Best Resources of 2017: Amazing Photoshop Actions & Photo Effects

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33 Amazing Photoshop Actions & Photo Effects

Install Photoshop actions to unlock brilliant photo effects. Transform your social media with high-quality filters and modern aesthetics.

Today, we bring you 33 of the best Photoshop actions from Envato Market and Envato Elements. These actions are designed to help you edit in less time, so you can enjoy life!

Featuring some of the best-selling items of 2017, these actions are perfect for any selfie lover, wedding photographer, or Photoshop enthusiast.

Enjoy professionally made templates that are easy to use. Or get quality help from the photo experts at Envato Studio.

How to Use Photoshop Actions

New to Photoshop? Learn how to install and use Photoshop actions from these tutorials:

Architectum 2 – Sketch Tools Photoshop Action

First up is Architectum 2, a Photoshop action recently updated with 10 additional effects. The unique algorithm creates a brilliant architectural drawing in less time. Best used with buildings and objects, this action includes 20 color presets and fully editable elements.

Architectum 2 - Sketch Tools Photoshop Action

Gif Animated Ephemera Photoshop Action

Make clouds billow out from your photos with this Ephemera Photoshop action. Great for beginners, this action helps you create an animated GIF for impressive effects. Download this action to try it out!

Gif Animated Ephemera Photoshop Action

Perfectum 2 – Watercolor Artist Photoshop Action

Create beautiful artistic effects with this watercolor action. Tested on
multiple versions of Photoshop, this action generates a
realistic watercolor look in only two steps. Just brush over your photo and play the
action to try it out!

Perfectum 2 - Watercolor Artist Photoshop Action

Caramel Wedding Photoshop Action

Drench your wedding photos with a delicious caramel color scheme. This Photoshop action will speed up your post processing for better, faster effects. Enjoy two style options suitable for wedding and event photography.

Caramel Wedding Photoshop Action

Dimension Photoshop Action

Step into another dimension with this epic photo
effect. This dimension Photoshop action creates an exquisite glass
effect that mirrors your subject. Just fill in the subject with color
and press play. It’s simple and easy!

Dimension Photoshop Action

Photo Effect Photoshop Actions

Achieve professional results in less time! This Photoshop action bundle includes 25 actions suitable for anyone interested in photography. Each action was created with precise calibrations to give you 25 options with various styles.

Photo Effect Photoshop Actions

Van Gogh Art Photoshop Action

Now that the new Van Gogh movie is out, you can try out this impressive action! It turns any photo into a wonderful work of art. Recreate Vincent Van Gogh’s famous Impressionist style with just a few clicks! Try it out today!

Van Gogh Art Photoshop Action

Soft Focus 3 Photoshop Action

Soft focus photography creates a beautiful dreamy effect. And you can replicate this look for weddings, photo shoots, and more! Download this action to get access to a professional action compatible with CS5 and above.

Soft Focus 3 Photoshop Action

Animated Fire Photoshop Action

This fiery Photoshop action makes any photo look awesome. Use it to generate a high-quality fire animation to bring your photos to life. This packages comes with 12 color presets and 20 fire loops.

Animated Fire Photoshop Action

Geometric Art Photoshop Action

This next Photoshop action breaks up your photo into triangles and circles. It’s inspired by the latest trends in geometric design and transforms your photo for a cool effect. Download this package to get access to the action and its support files.

Geometric Art Photoshop Action

Double Exposure Photoshop Actions

Blend two images together for a stunning result. This Photoshop action creates the trendy double exposure look in less time. Get access to 235 light effects, 33 texture overlays, and so much more!

Double Exposure Photoshop Actions

Impressionist Photoshop Action

Master your brushwork with just one click. Inspired by the work of Impressionist painters, this Photoshop action is easy to use and incredibly detailed. It comes with fully organized layers that are easy to move around to create the paint effect you want.

Impressionist Photoshop Action

Artist Photoshop Action

Show off your artistic creations! Play this action to create an artistic look with traditional art accents. Or hide the watercolor option for an extraordinary sketch effect. Get two amazing looks in one professional package.

Artist Photoshop Action

Instant Hipster – 27 Instagram Filters

Designed to emulate Instagram’s famous selection, this Photoshop action suite includes 27 filters with impressive effects. Instantly generate trendy colors and photo effects to transform your profiles.

Instant Hipster 27 Instagram Filters

Blizzard Photoshop Action

Or transform your action shots with this blizzard Photoshop action. Build the look of this snow effect by repeatedly playing the action until you’re happy with the amount. Enjoy realistic results in less time. Give it a try!

Blizzard Photoshop Action

Cinematic Photoshop Actions

Life feels like a movie, so now you can make it look like one. This awesome bundle includes 25 Photoshop actions for cinematic effects. Simulate the best movie effects from famous titles like “300” and “Alice in Wonderland.”

Cinematic Photoshop Actions

Abstract Color Photoshop Action

Make your photos pop with abstract colors and geometric elements! This incredible action works with Photoshop versions CS3 and above. It’s easy to use and includes color adjustments for a high-quality result.

Abstract Color Photoshop Action

Premium Looks Photoshop Actions

Make your images look dramatic with bold colors and light effects. This premium pack includes 12 gorgeous effects with 8 amazing light leaks. They’re fully editable and lightning fast. Enjoy!

Premium Looks Photoshop Actions

Mixed Media Photoshop Action

Show your photos off as works of art. This mixed media action creates an epic effect great for action shots like the photo below. It has been tried and tested on Photoshop versions CS4 and above and includes over 100 automated actions.

Mixed Media Photoshop Action

Gif Animated Fog Photoshop Action

Reveal your photos with an incredible fog effect. This Photoshop action creates an animated GIF perfect for Twitter and Instagram. You’ll get amazing color effects and several direction choices to help customize the effect fast.

Gif Animated Fog Photoshop Action

8 Watercolor and Acrylic Painting FX

Ever wanted to become an artist? Now you can recreate the look of watercolor and acrylic paint with this suite of actions. Generate eight traditional painting effects for a realistic look. Also included are seamless textures made with real paint!

8 Watercolor and Acrylic Painting FX

Vintage Sketch Photoshop Action

Add a realistic sketch effect to your work with vintage paint elements. This action is well organized with many layers to make customization as easy as possible. Watch the detailed video included for more instruction.

Vintage Sketch Photoshop Action

35 Duotone Photo Effects

You won’t want to miss out on this next pack of photo effects! Create stunning duotone color schemes with this Photoshop package! Simply drag and drop your photos into the easy-to-use smart objects. Mix and match for more variations.

35 Duotone Photo Effects

Da Vinci Style Sketch Photoshop Action

Recreate the look of Leonardo da Vinci’s famous sketches with this Photoshop action. This package includes the action, brush, and pattern files along with 15 image files to try out the effect. Watch the official video tutorial to see how it works!

Da Vinci Style Sketch Photoshop Action

Rustic Wedding Presets for Lightroom & Photoshop

This must-have collection includes 50 extraordinary presets for both Lightroom and Photoshop. Create that gorgeous rustic wedding you’ve always wanted and faster than ever before. Get beautiful natural tones and authentic movie style effects just like the pros!

Rustic Wedding Presets for Lightroom Photoshop

Glory Photoshop Action

This glorious Photoshop action creates colorful lighting effects with flares and sparks. Choose from eight different light directions and lots of color options! We’re sure you’ll love this look!

Glory Photoshop Action

Urbania Photoshop Actions

There are many opportunities to create stunning moments when shooting in a city. Take advantage of these professional actions to bring your work to life. Incorporate grain and grit into your photography for an epic street appeal.

Urbania Photoshop Actions

Digital Sketch Photoshop Action

Turn your pets into beautiful digital sketches! Or have fun with your own photos! Save time with this two-step action for high-quality results. Watch the detailed video tutorial to see how it works!

Digital Sketch Photoshop Action

Glitch Photoshop Action

Make your photos stand out with a wicked glitch effect. This Photoshop action creates the corrupted look with just one click! For best result, try this effect with high-resolution photography. We know you’ll love this look!

Glitch Photoshop Action

Modern Graphic Poster Action

Enjoy the minimalist vibes of this modern poster action. This action creates a graphic poster that is both bold and stylish. And since it has many color options available, you’ll have many design options to choose from.

Modern Graphic Poster Action

Cartoon Photoshop Action

What would you look like as a cartoon? Test it out with this Photoshop action. Distort your photo or even a friend’s face with this high-resolution action built for Photoshop CS5 and above. It’s super easy to edit and fun to use!

Cartoon Photoshop Action

Sparkler Photoshop Action

Add a quick sparkler effect to any picture! Simply paint in the area where you would like to apply the effect and press play! Instantly the action will create an impressive light effect that is easy to customize. Give it a go today!

Sparkler Photoshop Action

12 Beautiful Wedding Effects

Take your wedding photography to new heights! Add beautiful effects in just a few seconds. These colorful actions simulate subtle faded looks perfect for wedding photography. Enjoy 12 incredible effects that you can easily customize.

12 Beautiful Wedding Effects

Conclusion

This list features exciting
resources for the avid designer familiar with Adobe Photoshop. For
additional help with your photo needs, enlist the skills of a talented
professional by choosing one of the amazing designers from Envato Studio.

And with loads of photo effects available at your fingertips, chances are we’ve missed a few to add to your personal collection. Be sure to browse Envato Market and Envato Elements for more resources, and let us know your favorites in the comments below!

How to Create a GTA Photo Effect Action in Adobe Photoshop

Final product image
What You’ll Be Creating

The effect shown above is the one I will show you how to create in this tutorial. If you would like to create the even more advanced grand theft auto photo effects shown below and using just a single click, then check out my Grand Theft Photoshop Action.

Action final results

What You’ll Need

To recreate the design above, you will need the following photo:

1. Let’s Get Started

Step 1

First, open the photo that you want to work with. To open your photo, go to File > Open, choose your photo, and click Open. Now, before we get started, just check a couple of things:

  1. Your photo should be in RGB Color mode, 8 Bits/Channel. To check this, go to Image > Mode.
  2. For best results, your photo size should be 1500–3500 px wide/high. To check this, go to Image > Image Size.
  3. Your photo should be the Background layer. If it is not, go to Layer > New > Background from Layer.
Checking image size and mode

Step 2

Now we are going to crop the image to remove some of the space above the subject. Choose the Crop Tool (C), and transform the Crop Box as shown below:

Cropping image

2. How to Create the GTA Art Style

Step 1

In this section, we are going to create a GTA art style from our photo. Go to Layer > New > Layer to create a new layer and name it Temp 1.

Creating a new layer

Step 2

Now press Control-Alt-Shift-E on your keyboard to make a screenshot, and then go to Image > Adjustments > Shadows/Highlights, and set Shadows to 10% and Highlights to 2% as shown below:

Adjusting shadows and highlights

Step 3

Go to Layer > New > Layer to create a new layer and name it Temp 2.

Creating a new layer

Step 4

Now press Control-Alt-Shift-E on your keyboard to make a screenshot, and go to Filter > Sharpen > Sharpen. Then press Control-F on your keyboard to repeat this filter.

Adding sharpen filter

Step 5

Change the Blending Mode of this layer to Soft Light, and then go to Filter > Other > High Pass and set the Radius to 1.5 px as shown below:

Adding high pass filter

Step 6

Now Control-click on the Temp 1 layer to get both layers selected at the same time and press Control-E on your keyboard to merge these two layers into one layer.

Merging layers

Step 7

Go to Filter > Stylize > Diffuse and set the Mode to Anisotropic.

Adding diffuse filter

Step 8

Now go to Edit > Transform > Rotate 90° Clockwise to rotate this layer 90° clockwise, and then press Control-F on your keyboard to repeat the previous filter.

Transforming layer

Step 9

Go to Edit > Transform > Rotate 90° Clockwise to rotate this layer another 90° clockwise, and then press Control-F on your keyboard to repeat the previous filter again.

