 176 Creating a depth-of-field cast shadow
        7m 29s
      87. 177 Creating a lustrous round jewel
        13m 56s
      88. 178 Cutting and brushing light on a gem
        8m 30s
      89. 179 Creating a shiny button with inset text
        11m 5s
      90. 180 Creating a jaunty six-sided star
        15m 1s
      91. 181 Interweaving star shapes and adding gradients
        8m 28s
      92. 182 Casting shadows between interwoven shapes
        9m 12s
      93. 183 Creating a Hobbit-like text effect
        15m 6s
      94. 184 Enhancing a landscape photo in Camera Raw 7
        9m 16s
    7. 13h 11m
      1. 001 Creating ice type
        8m 39s
      2. 002 Branding type on a texture
        7m 6s
      3. 003 Creating an image-branding machine
        7m 13s
      4. 004 Capturing effects with layer comps
        7m 35s
      5. 005 Rendering type in gold
        8m 9s
      6. 006 Creating a hammered metal background
        5m 48s
      7. 007 Creating heavy metal type
        8m 13s
      8. 008 Creating a molten letter effect
        6m 43s
      9. 009 Setting type on fire
        11m 20s
      10. 010 Using an anti-edge mask
        7m 20s
      11. 011 Blending textures onto a face
        9m 28s
      12. 012 Rendering a face as a cave painting
        7m 34s
      13. 013 Creating a reflection in shattered glass
        8m 32s
      14. 014 Creating a face in a tree
        11m 20s
      15. 015 Building a synthetic star field
        8m 21s
      16. 016 Making 3D type with Repoussé
        10m 14s
      17. 017 Casting 3D shadows and reflections
        9m 35s
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75h 58m Intermediate Jan 11, 2011 Updated Aug 25, 2015

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This course is a collection of short Photoshop and Illustrator projects and creative effects that can be completed in ten minutes or less. The series is taught by computer graphics guru Deke McClelland, and presented in his signature step-by-step style. The intent is to reveal how various Photoshop and Illustrator features can be combined and leveraged in real-world examples so that they can be applied to creative projects right away.

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Illustrator Photoshop
Author:
Deke McClelland

138 Creating a superhero shield in Illustrator

Hey gang! This is Deke McClelland. Welcome to Deke's Techniques, and happy Fourth of July, a day early, which is a big deal for us Americans because it's the day we declared independence, from France--at least that's what I was taught. But let's not quibble; I am here to celebrate by showing you how to create a patriotic superhero shield in Illustrator. We'll start by building out these base shapes, a five-pointed star along with four circles, and then we'll add some highlights using this thing called the Flare tool that most people don't even know exists inside Illustrator, and then we'll go ahead and integrate the entire thing to create this highly-reflective vector-based superhero shield. Here, let me show you exactly how it works. All right! Here's that final version of the shield open inside Illustrator.

I am going to turn the shield layer off. Notice that I'm working on an empty layer called new drawing. In the background, we have a rectangle filled with a gradient. The layer is locked, so we can't mess it up. Now, first thing I'd like you to do if you're working along with me, is confirm that you have Smart Guides turned on, by going up to the View menu and choosing the Smart Guides command. You also have a keyboard shortcut of Ctrl+U or Command+U on the Mac. Now, that will help us get a sense for the size of the star, at least in CS6. Then go to the Shape tool flyout menu and select the Star tool.

Now I'll start drawing any old place inside of your document. I am using the spacebar to change the position of my star. Now, by default, you will see a five-pointed star. If you see more or fewer points, you can press the up or down arrow key in order to change the number of points. But we do want five points, and you also want to go ahead and press the Shift and Alt keys-- that would be the Shift and Option keys on the Mac--to constrain the sides in alignment with each other, and to make the star upright just like a classic American star. If you see your Width and Height values there, we're looking for a Width value of approximately 180 points, and I have 179.66, which is just fine.

