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How to create Photo Frame Effect in Adobe Illustrator?


Photo Frame Effect in Adobe Illustrator

Photo Frame Effect is an Adobe Photoshop effect and today we will create this effect in Adobe Illustrator. We will be using an image, Rectangle Tool, Transform Panel, Angled Strokes Effect and few other tools.

Photo Frame Effect in Adobe Illustrator

Launch Adobe Illustrator and create a new document of size 841.89 pt X 595.276 pt.

Now follow the below steps:

Step 1

At first, we will place an image on the artboard. Click on File in the Menu Bar and then select Place.

Photo Frame Effect in Adobe Illustrator

After clicking on Place, browse the image. Select the image to be placed; there must be a checkmark on Link, and click on Place. Then click on the artboard and the image will be placed on the artboard.

Photo Frame Effect in Adobe Illustrator

Step 2

Now select the image with the help of Selection Tool. Press and hold Alt key and drag the image to create duplicate copy of it.

Photo Frame Effect in Adobe Illustrator

Step 3

Now select the Rectangle Tool and draw different size rectangles on the image. To highlight the rectangles you can give them a stroke color.

Photo Frame Effect in Adobe Illustrator

Select all the rectangles with the help of Selection Tool and Shift key. Now rotate these rectangles at -45o angle.

Object > Transform > Rotate

Photo Frame Effect in Adobe Illustrator

Check the Preview and click OK.

Step 4

Again select all the rectangles and press Ctrl + 8 to make them a Compound Path.
After making the Compound Path, select the image and the Compound Path and then press Ctrl + 7 to create a Clipping Mask.

Photo Frame Effect in Adobe Illustrator

Now carefully place this Clipping Mask over the original image. The bounding box will help in placing the clipping mask properly over the image.

Photo Frame Effect in Adobe Illustrator

Step 5

Go to the Layer Panel and click on the drop down arrow of the Clipping Mask layer. Now select the sub-layer; the layer of rectangles, and select white color as a stroke. You can increase the stroke size in the Stroke Panel.

Photo Frame Effect in Adobe Illustrator

Photo Frame Effect in Adobe Illustrator

Step 6

Now select the original image which is in the background and apply Angled Strokes Effect to it.

Photo Frame Effect in Adobe Illustrator

Photo Frame Effect in Adobe Illustrator

After making required changes click OK and your Photo Frame Effect in Adobe Illustrator is ready.

Photo Frame Effect in Adobe Illustrator

Don’t let the image effects be limited to Adobe Photoshop, give a try on Adobe Illustrator also.

Hope you will find this tutorial helpful.

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How to draw a Snowman in Adobe Illustrator?


Snowman in Adobe Illustrator

Today we will draw a Snowman in Adobe Illustrator. We will use Ellipse Tool, Pen Tool, Pencil Tool, 3D Revolve Effect and few other tools and effects.

Snowman in Adobe Illustrator

Launch Adobe Illustrator and create a new document.

Now follow the below steps-

Step 1

Select the Ellipse Tool and draw two circles of size 139 pt X 139 pt and 259 pt X 259 pt respectively.

Snowman in Adobe Illustrator

Now we will fill gradient in both the circles. Select the small circle and double click on the Gradient Tool to open the Gradient Panel.

Fill the Gradient Slider with #ffffff and #cbffff. Select the Gradient Type as Radial and the Angle is 44.9o.

Snowman in Adobe Illustrator

Fill the second circle with the same gradient.

Snowman in Adobe Illustrator

Step 2

Now we will draw buttons and eyes for the Snowman. With the help of Ellipse Tool, draw three circles of size 20 pt X 20 pt and two circles of size 15 pt X 15 pt.

Place the three circles in vertical line at the center of the body of the Snowman and the two circles at the place of eyes on the face of the Snowman.

Snowman in Adobe Illustrator

Step 3

Now we will draw the reaming parts to complete the face of the Snowman. Select the Pen Tool and draw a triangle shape as shown in the below image. The shape will be filled with the color #ed1c24.

Snowman in Adobe Illustrator

Now with the help of Ellipse Tool draw eight circles of size 2 pt X 2 pt and group them by pressing Ctrl + G.

Snowman in Adobe Illustrator

Select the group of circles and click on Effect in the Menu Bar. Place the cursor on Wrap and select Arc.

