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Designs dekeConstructed: Gradient Dot Patterns with Illustrator
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Designs dekeConstructed: Gradient Dot Patterns with Illustrator

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Designs dekeConstructed: Gradient Dot Patterns with Illustrator
1h 19m Intermediate Feb 11, 2014

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Designs dekeConstructed, featuring best-selling author Deke McClelland, is a new series in which Deke breaks down the creation of cool designs so you can create them on your own. In this installment, Deke shows you how to make a custom gradient dot pattern with Adobe Illustrator. He begins by showing you how to load, apply, and scale the preset patterns that ship with Illustrator, and then demonstrates how to make your own gradient patterns with round and square dots. Last, he shows how to infuse your designs with energy using dynamic rotations that make your own specialized pattern wave.

Topics include:
  • Using Illustrator's preset gradient dot patterns
  • Creating a pattern of custom halftone dots
  • Filling editable text with a dot pattern
  • Turning circular dots into squares
  • Using dynamic rotations to create specialized patterns
Subjects:
Design Design Techniques
Software:
Illustrator
Author:
Deke McClelland

Welcome

Hey gang, this is Deke McClelland. Welcome to my new series, Designs Deconstructed, in which we take a look at exciting graphic designs and we figure out how to make them. Now, in this course, I'm going to show you how to create custom gradient dot patterns in Illustrator. Now, at first blush, that might not sound all that exciting, but it is. Let me explain. I was talking to my buddy and fellow lynda.com author, David Blatner the other day.

I almost called him Gradient Blatner, and he, he does a lot of end design stuff for lynda.com. And he was telling me how he loves nothing more. Then to wake up really bright and early in the morning before the kids are up. And hand code them some gradient dot patterns in the post script printing language, which officially makes David the biggest design geek on the face of the planet, but they are cool. Okay, let me show you. We've got this round dot, gradient dot, pattern here that's angled as well.

And we've got this square gradient dot pattern at an angle. And there's a bunch of them in all. He's got 30 of them that are available for free in ten sets no, three sets of ten. At creativepro.com. So you want to check those out because they are PDF files, that you can open and edit inside of Illustrator. So, a very cool stuff but it got me thinking, you know, I bet you could do a lot of that and much more, inside of Illustrator without resorting to hand coding postscript. So, in four chapters. Here is what's going to happen.

In a first chapter, I am going to show you how to work with the gradient dot patterns. That actually ship along with Illustrator including this undulating gradient dot pattern right here that kind of throbs in and out. And then in the second chapter I'm going to show you how to create your own custom gradient dot pattern with round dots. That fade, kind of to squared dots there in the center, it's 50%. And then back to round, and just by way of example we'll fill some tax exactly precisely with that pattern. And then in the third chapter, I'll show you how to create a square gradient dot patterned like this one here.

And then of course, we'll fill some text with that pattern, and then. In the fourth chapter, we're going t make that pattern wave. Notice how the squares are, automatically by the way, this is all automated, automatically rotating across the course of the gradient, and of course we'll go ahead and fill some text with that pattern as well. Here, in just 15 action packed movies, let me show you exactly how it works.

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