Creating a Hover Slideshow in Adobe Muse

Creating a Hover Slideshow in Adobe Muse. No Coding Skills Required.

 Muse For You - Adobe Muse CC Adobe Muse CC Logo

Hey, what’s up Muser! In this video tutorial, I go over how to create a unique hover slideshow using the new responsive composition widget in Adobe Muse.

The steps are as follows:

1. Go to Object > Insert Widget > Composition > Blank.

2. Delete all triggers and targets except one.

3. In the composition widget options set ‘Show Target’ option to ‘On Rollover.’

4. Enable the ‘Triggers on Top’ option to make sure the triggers are above the targets.

3. Add text to the trigger and make the background filled with the trigger blank.

4. Add an image to the target by selecting the target and then going to the ‘Fill’ option in the upper control bar. You can then fill the target with an image and set the image fitting an image position for the target.

5. Place the trigger to the left of the target.

6. Create a new trigger and target by selecting the trigger and clicking the plus symbol below it.

7. Repeat process for as many triggers and targets as you’d like.

8. Done!

Muse For You - Responsive Composition Image Showcase - Adobe Muse CC

Muse For You - Responsive Composition Image Showcase - Adobe Muse CC

For more video tutorials and widgets for Adobe Muse visit http://museforyoushop.com.

Happy Musing!

25 Beautiful Script Fonts to Use in 2017

Script or cursive fonts are often used in web and graphic design. They can be easily paired with sans-serif fonts to create amazing typography. As a rule, script fonts represent handwriting. They can add a personal touch to any project, whether it’s a website design, or wedding invitation, postcard, or flyer.

Fortunately, there is no need to create a font each time you need it. There are numerous free and premium script fonts available on internet these days. In this list, we have handpicked 15 free beautiful script fonts you can use in 2017. So, scroll down, choose the font you like and download it.

1. ANISHA

anisha

2. Zing Rust

zing-rust

3. Oraqle

oraqle-script

4. Noelan

noelan

5. Atlantica

atlantica

6. Wild Youth

wild-youth

7. King Basil

king-basil

8. Humblle Rought Free Font

humble-font

9. Cursive Script

cursive-script

10. Selima

selima

11. Playlist Free Font

playlist-font

12. SUMMER HEARTS

summer-hearts

13. PhotoWall

PhotoWall-font

14. The Woodlands

the-woodlands

15. Campground

CAMPGROUND

16. Mightype Script

Mightype

17. Better Together Script

better-together-script

18. Shania

shania-font

19. Hello Stockholm

Hello-Stockholm

20. Streamster Typeface

Streamster-Typeface

21. Andrea Script

andrea-script

22. Serendipity Script

serendipity-script

23. Lauren

lauren-font

24. Iced Tea

iced-tea-font

25. Jennet

jennet

Envato Tuts+ Community Challenge: Created by You, October 2017 Edition

Welcome to our monthly feature of fantastic tutorial results created by
you, the Envato Tuts+ community!

Every day, visitors like you take the
time not only to read our tutorials but also to try them out. Here’s an assortment of those submissions found throughout the Design
& Illustration comments section. Check out this set of results with a few spooky additions for Halloween!

Vector Tutorial Results

Taken from the
comments section of your favorite tutorials, these first pieces are an
assortment of results created with vector drawing programs. Check out
these amazing results!

How to Use Image Trace to Create a Surreal Portrait in Adobe Illustrator

Ketsu-kun made an awesome surreal portrait using the Image Trace technique shown by . He commented:

Great tutorial, here is my work!

 Create a Surreal Portrait in Adobe Illustrator

How to Create a Halloween Illustration With a White Kitten in Adobe Illustrator

Community regular Butu mastered this Halloween Kitten Illustration from , commenting:

Thanks very much Nataliya. This tutorial is really nice. Recently I followed one tutorial by Andrew for creating a spider, so I embedded it just for fun.

Create a Halloween Illustration With a White Kitten in Adobe Illustrator

How to Create Delicious Toast Icons in Adobe Illustrator

Maria So tackled this delicious Toast Icon tutorial from . She commented:

Thank you! I like it!

Create Delicious Toast Icons in Adobe Illustrator

How to Create a Set of X-Men Avatars in Adobe Illustrator

We love when you remix our tutorials! User Ellen Grigoryan transformed this X-Men Avatar tutorial from Yulia Sokolova. She commented:

I just made Edward Scissorhands with this tutorial. This is amazing, thank you!

Create a Set of X-Men Avatars in Adobe Illustrator

How to Create a Spring-Themed Illustration in Adobe Illustrator

With the help of this charming Spring Themed illustration from , Amita Nautiyal created her own amazing result. She commented:

Thank you for this detailed tutorial! I am quite new to Illustrator, so
this helped me get through the whole work without getting frustrated!

Create a Spring-Themed Illustration in Adobe Illustrator

How to Create a Halloween Themed Icon Pack in Adobe Illustrator

Tessa crushed this Halloween Icon Pack from instructor . She commented:

Thank you for this amazing tutorial. I really enjoyed making this and it inspired me to make a few of my own as well!

Create a Halloween Themed Icon Pack in Adobe Illustrator

How to Create Flat Design Headphones in Adobe Illustrator

Kevin Nichols did an awesome job with this Flat Headphone Illustration tutorial from . He commented:

Beautiful image, and what a well-detailed tutorial! I’d never heard of chambers before this.

Create Flat Design Headphones in Adobe Illustrator

Use Stroke Textures to Enhance a Halloween Illustration in Illustrator

Iván Illustrious transformed this Halloween Illustration from with a fun Adventure Time theme. Check out his awesome result below!

Use Stroke Textures to Enhance a Halloween Illustration in Illustrator

How to Create a Windmill Illustration in Sketch

User Erin recreated this Windmill Illustration from perfectly! She commented:

Great tutorial! Here is my windmill.

Create a Windmill Illustration in Sketch

How to Create the Batman Dark Knight Logo in Adobe Illustrator

Enjoy this last vector result from Kenny Corthals, who recreated this incredible Batman Dark Knight Logo from . He commented:

Nice tutorial. I learned some new things!

Create the Batman Dark Knight Logo in Adobe Illustrator

Adobe Photoshop Tutorial Results

Let’s
take a look at this next set of results inspired by Adobe Photoshop
tutorials published here on Envato Tuts+. Contributions range from photo manipulations to text effects and more! Check out these wicked results
below!

How to Create a Scary Window Scene Photo Manipulation With Adobe Photoshop

Are you afraid? Liya Rybakova recreated this Scary Window Manipulation from . She commented:

Thank you for an interesting tutorial!

Create a Scary Window Scene Photo Manipulation With Adobe Photoshop

How to Create a Coffee-Stained Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Robert Castleberry created a realistic Coffee-Stained Text Effect using a tutorial from . He commented simply:

Thanks for the tutorial!

Create a Coffee-Stained Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

How to Create a Halloween-Inspired Children’s Illustration in Photoshop

Inspired by this spooky Children’s Illustration from , Wellington Cruz created his own fantastic painting. Check it out below.