And by the way, if your star is sized a little differently, that's not going to hurt things. Next, I'll go up to the control panel and I will click on that second swatch there, which represents a stroke, and I'll switch it to none because we don't want a stroke for these shapes. All right! Now, what I'd like you to do is go ahead and switch back to your Black Arrow tool, which you can get by pressing the V key, drag your star to more or less the center of the illustration here. And if you're not seeing the bounding box, go up to the View menu and choose Show Bounding Box to turn it on. Now, we're going to need to draw a series of concentric circles to represent the shield, and they need to be exactly aligned with the outside perimeter of the star here, and that means centering all the shapes, so we need to know exactly where the center of the star is. And Illustrator is not that great at showing you the center of a star.

Let me show you what I mean. I'll go up to the Window menu and choose the Attributes command. That brings up this tiny little Attributes panel. Go ahead and click on that double arrow in order to expand it, and turn on this option, Show Center. And notice that you get a center point, but it's not located at the center of star; instead, it's located at the center of the bounding box that contains the star, and the center of that bounding box and the center of that star are not the same thing. So we're going to have to create our own custom center point, by selecting Don't Show Center, here in the Attributes panel. Go ahead and close the panel as well, go up to the View menu, and choose Hide Bounding Box to get rid of that bounding box.

Now, in order to find the center of the star, we have to destroy it. So you'll do well to create a copy before you move forward here, by going up to the Edit menu and choosing the Copy command, or press Ctrl+C or Command+C on the Mac. Now, switch to the White Arrow tool, which you can get by pressing the A key, and I want you to press the Shift key and marquee around the five anchor points in order to deselect them. That leaves the outer five anchor points selected. We don't want them, so go ahead and press the Backspace key, or the Delete key on a Mac, in order to get rid of them.

Now I'll go ahead and zoom in on our remaining points. We want to average these points' locations, and you do that by clicking on the word Align, up here on the control panel, and then make sure that the Align To option is set to Align to Selection. That's very important. And then click on Horizontal Align Center and then click on Vertical Align Center in order to find the center of that star. Now, what we have is five anchor points directly on top of each other. That's not what we want; we just need one of them. So twirl open your new drawing layer and you should see a series of items that Illustrator is calling Path.

Each one of them is one of the anchor points. Just go ahead and Shift+Click on that target for any one of them--just one, however--in order to deselect that item, then press the Backspace key or the Delete key on the Mac to get rid of all the other ones. You should still see one point right there remaining. You can't see it, however, when it's deselected in the Preview mode, so press Ctrl+Y or Command+Y on the Mac in order to see the point represented as an X. Now, one of those Xs is going to be the center of the big gradient rectangle, and if you click on that X, you won't be able to select it because the layer is locked.

In my case, I am going to click on the other anchor point. It turns orange. That tells me that is the center of my star. Of course I need to bring the star back, so I will go up to the Edit menu and choose Paste in Front or I can press Ctrl+F or Command+F on the Mac in order to bring back that star, and now you can see that the star is centered on that anchor point. Now, I am going to go ahead and merge these two items together. I want you to Shift+Click on the anchor point to select it, so both the star and that center point should be selected. Then go up to the Object menu, choose Compound Path, and choose Make, and that essentially fuses those items into a single shape, and you can go ahead and rename it star inside the Layers panel if you like. All right! Now, it's not properly centered inside of the artboard, and even if we were to use Illustrator's automatic centering functions, it wouldn't get it quite right.

So, what we're best off doing is dragging the shape by its center point until we snap into alignment with the center of the rectangle, like so. And again, you're going to be able to sense that snap better if you're working with Smart Guides. All right! I am going to press Ctrl+Y, or Command+Y on the Mac in order to switch back to the Preview mode, and I am going to zoom out a little bit here. I am also going to switch over to the Color panel for a moment. If you don't see your CMYK values, go ahead and expand the panel. You may also have to choose CMYK from the flyout menu. And I am going to change the K value to 15%, so we have just a little bit of darkness associated with the star.

All right! Now let's start drawing the circles by switching from the Star tool to the Ellipse tool here in the Shape tool flyout menu, and we'll create the ellipse from the center out by pressing the Alt key or the Option key on the Mac and dragging outward like so. You also want to press the Shift key, and you want to see that you're snapping into alignment with the top of the star. So I have both the Shift and Alt keys down--that would be Shift and Option on the Mac--and you can see that we're going to exactly center and align the circle on the star. Then go ahead and release in order to create the shape.