Snowman in Adobe Illustrator

A dialogue box will appear on the artboard. In that dialogue box, select Horizontal and Bend percentage is -50%.

Check the Preview and click OK.

Snowman in Adobe Illustrator

Snowman in Adobe Illustrator

Step 4

After completing the face, now we will draw the hands of the Snowman. Select the Pen Tool and draw branches like shape. Fill the shape with #3c2415.

Snowman in Adobe Illustrator

Step 5

Again with the help of Pen Tool we will draw a scarf. The scarf is filled with the color #710711.

Snowman in Adobe Illustrator

Step 6

Now select the Rectangle Tool to draw the hat of the Snowman. With the help of Direct Selection Tool we will curve the corners of the rectangle.

Snowman in Adobe Illustrator

Now select the Pencil Tool and draw some random shape on the top of the hat. Fill the shape with #ffffff to give it a look of snow.

Snowman in Adobe Illustrator

Step 7

With the help of Selection Tool and Shift key, select hat, scarf, nose and hands of the Snowman and apply Ocean Ripple Effect.

Snowman in Adobe Illustrator

Snowman in Adobe Illustrator

This is how we can draw a Snowman in Adobe Illustrator.

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How to make Snowflakes in Adobe Illustrator? (Part-3)


Snowflakes in Adobe Illustrator

After making Snowflakes with the help of Ellipse Tool and Star Tool, now it’s time to make Snowflakes with the help of Polygon Tool.

Snowflakes in Adobe Illustrator

Let’s begin with the tutorial.

Step 1

Launch Adobe Illustrator and create a new document. Select #99dff9 in Fill color and then select the Polygon Tool to draw a small polygon on the artboard.

Snowflakes in Adobe Illustrator

Now select the polygon drawn and create an Offset Path of 7 pt.

Snowflakes in Adobe Illustrator

Snowflakes in Adobe Illustrator

Click OK after previewing the result of Offset Path.

Step 2

Select the polygon created with the help of Offset Path. Swap the Fill color into Stroke color and increase the Stroke Size to 2pt.

Snowflakes in Adobe Illustrator

Now select the Pen Tool and draw lines on each corner of the polygon.

Snowflakes in Adobe Illustrator

Step 3

Now select the Ellipse Tool and draw small circle at the end point of each line.

Snowflakes in Adobe Illustrator

Now again select the Pen Tool and draw a straight line with V shapes on it at the center of each line. (See the image below)

Snowflakes in Adobe Illustrator

This is how you can create Snowflakes in Adobe Illustrator with the help of Polygon Tool.

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How to make Snowflakes in Adobe Illustrator? (Part-2)


Snowflakes in Adobe Illustrator

In previous tutorial, you had learned to make Snowflakes with the help of Ellipse Tool and today we will use the Star Tool to create the Snowflakes in Adobe Illustrator.

Snowflakes in Adobe Illustrator

Step 1

Launch Adobe Illustrator and create a new document. Now select the Star Tool and click on the artboard.

A dialogue box will appear on the artboard. In that dialogue box, set the Points to 6 and click OK.

Snowflakes in Adobe Illustrator

Snowflakes in Adobe Illustrator

The stroke color is #00aeef and stroke size is 2 pt.

Step 2

Now select the star shape and create an Offset Path of -10 Points.

Object > Path > Offset Path

Snowflakes in Adobe Illustrator

Now select the bigger star shape and reduce its stroke size to 0.25 pt. Then open the Brushes Panel and select the Dot brush under Elegant Curl & Floral Brush Set.

Snowflakes in Adobe Illustrator

Snowflakes in Adobe Illustrator

Step 3

Select the Pen Tool and increase the stroke size to 1pt. Now draw a straight vertical line and two lines at 60o angle as shown in the below image. The caps of the stroke will be Rounded Caps.

Snowflakes in Adobe Illustrator

With the help of Pen Tool draw v shapes on the lines.

Snowflakes in Adobe Illustrator

Your Snowflakes in Adobe Illustrator is ready.

You have learned to create Snowflakes in Adobe Illustrator with the help of Ellipse Tool (in previous tutorial) and Star Tool. In the next tutorial we will use Polygon Tool to create the Snowflakes.

Till then practice this tutorial and share your views in the comment section. Also share this tutorial with others.
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