Make Colourful Gradient Liquid Orbs in Adobe Illustrator
I’ve been playing around in Adobe Illustrator blending together vibrant colours to produce some cool gradient effects. In this tutorial I’ll show you how to use the Gradient Mesh tool to create a colourful circular orb, which can also be modified into a cool abstract shape with Illustrator’s Warp tool. Being vector based means these graphics are extremely versatile, so they can be used for all kinds of branding projects, or just to create fun artwork. The artwork we’ll be creating in this Adobe Illustrator tutorial is a colourful gradient orb that smoothly blends a range of hues together. These kinds of vibrant gradient effects are really popular at the moment and are great for brand designs, app interfaces, or even phone backgrounds as seen on the new iPhone X. By using different colours and random selections, you can create a unique orb every time! Create a new document in Adobe Illustrator at any size, but use the RGB colour mode for a full spectrum of vibrant colours. Draw an Ellipse on the artboard, holding the Shift key to keep it perfectly circular. Clear out the default black stroke and add a bright colour fill. Select the Gradient Mesh tool and click somewhere inside the circle. Change the colour fill of this point to a complementing hue. It could be close to the original colour, or something that totally contrasts. Add another gradient mesh point in some empty space and choose another colour. The mesh will gradually blend all the fills together to create smooth transitions between them. Adding mesh points also creates additional points around the edge of the shape. Use the Lasso tool to select of couple of these outline points by drawing a selection around them. Alter the colour fills by either moving the sliders in the... Read More
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