Now, let's enter a shade of blue, by changing the Cyan value to 100. I am going to change the Magenta value to 75; Yellow is fine at 0; and then I'll change the K value, which is Black, to 35%. Next, we need to send the shape to the back, so go ahead and right-click inside the shape, choose Arrange, and choose Send to Back. Notice that it has a keyboard shortcut that we'll be using in the future of Ctrl+Shift+Left Bracket; that's Command+Shift+Left Bracket on the Mac. All right! I am going to press Ctrl+0 or Command+0 on the Mac in order to center my view.

Now, we need to draw the other circles, and we'll do that by creating the shapes from the center out, by Alt+Clicking or Option+Clicking on that center point. That brings up the Ellipse dialog box. And because you have the Alt or Option key down, you're going to be creating the shape from the center outward. These Width and Height values here represent the size of the last shape you drew. What I want you to do is click at the end of the value and enter +60, and assuming that you're working in points, then Illustrator will go ahead and add 60 points to that Width value after you press the Tab key. Then do the same for the Height value, and press the Tab key there as well, and click OK, and you'll create an ellipse that is exactly 60 points larger in both directions.

This circle wants to be red, so I am going to change the Cyan value to 0. I will increase the Magenta value to 100%. I will change the Y value to 100%. A K value of 35 is just fine. Then go ahead and press Ctrl+Shift+Left Bracket or Command+Shift+Left Bracket on the Mac in order to send the shape to the back of the stack. Alt+Click at that center point again-- we've got two more stripes here--in order to bring up the Ellipse dialog box. Add +60 to each one of these values, taking care to press the Tab key in order to invoke those changes after entering the values.

Then click OK to create yet a larger ellipse. Press Ctrl+Shift+Left Bracket or Command+Shift+Left Bracket on the Mac in order to send the shape to the back of the stack, press the I key to switch to the Eyedropper tool, and click inside the star in order to load that shade of white. All right! Now I'll switch back to the Ellipse tool, one final time, Alt+Click or Option+Click on its center point, press the right arrow key to advance to the end of the value, enter +60, do the same for the Height value as well, press the Tab key, click OK in order to create that shape, press Ctrl+Shift+Left Bracket, Command+Shift+Left Bracket on the Mac to send the shape to the back of the stack, press the I key for the eyedropper, click in the red stripe, and you have now created all of your base path outlines.

Go ahead and press the V key to switch back to the Black Arrow tool. Now, I am going to add a little bit of a bevel using a couple of drop shadow effects. So press Ctrl+A or Command+A on the Mac to select all the shapes. Then go up to the Effect menu, choose Stylize, and choose Drop Shadow. And the settings we're looking for are a mode of Multiply, an Opacity of 50%. However, I want the X Offset value to be -1, the Y Offset value should be 1. The Blur value should be 0. A color of black is just fine.

You can turn on the Preview checkbox to see what you're up to, in which case you should see some dark areas down left of the shapes. Then go ahead and click OK in order to create those shadows. Let's do it again, but this time we'll make highlights, by going up to the Effect menu and choosing that very first command, Drop Shadow... and that will bring back your last applied settings. This time, however, we want the mode to be Screen. I want the color, instead of being black-- so go ahead and click on that black swatch--to be white, so go ahead and drag to the upper-left corner of this field and click OK.

And then let's reverse these values, that is, the X Offset value should be 1 and the one Y Offset value should be -1. Then press the Tab key. Turn on the Preview checkbox. You will see a little bit of a highlight to the up and the right of each one of the shapes. Then click OK. And finally, click off the paths to deselect them, click on the rearmost path in order to select it--the largest of the two red circles-- then go up to the Effect menu, and choose Drop Shadow... again. This time Illustrator is going to get kind of mad at you, and say, do you really want to apply a new effect, which is what you're going to do, or do you want to change the drop shows you've already applied? We want to apply yet another effect, so click that Apply New Effect button, and then change the mode to Multiply, click in the little color swatch, go ahead and drag down left inside the Color field in order to dial on black, and this time, we want an X Offset value of -2, a Y Offset value of 2, and a Blur value of 2 as well.

