Create Smoke in Illustrator
● Use the Pencil Tool to make a Smoky Brush in Illustrator.
✓ Feathering✓ Brush Options✓ Gaussian Blur ✓ Blending
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Here are examples of work inspired by this tutorial.
Step #1: Open Your Project in Illustrator ~
✓ Open YOUR CURRENT PROJECT in Illustrator …
… (Remember: all these tutorials are intended to be
applied to YOUR PROJECT) …
✓ … make a New Layer, and lock your other layers.
Step #2: Pencil Tool ~
✓ Get the Pencil Tool, or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (n) …
✓ … and draw 2 or 3 vertical black lines.
Step #3: Line Weight ~
✓ Select all the lines with the Selection Tool (v) …
✓ … and lower the weight in the menu bar.
Step #4: Blend Options ~
✓ Go to: Object > Blend > Blend Options …
✓ … select Specified Steps and set the number of specified steps to approximately 25 or whatever you want …
Step #5: Blend ~
✓ Then go to: Object > Blend > Make or hit the keyboard shortcut:
Alt (⌥)/Option + Cmd(⌘) + B
Step #6: Average ~
✓ Get the Direct Selection Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (a) …
✓ … select the end points by drawing a box around them …
✓ … Right-Click and select Average …
✓ … select Both and hit OK.
✓ Do the bottom too.
Step #7: Drag to Brushes ~
✓ Open the Brushes palette …
✓ … select the whole shape and drag it into your Brushes palette.
✓ … select “New Art Brush” ant hit OK.
✓ Lastly, change the colorization method from the drop down menu to Tints.
✓ Tints are important so you can change the color later.
Delete the Old One ~
✓ Once you create your brush, you can the original.
Step #8: Get the Pencil Tool Again ~
✓ Using the Pencil Tool draw some letters:
✓ Then click the brush you made to apply it to the shapes:
Step #9: There are many options!
✓ Create lines in any configuration …
✓ … adjust the anchor points with the Direct Selection Tool (if necessary) …
✓ … and you can also choose different colors (if necessary).
Step #10: Blur and Feather ~
✓ Select the lines and go to: Effect > Blur > Gausian Blur and adjust the blur to your needs …
✓ … and lastly go to: Effect > Stylize > Feather and try that.
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.