Create a Halloween-Inspired Childrens Illustration in Photoshop

How to Create a Day of the Dead Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

With the help of this Dia de Los Muertos Text Effect tutorial from , Jael created their own amazing result, commenting:

My version of Photoshop can’t do the dotted stroke but thank you for this amazing tutorial I loved it!

Create a Day of the Dead Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

How to Create a Spooky Forest Setting in Adobe Photoshop

Douglas Gale conquered this Spooky Forest Manipulation from . He commented:

Here’s my final result! I initially struggled with the white outlines on the trees.

Create a Spooky Forest Setting in Adobe Photoshop

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

User Atka Kaa created an explosive effect with this Ashes and Embers Action tutorial from . They commented:

Great tutorial, I tried it!

Create an Ashes Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

How to Create an Emotional, Molten, Shattered Statue in Photoshop

Last for the Photoshop results, we have Austin Kilgore, who recreated this emotional Shattered Statue Manipulation by . He commented:

Here’s my version!

Create an Emotional Molten Shattered Statue in Photoshop

Design Tutorial Results

These final
pieces are inspired by an assorted of design tutorials that don’t quite
fit the previous categories. They include everything from print design
to drawing and more! Enjoy these beautiful pieces created by the
community below!

Design a Hardback Cover for a Young Adult Fiction Book in Adobe InDesign

Aaron did a wonderful job creating his own Hardback Book Cover using a tutorial from . He commented.

I did not end up using InDesign but it did give me an idea, so here is what I made.

Design a Hardback Cover for a Young Adult Fiction Book in Adobe InDesign

How to Create an Indie Movie Poster in Adobe InDesign

Inspired by this Indie Movie Poster tutorial from , Josh created his own poster with an Armageddon theme.

Thanks for the tutorial, I came up with this design in the end.

Create an Indie Movie Poster in Adobe InDesign th

How to Draw a Super Cute Kitten Step by Step

And finally, Caroline Han drew this super Cute Kitty Drawing with the helpful guidance of instructor . Check out her result below!

How to Draw a Super Cute Kitten Step by Step

How to Be Involved in the Next Showcase

Have you created a piece based on one of our tutorials here in the Design
& Illustration section of Envato Tuts+? We’re keen for you to share
your results with us! Check out the general guidelines below to join in
with our community:

  • Your artwork should be similar in some
    way to the tutorial that you followed or that inspired it. The aim of
    these showcases is to share what readers have created after following
    the tutorial.
  • Comment on the tutorial you used, attaching an
    image of your result. We’re keen on all levels of ability: from beginner to advanced!
  • Include a comment about your result, yourself, or your process. We like knowing about you and what you’re sharing.
  • Share the tutorial when you share that artwork elsewhere on the web. If
    you’ve posted your piece on sites like Facebook, Tumblr or Behance, link back to the tutorial so that other users know your source and can join
    in on the fun.

Thanks to everyone who was highlighted above for sharing your results with the Envato Tuts+ community. We look forward to checking out your brilliant versions of our tutorials in the near
future, and welcome users new and old to participate in upcoming
showcases.

Win $250 in Envato Market Credits!

Jump over to the Envato community forums to show off your creation from one of the many Tuts+ tutorials. Read more about it over here.

How to Create Sale Price Tags and Decorative Bows in Adobe Illustrator

Final product image
What You’ll Be Creating

In this tutorial, you will learn how to use the Mesh Tool in Adobe Illustrator to create a beautiful set of labels with red gift bows!

If you want to skip the tutorial and just use these labels in your work, you can purchase the Big Set of Sales Tags with Red Gift Bows item from GraphicRiver!

Big Set of Sales Tags
Big Set of Sales Tags with Red Gift Bows

1. How to Draw the Bow

Step 1

We will begin by drawing the first part of the bow with Mesh.

Draw a rectangle and fill it with #FC221D color. Grab the Mesh Tool (U) and create a Mesh Grid in the rectangle by clicking where you want to place your nodes. Next, drag the outer edges of the shape to create the right part of the bow.

Try to mimic the Mesh Grid in the screenshot.

Next, select the indicated nodes and recolor them all to #BE1819. Continue similarly, by creating more nodes and recoloring the selected ones.

Use these colors:

  1. #FC221D
  2. #BE1819
  3. #EABE57
  4. #ED483A
draw bow with mesh

Step 2

It’s time for the second part! Recolor the selected nodes.

  1. #FC221D
  2. #C81100
  3. #F77F6B
use mesh tool

Step 3

Finish the second piece using these colors:

  1. #8C0703
  2. #CA1505
finish bow

Step 4

Draw the third piece in a similar fashion.

  1. #E52722
  2. #BE1920
  3. #EA6B56
  4. #B70811
draw bow with mesh

Step 5

Draw the fourth piece with Mesh.

  1. #E52722
  2. #B70A0C
  3. #FD907A
  4. #6C0205
draw right part of bow

Step 6

Draw a simple fifth piece from an ellipse.

  1. #940000
  2. #BA0000
draw with mesh

Step 7

Add the fifth piece under the fourth part.

assemble pieces

Step 8

Draw the sixth part.

  1. #C81313
  2. #F06E5F
  3. #9D0709
  4. #830303
draw middle piece of bow

Step 9

Use Mesh to complete the seventh piece.

  1. #DC0E00
  2. #FF9073
  3. #B20E01
  4. #820A00
draw mesh bow

Step 10

Draw the eighth part of the bow.

  1. #E02B1F
  2. #FF8D76
  3. #AA0900
  4. #CB1E13
  5. #7A0900
draw last part of bow

Step 11

Assemble the bow!

assemble mesh bow

Step 12

Draw a shadow for the bow with a Radial Gradient from #A76969 to white.

draw gradient

Step 13

Place the shadow under the bow.

place shadow

2. How to Draw the Rope

Step 1

Let’s draw the rope for the label!

First, using the Pen Tool (P), draw a simple outline of a rope section.

Move it next to its original position while holding down Alt to create a copy. It should overlap a little bit, but make sure you place the copy in one move only; otherwise, the next step will not work.

Next, press Control-D to repeat your last action. It should create another section of the rope next to the last copy. Repeat this about 100 times—the rope should be long.

draw rope

Step 2

Select the whole length of the rope and create an Art Brush out of it by dragging it into the Brushes panel.

add brush

Step 3

Next, draw an outline with the Pen Tool (P) and apply the brush to it.

Tweak the size of the Stroke until the rope is thin enough.

apply brush

Step 4

For this step, first go to Object > Expand Appearance to expand the brush.

Next, select all of the sections and apply a Radial, white to #F5DEDE to #BC2725 gradient.

apply gradient

Step 5

To draw a ring for our rope, first draw a circle with a Radial Gradient (#835114#8D5A1D#FECD23#79460F).

gradient ring

Step 6

Draw a smaller circle in the middle, and then select both shapes and use Minus Front in the Pathfinder panel.

minus front

Step 7

Select the bottom left sections of the rope and Send them to Back (Shift-Control-[), to create an illusion of the rope going through the ring.

send rope to back

3. How to Draw Labels

Step 1

Begin by drawing our first label!

