In this video, Deke shows you how to add an elaborate custom shape—of your own making—to vector-based artwork inside Adobe Illustrator. Deke uses two commands in the Edit menu, Copy and Paste in Back. Then, he clicks the Flip Along Horizontal Axis icon to flip his custom shape. As well as the Scale tool to reduce its size to fit the artwork. And that’s how you take what was once a photographic image, convert it to a compound path, and integrate it into a piece of artwork inside Illustrator.
- [Instructor] In this movie, … I'll show you at least one way to add … an elaborate custom shape … to a piece of vector-based artwork here inside Illustrator, … and so I'll start off by pressing ctrl + 0 … or cmd + 0 on the Mac … in order to fit the art board on screen, … and then I'll click on the tree to select it. … And I'll go up to the edit menu and choose the copy command. … Or you've got the keyboard shortcut of ctrl + C … or cmd + C on the Mac. … And then I'll switch over to the version of the artwork … that contains those three trees that ship as custom shapes … along with Photoshop. … And armed with my black arrow tool, … I'll go ahead and click on this rectangular gradient … toward the bottom of the document. … Next, I'll go up to the edit menu … and I'll choose paste in back, … or you can press ctrl + B or cmd + B on the Mac, … and that's because I want to place that tree … in back of that gradient so that the trunk appears to emerge … from the ground seamlessly. … All right, now this isn't really …
- Creating custom shapes with a simple drag
- Combining custom shapes onto a single Photoshop layer
- Copying and pasting custom shapes
- Smoothing out jagged outlines with the Simplify command
- Creating your own custom shape with Image Trace
- Integrating custom shapes into vector-based artwork