Illustrator Swatches Are So Powerful!! – Retro Poster Design

Illustrator Swatches Are So Powerful!! – Retro Poster Design


not only are you going to learn why
illustrator swatches are so useful and so powerful but you’re going to learn
about them in a real-life workflow scenario because we’re gonna design a
retro poster in today’s video so you’re going to need a color scheme that
contains three or four different colors and one resource to use his color hunts
I do have a browse over the pallets on show and then simply just click the
image button to download your selected color scheme we are going to utilize
this image later in the tutorial to make our swatches within Adobe Illustrator so
now we finally arrived in Adobe Illustrator and I’ve gone ahead and made
an a3 print document and then by pressing I on my keyboard I can utilize
the eyedropper tool to sample this beige color for my backgrounds and the
rectangle tool can be used to make the background I need to bring it up to the
bleed edge and the shortcut for the rectangle tool is M on your keyboard so
then go ahead and press command or control 2 to lock down the rectangle
background in place and you can always use white or any other color for your
background it just depends on your design and also your personal preference
so what is the fuss about illustrator swatches they are going to
save us a whole lot of time in today’s poster design tutorial and so firstly go
ahead and open up the swatches window located in the top right fly down menu
we can create an entire swatch group to which I’m going to apply a relevant name
for today’s retro poster design project how to add your chosen color palette to
this swatch group use the eyedropper tool to sample a color and then go ahead
and make a new swatch you can then just drag and drop your swatches into the
newly created group and do this for your entire color palettes
you are seeing that I see just how handy using swatches will be for this poster
design project okay so now press L for the ellipse tool and if you do not see
these purple or magenta kind of lines on your screen you might not have the smart
guides activated now I want to make this circle in a dead center of like Alice
and so the smart guides are gonna be useful here you can toggle them on or
off by pressing command or control U but yeah when you’re ready just hold down
both the alt/option key and shift at the same time and then click and drag using
the ellipse tool to generate a circle exactly as I’m doing here the appearance
panel is going to be absolutely crucial in today’s video and that is in
combination with the swatches it is really gonna perform wonders for us in
our illustrator workflow so you can go ahead and open up the appearance panel
as well as the stroke panel too now we need the circle to start off as a
fill so if you only have a stroke around it just press shift and X to flick over
to a fill in the appearance panel add a new stroke and this is where having the
swatches is really really going to help us out here today without the swatches
we would have to copy the hex color codes or perform some kind of other long
work around to apply the exact colors to each individual stroke but we can simply
just do that within the appearance panel accessing the swatch colors now bump up
with the stroke weights and apply the colors that you want to use however the
crucial move that you do need to make is the stroke needs to be orientated on the
outside and you can adjust this by clicking this stroke panel icon here so now you can go ahead and add a second
stroke and increase the stroke weights even more than the first one it is
important to remember to have the largest stroke down below of the thinner
one now add a third and a final stroke and repeat the same process as before
making sure all of the strokes have the setting of being on the outside now you
can see how and why the swatches that we made earlier are saving us so much time
today but let’s go ahead and finish this a retro poster design now at the moment
this graphic is a single circle with various different strokes added because
we’ve been using the appearance panel but you want to expand the design so we
have differing vector shapes now hold down the alt or the option key and then
click and drag downwards to duplicate the shape we want to make sure the last
stroke layers overlap perfectly on the two designs so things are looking very
retro indeed and might I say also pretty neat but now let’s press M for the
rectangle tool and generate a rectangle that matches the exact thickness of the
outer circle now it’s important to use the same color and you’re going to do
this for all three stroke layers for the top circle and when you’ve done that it’s time to
duplicate the three rectangles with the alter the option key so with the new
selection of shapes at the bottom hold down shift and rotate them around by 180
degrees exactly holding our shift ensures that they do fix into position
exactly 180 degrees align it perfectly below to mirror the top graphic but add
a sense of uniqueness to the poster design select the circles at the bottom
and then bring them to the front of all layers and so here’s the final results
that I used and mocked up using a free mock-up you can find a link down below
but today’s tutorial was really about the use of swatches and how they save
you time in your graphic design workflow but let me know if you use swatches on a
regular basis and if you don’t are you going to be using them after today’s
video it should have subscribed to my channel for weekly graphic design
content if you wish to keep learning essential skills about the wonderful
world of graphic design but until next time guys design your future today peace

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