Vector Eyes in Illustrator

    ●   Create eyes for your composition using these simple techniques.

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"Tear Off" Work Panels Live Paint Bucket ToolGradientsEraser Tool

•   This tutorial is part of the CD Cover, We Can Be Heroes!, Monster Mesh, and Picture Perfect Projects and is part of a series.

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Step #1: Open your Project in Illustrator ~

Open your project in Illustrator




… (Remember: all these tutorials are intended to be
applied to YOUR PROJECT) …

… find the layer that has your outline drawing, click on the "meatball" for that layer and lock the other layers.

Step #2: Lasso Tool ~

Get the Lasso Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (Q) …

… and circle your eyes to select them.

Step #3: Cut & Paste your Eyes ~

Cut the eyes by hitting the keyboard shortcut: Cmd(⌘)+x:+

Make a new layer, call it eyes and lock you other layers …

… and go to: Edit > Paste in Place.

As always, lock ALL your other layers!

Step #3: Direct Select Tool ~

Get the Direct Selection Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (a) …

… and select the center circle of the eye (you may need to close the shape completely with the Brush Tool for this part).

Step #4: Live Paint Bucket ~

Now get the Live Paint Bucket or hit the keyboard shortctut (k) …

… and hover over the selected shape, Click

… and hit OK.

Now you see a red shape indicating that the shape is ready for "Live Paint."

Step #5: Tear Off Work Panel ~

Click the Swatches icon or go to: Window > Swatches

… grab the top, "tear off" the panel and place it somewhere.

Step #6: Radial Gradient ~

Now click the Gradient icon or hit the keyboard shortcut: Cmd(⌘)+F9 and select Radial as the Type.

Step #7: Choose your Gradient Color Stops ~

Now you can drag colors from the Swatches menu to fill your gradient.

Drag OFF any stops you don't need …

Step #8: Live Paint your Eye ~

Now, hover over the Live Paint area you made with the Live Paint Bucket and click.

If you want to reverse the gradient for a different effect, just hit Reverse Gradient.

Step #9: Clean Up ~

Turn the Stroke OFF the live trace area and see if you like that effect.

Also, get the Eraser Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut Shift+E and erase the part of the eye you don't need.

Step #10: White Eyes ~

Now get the Direct Selection Tool (a) again and select the outside of the eye …

… and get the Live Paint Bucket direct selection tool (k) again and Click inside the eye.

Step #11: White and Gray Gradient ~

Set your gradient to white and gray …

… and set the stroke to none .

Step #12: Iris and Eyelashes ~

You may need to a little black dot in the middle of your eye. You can do this with the Brush Tool. Also add Eyelashes and anything else you need.

Last Step: Save and Attach ~


Attach it!

  •   ALWAYS save your projects using the following naming convention:

  •   DO NOT name your project any other way - Improperly named projects will not receive credit and you will be sad.

  •   NEVER leave your work on the desktop or depend on a flash drive - instead, save your work in a folder you can find later - preferably on a virtual drive where it can be backed up.

Other Resources: http://vector.tutsplus.com/tutorials/illustration/creating-a-detailed-eye/