Turn on the Preview checkbox and you will see a drop shadow at the back of the shield. Now, go ahead and click OK in order to accept that effect, and you can press Ctrl+Shift+A or Command+Shift+A on the Mac in order to deselect your artwork. All right! We've got a little more left to do, and this is the stuff that really sells the effect, in my opinion. I am going to twirl close this new drawing layer, turn it off for a moment and turn on the shield layer, and you can see that we have all these highlights and this darkness showing up inside of the shield, and that's the result of this rarely used tool inside of Illustrator: the Flare tool.

So let me show you how it works. I will go ahead and turn the shield layer off and turn the new drawing layer back on, and I will click on that layer as well to make sure it's active. Now, what you want to do is click and hold on that Ellipse tool to bring up the Shape tool flyout menu, and select the Flare tool. What you do with the Flare tool is you drag from about here in the upper-right region of that first red stripe down into the star in order to create the initial part of the flare, and you can make it as big or small as you want. And then after you get done with that initial flare, you can see that Illustrator is automatically creating a series of circles and lines and so forth.

Then you want to click right about here in order to set the end of your flare, and then Illustrator will draw all kinds of additional circles as well. All right! At this point, just because it's going to get pretty gnarly if we don't, press Ctrl+U, or Command+U on the Mac in order to turn off your Smart Guides. And you might want to press Ctrl+H or Command+H on the Mac in order to hide the selection for now. It's still selected. We're just not seeing the edges. Then click on the word Opacity on the left side of the control panel and change the blend mode from Normal to Color Dodge in order to create this over- the-top-effect, I realize.

But we can soften it a little bit, and we're going to blend it better as well. First, for the softening, what you want to do is go up to the Effect menu, choose Blur, and then choose Gaussian Blur. And then inside the Gaussian Blur dialog box, dial in a Radius of 3 pixels and just go ahead and click OK. Now, this is most time-consuming part of the process. Illustrator has to run some fairly intense computations, but it seems to be done in my case. Now, we want to go ahead and clip this flare inside the shield. So twirl open the new drawing layer, go ahead and scroll to the bottommost red circle here, and click on its little target meatball in order to select it.

Now, we're not seeing the selection edges because they're hidden at the moment. Go up to the Edit menu and choose the Copy command or press Ctrl+C or Command+C on the Mac. Now, go ahead and scroll back up the stack, and meatball that flare--that is, click on that little circular meatball-- in order to select it, and return to the Edit menu and choose Paste in Front, or press Ctrl+F or Command+F on the Mac. And now we want to combine these two together, so press the Shift key and click on that circle next to the flare again so both of these objects are selected, and go up to the Object menu, choose Clipping Mask and choose Make, and you'll end up masking the flare inside of the shield.

Now, return to the Layers panel. Notice you now have this item called Clip Mask. I want you to twirl it open, and you'll see two items inside of there: one is the clipping mask itself, the circle, and the other is the flare. I want you to click on the meatball, this little guy here--that's what it's called--for this empty circle and then switch over to the Swatches panel. And you'll see that I've created a swatch for you in advance. It's called Cool Gradient. Go ahead and click on it to select it. What it is is a radial gradient going from white all the way over to a very dark shade of blue.

And notice this little diamond here. If I expand my Gradient panel, you can see that it's set to a location of 75%. That represents the center of the gradient, and what that means is I've stretched out the light portion like crazy there. Now, I want you to click on the word Opacity up here in the control panel, and I want you to change the blend mode to Multiply in order to create that darkening effect. All right! Just one more shape that we're going to need to create here. I am going to collapse the Gradient panel as well as lift these panels up here so I have a little more room to work. And I am going to twirl closed this clipping mask, and I will click on the meatball next to the blue circle in order to select it.

Then go up to the Edit menu, choose the Copy command, or press Ctrl+C or Command+C on a Mac, and then meatball this clipping mask item here, and press Ctrl+F or Command+F on the Mac to paste that guy in front. I want to fill it with that same gradient, so go ahead and find cool gradient here in the Swatches panel and click on it. And finally, click on the word Opacity up in the control panel, change the Opacity value to 50%, and then change the Blend mode to Multiply in order to achieve this final effect.

And if you like, you can go ahead and press Ctrl+H or Command+H on the Mac to bring back your selection edges, and then press Ctrl+Shift+A or Command+Shift+A on the Mac in order to deselect your artwork. And that, friends, is how you create a reflective superhero shield here inside Illustrator.

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