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By Lauren Harmon |

Create a Symbol of Solidarity with Illustrator

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How do you turn a clenched first into a symbol of solidarity, and teamwork? With today’s free episode of Deke’s Techniques!

Deke will show you how to turn last week’s line drawing into a full-color graphic of a four-person hand clasp with Adobe Illustrator.

He’ll show you how to fill your artwork with a gradient from the Swatches panel, create copies in different locations with the Rotate tool, flip your artwork with the Reflect tool, and adjust your anchor points and gradients so each arm interacts realistically with the others.

Plus, learn a useful trick for “healing” a gradient split across two shapes.

Are you a member of the lynda.com library? Watch the members-only follow-up movie to learn how to make the artwork even more colorful—and diverse.

Then come back next week for another free Deke’s Techniques tutorial, where Deke shows how to use Photoshop’s Select Focus Area command to separate a subject from a slow focus environment and add it to a piece of “engraved” artwork.

 

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