By Lauren Harmon | Friday, January 03, 2014
Explore Deke’s Techniques at lynda.com.
Happy New Year! The parties may be over, but it’s not too late to celebrate the arrival of 2014 with another brand-new Adobe Illustrator tutorial from Deke McClelland and lynda.com. This episode of Deke’s Techniques transforms four simple path outlines into a cheerful and ornamental New Year’s design—without any drawing. Deke never picks up the Pen tool. How does he do it? This technique uses dynamic effects in Adobe Illustrator- in particular a combination of the Transform and Zig Zag effects, a seamlessly repeating tile pattern, and an opacity mask. Watch the free video below to get started.
If you’re a member of lynda.com, watch the follow-up movie in our library to learn how to add even more panache to your design with another decorative ring and an alternating background pattern.
Visit the blog again next week for another free movie in which Deke shows you how to turn a photograph into a cartoon avatar—a perfect profile pic for Facebook, Twitter, or any other social media account.
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