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## Illustrator Tutorial: Create an Abstract Vector Lava

Learn how to create this super cool abstract lava illustration in Adobe Illustrator. You will learn how to use transparency options to create the overlap color effect. A simple tutorial to achieve trendy lava splashes in Illustrator.

### Abstract Vector Lava Illustration

1. Create a 700 by 700px document. First, turn on the Grid (View > Grid) and the Snap to Grid (View > Snap to Grid). Next, you’ll need a grid every 10px. Go to Edit > Preferences > Guides & Grid, enter 10 in the Gridline every box and 1 in the Subdivisions box. You can also open the Info panel (Window > Info) for a live preview with the size and position of your shapes. Do not forget to replace the unit of measurement to pixels from Edit > Preferences > Unit > General. All these options will significantly increase your work speed.

2. Start with the Ellipse Tool(L). Create a 250 by 250px shape, fill it with R=17 G=181 B=197 and change its blending mode to multiply. Duplicate it (Ctrl+C > Ctrl+F). Select the copy, hit the left arrow one and the up arrow twice then replace its fill color with R=204 G=0 B=0. Duplicate this red shape. Select the copy, hit the left arrow once and the down arrow twice then replace its fill color with R=252 G=193 B=15.

3. Pick the the Ellipse Tool(L) and create three new shape (100x100px). Place them as shown below then fill them with the linear gradients. Save these gradients in your swatches panel. You’ll need them again later.

4. Continue with the Ellipse Tool. First, focus on the blue circle. This time you need to make several shapes with various sizes. You don’t need to place them exactly as shown in the image. Fill them with the colors shown below and change the blending mode to Multiply. Move to the red area and the yellow area, make similar steps. Use the colors shown in following images and don’t forget to change the blending mode to Multiply for each shape. Save all these color in your Swatches panel. You’ll need them later too.

5. Next, we’ll create a nice cloud shape. First, you’ll need a grid every 5px. Go to Edit > Preferences > Guides & Grid, enter 5 in the Gridline every box. Pick the Rectangle Tool(M) create a 60 by 20px shape and fill it with any color you want. Select this rectangle and go to Effect > Stylize > Rounded Corners. Enter a 10px radius, click OK then go to Object > Expand Appearance. Grab with the Ellipse Tool(L). Create a 30 by 30px shape and palce it as shown in the second image. Continue with the Ellipse Tool, create a 20 by 20px shape and place it as shown in the third image. Create a third circle (25 by 25px) and place it as shown in the fourth image. Reselect the Rectangle Tool(M) and create a small shape to cover the remaining free space. Select all the shape created in this step and click on the Unite button from the Pathfinder panel.

6. Make some copies of the shape made in the previous step. Spread them as shown in the following image and fill them with the linear gradients saved in the third step. Make a copy for each cloud shape, resize these copies, move them a little as shown in the second image. Replace the gradients with the colors shown in the second image and change the blending mode to Multiply.

7. For the next step you’ll need a grid every 10px. Go to Edit > Preferences > Guides & Grid, enter 10 in the Gridline every box. Pick the Ellipse Tool(L), create a 60 by 100px shape and fill it with any color. Pick the Convert Selection Tool (Shift+C) and click on the bottom anchor point. Grab the Direct Selection Tool(A), select the bottom anchor point and move it 50px down. Select the entire shape and go to Effect > Warp > Arc. Enter the data shown below, click OK then go to Object > Expand Appearance. This will be the drip shape.

8. Disable the Grid and the Snap to Grid. Make some copies of the shape made in the previous step. Spread them as shown in the following image and fill them with the colors shown below (also saved in your Swatches panel). Also, make some smaller copies and spread them. I only did it in the yellow area but you can spread it in the other areas. It’s your call.

9. Next, you need to add a little bend effect for the drip shapes. Select one of the drip shapes and go to Effect > Warp > Arc. Enter the data shown below, click OK then go to Object > Expand Appearance.

10. Again, make some copies of the shape made in the previous step. Spread these copies and fill them with the same linear gradients used in the previous steps.

11. Enable the Grid and the Snap to Grid. For the next step, you’ll need a grid every 5px. Go to Edit > Preferences > Guides & Grid, enter 5 in the Gridline every box. First, let’s focus on the blue area. Pick the Ellipse Tool(L) and create a 5 by 5px shape. Make several copies, spread them and fill them with the colors shown below.

