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By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, April 02, 2013
Last week, Deke showed you how to create your very own “grumpy bird” with Adobe Illustrator. This week, learn how to give our wingless friend a pastoral background filled with rolling hills of grass, rays of light, and a couple of flowers.
Follow along with Deke in this week’s free video and use the companion text below to help with each step.
Note the new fill is still hidden in the background, so you won’t see the change just yet. Time to scale it!
Still not getting a hilly result? Well, the effects are applied in the wrong order. Drag Warp Arc Upper all the way to the bottom of the stack, and drag Round Corners just above that. This will resolve further as you apply the next few steps.
Drag your new Transform effect below Round Corners in the Appearance panel.
Now you need to stagger the positions of each of the fills in the hill’s path outline like so:
• Change the topmost fill to 160% Vertical Scale and -50 points of Vertical Move
• The next fill to -38 points of Vertical Move
• And the next to -22 points of Vertical Move
Switch to the Appearance panel and click on the word Transform in the bottommost effect. Change Horizontal Move to -200 points and click OK. (Copies should still be 1 from the previous step.) There’s your third ray.
Once again, the effect is in the wrong position, so the rays are bending incorrectly. Move Warp to the bottom of the Appearance panel stack.
Switch to the Layers panel. Select the meatball* next to the completed flower and hold down the Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac) key and drag it to the path representing the incomplete flower. This move effectively copies all the dynamic effects to that layer.
Lastly, select the black ellipse representing the shadow that falls underneath your character and change the blend mode to Multiply and the Opacity to 50%.
And that is a comprehensive look at creating a dramatic cartoon background in Illustrator. Turn on the visibility of your character to see the entire composite.
If you’re a member of the lynda.com library, Deke has another video for you where he shows you how to stroke live editable text inside of Illustrator and create the final version of the artwork.
Next week, Deke takes a generic wood photograph and dresses it up with synthetic water droplets, created entirely from scratch inside Photoshop. Stay tuned!
Interested in more?
• The entire Deke’s Techniques collection
• Photoshop CS6 One-on-One: Intermediate
• Illustrator CS6 One-on-One: Intermediate
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