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.
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.
Repeat the previous step to create another Screen gradient path.
3. Abstract Wave
Make 2 white stroke paths.
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.
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.
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.
Your image should look like something below:
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