Simple Abstract Background Adobe Illustrator Tutorial

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Hi there, Allow me to introduce myself….My name is Uli Tabares, I am the Art Director for Bomb City Marketing and 806Unhinged.com. I guess you can say this is my first official blog post, so I thought how about a simple illustrator tutorial that can open up the doors to endless possibilities. I had a professor in college who always told me to keep it simple. If you know me and any of my designs, I tend to over do it just a little bit sometimes. I like¬† my graphics to come at you and say: BAM!!! Anyways, I hope you enjoy this tutorial and I look forward to bringing you more insight into my mind as I come up with some of these elaborate designs. Enjoy

1. Gradient Background

Create a rectangular path and fill it with blue gradient.

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2. Screen Gradient Paths

Create another path with Red-Black gradient and select Screen Blending Mode. This will create a lighter red gradient shade. If your color setting is CMYK, make sure the black is full black (C,M,Y,K=100). The black arrow on the image is the direction of the gradient fill.

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Repeat the previous step to create another Screen gradient path.

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3. Abstract Wave

Make 2 white stroke paths.

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4. Blend Tool

Go to Object > Blend > Blend Options, enter Specified Steps = 20. Then with the 2 strokes selected, go to Object > Blend > Make or press Command+Alt+B. This will blend 2 white strokes and create an abstract wave effect. If you want to change the Blend step, you can go to Object > Blend > Blend Options or double click the Blend Tool(B) on the tool bar.

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5. Change Stroke Color

Use Direct Selection Tool (A), select one of strokes and change it to red stroke color. Notice how 2 strokes blend from red to white.

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6. Wild Blend

Now go crazy with your Pen tool, create 2 wavy strokes and blend them. Play around with the Blend step, stroke weight and color.

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FINAL

Your image should look like something below:

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Thanks for reading, have a wonderful day!

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