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Illustrator tutorial: The Perfect Diamond

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illustrator diamond tutorial

Drawing a vector diamond is pretty simple in Adobe Illustrator. First, let’s do some research on the anatomy of a diamond. We don’t want to do some fancy cut and get rejected by our clients. Here’s a proportional diamond line art taken from the website. We will use this as a guide to help us create a perfect diamond in this Illustrator tutorial.

Color Theory

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color composition

Here is a short article on color from iStockphoto. Recommended reading for beginners learning about color.

Excerpt: When creating a very dense composition with lots of elements stuffed into a single image, it’s easy to let color overwhelm the viewer. The trick is not to use as many bright colors as possible, but to use color to draw the viewer’s eye to whatever you want to in your composition.

Color Emotions in Advertising

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Color relates to emotions. Find out what color to use for your design with this reference chart!

A

action—brown

affliction—purple

anger—red, orange

authority—black

autumn—brown

award—blue

B

beauty (divine)—yellow

beauty (human)—green

belligerence—red, orange

C

chaos—violet

cold—blue

confidence—yellow

constancy—blue

contentment—green

D

dawn—pink

death—black, violet

dedication—violet

demon—blue

dignity—purple

distinction—yellow

dominance—red, orange

E

earthiness—brown

enchantment—violet

enlightenment—yellow

envy—green

esteem—yellow

eternal life—green

excellence—yellow

excitement—red

F

faith—blue

fellowship—brown

fertility—brown

fever—red, orange

fidelity—blue

fire—yellow

flesh—pink

friendship—green

frugality—purple

fruitfulness—green

fulfillment—red

fury—red, orange

G

gold—yellow

gourmet—brown

grief—black

H

health—green

holiness—white

honor—blue

hope—green

human emotions—red

humility—blue, black

I

immateriality—blue

immortality—blue

impressive—violet

innocence—silver, white

intangible—blue

intelligence—yellow

intimate—pink

introverted—blue

J

joy—pink, silver, green

K

knowledge—yellow

L

leisure—green

love (human)—red

love (divine)—violet

love (physical)—red, orange

loyalty—black

lurking catastrophe—violet

M

masculinity—brown

maturity—brown

melancholy—purple

menace—violet

mourning—blue, black

mystery—blue, violet

N

nothing—blue

O

oppression—violet

P

passion—red, orange

passivity—blue

piety—violet

playfulness—yellow

power—blue, black

purity—white, yellow

R

radiance—yellow

recessiveness—blue

royal—black

S

sacrifice—red, orange

sadness—blue, black

serviceability—black

sex—pink

shadow—blue

slaughter—red, orange

solitude—violet

sorrow—black

spirituality—blue, violet

sport—brown

strength (fiery)—red, orange

strength (physical)—brown

superstition—violet

T

tenderness—blue

terror—blue, violet

triumph—red, orange

truce—white

truth—blue

U

understanding—yellow

V

valor—red, orange

value—yellow

vegetable—green

vegetable growth—red, orange

victory—red, orange

virility—brown

W

warmth (atmosphere)—brown

warmth (inner)—red, orange

wisdom—silver

Learn more about color theory in design with this book below!

Illustrator Tutorial: Surprise Gift

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There are times when you will need to do vector gift box and effects for special occasions. This Illustrator tutorial will give you an idea how this can be done using brushes and some other techniques. I will not be going into details how each step is done but I will illustrate on some of the techniques used to create this vector gift box illustration.

Start Digging!

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I have just added a nice digg button on my blog. If you find my tutorials and posts useful, pls help spread it by digging it. Your every dig means a lot to this website. Thanks.

Tutorial: 3 methods to make a realistic CD

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vector CD illustration

Here is a collection of 3 cool methods to illustrate a realistic CD. Be sure to read all the 3 different methods to have a better understanding of the different advance tricks to imitate the cone gradient reflection on a CD.

10 Mistakes in Icon Design

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10 mistakes of icons design
Turbo Milk wrote a nice article on the common 10 mistakes of icons design. GUI lovers be sure to check it out!

40 ways to get inspirations

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inspiring mountain


Here is a list of 40 tips to look for inspirations.

1. Look at the past. Study how old Masters have done it.
2. Learn something new.
3. Pick up a new hobby.
4. Take a holiday and visit a foreign country.
5. Learn other cultures.
6. Clear your workspace.
7. Look outside the web.
8. Learn a new style of drawing.
9. Step into the library.
10. Dig the history behind your project. You might find some leads.

Illustrator Tutorial: 4 Stylish Web 2.0 Badges

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web 2.0 badges

This illustrator tutorial will touch on how to create 4 different stylish vector web 2.0 badges. We will start by learning how to create the basic sawtooth badge. From there, we will move on to produce other styles using some other filters.

Bill Wood Map Illustrations

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bill wood map illustration

Need some inspirations for map illustrations? Check out Bill Wood Illustration for some ideas.

Illustrator Tutorial: Figure Shading

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figure shading tutorial

Here is a quick article on figure shading by Russell Tate. He shows us how to do it the easy way out with the least amount of effort!

Illustrator Tutorial: Realistic Curtain

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realistc curtain with gradient mesh

Let’s draw a nice awesome vector red curtain in this Illustrator tutorial. This lesson assumes that you already have a basic understanding on how the gradient mesh works. We will move on to create a realistic curtain using the gradient mesh. You can use this curtain effect for your movie or theaters related theme design.

