Abstract Background in Illustrator
● Create an abstract background for your composition using this simple technique.
✓ Polygon Tool✓ Spiral Tool✓ Brushes ✓ Effects
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Here are examples of work inspired by this tutorial.
Step #1: Open your Project in Illustrator ~
✓ Open YOUR PROJECT in Illustrator …
● If you are working on the
CD Cover Project open that ...
● OR, if you are working on the
Picture Perfect Project
open that ...
● OR, if you are working on
Shadow Life Project open that ...
… (Remember: all these tutorials are intended to be
applied to YOUR PROJECT) …
Step #2: New Layer ~
✓ Make a New Layer, and lock your other layers.
✓ Drag the New Layer behind your object.
Step #3: Polygon Tool ~
✓ Get the Polygon Tool which is behind the Rectangle Tool …
✓ … click inside the document itself to bring up the dialog box.
✓ Set the sides to 3 and leave the Radius whatever …
Step #4: Transform Copy of Object ~
✓ Then, with your line selected, go to: Object > Transform > Reflect …
✓ … then choose Horizontal and hit Copy.
✓ Copy makes a duplicate of the original line like this:
Step #5: Move the Triangle ~
✓ Move the top triangle down until it looks like a star …
Step #6: Combine the Shapes ~
✓ Select both objects and open Pathfinder by going to: Window > Pathfinder …
✓ … and click Unite to combine the shapes.
Step #7: Remove Anchor Points ~
✓ Get the Direct Selection Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (a) …
✓ … and select one of the points shown below.
✓ With the anchor point selected, click "Remove selected anchor points" in the menu bar.
✓ Remove enough anchor points to create an arrow shape …
Step #8: Colors ~
✓ Set your Stroke to a color from your scheme and set your Fill to none …
Step #9: Brushes ~
✓ Click Brushes …
✓ … and click the Brush Libraires Menu.
✓ Try the Artistic Ink brush if you want, but choose any brush you like!
✓ Apply the the Brushes to the stroke to create something interesting.
Step #10: Stroke Weight ~
✓ Raise the Stroke Weight to a higher number - like 30 …
✓ … and see what you get.
Step #11: Spiral Tool ~
✓ Now get the Spiral Tool which is behind the Line Tool …
✓ … drag out a spiral …
✓ … change the Stroke color, etc.
Step #12: Drop Shadow ~
✓ With the object selected, go to: Effect > Stylize > Drop Shadow and apply it to the path.
Step #13: Continue ~
✓ Using everything you've learned in this tutorial, continue creating different shapes, adding different brush strokes, using different colors, and different effects to create something unique … Do Something Unique!
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.