Vector Eyes in Illustrator
● Create eyes for your composition using these simple techniques.
✓ "Tear Off" Work Panels ✓ Live Paint Bucket Tool✓ Gradients✓ Eraser Tool
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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 (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 ~
✓ Save your work as - FIRST_NAME_LAST_NAME_PROJECT_NAME.ai]
✓ 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.