Combine a circle and a rectangle with rounded edges by pressing Unite (first icon on the top left) in the Pathfinder panel.

draw label

Step 2

‘Punch’ a hole in our label using the Minus Front option in the Pathfinder panel.

cut out hole

Step 3

Add a Gradient on top of the label (Multiply, 50% Opacity).

add gradient

Step 4

Place the hole with the ring on top of the label.

add rope

Step 5

You can write something on the label—I chose ‘SALE’.

write sale

Step 6

Add the bow.

add bow

Step 7

You can also create ellipse-, triangle-, rectangle- and circle-shaped labels.

ellipse label
triangle label
rectangle label
circle label

Step 8

The finished collection!

final collection

Congratulations, You’re Now Done!

Thank you for following along, and please feel welcome to post your result in the comments. I’ll be looking
forward to seeing it!

In this tutorial, you learned how to
create a set of sale labels using the Mesh Tool.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial and learned how to use Gradient Mesh
for the future! Check out some of my other vector tutorials on my instructor profile.

You can purchase the Big set of sales tags with red gift bows as well as other similar designs in my portfolio on GraphicRiver.

Set of sales tags
Big set of sales tags

How to Create a Spirit Day-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Illustrator

Final product image
What You’ll Be Creating

In the following steps, you will learn how to create a Spirit Day inspired text effect in Adobe Illustrator. 

For starters, you will learn how to create a purple background and how to add some white text. Taking full advantage of the Appearance panel, you will learn how to create your purple text effect. You will learn how to make your work easier by using target icons and how to add a subtle texture for the final touches.

For more inspiration on how to adjust or improve your final text effect, you can find plenty of resources at GraphicRiver.

1. How to Create the Background and the Text

Step 1

Hit Control-N to create a new document. Select Pixels from the Units drop-down menu, enter 850 in the width box and 615 in the height box, and then click that More Settings button. Select RGB for the Color Mode, set the Raster Effects to Screen (72 ppi), and then click that Create Document button.

new document

Step 2

Pick the Rectangle Tool (M) and focus on your Toolbar. Remove the color from the stroke, and then select the fill and set its color to R=62 G=18 B=81. Simply click on your artboard to open the Rectangle window. Set the width to 860 px and the height to 625 px and then click that OK button. Select your newly made shape and make sure that it covers your entire artboard.

purple background

Step 3

Pick the Type Tool (T) and open the Character panel (Window > Type > Character). Select the Coiny font and set the size to 150 px. Simply click on your artboard, add the “PURPLE” piece of text, and make it white. Using the same attributes, add the “GO” piece of text and place it as shown in the second image.

type tool

2. How to Create the Text Effect

Step 1

Make sure that your “PURPLE” piece of text stays selected. First, go to the Swatches panel (Window > Swatches) and simply remove that white from your text color.

Next, move to the Appearance panel and click that Add New Fill button. Select the new fill and set its color to R=228 G=179 B=224.

add new fill

Step 2

Make sure that your “PURPLE” piece of text stays selected and add a second fill using that same Add New Fill button. Select this new fill and drag it below the existing one.

Apply the linear gradient shown below and then go to Effect > Distort & Transform > Transform. Enter the attributes shown in the following image and then click that OK button.

transform

Step 3

Make sure that your “PURPLE” piece of text stays selected and keep focusing on the Appearance panel.

Be sure that the bottom fill is still selected and go to Effect > Stylize > Drop Shadow. Enter the attributes shown in the following image and then click that OK button.

drop shadow

Step 4

Make sure that your “PURPLE” piece of text stays selected and add a third fill. Select this new fill and drag it below the other two.

Set the color to R=62 G=18 B=81 and then go to Effect > Distort & Transform > Transform. Enter the attributes shown in the following image, click that OK button, and then go to Effect > Stylize > Drop Shadow. Enter the attributes shown below and then click OK.

add new fill

Step 5

Make sure that your “PURPLE” piece of text stays selected and add a fourth fill. Select this new fill and drag it below the other three.

Set the color to R=62 G=18 B=81 and then go to Effect > Distort & Transform > Transform. Enter the attributes shown in the following image, click that OK button, and then go to Effect > Stylize > Drop Shadow. Enter the attributes shown below and then click OK.

add new fill

Step 6

Make sure that your “PURPLE” piece of text stays selected and add a fifth fill. Select this new fill and drag it above the other four.

Apply the linear gradient shown below and then go to Effect > Distort & Transform > Transform. Enter the attributes shown in the following image and then click that OK button. Be sure that you’re checking the bottom middle reference point.

transform

Step 7

Make sure that your “PURPLE” piece of text stays selected and keep focusing on the Appearance panel.

Reselect that top fill and go to Effect > Stylize > Inner Glow. Enter the attributes shown in the following image and then click that OK button.

inner glow

Step 8

Focus on the Layers panel, open your layer, and use those target icons to quickly apply the Appearance attributes used for your “PURPLE” piece of text to the other piece of text. Target icons are the little round icons displayed at the far right of each individual layer or shape.

Hold the Alt button from your keyboard, click the target icon that stands for your “PURPLE” piece of text, and then drag it onto the target icon that stands for that “GO” piece of text. In the end, things should look like in the second image.

target icon

3. How to Add a Subtle Texture and a Rainbow

Step 1

Select the background shape, make a copy in front (Control-C > Control-F), and bring it to front (Shift-Control-]). Select this new shape and focus on the Appearance panel.

Select the fill, lower its Opacity to 30%, change the Blending Mode to Soft Light, and then replace the color with the radial gradient shown below. Keep in mind that the yellow zero from the Gradient image stands for Opacity percentage, and use the Gradient Tool (G) to squeeze your gradient as shown in the following image.

radial gradient

Step 2

Make sure that the rectangle made in the previous step is still selected, and keep focusing on the Appearance panel. Add a second fill and select it.

Set the color to black (R=0 G=0 B=0), lower its Opacity to 10%, change the Blending Mode to Soft Light, and then go to Effect > Artistic > Film Grain. Enter the attributes shown in the following image and then click that OK button.

film grain

Step 3

Finally, you can add a bit of color in your final design using this short tutorial: How to Create a Rainbow Text Effect in Adobe Illustrator. You will learn how to create a pretty simple pattern brush and how to adjust it using the Width Tool (Shift-W).

pattern brush

Congratulations! You’re Done!

Here is how it should look. I hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial and can apply these techniques in your future projects. Don’t hesitate to share your final result in the comments section.

Feel free to adjust the final design and make it your own. You can find some great sources of inspiration at GraphicRiver, with interesting solutions to improve your design.

final product

How to Create a Purple, Spirit Day-Inspired iPhone Wallpaper in Adobe Photoshop

Final product image
What You’ll Be Creating

Learn how to design a purple iPhone wallpaper in honor of Spirit Day! For this tutorial, I’ll show you how to use gradient backgrounds, star brushes, and more to create an iPhone wallpaper design.

Take a Stand Against Bullying

Each year, millions wear purple on Spirit Day as a sign of support for
LGBTQ youth and to speak out against bullying. Take the pledge to go
purple! — GLAAD.org

So last year, I created this Photoshop Action to create a quick photo effect for Spirit Day.

