In this video tutorial you'll learn how to create your very own space exploration illustration, using some of Illustrator’s most basic shapes, such as the Rectangle tool and the Ellipse. We'll also take a quick look at how to use the Pixel Preview mode to perfectly align our shapes to the underlying pixel grid.
Hi and welcome to this Freepik tutorial. We're going to learn how to get our very own space illustration using nothing more but some basic shapes and tools from from Adobe Illustrator. Let's kick off the project by putting a new document by going to file>new or pressing the Ctrl and keyboard shortcut and then adjusting by setting its profile to Web and the size of the document to 800 x 600 pixels. Once we have our doc, and we wanted to learn our project so that we can have better control over the different sections. To do this simply open up the layers panel and then create three new layers, using the create new layer button naming them as follows: The first one is going to be reference box. The second one is going to be illustration. While the third, and last one is going to be gradient overlay. For the moment we will lock the last two layers and click on the first one to make it active. Next, we need to add a reference box which we'll create by selecting the rectangle tool and clicking anywhere on the screen to create a 440 x to 24 pixels shape. We'll adjust the shape by changing its colour to a light grey and removing its stroke and then we'll align it to the centre of our art board by making sure that the alignment is made correctly. Also, don't forget to make sure that the shape aligns with the pixel width by checking the option from the transform panel. With the shape in place, zoom in on its left side and press the Ctrl+R keyboard shortcut to bring other rulers. Then, click and drag on the vertical ruler to create a reference line on the left side of our box which we'll use to position the composing elements of our background. You can then lock the current layer and move on up to the illustration one. At this point we're going to start working on the actual illustration. But first, let's take a couple of seconds and talk about colours. I'm going to select and remove most of them since I've already created the custom palette which I'm going to import right now. We are going to start creating the background which we'll colour in this dark purple which is: 38343D. But you don't really have to worry about the colour values used since I'm going to add all of them inside a description of this video. Now, zoom in on the reference box to have a better view of what we're going to be doing and then select the rectangle tool and create the 268x32px shape with the 16px corner radius which we'll then position to the top side of our box. Then, create a smaller 62x32px shape with the same 16px corner radius and position it towards the right side of the previously created shape. And a 348x 32px one and stack it underneath.Then create another 342x32px one. A smaller 62x32px one. Another wider 362x32px one. and finally a 398x32px one. Once you're done select all seven shapes and make sure they are aligned to the pixel grid. Then, select the first two shapes. Make sure they're aligned and then distance them at 16px from one another, grouping them together. Do the same thing for the fifth and sixth shape. Once you're done, select all the shapes again and then vertically distance them from one another using the same 16px value which is the height of the shapes that will go in between them. Next, zoom in a little and then grab the rectangle tool and create a 188x16px rectangle which we'll position underneath the first two shapes. Move a few pixels towards the bottom and add a 226x16px rectangle over the second empty space gap. Continue working your way down by adding a 238x16px shape over the third space gap. Fill in the last gap by adding a 282x16px rectangle. Once you're done, zoom out and then select all the shapes and make sure they're aligned to the pixel grid. Next, we need to adjust the left and right side of each rectangle by adding some cutouts. But first, I recommend you turn on the pixel preview mode to have a better view of what you're going to be doing. Once you're inside pixel preview mode, zoom in on the first rectangle and then using the ellipse tool draw two 16px tall circles and position them onto each of the shape's sides. Then, select both the circles and the rectangle and use Pathfinder's minus front shape mode to create the cut outs. Using the exact same process take your time and adjust all the remaining rectangles. At this point, we're pretty much done creating the background. What I'm going to do now is align each shape using the reference line that we set up a few steps ago. First, unlock the reference box layer and then start at the top to group objects and the ruler and then distance them 82px from one another. Repeat the same process for each of the background shapes using the values seen in this reference video. Once you're done, you can remove the reference line since we won't be using it anymore. And then you can lock the reference box layer so that we can focus on the illustration. Next, you'll need to ungroup the two sets of rounded rectangles so that we can turn the background into a compound shape. We'll do this by selecting all the shapes and then going over to the Pathfinder panel where we'll click on the make compound shape from the inside of this advanced menu. Once we finish working on the background we can start creating the giant red planet. First, select the light red as your field colour and then use the ellipse tool to draw 180x120 px circle which we'll position towards the top side of our background. Use the align panel's horizontal align centre option to make sure that the circle is perfectly aligned to the centre of our art board. Give the planet another shadow by selecting it and then going over to object >path >offset path and entering 16 pixels into the offset value field. Change the colour of the new shape to black and then lower its opacity to 20%. Repeat the same process and add two more shadows so the planet is in shape to create an offset. Once you're finished adding the shadows, select both of them and the planet and group them together. With the shapes grouped double click on them to enter isolation mode and then select the darker red and use the rounded rectangle to create an 84x14px shape with a 16px corner radius which we'll position towards the right side of the planet. I recommend you use the pixel preview mode to take full control over the positioning of your objects since we're aiming to create a pixel perfect illustration. With the first detailed line in place, create a copy after it, by selecting it, and then dragging it towards the bottom while holding down the Alt + Shift keys which we'll then position towards the left side of the planet. Next, add a little connector line by creating a 30x8 pixels rectangle which we'll