Transforming layer

Step 10

Now go to Edit > Transform > Rotate 180° to rotate this layer 180° clockwise, and then go to Filter > Sharpen > Smart Sharpen and set the Amount to 250%, Radius to 1.5 px and Remove to Gaussian Blur as shown below:

Adding smart sharpen filter

Step 11

Go to Filter > Noise > Reduce Noise, and set the Strength to 5, Preserve Details to 0%, Reduce Color Noise to 54% and Sharpen Details to 0% as shown below:

Adding reduce noise filter

Step 12

Now go to Layer > New > Layer to create a new layer and name it Temp 3.

Creating a new layer

Step 13

Press Control-Alt-Shift-E on your keyboard to make a screenshot, and then go to Filter > Filter Gallery > Artistic > Cutout, and set the Number of Levels to 4, Edge Simplicity to 0 and Edge Fidelity to 3 as shown below:

Adding cutout filter

Step 14

Now set the Blending Mode of this layer to Soft Light and set the Opacity to 56%.

Changing the blending mode and opacity

Step 15

Control-click on the Temp 2 layer to get both layers selected at the same time and press Control-E on your keyboard to merge them. Then name this new layer GTA Art Style.

Merging layers

3. How to Create a Stroke Around the Subject

Step 1

In this section, we are going to create a stroke around the subject. Select the Background layer, hide the GTA Art Style layer, choose the Quick Selection Tool (W), and select the background. Feel free to use the Shift and Alt buttons to add or remove some areas from the selection. Then press Control-Shift-I on your keyboard to invert the selection and get the selection around the subject.

Making the selection

Step 2

Now go to Select > Modify > Smooth and set the Sample Radius to 5 px. Then select and show the GTA Art Style layer, go to Layer > New > Layer to create a new layer, and name it Subject Stroke.

Creating a new layer

Step 3

Choose the Rectangular Marquee Tool (M), set the foreground color to #000000, Right-click anywhere inside the canvas, and choose Stroke. Set the Width to 5 px, Location to Outside, Mode to Normal and Opacity to 100% as shown below:

Adding stroke

4. How to Make the Final Adjustments

Step 1

In this section, we are going to make final adjustments to the design. Press D on your keyboard to reset the swatches, go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Gradient Map to create a new gradient map adjustment layer, and name it Overall Contrast.

Creating gradient map adjustment layer

Step 2

Now change the Blending Mode of this layer to Soft Light and set the Opacity to 26%.

Changing blending mode and opacity

Step 3

Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Levels to create a new levels adjustment layer and name it Overall Brightness.

Creating new levels adjustment layer

Step 4

Now Double-click on this layer thumbnail and in the Properties panel use the settings below:

Adjusting levels

Step 5

Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Hue/Saturation to create a new hue/saturation adjustment layer and name it Overall Saturation.

Creating hue and saturation adjustment layer

Step 6

Now Double-click on this layer thumbnail and in the Properties panel use the settings below:

Adjusting saturation

Step 7

Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Curves to create a new curves adjustment layer and name it Color Look.

Creating curves adjustment layer

Step 8

Now Double-click on this layer thumbnail and in the Properties panel use the settings below:

Adjusting curves

Step 9

Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Brightness/Contrast to create a new brightness/contrast adjustment layer and name it Background Brightness.

Creating brightnesscontrast adjustment layer

Step 10

Now, while the layer mask of the Background Brightness layer is selected, choose the Brush Tool (B), set the foreground color to #000000, and brush over the subject.

Brushing into layer mask

Step 11

Double-click on this layer thumbnail and in the Properties panel enter the settings below:

Adjusting brightness and contrast

You Made It!

Congratulations, you have succeeded! Here is our final result:

Final result

If you would like to create the even more advanced grand theft auto photo effects shown below and using just a single click, then check out my Grand Theft Photoshop Action.

The action works so you just
fill in your subject with a color and play the action. Yes, it’s really
that simple! The action will do all the work for you, leaving you fully
layered results that you can further customize.

It comes with a detailed video tutorial that demonstrates how to use the action and also how to customize the results to get the most out of the effect.

Action final results

How to Draw Christmas Presents in the Snow in Adobe Illustrator

Final product image
What You’ll Be Creating

In this tutorial you will learn how to use the Mesh Tool in Adobe Illustrator to create a vector Christmas background with a pile of gift boxes!

If you want to skip the tutorial and just use these presents along with some other awesome elements in your work, you can purchase Christmas Gift Boxes in Snow from GraphicRiver!

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Christmas Gift Boxes in Snow

1. How to Draw the First Present

Step 1

For our very first step, grab a red (#B33029) rectangle.

Proceed to Effects > Warp > Arc and apply the effect with the following settings:

  • Bend -28%
  • Horizontal 0%
  • Vertical 0%
bend the rectangle

Step 2

Go to Object > Expand Appearance, and modify the shape by bringing its edges up a bit.

Let’s begin using Mesh! Grab the Mesh Tool (U) and create a Mesh Grid like the one in the screenshot below by clicking where the nodes are supposed to be.

Once your Mesh Grid is done, begin coloring it by selecting the indicated column of nodes with the Mesh Tool (U) and changing their color to #F9E5D5.

Continue by coloring the nodes selected in the screenshot below with #D04640.

Finally, color the six nodes on the left edge of the shape with #941F17.

apply mesh

Step 3

Draw the lid of the box using the same technique and these colors:

  1. #D24741
  2. #D45458
  3. #FFE0D0
color the lid with mesh

Step 4

Create the bottom side of the gift box using the Mesh Tool and the following colors:

  1. #B12E27
  2. #FFEFDE
  3. #DD544E
  4. #941F17
  5. #EF8A7E
color the side with mesh

Step 5

Assemble the box out of the three parts we made!

assemble the box

Step 6

Let’s move on to creating the bow!

Create the first element with Mesh and these colors:

  1. #AE2C26
  2. #871910
  3. #3E0600
draw one part of bow

Step 7

Create the second element.

  1. #8F1D15
  2. #FAB7A8
  3. #721107
  4. #150100
draw second part

Step 8

Put both elements together to create the first piece of the bow.

join bow

Step 9

Create another bottom part of the bow with Mesh.

  1. #AB2C25
  2. #7A150B
  3. #120100
use mesh to draw

Step 10

Create the accompanying top part.

  1. #A0241E
  2. #D74F48
  3. #FADCCC
  4. #80170D
  5. #190200
draw more ribbon

Step 11

Again, put the last two parts together.

put together bow part

Step 12

Draw the first half of piece number 3.

  1. #B9352E
  2. #FFF7E6
draw mesh bow

Step 13

Draw another part.

  1. #C13C36
  2. #480700
color mesh bow

Step 14

Put together the third piece.

add mesh together

Step 15

Draw another part of the bow.

  1. #C7413B
  2. #691108
color mesh bow

Step 16

Draw this part out of two shapes, both colored with #C7413B.

  1. #C7413B
  2. #FFF7E6
  3. #4F0800
draw with mesh

Step 17

Join our final two parts together!

join final two parts of the bow

Step 18

Now put together the left half of the bow, as indicated by the numbers.

add four parts together

Step 19

Go to Object > Transform > Reflect, choose the Vertical option, and press Copy to complete the bow.

create full bow

Step 20

Draw a #100000 filled ellipse to serve as a shadow for the base of the bow.

draw black shadow

Step 21

Place it onto the base.

add shadow

Step 22

Add the bow on top of the gift box we drew earlier.

add bow

Step 23

Draw an ellipse filled with a Radial Gradient (#58342D to white) to create another shadow. Use the Multiply transparency mode.

draw shadow

Step 24

Add shadows on the base of the bow and under the box.

place two shadows

Step 25

Let’s create a new color variant of this box!

Proceed to Edit > Edit Colors > Convert to Greyscale.

convert to grayscale

Step 26

Go to Edit > Edit Colors > Adjust Colors and tweak the Black in the box by -14%.

change color

Step 27

Finally, return to Edit > Edit Colors > Adjust Colors, only now choosing the RGB mode.

Tick Convert on the top of the window, and set the following parameters:

  • Red: -33%
  • Green: -9%
  • Blue: -9%
color to cyan

2. How to Draw the Second Present

Step 1

Draw the left side of the second gift box’s lid with Mesh.

  1. #D3CFB4
  2. #ABA485
  3. #817756
  4. #F7F5DF
draw side of box with mesh

Step 2

Draw the right part of the lid.

  1. #E8E5CD
  2. #C5BFA4
  3. #F7F5DF
draw another side

Step 3

Draw the left side of the box.

  1. #9E9676
  2. #695F3E
  3. #796F4D
  4. #E8E3CD
bottom of box with mesh

Step 4

Draw the right side of the box.

  1. #CDC8AC
  2. #695F3E
  3. #796F4D
  4. #E8E3CD
side of box

Step 5

Draw the lid.

  1. #F2F1DB
  2. #CFCAB0
  3. #E9E6CF
draw the lid using gradient mesh

Step 6

Put together the second box.

assemble the gift box

Step 7

Recolor a copy of the box with Edit > Edit Colors > Adjust Colors and these settings:

  • Red: -60%
  • Green: -37%
  • Blue: -12%
recolor the christmas present

Step 8

Create another green box out of a copy with Edit > Edit Colors > Adjust Colors:

  • Red: -45%
  • Green: -36%
  • Blue: -34%
color the box green

Step 9

Begin drawing the cyan bow.

  1. #3B7F92
  2. #9DD9CA
  3. #113C33
  4. #236072
draw cyan bow

Step 10

Draw the second element.

  1. #3B7F92
  2. #A0DBCD
  3. #0E3533
  4. #489397
  5. #285F64
draw another bow part

Step 11

Draw the next part.

  1. #1A4F63
  2. #05210B
draw another part

Step 12

Create the next element.

  1. #1E556C
  2. #89CDC4
  3. #27678B
  4. #154549
  5. #53A1AD
draw mesh bow part

Step 13

  1. #1D5268
  2. #7FC4BE
  3. #28698C
  4. #112F3F
Draw mesh ribbon

Step 14

Draw the final part of the bow.

  1. #28667A
  2. #5299A7
  3. #0D3A3F
  4. #66B9C4
mesh final piece

Step 15

Create a shadow for the bow by filling an ellipse with a #0B3330 to white Radial Gradient and Multiply transparency.

add shadow

Step 16

Add all the parts together.

assemble bow

Step 17

Let’s begin drawing the ribbon for the bow!

  1. #286372
  2. #79C5CD
  3. #61A9B6
  4. #0F2A30
draw cyan ribbon

Step 18

Draw the top part of the ribbon.

  1. #3C8395
  2. #153538
  3. #59A3B0
draw mesh ribbon

Step 19

Join these two together!

bring together ribbon

Step 20

Create another element.

  1. #2C6779
  2. #144349
  3. #5EAABA
  4. #93D8DB
draw another mesh

Step 21

Draw the last section of the ribbon.

  1. #5EAABA
  2. #16454C
last mesh piece

Step 22

Draw a pattern for the box.

Use two circles with a #408696 Stroke, which you would then Expand. Create a couple of different versions.

pattern

Step 23

Create a rectangular pattern out of the circles.

create pattern

Step 24

Create two copies of the pattern.

Go to Effect > Distort & Transform > Free Distort and create a pattern for the side of the box.

free discort

Step 25

Grab the second copy and through Effect > Distort & Transform > Free Distort, create a pattern for the lid.

free discort

Step 26

Apply the pattern and the bow with the ribbon to the box.

add pattern to box

Step 27

Grab a copy of the pattern, and set it to Multiply and 60% Opacity before applying it to the blue box.

recolor

Step 28

Take another pattern, this time with Screen and 60% Opacity, for the green box.

recolor

Step 29

Recolor the bow and the pattern with Edit > Edit Colors > Adjust Colors:

  • Red: 45%
  • Green: -47%
  • Blue: -41%
change bow to red

Step 30

Arrange the boxes we made into a pile.

create group of presents

3. How to Draw the Third Present

Step 1

Begin drawing the third box.

