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How to Make a Travel Flyer Background in Illustrator

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What You'll Be Creating

In this tutorial, you will have the opportunity to learn how to use the Gradient Mesh Tool in Adobe Illustrator to draw a simple travel flyer template. Then you'll see how to turn this template into a real flyer with Placeit!

If you'd like to skip this tutorial and just use this flyer background in your work, you can go ahead and simply purchase Travel Background With Photos From Holidays from GraphicRiver!

travel background with photos from holidays
Travel Background With Photos From Holidays

1. How to Draw a Cocktail With a Lemon

Step 1

Begin with a #F3F0AD rectangle. Drag its edges and bend it sideways to create a circle (it'll create a better mesh grid for later).

Grab the Mesh Tool (U) and add some mesh nodes as indicated below. Drag the edge nodes together so they overlap, and then color the edge of the circle with #DAB943.

Follow the screenshot below to see which nodes to color in which step.

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Step 2

Continue coloring the lemon according to the image below. Use these colors:

  1. #B98F36
  2. #EBE067
  3. #F9F9D3
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Step 3

Draw the inner part of the lemon with Mesh. Use these:

  1. #E8D74B
  2. #DFBF2A
  3. #C9AC31
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Step 4

Turn the top edge of the lemon slice completely transparent.

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Step 5

Draw another element.

  1. #E7D649
  2. #EFE288
  3. #F7F3BE
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Step 6

Draw another part of the lemon.

  1. #E7D649
  2. #EFE288
  3. #ECDF6F
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Step 7

Draw the final piece.

  1. #E7D649
  2. #EFE288
  3. #F7F3BE
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Step 8

Place the elements onto the slice.

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Step 9

Place the wedges onto the lemon slice.

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Step 10

It's time to draw the cocktail glass for our simple flyer background! Use Gradient Mesh and these colors:

  1. #E8E0CE
  2. #E2BD1D
  3. #D58C1C
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Step 11

  1. #E1A91D
  2. #E9D771
  3. #F4F1E8
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Step 12

Make the top part of the glass transparent.

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Step 13

Draw the base of the glass.

  1. #EFE7CE
  2. #D2CAB1
  3. #9E967D
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Step 14

  1. #C6BEA5
  2. #F7F1D8
  3. #A58747
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Step 15

Set the base to 70% Opacity.

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Step 16

Draw a straw for the cocktail.

  1. #D58743
  2. #E8C47D
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Step 17

  1. #D58743
  2. #A27A68
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Step 18

  1. #C37334
  2. #D99450
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Step 19

Assemble the straw.

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Step 20

Finish the cocktail glass to add to the flyer template.

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2. How to Create the Photos

Step 1

Begin drawing the background for the cocktail photo on our simple flyer.

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Step 2

Finish drawing the background.

  1. #4BB6CE
  2. #F4F4E6
  3. #D0C594
flyer background gradient mesh tutorial

Step 3

Place the glass onto the background. Our first photo for the flyer design is done!

simple flyer

Step 4

Draw the base for the polaroid.

  1. #FFF5CF
  2. #EDD9B3
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Step 5

Add a #322412 square.

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Step 6

Draw two rectangles with rounded edges, the bigger one colored with #FEF3CD and the smaller one with #322412.

Make the bigger rectangle transparent, and go to Object > Blend > Blend Options. Select Specified Steps, 30 and apply. 

Next, select both rectangles and go to Object > Blend > Make.

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Step 7

Change the object's Blending mode to Multiply with 50% Opacity.

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Step 8

Place the Blend shadow under the polaroid and add the cocktail image to complete the polaroid for the flyer design.

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Step 9

Consult the tutorial below to learn how to draw palm leaves to use in the flyer background.

Make a Clipping Mask as shown in the screenshot.

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Step 10

Draw a circle with a Radial Gradient, changing it to Screen with 95% Opacity.

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Step 11

Use the same Gradient on an ellipse. This time, use Screen with 80% Opacity.

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Step 12

Place the ellipses inside the circle.

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Step 13

Assemble the scene out of the background we made earlier, the palm leaves and the highlight.

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Step 14

Learn how to make the hat, the chair, flip-flops and suitcase here:

flyer design

Step 15

Consult these tutorials for the chair, the sea background, and the flip-flops:

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Step 16

Draw a new background for the flip-flops.

  1. #EFF8D6
  2. #7DC7E3
  3. #DACA78
flyer background gradient mesh tutorial

Step 17

Assemble the photo.

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Step 18

Draw #E9ECCD stripes for an umbrella.

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Step 19

Draw a #4698BA base.

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Step 20

Add a pole.

  1. #E6E6E6
  2. #FFFFFF
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Step 21

Assemble the umbrella.

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Step 22

Add the umbrella to complete one more polaroid for the flyer template.

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Step 23

Place the polaroids in a vertical pile for the flyer design.

flyer design gradient mesh tutorial

Step 24

Add a #A9D1E2 background to create the simple flyer background.

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Step 25

Use Placeit to turn this simple flyer template into a real flyer design!

simple flyer placeit

Awesome Work, Your Simple Flyer Background Is Now Done!

What now? You can try any of my other tutorials from my profile, or check out my portfolio on GraphicRiver, as well as the original vector we recreated in this tutorial.

Check out some of my banners as well!

I hope you enjoyed the tutorial, and I would be super happy to see any results in the comments below!

 Travel Background With Photos From Holidays
Travel Background With Photos From Holidays

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