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Adobe Illustrator CC Tutorial: How to create a flat illustration + Free Download

January 15, 2020

Hey what is up guys, my name is Cosmin
and I have a new video today, even though I have a cold I’m still going to record
something, I was planning on doing a small illustration, the previous screen
was the inspiration I gathered from dribbble and that got me, that let me in the mood of trying something similar, a very minimal illustration with maybe two
colors and some use of negative space so this is the sketch I did, now I did it
real quick trying to figure out the whole idea I wanted to have someone with
a summer hat on and somehow blend in with with the background, with the
background shape so this was the second, the second variation of that initial
sketch and even though I I like I like it it feels kind of flat so I tried I
tried to tighten it up and give it more, give it more personality even though the
main goal was to have the hat be the be the main point of focus, I wanted to have
a sun and maybe the sea behind, but yeah I wasn’t sure about it
so I started doing multiple variations and in the end ended up with this one.
Now let’s move over to illustrator where I just placed this image, now I’ll lower
its opacity and lock this layer up so I can trace over it and not have to worry
about accidentally moving it, so let’s just zoom in and I can start actually
start tracing the image using the pen tool Even though my curves are looking good
I just used the smooth tool you can find it there and I just go over every single
line and it will smooth it out as you can see right here that curve is not is
that perfect so what I do I just click and drag on top of it and it’s going to
smooth it out it’s going to add more anchors and it’s going to make it look
more natural. I slowed down the video here just to show you how I used the round circle to create the face outline I will be adding a couple of anchors and
adjust it a bit to give it more personality but this is the face for now. Whenever I want to have consistent round
corners somewhere I just draw straight lines, straight 90 degrees angles and
then I just direct click on the anchor and drag using that small circle. At this point I don’t really like the
illustration and how it looks just because it looked
everything looks so even and symmetrical so I start adding paths with
different colors for this example with white just to give it an unsymmetrical
look just to give it more personality. It’s good from time to time to just zoom
out and see what gets your attention and focus on that, for example for this one
the shoulders seem kinda uneven, I have way too much negative space on the right
hand side so I just wanted to add a couple of more volume for the hair to
cover it up. I would also like to mention that from
time to time it’s great to just reflect the whole illustration and see what stands out,
for example when I did this I saw that those those top elements were way too
big for the whole illustration so I just started drawing over them and adjusting
those lines. Since we’re at the end of the process I
just selected the two color schemes I liked the most and once I place it on
top of the sketch I’ll just remove the initial sketch from the background just
so I can focus on color and I wanted to experiment a bit with something more
contrasting that will replace this light blue, just because with this light blue
the the negative space doesn’t really, doesn’t really stand out so I just tried
maybe getting something lighter or maybe getting something like a red and in the
end I feel like using red is so, is looking so much better. Now I’ve selected
inside Photoshop an airbrush with that has grains just to try and see if I can
give it more volume just using white and of course I have a Wacom tablet but you
can do this with the mouse as well and just add a couple of speckles to give it
more volume. This is the final illustration, you can download it for
free inside the description and let me know if you have any questions as always
I’ll be more than happy to help till next time, bye!


  • Reply Ilker beşken March 12, 2018 at 11:14 am

    cool tutorial

  • Reply Alexander May 6, 2018 at 8:59 am

    Top notch, amazing style. Like how you work around the limited color pallete.

  • Reply Angelos A. May 6, 2018 at 6:34 pm

    Nice one mate! I love this simplistic 3 colored style

  • Reply Mohamed Elfiqy May 8, 2018 at 5:27 am

    soooo cool

  • Reply Новый Порядок May 8, 2018 at 9:37 pm


  • Reply Parham Marandi May 25, 2018 at 3:09 am

    Amazing video man! How did you opened up your file with layers in the photoshop for brushing?

  • Reply BluezConcepts May 25, 2018 at 9:36 am

    Howd you make the texture airbrushes?

  • Reply jaseylove June 5, 2018 at 12:10 am

    Such a strong illustration, thanks for sharing your process.

  • Reply Vlad Prodan June 10, 2018 at 9:03 am


  • Reply Adelin Preda June 20, 2018 at 12:05 am

    Sefule, mersi mult pentru tutorial, e fix ce caut de multa vreme <3

  • Reply Pirles 99 August 1, 2018 at 12:51 pm

    can you share how to use color scheme properly? like what color should use for background, major color, and something like that.
    bcz i've been trying hard to do that but always ending up fails, even i'm using good color scheme i found on the internet 😞
    good design btw 😣

  • Reply Dimitri Dehouck August 19, 2018 at 9:48 pm

    love love love your video's, thanks so much for sharing!

  • Reply dushyant idhatia September 23, 2018 at 6:06 am

    nice tutorial

  • Reply Ladymoon312 September 28, 2018 at 3:20 pm

    Wow 😀😀it's cool #ladymoon312 like it, I love flat animation 😘😘haha

  • Reply Basar Talukder October 12, 2018 at 9:34 am

    It's so speedy. Can you make it slower than an easy to understanding

  • Reply Inxpired October 17, 2018 at 9:01 am

    You're awesome <3

  • Reply MOAIAD MOH`D October 20, 2018 at 5:15 pm

    u r awesome … please don`t stop making like this tutorial …. i really get cool technique …. go head

  • Reply Copy On November 14, 2018 at 10:44 pm

    thanks so much… Lovely work

  • Reply Ірина Куцман November 19, 2018 at 2:08 pm

    Thanks a lot!

  • Reply 밤하늘 January 9, 2019 at 8:31 am


  • Reply soufiane640 January 17, 2019 at 1:10 pm

    thanks for the tutorial i just wanted to know the workflow between photoshop and illustrator once u ve done with the retouhing on photoshop will the vectors lose quality ??

  • Reply nick white March 19, 2019 at 9:21 pm

    Great, informative videos! Thank-you!

  • Reply Biswajit Das July 5, 2019 at 10:03 pm

    Sir I love your styles really eye catching

  • Reply orman taha December 19, 2019 at 12:36 am

    thank you very much but I'm now stated with illustrator and you are so quick .. I want some advices from you about starters

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