By running the custom action, you can apply a purple filter and a few simple shapes onto any picture to show your support for the awareness. 

This time, I wanted to do something a little different.

My mind is just blown that I get access to so many lovely goodies on Envato Elements, so lately I’ve been sifting through all the background collections to find one to put my spin on.

Keep in mind, you will need a subscription for the gradient and vector items I used, but you can also play around with free stocks for this, while still using our free brush pack.

Tutorial Assets

The following assets were used in the productions of this tutorial:

Expand your collection! Paint stars, draw hair, or apply grunge effects with this free Photoshop Brush Pack of 10 essential brushes.

1. How to Set Up the Wallpaper Size

iPhone Wallpaper Dimensions

The size of your wallpaper will depend on your personal iPhone. I’ve got an iPhone 6, so we’ll just go with that.

Here are a few sizes you can consider:

Screen: 1334 x 750
Wallpaper: 1608 x 852
for iPhone 6

Screen: 1920 x 1080
(downsampled from 2208 x 1242)
Wallpaper: 2662 x 2662
for iPhone 6 Plus

Find the right wallpaper size for your iPhone. Here are some helpful links I used:

Now create a New Document (Control-N) at this size:

  • Width/Height: 852×1608 pixels
  • Resolution: 150 dpi
New Document

(I like small file sizes, so feel free to adjust the resolution as needed.)

Let’s move on to the background!

2. How to Create the Purple Background

Step 1

First, download the Gradient Backgrounds 2. These two cosmic-like backgrounds were my favorite.

Gradient Backgrounds Envato Elements

I’ll be using #16 for my wallpaper.

Wallpaper 16

Step 2

Now Copy (Control-C) and Paste (Control-V) the gradient onto a New Layer for your wallpaper document.

Rotate the gradient
  1. The image is pretty big, so we’ll need to rotate it to show off my favorite area, the orange color.
  2. Use the Free Transform Tool (Control-T) to rotate it counter-clockwise. Adjust the size if needed.

Step 3

The official Spirit Day color is similar to this purple #6f009a color.

Create a New Layer. Use the Paint Bucket Tool (G) to Fill the layer with purple. Then set the Layer Blend Mode to Hard Light and lower the Opacity to 26%.

Add a purple hard light layer

Step 4

Great! Now Duplicate (Control-J) the gradient layer. Drag the layer above the Hard Light one within the Layers panel. 

Duplicate the gradient layer

Let’s create a new background using these two gradient layers. Use the Free Transform Tool (Control-T) to help reposition this layer towards the bottom of the blue area.

Rotate the gradient copy

Step 5

Add a Layer Mask to the gradient copy.

Select the Brush Tool (B), use a Soft Round Brush with 0% Hardness and 90-100% Opacity to paint black onto the white Layer Mask. Paint away the harsh edge from the picture and keep adjusting it until you’re happy.

Apply a layer mask

3. How to Add More Texture and Color

Step 1

With the background gradients all set, we can move on to texture and color.

But first, let’s add an Adjustment Layer of Color Lookup. Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Color Lookup, and select this setting:

  • 3DLUT File: 3Strip.look
Add a color lookup adjustment layer

Step 2

Let’s paint some texture using the Star Brush from this Photoshop Brush Pack.

This brush is meant to resemble tiny, far-away star dots, so we can use it to paint lots of glittery texture.

Star Photoshop Brush

Create a New Layer. Set the Foreground Color to white and paint dots all around the gradient background for texture. Vary the Brush Size to your preferences.

Paint white dots

When you’re finished, use the Eraser Tool (E) to softly erase away some stars. Start with a medium to low Opacity and increase it when needed.

Erase the dots

Step 3

Create a New Layer.

Use the Paint Bucket Tool (G) to Fill it with the same purple #5a009a color from before. Set the Layer Blend Mode to Overlay and lower the Opacity to 43%.

Add a purple overlay
Overlay will make the colors more rich.

Step 4

Let’s continue tweaking the colors until we’re happy with the result.

Design is all about patience and experimentation!

Create a New Adjustment Layer of Color Balance. Adjust the settings for the Midtones, Shadows and Highlights to the following:

Add a Color Balance adjustment layer

Then create another New Layer and Fill it with a rich purple #6f009a. Set the Blend Mode to Hue and the Opacity to 43%.

Here’s the result. Now it’s more in line with Spirit Day colors!

Before and after
Here’s a before and after comparison after applying Color Balance and a new color fill.

4. How to Make a Geometric Composition

Step 1

Use the Ellipse Tool (U) to create a large purple #690092 circle. Place it in the center of the composition.

Add a circle

Set the purple circle layer to Darken.

Create a quick Layer Mask to erase some of the lower left area of the circle. Feather it out by using a Soft Round Brush. This will help blend it into the background.

Blend the circle

Step 2

For more depth, let’s establish the foreground, middle and background sections of this composition with more geometric objects.

Use the Custom Shape Tool (U) to add a triangle shape to the bottom left side.

Right-click the shape layer and go to Blending Options. Add a pink Gradient Overlay with the following options:

  • Gradient Colors: #8c3148 to #ff5984
Add a gradient overlay

Then add another purple triangle #6102e4 to the top right side. Here’s the result:

Add more triangles

Step 3

For a little more sultry atmosphere, we’re going to adjust the lighting of this scene.

Fill a New Layer with red #720f0e. Add a Layer Mask and paint black with a Soft Round Brush to hide certain parts of the red layer away. Then lower the Opacity to 33% and set it to Multiply.

Add a red layer and mask
Take your time with Layer Masks and slowly hide the color away. Try to find balance.

Step 4

Let’s add the “sun” object for this piece. It wasn’t originally intentional, but it’ll later help to draw in the viewer.

Use the Ellipse Tool (U) to create a purple #570f9c circle. Position it towards the right side of the other.

Then Right-click to go to Blending Options. Add a Gradient Overlay with the following settings:

  • Gradient Colors: #aa9780 and #e4cbac
Add a gradient overlay

We’ll leave the final circle shape which holds the date for Spirit Day for the last steps.

For now, Duplicate the left lower triangle. Set the color to this purple #7000cc. Make it bigger before setting it to Screen. Enjoy the subtle effect!

Create a triangle effect

5. How to Finish the iPhone Wallpaper

Step 1

For the last steps of this iPhone wallpaper design, we’ll need to adjust the contrast and add a date!

Let’s start with a New Adjustment Layer of Color Lookup.

Set the 3DLUT File to filmstock_50.3dl.

Add a color lookup adjustment

Step 2

Create the last ellipse. Set the color to magenta #751772.

Create the last ellipse

Add a Gradient Overlay to the ellipse. Use a colorful Yellow, Pink, and Purple preset you can find by accessing the Pastel gradients within the Gradient Editor.

Add a pastel gradient overlay

Next, add an Outer Glow with the following settings:

Add an outer glow

Here’s the result—it’s subtle, but well worth the effort.

Circle result after blending options

Step 3

Add some light for some wicked effects! Use a Soft Round Brush to paint white onto a New Layer set to Overlay.