  1. #778C80
  2. #B6CCBC
  3. #363E2A
  4. #353C28
  5. #5B6B5B
side of the box

Step 2

Draw the lid.

  1. #B2CDBF
  2. #FEF9E7
  3. #95B0A7
lid with mesh

Step 3

Draw the side of the lid.

  1. #8EA59B
  2. #EDEFDE
  3. #708477
  4. #A1BCB3
  5. #515F4F
side of the lid with mesh

Step 4

Assemble the gift box.

put together present

Step 5

Begin drawing a bow.

  1. #90A29A
  2. #102114
  3. #C8D8C2
  4. #637568
bow part

Step 6

Draw the second part.

  1. #55675F
  2. #DBEAD4
  3. #798E87
  4. #D4352C
mesh piece

Step 7

Draw another element with mesh.

  1. #95A79F
  2. #ECFCDF
  3. #091B0F
3rd bow part

Step 8

  1. #8FA299
  2. #516156
  3. #CDDECD
draw with mesh

Step 9

  1. #A7BAB3
  2. #E9FCDD
  3. #75867C
  4. #112216
another part of bow

Step 10

  1. #112317
  2. #53655C
mesh part of bow

Step 11

  1. #7C9884
  2. #E5EDE3
  3. #224029
7th mesh part

Step 12

Draw the eighth element:

  1. #223B29
  2. #46614F

and the final part.

  1. #37513E
  2. #0E2312
  3. #893398
two final parts

Step 13

Assemble the bow!

put together bow

Step 14

Place the bow onto the box.

place bow

Step 15

Recolor a copy of the present into blue by using Edit > Edit Colors > Adjust Colors:

  • Red: -18%
  • Green: -7%
  • Blue: 15%
recolor box

Step 16

Apply Edit > Edit Colors > Saturate with -35% Intensity to get a light blue box.

desaturate box

Step 17

Add these boxes and the boxes made in the first section to the group.

create group

4. How to Draw the Background

Step 1

Draw the background with Mesh:

  1. #6C9F99
  2. #C4D7CA
  3. #99C0B8
  4. #D7E2D2
  5. #3F7D79
color background with mesh

Step 2

Add a drawing of snow.

  1. #EFF4E4
  2. #D1E0D5
draw mesh snow

Step 3

Combine the two.

add snow

Step 4

Place the group of presents on the snow.

Next, draw a rectangle and put it on top of the image. The rectangle should “frame” everything you want to keep in the picture.

Select all the elements, right-click, and choose Make Clipping Mask.

clipping mask

Step 5

To create some falling snow, refer to my older Christmas tutorial! Give it 60% Opacity.

add snow from older tutorial

Step 6

Our picture is finished!

final picture

Awesome Work, You’re Now Done!

What now? You can try any of my other tutorials from my profile, or check out my portfolio on GraphicRiver, as well as the original vector we recreated in this tutorial.

I hope you enjoyed the tutorial, and I would be super happy to see any results in the comments below!

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Christmas Gift Boxes in Snow

How to Create a Piggy-Bank Illustration in Adobe Illustrator

Final product image
What You’ll Be Creating

In the following steps you will learn how to create a detailed piggy-bank illustration in Adobe Illustrator. 

For starters, you will learn how to set up a simple grid and how to create the main shapes using basic tools and vector shape building techniques, as well as the Live Corners feature and some simple effects. Using basic blending techniques, Gaussian Blur effects and some Warp effects, you will learn how to add shading and highlights. 

Moving on, you will learn how to create the first coin shape and how to easily mask it using a simple opacity mask. Taking full advantage of the Appearance panel, you will learn how to create a bunch of new, easily editable coins. You will also learn how to create and save a new pattern and how to add some subtle sparkles using the Pucker & Bloat effect.

For more inspiration on how to adjust or improve your final illustration, you can find plenty of resources at GraphicRiver.

1. How to Create a New Document and Set Up a Grid

Hit Control-N to create a new document. Select Pixels from the Units drop-down menu, enter 850 in the width box and 800 in the height box, and then click that More Settings button. Select RGB for the Color Mode, set the Raster Effects to Screen (72 ppi), and then click Create Document.

Enable the Grid (View > Show Grid) and the Snap to Grid (View > Snap to Grid). You will need a grid every 5 px, so simply go to Edit > Preferences > Guides & Grid, and enter 5 in the Gridline every box and 1 in the Subdivisions box. Try not to get discouraged by all that grid—it will make your work easier, and keep in mind that you can easily enable or disable it using the Control-“ keyboard shortcut.

You can learn more about Illustrator’s grid system in this short tutorial from Andrei Stefan: Understanding Adobe Illustrator’s Grid System.

You should also open the Info panel (Window > Info) for a live preview with the size and position of your shapes. Don’t forget to set the unit of measurement to pixels from Edit > Preferences > Units. All these options will significantly increase your work speed.

setup grid

2. How to Create the Body of the Piggy Bank

Step 1

Pick the Ellipse Tool (L) and focus on your Toolbar. Remove the color from the stroke and then select the fill and set its color to R=41 G=171 B=226. Move to your artboard and simply create a 290 x 255 px ellipse—the grid and the Snap to Grid feature will help.

ellipse tool

Step 2

Set the fill color to yellow and pick the Rectangle Tool (M). Create a 75 x 55 px shape and place it exactly as shown in the following image.

rectangle tool

Step 3

Focus on your yellow rectangle and pick the Direct Selection Tool (A). Select the bottom-left anchor point and drag it 15 px to the right, select the bottom-right anchor point and drag it 20 px to the left, and then select the top-right anchor point and drag it 25 px down. In the end, your yellow shape should look like in the second image.

direct selection tool

Step 4

Make sure that your yellow shape is selected and go to Object > Transform > Reflect. Check the Vertical box and then click that Copy button. Select the newly made shape and place it exactly as shown in the second image.

reflect

Step 5

Select the three shapes made so far, open the Pathfinder panel (Window > Pathfinder), and click the Unite button. Fill the resulting shape with R=246 G=148 B=140.

unite

Step 6

Focus on the bottom side of your shape and pick the Direct Selection Tool (A). Select the two anchor points highlighted with blue, go to the Control panel, and enter 50 pt in that Corners box.

Select the two anchor points highlighted with green, return to the Control panel, and enter 10 pt in the Corners box.

Select the four anchor points highlighted with purple, get back to the Control panel, and enter 5 pt in the Corners box.

live corners

Step 7

Select your pink shape and add a copy in front (Control-C > Control-F). Pick the Ellipse Tool (L), create a new 290 x 255 px shape, and place it exactly as shown in the first image. Reselect both shapes made in this step and click the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel.

Make sure that the resulting shapes remain selected and focus on the Appearance panel (Window > Appearance). Set the fill color to black (R=0 G=0 B=0) and then click that Opacity piece of text to open the Transparency fly-out panel. Change the Blending Mode to Overlay and lower the Opacity to 25%.

minus front

Step 8

Pick the Ellipse Tool (L), create a 290 x 255 px shape, and place it exactly as shown in the first image. Using the same tool, create a 270 x 215 px shape and place it as shown in the second image.

Select both shapes made in this step and click the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Fill the resulting shape with black, lower its Opacity to 20%, and change the Blending Mode to Soft Light.

minus front

Step 9

Pick the Ellipse Tool (L) and create a 290 x 255 px shape. Place it exactly as shown in the first image and then add a copy in front (Control-C > Control-F). Select this copy and move it 5 px down and 5 px to the left.

Reselect both shapes made in this step and click the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Fill the resulting shape with black, lower its Opacity to 10%, and change the Blending Mode to Overlay.

minus front

Step 10

Using the Ellipse Tool (L), create a 230 x 160 px shape and place it as shown in the following image. Fill this new shape with the linear gradient shown below and then focus on the Appearance panel. Keep in mind that the yellow zero from the Gradient image stands for Opacity percentage.

Select the existing fill, lower its Opacity to 30%, change the Blending Mode to Overlay, and then go to Effect > Blur > Gaussian Blur. Enter a 15 px Radius and then click that OK button.

gaussian blur

Step 11

Make sure that your newest shape is still selected and focus on the Appearance panel. Select the fill and duplicate it using the Duplicate Selected Item button. Select the newly added fill, lower its Opacity to 10%, and remove that Gaussian Blur effect.

duplicate fill

Step 12

Pick the Pen Tool (P) and create the two shapes shown in the first image. Fill them both with R=243 G=136 B=129 and then go to Effect > Stylize > Rounded Corners. Enter a 3 px Radius and then click that OK button.

rounded corners

Step 13

Pick the Pen Tool (P) and create the two shapes shown in the first image. Fill them both with R=254 G=212 B=192 and then go to Effect > Stylize > Rounded Corners. Enter a 3 px Radius and then click that OK button.

pen tool

Step 14

Pick the Ellipse Tool (L) and create the two shapes shown in the first image. Fill them both with R=254 G=212 B=192 and then turn them into one compound path (Control-8 or Object > Compound Path > Make).

Make sure that your compound path stays selected and pick the Rotate Tool (R). Hold the Alt button on your keyboard and simply click the anchor point highlighted in the first image to set the center point in that spot and open the Rotate window. Set the Angle to 45 degrees, click that OK button, and move to the Appearance panel. Lower the Opacity to 30% and change the Blending Mode to Soft Light.

rotate tool

Step 15

Pick the Ellipse Tool (L), create a 150 x 10 px shape, fill it with black, and place it as shown in the following image. Lower its Opacity to 50%, change the Blending Mode to Soft Light, and then go to Effect > Warp > Arc. Enter the attributes shown below, click that OK button, and then go to Effect > Blur > Gaussian Blur. Enter a 7 px Radius and then click that OK button.

warp arc

Step 16

Pick the Ellipse Tool (L) and create a 150 x 80 px shape. Fill it with the linear gradient shown below and place it as shown in the following image. Lower its Opacity to 30% and then go to Effect > Blur > Gaussian Blur. Enter a 20 px Radius and then click that OK button.

gaussian blur

Step 17

Disable the Snap to Grid (Control-“). Select your large pink shape and create a copy in front (Control-C > Control-F).

Pick the Brush Tool (B) and draw a simple path roughly as shown in the first image. Select it along with the copy made a few moments ago and click the Intersect button from the Pathfinder panel. Fill the resulting shape with R=254 G=212 B=192, lower its Opacity to 20%, and change the Blending Mode to Soft Light.

brush tool

Step 18

Reselect your large pink shape and create a copy in front (Control-C > Control-F).

Pick the Brush Tool (B) and draw a simple path roughly as shown in the first image. Select it along with the copy made a few moments ago and click the Intersect button from the Pathfinder panel. Fill the resulting shape with black, lower its Opacity to 15%, and change the Blending Mode to Soft Light.

brush tool

Step 19

Select your large pink shape and go to Effect > Stylize > Inner Glow. Enter the attributes shown in the following image and then click that OK button.

inner glow

3. How to Create the Nose of the Piggy Bank

Step 1

Enable the Snap to Grid (Control-“). Pick the Rectangle Tool (M), create a 55 x 135 px shape, and place it as shown in the first image.

Focus on the left side of this new rectangle and switch to the Direct Selection Tool (A). Select the top anchor point and drag it 40 px down, and then select the bottom anchor point and drag it 40 px up.

trapezoid

Step 2

Pick the Ellipse Tool (L), create a 65 x 195 px shape, and place it exactly as shown in the first image. Select this squeezed circle along with the trapezoid shape made in the previous step and click the Intersect button from the Pathfinder panel. Fill the resulting shape with R=242 G=137 B=131.

intersect

Step 3

Keep focusing on your trapezoid shape and pick the Direct Selection Tool (A). Select the two anchor point highlighted in the following image and enter 20 pt in that Corners box.

live corners

Step 4

Make sure that your trapezoid shape is selected and add two copies in front (Control-C > Control-F > Control-F). Select the top copy and move it 15 px up. Reselect both copies made in this step and click the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Fill the resulting shape with R=238 G=106 B=101 and lower its Opacity to 70%.

shadow

Step 5

Make sure that your trapezoid shape is selected and add two new copies in front (Control-C > Control-F > Control-F). Select the top copy and move it 5 px down. Reselect both copies made in this step and click the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Fill the resulting shape with R=249 G=175 B=166 and lower its Opacity to 30%.

highlight

Step 6

Make sure that your trapezoid shape stays selected and focus on the Appearance panel. Add a second fill using the Add New Fill button and select it.

