Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Today we have another exciting Adobe Illustrator How To tutorial that will show you how to create mind-blowing holiday layouts. After all, every leprechaun needs to find gold at the end of the rainbow.
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Getting Started with Illustrator
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Drawing an ellipse
Grab the Ellipse Tool from the Illustrator toolbox.
Now, draw a narrow ellipse like the one you see here. We will use different color fills to distinguish different shapes throughout the course of this tutorial, so don’t sweat the odd colors, OK?
Now, grab the Selection Tool, press the Alt key and then drag the ellipse down to create a copy. The video clip below shows how .
Add a Rectangle
Next, get the Rectangle Tool from the toolbox (it’s in the same cluster as the Ellipse Tool) and create a rectangle to form the side of the coin.
Select the lower ellipse and the rectangle using the Selection Tool. Next, open the Pathfinder window and then click the Unite button.
Now bring the top ellipse to the front and add some color and gradients. I used the following settings:
Now add gradients to the side of the coin.
Now, get the Selection Tool and then click the ellipse to select it. From the main menu, choose Object, Path and then Offset path. Change the value in the Offset field to -1.5 pt.
Add a gradient to the offset path. Use FCBB1B and B75627.
Copy the offset ellipse and then paste it in front using Ctrl+F. Nudge it to the right and then apply a new gradient. I used:
Group and Pile
Select the entire drawing by pressing Ctrl+A. Then right-click and choose Group. This groups the paths so you can easily copy your coin.
Wrap up this Adobe Illustrator How To tutorial by piling up some gold.