Creating Photo Inspired Vector Artwork in Illustrator

In this Illustrator tutorial, we'll learn how to use a photograph as the basis for a portrait created entirely with vector shapes and effects. Software required: Illustrator CC 2015.
Course info
Level
Intermediate
Updated
Oct 15, 2015
Duration
2h 13m
Table of contents
Description
Course info
Level
Intermediate
Updated
Oct 15, 2015
Duration
2h 13m
Description

In this Illustrator tutorial, we'll learn how to use a photograph as the basis for a portrait created entirely with vector shapes and effects. We begin by blocking out the main shapes and then building upon those with shadows and highlights. We'll learn how to discern what shapes to draw exactly the same as the photo and which ones can have a little more artistic liberty while still capturing the portrait. We learn how to define certain features not with lines but with shades, shapes, and shadows. We'll also learn how certain tools and effects within Illustrator, make our job easier and give us the ability to edit them as much as we want. By the end of this Illustrator training, you'll know how to overcome the challenges of translating a photo to a portrait and you'll have the ability to make your own vector portraits from photographs. Software required: Illustrator CC 2015.

About the author
About the author

Laura is a passionate visual effects and motion graphics author at Pluralsight. Ever since her first exposure to After Effects in college, Laura has had an eternal drive to learn more about motion graphics, and teach others what she has discovered. Laura began working at Digital-Tutors (now a Pluralsight company) as a motion graphics artist, creating visually-appealing advertisements and informative art for the site.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Introduction and Project Overview
Hello, I'm Laura and I'll be your guide throughout the following lessons. In this series of tutorials, we'll learn how to use a photograph as the basis for a portrait created entirely with vector shapes and effects in Illustrator. We begin by blocking out the main shapes and then building upon those with shadows and highlights. We'll learn how to discern what shapes to draw exactly the same as the photo and which ones can have a little more artistic liberty, while still capturing the portrait. We learn how to define certain features, not with lines but with shades, shapes and shadows. We'll also learn how certain tools and effects within Illustrator make our job easier and give us the ability to edit them as much as we want. By the end of the this course, you'll know how to overcome the challenges of translating a photo to a portrait and you'll have the ability to make your own vector portraits from photographs. With that, let's get started by blocking out our main shapes.