Set the color to black, lower its Opacity to 15%, change the Blending Mode to Soft Light, and then go to Effect > Path > Offset Path. Enter a -10 px Offset, click that OK button, and then go to Effect > Blur > Gaussian Blur. Enter a 5 px Radius, click that OK button, and return to the Appearance panel. Select the pink fill and go to Effect > Stylize > Inner Glow. Enter the attributes shown below and then click that OK button.

add new fill

Step 7

Pick the Pen Tool (P) and create the shape shown in the following image. Fill it with black, lower its Opacity to 15%, change the Blending Mode to Soft Light, and then go to Effect > Stylize > Rounded Corners. Enter a 4 px Radius and then click that OK button.

shading

Step 8

Select the four shapes highlighted in the first image, Group them (Control-G) and then send your group to back (Shift-Control-[).

group

4. How to Create the Ears of the Piggy Bank

Step 1

Pick the Pen Tool (P) and create the shape highlighted in the first image. Fill it with R=214 G=85 B=82 and place it as shown below.

Switch to the Direct Selection Tool (A), select the highlighted anchor point, and enter 5 pt in that Corners box. Make sure that this shape stays selected, send it to back (Shift-Control-[), and then go to Effect > Warp > Arc. Enter the attributes shown below and then click that OK button.

ear back

Step 2

For this step, you will need a grid every 1 px, so go to Edit > Preferences > Guides & Grid and enter 1 in the Gridline every box.

Pick the Pen Tool (P) and create the shape highlighted in the first image. Fill it with R=244 G=149 B=142 and place it as shown below. Switch to the Direct Selection Tool (A), select the highlighted anchor point, and enter 5 pt in that Corners box.

ear front

Step 3

Make sure that the shape made in the previous step is still selected and focus on the Appearance panel. Add a second fill and select it. Apply the linear gradient shown below and go to Effect > Path > Offset Path. Enter a -2 px Offset, click that OK button, and then go to Effect > Distort & Transform > Transform. Enter the attributes shown in the following image and then click that OK button.

linear gradient

Step 4

Make sure that the shape edited in the previous step is still selected and go to Effect > Warp > Arc. Enter the attributes shown in the following image and then click that OK button.

warp arc

5. How to Create the Eye and the Tail

Step 1

Return to gridline every 5 px, so simply go to Edit > Preferences > Guides & Grid and enter 5 in the Gridline every box.

Pick the Ellipse Tool (L), create a 15 x 20 px shape, and fill it with R=176 G=73 B=65. Place this new shape as shown in the first image and then rotate it -45 degrees as shown in the second image.

rotate oval

Step 2

Disable the Snap to Grid (Shift-Control-“) and then go to Edit > Preferences > General and make sure that the Keyboard Increment is set to 1 px.

Make sure that your dark oval shape is still selected and add two copies in front (Control-C > Control-F > Control-F). Select the top copy and move it 5 px down and 2 px to the right using the arrow buttons on your keyboard. Reselect both copies made in this step and click the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Fill the resulting shape with R=214 G=85 B=82.

minus front

Step 3

Make sure that your dark oval shape is still selected and go to Effect > Stylize > Drop Shadow. Enter the attributes shown in the following image and then click that OK button.

drop shadow

Step 4

Enable the Snap to Grid (Control-“). Pick the Ellipse Tool (L), create a 15 x 30 px shape and fill it with R=214 G=85 B=82. Place this new shape as shown in the following image and send it to back (Shift-Control-[).

tail

6. How to Create a Coin and the Coin Slot

Step 1

Focus on the Layers panel (Window > Layers), name the existing layer “Body” and then lock it. Add a second layer using the Create New Layer button, name it “Coin” and make sure that it stays selected.

Pick the Ellipse Tool (L) and create a 280 x 245 px shape. Fill it with blue and place it exactly as shown in the first image. Make sure that this new shape is selected and go to Object > Path > Offset Path. Enter a -5 px Offset and then click that OK button. Fill the resulting shape with yellow.

lock layer

Step 2

Select the two oval shapes made in the previous step and click the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel.

minus front

Step 3

Pick the Rectangle Tool (M), create an 80 x 20 px shape, and place it as shown in the first image. Select it along with the blue shape and click the Intersect button from the Pathfinder panel. Fill the resulting shape with R=176 G=73 B=65.

intersect

Step 4

Pick the Ellipse Tool (L) and create an 80 px circle. Fill it with the linear gradient shown below and place it as shown in the following image.

yellow circle

Step 5

Make sure that your yellow circle is still selected, focus on the Appearance panel, and select the stroke. Set the color to white (R=255 G=255 B=255), lower its Opacity to 10%, change the Blending Mode to Overlay, and then click that Stroke piece of text to open the Stroke fly-out panel. Increase the Weight to 4 px and check the Align Stroke to Inside button.

white stroke

Step 6

Make sure that your yellow circle stays selected and keep focusing on the Appearance panel. Use the Add New Stroke button to add a second stroke and select it.

Be sure that the color is set to white and then lower its Opacity to 10% and change the Blending Mode to Overlay. Set the Weight to 2 px, check that Align Stroke to Inside button, and then go to Effect > Path > Offset Path. Enter a -5 px Offset and then click that OK button.

add new stroke

Step 7

Select your yellow circle and add a copy in front (Control-C > Control-F) and then select the thin, dark shape that lies behind your yellow circle. Create a copy in front (Control-C > Control-F) and bring it to front (Shift-Control-]).

Select both copies made in this step and click the Intersect button from the Pathfinder panel. Fill the resulting shape with black, lower its Opacity to 30%, and change the Blending Mode to Soft Light.

coin shadow

Step 8

Pick the Ellipse Tool (L) and create a 270 x 235 px shape. Fill it with black and place it as shown in the following image.

Select this black oval shape along with the yellow circle, open the Transparency panel (Window > Transparency), and click the Make Mask button. Uncheck that Clip box and things should end up looking like in the second image.

make mask

Step 9

Focus on the thin, dark shape that lies behind your yellow circle. Pick the Direct Selection Tool (A), select the four anchor points highlighted in the first image, and enter 1 pt in that Corners box. Make sure that your shape stays selected and go to Effect > Stylize > Drop Shadow. Enter the attributes shown in the following image and then click that OK button.

live corners

Step 10

Pick the Ellipse Tool (L), create an 80 x 35 px shape, and place it as shown in the following image. Fill it with R=255 G=170 B=0, lower its Opacity to 20%, and then send it to back (Shift-Control-[).

shadow

7. How to Create the Background

Step 1

Focus on the Layers panel, lock your “Coin” layer, and add a third layer. Name it “Bg“, select it, and make sure that it lies below the other two layers.

Pick the Rectangle Tool (M) and create an 860 x 810 px shape. Fill it with R=212 G=222 B=227 and make sure that it covers your entire artboard.

background

Step 2

Pick the Rectangle Tool (M), create an 860 x 260 px shape, and place it as shown in the following image. Fill it with the radial gradient shown below and don’t forget to change the Blending Mode to Soft Light. Use the Gradient Tool (G) to stretch that gradient as shown below.

background base

Step 3

Pick the Ellipse Tool (L), create a 290 x 15 px shape, and place it as shown in the first image. Fill it with black, lower its Opacity to 20%, and change the Blending Mode to Soft Light.

Pick the Ellipse Tool (L), create a 200 x 10 px shape, and place it as shown in the first image. Fill it with black, lower its Opacity to 20%, and change the Blending Mode to Soft Light.

shadows

8. How to Create Several Coins

Step 1

Switch to gridline every 1 px, so go to Edit > Preferences > Guides & Grid and enter 1 in the Gridline every box. Focus on the Layers panel and lock your “Bg” layer. Add a new layer, name it “Coins“, make sure that it lies at the top of the panel, and don’t forget to select it.

Pick the Rectangle Tool (M), create a 4 x 1 px shape, and fill it with yellow. Using the same tool, create a 2 x 1 px shape, fill it with black, and place it exactly as shown in the second image.

rectangles

Step 2

Select that tiny yellow rectangle, focus on the Appearance panel, and turn off the visibility for the fill. Reselect this shape along with the tiny black rectangle and simply drag them inside the Swatches panel (Window > Swatches) to save them as a pattern.

save pattern

Step 3

Return to gridline every 5 px, so simply go to Edit > Preferences > Guides & Grid and enter 5 in the Gridline every box.

Pick the Ellipse Tool (L), create an 80 x 15 px shape, and fill it with R=255 G=190 B=20. Make sure that this shape stays selected and focus on the Appearance panel. Add a second fill and select it. Apply the linear gradient shown below and then go to Effect > Distort & Transform > Transform. Drag the Scale-Horizontal slider to 98% and the Scale-Vertical slider to 95%, and don’t forget to check that top middle reference point. Then click OK.

squeezed circle

Step 4

Make sure that your squeezed yellow circle is still selected and keep focusing on the Appearance panel. Add a third fill and drag it to the bottom of the panel. Select it, set the color to R=243 G=155 B=11, and then go to Effect > Distort & Transform > Transform. Enter the attributes shown below and then click that OK button.

transform

Step 5

Make sure that your squeezed yellow circle stays selected, keep focusing on the Appearance panel, and duplicate the bottom fill. Select the newly added fill, lower its Opacity to 20%, change the Blending Mode to Overlay, and then replace the flat color with your pattern from the Swatches panel.

patetrn fill

Step 6

Make sure that your squeezed yellow circle is still selected and keep focusing on the Appearance panel. Add a fifth fill and drag it to the bottom of the panel. Select it, set the color to R=221 G=115 B=0, and then go to Effect > Distort & Transform > Transform. Enter the attributes shown below and then click that OK button.

add new fill

Step 7

Make sure that your squeezed yellow circle is still selected and keep focusing on the Appearance panel. Select the stroke and set its color to white. Increase the Weight to 4 px, check that Align Stroke to Inside button, and then lower the Opacity to 10% and change the Blending Mode to Overlay.

white stroke

Step 8

Make a copy of your yellow coin (Control-C > Control-V) and select it. Focus on the Appearance panel and simply replace the existing colors with the ones indicated in the following image.

silver coin

Step 9

Make a new copy of your yellow coin (Control-C > Control-V) and select it. Focus on the Appearance panel and simply replace the existing colors with the ones indicated in the following image.

bronze coin

Step 10

Multiply your coin shapes and spread them roughly as shown in the following image.

multiply coin

Step 11

Let’s add some subtle shading for the bottom coins (the ones that touch the ground). Select one of these shapes and focus on the Appearance panel.

Add a new fill and drag it in the bottom of the panel. Set the color to black, lower its Opacity to 40%, change the Blending Mode to Soft Light, and then go to Effect > Distort & Transform > Transform. Enter the attributes shown in the following image, click that OK button, and then go to Effect > Path > Offset Path. Enter a 2 px Offset and then click that OK button.

coin shadow

Step 12

Make sure that the shape edited in the previous step is still selected and keep focusing on the Appearance panel.

Add a new fill and drag it to the bottom of the panel. Set the color to black, lower its Opacity to 20%, change the Blending Mode to Soft Light, and then go to Effect > Distort & Transform > Transform. Enter the attributes shown in the following image, click that OK button, and then go to Effect > Path > Offset Path. Enter a 4 px Offset and then click that OK button.

coin shadow

Step 13

Move to the other coins that are touching the ground and add the same subtle shading.

coin shadow

Step 14

Focus on the Layers panel and unlock your “Bg” layer. Add two coins behind your piggy bank as shown in the following image and then lock it again.

coin back

Step 15

Return to the Layers panel and make sure that the “Coins” layer is selected. Create a 5 px circle and fill it with white. Lower its Opacity to 50%, change the Blending Mode to Soft Light, and then go to Effect > Distort & Transform > Pucker & Bloat. Drag that slider to -80% and then click that OK button. Multiply this subtle sparkle and spread the copies as shown in the following image.

sparkles

Congratulations! You’re Done!