Paint light with overlay

Step 4

For a little movement, let’s create a 3D trianglular shape that floats into the scene.

First, use the Custom Shape Tool (U) to create the purple #5a1390 triangle. Adjust the perspective with the Free Transform Tool (Control-T).

As with our previous steps, add a gradient. Use the same Pastel Gradient from before, but lower the Opacity to 30%.

Add a 3D triangle

To make this triangle 3D, first duplicate it. Delete the gradient overlay and use this triangle to set the lower base of the 3D effect. Next, use the Pen Tool (P) to connect the two triangles together by filling in the gaps with purple shapes. 

Create the 3D shape

Step 5

Now for the text.

Create the text for the date and hashtag with two new text layers. I’ll be using this Reef Font and Arial Rounded MT Bold. Set the date to white and #spiritday to pink #ff28ff.

Create the text

Right-click to go to Blending Options.

Follow these settings to create a Drop Shadow, Gradient Overlay, and Bevel and Emboss effect.

blending option settings

Here’s the result:

Text layer result

Step 6

Set the magenta circle to Soft Light.

Use one of geometric shapes from this vector shape bundle for more detail on the circle. Copy and Paste the shape onto a New Layer, and then use the Eraser Tool (E) to erase the areas where the lines are intersecting.

It may help to hide the text for this step.

Add the geometric shape

Step 7

Balance out the composition by using a Soft Round Brush to add more light and color to the scene. Use your natural intuition to help blend areas together.

Finally, brighten it with a New Brightness and Contrast Adjustment layer.

  • Brightness: 6
  • Contrast: 49
Create a brightness and contrast layer

That’s it! Check out the final result below.

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Like this iPhone Mockup? Try it out!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial. Feel free to leave comments, results, and any questions below!

For more Spirit Day tutorials, check out these links:

Purple iPhone Wallpaper Design Photoshop Tutorial

How to Create a Dripping Paint Photoshop Effect Action

Final product image
What You’ll Be Creating

In this tutorial you will learn how to create an amazing, artistic paint dripping effect. I will try to explain everything in so much detail that everyone can create it, even those who have just opened Photoshop for the first time.

The effect shown above is the one I will show you how to create in this tutorial. If you would like to create the even more
advanced effect shown below, a sketch with a dripping paint and 3D pop-out effect, using just a single click, then check out my Wet Paint Photoshop Action.

Action final result

What You’ll Need

To recreate the design above, you will need the following photo:

1. Let’s Get Started

Step 1

First, open the photo that you want to work with. To open your photo, go to File > Open, choose your photo, and click Open. Now, before we get started, just check a couple of things:

  1. Your photo should be in RGB Color mode, 8 Bits/Channel. To check this, go to Image > Mode.
  2. For best results, your photo size should be 1500–4000 px wide/high. To check this, go to Image > Image Size.
  3. Your photo should be the Background layer. If it is not, go to Layer > New > Background from Layer.
Checking the image size and mode

Step 2

If you are using a different stock photo from mine, you should firstly follow the Unfinished Coloured Pencil Sketch Effect tutorial to get a sketch effect that is the base for this effect. Then I
suggest that you merge all sketch layers into one layer named Sketch Effect so that it’s easier for you to follow this tutorial. 

If you are using the same stock photo as I do, go to File > Place Embedded, select the Sketch Effect file attached, click Place, and place it so it fits the canvas as shown below:

Placing Sketch Effect

2. How to Create Brushes

Step 1

In this section, we are going to create brushes that we will need for this effect. Go to File > New to create a new file, name it Dripping Brushes, and use the settings below:

Creating a new file

Step 2

Go to Layer > New > Layer to create a new layer and name it Brush_1. Then, while this layer is selected, choose the Pen Tool (P), select the Shape tool mode, set the Fill color to #000000, and draw a dripping shape. If you prefer some other tools for drawing, feel free to use them.

Drawing dripping shape

Step 3

Now go to Edit > Define Brush Preset to define this shape as a brush and name it Dripping_Brush_1.

Defining dripping brush

Step 4

Go to Layer > New > Layer to create a new layer and name it Brush_2. Then, while this layer is selected, draw another dripping shape in the same way and hide the Brush 1 layer.

Drawing dripping shape

Step 5

Now go to Edit > Define Brush Preset to define this shape as a brush and name it Dripping_Brush_2.

Defining dripping brush

Step 6

Go to Layer > New > Layer to create a new layer and name it Brush_3. Then, while this layer is selected, draw another dripping shape in the same way and hide the Brush 2 layer.

Drawing dripping shape

Step 7

Now go to Edit > Define Brush Preset to define this shape as a brush and name it Dripping_Brush_3.

Defining dripping brush

Step 8

Go to Layer > New > Layer to create a new layer and name it Brush_4. Then, while this layer is selected, draw a drop shape in the same way and hide the Brush 3 layer.

Drawing dripping shape

Step 9

Now go to Edit > Define Brush Preset to define this shape as a brush and name it Dripping_Brush_4.

Defining dripping brush

Step 10

Go to Layer > New > Layer to create a new layer and name it Brush_5. Then, while this layer is selected, draw a drop shape in the same way and hide the Brush 4 layer.

Drawing dripping shape

Step 11

Now go to Edit > Define Brush Preset to define this shape as a brush and name it Dripping_Brush_5. After that, you can close the Dripping Brushes file window.

Defining dripping brush

3. How to Create a Painting Effect

Step 1

In this section, we are going to create a painting effect from a specific area of the photo. Go to Layer > New > Layer to create a new layer and name it Painting.

Creating a new layer

Step 2

Now hide the Sketch Effect layer, and while the Painting layer is selected, choose the Brush Tool (B), pick a soft brush, and brush over the areas that you want to turn into a painting.

Brushing over photo

Step 3

Control-click on this layer thumbnail to make a selection of this layer. Then hide this layer, select the Background layer, and press Control-J on your keyboard to create a new layer using a selection. Show the Sketch Effect layer and drag this new layer just above it in the Layers panel.

Creating a new layer using selection

Step 4

Now name this layer Subject, go to Image > Adjustments > Shadows/Highlights, and set the Shadows to 20% and the Highlights to 5% as shown below:

Adjusting shadows and highlights

Step 5

Press Control-J on your keyboard to duplicate this layer, go to Filter > Sharpen > Sharpen, and then go to Filter > Other > High Pass and set the Radius to 2 px as shown below:

Adding high pass filter

Step 6

Go to Filter > Sharpen > Sharpen again and then press Control-Shift-U on your keyboard to desaturate this layer. After that, change this layer blending mode to Soft Light, Control-click on the Subject layer to select both layers at the same time, and press Control-E on your keyboard to merge these two layers into one layer.

Sharpening desaturating and merging-layers

Step 7

Now go to Filter > Sharpen > Unsharp Mask and set the Amount to 100%, Radius to 2.5 px and Threshold to 1 level as shown below:

Adding unsharp mask filter

Step 8

Go to Filter > Stylize > Diffuse and choose Anisotropic Mode as shown below. Then go to Edit > Transform > Rotate 90° clockwise to rotate this layer 90° clockwise.

