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3.2 Sky & Land Shapes

In this lesson, we will create a sun with a radiating sky using a series of circles. We will also use the pen tool to create a beach scene with a palm tree.

3.2 Sky & Land Shapes

Hello and welcome to this lesson where we're going to focus on creating a sky, and also a land mass over here. So first before we get started, make sure you save your document by going to File and Save As. And so yeah. What we wanna do in order to create this yellow sort of stylized sky is take this passray, pathway here, hit Ctrl+C and then Ctrl+F. And so now we have a duplicate of it, the outline layer and we want to once again get rid of this stroke. And this time we wanna give it a specific color. And so the color code for the sky that we're going to us is f5dd45, hit Enter. Now we want this to be behind this outline right here, so first I'm just gonna call this sky. And move it down, by left clicking, and dragging it. So now we can see the full stroke. Now this is behind the layer. All right. So now what we wanna do is, we're going to create a sun. That's right here roughly. And then we're also going to create a series of other perfect circles that go, that radiate out and change color slightly. All right? So the sun is going to be the color that we see here and this is going to fade out gradually. Okay? So what we'll do is go ahead and take an ellipse. And just coming out right around here you don't have to be perfect. I'm gonna hold Shift. And well roughly right around here, and then I just go ahead to my selection tool and move it roughly right around. Let's say a good size might be right around here. So these are going to intersect each other. So let's go ahead and get out our path finder if you don't have it open already. And before we do this, what we wanna do is create a copy of the sky background. And first, we won't do that. I wanna show you why we'll have to do that. And, if we take both of these shapes and select them both by holding Ctrl and left clicking, and we choose minus front, you'll see that we're left with this. Or, if we choose intersect rather. We'll have the sun shape but then we lose the other background. So what we wanna do is take this layer right here, the sky layer, or the path rather, and hit Ctrl+C and hit then Ctrl+F. All right, so now we're only going to be selecting this copy and this here. So now we can choose intersect and now we have this maintained right here. All right? So once again this is going beyond our stroke out here. So, we wanna drop that down beneath the outline. So let me push that down, that's right there. We also have this sky which needs to be underneath it as well. And we're gonna give this a different more de desaturated color. So if we take this color right here and double click on it, we'll come out here and hit OK. So now you can see the separation here between the colors. All right, so now what we wanna do is create another ellipse. And we're gonna come out roughly right around here, holding Shift+Alt, left clicking. Roughly right around this size. Now just temporarily I'm gonna go to the transparency here and drop that down quite a bit. Just so I can see underneath it so I can position this so that's more near the center. And I can use my arrow keys as well, of where the sun would be. All right? So I may scale this in just a little bit, holding Shift and Alt. I think right there, it seems to work pretty good, all right. Now we want to duplicate this a couple of times and scale it up, so I'm gonna hit Ctrl+C, Ctrl+F. [BLANK_AUDIO] Hold Shift+Alt, scale this one up to right around there, Ctrl+C, Ctrl+F. Shift+Alt, scale this one out right around there and I think I have two paths duplicated by accident, so I need to get rid of those. All right. So now I'm gonna take these three, and also hold Shift and select this background. And then what I'm gonna do is choose Divide. All right, so what happens here is it took that group and pushed it all the way up. And what we wanna do also is get rid of this portion, so I'm taking the direct selection tool and selecting just the top portions here. And I'm deleting those and these as well. Okay, so now let's go ahead and take this group and drop it back, back down below. And now we could select these individually. And color them a little bit differently. So this one, I'm gonna make it just a little bit lighter. Hit OK. This one I'm gonna leave this color. This one I'm going to saturate a little bit more. Actually, maybe a little bit more than that. Actually I may increase the opacity here. And then this one, saturate that, roughly right around there, so it creates a nice sort of effect. All right, so that does it for the sky portion, so now I wanna create a quick land mass over here. So the way we'll do that. Let me close this out. I'm gonna zoom up and this time we're gonna use the pen tool. And so we'll start roughly let's say right around here, beginning on this point right here. So if I click right there and I click over