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207 Drawing an Angry Birds-like character


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Deke's Techniques

with Deke McClelland

Video: 207 Drawing an Angry Birds-like character

Hey, gang, this is Deke McClelland. Welcome to Deke's Techniques. Today I'm going to show you how to draw your very own absolutely original Ang--Grumpy bird inside Adobe Illustrator. In this movie, we'll start things off by combining this red circle with the magenta ellipse above it. Then we'll apply some dynamic effects, and in the end, we'll create the new purple bird's pear-shaped body. Here, let me show you exactly how it works. All right, here is the final bird, just so you can see him on screen.
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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
      18. 018 Adjusting 3D light sources
        10m 51s
      19. 019 Masking highlights and shadows
        6m 27s
      20. 020 Masking glass
        10m 39s
      21. 021 High key high contrast
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        9m 41s
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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.

Subject:
Design
Software:
Illustrator Photoshop
Author:
Deke McClelland

207 Drawing an Angry Birds-like character

Hey, gang, this is Deke McClelland. Welcome to Deke's Techniques. Today I'm going to show you how to draw your very own absolutely original Ang--Grumpy bird inside Adobe Illustrator. In this movie, we'll start things off by combining this red circle with the magenta ellipse above it. Then we'll apply some dynamic effects, and in the end, we'll create the new purple bird's pear-shaped body. Here, let me show you exactly how it works. All right, here is the final bird, just so you can see him on screen.

I'm going to switch over to this file here and you can see that I've drawn a few shapes in advance. The shapes I will be working with, for starters here, are this big red circle and this magenta ellipse, and together they are going to make up this purple bird body right here. Start by clicking on the big red circle if you're working along with me. If not, go ahead and draw your own big red circle and then go up to the Effect menu, choose Warp and choose Shell Lower. I just figured this stuff out through trial and error by the way, because it's not always evident what each one of these guys is going to do until you enter this dialog box.

So you can always change your mind once you select one of the Warp options. Anyway, Shell Lower is what we want. Then you want to go ahead and make sure Horizontal is selected and change the Bend value to 4% and then tab your way down to the Vertical Distortion value and change it to 6%. And to get an idea of what that looks like, go ahead and turn on the Preview check box and you can see we now have a kind of dumpy body for this bird. I'll go ahead and click OK in order to accept that change.

Now we need to address the feathers. So go ahead and select his top magenta ellipse and then go up to the Effect menu, choose Distort & Transform, and choose the Transform command. And the idea here is I want three feathers in all, and I'm going to generate them dynamically using this command. So I'll change the Rotate value to -30 degrees. Then you can turn on the Preview check box to get a sense of what that looks like. I actually want this feather to rotate around the bottom of this ellipse, so I'll go ahead and click on the bottom point in this little reference point matrix.

This item by the way in Illustrator CS5 and earlier is located over here on the right-hand side of the dialog box. Now we want to create a couple of copies, so click in the Copies option and press the Up Arrow key a couple of times in order to create a total of three feathers as you see here. Now click OK. Now of course, they don't look like feathers at this point, so we'll warp them by going up to the Effect menu, choosing Warp, and as I say if you don't know where you're going with the Warp function, just select any old thing, like I could select Arch. Then go ahead and turn on the Preview check box and see that I'm not accomplishing a lot at this point.

I'll go ahead and turn up that value and see what happens, and obviously this is what I want. So I'll go ahead and change the Style in this case from Arch and I could just fiddle around here to figure out what's going to work. But I'm going to select Shell Upper and we don't want nearly that big of a Bend value of course, because that would end up giving us a very bad effect indeed. I'll go ahead and reduce the Bend value to 5%, and then I'll tab my way down here to the Vertical Distort value which is still at 6%, and I'll change it to 0%.

So we want 5 for Bend, we want Horizontal selected as well, and then both of the Distortion values should be set to 0%. Now I'll go ahead and click OK in order to accept that change. And then finally, go back to the Effect menu, choose Warp and choose Flag, and most likely, Illustrator is going to ask you if you really want to apply another heaping helping of the same effect. So in other words, any Warp effect is considered by Illustrator to be a repetition of the last one. We do want this, so go ahead and click Apply New Effect.

And this time, you want to select the Vertical value right there. Change the Bend value to 20%, and to see what that looks like, turn on the Preview check box and you can see that goes ahead and waves these feathers a little bit. And then we also want to change the Vertical Distort value to -10% which you could do by pressing Shift+Down Arrow, if you like, and then go ahead and click OK in order to accept that change. Now we want to select both of these shapes and group them together. So assuming that the Black Arrow tool is active, go ahead and Shift-click on the outline for this red blob of a body here.

Depending on your settings--your Preference Settings--you may have to fish around for it. Notice that as soon as you see a little square next to the Black Arrow key, that means that you're actually hovering over the outline of that circle, then go ahead and Shift-click to select it, and then go up to the Object menu and choose the Group command or press Ctrl+G or Command+G on the Mac. That groups them together. Now we need to change their fills, so they're not different from each other. We want the fill to be purple, of course. So click on the first color swatch up here in the Control panel.

