Mesh Tool Sun with Face in Illustrator
● The Mesh Tool is an easy and fun way to make gradients in Illustrator.
✓ Mesh Tool ✓ Pen Tool ✓ Colors
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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 your other layers.
Step #2: Colors ~
✓ To make a Sun, you need a RED or ORANGE Fill (but use whatever color you want) and Stroke/None .
Step #3: Ellipse Tool ~
✓ Get the Ellipse Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (L) …
✓ … and draw a perfect circle by holding Shift (⇧) while you drag.
Step #4: Creating the Mesh ~
✓ Get the Mesh Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (u) …
✓ … click in the center of the circle to create your first mesh.
✓ Then click and divide the right side and left side by clicking on the horizontal line …
✓ … and also click on the vertical line, top and bottom.
Step #5: Select the Outside Circle ~
✓ Get the Direct Selection Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (a) …
✓ … holding Shift (⇧) again, select all the nodes on the outer anchor points of the circle.
Step #6: Shading your Work ~
✓ Open up your Color palette by going to: Window > Color or hit the keyboard shorcut (F6), and click on a darker color.
Step #7: Shading your Work ~
✓ Using the Direct Selection Tool again, Shift+Click the middle 2 anchor points …
✓ … and pick another shade to highlight the cheeks.
Step #8: Creating Face Elements ~
✓ You can easily select any anchor point and use its handles to change the blending. Lower the anchor point in the middle where a chin would be.
Step #9: Eyes ~
✓ Find some cartoon eyes, copy them …
✓ … and paste the eyes over your image.
Step #10: Live Trace ~
✓ With the image selected, click on the Image Trace button …
✓ … then click Expand.
✓ Deselect the image by going to: Select > Deselect …
✓ … get the Direct Selection Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (a) …
✓ … click the area you want deleted and hit Backspace or Delete.
✓ Add a mouth and whatever else you need over your face.
Step #11: Star Shape ~
✓ Get the Star Tool which is behind the Rectangle Tool …
✓ … click somewhere on the Artbord with the Star Tool …
✓ … and set the number of points for your star with approximately these settings.
✓ Lastly, Right-Click on the star shape and Send to Back.
Step #12: Effects ~
✓ Select everything by hitting the keyboard shortcut: Cmd(⌘)+A and go to: Effect > Stylize > Drop Shadow …
✓ Try the other Effects Too! Experiment! Take a risk!
Last Step: Save your Project and Attach ~
✓ Go to: File > Save as … and save your work as - FIRST_NAME_LAST_NAME_PROJECT_NAME.ai]
✓ Attach it and keep working …
• ALWAYS save your projects like this: 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.