Adding diffuse filter

Step 9

Now repeat the previous filter again, so go to Filter > Stylize > Diffuse and choose Anisotropic Mode. Then go to Edit > Transform > Rotate 90° clockwise to rotate this layer 90° clockwise once more. After that, go to Filter > Stylize > Diffuse and choose Anisotropic Mode for a last time, and go to Edit > Transform > Rotate 180° to rotate this layer 180° and return it to the original position.

Adding diffuse filter

Step 10

Name this layer Subject, and then go to Filter > Noise > Reduce Noise and use the settings below:

Adding reduce noise filter

Step 11

Now we are going to add a contrast to the Subject layer. Press D on your keyboard to reset the swatches, and then go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Gradient Map to create a new gradient map adjustment layer and name it Subject_Contrast.

Creating a gradient map adjustment layer

Step 12

Press Control-Alt-G on your keyboard to create a clipping mask, and then change this layer blending mode to Soft Light and set the Opacity to 35%.

Changing blending mode and opacity

Step 13

Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Hue/Saturation to create a new hue/saturation adjustment layer and name it Subject_Saturation.

Creating huesaturation adjustment layer

Step 14

Press Control-Alt-G on your keyboard to create a clipping mask, and then Double-click on this layer thumbnail, and in the Properties panel enter the settings below:

Adjusting saturation

Step 15

Now go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Levels to create a new levels adjustment layer and name it Overall Brightness.

Creating levels adjustment layer

Step 16

Press Control-Alt-G on your keyboard to create a clipping mask, and then Double-click on this layer thumbnail, and in the Properties panel enter the settings below:

Adjusting brightness

Step 17

Now select the Subject layer, and then hold the Alt button on your keyboard and drag this layer just above the Subject_Brightness layer to duplicate this layer and place it on top of the visible layers in the Layers panel. Then go to Filter > Other > High Pass and set the Radius to 5 px as shown below:

Adding high pass filter

Step 18

Press Control-Alt-G on your keyboard to create a clipping mask and then press Control-Shift-U to desaturate this layer. After that, change this layer blending mode to Hard Light and name it Subject_Sharpening.

Creating clipping mask and changing blending mode

4. How to Create the Paint Drops

Step 1

In this section, we are going to create the paint drops using the brushes that we made in the beginning of the tutorial. Go to Layer > New > Layer to create a new layer and name it Paint Drops.

Creating a new layer

Step 2

Now you need to decide where you are going to place the first dripping brush. After that,
using the Eyedropper Tool (I), click on the area of your subject where the drop will start to drip from to set that color as your foreground color, choose the Brush Tool (B), pick some of the dripping brushes, and position them where you want.

Creating paint drop

Step 3

Repeat the same process to create more paint drops. Keep changing the brushes and brush size to get a diverse effect. Here is my
result:

Creating more paint drops

Step 4

Now go to Layer > Layer Mask > Reveal All to create a blank layer mask. Then press D on your keyboard to reset the swatches and then X to invert them. After that, choose the Brush Tool (B), pick a soft brush, and brush over the top area of paint drops where needed to make them better blend with the subject.

Brushing into layer mask

5. How to Create a Vignette

Step 1

In this section, we are going to create a vignette effect. Go to Layer > New > Layer to create a new layer and name it Vignette.

Creating a new layer

Step 2

Press D on your keyboard to reset the swatches, go to Edit > Fill, and set Contents to Foreground Color, Mode to Normal and Opacity to 100% as shown below:

Filling layer with foreground color

Step 3

Now press Control-A on your keyboard to make a selection of the canvas and go to Layer > Layer Mask > Hide Selection to create a layer mask that hides the selected area of the layer. Then click on the link icon between the layer mask and layer thumbnail to unlink them.

Adding layer mask

Step 4

While the layer mask is selected, press Control-T on your keyboard to transform it, and set Width and Height to 85% as shown below:

Transforming layer mask

Step 5

Now go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur and set Radius to 100 px as shown below:

Adding gaussian blur filter

Step 6

Set the Opacity of this layer to 20%.

Changing opacity of the layer

6. How to Create a Color Look

Step 1

In this section, we are going create a color look. Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Curves to create a new curves adjustment layer and name it Color Look.

Creating curves adjustment layer

Step 2

Now Double-click on this layer thumbnail, and in the Properties panel make the settings below:

Adjusting color look

You Made It!

Congratulations, you have succeeded! Here is our final result:

Final Result

If you would like to create the even more advanced effect as shown below, a sketch with a
dripping paint and 3D pop-out effect, using just a single click, then
check out my Wet Paint Photoshop Action.

Action final result

International Artist Feature: Portugal

Welcome back to our International Artist Series!

Today we’re catching up with six amazing artists from Portugal, home of beautiful Portuguese architecture and captivating beaches. I asked each artist how
their country and culture inspired their work, and they delivered great
responses.

Danny Ivan

Danny is a 3D artist and designer from Porto, Portugal. He creates epic 3D illustrations with twisty patterns and cool concepts.

Check out his work below, and see more in his portfolio.

Digital Artwork Collection

Living in Portugal, most of our people are quite calm here. Being a freelancer in this country, the prices are low but there’s a big
quality of life. We have awesome food, cool places, and great artists.

Digital Artwork by Danny Ivan
Digital Artwork Collection

Simple Twist Collection

The region has influenced me a lot, especially with all the light. We have lots of
sun and hot weather, so the colors pop out in every single corner. Also, some of the older
buildings and Portuguese sidewalks are references I use for my work.

Simple Twist Collection by Danny Ivan
Simple Twist Collection

Selected Everyday Journey

Selected Everyday Journey by Danny Ivan
Selected Everyday Journey

Pattern World

The art community isn’t big but we have epic work from
the street art scene with artists like Vhils, Odeith, Pantonio and Paulo
Arraiano. We also have amazing graphic
designers, creative directors, and art directors.

Pattern World by Danny Ivan
Pattern World

Ana Seixas

Ana is an illustrator and designer from Porto, Portugal. Splitting her time between screen printing and illustration, Ana creates lovely flat illustrations of beach scenes and daily life.

Check out her work below, and see more in her portfolio.

At the Beach

I live in Porto. At the center of it is a small village where it’s
very easy to run into colleagues and friends and have a cup of coffee in the middle of the day. Living a “slow life” is really great.

Portugal is a country full of textures and colors. From
the mountains and the magnificent tiles on the building facades to the
patterns on the street floors, it is impossible not to stay inspired by it.

At the Beach by Ana Seixas
At the Beach

Viseu – My City

The Fine Arts School is where most great projects are born. I see musicians working with performers and painters and illustrators with graphic designers. I believe these kind of
collaborations are what make the art scene rich and energetic.

Viseu - My City by Ana Seixas
Viseu – My City

Vicino Pizza Bar

Vicino Pizza Bar by Ana Seixas
Vicino Pizza Bar

Last Christmas I Gave You My Heart

Being some kind of an outsider, It took me some time to get to know
people and to be able to work on new projects with local creative people and companies. I believe it is changing also, and now I feel very
welcome here.