And assuming that you're working inside of a web document, which I am, then you'll be able to find this shade of purple in your swatches even if you're not working from the same sample file. It's this guy right here, the one that begins R=147 and then G=39 and B=143. Go ahead and select that guy as the fill and you'll end up with this effect here. Now we need to add some other items to the bird's body, and they are found inside of this bird layer here inside the Layers panel. So again, if you're working along with me, go ahead and twirl open that bird layer and scroll down the list and you'll see this layer called rear.

Go ahead and turn it on, that is make it visible. Click on its little meatball, the circle there in order to select it, and I want to go ahead and use the same shade of purple but blend it in with the existing bird. I'll do that by clicking on the word Opacity up here in the Control panel and changing the Blend Mode from Normal to Screen and I end up getting this brightening effect right there. Now let's say you want some additional interaction. This is one of the funny things about Illustrator is that you can blend Blend Modes with each other in order to achieve still different effects.

And so in this case, what I did was I switched over to the Appearance panel which you can get by going up to the Window menu and choosing the Appearance command and then click on the Fill item right there inside the Appearance panel, click on its Opacity option, and change it from Normal to Multiply. So in other words, you're blending Multiply and Screen together in order to create your own custom effect and we end up getting this interaction here. And for those of you who know a thing or two about blend modes, this is different than what you'd get if you just applied Overlay or Hard Light or one of those.

Now we need to establish the shadows and highlights. So switch back to the Layers panel and then notice down here in the list, in your twirled open bird layer, you're going to find this item called shad, go ahead and turn it on and click on one of the outlines to select it. It's a group of two overlapping ellipses. I want to cut the front ellipse out of the back one, and to make that happen, you want to go up to the Object menu and choose the Ungroup command. Then go up to the Window menu and choose Pathfinder in order to bring up the Pathfinder panel, and you want to click on this guy right here, Minus Front.

However, we want to keep this interaction as dynamic as possible. And to do so, you want to press the Alt key or the Option key on the Mac and then click on that second icon, and you end up creating what's known as a compound shape so that you can change the placement of these shapes anytime you like. You can go ahead and close the Pathfinder panel for now, and then go up to the Opacity up here in the Control panel and change it to 33% in order to create these shadows right here. Now, clearly, they are exceeding the outline of the bird.

We're going to take care of that problem in just a moment, but first we're going to add the highlights, and you do that by turning on this high item inside the Layers panel and then go ahead and click on the target right there, little meatball to the right of the word high in order to select these two shapes. Once again, they are grouped together, so I'll just press Ctrl+Shift+G or Command+Shift+G on the Mac in order to ungroup them. And the only reason I grouped them, by the way, is just so that if you're working along with me, you could easily find them. But we don't want them to be grouped to pull off this effect, instead we want to bring up the Pathfinder panel again, which for me is located right here, otherwise you can choose the Pathfinder command from the window menu, and again you're going to Alt-click or Option-click on Minus Front in order to subtract the front ellipse from the back one.

And for those of you who are not working along with me, in other words, you don't have the sample file, these are just ellipses, so they are very easy to draw. All right, now I want to change the fill of these items to that shade of purple. My fill is active, I can see that up here in the Swatches panel. If yours isn't, then you would just press the X key in order to make it so, and then you want to go ahead and assign that same shade of purple that we've been using R=147, G=39, B=143. Go ahead and click on it assign it as the fill and then I want to change the blend mode and I'll do that by clicking in the word Opacity up here in the Control panel and changing the Blend Mode setting from Normal to Screen in order to produce this effect.

We need the highlights to extend into the feathers as well, and here is how we're going to make that happen. Go ahead and press the A key in order to switch to the White Arrow tool and press Ctrl+Y or Command+Y on the Mac in order to switch to the Preview mode, so you can see the base path outline. So everything we're doing here is dynamic, which means it's hard to find these outlines. Now what I want you to do is Alt-click or Option-click on this narrow ellipse that represents the feathers, and that will go ahead and select the entire path outline. Now you can press Ctrl+Y or Command+Y on the Mac to switch back to Preview mode, and we want to create a copy of this item by going up to the Edit menu and choosing the Copy command.

Of course, you can just press Ctrl+C or Command+C on the Mac. Now what I want you to do is return to the Layers panel and notice this top item inside the bird layer. It's a compound shape, you want to twirl it open so that you can see the two ellipses inside that compound shape, and now go ahead and target the bottom two of those ellipses in order to select it and then revisit the Edit menu and choose Paste in Front, or you can press Ctrl+F or Command+F on the Mac in order to paste that ellipse along with all of its dynamic effects, so all three of the feathers into this compound shape.

So that's a beautiful thing about compound shapes, they can accommodate dynamic effects as well. That turns the feathers into one big huge highlight. As you see here that's not what we want, we just want highlights along the edges, so we're going to have to create a copy of that ellipse offset. But before we do, you want to bring up the Pathfinder panel and Alt-click or Option-click on Unite, just to make sure that that option is applied, and it's very important that you Alt-click or Option-click on that item because you're working inside of a compound shape.

