In this tutorial, you will have the opportunity to learn how to use the Gradient Mesh Tool to draw a party flyer template design. Then you'll see how to turn this template into a real flyer with Placeit!
1. How to Draw a Tropical Flower
Let's start off by drawing a flower petal with Gradient Mesh.
Create an orange rectangle—the color is
Next, grab the Mesh Tool (U). Click to create nodes, which in turn create a Mesh Grid. When you have a thick enough mesh grid, grab the edges of the rectangle and move them to make the shape rounder. It should resemble the shape of a petal.
Once you're done with the shaping, select
the left cluster of nodes (they are already colored differently in the
screenshot) and color them with
Next, select the nodes that are darker (they're selected below) and proceed to change their color to
Add some darker orange tones in the fourth step with
Always make sure to select the nodes that are selected in each screenshot below and apply the corresponding color to them!
Create another petal with Gradient Mesh.
Draw a third petal.
Finish the third petal.
Draw one more orange petal.
Finish the petal.
Draw a blue element.
Draw the final mesh element.
Place the two elements together.
Create a copy of the group, and then recolor that copy with Edit > Edit Colors > Adjust Colors.
- Red: 11%
- Green: 13%
Draw leaves with Mesh.
Finish the leaf.
Draw the final element.
Assemble the flower.
2. How to Complete the Flyer Template
To learn how to draw the tropical leaf, consult this tutorial.
Next, recolor the leaf with Edit > Edit Colors > Adjust Colors.
Bend the leaf with Effect > Warp > Arc Lower.
- Bend: 21%
- Horizontal Distortion: 14%
- Vertical Distortion: -34%
Expand Appearance of the object.
Draw a Mesh backdrop.
#36763C lines for the leaf.
Use a Clipping Mask to create the leaf.
Draw one more Mesh backdrop.
#547554 for the lines.
Use a Clipping Mask.
Assemble a plant frame for the party flyer background.
Draw a Gradient element and set it to Multiply.
Place some of the elements on a
#EDF0EE background to create a backdrop for the party flyer design.
Place the party flyer backdrop behind the plant frame.
Add a Radial Gradient highlight, set to Screen.
Place the highlights on top of the party flyer background.
Make a Clipping Mask for the final version of the flyer design!
3. How to Use Placeit to Make a Flyer
Our tropical flyer template is done—now it's time to add text and other decorative elements to truly turn it into a flyer!
You can easily do this on the Placeit site! Just head over to the Designs > Flyer Maker section for various flyer designs.
I've decided to search for a "summer party flyer" to complete our template.
After you type in your keywords, you will be presented with various designs to choose from.
Choose the one you like the design of most—we will be changing the actual background image!
I have chosen the first design, Online Flyer Maker for a Summer Party! Now, head over to the bottom left section, Background, and choose to add a Custom Image.
Select a .jpg version of the flyer template we made!
After cropping the image accordingly, it's already in place!
Now you can change the text or the colored filter on the image.
You can also change the color of the text...
... and move all the elements around as you'd like!
Don't hesitate to play with the options while creating your ideal tropical flyer on Placeit!
Awesome Work, You're Now Done!
I hope you enjoyed the tutorial, and I would be super happy to see any results in the comments below!
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