Last Christmas I Gave You My Heart by Ana Seixas
Last Christmas I Gave You My Heart

Rosario Badessa

Rosario is an architectural illustrator living in Lisbon, Portugal. His work represents phenomenal unbuilt architecture all over the world.

Check out his work below, and see more in his portfolio.

Istituto Miralago in Brissago, Switzerland

It is really about the quality of life here in Portugal. There is good weather
almost every day of the year, everything is close by and the culture is
very relaxed. You can easily bike to work, go have lunch by the river or go see an exhibition.

Istituto Miralago in Brissago Switzerland by Rosario Badessa
Istituto Miralago in Brissago, Switzerland

Parliament Office Building in Reykjavík, Iceland

Portugal, and Lisbon in particular, is very open to external influences. So by living here you get easily exposed to American, English, and German
influences and this makes it easy to stay on top of all my international work.

Parliament Office Building in Reykjavk Iceland by Rosario Badessa
Parliament Office Building in Reykjavík, Iceland

Scandinavian Atmosphere

Scandinavian Atmosphere by Rosario Badessa
Scandinavian Atmosphere

MCI Campus

The art scene is rejuvenating these days. New museums
and galleries are opening, and many international artists are moving to
Lisbon. So even though we are a tight group in a small country, our community is rapidly expanding.

Architecture is also a renowned interest in Portuguese culture, with names like Siza
Vieira and Souto Moura inspiring and cultivating a very strong
architecture community.

MCI Campus by Rosario Badessa
MCI Campus

Constança Soromenho

Constança is a graphic designer from Lisbon, Portugal. Her work features beautiful branding packages along with logos and more.

Check out her work below, and see more in her portfolio.

N&P – Wedding

For me, Portugal is a small but culturally rich country. Lisbon in
particular is an especially great place to live at the moment. The city
is quiet but vibrant, old but contemporary, familiar but sophisticated.
Also, we have the lovely beaches always near.

NP - Wedding by Constanca Soromenho
N&P – Wedding

Casas do Mar – Branding

I think I’m more influenced by artists and designers than the region or the country itself. There are a lot of inspirational, brilliant
Portuguese in the art and design community right now.

Casas do Mar - Branding by Constanca Soromenho
Casas do Mar – Branding

Sofar Sounds Lisbon Poster

Sofar Sounds Lisbon Poster by Constanca Soromenho
Sofar Sounds Lisbon Poster

The Garden

The art community is better than ever. We are such a small country but
have so many names in the architectural, art and design world. Not
only in Lisbon, but especially Oporto, where I think we can find some of
the best small design studios in the country.

The Garden by Constanca Soromenho
The Garden

Serafim Mendes

Serafim is a graphic designer based in Porto, Portugal. His work features colorful geometric 3D illustrations of creative alphabets and more.

Check out his work below, and see more in his portfolio.

Alphabet Project II

I like the people, most of all. Portuguese people are laid
back and welcoming and I feel that even more in the town I’m living
in right now, Porto. Oh, and the food! Portuguese cuisine is amazing.

Alphabet Project II by Serafim Mendes
Alphabet Project II

Noir

We do have very good artists who really inspire me,
but I don’t think the fact I live in Portugal has too much influence in
my work. My references don’t
come from a single place. And with access to the internet, you are able to see work from
people all over the world, at any time.

Noir by Serafim Mendes
Noir

Alphabet Project II

Alphabet Project II by Serafim Mendes
Alphabet Project II

Natural Highs Festival

In Porto, there are always exhibitions going on. It’s a very culturally active city. I know
several people who are working or studying art and design. Most of them
are very relaxed and good to hang around with.

Natural Highs Festival by Serafim Mendes
Natural Highs Festival

Aheneah

Aheneah means Ana, and she is a graphic designer and embroiderer based in Lisbon, Portugal. Delightfully detailed, her work features incredible typography and imagery created with thread.

Check out her work below, and see more in her portfolio.

Lost Files

I love the sun, the smell of the sea and the taste of the food here. But what I love most are the people I share my life with.

Lost Files by Aheneah
Lost Files

Root / Rot

Portugal is a country rich in culture and traditions. Fortunately there
is a concern in recovering and maintaining them. All the textile
techniques I know today I learned at home, with my grandmothers and mother.

Root Rot Aheneah
Root / Rot

Lost Files

Lost Files by Aheneah
Lost Files

Keep on Rolling

Portugal is a small country but the artistic community is growing day by day. It’s easy to meet artists in different areas, from the
north to south, and share knowledge.

Keep on Rolling by Aheneah
Keep on Rolling

Many thanks to the artists who took time to answer my
questions and share a bit about themselves and how their country and/or culture
has affected their work. You can check out more of their work in the links
below:

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How to Create a Set of Sexuality Icons in Adobe Illustrator

Final product image
What You’ll Be Creating

In the following steps you will learn how to create a simple set of sexuality icons in Adobe Illustrator. 

For starters, you will learn how to set up a simple grid and how to create the male and female symbols using basic tools and vector shape building techniques along with the Rounded Corners effect. Using these two icons and the Rotate Tool, you will learn how to create the remaining ten icons. Finally, you will learn how to add some subtle shading and highlights.

For more inspiration on how to adjust or improve your final icons, you can find plenty of resources at GraphicRiver.

1. How to Create a New Document and Set Up a Grid

Hit Control-N to create a new document. Select Pixels from the Units drop-down menu, enter 850 in the width box and 1730 in the height box, and then click that More Settings button. Select RGB for the Color Mode, set the Raster Effects to Screen (72 ppi), and then click that Create Document button.

Enable the Grid (View > Show Grid) and the Snap to Grid (View > Snap to Grid). You will need a grid every 1 px, so simply go to Edit > Preferences > Guides & Grid, and enter 1 in the Gridline every box and 1 in the Subdivisions box. Try not to get discouraged by all that grid—it will make your work easier, and keep in mind that you can easily enable or disable it using the Control-“ keyboard shortcut.

You can learn more about Illustrator’s grid system in this short tutorial from Andrei Stefan: Understanding Adobe Illustrator’s Grid System.

You should also open the Info panel (Window > Info) for a live preview with the size and position of your shapes. Don’t forget to set the unit of measurement to pixels from Edit > Preferences > Units. All these options will significantly increase your work speed.

setup grid

2. How to Create the Male and Female Symbol Icons

Step 1

Pick the Ellipse Tool (L) and focus on your Toolbar. Remove the color from the fill and then select the stroke and set its color to R=255 G=0 B=0. Move to your artboard and simply create a 76 px circle—the grid and the Snap to Grid should make this easier. Make sure that this new shape stays selected and open the Appearance panel (Window > Appearance).

