Make a Bag using the Gradient Mesh Tool in Illustrator
● The Gradient Mesh Tool is a great asset in your arsenal of Illustrator tools.
✓ Gradient Mesh Tool ✓ Pen Tool ✓ Brush Tool✓ Direct Selection Tool ✓ Shadows
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Step #1: Open your Project in Illustrator ~
✓ Using the Pen Tool, keyboard shortcut letter (p), create a sack looking shape …
Step #2: Stroke and Fill ~
✓ Turn the Stroke Off and pick a Fill color that matches your theme.
Step #3: Create a Gradient Mesh ~
✓ With the shape selected, go to: Object > Create Gradient Mesh …
✓ … and experiment with the settings.
✓ You don't have to copy these settings! Just try different settings and see what happens.
Step #4: Lasso Tool ~
✓ Get the Lasso Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (Q) …
✓ … and circle the outside anchor points around the outside edge of the shape.
Step #5: Darken the Color ~
✓ Now, pick a darker color to simulate a shadow …
✓ … keep going - all around the outside - darken the edges.
Step #6: Direct Selection Tool ~
✓ Get the Direct Selection Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (a) …
✓ … and, holding Shift, select multiple anchor points in the middle - along a path - and darken them all at once.
Step #7: Lighten the Anchor Point ~
✓ Click one of the anchor points in the middle …
✓ … and lighten the color of individual anchor points, too.
Step #8: Lighten the Mesh Points ~
✓ Now lighten the mesh points using the same technique.
Step #9: Keep Going ~
✓ Keep Going! Use Light and Shadow to create as realistic an object as possible.
Step #10: Paintbrush Tool ~
✓ With get the Paintbrush Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letters (B) …
✓ … paint a rope around the neck.
Step #11: Create a New Layer ~
✓ Open Layers or hit the keyboard shortcut (F7) …
✓ … make a New Layer and lock the other layers …
✓ … and drag that layer to the bottom.
Step #12: Make an Oval ~
✓ Get the Ellipse Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (L) …
✓ … and drag an oval around the bottom .
Step #13: Gradient ~
✓ Now click the Gradient icon or hit the keyboard shortcut: Cmd(⌘)+F9 and select Radial as the Type.
✓ … hit Reverse Gradient if necessary.
Step #14: Aspect Ratio ~
✓ Lower the Aspect Ratio of the gradient.
✓ Look! A shadow!
Step #15: Drop Shadow Effect ~
✓ Select everything by hitting the keyboard shortcut: Cmd(⌘)+A and go to: Effect > Stylize > Drop Shadow …
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.
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