Creating your own illustrations is an incredible way to express yourself or business-self. You can create them for free, or you can do so professionally with software that costs money. There are many ways to make beautiful digital art!
Illustrations have become very popular online. They look great in blogs, websites, and apps! If you have a creative bone in your body, then it’s time to start experimenting.
You can take almost any picture or thing (like landscapes) and edit it to add some style. By adding textures, colors, and shapes, they go hand in hand to create new artwork.
This article will talk about how to use computer graphics software to create your own illustrations! It will also discuss different types of illustration and how to apply their styles into yours.
Practice using a variety of tools in Adobe Illustrator
When creating your own digital illustrations, there are many different styles that you can use. You do not have to be totally pixelated when it comes to designing.
You can create beautiful designs that contain shapes, colors, lines, and textures. There are several ways to add these touches to your artwork.
The easiest way is to start with a template or plain image and then add decorations onto the surface. This could be adding patterns, shades of color, or just rounding off some edges.
Then, you can go into Photoshop or another similar program and either trace over or paint directly onto the new illustration.
Last, you can take all of those steps and combine them together into one cohesive piece in an editing software such as Adobe Illustrator.
Learn how to use the Brush tool
The next tool you will learn to use is the brush. This tool allows you to create textures or designs by using different settings for size, shape, style, and color. You can also go into special mode where you can mix solid colors with no texture, which looks very nice!
The first thing about brushes that may seem confusing is the source of your design. Just like drawing with crayons as a kid, some people feel compelled to start painting directly from nature. By doing this, you would be creating an authentic looking natural texture.
Other artists begin with pre-made textures, either computer generated or crafted by humans who know how to apply them well. Looking at examples of these can help you choose the right type of brush for what you want to achieve.
You do not have to stick to strictly natural materials such as wood, stone, water, or skin when designing with the brush. A lot of digital artists add fictional technology or futuristic styles that use manufactured goods as inspiration.
Learn how to use the Pen tool
The next most important tool in the digital illustration tool box is the Pen tool. This tool allows you to create lines, shapes, and even textures by either dragging your cursor or clicking where you want the line or shape to start and then drawing more details along the length of the object.
The Pen tool also allows you to add an extra element to your design by choosing one of the brush style settings that are available. These include brushes such as strokes, drops, contour bumps, and texture. You can mix and match different types for unique designs.
You do not need photoshop software to use this tool! There are many free and low cost applications that have the same feature set. Try some out to see which ones make creating art easy and fun.
Learn how to use the Eraser tool
The next tool you’ll learn about is the Eraser! The eraser comes in really handy when you want to take something out or remove some parts of your image. You can choose either the White, Black, Soft, Hard, Thin, Thick variant, or even combine them all together into one super-effective option!
The best way to start using the eraser is by drawing an outline around an element in your picture that you would like to completely eliminate. Once it’s done, press the button again to apply the effect. Let us go through several examples to see how this works.
Learn how to use the Clone Tool
The next tool you will learn to use is probably one of the most powerful in this article – the Cloning or Duplicating Tools. This tool allows you to create new illustrations, images or logos by copying and altering an element in your image.
The easiest way to start using the cloning tools is to take some time to explore and understand the basics of the tool. Once you are comfortable with that, then move onto experimenting with more advanced features like adding textures and color variations.
There are many ways to achieve great results when designing digital art so do not feel limited when experimenting.
Learn how to use the Transform tool
The next tool you’ll learn about is the Transform tool. This tool allows you to drag one of your images into another image or layer to create a new, transformed version of that picture.
The way it works is by selecting both elements (the object being moved and the area where it will go) first, then dragging either one of them away from the other. As you pull one element away from the other, the program automatically fills in the empty space with the second piece of content, creating a cool digital illustration!
This tool can be used for anything; you could move an eye out of a face, add feet to a figure, cut off the top of an object, or even combine two different objects together.
Learn how to use the Pathfinder tool
The first way to make your own digital illustrations is by learning how to use the Pathfinder tool. This tool allows you to combine and manipulate shapes, textures, and layers to create new images or designs.
There are two main ways to start using this tool. You can either choose one element of an image (for example, choosing whether it be the body or face) or every aspect of the picture (layers, texture, colors).
The second way to use the tool is to learn about different shape types such as squares, circles, triangles, and so on. By knowing these basic concepts, you will know what kind of effects you want to achieve with your pictures!
You do not need any experience before starting to make your own digital illustrations. All that is needed is a computer and the desire to experiment and hone your craft.
Learn how to use the Pattern tool
The next thing you can do is start creating your own digital illustrations! This will take some time to perfect, but it’s totally possible to pick up as soon as you have learned the basics of designing with patterns.
The first step in making your own patterned artwork is to learn how to use the Pattern tool. You can find this tool in the Toolbox section of Photoshop under the Type tools category.
With the Pattern tool, you are able to create, cut, and paste patterns onto any layer in your design. Once you have done that, you can apply these new patterns to another element or background to give your image more depth.
Your final product should not look fake, so make sure to test out each pattern before applying it to a higher level piece.