Beginner Illustrator Tutorial Vintage Logo Design

Beginner Illustrator Tutorial Vintage Logo Design

In Adobe Illustrator, Tutorials by Jason Secrest

Efficiency Workflow using Pen tool

We are going through a little different process using the fill to build using the pen tool. This approach is always sent to me to dissect others speed art which is just the pen tool with the fill turned on instead of the stroke. This strategy we are building, editing and adding variation in the same pass which means you should have your rough draft ready to go. Please review are Getting Started guide under the “Start Here” tab on the menu if you need help setting up your template layers or getting the resources. (I am using the color swatches for the guys vs girls)

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Pen Tool

1. Don’t over complicate this method or approach. You are simply looking to drop down the anchors where you see corners or sharp changes in direction which are the really easy ones to spot when using any image. On the curves, look for the peak of the curve so you only have to drop down one anchor. Another method is before and after a curve which is dropping it down with a change of direction.

Anchor Point Tool

2. Shift C or the Anchor Point Tool is hiding under the Pen Tool. This one is hard to locate for beginners so your new friend is Shift + C. After every time I use the pen time this is the shortcut I am clicking to 1. reset so I can create a new line or 2. I can immediately edit.

Dragging On Path

3. The easiest way of using the Anchor Point Tool is dragging directly on the path and moving it into place. This is so easy it feels like you are cheating. This works on line segments that still maintain their sharp corners.

Creating Corners

4. Some lines you will need to drag out using the anchor tool to create a smooth corner. Drag out slowly so you know you are going in the correct direction. Hold shift for horizontal or vertical aligning your curves. Remember to let go when you get close and focus on the segment you are editing as you drag. You might need to modify using the white arrow (Direct Selection Tool) on the other handle.

Beginner Adobe Illustrator Vintage Logo Design

Beginner Adobe Illustrator vintage logo design tutorial on how to draw a logo using pent tool, fills, strokes, and vintage distressing effects. We will then add a vintage texture in Adobe Photoshop.

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Pen Tool

We will be using our 2 step approach to the pen tool. The first is using straight lines to just get down our anchor points. We will then be using the convert anchor tool to create curves and handles.

Flat Color

Using live paint is a fast way of getting down flat color in enclosed areas without having to use pathfinder to create shapes.

Photoshop

Adding textures in Photoshop is an easy way of adding textures without having to clean up your layers in Illustrator. It can be done in Illustrator in your Transparency Menu or Layers Mode.

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Beginner Adobe Illustrator Vintage Logo Design

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Using Resource Folder

1. Place the anchor point guide into NEW illustrator document and scale to fit the 5″x 5″ artboard. In your layers menu select Template Layer. Create a New layer ABOVE IT for inking.

Using the Pen Tool

2. Trace the image using the shape and pen tool. There should be no fill when using the pen tool. Use straight line and the convert anchor point tool to create your curves.

Custom Brushes

3. Add OUR custom brushes library to create variation in your lines. Expand the lines and use the eraser tool to erase overlapping or unwanted lines. Unite brushes in pathfinder panel.

Using Live Paint

4. Select All – Object- Live Paint. Fill in flat colors wIth our color palette or find others on https://color.adobe.com/ Object – Expand live paint. Ungroup (3X) or until you can select individual shapes.

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