Example

Summary:

Create a RAINBOW in Illustrator

    ●   This is a fun way to introduce a diverse range of basic functionality within Illustrator.


Learn About:

Brush ToolDuplicate an Object Blend Tool ROY G BIV

  •   It is part of the Don't Buy the Lie, Cereal Package Design, Renaissance, and We Can Be Heroes! Projects.

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 …

fill color none

… (Remember: all these tutorials are intended to be
applied to YOUR PROJECT) …

… make a New Layer, and lock lock your other layers.

new layer

 

Step #3: Create a Line ~

Get the Line Segment Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut (\) …

line-tool-ai.png

… and drag a line across your artboard.

 

 

 

Holding Shift keeps the line perfectly straight.

 


Step #4: Duplicate the Shape ~

Now get the Selection Tool (shortcut letter v), hold Alt (⌥)/Optionalt key and copy the line.


Step #5: Cmd + d ~

Redo the function by hitting Cmd(⌘)+d + d-keyfour times …

… for a total of 7 lines.


Step #6: Swatches ~

Open Swatches or go to: Window > Swatches and click on Swatch Libraries Menu in the lower corner …

… go to: Default Swatches > Basic RGB.


Step #7: Stroke and Fill ~

Select the first line with the Selection Tool

… and select RED for the first line.


Make sure to change the Fill to None and Stroke to RED.

 

 

 

AGAIN: Make sure Fill if OFF !

 


Step #7: ROY G BIV ~

ROY G BIV is the acronym for the colors of the RAINBOW =  RedOrange, YellowGreenBlue, Indigo and Violet. Change each line accordingly.


Step #8: Blend Tool ~

Get the Blend Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (w) …

… and click the first two lines.

Blend all the lines this way.

 


Step #9: Drag to Brushes ~

Open the Brushes palette or go to: Window > Brushes

… select all the lines, drag them into Brushes, hit "New Art Brush" …

… lower the and hit OK.


Step #10: Pen Tool ~

Get the Pen Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (p) …

… click ONCE on the artboard …

… then Click-and-Pull to create a curved shape.


Step #11: Apply the Brush to the Line ~

With the line selected, click the rainbow brush and see what happens.

lizard eyes


Step #12: Feather ~

Go to: Effect > Stylize > Feather and raise the Feathering to your specification …


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:
FIRST_NAME_LAST_NAME_PROJECT_NAME

 

  •   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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8xtLlBD5pE and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9DcmK4G24t8