Now what we want to do is double-click in the White Arrow tool at the top of the Toolbox or you can just press the Enter key or the Return key on the Mac. That brings up the Move dialog box. I want you to change the Horizontal value to -8 and the Vertical value to -1. Assuming the Preview check box is on, you can see that moves the feathers over to the left and up very slightly. Now you want to click on the Copy button in order to create a copy of those feathers. These need to be set to Minus Front. So return to the Pathfinder panel however you want to get there and press the Alt key or the Option key on the Mac--again, you have to have that key down--and click on the Minus Front icon in order to apply it.

Now at this point, we have a little bit of extra highlight over here on left side of the bird. To get rid of that, go ahead and grab your Pen tool, which you can get by pressing the P key and just click around this area like so to draw a general path outline around that highlight. So you don't have to be very careful, just make sure you cover it all up. Then press the V key in order to select the Black Arrow tool. Click on the shape outline in order to select it. Go up to the Edit menu and choose the Cut command. Then just go ahead and scroll down the Layers panel.

You're still wanting to work inside of this compound shape. Go ahead and click on the bottommost ellipse inside the shape and then return to the Edit menu and choose Paste in Front or press Ctrl+F or Command+F on the Mac, and you paste that guy into place. Now bring up the Pathfinder panel. Probably, you're going to see this little bug where Illustrator thinks Minus Front is applied when clearly it's not. We're not cutting a hole at all here. So what you need to do is Alt-click on Unite or Option-click on the Mac and then Alt-click or Option-click on Minus Front.

So you just have to switch back and forth between the two and you should get this effect here where you're really cutting a hole. Now at this point, we've this ginormous mask, right, with all these highlights and shadows and this rear end of the bird extending outside of the body of the bird, we don't want that. So we're going to create what's known as an Opacity Mask, and to do that you need to go ahead and select that bottommost purple group. So I'm going to twirl close my compound shape, and then you want to go down to the bottom of this bird layer, and go ahead and target that group right there by clicking on its meatball.

Go up to the Edit menu once again and choose the Copy command. Now go ahead and target the top shape in layer, and this time I'm just going to press Ctrl+F or Command+F on the Mac in order to paste that shape in front. We want it to be a static path outline, so go up to the Object menu and choose Expand Appearance in order to draw real path outlines around these dynamic effects. And then go back to the Pathfinder panel. Notice Minus Front is still on, here inside Illustrator CS6 anyway.

That's not what's going on at all. You want to just click, do not press the Alt or Option key this time, just click on that first icon Unite in order to fuse these shapes together. Now we have the thing that's going to serve as an opacity mask, but we need to move it into the mask. So press Ctrl+X or Command+X on the Mac in order to cut that path outline, and then you want to target the bird layer, so go ahead and click on its meatball for the bird layer itself. So you're selecting the entire layer and then you want to bring up the Transparency panel, and to do that, go up to the Window menu and choose the Transparency command.

Now in my case, the Transparency panel is already up on screen. You do, however, want to increase its size. So go ahead and expand it by clicking on the little up/down arrow icon a couple of times next to the word Transparency so that you see this option right there, Make Mask. Now go ahead and click on it in order to create a black opacity mask. And because it's black, that means everything on this layer is now transparent. Go ahead and click on that Opacity Mask thumbnail right there, and then you want to press Ctrl+F or Command+F on the Mac to paste that purple bird into the mask.

Now purple doesn't really serve us very well where mask is concerned. So we need to change the fill for the bird from purple up here in the Control panel to white, and you'll end up carving away all of that excess stuff outside of the bird body. Now we need to return to our composition. Notice that we don't have access to it anymore inside the Layers panel because we're working inside the Opacity Mask, but you can easily return back to your illustration by clicking on this little purple icon right there, that represents the layer in progress.

Now what you want to do is in my case I need to collapse the Transparency panel because it's taking up too much room, and then I'll go ahead and meatball this top item inside the bird layer and I'll press Ctrl+F or Command+F on the Mac in order to paste a copy of that purple bird back into place. I'm going to change its Fill to None this time around and I'll change its Stroke to Black and I'll go ahead and increase the Line Weight value to 6 points. Now, if you have any problems with your miters not being nice and sharp like this, then click on the word Stroke and increase the Limit value right there to something like 40, should work nicely.

But in my case, didn't need to, it worked out fine in the first place. Now I'll press Ctrl+Shift+A, Command+Shift+A on a Mac, and there you have it. That is how you create a volumetric cartoon body, complete with shadows and highlights here inside Illustrator. If you're a member of the lynda.com Online Training Library, I have two--count them--two follow-up movies. In the first one, I show you how to stroke an entire layer inside of Illustrator in order to create that thick stroke around the body and the bacon tail, and in the second one I show you how to draw this classic snarling cartoon face.

If you're waiting for next week's movie, this is an ambitious one. I'm going to show you how to draw this radiant cheerful cartoon background, once again inside Adobe Illustrator. Deke's Techniques each and every week, keep watching.

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