Here is how it should look. I hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial and can apply these techniques in your future projects. Don’t hesitate to share your final result in the comments section.

Feel free to adjust the final design and make it your own. You can find some great sources of inspiration at GraphicRiver, with interesting solutions to improve your design.

final product

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When a user has landed on 404 page, there is a huge chance he or she will leave without having to see what else your website can offer. Thus, once it happens, you need to help them get back to the homepage.

In this list, we have collected 20 fresh and creative 404 error pages to see just for fun. Or, you can use their ideas to create some cool 404 error page for your site or blog.

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Art for All: Celebrate Diversity in Design—Volume 3

Welcome back to Volume Three of our Diversity in Design series on Envato Tuts+. Discover five talented artists with inspiring styles you’ll love.

5 Artists You Should Know: Diversity in Design

Celebrate the work of these extraordinary artists. Each with their own unique
background, they draw inspiration from both their culture and surroundings to create phenomenal design, illustrations and more.

Jose Berrio

Brooklyn-based designer Jose Berrio specializes in dope art posters you’ll want on your wall. Check out his awesome illustrative style below.

See more in his portfolio.

The Black Keys Poster

My name is Jose Berrio and I was born in Bogota, Colombia 29 years and 360 days
ago (I’m turning 30 next week). I received a degree in Graphic Design in 2006 and have worked in advertising agencies for seven years. Some of the
clients I’ve worked with in the past include Converse, Harper Collins, Google, and a few music bands.

The Black Keys Poster

Nina Simone “High Priestess of Soul” Poster

Besides doing graphic design, one of the things I love the most is
music in general. Currently I’m playing drums in a band called Fruit
& Flowers.

I try to get inspired from things that aren’t necessarily
related to graphic design. Music is definitely one of the things
that’s always present.

Nina Simone High Priestess of Soul Poster
Nina Simone “High Priestess of Soul” Poster

“Sarah” Short Film Poster

Sarah Short Film Poster
“Sarah” Short Film Poster

Converse Rubber Tracks Live

Posters have always been one of my main inspirations since I first got
interested in graphic design. I remember going to an Alain LeQuernec
exhibition before enrolling at college. That experience was a game
changer for me because it was probably the first time I understood what
you could achieve through design.

Converse Rubber Tracks Live
Converse Rubber Tracks Live

Melissa Arbelaez

Dreamer and paper artist Melissa Arbelaez shares her love of this delightful art through her work. From spot-on paper camera replicas to colorful pizza, her creations are creative and charming.

See more in her portfolio.

Paper Art

I am a freelance
artist based in Los Angeles, CA, but I was born in Medellin, Colombia. I
moved to the US for school because I was really inspired by the film, video and TV industries.

Paper Art by Melissa Arbelaez

Maaji Swimwear

I grew up in a beautiful
city situated in the Andes Mountains in South America and since we don’t
have seasons we have flowers and the sun all year round—which makes my work
really colorful and happy.

Maaji Swimwear by Melissa Arbelaez
Maaji Swimwear

Paper Art

Paper Art by Melissa Arbelaez
Paper Art

Rosewood

My work is a
big expression of who I am. I am a dreamer, and through my work I always try to inspire people to dream more.  

Rosewood by Melissa Arbelaez
Rosewood

Febrian Anugrah

Or just chill and check out this next set from junior architect and graphic designer Febrian Anugrah. His work features a cool flat illustration style with great colors and texture.

See more in his portfolio.

Utopia

I’m Febrian Anugrah Wicaksono from Indonesia. A self taught illustrator
and graphic designer. Trying to make a living doing something that I like, mostly drawing useless thingies.

Utopia by Febrian Anugrah
Utopia

Visual Mixtape

I’ve always believed that I could find inspiration anywhere, literally.
From movies, comics, books, or just from random things on the road.

Visual Mixtape by Febrian Anugrah
Visual Mixtape

Chill Hill

 Chill Hill by Febrian Anugrah
Chill Hill

Feather Walker

For vector art inspiration, I’ve always looked up to DKNG Studios, these guys are super rad!
For drawing, I look up to Sam Bosma. His use of color and composition never
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Feather Walker
Feather Walker

Karla Cordova

Designer, photographer and photo retoucher Karla Cordova creates fascinating images with Photoshop. Check out her stunning range of manipulations and photo retouching below.

See more in her portfolio.

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I live in the middle of the earth, Ecuador.
At 15 my parents gave me a camera and since then I knew that
photography would be my future. I have now been in the industry for 12 years.

Beauty Editorial for Salys Magazine
Beauty Editorial for Salysé Magazine

Campaña Chaide y Chaide

I love complex images with a strong concept. Most of the time I try to
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Campaa Chaide y Chaide
Campaña Chaide y Chaide

Wearing Cherry Blossoms

Wearing Cherry Blossoms
Wearing Cherry Blossoms

Las Tres Gracias

My work explores my point of view and I play with what the pictures really
mean. Now I’m exploring portraits in the same way, trying to channel the
personality of the model into what I think they want to be.

I admire the people that live for their art. Every day I open my feed and see an infinite amount of artists with
different points of view and I always try to absorb a little bit of each one.

Las Tres Gracias
Las Tres Gracias

Omar Feliciano

Omar Feliciano is a graphic designer from Puerto Rico. His work features amazing shirt designs and traditional drawings.

See more in his portfolio.

Oh, Lenore!

Ever since I was a little kid, I was drawn to art. I was obsessed with coloring books and I had a mission to color them “perfectly.” Years passed and I developed a
natural drawing skill.

Oh Lenore
Oh, Lenore!

I Rebel

A few years ago I discovered the awesome world of shirt designing. I started submitting my designs to weekly competitions on the internet. I love how this
process has helped me develop an area of creative thinking that can’t be obtained in any other way.

I Rebel
I Rebel

Party Animal

Party Animal
Party Animal

Panda Rorschach

You need to be funny,
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New Course: Icon Design With Adobe XD

How about learning to design useful icons and mastering some exciting new software at the same time?

Our new short course, Icon Design With Adobe XD, will teach you how to use various tools in Adobe XD to design a selection of icons.

What You’ll Learn

Although this is a short course of just half an hour, instructor Daniel White will show you the whole design process from start to finish, working through eight commonly used icons such as search, phone, pencil, cloud, and so on.

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How to Create an Amethyst Geode Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

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What You’ll Be Creating

An amethyst is a stunning violet variety of quartz often used in jewelry. This tutorial will show you how to use Photoshop’s filters, brush settings, and a bunch of different layer styles to create a dazzling amethyst geode inspired text effect. Let’s get started!

This text effect was inspired by the many Layer Styles available on GraphicRiver.

Tutorial Assets


The following assets were used during the production of this tutorial:

1. How to Create a Smart Object Layer

Step 1

Create a new 1050 x 700 px document with a White background, duplicate the Background layer, and rename the copy to Pattern Texture.

Pattern Texture Layer

Step 2

Right-click the Pattern Texture layer and choose Convert to Smart Object, and set the Foreground and Background Colors to Black and White.

Convert to Smart Object

Step 3

Go to Filter > Render > Fiber, and set the Variance to 16 and the Strength to 4.

Fiber Filter

2. How to Create a Pattern Texture Using Filters

Step 1

Go to Filter > Filter Gallery to apply these filters:

Sketch > Bas Relief

  • Detail: 13
  • Smoothness: 3
  • Light: Bottom
Bas Relief

Step 2

Click the New effect layer icon in the bottom right corner to add another filter.

Texture > Stained Glass

  • Cell Size: 6
  • Border Thickness: 3
  • Light Intensity: 3
Stained Glass

Step 3

Add another new effect layer.

Artistic > Plastic Wrap

  • Highlight Strength: 15
  • Detail: 9
  • Smoothness: 7
Plastic Wrap

Step 4

Go to Edit > Define Pattern, and type Pattern Texture in the Name field.

Define Pattern

Step 5

Open the Stone Texture – Seamless image, go to Edit > Define Pattern, and type Stone Pattern in the Name field.

Define Pattern

3. How to Create a Background Layer

Step 1

Create a new 1050 x 700 px document, click the Create new fill or adjustment layer icon at the bottom of the Layers panel, and choose Gradient.

Create the fill using the Colors #474747 to the left, #313131 in the middle, and #272727 to the right.

Change the Style to Radial and the Scale to 250, and check the Dither box.

Gradient

Step 2

Place the Light Texture 1 image on top of the Gradient layer. You can resize it as you need, but here it is kept quite large so that it extends outside the canvas, and only a part of it is used over the background.

Change the layer’s name to BG Texture and its Blend Mode to Soft Light.

Background Texture Overlay

Step 3

Go to Image > Adjustments > Hue/Saturation, and change the Hue to 75, the Saturation to -80, and the Lightness to -10.

HueSaturation

4. How to Create Text Layers

Step 1

Create the text in All Caps using the font Aller Display. Change the Size to 250 pt, the Tracking to 75, and the Color to #5c3667.

Create the Text

Step 2

Duplicate the text layer, and change the copy‘s Fill value to 0.

Fill Value

Step 3

Duplicate the copy text layer.

Duplicate the Layer

5. How to Style the First Text Layer

Double-click the original text layer to apply the following layer style:

Step 1

Add a Bevel and Emboss with these settings:

  • Size: 27
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box
  • Angle: 146
  • Altitude: 53
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
  • Highlight Mode: Linear Light
    • Opacity: 75%
  • Shadow Mode: Color Burn
    • Color: #010101
    • Opacity: 50%
Bevel and Emboss

Step 2

Add a Contour with these settings:

  • Contour: Cone – Inverted
  • Check the Anti-aliased box.
  • Range: 100%
Contour

Step 3

Add a Texture with these settings:

  • Pattern: Pattern Texture
  • Check the Invert box
Texture

Step 4

Add a Drop Shadow with these settings:

  • Opacity: 50%
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box
  • Angle: 128
  • Distance: 6
  • Size: 15
Drop Shadow

This will style the first text layer.

Styled Text Layer

6. How to Style the Second Text Layer

Double-click the first copy text layer to apply the following layer style:

Step 1

Add a Bevel and Emboss with these settings:

  • Size: 27
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box
  • Angle: 7
  • Altitude: 48
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
  • Highlight Mode:
    • Color: #dbdfe3
    • Opacity: 75%
  • Shadow Mode: Color Burn
    • Color: #010101
    • Opacity: 50%
Bevel and Emboss

Step 2

Add a Texture with these settings:

  • Pattern: Pattern Texture
  • Check the Invert box
Texture

This will style the second text layer.

Styled Text Layer

7. How to Style the Third Text Layer

Double-click the second copy text layer to apply a Bevel and Emboss effect with these settings:

  • Size: 49
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box
  • Angle: -158
  • Altitude: 0
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
  • Highlight Mode: Vivid Light
    • Color: #ece7f0
    • Opacity: 50%
  • Shadow Mode:
    • Opacity: 0%
Bevel and Emboss

This will style the third text layer.

Styled Text Layer

8. How to Quickly Organize Layers

Step 1

Place all the text layers in a group and name it Text Layers.

Text Layers Group

Step 2

Duplicate the first copy text layer, drag it outside and on top of the Text Layers group, rename it to Top, and change its Opacity to 35%.

Duplicate Layer

9. How to Create and Save Simple Fill Brush Tips

Step 1

Pick the Brush Tool and open the Brush panel. Choose the Hard Square 16 pixels brush tip and modify its settings as below:

Brush Tip Shape

Brush Tip Shape

Shape Dynamics

Shape Dynamics

Scattering

Scattering

Step 2

Click the Create new brush icon in the bottom right corner of the Brush panel, and type Fill Brush 01 in the Name field.

