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Illustrator Tutorial: How to Create a Vector Silhouette Only from Lines

posted by: Iaroslav Lazunov, in Illustrator Tutorials / Effects/ Comments: 2
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vector silhouette only from lines

In this Illustrator tutorial we will learn making a vector silhouette which consists only of lines. Having mastered the technique described in this vector tutorial, you would be able to create interesting effects which might be useful for you while creating logos and text effects.


You can download the source vector file for this tutorial




Illustrator Tutorial Details

  • Program: Adobe Illustrator CS3 -CS6;
  • Difficulty: beginner;
  • Estimated Completion Time: 30 minutes;

Create Vector Silhouette from Lines

Step 1

We need a vector silhouette for this tutorial. You can create it yourself by outlining the picture with the help of the Pen Tool (P), or just use the ready ones. You can find a big collection of vector silhouettes at all-silhouettes.com. By the way you can order cheap brochure printing online at UPrinting.com.

vector silhouette only from lines

Fill the vector silhouette with any bright color.

Step 2

Now take the Ellipse Tool (L) and create a circle, the diameter of which is bigger than the size of the vector silhouette.

vector silhouette only from lines

This circle shouldn’t have any fill. The thickness of the stroke should be 1px, in black. Create one more circle of smaller size. Both of our circles should have one and the same center.

vector silhouette only from lines

Step 3

Select the circles, then go to the Object > Bland > Bland Options… and set the number of the Specified Distance in the dialog box.

vector silhouette only from lines

Now go to the Object > Bland > Make.

vector silhouette only from lines

Then, go to the Object > Bland > Expand.

vector silhouette only from lines

These actions lead to the creation of the group of concentric circles.

Step 4

Take the Scissors Tool (C) and cut the circles in the places of intersection with the vector silhouette.

vector silhouette only from lines

Lock the vector silhouette in the Layers panel, in order to make sure that we don’t cut it by accident. You should go around the whole silhouette while cutting the circles. In the places, where the vector silhouette has a complex shape, you should simplify the outline cuts. In my case, they are the fingers on the basketball player’s hand.

vector silhouette only from lines

In other words, don’t cut too short segments of circles.

Step 5

Select the segments of the circles which lay on the vector silhouette with the Lasso Tool (Q).

vector silhouette only from lines

Don’t try to select all the segments at once, work in stages. Now, let’s change the thickness of the selected segments in the Stroke panel.

vector silhouette only from lines

You can also apply to them a suitable profile in the same panel.

vector silhouette only from lines

Or create and apply the Art Brushes as I did it.

vector silhouette only from lines
vector silhouette only from lines

Experiment to get the best result.

Add light effects to vector silhouette

Step 6

Add some light effects to our vector silhouette. Replace the color of all strokes to a neutral grey color.

vector silhouette only from lines

Create a rectangle and place it underneath all the objects.

vector silhouette only from lines

Step 7

Select the rectangle and go to the Object > Create Gradient Mesh…, then set a number of rows and columns in the dialog box.

vector silhouette only from lines

Color the nodes with dark shades of different colors. You can also move the nodes of the gradient mesh using the Direct Selection Tool (A).

vector silhouette only from lines

Step 8

Select the vector outline, which consists of the segments of circles, and apply to it the Color Dodge blinding mode in the Transparence panel.

vector silhouette only from lines

Create a rectangle with the fill of linear gradient from black to blue and also apply the Color Dodge blending mode to it.

vector silhouette only from lines

Play with colors and direction of the gradient until you get the desired result.

Step 9

Create a rectangle in any color which limits our composition.

vector silhouette only from lines

Select all the created objects and go to the Object > Clipping Mask > Make.

vector silhouette only from lines

Conclusion

You can also create very interesting text effects while using the described technique. As you probably guessed, any form of lines can be used.


You can download the source vector file for this tutorial



vector silhouette only from lines

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