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Vector Portraits for Beginners

Welcome and Course Overview

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Regardless of the medium, portraits are always a popular subject matter. They can range from the basic to the complex and abstract. In this course, we’ll introduce you to basic theory and concepts of creating vector portraits. Along the way our instructor, Sharon Milne, will show you how to create two basic styles which you can adapt to kick start your creative journey into vector portraits.

1. Introduction

1.1 Welcome and Course Overview

Hey all, welcome to Vector Portraits for Beginners on Tuts Plus, my name is Sharon Millin and I'm the vector and drawing Editor here on Tuts Plus. I've been creating Vector portraits for over ten years now, both as a hobby and professionally. I started off creating portraits of my favorite celebrities, then I moved on to friends and later random stock images. It can be deeply rewarding, and it can also be a fun way to ease yourself into your favorite Vector program. It's where my career has started in Vector, and now not only am I the Tuts Plus Vector and Drawing Editor but I also create Vector portraits for a variety of companies, both for web and for print. I've also published a book via Peachpit and Adobe Press called Adobe Master Class Illustrator. But enough about why you should trust me in teaching you these basic skills. Let's have a look at what you're going to learn on the course, the course is Vector Portraits for Beginners. It's for those who know how to use the Pen tool and other basic tools in Adobe Illustrator. However, if you're confident with your Vector program of choice, you should still be able to follow along. I'll be walking you through two different portraits which use the same stock image. This available from Photo June. The first is a line art based portrait, and the second uses this line art to create a simple shaded portrait. With the techniques you will learn with both of the portraits, you should be able to create your own portraits from your own images. We'll be looking at some great time saving tips and tricks to make your portrait projects a stylish and pleasant task. As well as some great shortcuts to make any project more neat and tidy. Vector portraits can help you kick start your creativity in Vector illustration. This course will arm you with the skills and theory to give you a great head start. Before we begin though, let's move on to our first lessons. We'll look at what tools you need to know before starting this course, how to choose the right stock image when you're starting out, and how to create the three best Adobe Illustrator brushes in the world. I'm not kidding, I use these not only for portraits, but in other projects too. We'll also have a look at skin tones. So what are you waiting for? Let's get onto the first lesson.

2. Pre Portrait Lessons

2.1 Prerequisites to the Course

Hey all. Welcome back to Vector Portraits for Beginners on Tuts Plus. My name is Sharon Millan and in this lesson, we're just going to look at the pre-requisites for this course. These are the things that you need to be confident in using, in order to progress through this course. Although this course is for beginners in vector portraits, you will need to know certain tools within Adobe Illustrator. First we're gonna have a look at the panels. The first is the Swatches panel. You'll need to know how to add swatches to this panel and how to apply a stroke and a fill. Moving on to the stroke panel. You'll need to know how to set a stroke rate and how to apply a dashed line. In the brushes panel, you'll need to know how to add a new brush, how to remove brushes, and how to select a brush. The transparency panel is next, and you'll need to know how to set a blending mode and how to set an opacity. For the layers panel, you'll need to know how to move layers, name layers, add layers, and delete layers. The next one is path finder panel, we'll be using two specific options here. This will be unite and minus front. The next one is optional, it depends exactly how you zoom in and out. I personally used the navigate panel, but others use the zoom tool or shortcut keys. Next we'll be looking at the tools that we'll be using throughout this tutorial. The main tools that we'll be using throughout this tutorial are, the pen tool. The paintbrush tool. The direct selection tool. The free transform tool. The ellipse tool, the rectangle tool. The shape builder tool. The blob brush tool, and the art board tool. The processes we'll be using, are, creating a new art brush. [BLANK_AUDIO] Using clipping masks. [BLANK_AUDIO] Changing the stroke to a fill via object, Expand Appearance. [BLANK_AUDIO] And adding a feather to a shape. [BLANK_AUDIO] If you feel as if you can use these panels, tools, and processes confidently. Then you're half way there into creating a portrait. In addition you can use a tablet or a mouse for this tutorial. When I first started out creating vector portraits, I just used a mouse. Ever I use the paint brush tool, and you're a mouse user, feel free to use the pen tool as its a lot more comfortable to use. Next time on vector portraits for beginners, we'll be looking at choosing the right stock. Until then, thanks for listening.