then position under the previous shape, and then adjust it by adding the circle cut outs to each of its sides. Then, create another copy of the detailed line, and position it just under the connector segment, pushing it a few pixels towards the right side. Add the final detailed line to the planet by creating a larger 72 x 28 pixels rounded rectangle with a 42px corner radius which we'll then position towards the right side of the planet. Once you're done, select all five shapes that we've just created, check if they're aligned to the pixel grid, and then group and mask them, using the larger circle as a clipping mask. Give the planet a nice circular highlight, by creating a copy of the red circle, and then applying a -8px offset which we'll then use to create a cut out using pathfinder's minus front shape mode. Change the resulting shape's colour to white and set it's blending mode to overlay, lowering it's capacity to sixty percent. Since at this point we're pretty much done working on the Red Planet you can press escape to exit isolation mode. Next we're going to start working on the little sun. So grab the light yellow and zoom in on the small rounded rectangle from the top right corner, where we'll create a 40x40px circle using the ellipse tool. Position the circle towards the top right corner and move it a few pixels towards the outside of the underlying shape. Next, add a subtle outer glow by applying an apx offset to the circle, which we'll then adjust by lowering it's opacity to 40%. Add a secondary glow, and then select all of the sun's shapes and group them together. Double click on the group, and then using the darker yellow create a 26x8px rounded rectangle with a 42px corner radius which we'll then position towards the right side of the sun. Then, create a smaller 20x4px rounded rectangle with a 42px corner radius, which we'll position towards the left side of the yellow circle. Add another smaller 8x4px rounded rectangle and position it next to the second shape. Select, and group the three detailed lines, masking them using the larger circle as a clipping mask. Give the Sun a circular highlight, by creating a copy of the circle, and then applying a -4px offset, which we'll then use to create a cut out. Change the resulting shape's colour to white, setting its blending mode to overlay, while lowering it's opacity to 40%. Once you're done, press escape and then move towards the left lower corner of the background, where we'll create the Earth. First, select the blue colour, and then create a 28x28px circle, which we'll position towards the left side of the smaller rounded rectangle. Give the planet another shadow, using an apx offset which we'll adjust by changing its colour to black, and then lowering its opacity to 20%. Add a secondary shadow using another apx offset and then select, and group all three shapes together. Double-click on the shapes to isolate them. And then, using the green colour create an 8x6px rounded rectangle with the 32px corner radius, which we'll position towards the left side of the blue circle. Add another larger 22x8px rounded rectangle and position it towards the top right corner of the circle. Then, add a 14x2px rectangle underneath it, making sure to add a small cut out to its left side. Add another 16x4px rounded rectangle and position it underneath the connector line. Select all four shapes, group them, and then mask them using the blue circle as a clipping mask. Next, give the planet a circular highlight, using the exact same process that we used for the Sun. Once you've added the highlight, take your time and create a couple of clouds using the same process we used for the detailed lines. With the clouds in place, we can now exit isolation mode and start working on the satellite. First, select the light grey, and then create a 44x40px rectangle which we'll then position towards the bottom side of our background, making sure to align it with the art board. Next create a 4x30 px rectangle. colour it using a darker grey. And then position it towards the left side of the shape that we created a moment ago, making sure to create a copy and add it to its right side. Once you've added the side sections, select all three shapes and group them. Double click on the group, and after we've made sure that they are aligned to the pixel grid, create a 36x8 pixels rectangle and add it towards the upper section of the larger shape. Create a copy after the last shape and slightly adjust its width and height values, making sure to change its colour to a light grey afterwards. Next, move a few pixels towards the left side, and add the main shape for the solar panel by creating an 84x2 pixels rectangle. Make sure the shape is aligned to the pixel grid and then distance it at 12 pixels from the centre rectangle. Change the colour to a darker grey, and then draw a rectangle over the solar wing making sure to leave a 4px gap towards its left, top, and right side. Using the darkest grey that we have, draw four detailed lines to give the solar wind some depth, making sure to group them afterwards. Next, start working on a metal frame holding the wing, using a 2 pixel rectangle and a diagonal shaped drawing with the help of the pen tool. Move towards the nose of the satellite and create the antenna using a 72x54px ellipse, which we'll then position at about four pixels from the smaller rectangle. And then adjust by removing its upper half. Select the darker grey as your main colour, and then start working on the frame holding the antenna. Take your time and use a similar process to that used for the wing. Once you're done, start working on the upper section of the antenna, by creating a tall rectangle to which we'll add a small circle. This next part is all about getting creative, and adding details to the different sections of the satellite. That being said take your time and make the illustration unique by adding some personal touches here and there. Once you finish working on the satellite, you can select it along with the two planets and the Sun. Group, and then mask them using the underlying background as a clipping mask. At this point we're pretty much done with the illustration. all we need to do now is add a little star to the background. First, double-click on the satellite to enter the larger group, and then using the light yellow as your main field colour, draw a couple of different sized circles giving them a similar glow to that of the larger sun. By travelpod. Finish off the illustration by adding a subtle gradient overlay to bring the piece. to life. First, grab a copy of the background and paste it on to the third and last layer. Then, create a linear gradient using the bright yellow for the left colour, and the dark red for the right one. Set the angle to minus 90 degrees, and then adjust the gradient transparency by setting its blending mode to lighten, while lowering its opacity to 40%.
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