Star Shape with Volume in Illustrator
● Learn to make straight lines with the Pen Tool in Illustrator.
● Then make it look as if the star has Volume by creating semi-transparent shapes over the corners.
✓ Direct Selection Tool ✓ Selection Tool ✓ Blending
✓ Scale Tool ✓ Pen Tool
Other People's Work:
Here are examples of work inspired by this tutorial.
Step #1: Open Your Project in Illustrator ~
✓ Open YOUR PROJECT in Illustrator and …
… (Remember: all these tutorials are intended to be
applied to YOUR PROJECT) …
✓ … make a New Layer and Lock the others.
Step #2: Pen Tool ~
✓ Get the Pen Tool by hitting the shortcut letter (p)…
✓ … set your Fill color to none and your Stroke color to whatever you want …
✓ … and draw a star shape the same way as you would on paper.
✓ It doesn't have to be perfect, you can fix it later.
✓ Just make sure you close the shape by finishing where you started.
Step #3: Direct Selection Tool ~
✓ Get the Direct Selection Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (a) …
✓ … and Deselect the star by clicking on an empty area outside the shape.
Step #4: Adjust the Shape ~
✓ Fix your shape using the Direct Selection Tool …
✓ What's the difference?
✓ The Selection Tool is for selecting the total object.
✓ The Direction Selection Tool is for selecting separate points in an object.
Step #5: Pathfinder ~
✓ Open the Pathfinder panel by hitting the keyboard shortcut: Shift+Cmd(⌘)+F9, or going to: Window > Pathfinder, select the star, and hit Unite.
Step #6: Copy of the Star Shape ~
✓ Make a copy of the shape by holding down the Alt (⌥)/Option key and dragging it off somewhere to the side …
✓ … you'll use the copy later.
Step #7: Color ~
✓ Fill the remaining star with color and turn the Stroke off .
Step #8: Pen Tool Again ~
✓ Change your color now …
✓ … and, using the Pen Tool (p) again, draw another skinny star shape inside the bigger one.
✓ Adjust the anchor points with the Direct Selection Tool as before.
Step #9: Blending ~
✓ Select both shapes by holding and clicking on both stars …
✓ … and then go to: Object > Blend > Blend Options … and set Specified Steps to 3 or 4.
✓ Then go to: Object > Blend > Make or hit the keyboard shortcut:
Alt (⌥)/Option + Cmd(⌘) + B
Step #10: Shadows and Volume ~
✓ Using the Pen Tool again, set your fill to Black and Stroke to none …
✓ … and draw a triangle on one side of your star as shown:
Step #11: Transparency ~
✓ Click Transparency or go to: Window > Transparency …
✓ … and change the Blending Mode until you get something you like.
✓ Also, experiment with lowering the Transparency (if necessary …)
Step #12: Continue Making Shapes ~
✓ Continue making triangle shapes all around on the same side of the star …
Step #13: The Other Shape ~
✓ Remember the star shape that was created in Step 5? Go click on it and then get the Scale Tool …
✓ Click outside the star with the Scale Tool and make it slightly bigger by pulling gently …
✓ With the Selection Tool drag the star behind your other shape, set your stroke to none and change the fill color …
Last Step: Save and Attach ~
✓ Go to: File > Save as … and save your work as an .ai file.
✓ Attach it and continue working …
• ALWAYS save your projects like this:
• 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://juliasdesign.com/en/star