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3.4 Creating the Clouds

Using a combination of circles and the Rounded Rectangle Tool, we will create a series of simple clouds with the help of the Shape Builder Tool.

3.4 Creating the Clouds

Hello and welcome to this new lesson, where we're going to focus on creating some clouds. Now before we do that, I did want to add a shadow, real quickly to this whale. So to do that, first I'm going to zoom up near this portion down here, and I'm going to first select this path right here for the ocean water, and I'm going to hit Ctrl+c and Ctrl+f to duplicate this. And you'll see why I'm doing this in a second. So that path down here, of course, is right here. Okay. So I'm just gonna rename that, real quick, to whale shadow. And then what we wanna do is take the Pen tool, switch to our foreground here. And we're gonna make this a darker color. All right, so we're gonna start right here by left clicking. And based on where the sun is currently at we can guess that the the portion for where the shadow would be would be roughly right around here. And so I'm going to extend this beyond both of our shapes down here. And so I'm just gonna come up and around, and maybe right around here, Alt+left click. And then come up right to around here. And then behind it. Right there. Okay. So with that layer, this path selected, we're going to select the duplicated path as well. All right, holding Shift and left clicking. Then we're gonna get out Pathfinder. And this time instead of doing minus front which would not give us the desired result, we're going to click on this one, intersect. And that just gives us a perfect line at the bottom instead of having to try to do it with the pen tool. And that's why we duplicated this layer right here, so now we can just take this and drag it below the whale shape right there. All right, so I'm gonna zoom out just to see what that looks like, it's maybe a little bit too dark, of a shadow and so we can experiment with the color just by double clicking over here. And we could take it real quickly, one second here. [BLANK_AUDIO] We can take it up a notch, like that. That's a little bit better, it's not so in your face essentially. And you could also use transparency as well if you wish. Down to 75% looks pretty good. Okay, so now that we have that out of the way, lets go ahead and create the show the clouds. Now the way we'll do this is we're going to use the rounded rectangle tool to create the base of the cloud. All right so what we'll do is just left click and drag out something roughly around this size, doesn't have to be perfect and we're gonna make these white. And we're gonna drag the corner edges right here all the way in so that they're perfectly round. Right, so this is the bottom of the cloud. Now let's go ahead and use the Ellipse tool and we'll block out some shapes here some perfect circles. So Shift and Alt, left click and drag out roughly right around that size. And we'll move it over maybe right around there. Ctrl+C, Ctrl+F. We'll move it over and scale it down. And we could take both of these and scale them up. And right around there looks pretty good for our first cloud shape. [BLANK_AUDIO] All right, so I'm gonna take both of these and just move these over right around here. And then we're going to take these three, Ctrl+ C, Ctrl+F. Right click, Transform > Reflect. Hit OK. Move these over here. Scale everything down just slightly holding Shift and Alt. [BLANK_AUDIO] And we're also going to add another ellipse just to make these a little bit different. So Ctrl+C, Ctrl+F on that circle right there. And move it down slightly with your arrow keys if you wish. All right, and then we'll do one more smaller cloud up here. So we'll just take these three again. Ctrl+c, Ctrl+f. Shift and Alt to scale it down. And this time I'm going to take the direct selection tool and just select these three points, let me zoom up real quick, holding Shift and left click and just selecting those three, and sometimes it won't get all the points. So you can just left click and drag outside to select, cuz there's two points over there even though it looks like there's just one, anchor points that is. And just scale this in a little bit holding Shift. Ctrl+1. [BLANK_AUDIO] And I think that looks pretty good right there. Okay. So, I do wanna make a couple other, just one other adjustment. I wanted to, I mean, we could consider this complete at this point but what we can do to add just a little bit more for one final step is to add sort of shadows coming off of here. It'll make the clouds kind of just stick out a little bit, as if they're on top of the scene. So, the way to do that, is to take just the bottom base portion and we'll hit Ctrl+C and then Ctrl+F and this is the bottom one the original copy and we're gonna make it black. So we've made it black up here. And use our down arrow keys a few times [NOISE] roughly right around there will work and then, make the transparency pretty heavy. I'd say around 10%. [BLANK_AUDIO] All right, so now what we want to do is make it so that, this only shows up within this portion. But first, before I do that, I do want to do the same thing for these other two clouds right here. So what we'll do is take this one and this one. Holding Shift and left clicking, Ctrl+C, Ctrl+F. We see there both right there that these are the top copies, so we want to be able to select the bottom ones so take both of these and just move them down, make them black. This one still needs to go down a little bit more, so I'm just moving them down in the space, there we go. And then we'll use our down arrow keys a few times. Roughly right around there will be good. And again, 10%. Okay. So now we have the cloud portions here. We don't want the cloud the shadows to extend beyond this portion. So what we can do is, we'll click the and let me take the Move tool. And so we have this outer path here, which is just a stroke. It's just the first one we created for this project. What we can do is hit Ctrl+C and Ctrl+F, and that will duplicate it. And again, this is at the quite, pretty much at the bottom. And what we wanna do because this is in the, in the exact center is hold Shift and Alt, left click. Or left click and then hold Shift and Alt. Actually you know, a better way of doing this would be to go ahead and let's give it just a random fill right now. And let's go to Object > Path, and Outline Stroke. So you can see it outlines the stroke and we can no longer modify the stroke in and of itself and it's also grouped up here. And so we don't need this fill right here necessarily, so we can delete that. But, we do have this portion right here. If we right click it, we can specify ungroup. [BLANK_AUDIO] And then we can use the direct selection tool to select the, one of the inner anchor points. Hit Delete twice. So now it's just a solid color right there. So now what we can do is take this object with the sel, selection tool, hold Shift and left click the cloud layer portions. Go to Window > Pathfinder. And then go to Divide. You can experiment with these to see what happens. But essentially what our goal is is to just make it so that this, the outer portions beyond the ellipsis aren't visible. So I found that divide will allow you to get to that point by it will divide everything and then we can take the direct selection tool and just select the middle, delete. Delete that portion as well. There's a tiny portion out there and then one right here. Then all we have to do now is to select all three and we gotta make sure they are beneath all the cloud layers. And then again just make it black and then 10%. Right there looks pretty good. Okay, so now that we have that done, that is essentially the project. So, hopefully you learned a lot about how to use the basic shape creation tools and modifying tools in order to create some of these simple shapes. So in the next lesson we're going to go ahead and cover an optional project assignment, I'll see you then.

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