Curtains using the Gradient Mesh Tool in Illustrator
● Even if you don't have curtains in your composition, you can use the techniques learned in this tutorial elsewhere, like on some fabric or pillows, bead spreads, furniture, carpets or a rug or something.
● The Mesh Tool is one of the most valuable tools Illustrator has! Live it! Learn it! Love it!
✓ Gradient Mesh Tool✓ Direct Selection Tool ✓ Warp Tool
• This tutorial is part of the Make a "Zeen" Project.
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Step #1: Open Illustrator ~
✓ Open a new blank document in Illustrator with approximately these dimentions:
Step #2: The Rectangle Tool ~
✓ Get the Rectangle Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (m) …
✓ … and create a rectangle shape where you want some curtains to be.
✓ Turn the Stroke Off and pick a Fill color that matches your theme.
Step #3: The Gradient Mesh Tool ~
✓ Select the Gradient Mesh Tool …
✓ … add a row of Mesh Points on the upper part …
✓ … some in the middle and a few down below.
✓ If you add too many mesh points, you can always remove them
by holding and clicking with the Mesh Tool …
Step #4: Darken the Color of the Mesh Points ~
✓ Select an anchor point and pick a darker color.
✓ Select a point and darken it …
Note: Selecting Multiple Items ~
✓ Use the Direct Selection Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (a) …
✓ … and, holding the Shift key, select multiple anchor points along a path and you can darken them all at once …
✓ … and darken multiple mesh points simultaneously.
Step #5: Lighten the Mesh Points ~
✓ Now lighten the mesh points in between using the same techniques!
Step #6: Warp Tool ~
✓ Get the Warp Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letters (Shift⇧+r) …
✓ … squeeze and stretch the shape to your liking.
✓ You can also shrink the size of the Warp Tool by double-clicking on the tool itself in the tool bar and warp the hem of the curtain …
Step #7: Paintbrush Tool ~
✓ With the Paintbrush Tool …
✓ … paint a rope around the center.
Step #8: Drop Shadow ~
✓ Select the entire thing by hitting the keyboard shortcut: Cmd(⌘)+A, go to: Effect > Stylize > Drop Shadow and add any other Effects you want.
Step #9: Save as .ai ~
✓ Then go to: File > Save as ... and save the document as an .ai file.
Step #10: Open your Current Project ~
✗ Open your CURRENT PROJECT …
… if it's the Drag and Drop Game, open your interior in Photoshop …
… if you're working on the Make a Scene, open that …
… (Remember: all these tutorials are intended to be applied to YOUR PROJECT) …
Step #11: Place your Curtains ~
✗ Now go to: File > Place … and place the .ai curtains you saved.
Step #12: Rasterize the New Layer ~
✗ You may need to Rasterize the layer. Go to: Layer > Rasterize > Smart Object …
✗ … OR - Right-Click the layer and hit Rasterize Layer.
Step #13: Cmd(⌘)+T ~
✗ Hit the keyboard shortcut: Cmd(⌘)+T, hold down the key and squeeze the corners to fit the available space.
Step #14: Alt(⌘) Key ~
✗ Using the Selection Tool , hold the the keyboard shortcut: Alt(⌘) Key and duplicate the curtain to the other side.
Step #15: Cmd(⌘)+T ~
✗ Hit Cmd(⌘)+T again, flip the curtian around and make it a little bigger.
Last Step: Save and Attach ~
✗ Save your work as - FIRST_NAME_LAST_NAME_PROJECT_NAME]
✗ 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.