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By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Embellishing an avatar in Illustrator: Deke's Techniques

Embellishing an avatar in Illustrator

Explore Deke’s Techniques at lynda.com.

Welcome back to Deke’s Techniques and the second step to building your own avatar. Last week you learned how to use Adobe Photoshop’s Pen tool to trace your photograph. This week Deke shows you how to copy your path outlines, paste them into Illustrator, and enhance your drawing there. You’ll learn how to add hand-drawn embellishments (like flowing locks and wide eyes) and align your tracing with your hand-drawn paths. The result: A striking black-and-white avatar that will delight your friends on Facebook and your followers on Twitter.

To make your avatar stand out even more, visit the lynda.com library and watch the follow-up video, in which Deke shows you how to color and shade your drawing. Not a member? Watch the free video above to get started. Then come back next week for another free video, part three of the avatar technique, which will show you how to transform your Illustrator file into PNG graphic with a transparent background.

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