Create New Brush

Step 3

With the same brush tip selected, modify the settings as below to create a variation of it:

Brush Tip Shape

Brush Tip Shape

Shape Dynamics

Shape Dynamics

Scattering

Scattering

Step 4

Save the modified tip with the name Fill Brush 02.

Fill Brush 02

Step 5

Modify the settings as below to create another variation of the same brush tip:

Brush Tip Shape

Brush Tip Shape

Shape Dynamics

Shape Dynamics

Scattering

Scattering

Step 6

Save the modified tip with the name Fill Brush 03.

Fill Brush 03

10. How to Fill the Text Using Different Brush Tips

Step 1

Create three new layers, and name them 01, 02, and 03 from bottom to top.

Create New Layers

Step 2

Select the layer 01, and pick the Fill Brush 01 tip. Click-drag slightly over the text to add the brush.

Fill the Text With a Brush Tip

Step 3

Select the layer 02, and fill the text using the Fill Brush 02 tip.

Fill the Text With a Brush Tip

Step 4

Select the layer 03, and fill the text using the Fill Brush 03 tip.

Fill the Text With a Brush Tip

Step 5

Create one more new layer on top of all layers, name it 03 copy, and fill the text again with the Fill Brush 03 tip.

Fill the Text With a Brush Tip

Step 6

Select all the brush fill layers, and change their Fill value to 0.

Change the Fill Value

11. How to Create the Main Fill Style

Double-click the 01 layer to apply the following layer style:

Step 1

Add a Bevel and Emboss with these settings:

  • Technique: Chisel Hard
  • Size: 6
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
  • Highlight Mode: Linear Light
    • Color: #fbfbfb
    • Opacity: 100%
  • Shadow Mode: Color Burn
    • Color: #010101
    • Opacity: 50%
Bevel and Emboss

Step 2

Add a Contour with these settings:

  • Contour: Cone – Inverted
  • Check the Anti-aliased box.
  • Range: 100%
Contour

Step 3

Add a Texture with these settings:

  • Pattern: Leaves
  • Depth: 50%
  • Check the Invert box
Texture

Step 4

Add a Color Overlay with these settings:

  • Color: #62466d
Color Overlay

Step 5

Right-click the styled layer, and choose Copy Layer Style. Select the rest of the brush fill layers, right-click any of them, and choose Paste Layer Style.

Copy and Paste Layer Style

12. How to Tweak Layer Style Settings

Step 1

Double-click the 02 layer, uncheck the Texture effect, and change its Bevel and Emboss Highlight Mode‘s Opacity value to 50%.

Adjust Layer Style Settings

This will style the second fill layer.

You can hide and show the fill layers if you like to see the difference each time you modify a layer style.

Styled Layer

Step 2

Double-click the 03 layer, uncheck the Texture effect, and change its Bevel and Emboss values as below:

  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box
  • Angle: 24
  • Altitude: 37
  • Highlight Mode: Vivid Light
Bevel and Emboss

This will style the third fill layer.

Styled Layer

Step 3

Double-click the 03 copy layer, uncheck the Texture effect, and change the following values:

Bevel and Emboss:

  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box
  • Angle: 56
  • Altitude: 32
  • Highlight Mode: Vivid Light
    • Opacity: 50%
Bevel and Emboss

Step 4

Contour:

  • Contour: Cone – Asymmetrical
Contour

This will style the last fill layer.

Styled Layer

Step 5

Move the Top text layer on top of all the brush fill layers, place it with them in a group, and name it Inside.

Inside Group

13. How to Create a Spiky Brush Tip

Step 1

Create a new 100 x 100 px document.

Pick the Polygon Tool, and set the Sides to 3 in the Options bar. Create an upside-down triangle shape in the document.

Create an Upside Down Triangle Shape

Step 2

Pick the Direct Selection Tool (A), and click-drag the bottom anchor point downwards to elongate the triangle a little bit.

Elongate the Triangle

Step 3

Move the anchor points and scale the triangle’s sides down until you get a spike shape that you like.

Create a Narrow Triangle

Step 4

Go to Edit > Define Brush Preset, and type Edges in the Name field.

Define Brush Preset

14. How to Create and Save Stroke Brush Tips

Step 1

Pick the Brush Tool and open the Brush panel. Choose the Hard Square 12 pixels brush tip and modify its settings as below:

Brush Tip Shape

Brush Tip Shape

Shape Dynamics

Shape Dynamics

Scattering

Scattering

Step 2

Save the modified tip with the name Stroke 01.

Stroke 01

Step 3

Choose the Edges brush tip and modify its settings as below:

Brush Tip Shape

Brush Tip Shape

Shape Dynamics

Shape Dynamics

Scattering

Scattering

Step 4

Save the modified tip with the name Stroke 02.

Stroke 02

15. How to Create a Work Path Stroke

Step 1

Right-click any of the text layers and choose Create Work Path.

Create Work Path

Step 2

Create three new layers and name them Stroke 01, Stroke 01 copy, and Stroke 02 from bottom to top.

Create New Layers

Step 3

Select the Stroke 01 layer, pick the Stroke 01 brush tip, and hit the Return key once to stroke the path.

Stroke the Work Path

Step 4

Select the Stroke 01 copy layer, and hit the Return key again to stroke the path with the same brush tip.

Stroke the Work Path

Step 5

Select the Stroke 02 layer, pick the Stroke 02 brush tip, and hit the Return key to stroke the path.

Hit the Backspace key to get rid of the work path.

Stroke the Work Path

16. How to Style the Stroke Layers

Double-click the Stroke 01 layer to apply the following layer style:

Step 1

Add a Bevel and Emboss with these settings:

  • Technique: Chisel Hard
  • Size: 6
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box
  • Angle: 56
  • Altitude: 32
  • Gloss Contour: Cone – Inverted
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
  • Highlight Mode: Vivid Light
    • Color: #edf0f2
    • Opacity: 100%
  • Shadow Mode: Color Burn
    • Color: #010101
    • Opacity: 50%
Bevel and Emboss

Step 2

Add a Contour with these settings:

  • Check the Anti-aliased box.
Contour

Step 3

Add a Texture with these settings:

  • Pattern: Pattern Texture
  • Check the Invert box
Texture

Step 4

Add an Inner Shadow with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Color Burn
  • Color: #010101
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Distance: 0
  • Size: 5
Inner Shadow

Step 5

Add a Color Overlay with these settings:

  • Color: #dbd3e0
Color Overlay

Step 6

Right-click the styled layer and choose Copy Layer Style. Select the rest of the stroke layers, right-click any of them, and choose Paste Layer Style.

Copy and Paste Layer Style

17. How to Tweak Layer Style Settings

Step 1

Double-click the Stroke 01 copy layer to adjust these Bevel and Emboss settings:

  • Angle: 170
  • Altitude: 32
  • Highlight Mode:
    • Opacity: 50%
Bevel and Emboss

This will adjust the effect.

Styled Layer

Step 2

Double-click the Stroke 02 layer to adjust these Bevel and Emboss settings:

  • Angle: 53
  • Altitude: 37
  • Gloss Contour: Cove – Deep
Bevel and Emboss

This will create a more dynamic result.

Styled Layer

Step 3

Place all the stroke layers in a group and name it Stroke.

Stroke Group

18. How to Create a Back Stroke

Step 1

Create a new layer on top of the BG Texture, name it Back Stroke 01, duplicate it, and name the copy Back Stroke 02.

Right-click any text layer and choose Create Work Path.

Create New Layers

Step 2

Select the Back Stroke 01 layer and pick the Brush Tool.

Choose a hard round 20 px brush tip, and hit the Return key to stroke the path.

Stroke the Work Path

Step 3

Open the Brush panel to adjust these brush tip’s settings:

Brush Tip Shape

Brush Tip Shape

Shape Dynamics

Shape Dynamics

Scattering

Scattering

Step 4

Select the Back Stroke 02 layer and hit the Return key to stroke the work path with the modified tip.

Hit the Backspace key to get rid of the work path.

Stroke the Work Path

Step 5

Command-click any text layer’s thumbnail to load a selection.

Load a Selection

Step 6

Select the Back Stroke 01 layer, press-hold the Option key, and click the Add layer mask icon at the bottom of the Layers panel to add an inverted layer mask.

Add a Layer Mask

19. How to Style the First Back Stroke Layer

Double-click the Back Stroke 01 layer to apply the following layer style:

Step 1

Add a Bevel and Emboss with these settings:

  • Size: 8
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box
  • Angle: 90
  • Altitude: 26
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
  • Highlight Mode: Vivid Light
Bevel and Emboss

Step 2

Add a Contour with these settings:

  • Contour: Cove – Deep
  • Check the Anti-aliased box.
Contour

Step 3

Add a Texture with these settings:

  • Pattern: Leaves
  • Scale: 50%
Texture

Step 4

Add a Pattern Overlay with these settings:

  • Pattern: Stone Pattern
  • Scale: 25%
Pattern Overlay

Step 5

Add an Outer Glow with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Soft Light
  • Opacity: 35%
  • Color: #ffffff
  • Size: 50
Outer Glow

Right-click the Back Stroke 01 layer, and choose Copy Layer StyleRight-click the Back Stroke 02 layer, and choose Paste Layer Style.

Copy and Paste Layer Style

20. How to Modify the Second Back Stroke Layer Style

Double-click the Back Stroke 02 layer to modify its layer style using these settings:

Step 1

Add an Outer Glow with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Multiply
  • Opacity: 55%
  • Color: #aaaaaa
  • Size: 75
Outer Glow

Step 2

Add a Drop Shadow with these settings:

  • Opacity: 75%
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box
  • Angle: 113
  • Distance: 19
  • Size: 20
Drop Shadow

Step 3

Click the + icon to add another Drop Shadow effect with these settings:

  • Opacity: 35%
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box
  • Angle: 120
  • Distance: 50
  • Size: 50
Drop Shadow

This will style the second back stroke layer.

Styled Layer

21. How to Add Global Adjustments

Step 1

Create a new layer on top of all layers, name it Noise, and go to Edit > Fill.

Set the Contents to 50% Gray and click OK.

Fill Noise Layer

Step 2

Right-click the Noise layer and choose Convert to Smart Object, and change its Blend Mode to Soft Light.

Convert to Smart Object

Step 3

Go to Filter > Noise > Add Noise, and change the Amount to 3 and the Distribution to Uniform.

Add Noise

Step 4

Click the Create new fill or adjustment layer icon at the bottom of the Layers panel and choose Brightness/Contrast.

Change the layer’s Blend Mode to Luminosity, and change the Contrast value to 10.

BrightnessContrast

Step 5

Duplicate the BG Texture layer, and place the copy on top of all layers.

Expand the copy‘s Filter list and double-click the Hue/Saturation tab to change the Saturation value to -100.

Change Saturation

Step 6

Double-click the BG Texture copy layer to adjust its Blending Options.

We are going to adjust the Underlying Layer sliders under the Blend If section.

Press-hold the Option key, and click-drag the right slider to split it. As you move the slider’s ends, you’ll notice how the texture will affect only the darker areas below it. Keep moving the sliders until you get a result you like.

Blending Options

Step 7

Add a Photo Filter adjustment layer, choose Sepia from the Filter menu, and change the Density to 7.

Photo Filter

Congratulations! You’re Done

In this tutorial, we created a pattern texture using filters, and saved a bunch of brush tips.

Then, we created text layers, styled them, and used the brushes to create fill and stroke layers for the text. After that, we used many different layer style settings to style the brush layers in order to achieve the geode effect.

Finally, we added a couple of global adjustments to finish off the effect. Please feel free to leave your comments, suggestions, and outcomes below.

Final Result

20 Free Medicine Icon Sets You Can Use

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Therefore, graphic designers are looking for high-quality free icon sets all the time. Since there are tons of both free and premium icons on the web, you can choose icons specifically for the project you are working at the moment.

In this list, we have put together 20 free medicine icon sets you can download and use immediately. Don’t hesitate to scroll down and choose the icons you like.

