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How to create illustrations with Adobe Ideas – Tutorial

Use this Adobe touchscreen app to create crisp and clean illustrations on your iPad

Adobe Ideas offers art enthusiasts the ability to create concepts and fully realised illustrations with powerful vector-based tools. In this tutorial, we’ll mainly be using the Pencil tool, which we can adjust using both size and opacity settings.

Adobe Ideas provides a pretty advanced colour system. To access it, simply click on the colour option to access the fly-out menu, which includes a sample ring Colour Picker for clearer visibility, default tones and RGB and HSB colour spectrums. What this means is almost all the colours you can imagine are available. A layering system is adopted from Adobe Photoshop, minus the blending modes. However, up to ten layers can be added to build your images, all manipulated with opacity values. This means you’ll be able to mix colours and visuals, and we’ll show you how. We’ll also explore tools to scrutinise your images, ways to undo mistakes and how you can then go ahead and share your finished image.

1: New project

Click the plus icon for a new blank project. To work from an uploaded image, simply click the Layers icon in your toolbar and then select New From.

2: Colour picker

Open the colour options and click the Colour Picker tool icon. This way you can intuitively select tones using the Sampling Ring to find the perfect colour.

3: Pencil tool

Select the Pencil tool, and then slide your finger on the size option in order to change the brush size and vary the stroke.

4: Colour spectrum

You’re not restricted to picking existing colours from a photo reference. Tap the right arrow icon in the colour options bar to access fly-out colour spectrums.

5: Layering

You can manage the order of your marks, building images in stages without a need for overwriters. These layers are easily moved above and below each other.

6: Opacity

All layers are also subject to opacity values or transparency. This is a great way to build gradients and check your original reference photo.

7: Observe detail

Pinch touch gestures will let you zoom in and out. As you’re working with vector graphics, everything will scale up perfectly so you can view intricate details.

8: Undo, Redo

Adobe Ideas comes standard with Undo and Redo commands. Click on the associated buttons to undo any marks you’re unhappy with up to 50 times.

9: Full screen

You can share the final image with colleagues and friends by tapping the button in the top corner for a distraction-free preview in the app itself.

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