12. Repeat the techniques mentioned in the previous step for the red and yellow areas.

13. For this step you’ll need a grid every 7px. Go to Edit > Preferences > Guides & Grid, enter 7 in the Gridline every box. Again, let’s focus on the blue area. Pick the Ellipse Tool(L),create a 7 by 7px shape, fill it with R=G=B and change its blending mode to Multiply. Make several copies and spread them.

14. Again, repeat the techniques mentioned in the previous step for the red and yellow areas.

15. Disable the Grid and the Snap to Grid. Pick the Ellipse Tool(L) and click on your Artboard. Enter 15 for both width and height then click OK. This will create a 15 by 15px shape. Make several copies, spread them and fill them with the colors shown below.

16. Once again, repeat the techniques mentioned in the previous step for the red and yellow areas.

17. Next, we’ll create a simple flower shape. First, enable the Grid and the Snap to Grid. You’ll need a grid every 10px so, go to Edit > Preferences > Guides & Grid and enter 10 in the Gridline every box. Pick the Ellipse Tool(L) and create a 10 by 10px shape. Fill it with any color then go to Effect > Distort&Transform > Pucker&Bloat. Enter the data shown below, click OK then go to Object > Expand Appearance. Select the resulting shape, fill it with R=13 G=167 B=177 and change its blending mode to Multiply. Disable the Grid and the Snap to Grid then make several copies of this shape and spread them as shown in the following image.

18. Move up to the red area. Make a new copy of the flower shape. Replace the fill color with R=239 G=65 B=54 then make some copies and spread them as shown in the following image. Repeat the technique for the yellow area.

19. Let’s add some small, final effects. You’ll need a grid every 5px. Go to Edit > Preferences > Guides & Grid and enter 5 in the Gridline every box. Pick the Ellipse Tool(L). First, crate a 10 by 10px shape. Fill it with none and add a 1px, white stroke. Select the stroke (from the Appearance panel), align it to inside and lower its opacity to 50%. Make some copies of this shape and place them as shown in the following image. Create a second circle. Make it 15 by 15px, fill it with none, add the same type of stroke but, lower its opacity to 25%. Finally, place it as shown in the image below.

20. Once more time, repeat the techniques mentioned in the previous step for the red and yellow areas.

21. Disable the Grid and the Snap to Grid. Select all the shapes created so far and duplicate them (Ctrl+C > Ctrl+F). Select the copies and click on the Unite button from the Pathfinder panel. Select the resulting shape, fill it with none, remove any stroke then hit Shift + Ctrl + [ to send it to back.

22. Select the shape made in the previous step and make two copies. Go to Edit > Preferences > General and enter 15 in the Keyboard Increment box. Now, let’s focus on these three shape (the two copies and the original). Select one of the copies. Fill it with R=13 G=167 B=177, lower its opacity to 10% then hit the down arrow and right arrow once (to move it 15px down and to the right). Select the other copy. Fill it with R=239 G=65 B=54, lower its opacity to 10% then hit the left arrow and the down arrow once. Finally, select the original shape. Fill it with R=252 G=193 B=15, lower its opacity to 10% then hit the up arrow once.

23. Pick the Rectangle Tool(M) and create a shape the size of your artboard (700 by 700px). Fill it with the radial gradient shown in the following image then send it to back (Shift + Ctrl + [). Take a closer look at the gradient image and you’ll notice some white text above the gradient slider. It stands for location.

24. Enable the Grid and the Snap to Grid. Next, we’ll create a brush. First, open the Brushes panel. Next, pick the Rectangle Tool(M) and create three similar shape (45 by 15px). Place them one below the other and fill them with the colors shown below. Select these fresh shape, open the fly-out menu of the Brushed panel and click on New Brush. Check the Pattern Brush button then click OK.

25. Next, you need to improve the look of your brush. You’ll need to create two simple patterns. Pick the Rectangle Tool(M), create a 45 by 45px square and fill it with R=252 G=193 B=15. Create a second square (30 by 30px), place it as shown in the first image and fill it with R=13 G=167 B=177. Create one more square (15 by 15px), place it as shown below and fill it with R=239 G=65 B=54. Select all three squares and drag them in your Swatches panel to to turn them into a pattern. Get back to the squares and modify the colors as shown in the second image. Again, select all three shapes and create a second pattern. Double click on each pattern (in the Swatches panel) to rename it. Name the first pattern “red corner” and the second one “yellow corner”. Finally, let’s return to the brush. Double click on your brush (in the Brushes panel). Now, if you take a look at this new window you’ll notice the patterns mentioned in the list. Now, as you wanted, you can use them to improve the look of your brush. First, click on the Outer Corned Tile and on the red corner pattern then click on the Inner Corner Tile and on the yellow corner pattern. Make sure that the brush Scale is set at 100% then click OK.