Illustrator tutorial: The Perfect Diamond

66

illustrator diamond tutorial

Drawing a vector diamond is pretty simple in Adobe Illustrator. First, let’s do some research on the anatomy of a diamond. We don’t want to do some fancy cut and get rejected by our clients. Here’s a proportional diamond line art taken from the website. We will use this as a guide to help us create a perfect diamond in this Illustrator tutorial.

Color Theory

4

color composition

Here is a short article on color from iStockphoto. Recommended reading for beginners learning about color.

Excerpt: When creating a very dense composition with lots of elements stuffed into a single image, it’s easy to let color overwhelm the viewer. The trick is not to use as many bright colors as possible, but to use color to draw the viewer’s eye to whatever you want to in your composition.

Color Emotions in Advertising

0

Color relates to emotions. Find out what color to use for your design with this reference chart!

A

action—brown

affliction—purple

anger—red, orange

authority—black

autumn—brown

award—blue

B

beauty (divine)—yellow

beauty (human)—green

belligerence—red, orange

C

chaos—violet

cold—blue

confidence—yellow

constancy—blue

contentment—green

D

dawn—pink

death—black, violet

dedication—violet

demon—blue

dignity—purple

distinction—yellow

dominance—red, orange

E

earthiness—brown

enchantment—violet

enlightenment—yellow

envy—green

esteem—yellow

eternal life—green

excellence—yellow

excitement—red

F

faith—blue

fellowship—brown

fertility—brown

fever—red, orange

fidelity—blue

fire—yellow

flesh—pink

friendship—green

frugality—purple

fruitfulness—green

fulfillment—red

fury—red, orange

G

gold—yellow

gourmet—brown

grief—black

H

health—green

holiness—white

honor—blue

hope—green

human emotions—red

humility—blue, black

I

immateriality—blue

immortality—blue

impressive—violet

innocence—silver, white

intangible—blue

intelligence—yellow

intimate—pink

introverted—blue

J

joy—pink, silver, green

K

knowledge—yellow

L

leisure—green

love (human)—red

love (divine)—violet

love (physical)—red, orange

loyalty—black

lurking catastrophe—violet

M

masculinity—brown

maturity—brown

melancholy—purple

menace—violet

mourning—blue, black

mystery—blue, violet

N

nothing—blue

O

oppression—violet

P

passion—red, orange

passivity—blue

piety—violet

playfulness—yellow

power—blue, black

purity—white, yellow

R

radiance—yellow

recessiveness—blue

royal—black

S

sacrifice—red, orange

sadness—blue, black

serviceability—black

sex—pink

shadow—blue

slaughter—red, orange

solitude—violet

sorrow—black

spirituality—blue, violet

sport—brown

strength (fiery)—red, orange

strength (physical)—brown

superstition—violet

T

tenderness—blue

terror—blue, violet

triumph—red, orange

truce—white

truth—blue

U

understanding—yellow

V

valor—red, orange

value—yellow

vegetable—green

vegetable growth—red, orange

victory—red, orange

virility—brown

W

warmth (atmosphere)—brown

warmth (inner)—red, orange

wisdom—silver

Learn more about color theory in design with this book below!

Illustrator Tutorial: Surprise Gift

62



There are times when you will need to do vector gift box and effects for special occasions. This Illustrator tutorial will give you an idea how this can be done using brushes and some other techniques. I will not be going into details how each step is done but I will illustrate on some of the techniques used to create this vector gift box illustration.

Start Digging!

0


I have just added a nice digg button on my blog. If you find my tutorials and posts useful, pls help spread it by digging it. Your every dig means a lot to this website. Thanks.

Tutorial: 3 methods to make a realistic CD

1

vector CD illustration

Here is a collection of 3 cool methods to illustrate a realistic CD. Be sure to read all the 3 different methods to have a better understanding of the different advance tricks to imitate the cone gradient reflection on a CD.

10 Mistakes in Icon Design

1

10 mistakes of icons design
Turbo Milk wrote a nice article on the common 10 mistakes of icons design. GUI lovers be sure to check it out!

40 ways to get inspirations

6

inspiring mountain


Here is a list of 40 tips to look for inspirations.

1. Look at the past. Study how old Masters have done it.
2. Learn something new.
3. Pick up a new hobby.
4. Take a holiday and visit a foreign country.
5. Learn other cultures.
6. Clear your workspace.
7. Look outside the web.
8. Learn a new style of drawing.
9. Step into the library.
10. Dig the history behind your project. You might find some leads.

Illustrator Tutorial: 4 Stylish Web 2.0 Badges

36

web 2.0 badges

This illustrator tutorial will touch on how to create 4 different stylish vector web 2.0 badges. We will start by learning how to create the basic sawtooth badge. From there, we will move on to produce other styles using some other filters.

Bill Wood Map Illustrations

6

bill wood map illustration

Need some inspirations for map illustrations? Check out Bill Wood Illustration for some ideas.

Illustrator Tutorial: Figure Shading

0

figure shading tutorial

Here is a quick article on figure shading by Russell Tate. He shows us how to do it the easy way out with the least amount of effort!

Illustrator Tutorial: Realistic Curtain

64

realistc curtain with gradient mesh

Let’s draw a nice awesome vector red curtain in this Illustrator tutorial. This lesson assumes that you already have a basic understanding on how the gradient mesh works. We will move on to create a realistic curtain using the gradient mesh. You can use this curtain effect for your movie or theaters related theme design.