First, click that Opacity piece of text to open the Transparency fly-out panel and lower the Opacity to about 50%. Keep focusing on the Appearance panel and this time click that Stroke piece of text to open the Stroke fly-out panel. Increase the Weight to 16 px and then check the Align Stroke to Inside button.

ellipse tool

Step 2

Pick the Rectangle Tool (M) and hit Shift-X to invert the existing fill and stroke attributes. Create a 16 x 50 px shape and place it as shown in the following image. Lower its Opacity to about 50% and then go to Effect > Stylize > Rounded Corners. Enter an 8 px Radius and then click that OK button.

rectangle tool

Step 3

Using the same tool and color attributes, create a 48 x 16 px shape and place it as shown in the following image. Make sure that it’s selected and go to Effect > Stylize > Rounded Corners. Enter an 8 px Radius and then click that OK button.

rounded corners

Step 4

Reselect your circle and simply duplicate it (Control-C > Control-V). Select this copy and replace the existing stroke color with R=41 G=171 B=226.

blue circle

Step 5

Pick the Line Segment Tool (\), create a 36 px horizontal line, and place it exactly as shown in the first image. Add a blue stroke (R=41 G=171 B=226) for this path, lower its Opacity to about 50%, and then open that Stroke fly-out panel. Set the Weight to 16 px and don’t forget to check that Round Cap button.

Switch to the Direct Selection Tool (A), select the right anchor point, and simply drag it 36 px up.

line tool

Step 6

Pick the Rectangle Tool (M), create a 20 px square and place it as shown in the first image. Add the same blue stroke, lower its Opacity to 50% and then open that Stroke fly-out panel. Set the Weight to 16 px and then check those Round Cap and Round Join buttons.

Switch to the Direct Selection Tool (A), select the bottom left anchor point, and simply hit the Delete key on your keyboard to remove it. In the end, things should look like in the second image.

delete point

Step 7

Select all your red shapes and go to Object > Expand Appearance. Make sure that the resulting shapes are selected, open the Pathfinder panel (Window > Pathfinder), and click the Unite button. This will be your icon for the female symbol.

Repeat the same techniques with your blue shapes. This will be your icon for the male symbol.

pathfinder

3. How to Create the Other Ten Icons

Step 1

Duplicate your male and female icons and then place the copies as shown in the following image. This will be your icon for the hetero symbol.

heterosexual

Step 2

Make two copies of your male icon and place them as shown in the first image. Leave a 4 px spacing between those edges, as you did in the previous step.

Once you’re done, select the bottom copy and pick the Rotate Tool (R). Use a simple click to place the center point right in the center of that inner circle (as shown in the first image) and then rotate it manually 135 degrees. In the end, things should look like in the third image. This will be your icon for one of the gay symbols.

rotate center

Step 3

Make two copies of your female icon and place them as shown in the first image. Once again, leave a 4 px spacing between those edges.

Once you’re done, select the top copy and pick the Rotate Tool (R). Be sure that you place the center point right in the center of that inner circle (as shown in the first image) and then rotate it manually 135 degrees. In the end, things should look like in the third image. This will be your icon for one of the lesbian symbols.

rotate center

Step 4

Create some new copies of your male and female icons and use them to create the four icons shown in the following images. You have the second icons for the gay and lesbian symbols and two icons for the bisexual symbols.

symbols

Step 5

Duplicate your male and female icons and then place the copies on top of each other as shown in the first image. Select these copies and click the Unite button from the Pathfinder panel. This will be your icon for one of the transgender symbols.

unite

Step 6

Duplicate your male and female icons and then place the copies on top of each other as you did in the previous step. Select only that male icon and go to Object > Transform > Reflect. Check the Vertical box and then click that Copy button. Select your flipped copy, drag it to the left and place it as shown in the first image.

Pick the Rectangle Tool (M) and create a 44 x 16 px shape. Place it exactly as shown in the second image and then go to Effect > Stylize > Rounded Corners. Enter an 8 px Radius and then click that OK button.

rounded rectangle

Step 7

Select your newly made rounded rectangle and pick the Rotate Tool (R). Place the center point right in the center of that inner circle and then rotate your shape 45 degrees. You can use the Ellipse Tool (L) to add a tiny circle in that center point which will make it easier for you to spot the center of that inner circle. Once you’re done, make sure that your rectangle is still selected and go to Object > Expand Appearance.

rotate

Step 8

Select all the shapes highlighted in the following image and click the Unite button from the Pathfinder panel. This will be your icon for the second transgender symbol.

pathfinder

Step 9

Pick the Ellipse Tool (L) and create a new, 76 px circle. Lower its Opacity to 50%, add a 16 px stroke and align it to inside, and then go to Object > Path > Outline Stroke. This will be your icon for the asexual symbols.

outline stroke

Step 10

Make sure that you have all 12 icons and spread them about as shown in the following image.

icons

4. How to Add Color, Some Subtle Shading, and Highlights

Step 1

Using the Rectangle Tool (M), create a shape the size of your artboard, fill it with R=143 G=94 B=226, and send it to back (Shift-Control-[). Select all your icons and simply hit the D key on your keyboard to replace the existing Appearance attributes with the default ones (white fill and black stroke). Remove the black stroke and only keep that white fill.

purple background

Step 2

Focus on your heterosexual symbol. Using the Ellipse Tool (L), create a 44 px circle and place it exactly as shown in the first image. Make sure that there’s no color set for the fill and then select the stroke. Set the Weight to 4 px, align it to inside, and then go to Object > Path > Outline Stroke.

Switch to the Rectangle Tool (M), create a 30 px square, and place it as shown in the second image. Just make sure that this shape covers the surface of your grey shape that overlaps with the male symbol icon. Select both shapes made in this step and click the Intersect button from the Pathfinder panel.

intersect

Step 3

Select that male symbol shape and make a copy in front (Control-C > Control-F). Select it along with that red shape and click the Intersect button from the Pathfinder panel. Fill the resulting shape with R=190 G=200 B=200.

grey

Step 4

Keep focusing on your heterosexual symbol. Using the Ellipse Tool (L), create a 76 px circle and place it exactly as shown in the first image. Make sure that there’s no color set for the fill and then select the stroke. Set the Weight to 4 px, align it to outside, and then go to Object > Path > Outline Stroke.

Switch to the Rectangle Tool (M), create a 40 px square, and place it as shown in the second image. Again, make sure that this shape covers the surface of your grey shape that overlaps with the female symbol icon. Select both shapes made in this step and click the Intersect button from the Pathfinder panel.

intersect

Step 5

Select that female symbol shape and make a copy in front (Control-C > Control-F). Select it along with that red shape and click the Intersect button from the Pathfinder panel. Fill the resulting shape with R=190 G=200 B=200.

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Step 6

Keep focusing on your heterosexual symbol. Select the two white icons along with those tiny grey shapes and Group them (Control-G).

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Step 7

Move to the other six symbols that have overlapping icons and add some subtle shading, as shown in the following images. Once you’re done with the shading, don’t forget to Group your shapes.

shading

Step 8

Finally, select your groups and go to Effect > Stylize > Drop Shadow. Enter the attributes shown in the following image and then click that OK button.

drop shadow

Congratulations! You’re Done!

Here is how it should look. I hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial and can apply these techniques in your future projects. Don’t hesitate to share your final result in the comments section.

Feel free to adjust the final design and make it your own. You can find some great sources of inspiration at GraphicRiver, with interesting solutions to improve your design.

final product