Using Illustrator to create a simple illustration


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Using Illustrator to create a simple illustration

In this next mock-up of the book cover, of George Orwell's NineteenEighty-Four, we're going to create a simple flat color illustration using Adobe Illustrator. Here we see the finished version in Adobe InDesign, the Illustrator file placed in the context of the book cover layout. We are going to switch over to Illustrator, and this is the starting state where we have the different elements of the artwork broken out on to separate layers, sky, sun, pig and rooster. And the first task is to create the sun flares.

So I am going to show just the sun layer, hide all of the others. Option+Click or Alt+Click on the eyeball. Then select the sun and mark its center point with some guides. Now I am going to draw the sun flares, and because I need to extend beyond the top of the book, I am going to press Command+Minus or Ctrl+Minus to zoom out, so that I can clearly see the pasteboard around the artboard.

Then use my Rectangle tool, hold down the Alt key, and draw myself a rectangle outwards...

Using Illustrator to create a simple illustration
Video duration: 4m 19s 2h 46m Intermediate

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Using Illustrator to create a simple illustration provides you with in-depth training on Design. Taught by Nigel French as part of the Designing a Book Cover

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Design
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Illustrator InDesign
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