Join Angie Taylor for an in-depth discussion in this video Applying gradients, part of Illustrator: Animated Character Design.
Okay, so what I'm going to do now is I'm going to add some gradients to this artwork …to give it a little bit more depth. Now I'm in the gradients.ai file, which …you can find in the coloring artwork folder. …And I've selected his shirt here because I'm going to start by coloring this shirt. …Now it's just colored flat red at the moment, but if I want to, I can apply a gradient. …And I like to use a starting point of using the Swatches libraries to provide …me with a simple gradient to start with. So I'm going to click on the Wing menu of …the Swatches panel and that will give me access to the Swatch library.…
And in there, there's a huge selection of gradients that you can choose from. …And I'm going to start by selecting Skin tones. …And you'll see here, there are lots of skin tones that I can apply to my character. …So, if I select his arm for example, I can apply a skin tone to that, making it …seem to fade up and as it comes out of his shirt. …I'm going to undo that for now, and I'm going to go back to the red t-shirt for now. …
- Setting up the work area
- Bringing artwork into Illustrator
- Tracing artwork manually
- Creating complex shapes
- Working with paths
- Using Live Trace
- Coloring artwork
- Applying 3D effects
- Exporting artboards
- Options for saving files
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1. Setting Up the Work Area
2. Bringing Artwork into Illustrator
3. Tracing Artwork Manually
4. Creating Complex Shapes
5. Working with Paths
6. Using Live Trace
7. Coloring Artwork
8. Applying 3D Effects
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9. Finishing Touches
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