Today, it up in layers i do a similar

Today, a tutorial on how to make graffiti letters (digital art) in Adobe Illustrator. someone asked me to cover this so I thought I would write a blog post on it. It’s going to be a long process so I’ve split the video into two parts second part to be uploaded next week to be able to do this tutorial you will need to have a basic understanding of using the pen tool using the shapes tool duplicating shapes and creating gradients first you will need outline your graffiti i’m only going to use one letter here for the purposes of this tutorial you can either draw it on paper or create an illustrator right off the bat it’s up to you if you have taken a photo as i have done it’s best to block the layer so it does not move when you’re making the graffiti letters then make sure you have the fill closed and that your stroke is selected choose any color for now any it only matters that you can see the path that you’re drawing select the pen tool and make sure the weight is just right for outlining your shape when ready go ahead and create a letter if you know anything about graffiti in the paint form in real life you know you will need to build it up in layers i do a similar thing with my digital graffiti there are many ways to make digital graffiti letters and is not an exact science but as long as you get the final design doesn’t matter how you got there in my design and the middle section cut out so we’ll make the shape and then place it over the top of the plateau using the pathfinder which you can open by heading up to window a fine there i will- escape from the front with the white arrow tool you can edit your shape and the anchor points can clean it up make it look how you want i will go ahead and do that right now to be back after I finish ok so now to have a stroke but first choose the fill color of your feet like this my appearance menu is already open then you can open your eyes by heading up the window and appearance make sure this trick is behind the field layer and then add the way you want to use in this trip in though I personally want to make the corners my graffiti around it like so if you have any parts of your letter and overlap you will need to add the details in so my shape i need to put some mines across here select the same color as your stroke and use the pentad up the detail it is best to lock the layer so you cannot mess around with it use the white arrow to make any edits or changes make it look 3d you add shadow you can do this quite easily make sure the layer is unlocked hold down alt and click and drag to duplicate it make the new shape or one color the same kind of string make sure the new shape is behind we’re going up object arranged centre-back you can edit the shadow with the white area as before until you’re satisfied now you must a degrading to lighten the top at the graffiti letter unlock everything then duplicate shape layer not the shadow layer but just then with the new layer back in place set the field gradient here make sure this trick is turned off this layer we want to arrange the gradient so that is two colors one of the very top I want the very bottom color to be invisible or putting a piece of the top one either white or very close to wait that is the basic underlayer of your graffiti letters and will serve as a foundation for your entire design i hope you’ve been able to follow along and found easy so far it is a long process so for me to demonstrate properly I’ve done it into two video parts in part two we will be adding the details such as highlights and shadows what is the background hope to see you next Tuesday apart to subscribe for weekly content and hit the like button until next time design your future todaywe created the outline of a graffiti letter and then built up a shadow layer and the first gradient layer we’re going to continue with the artistic details so let’s jump right into it we’re going to start making highlights for this you must imagine some light coming from a specific direction how that would highlight the graffiti letter or shape then select either white or shaded very close to white in the color palette select the pen tool and switch the color two-stroke i would imagine the light source for mine is coming from the upper left so firstly i will create a shape along the left side vertically with the pen tool you can adjust it with the white arrow selection tool afterwards once you’re happy with the shape highlight it and switch it from a stroke to a color feel like so we can leave it like this and that might be the look you’re going for but personally i’m going to add a blur effect i like the shape again and go up to affect blur Gaussian blur to the settings that apply to your design ok I forgot to add the second gradient layer which is no problem we can go ahead and do that right now I like the upper layer and then hold down out until you see this icon appear then click and drag to duplicate face it back over the top exactly in place to make sure the highlight we’ve made before is above me be the first gradient layer was quite at the top and invisible the bottom but we will flip this so it’s invisible and up top and dark blue at the bottom you could make this in one gradient layer with the way to the top and the blue the bottom but i find it blends a lot better get separated into two gradient layers with invisible strikes used quick tip hold down the spacebar and click to move around easily now select the pencil enjoy yourself in shape where you would imagine to see some shadow or shading so for me the light is coming from the upper left making this part under the cross-section being Emily lit doesn’t matter right now what color the path is that your drawing but we want to put it in apt there when you have the shape make sure you fill it with a gradient like this because it is a shadow I want to make the gradient background color again play around the degrees of the angle and keep one side invisible it blends nicely we can clean it up with the white selection to after we have the gradient set ok to speed up this tutorial i would go ahead and use the same technique of creating highlights and shading on my graffiti let it use the pen tool to create your shapes as shown in either use the Gaussian blur for the gradient felt I was really happy with that remember you can go back and edit your work anytime we’re nearly at the finishing line people you will now make a dripping paint effect select the pet tool here and highlight the shadow layer we want the pain to be the same color then with the ellipse tool make a circle shape they see where you want and then with the pencil create a drip shape it would be best to send the shapes to the back by highlighting them and going up object sender back again i will go ahead and create all of my paint drips you right back after as you can see also outline the path with the pen tool around the shape flip the path to fill and then go up to object and centre-back i’m going to add a layer to the background giving the design more depth you can have anything you want just be created and let your imagination run wild but remember save your work I find a design is finished let me know what you think and how you always came out i really hope this tutorial helped you understanding designing your own graffiti letters be sure to hit that like button and subscribe for weekly content tutorials every Tuesday speed our videos every Thursday and one minute graphic design hacks on sunday until next time design your future today


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