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5. FREE icons set

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How to Create a Cute Cat Character in Adobe Illustrator

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What You’ll Be Creating

In the following steps, you will learn how to create a cute cat character in Adobe Illustrator. 

For starters, you will learn how to set up a simple grid and how to create the main shapes of the head using basic shapes along with some Warp and Rounded Corners effects. Using a simple blend, the Inner Glow effect and some Gaussian Blur effects, you will learn how to add shading and depth for your flat vector shapes. 

Moving on, you will learn how the Transform effect can make your work easier, and how to add some neat shading effects using the Appearance panel. Using some stroke tricks, you will create some nice eyebrows and whiskers. Finally, you will learn how to create a pretty simple paw pattern.

For more inspiration on how to adjust or improve your final character, you can find plenty of resources at GraphicRiver.

1. How to Create a New Document and Set Up a Grid

Hit Control-N to create a new document. Select Pixels from the Units drop-down menu, enter 850 in the width box and 700 in the height box, and then click that More Settings button. Select RGB for the Color Mode, set the Raster Effects to Screen (72 ppi), and then click Create Document.

Enable the Grid (View > Show Grid) and the Snap to Grid (View > Snap to Grid). For starters, you will need a grid every 10 px, so simply go to Edit > Preferences > Guides & Grid, and enter 10 in the Gridline every box and 1 in the Subdivisions box. Try not to get discouraged by all that grid—it will make your work easier, and keep in mind that you can easily enable or disable it using the Control-“ keyboard shortcut.

You can learn more about Illustrator’s grid system in this short tutorial from Andrei Stefan: Understanding Adobe Illustrator’s Grid System.

You should also open the Info panel (Window > Info) for a live preview with the size and position of your shapes. Don’t forget to set the unit of measurement to pixels from Edit > Preferences > Units. All these options will significantly increase your work speed.

setup grid

2. How to Create the Head

Step 1

Pick the Ellipse Tool (L) and focus on your Toolbar. Remove the color from the stroke and then select the fill and set its color to R=241 G=119 B=44. Move to your artboard and simply create a 400 x 300 px shape—the gird and the Snap to Grid should make this easier. Place this squeezed circle about as shown in the following image.

ellipse

Step 2

Now, you will need a grid every 5 px. Simply go to Edit > Preferences > Guides & Grid and enter 5 in the Gridline every box.

Using the Rectangle Tool (M), create two 100 x 40 px shapes and place them exactly as shown in the following image. Once again, the grid and the Snap to Grid will help. Fill both shapes with yellow (R=251 G=176 B=59) and then go to Effect > Stylize > Rounded Corners. Enter a 20 px Radius and then click OK.

rectangle

Step 3

Make sure that your yellow rectangles are still selected and Group them (Control-G). With this newly made group selected, go to Effect > Warp > Bulge. Enter the attributes shown in the following image and then click OK.

Make a copy of your group (Control-C > Control-V) and place it exactly as shown in the second image.

warp bulge

Step 4

Pick the Rectangle Tool (M), create three 40 x 100 px shapes, and place them exactly as shown in the following image. Fill these shapes with that same yellow and then go to Effect > Stylize > Rounded Corners. Enter a 20 px Radius and then click OK.

rounded corners

Step 5

Group your three rectangles (Control-G) and then go to Effect > Warp > Bulge. Enter the attributes shown in the following image and then click OK.

warp

Step 6

Select all the shapes made so far and Group them (Control-G). Make sure that this new group is selected and go to Effect > Warp > Fisheye. Enter the attributes shown in the following image, click OK, and then go to Object > Expand Appearance.

With the resulting group of shapes selected, hit Shift-Control-G three times to Ungroup all those groups and subgroups. In the end, you should have seven yellow shapes and one orange.

warp fisheye

Step 7

Select your seven yellow shapes and turn them into one compound path (Control-8 or Object > Compound Path > Make). Select the orange shape and add a copy in front (Control-C > Control-F). Select it along with your yellow compound path, open the Pathfinder panel, (Window > Pathfinder) and click the Intersect button.

Be sure that the resulting group of shapes is selected and turn it into a new compound path. Select it and focus on the Appearance panel (Window > Appearance). First, replace the existing fill color with R=152 G=78 B=255 and then click that Opacity piece of text to open the Transparency fly-out panel and change the Blending Mode to Soft Light.

compound path

Step 8

Disable the Snap to Grid (Shift-Control-“) and then go to Edit > Preferences > General and make sure that the Keyboard Increment is set to 1 px.

Select your orange shape, make a copy in front (Control-C > Control-F), and bring it to front (Shift-Control-]). Select this copy, replace the orange with yellow, and then go to Object > Path > Offset Path. Enter a -5 px Offset and then click OK. Fill the resulting shape with a random blue and then move it 10 px up using the Up Arrow button on your keyboard.

Reselect both shapes made in this step and click the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Fill the resulting shape with black (R=0 G=0 B=0), lower its Opacity to 5%, and change the Blending Mode to Soft Light.

offset path

Step 9

Select your orange shape, make a new copy in front (Control-C > Control-F), and bring it to front (Shift-Control-]). Make sure that this copy stays selected and focus on the Appearance panel.

Remove the color from the fill and then select the stroke. Set the color to black, lower its Opacity to 5%, change the Blending Mode to Soft Light, and then click that Stroke piece of text to open the Stroke fly-out panel. Set the Weight to 20 px, and don’t forget to check that Align Stroke to Inside button.

stroke

Step 10

Select your orange shape, make a new copy in front (Control-C > Control-F), and bring it to front (Shift-Control-]). Make sure that this copy stays selected and focus on the Appearance panel.

Set the fill color to blue and then go to Effect > Stylize > Inner Glow. Enter the attributes shown in the following image, click OK, and then go to Object > Expand Appearance

Make sure that the resulting group remains selected and focus on the Layers panel. Open the existing layer, take a closer look at your selected group, and then Ungroup it (Shift-Control-G). Delete the blue shape and select the remaining masked shape. 

Move to the Appearance panel or the Transparency panel (Window > Transparency), lower the Opacity to 30%, and change the Blending Mode to Soft Light. Return to the Layers panel and simply lock your masked shape to make sure that you won’t accidentally select or move it later.

inner glow

Step 11

Enable the Snap to Grid (Control-“). Using the Ellipse Tool (L), create a 200 x 50 px shape and place it as shown in the following image. Fill this squeezed circle with white (R=255 G=255 B=255), lower its Opacity to 50%, change the Blending Mode to Soft Light, and then go to Effect > Blur > Gaussian Blur. Enter a 20 px Radius and click OK.

gausssian blur

Step 12

Disable the Snap to Grid (Control-“). Select your orange shape and go to Object > Path > Offset Path. Enter a -120 px Offset and click OK. Select the resulting shape, move it 20 px up, and replace the existing fill color with R=243 G=158 B=93.

Focus on your Toolbar and simply double-click on the Blend Tool to open the Blend Options window. Select Specified Steps from the Spacing drop-down menu and enter 50 in that white box. Reselect your orange shape along with the one made in this step and hit Alt-Control-B to create a new blend. In the end, things should look like in the second image.

blend tool

Step 13

Focus on the Layers panel. First, lock the existing layer and rename it “Head“. Use that Create New Layer button to add a second layer, rename it “Eyes“, and select it.

Enable the Snap to Grid (Control-“). Using the Ellipse Tool (L), create a 90 x 100 px shape, fill it with blue, and place it exactly as shown in the following image.

layers panel

3. How to Create Eyes

Step 1

Make sure that your blue shape is still selected and make two copies in front (Control-C > Control-F > Control-F). Select the top copy and move it 5 px up and 10 px to the right. 

Reselect both copies made in this step and click the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Fill the resulting shape with the linear gradient shown below and lower its Opacity to 25%. Keep in mind that the yellow zero from the Gradient image (Window > Gradient) stands for Opacity percentage.

minus front

Step 2

Reselect your blue shape and make a new copy in front (Control-C > Control-F). Using the Ellipse Tool (L), create a 70 x 80 px shape, make it green, and place it as shown in the first image.

Select both shapes made in this step and click the Intersect button from the Pathfinder panel. Fill the resulting shape with white, lower its Opacity to 25%, and change the Blending Mode to Soft Light.

intersect

Step 3

Pick the Ellipse Tool (L), create a 25 x 35 px shape, fill it with R=63 G=60 B=54, and place it as shown in the first image. Using the same tool, create a 10 px circle and 5 px circle. Fill both shapes with white and place them as shown in the second image.

Create a 25 x 50 px shape, make it white, and place it as shown in the third image. Lower its Opacity to 25% and change the Blending Mode to Soft Light.

oval

Step 4

Select your blue shape and replace that blue with the radial gradient shown below. Use the Gradient Tool (G) to stretch the gradient roughly as shown in the following image, and then go to the Appearance panel. Select that fill and go to Effect > Stylize > Inner Glow. Enter the attributes shown in the following image, and then click OK.

radial gradient

Step 5

Make sure that your main eye shape stays selected and focus on the Appearance panel. Select the existing fill and duplicate it using the Duplicate Selected Item button.

Select the bottom fill, remove the existing Outer Glow effect, and then go to Effect > Stylize > Drop Shadow. Enter the attributes shown in the left window (in the following image), click OK, and then go again to Effect > Stylize > Drop Shadow. This time, enter the attributes shown in the right window and then click OK.

drop shadow

Step 6

Make sure that your main eye shape stays selected and focus on the Appearance panel. Use the Add New Fill button to add a third fill, select it, and then drag it below the other two fills. Lower its Opacity to 10% and change the Blending Mode to Soft Light, apply the linear gradient shown below, and then go to Effect > Path > Offset Path. Enter a 10 px Offset and then click OK.

linear gradient

Step 7

Make sure that your main eye shape stays selected and focus on the Appearance panel. Select the stroke and make it white. Align it to inside, set the Weight to 2 px, lower its Opacity to 15%, and change the Blending Mode to Overlay.

stroke white

Step 8

Make sure that your main eye shape stays selected and focus on the Appearance panel. Use the Add New Stroke button to add a second stroke and select it. Change the color to black, set the alignment to outside and the Weight to 2 px, and then lower its Opacity to 10% and change the Blending Mode to Soft Light.

stroke black

Step 9

Using the Ellipse Tool (L), create an 85 x 75 px shape and place it exactly as shown in the following image. Remove any color from the fill and select the stroke. Set the color to R=241 G=88 B=17 and increase the Weight to 10 px.

Make sure that this new shape remains selected and go to Object > Path > Add Anchor Points. Switch to the Direct Selection Tool (A), select the five anchor points highlighted in the image below, and simply remove them using the Delete button on your keyboard. In the end, things should look like in the second image.

direct selection tool

Step 10

Make sure that your orange path is still selected and focus on the Appearance panel. Open the Stroke fly-out panel, check the Round Cap button, and then select Width Profile 4 from that Profile list.

round cap

Step 11

Make sure that your orange path is still selected and keep focusing on the Appearance panel. Select the existing stroke and duplicate it. Select the bottom stroke, increase its Weight to 20 px, and replace the existing color with R=241 G=119 B=44.

Once you’re done, select all the shapes that make up the eye and Group them (Control-G).

add new stroke

Step 12

Make sure that the group of shapes that makes up the eye is selected and go to Effect > Distort & Transform > Transform. Drag that Move-Horizontal slider to 180 px, check the Reflect X box, enter 1 in that Copies box, and then click OK.

transform

4. How to Create the Nose

Step 1

Let’s focus on the Layers panel for a moment. Lock your “Eyes” layer and then add a third layer and make sure that it goes on the top of the panel. Select this new layer and rename it “Nose“.

