Have inspiration for a background for your text graphic while you are on the go? There are mobile applications that you can use to take note of that inspiration like Adobe Capture. How do you use Adobe Capture? In this movie, author Luisa Winters demonstrates how to use Adobe Capture to create a background for your text graphic.
- There are wonderful mobile applications that are available to you if you subscribe to Adobe's Creative Cloud. One of them is Adobe Capture. You can use this application to capture and create vector shapes, brushes and to capture color combinations that you can later on use in your projects. Go ahead and download Adobe Capture and once you have it, open it up. I have it in a collection here, called Adobe. And I have it right here. That is it's icon.
Just open it up, and here I can have colors, shapes, brushes and looks. The one I'm interested in right now, is shapes. To add a new shape, and notice that I have no shapes in my library. To add one, all I have to do is click on this plus sign here at the bottom. Now, that's gonna connect to my camera and I will be able to take a picture of anything I want. I'm gonna choose my keyboard right here.
Notice the green lines right there. These green lines are going to turn into vector graphics. I can make these more or less, simply by going to this slider here. So that's a lot more, I don't want that much, I just want the outlines, so somewhere around yay. Maybe a little bit more. And now I can take the picture. And for that, I'll click on this round button here at the bottom.
And there it is. Now, I'm going to get a preview of what the shape is going to look like. Then, if I'm happy with it, and I am, all I have to do is click on Next. That's gonna start drawing my vector shapes. Once it's done, you can click on Next again, give it a name, I'm gonna name this one keyboard.
And click on Save Shape. It's gonna save it to my Library. And there it is, and that's how easily you can save a shape, using Adobe Capture. Now, let's open it up in Illustrator. Now, in Illustrator, let's go ahead and create a new document. And we have the same settings that we had before, so I'm just gonna call this one keyboard. And click Okay.
And there it is, I'm gonna zoom out a little bit, so that's Control minus on Windows, Command minus on the Mac. And now I'll go to my Library's panel. If you don't know where you Library's panel is, simply click on Window, and choose Libraries and it opens up. Now, you can go to your Libraries in here and in here, I have several color themes that I have saved. But I have just one graphic, the keyboard. If I want to use it, all I have to do is drag it here and there I have it.
Don't forget that this is vector, so I can make it as large as I need to. Now I'm going to rotate it. If I position my mouse cursor near one of the corners, it turns into that little curvy line, and I can start clicking and dragging to rotate. If I press the shift key, it will constrain my movements and I will be able to rotate it exactly 90 degrees or minus 90 degrees. I can now re-size. If I want to maintain proportions, I press and hold the Shift key, I don't want to do that, so I'm just gonna re-size it, like yay.
And now all I have to do, is de-select, so that I can see what it's gonna look like. Now, I want to add some kind of a background behind this, so that I can see this a little bit better. So I will grab my rectangle tool, and I'm going to draw my rectangle like yay. I'm gonna go to my color swatches, and I'm gonna add maybe a gradient here. I'm gonna go to my Library of gradients and I'll choose the Simple Radial ones.
Maybe an orange one, that's perfect. I can go now, to my Layers panel and position the orange gradient under the keyboard. Now I can select the keyboard and change it's opacity. I'm gonna make it a little bit transparent, so that it's not as present. And there I have it. Let me go ahead and change tools and de-select.
And that's perfect. If I wanted to blur this or anything else, I can. Now all I have to do, is save this. And I'll go File, Save, and I'll save it to the same folder, Illustrator Titles, as before and I'll just call it keyboard dot ai. Click on Save, click Okay, and we're done.
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