here. Roughly right around there. I'm gonna hold Alt and left click and that will get rid of that bezier handle. And then I'm also going to come down beneath just a little bit and left click and drag. And come down here somewhere and then connect it up. Now what we need to do is position this underneath this layer right here. This path. So I'll just take this and put it beneath it. All right so we're going to give this a sand color initially. So I'm gonna come out maybe right around here. And hit OK. And then we're also going to take this and give it some green mass. So that way this looks like sand and then there's some green up here. So we'll take the the pen tool again and I'm gonna start roughly maybe right around here outside of it. And left click to create a bezier curve and then maybe end it just outside here. Now I'm gonna hold Alt+Left Click. Come around the top, it doesn't matter where. Hold both of those layers that we just created. And then go to Window pathfinder. And this time we can hit Divide. And again, it brings it to the top so we'll bring back down down. And we can get rid of the points here real quickly. All right, so now we have just one more over there. And now we can color this one a green color possibly from the swatches. Maybe a little bit darker. All right. So far so good. And actually and one thing I do wanna make an adjustment. I don't wanna see this portion here. So I think what I am going to do is drop this up and we're gonna make an adjustment real quickly. And pull this anchor point down just a bit. [BLANK_AUDIO] Like that. Think that will work pretty well just like that. All right. And then what we wanna do is give it some highlights. So, the land will kind of highlight over here as if you know, the sun source is coming this way. So what I'll do is choose a lighter color. Maybe around there. And using a pen tool, I'm just going to come up right around here. Left click and drag. Right around there. I'm gonna make this stand out. Just a little bit more, if I change it to yellow, maybe taking down the opacity. All right. [BLANK_AUDIO] And then we're gonna do the same thing over here, except this time it'll be more of a shadow, left click. [BLANK_AUDIO] Whoops. And this time it's gonna be a darker green. [BLANK_AUDIO] All right and then we're going to do the same thing with a shadow, kind of just outlining this portion down here. So we'll come down to right here. Left clicking. [BLANK_AUDIO] And this time we'll go ahead and use the eye dropper tool and just click this color. Double click on it and then just make it slightly darker. Roughly like that. And if it's a little bit too much, you can always take the opacity down a little bit. All right, so then the final thing I wanna do is create a quick palm tree. And so, what we'll do is get a brown color, roughly right around here I would say. And with the pen tool, we're gonna click right around here to create the trunk portion. And right here. And then come down around here, gonna Bezier curve, and end it there. And then we're gonna take this green color here, well, if we take the Direct Sec, Selection tool, we'll get it in there. Take the Pen tool, and then create the palm tree leaf portions up here. You can make them a little bit more like that and we can just very quickly create a kind of crude sort of leafy patterns there. And then I also want to give them a highlight as well using this color. [BLANK_AUDIO] So starting right there, and just to zoom up here, left click, Alt+left click and then join it back up. Right around there. All right. Now what we need to do is take both of these, and with both of those selected, hit Ctrl+G to group them. Move it over here. Ctrl+C, Ctrl+F. And now we can move this and we could use the free transform tool to kind of skew it. And rotate it a little bit. Similar to that. And then we could take this one again, Ctrl+C, Ctrl+F, right click, Transform > Reflect, hit OK for vertical and we'll rotate it slightly. Maybe right around here, and then take this as well, Ctrl+C, Ctrl+F, right click, Transform > Reflect, hit OK, and rotate that one as well. Maybe roughly right around there. Ctrl+1. And we can probably stand real quickly to move these a little bit closer together. [BLANK_AUDIO] Like that. All right, and then one final thing I wanna do is add a sort of shadow casting this way, since our light source is coming from up here. And so we'll use a darker color here, coming right around here and. [BLANK_AUDIO] I'll left click and then right here as well, and we'll take our layer and that will beneath the trunk layer right here. We'll drag that down, and actually, this should be a darker green. Or actually, we should make it this color, probably right there. There we go, with the eyedropper tool. [BLANK_AUDIO] And, there we go. That is it, by, for this portion. In the next lesson we're gonna go ahead and get focused on creating a well right here, as well. So go ahead and save your document and I'll see you then.

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