Trendy Outlines in Illustrator

15 August 2008

Making trendy outlines,(which is not a stroked path but a outline which encompasses the whole of the illustration)is very easy in Illustrator, look at the following illustration for the example:
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And nowadays, I see it being used too often, so today I will show you how to do that!!

After, your illusrtration is finished, as in my case this lil flower bud, Select the entire illustration with the Selection Tool (V) & Group it via, Object>Group.
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Now, Select the illustration that you have grouped as above goto Edit>Copy & then Paste in Front (you actually have to Paste it to Back, but for the purpose of this tutorial, I have pasted it in Front).

Ungroup (Object>Ungroup) the pasted/duplicated illustration.

While the ungroup duplicate illustration is still selected click the Add to shape area at Pathfinder palette & hit Expand.
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You should have one big shape right now. I choosed the fill color to be white & applied Drop Shadow, Effect>Stylized>Drop Shadow.After that,. Go to Object > Path > Offset Path & select the setting that you prefer.
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Now, your illustration should look something like this (I have the Smart Guides on):
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Finally, Select the above Offset Path & Right Click, choose Arrange>Sent to Back to send it back the original Illustration.
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And, thats what you get!!
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With the same method, you can do this effect for the text as well.

Here is the another example of what I did quickly:
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6 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is amazing! Thank you for your wonderful tutorial :)

The Muse said...

My Pleasure.

Anonymous said...

Can You Show how to do this in ps?

The Muse said...

In Photoshop? Well, i will have to try....i find doing certain things easy in Illustrator that i do it in a round about way in Photoshop! Will keep your question in mind....see if i get some idea!

Rob Barrett said...

Anonymous: If you want to do this effect in Photoshop, copy all the layers you want to apply the style to, select the copied layers and hit CTRL-E/CMD-E to merge them into one.

With that new merged layer selected, hit / to lock the transparency and fill the layer with white. Then just double-click on that merged layer to bring up Layer Styles and apply a white stroke and a drop shadow.

dezign Musings said...

Nice tip, Rob. Thanks! :)

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