26. For the next step you’ll need a grid every 10px. Go to Edit > Preferences > General and enter 10 in the Keyboard Increment box. Pick the Pen Tool(P) and create a shape like the one shown in the following image.

27. Select the shape made in the previous step. First, click on the brush then go to Effect > Stylize > Rounded Corners. Enter a 40px Radius then click OK.

28. Select the path made in the previous step. Rotate it and place it as shown in the first image. Move it below the colorful shapes (in the Layers panel) then lower its opacity to 10%. Next, you need to mask a part of this path. First, make a copy of the background shape and open the Transparency panel. Select this copy and replace the existing gradient with the one shown below the second image. Select this shape along with the path, open the fly-out menu of the Transparency panel and click on Make Opacity Mask.

29. Finally, let’s add the text area. Start with a 310 by 120px rectangle then pick the Direct Selection Tool(A). Select the bottom, right anchor point and move it 30px down and 10px to the left.

30. Select the shape made in the previous step. Fill it with R=254 G=254 B=252 and place it as shown in the first image. Select the fill from the Appearance panel. Lower its opacity to 40% then click twice on the Duplicate Selected Item icon from the bottom of the Appearance panel. This will add two copies of the existing fill. Select the first copy and go to Effect > Distort&Transform > Transform. Focus on the Move section and enter 15 for both Horizontal and Vertical. Select the third fill and go to Effect > Distort&Transform > Transform. Again, focus on the Move section and enter -5 in the Horizontal box and -10 in the Vertical box.

31. Continue editing the shape from the previous step. Select it and add a 1px, aligned to outside stroke (R=241 G=241 B=242). Duplicate it. Select the first stroke (from the Appearance panel) and go go Effect > Warp > Flag. Check the Horizontal button then drag the bend slider to -10%. Select the second stroke and go to Effect > Warp > Flag. Again, check the Horizontal button then drag the bend slider to 10%.

32. Reselect the entire path and go to Effect > Stylize > Rounded Corners. Enter a 80px Radius and click OK then go to Effect > Warp > Bulge. Check the Horizontal button, drag the bend slider to 10% then click OK. Now your shape should look like in the second image.

32. Finally add your text. I used the Techno Overlaod font with a size of 65pt.

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1. Thanks for it..
Great tips… really helpful for me.

2. Such an amazing outcome ðŸ˜€
i love the color blending and color pallets ðŸ˜€
keep up the good ideas!

3. Excelent. Thanks for sharing

4. ORIT says:

JUST GREAT!!!

5. Lloyd says:

Hi there, this is my first illustrator tutorial though i have a deep history of PS, i am currently running CS3 and cant find the stylise/rounded edges – was this feature added to later additions? any help appreciated

6. Lloyd says:

Following up on my previous comment i have found it now. must of missed it on the first hand. great tutorial

7. dalila says:

Waww, great work, thanks for sharing

8. Renu says:

Very nicely written tutorial. thanks a lot.

9. Thanks for the informative writing. Would mind updating some good tips about it. I still wait your next place. ðŸ˜‰

10. Thank you for the great tutorial! Amazing effects!

11. Cool bubbly design!

12. Melissa says:

Great Tutorial! I can’t wait to use these techniques in future designs.

13. Thank you for the great tutorial!

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• #### Melissa

Great Tutorial! I can't wait to use these techniques in future designs.
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Cool bubbly design!
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Thank you for the great tutorial! Amazing effects!
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• #### pet supplieswww.vetdepot.com/

Thanks for the informative writing. Would mind updating some good tips about it. I still wait your next place. ;)
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• #### Renu

Very nicely written tutorial. thanks a lot.
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• #### dalila

Waww, great work, thanks for sharing
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• #### Lloyd

Following up on my previous comment i have found it now. must of missed it on the first hand. great tutorial
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• #### Lloyd

Hi there, this is my first illustrator tutorial though i have a deep history of PS, i am currently running CS3 and cant find the stylise/rounded edges - was this feature added to later additions? any help appreciated
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• #### ORIT

JUST GREAT!!!
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• #### Frank Zweegerswww.frankzweegers-art.com

Great tutorial!
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Excelent. Thanks for sharing
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• #### ThePowthepow.deviantart.com

Such an amazing outcome :D i love the color blending and color pallets :D keep up the good ideas!
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• #### amanwww.watnodoor.com

Thanks for it.. Great tips... really helpful for me.
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