Pick the Rectangle Tool (M) and create a 60 x 35 px shape. Fill it with R=98 G=64 B=50 and place it exactly as shown in the first image. Focus on the bottom side of this new rectangle and switch to the Delete Anchor Point Tool (-). Simply click the right anchor point to remove it and then pick the Direct Selection Tool (A). Select the left anchor point and drag it 30 px to the right. In the end, your brown rectangle should turn into a triangle, as shown in the second image.

delete anchor point tool

Step 2

Make sure that your brown rectangle is still selected and go to Effect > Stylize > Rounded Corners. Enter a 10 px Radius, click OK, and then go to Effect > Warp > Arc Upper. Enter the attributes shown below, click OK, and then go to Effect > Warp > FishEye. Enter the attributes shown in the following image and then click OK.

nose shape

Step 3

Disable the Snap to Grid (Control-“). Make sure that your brown shape is selected and make two copies in front (Control-C > Control-F > Control-F). Select the top copy and move it 3 px up. Reselect both copies made in this step and click the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Fill the resulting shape with black, lower its Opacity to 10%, and change the Blending Mode to Soft Light.

minus front

Step 4

Make sure that your brown shape is selected and make two copies in front (Control-C > Control-F > Control-F). Select the top copy and move it 10 px up. Reselect both copies made in this step and click the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Fill the resulting shape with black, lower its Opacity to 10%, and change the Blending Mode to Soft Light.

minus front

Step 5

Enable the Snap to Grid (Control-“). Using the Ellipse Tool (L), create a 20 x 5 px shape and place it as shown in the following image. Fill it with white, lower its Opacity to 30%, and change the Blending Mode to Overlay.

highlight

Step 6

Make sure that your brown shape is still selected and focus on the Appearance panel. Select the stroke and make it black. Set the alignment to outside and the Weight to 2 px, and then Lower its Opacity to 10% and change the Blending Mode to Soft Light.

stroke

Step 7

Make sure that your brown shape is still selected and focus on the Appearance panel. Select the fill and go to Effect > Stylize > Inner Glow. Enter the attributes shown in the following image, click OK, and then apply the two Drop Shadow effects shown below.

inner glow

5. How to Create a Mouth

Step 1

Return to the Layers panel for a moment and lock your “Nose” layer. Add a fourth layer and drag it below your “Nose” layer. Rename it “Mouth” and make sure that it’s selected.

Pick the Rectangle Tool (M), create a 40 x 50 px shape, and place it exactly as shown in the first image. Fill it with a random green and go to Effect > Stylize > Rounded Corners. Enter a 20 px Radius, click OK, and then go to Object > Expand Appearance. Duplicate the resulting shape (Control-C > Control-V) and place the copy as shown in the second image.

green rounded rectangle

Step 2

Pick the Rectangle Tool (M), create a 30 x 50 px shape and place it exactly as shown in the first image. Fill it with a random red and go to Effect > Stylize > Rounded Corners. Enter a 15 px Radius, click OK, and then go to Object > Expand Appearance.

red rounded rectangle

Step 3

Select your two green shapes and add copies in front (Control-C > Control-F). Select these copies along with that red rounded rectangle and click the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Select the resulting shape and replace that flat fill color with the linear gradient shown in the following image.

linear gradient

Step 4

Make sure that your red shape is still selected and apply the three Drop Shadow effects (Effect > Stylize > Drop Shadow) shown in the following image.

drop shadow

Step 5

Using the Pen Tool (P), create a 20 px vertical path and place it as shown in the following image. Make sure that it stays selected and focus on the Appearance panel. Remove any color from the fill and select the stroke. Set the color to black, change the Blending Mode to Soft Light, and then open the Stroke fly-out panel. Set the Weight to 5 px and select Width Profile 1 from that Profile list.

stroke profile

Step 6

Delete the right green shape. Select the left one and add a copy in front (Control-C > Control-F). Select this copy and focus on the Appearance panel. Remove the fill color and select the stroke. Set the color to R=98 G=64 B=50 and increase the Weight to 4 px.

brown stroke

Step 7

Make sure that your rounded rectangle with the brown stroke (made in the previous step) is still selected and pick the Direct Selection Tool (A). Select the two anchor points highlighted in the first image and Delete them. Keep the remaining path selected and focus on the Appearance panel. Open the Stroke fly-out panel and select Width Profile 4 from that Profile list.

delete anchor point

Step 8

For this step, you will need a grid every 1 px. Just go to Edit > Preferences > Guides & Grid and enter 1 in the Gridline every box.

Pick the Ellipse Tool (L) and create a 4 px circle. Place it as shown in the first image and set the fill color to R=98 G=64 B=50.

Select your green rounded rectangle, lower its Opacity to 40% and change the Blending Mode to Soft Light, and then apply the linear gradient shown below. Don’t forget that the yellow zero from the Gradient image stands for Opacity percentage.

brown circle

Step 9

Select the three shapes highlighted in the following image, Group them (Control-G), and then go to Effect > Distort & Transform > Transform. Enter the attributes shown in the following image and then click OK.

transform

6. How to Create the Whiskers

Step 1

Return to gridline every 5 px—simply go to Edit > Preferences > Guides & Grid and enter 5 in the Gridline every box. Pick the Ellipse Tool (L) and create three 10 px circles. Fill these shapes with R=241 G=119 B=44 and place them as shown in the following image.

circles

Step 2

Using the Pen Tool (P), draw three simple paths roughly as shown in the following image. Select them and focus on the Appearance panel. Remove any fill color and then select the stroke. Apply the linear gradient shown below and then open the Stroke fly-out panel. Set the Weight to 3 px, check the Round Cap button, and then select Width Profile 4 from that Profile list.

whiskers

Step 3

Select the three circles and the three paths that make up the whiskers, Group them (Control-G), and then go to Effect > Distort & Transform > Transform. Enter the attributes shown in the following image and then click OK.

transform

7. How to Create the Ears

Step 1

Focus on the Layers panel for a moment. Lock your “Mouth” layer and then add a fifth layer and make sure that it goes in the top of the panel. Select this new layer and rename it “Ears“.

Pick the Pen Tool (P), create a simple shape as shown in the following image, and fill it with R=241 G=88 B=17.

pen tool

Step 2

Using the Pen Tool (P), create a simple shape as shown in the first image and fill it with R=20 G=76 B=0. Using the same tool, create a triangle like the one shown in the second image and fill it with the linear gradient shown below.

pen tool

Step 3

Return to the Layers panel and drag your “Ears” layer to the bottom of the panel, below that “Head” layer. Make sure that the “Ears” layer remains selected.

Select the three shapes that make up your ear, Group them (Control-G), and then go to Effect > Warp > Bulge. Enter the attributes shown below, click OK, and then go to Effect > Distort &Transform > Transform. Enter the attributes shown in the following image and then click OK.

ear group

Step 4

Focus on the Layers panel, lock the “Ears” layer, and then unlock the “Head” layer and select it. Pick the Ellipse Tool (L), and create two 40 x 5 px shapes, a 50 x 5 px shape, and a 60 x 5 px shape. Fill all four shapes with R=241 G=88 B=17 and place them as shown in the first image, and then turn them into one compound path (Control-8).

Make sure that your new compound path stays selected and pick the Anchor Point Tool (Shift-C). Simply click all left and right anchor points and things should end up looking as shown in the second image. Once you’re done, move to the Appearance panel and lower the Opacity of your compound path to 30%.

anchor point tool

8. How to Create the Paw Pattern

Step 1

Return to the Layers panel and lock your “Head” layer. Add a new layer and name it “Bg“. Drag it to the bottom of the panel and make sure that it stays selected until the end of the tutorial.

Using the Rectangle Tool (M), create a 100 px square and fill it with yellow.

yellow square

Step 2

For the following steps, you will need a grid every 1 px, so go to Edit > Preferences > Guides & Grid and enter 1 in the Gridline every box.

Focus on the bottom right corner of your yellow rectangle and pick the Rectangle Tool (M). Create a 24 x 14 px shape, fill it with white, and place it exactly as shown in the first image. Switch to the Add Anchor Point Tool (+) and add a new anchor point to your white rectangle, as shown in the first image.

Focus on the top side of your white rectangle and pick the Direct Selection Tool (A). Select the left anchor point and drag it 1 px to the left, select the right anchor point and drag it 1 px to the left, and then select that middle anchor point and drag it 2 px up. In the end, your white shape should look like in the second image.

white rectangle

Step 3

Make sure that your white shape is still selected and go to Effect > Stylize > Rounded Corners. Enter an 8 px Radius, click OK, and then go to Effect > Warp > Arc Lower. Enter the attributes shown in the following image, click OK, and then go to Effect > Warp > Arc Upper. Enter the attributes shown below, click OK, and then go to Object > Expand Appearance.

warp

Step 4

Using the Ellipse Tool (L), create two 10 x 12 px shapes and two 10 x 11 px shapes, and then place them as shown in the following image.

oval

Step 5

Select your right 10 x 12 px shape and pick the Rotate Tool (R). Hold the Alt button from your keyboard and simply click the bottom anchor point of your selected shape. This will set the center point in that spot and immediately open the Rotate window. Set the Angle to -15 degrees and your selected shape will rotate 15 degrees according to the location of that center point. Move to the right 10 x 11 px shape and repeat the same rotate command.

rotate tool

Step 6

Select your left 10 x 12 px shape and pick the Rotate Tool (R). Again, hold that Alt button and set the center point on the bottom anchor point of your selected shape. Set the Angle to 15 degrees and then click OK. Move to the left 10 x 11 px shape and repeat the same rotate command.

center point

Step 7

Keep focusing on those rotated oval shapes, pick the Anchor Point Tool (Shift-C), and simply click the top anchor points.

anchor point tool

Step 8

Select the five shapes that make up the paw and set their fill color to black. Select the yellow square, focus on the Appearance panel, and simply turn off the visibility for the existing fill. Reselect this square along with the five shapes that make up the paw and simply drag them inside the Swatches panel (Window > Swatches) to save them as a pattern.

save pattern

9. How to Create the Background

Step 1

Return to gridline every 5 px, so simply go to Edit > Preferences > Guides & Grid and enter 5 in the Gridline every box. Using the Rectangle Tool (M), create an 860 x 710 px shape, make sure that it covers your entire artboard, and set the fill color to R=176 G=203 B=111.

green rectangle

Step 2

Make sure that your green rectangle stays selected and focus on the Appearance panel. Add a new fill and apply your paw pattern from the Swatches panel. Lower its Opacity to 25%, change the Blending Mode to Soft Light, and then go to Effect > Distort & Transform > Transform. Uncheck that Transform Objects box and make sure that the Transform Patterns box is checked, set the Angle to 45 degrees, and then click OK.

apply pattern

Step 3

Make sure that your green rectangle is still selected and keep focusing on the Appearance panel. Add a third fill, lower its Opacity to 70%, change the Blending Mode to Soft Light, and then apply the radial gradient shown below.

radial gradient

Step 4

Using the Ellipse Tool (L), create a 440 x 350 px shape, fill it with black, and place it as shown in the following image. Lower its Opacity to 20%, change the Blending Mode to Soft Light, and then go to Effect > Blur > Gaussian Blur. Enter a 30 px Radius and click OK.

gaussian blur

Step 5

Using the Ellipse Tool (L), create a 380 x 250 px shape, fill it with black, and place it as shown in the following image. Make sure that this shape stays selected and focus on the Appearance panel. Select the fill, lower its Opacity to 50%, change the Blending Mode to Soft Light, and then go to Effect > Blur > Gaussian Blur. Enter a 20 px Radius and click OK.

Return to the Appearance panel and add a second black fill. Lower its Opacity to 10% and change the Blending Mode to Soft Light.

gaussian blur

Step 6

Using the Ellipse Tool (L), create a 380 x 280 px shape, fill it with black, and place it as shown in the following image. Lower its Opacity to 30%, change the Blending Mode to Soft Light, and then go to Effect > Blur > Gaussian Blur. Enter a 20 px Radius and click OK.

gaussian blur

Congratulations! You’re Done!

Here is how it should look. I hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial and can apply these techniques in your future projects. Don’t hesitate to share your final result in the comments section.

Feel free to adjust the final design and make it your own. You can find some great sources of inspiration at GraphicRiver, with interesting solutions to improve your design.

final product